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WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA This guide is designed to help you learn more about California and to ensure that your customers get the most out of their holiday. We’ve filled it with helpful tips and advice, practical information and five themed itineraries for you to use as the basis for some amazing trips covering a variety of destinations and themes.
As I listened to the group share their experiences and great tales from the road, when we reunited on the last night in San Diego, I realised again how fortunate we are to have such a rich and diverse destination where anything is possible for those who Dream Big - and that’s the theme of our new advertising campaign that will launch in the UK on Boxing Day so watch this space!
In October Visit California hosted the 6th annual California Superfam in partnership with British Airways, giving 60 lucky agents the opportunity to road test these itineraries for themselves and discover just what it is that makes California such a special and popular destination for visitors. We’ll guide you through their incredible journey and let you know what they had to say about their adventures in the Golden State.
A fam trip is only made ‘Super’ by a great group of people and we’d like to thank all the agents, partners and hosts who made this possible. We hope you find this guide helpful and if you’d like to learn any more about California, visit our award-
The five itineraries were themed around Family, Culinary, Indulgence, Culture & Entertainment and the Outdoors. These themes allowed the agents to get up close to some of the icons we all know and love as well as some of the lesser-known aspects of the State, to get a real feel for the amazing things your clients can expect to experience on a visit here - anything from a picnic at Vikingsholm Castle in Lake Tahoe to an ‘Eat This, Shoot That’ food and photography tour in Santa Barbara. The Great Outdoors group even got to spend a night with the stars - sleeping out in the open air in Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Park thanks to a new partner for this year, Intrepid Travel. To cap it all off the agents got to experience British Airways’ new A380 on its inaugural ‘Red Carpet’ route between London and Los Angeles.
winning California Expert programme online at californiaexpert.co.uk or call our UK team on 020 7257 6180. Finally, look out for details of how you could be a part of the California Superfam 2014 and experience the Golden State for yourself - it’s not all just a California dream!
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CONTENTS 4: Know the basics Including a map of California, useful drive distances, what’s new from the State and top tips on how to sell this diverse destination.
6: California Themes There are so many reasons to visit California; here are some of our favourite themes which you can use to base a trip around.
7: Culture & Entertainment Itinerary
17: Luxury & Indulgence Itinerary
California is the home to world leading culture and entertainment. From the San Francisco Ballet to Coachella Music Festival, the State Capitol in Sacramento to the Mondavi Center for the arts in Napa, you’re never far from something to inspire, move or excite you.
Imagine waking up to a view of the Pacific Ocean with the sound of the waves below you, or relaxing at a five star resort in Palm Springs, where treatments to soothe the body and mind await? California offers the best in luxury experiences and activities.
10: Outdoor Adventure Itinerary
21: Family Fun Itinerary
California boasts nine spectacular national parks and countless other outdoor adventures - an essential part of any California itinerary. Get outdoors to sample the huge range of contrasting scenery in the Golden State. With our partners Intrepid Travel.
From the awesome roller coasters and rides at Knott’s Berry Farm to breakfast with Mickey and Minnie in Disneyland to getting wet and wild at SeaWorld San Diego and sunning yourself on the world famous beaches of Southern California, families will feel right at home in California.
14: Culinary Itinerary
24: The Finale
From local farmers markets to the world famous French Laundry, exotic tastes in San Francisco’s Chinatown to award-winning wines produced the length of this abundant state, California is the home of classic flavours and modern twists.
All good things have to end, but when they do make sure you go out in style. Our finale destination this year is the beautiful Southern California city of San Diego.
27: The Last Day Take time to relax in ‘America’s Finest City’, San Diego, and explore all that this friendly city has to offer.
Become A California Expert! To learn even more about the Golden State, enrol in our award winning training programme at californiaexpert.co.uk and become a California Expert! You’ll become eligible for a host of special events, prizes and other exclusive offers that are only available to our Experts. And who knows, you might even find yourself on next year’s Superfam!
KNOW THE BASICS Getting There British Airways flies over 30 times a week to California with direct services into Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, and has recently launched their brand new A380 on the Los Angeles route. The airline offers four cabins on its LA and San Francisco services – World Traveller, World Traveller Plus, Club World and First – and three cabins, – World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World on its San Diego route. Services leave Heathrow’s state-of-the-art Terminal 5 with connecting flights available from UK regional airports. For more information visit ba.com. In addition, Air New Zealand fly daily to LA, Virgin Atlantic, American and United offer non-stop flights from the UK to both Los Angeles and San Francisco and in 2014 Aer Lingus will start flights from Dublin to San Francisco with UK regional add-ons.
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News in Brief Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride opening Spring 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood℠ Join Gru, his daughters, and the mischievous Minions on a heartwarming and hilarious 3-D ride. Start your adventure in Gru’s home, where you’re recruited for his latest scheme – one where you’ll become an actual Minion.
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After making it through “Minion training” things don’t go as planned! Within moments, you’re launched into an unforgettable trip through his super-villain laboratory. Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes, and the mischievous Minions race along with you through every zany twist and turn. The laughs keep coming after the ride with an interactive, Minion-inspired dance party. Take the floor and show off your best moves.
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New Hotels Opening Across the State 2013&14 will see a host of new properties opening in California and Palm Springs is at the forefront with no less than five new hotels including big brands like Kimpton Hotels, Hard Rock Hotel and Ritz Carlton. Elsewhere new hotels are opening in places including Mendocino (Heritage House Resort), Paso Robles (Ayres Paso Robles) and Lake Tahoe (Landing Resort & Spa). traveltrade.visitcalifornia.co.uk
OUR THEMED ITINERIES California offers some of the most diverse range of activities, destinations and attractions around, so to help you make the most of time spent in the Golden State, we’ve developed five themes to help you get the most out of this amazing destination.
Culinary No other state in America is as closely associated with exceptional food and wine as the Golden State, a place that has even spawned its own style of cooking - “California Cuisine,” based on seasonal, ultrafresh ingredients, ethnic influences, and dynamic techniques. Sourcing locally is standard, with many chefs establishing personal relationships with nearby farms.
Culture & Entertainment
For culture fans, California hits the jackpot with world-class museums, art galleries and shows. Music and dance lovers can catch performances at clubs, stadiums and lively festivals. California is home of the movies; film stars, studios and sets all making the Golden State the place to see.
California is a paradise for those who love being outdoors. Its size and diversity provide a range of activities unmatched in North America, and the temperate climate in most of the state means that many of these activities are available year round.
Luxury & Indulgence
Wellness is a serious pursuit in California, so its little wonder the state is home to an unusually high number of exceptional health and beauty spas and wellness centres. Whether you desire an afternoon’s pampering or a week long rejuvenation retreat, you’ll find your bliss here.
California’s theme parks, aquariums and zoos are some of the best around. Combine them with the miles of endless beaches or State and National Parks to walk, bike and camp in and you can see why the Golden State is perfect for family holidays. In California, kids and grown-ups really can dream big.
CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT Home of music, movies and so much more… Day 1
SAN FRANCISCO - Bike the Golden Gate Bridge - Discover Union Square
SAN FRANCISCO - Golden Gate Park - Explore neighbourhoods - Get presents from Fisherman’s Wharf
Today, start your first day in California with an invigorating bike ride from downtown to the Golden Gate Bridge and finishing in the charming town of Sausalito. After drinking in the fresh ocean air, head downtown and explore the shopping, cafes and bars in and around bustling Union Square.
This morning, spend time in the 1,000 acre Golden Gate Park, home to the California Academy of Sciences, the De Young Museum and a herd of Bison! Later, sample the freshest seafood with lunch at Bistro Boudin, before spending time exploring the Fisherman’s Wharf area and PIER 39.
Overnight: Handlery Union Square, San Francisco Overnight: Hyatt Regency, Sacramento
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Day 3 SACRAMENTO - Taste the best food in America’s ‘Farm to Fork Capital’ - See where California was founded in 1850 Start your day with a filling breakfast on board the Delta King, a restored paddlesteamer on the Sacramento River. Later, explore downtown Sacramento, the State Capitol of California. The city boasts over 20 museums, plus art galleries and the historic Old Sacramento, a restored part of the city dating back to the 19th Century. Overnight: Residence Inn at Capitol Park, Sacramento
Day 4 SACRAMENTO - Visit history at Sutter’s Fort - Explore Gold Country - Catch a game in person or at one of the many sports bars Step back in time at Sutter’s Fort, one of California’s oldest buildings and a fascinating look at life in the 19th Century. Later, hop in the car and continue your journey by explore the beautiful areas surrounding Sacramento. Home of the gold rush, these historic towns offer an absorbing look into California’s past. Overnight: Residence Inn at Capitol Park, Sacramento
Day 5 NAPA VALLEY - Hop on the Napa Valley Wine Train - Explore Oxbrow Public Market California’s wine country is your home for the next two days. Start your time here in style aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. This journey is a leisurely ride through the beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley while sampling wine grown in the fields that surround you, and food from farms only a few miles away. If you fancy whipping up a meal yourself, head to Oxbow Public Market to get artisanal produce. Overnight: Westin Verasa Napa, Napa Valley
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NAPA VALLEY - Cooking Class at Cakebread Cellars - Shopping at Napa Premium Outlets The Golden State is known for the abundance, variety and quality of food grown here, so why not put this fantastic produce to good use and head to Cakebread Cellars for a cooking class…and maybe a glass of wine or two! Later on, head to Napa Premium Outlets to spend and save at the same time on some famous label brands. Overnight: Westin Verasa Napa, Napa Valley
Day 7 NAPA VALLEY & SAN DIEGO - Hot Air Balloon Ride - Explore the famous culinary town of Yountville On your last morning in Napa Valley, why not head to the skies for a birds eye view of the countryside on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. When your feet are back on the ground, head to the picturesque town of Yountville, for Michelin starred dining in beautiful surroundings. Overnight: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Explore California’s expansive wilderness
SAN FRANCISCO - Explore San Francisco’s Chinatown - Discover some of the city’s famous neighbourhoods
LAKE TAHOE - Hike to Vikingsholm Castle - Take a sunset cruise on the lake
Today, spend time hitting the streets and exploring San Francisco. The city is very walkable, and when your feet have had enough, jump on the cable car to discover more. This evening, spend time walking and tasting the best of Chinatown in San Francisco – the biggest outside of Asia!
Stretch your legs, breathe in the beautiful, fresh mountain air and hike one of the many trails that surround Lake Tahoe. Later, jump on board the Woodwind II and set sail on crystal clear waters of the lake for an unforgettable sunset cruise. Overnight: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Lake Tahoe
Overnight: Good Hotel, San Francisco
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Traverse the Tioga Pass into Yosemite National Park - Hike, camp, climb and explore this huge National Park Drive the stunning Tioga Pass (usually open from midMay to Mid-Nov each year) at almost 10,000ft, taking you through the dramatic Sierra Nevada Mountain Range affording incredible views. In Yosemite take the opportunity to discover amazing views and wildlife on one of the many hiking trails. Overnight: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, Yosemite NP
Day 4 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Visit the awe-inspiring Mariposa Grove - Take in the unforgettable vista at Tunnel View This morning, travel to awe-inspiring Mariposa Grove, home to Giant Sequoia trees, some of which are over 2000 years old. Then stop at Tunnel View to get the iconic shot of Yosemite Valley framed majestically by the rocky outcrops of El Capitan and Half Dome. Overnight: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, Yosemite NP
Day 5 DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK - Visit the lowest, hottest and driest area in North America - Camp under the stars in the great outdoors Today, stop at Death Valley National Park. Later, explore huge sand dunes, weather sculpted rock formations and volcanic craters before taking a stroll on the stunning salt flats. Watch the mountains change color with the fading sunlight as the sun goes down. Tonight, view the Milky Way from the comfort of your own camping bed in the park. Overnight: Camping in Death Valley NP
DEATH VALLEY/JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARKS - Experience Joshua Tree National Park - Stop for pictures at the Devil’s Golf Course Discover the famous Joshua Tree – a prickly Yuka plant that is a vital part of the desert eco-system and unique to only a handful of places in the world. On the way, stop at the Devil’s Golf Course, aptly named due to a 1930’s guidebook to the area stating that ‘Only the Devil could play golf’ on its surface. Overnight: Camping in Joshua Tree NP
Day 7 SAN DIEGO - Wake up early for sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park - Discover ‘Americas Finest City’, San Diego For early risers, be sure to catch the sunrise here for a once in a lifetime experience, before heading to San Diego for Pacific Ocean fun – a complete contrast to the deserts. San Diego is home to a huge range of activities, so be sure to visit SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, USS Midway or one of the countless other attractions for a great day out. Overnight: Paradise Point, San Diego
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SANTA BARBARA - Taste the freshest produce at the Montecito Farmers Market - Stop off for a classic burger at In-N-Out
SANTA BARBARA - Enjoy the ocean air and views on a boat ride on the Pacific - Explore Downtown Santa Barbara - Sip wonderful wines on the Urban Wine Trail
Santa Barbara, aka the American Riviera is the first stop on this culinary tour of California. The city boasts fantastic food and wine growers and producers right on its doorstep, and a great place to sample some of this food is at one of the many farmers markets in and around the city. Later, stop at In-N-Out Burger for a classic taste of Americana.
Start your day with a fantastic and filling brunch at the Four Seasons Biltmore. After this, take in the views of Santa Barbara from the Ocean on the Santa Barbara Water Taxi, before shooting and tasting some great food on the Eat This, Shoot That photo and food tour. Explore downtown, before ending your day sampling fine wines on the Urban Wine Trail
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Overnight: Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn, Santa Barbara
PASO ROBLES - Visit Pismo Beach Premium Outlets - Go wine tasting at one of the many nearby vineyards Start your day with a spot of retail therapy at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets. If you’re buying presents for friends or family at home, or just for yourself, here is the place to grab a bargain. After lunch, head out to one of the stunning vineyards in Paso Robles Wine Country to sample some of California’s finest wines. Overnight: Courtyard by Marriott, Paso Robles
Day 4 CARMEL & MONTEREY - Visit California’s very own Castle - Explore Monterey Marketplace - Discover Carmel-by-the-Sea Today, spend time exploring the amazing Hearst Castle. Built in the 1920’s, it is home to countless pieces of art and antiques, and also the venue for many Hollywood parties! As you head further up the Central Coast, stop at Carmelby-the-Sea, which boasts a beautiful beach, great shopping, art galleries and restaurants. Afterwards, head to nearby Monterey to explore famous Cannery Row and taste the best at the Marketplace. Overnight: La Playa Hotel, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Day 5 SANTA CRUZ - Step back in time on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk - Sample world class wines Home to a beautifully restored beach boardwalk, Santa Cruz is California personified. Combining a relaxed attitude, beautiful weather and plenty to see and do, this surf town is a must do on any Central Coast itinerary. Nearby, countless vineyards take advantage of the warm days and cool nights to produce delightful Pinots, Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons. Overnight: Hotel Paradox, Santa Cruz
SANTA CRUZ & SAN MATEO - Get an early morning work out Stand-up Paddle Boarding - Stop off at Harley Farms Goat Diary - Taste local brews at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. Head out on the Pacific Ocean to try your hand at standup paddle boarding. After an revitalising time on the water, head to the Dream Inn for a well-earned breakfast. After this, head out to the area surrounding Santa Cruz to sample artisanal produce and unforgettable locally brewed beer at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. Overnight: Embassy Suites (SFO and South San Francisco) or Bay Landing Hotel
Day 7 SAN FRANCISCO & SAN DIEGO - Discover downtown San Francisco - Explore San Diego For a quick way to get your bearings in the city, hop on a Ride The Duck tour to get a first-hand view of the cityâ€™s famous neighbourhoods from the land and the sea! Stop off for a bite at one of the many eateries in the Ferry Building, in an enviable location right on the bay. Overnight: Paradise Point, San Diego
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LUXURY & INDULGENCE
LUXURY & INDULGENCE Indulge yourself in countless ways Day 1
LOS ANGELES - Hit The Grove for a spot of retail therapy - Head out to sample LAâ€™s famous nightlife
LOS ANGELES - Explore Beverly Hills - Discover some of Los Angelesâ€™ vibrant neighbourhoods
On your first day in Los Angeles, spend some time getting your bearings on one of the many hop on, hop off bus tours around the city. Afterwards, head to The Grove for a great range of shopping options. Later, why not sample some of Los Angeles famous nightlife on Sunset Blvd, in Downtown or the Santa Monica area.
This morning, head to Beverly Hills to experience this vibrant area and explore its world class shopping and dining destinations. Be sure to keep your eyes open for resident celebrities. Overnight: W Westwood Hotel, Los Angeles
Overnight: W Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles
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Day 3 LOS ANGELES & PALM SPRINGS - Take a stroll on Sunset Boulevard - Explore the mid-century architecture of Palm Springs Today, start your day right with brunch at the Mondrian Los Angeles and then explore the trendy shops, hotels and cafes along the Sunset Strip, stopping at London West Hollywood to grab a drink. That afternoon, head inland to the beautiful desert oasis of Palm Springs. Overnight: Riviera Palm Springs, Palm Springs
Day 4 PALM SPRINGS - Practice your golf swing or hit a full 18 holes - Experience a jeep tour to the San Andreas Fault Palm Springs is blessed with countless golf courses on which to challenge yourself, so grab your clubs and head out for 18 holes in stunning surroundings. Later, jump on a jeep tour and head out to see the remarkable San Andreas Fault. Overnight: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort, Indian Wells
Day 5 PALM SPRINGS & LAGUNA BEACH - Splash the cash at Desert Hills Premium Outlets - Walking tour of Laguna Beach This morning, head to Desert Hills Premium Outlets for some serious bargain hunting at famous name shops. After leaving Palm Springs and heading to the coast, get your bearings in Laguna Beach on a walking tour of the city. Later, stop for a glass of wine at one of the many bars overlooking the ocean. Overnight: Inn at Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
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LAGUNA BEACH & NEWPORT BEACH - Enjoy brunch with stunning views - Take a limousine tour of luxurious Newport Beach This morning, take in the breath taking views over the Pacific Ocean while enjoying a sumptuous brunch at the Montage Laguna Beach. Later on, explore Newport Beach in style with a Limousine tour of the area. Overnight: The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach
Day 7 NEWPORT BEACH & SAN DIEGO - Visit Fashion Island - Hop on a Duffy Boat Tour of Newport Beach Head to Fashion Island for a huge range of shopping, dining, movies and more. After splashing the cash, make a different splash by hopping onto a Duffy Boat Tour of Newport Beach and take in the spectacular views while being warmed by the California sunshine. Overnight: The Dana Hotel or Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego
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Thrills and spills in the Golden State
SAN DIEGO - Sample the famous brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado - Hire Segways or bikes to explore the city - Visit Belmont Park for family friendly rollercoasters, Laser Tag and much more
SAN DIEGO - Discover ocean life at SeaWorld San Diego - Cruise the waters of Mission Bay on the Bahia Belle
On your first day in Southern California, take time to explore the beautiful city of San Diego. Enjoy brunch and the views at the world famous Hotel Del Coronado and finish off your day at Belmont Park, for a true American beach boardwalk experience
Today, get up close and personal with a host of attractions at SeaWorld San Diego, and make sure to ride Manta, a thrilling rollercoaster. If the open road is calling, what better way to travel than in an RV? With this home on wheels, you have the freedom to explore far and wide. Overnight: Campland on the Bay, San Diego, in a Recreational Vehicle (RV)
Overnight: Humphreys Half Moon Inn, San Diego
Day 3 SAN DIEGO - Make a splash on the SEAL adventure by land and sea - Relive ‘Top Gun’ on the decks of the USS Midway - Experience San Diego’s nightlife in the Gaslamp District Start your day with an invigorating trip by land and sea on the San Diego SEAL tour, then experience the best of San Diego’s naval heritage on board the aircraft carrier USS Midway. In the evening, why not sample some of the best restaurants, bars and clubs California has to offer in the Gaslamp District. Overnight: Kona Kai Resort & Marina, San Diego
Day 4 ORANGE COUNTY & HUNTINGTON BEACH - Stop off at the Outlets at Orange for some serious shopping - Hit the waves and learn to surf in Huntington Beach, aka Surf City USA - Toast S’mores at your own beach fire pit Today, why not take advantage of the bargains at Orange County’s only outlet mall, Outlets at Orange. After splashing the cash, why not make a splash of a different kind in Huntington Beach, AKA, Surf City USA, and try your hand at surfing, kayaking or stand up paddleboarding. Overnight: Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, Huntington Beach
Day 5 ANAHEIM - Visit the original Disneyland© and hang out with Mickey & Minnie - Thrills and spills for kids of all ages at Knotts Berry Farm - Have a swashbuckling adventure at Pirates Dinner Adventure Kids young and old will love the rides, attractions, parades and activities available at Disneyland, the original Disney theme park, and Knotts Berry Farm, one of California’s leading attractions for over 70 years. Overnight: Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, Huntington Beach
LOS ANGELES - Head to Universal Studios Hollywood - Grab dinner at the Original Farmers Market Today, why not head to Universal Studios Hollywood, to experience the amazing behind the scenes tour of a working movie studio, and then put yourself in the heart of the action on one of the many rides in the park. Later, taste some of the freshest food around at the Original Farmers Market, home to countless options to tantalise the taste buds. Overnight: Beverly Garland, Los Angeles
Day 7 LOS ANGELES & SAN DIEGO - Explore Santa Monica - Discover the vibrant Downtown California’s largest city, Los Angeles, offers so much for families to see and do, it’s tough to know where to begin! From the majestic Queen Mary in Long Beach to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, catching a show or a game at the Nokia Theater at LA Live in Downtown or catching the latest movie, LA is home to limitless options. Spend time in the beautiful beachside city of Santa Monica and find out for yourself why it’s so popular. Overnight: The Dana Hotel, San Diego
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The California SuperFAM groups came together to swap stories and experience a fantastic finale in Mission Bay, San Diego.
California Road Show A travel road show allowed all 60 agents to meet with the partners, hotels, destinations and attractions from across California. It was an opportunity for those from each itinerary to mix and meet with everyone that they didnâ€™t get to visit throughout the week and a chance to gain more knowledge and information useful to their clients.
Dinner at La Jolla Tennis & Beach Club As the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, agents enjoyed welcome drinks and got to soak in the atmosphere of this beautiful Southern California beach. Afterwards, dinner was served, in true Californian style, on the beach, the sounds of the ocean serving as our backing track.
Presentations With all the SuperFAM agents coming together for dinner and drinks, each group was then asked to share their Californian journey and their experiences from the week. After this, our Superfam partners British Airways, Intrepid Travel and SIMON Shopping Destinations took to the stage to highlight new developments and activities.
After Party The finale finished off in style with drinks and dancing to a live DJ at the SuperFAM after party. Agents and destination representatives partied long into the night with conga-lines and stage-storming abound! After a long night, all agents were transferred back to their Mission Bay accommodation tired but happy after an amazing week in the Golden State.
THE LAST DAY All good things must come to an end… The state’s second-largest city, San Diego has the heart of an urban hub wrapped in history and blessed with almost perfect weather year-round. And if San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline and reliably sunny weather weren’t enough, the city is also home to museums, a world-renowned zoo, theme parks, famous golf courses, and a lively theater scene – as well as great food, shopping and nightlife in the historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter. You never forget you’re next to the sea here, with short sleeves worn nearly year-round. While in San Diego, make sure you make time to see: - Old Town San Diego Historic Park. Enjoy rustic shops and restaurants reflecting the region’s rich Mexican heritage. - Gaslamp Quarter. San Diego’s best place for nightlife, a 16-block National Historic District with restored 1860s buildings that house shops, clubs, and cafes. Adjacent to the quarter is ultra-modern Horton Plaza Shopping Centre. - New Children’s Museum in San Diego. This downtown attraction lets kids—and their imaginations—run wild, with hands-on exhibits promoting creative learning. - Maritime Museum of San Diego and U.S.S. Midway. This maritime museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship, Star of India. Just south floats the anchored the U.S.S. Midway, a retired aircraft carrier now open for touring. - Coronado Island. Across a handsome bridge lies this relaxed community, perfect for cycling or hanging out at family-friendly Coronado Beach. This is home to the iconic Hotel del Coronado, where Marilyn Monroe shimmied in 1959’s unforgettable ‘Some Like It Hot.’
- Balboa Park. With nearly 20 museums and the worldfamous San Diego Zoo, plus manicured gardens and outdoor cafés, this is one of the country’s finest city parks. - Mission Bay Park. A local favourite, this waterfront park has sailboats and jet skis for rent. - SeaWorld San Diego. Watch Shamu splash and dolphins leap at this top family theme park, featuring Manta, a dazzling, technologically advanced coaster ride.
New in San Diego In summer 2013, the San Diego Zoo opened the Conrad Prebys Australian Outback exhibit showcasing wonders from the Land Down Under including the Zoo’s Queensland koala colony – the largest koala colony outside of Australia. In summer 2013, Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ opened in San Diego’s South Bay. The new waterpark features exciting waterslide attractions in addition to guest experiences with a variety of exotic animals. In summer 2013, SeaWorld San Diego debuted Madagascar Live: Operation Vacation, an original 20-minute live musical show featuring the characters from the Madagascar movie franchise. In summer 2013, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park opened Lemur Walk, a new walk-through exhibit which allows guests to get up close to the bigeyed primates from Madagascar.
The futureâ€™s arrived The spirit of curiosity that first propelled our pilots into the air continues to push us to create new flights of discovery. And now itâ€™s time to share our latest adventure. Our new Airbus A380 has now started operating between London Heathrow and Los Angeles, with services increasing to double-daily from 10 April 2014 For more information on British Airways visit batraveltrade.com To Fly. To Serve.
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* Seats on the A380 are available to book on selected flights between London Heathrow and Los Angeles from 15 October 2013 and between London Heathrow and Hong Kong from 15 November 2013.