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Holidays in California

America’s coolest riviera

From dazzling piers and drives along the Pacific Coast Highway, California is America’s hippest riviera. From boho fishing towns alongside glam neighbourhoods and rugged bays. It joins America’s coolest yet most scenic destinations.

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It's never too early to think ahead and plan your next amazing holiday. Guarantee the hotel you want and gain early access to a choice of Virgin Atlantic flights as far ahead as 2024.

We fly to California daily

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London Heathrow to Los Angeles
London Heathrow to San Francisco
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You can also fly from Manchester, Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Belfast on one of our partner airlines.

Where to visit in California

See more of it in one go

It's a big, beautiful world – and we're here to help you see more of it. California is full of exciting destinations, so why not experience more than one of them within your holiday. You could even tag on a little trip to Nevada too!

Check out some of our favourite multi-destination itineraries:

San Francisco Excursions

4 nights San Francisco - 3 nights Las Vegas

 

From the Golden Gate Bridge to the golden lights of the Vegas strip!

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Welcome to Las Vegas sign

4 nights San Francisco - 4 nights Las Vegas - 4 nights Los Angeles

Three major West Coast Cities, all in one jam-packed, exciting trip!

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Los Angeles

4 nights Los Angeles - 4 nights Las Vegas

 

It's all glamour and glitz in this twin-centre, from Hollywood to Sin City!

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Hit the open road

California is known as the ultimate road trip destination, and it's easy to see why. From theme parks to beaches, incredible scenery to bright city lights, and of course the endless sunshine!

Whether you're travelling as a couple or a family, visiting multiple destinations in one holiday is a great way to get a taste of everything. But planning a road trip can sound pretty daunting - where do you start?! 

We've got a few recommended itineraries for you to help kick start your plans. Of course, these are totally flexible and our team can help to build an itinerary perfect for your desires and needs!

Monterey Beach Views

Classic West Coast Trip

San Francisco • Monterey • Pismo Beach • Los Angeles

Enjoy this coast-hugging drive down the famous Highway 101 from one major West Coast city to another, and enjoy some fabulous beaches in between...

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LA Family Road Trip

North Hollywood • Anaheim • Huntington Beach

This itinerary keeps the driving time down for the little ones, and allows you to visit the best theme parks that Los Angeles has to offer. But of course, there's time for relaxation at the beach too...

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San Diego

Southern Cailfornia

Los Angeles • San Diego • Palm Springs • Los Angeles

This is another road trip that allows for some spectacular coastal views, as you head south to California's 'beach city'. There's plenty to entertain all ages on this trip...

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Our holiday experts are here to help you design your dream holiday, no matter how unusual or complex.

Visit us instorebook a virtual appointment or call us on 0344 472 9646 to start planning today!

California attraction tickets

Disney California Adventure Park

Disneyland Resort

With its mix of new and classic attractions and entertainment, Walt Disney’s original Theme Park is home to timeless fun. Disneyland Park is a beloved Southern California destination where generations of families can experience 8 amazingly themed lands, and there's even more fun to be had at Disney California Adventure Park,  where the stories of Disney, Pixar and beyond come to life and the much loved characters from Cars and Super Heroes like Spider-Man & Captain America call home. 

Call to book: 0344 472 9646

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Universal Studios Hollywood

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience. Go behind the scenes of the world-famous Studio Tour to explore real film sets where Hollywood movies are made. From magical spells to magical creatures, from dark villains to daring heroes, it’s all here at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. And if that's not enough - SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™ IS NOW OPEN!

 

Call to book: 0344 472 9646

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Hotels in California

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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway

The drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco is around 10 hours. Break up the journey with overnight stays in some wonderful Californian beach towns.

California Coast

Do I need a visa?

To travel to the USA, you will need an ESTA visa and it must be approved at least 3 days before you head off on holiday. Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Good to know

Read our Useful Information for guidance on what to expect before and during your holiday, including travel requirements, local customs and hotel facilities. 

Highlights of California

Sun, sea and sand...And action-packed cities. And iconic sights. And natural beauty. And good food and wine. And adventure… aaand pretty much everything else you need for an unforgettable travel experience. 

In case you can’t tell, we love California. Not sold? Alright, we’ll just have to convince you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re heading out for that American road trip you’ve been talking about for years, or you’re beelining to the Californian coast for some much-needed sun at an everything-included hotel: You can ‘do’ California holidays exactly the way you want to, whatever your travel style and needs.

Planning a holiday to California, with all its variety and so much going on, can be almost overwhelming. Where to start? What to prioritise? First things first, some coastal Cali highlights to add to your daydream agenda (and, you know, your actual agenda). From the very best of California vineyards to the must-see city sights, here’s the things we think are not to be missed:

If you’re itching to book your holiday to California this very second, we don’t blame you one bit. Check out our fantastic California hotels and let’s do this!

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Your holiday may be affected by travel restrictions or cancellations

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the  Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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Your next holiday is only a click away - our website has thousands of options ready to book. But if you need more help, just give us a call on 0344 472 9646.

Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types and save your faves to your very own Wishlist. Or dive right in to our 2021 holiday offers.

Latest Foreign & Commonwealth Office repatriation travel advice


Over the past few weeks, we have repatriated our customers from overseas who wanted to come home.  

Please visit this page to keep up to date with the Government’s travel advice on returning to the UK, and to register for email alerts.
 

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With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 31 December 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

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Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected by email. 

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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If you need to speak to us to change or cancel your booking you can call our team on 0344 472 9646 or chat to us on SMS/Whatspp via Manage my booking.

For the latest information on Covid-19 you can check our FAQs here.

Payment flexibility


Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

We're flexible with your holiday plans


We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

You're holiday is going ahead as planned


If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding


Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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To finalise the amendment, one of our customer advisors will phone you. We need to work through amend requests in departure date order so we can prioritise those with the most imminent travel plans, so you may have a longer wait than usual until we’re able to ring you back. We will help everyone that wants to move their holiday.

I returned early from holiday and have further questions?


You can contact our team by emailing feedback.backhome@virginholidays.com to discuss options on unused portions of your holiday. If you need to contact our team about amending an existing holiday or requesting a refund please log in to manage my booking.

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