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Travel Challenge: A Californian fly-drive holiday


Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a two-week road trip in California. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together. Each includes car hire, room-only accommodation and flights from Heathrow on Monday 5 March.

Virgin Holidays

£1,499: Santa Monica, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, San Diego and Palm Springs

Includes return Virgin Atlantic flights to Los Angeles. "This is an ideal holiday for couples wanting to take in the best of the Californian coast," says Neil Jones of Virgin Holidays. "Highlights include relaxed beaches, amazing surf and gorgeous scenery." (0844 557 3859; virginholidays.co.uk)

Bon Voyage

£1,775: San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and San Diego

Includes BA flights to San Francisco, returning from San Diego. "The Californian coast is one of the most scenic drives in the US," says Karen Niven of Bon Voyage. "Feel the wind in your hair as you drive a Mustang convertible and watch as the scenery unfolds along this stunning slice of California." (0800 316 0194; bon-voyage.co.uk/ spotlights)


£1,721: San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Barbara, LA and San Diego

Includes BA flights to San Francisco, returning from San Diego. "Drive the coastal route down from San Francisco to San Diego, taking in glorious views along Highway 1 and Big Sur along the way," says Steph Dillnut of Kuoni. "The weather will be warm but not too hot in March – making it the perfect time to enjoy California's sunshine, food and wine." (01306 747008; kuoni.co.uk)