Great service by Declan. Would highly recommend
Flights well arranged, good communication and queries answered promptly. Thanks to Donovan and Clark.
Much, much better than my trip in November where I didn’t get any of the special meals that I ordered as I’m dairy intolerant.
I always use DialAFlight - everyone is so helpful.
All went perfectly thanks to Roger and his colleagues
You are quicker than any company I know to pick up the phone!
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Debbie is really helpful and I always come to her first for my trips - my next one booked for March!
Good communication prior to the flight to ensure we had everything we needed. Excellent service.
Great customer service as always
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Another excellent trip organised by Adam. Exceptional service as always
Would use DAF again - great service and value
Stan is brilliant.
All good as usual. Nice that seats were booked for us.
Great as always
Once again, James delivered. I had only given him a skeleton idea but his knowledge of Air NZ Premium Economy was accurate and appreciated. Marriott hotel at LAX was comfortable and convenient for the one-night stay before collecting car. Alamo pick up and drop-off at LAX was the best we've experienced worldwide - staff were professional with absolutely no attempt to sell add-ons
Have recommended you to friends and family who now book through yourselves due to your friendly and helpful manner.
Great trip - all organised with no hassle and went smoothly - thank you DialAFlight
Excellent service and great prices.
Roger's help was brilliant, much appreciated.
As always, Travis did a great job.
Would definitely use DiaLAFlight again
As ever all the arrangements worked perfectly!
Nicole has been helping our family for years. She is amazing and always delivers.
Always good friendly and efficient service from everyone I have dealt with
Thanks to Curtis for arranging everything. The hotels in Long Beach and San Diego were fantastic!
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Nice to have a personal approach in this electronic era!
Sitting on San Francisco's famous Pier 39, sauce-stained children slurp huge bowls of clam chowder. In the background, Alcatraz's forbidding, mist-shrouded silhouette rises from the ocean.
The nearby gift shop is doing a roaring trade, churning out striped underpants and replica prison-issue toiletries bearing the tag line, 'don't drop the soap', all to a soundtrack of the pier's famous blubbery, barking sea lions.
WHERE TO FIRST
But the waterfront – with its many fresh crab restaurants – will soon look very different. The green-fingered team behind New York's urban High Line has now turned its attention to the Presidio – a beautiful, sprawling park overlooking the bay.
The tunnels burrowing through it will soon form the base of a spectacular, 14-acre park known as Tunnel Tops. When it opens in 2019, there will be beautiful views of the bay and meadows filled with fragrant wildflowers.
During 1967's Summer of Love, pier workers fought their way through crowds of garland-waving hippies who gathered here to shout about the Vietnam War.
THEN AND NOW
Now, more than 50 years on, hipsters have replaced hippies in Haight-Ashbury. A handful of psychedelic shops filled with tie-dye are squeezed between boutiques and organic cafes.
The closest encounter I have with a possible hippy is when I crouch down to take a picture of an enormous rainbow-themed piece of street art and accidentally disturb a dreadlocked local dozing in a doorway.
At Pork Store Cafe, a 40-year-old Haight Street institution famous for its huge breakfasts, I meet Amanda, a local, who tells me how the area's beautiful, Victorian, pastel-hued houses are being snapped up (and lovingly refurbished) by dotcom billionaires. She complains that prices have rocketed.
As I cycle towards the city centre, a smiling skateboarder shouts his encouragement and speeds past me – uphill. I realise his skateboard is battery-powered. I recall my chat with Amanda and wonder if it's Mark Zuckerberg or someone similar.
On the recommendation of a friend, I stop by Hotel Zetta in downtown San Francisco. Since last spring, it's been home to the world's first hotel-based virtual reality room. It's free to try – those in need of a moment of escapism (without the mind-altering drugs) can simply walk off the street into the padded room and slip on the headset.
I do so and find myself standing atop a shipwreck, one of several colourful worlds to be explored.
Neon fish swarm around me and when I turn around, I'm face-to-face with a huge, blinking whale. The next moment, I'm in a mountainous valley (apparently it's modelled on the landscape of Washington State).
Despite being just metres away from the rumbling trams, I can wander to a cliff edge and peer into a valley so deep that my stomach flips.
On my final night, I check out China Live, one of the city's newest restaurants. The walls are lined with hand-painted tiles showing local landmarks, such as the Transamerica Pyramid.
I sit at one of the communal tables and try jellyfish for the first time (it's salty, rubbery and delicious) with a potent, dragon fruit tea-infused cocktail.
Chinatown borders North Beach, a bay-side neighbourhood with a huge Italian community. I cycle home past Italian flags painted on lamp posts and delis blaring opera music.
In a nearby park, Chinese women perform perfectly choreographed tai chi routines near students making the most of California's decision to legalise marijuana. Suddenly, that Summer of Love doesn't seem quite so far away.
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