An excellent job helping us plan our trip round California. They really excelled and planned everything perfectly for us. Yet again another fantastic holiday thanks to DialAFlight.
Doug was very helpful. Offered three different options and no pressure to choose the most expensive. We ended up with good flights, good hotel and nice car.
Very helpful staff - will definitely use DialAFlight again
Michele and the team were fantastic again,
Excellent service and competitive prices, thanks for a great trip
Excellent as usual - timing of flights perfect
Fabulous service and they went ‘the extra mile’ to help me!
Carla put together an absolutely fantastic itinerary for us. She kept us informed of all changes to flights and even arranged an upgrade at the Westin St Francis.
Debbie is always my first port of call when booking holidays. She makes everything hassle free! Already have my next holiday booked through her
Great customer service. Everyone I have spoken to has been very helpful. Felt that we were looked after.
Absolutely brilliant, so professional we will always be using your services. Thank you to all at DialAFlight.
Had a great service. I was made to feel special and well looked after. Rocky is a superb adviser. Would recommend him to all my contacts and use him again for sure. Job well done
Will come back again - very pleased with the good customer care
Awesome and fun to chat to!
Professional service and courteous staff
Scott was excellent and everything went very well
Good reliable information during the process. Will recommend to others.
Our holiday was absolutely amazing and thank you. I have been directing friends to DialAFlight as cannot fault you as a company
Great planning, right on budget, value for money. Fab holiday, great memories.
American Airlines I don’t care for. Delta was OK. Virgin surpassed all my expectations as always
Jordan was billiant as always!
Fabulous advice and great prices
Always extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
Delighted with agent's recommendations and service. Will definitely use you for planning any future trips and would highly recommend you to friends and family.
Our trip was faultless, everything was so smooth which was great! Thanks to Christian for all his help with booking and answering our questions
We had a brilliant time and all flights were very close to specified time slots.
Always appreciate flying through you guys and been using Curtis for years
DialAFlight's attention to detail is always excellent - that's why we come back year after year.
Thank you Claire for all your help
It's not so much that 12-year-old girls know what they want to do when they hit California, it's that they know what they don't want to do - and that includes any form of sightseeing.
This meant planning our month-long road trip was a challenge. I love adventure, my husband Paul loves luxury, and our daughters Phoebe and Dora love access to wi-fi.
Our first stop was San Francisco, where we stayed at the Fairmont - lots of luxury to relax in after the flight. Our three days in the city were busy as we checked things off our must-do list: bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and ferry back via Alcatraz; window-shopping in the arty Mission District and queuing with locals for a wonderful lunch at Tartine.
As we eventually left San Francisco in our monster truck, I directed Paul to the infamous bends of Lombard Street. The girls whooped almost as much as he whinged.
Next stop was Napa Valley, where we had booked the Carneros Inn - which turned out to be one of the finds of the trip. Detached cottages are positioned around an organic farm. Cool restaurants, hilltop swimming pools, and outdoor bar areas with night-time fire pits are the only places where you notice that you are not the only guests.
We dipped in and out of Napa's famous vineyards, before heading 120 miles east to Nevada County and Grass Valley, where in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada you find the richest gold mines in California.
I find California's gold pros-pecting history fascinating, and as we traced the path down Highway 49, I tried to imagine the emotions of those tens of thousands who came to seek their fortune.
My commentary from the passenger seat was sporadically interrupted by Phoebe or Dora demanding that we stop to take photos at stunning vantage points, or capture the signs for improbably named towns such as Rough And Ready.
Our trip to Yosemite National Park was magnificent. Yosemite is definitely at its best when seen in a swimming costume at 7am from the middle of a glacial lake.
Heading west, we spent two days fascinated by the geek chic of the city of Palo Alto, where our girls worshipped at the altars of technology giants such as Apple. But before they got too used to the wi-fi forcefield that surrounded them, it was time to move to the coast.
We took a leisurely drive south to Carmel, where we had magical sunset picnics on the beach and watched whales off Point Lobos. Then it was on through the beautiful, rugged coastline of Big Sur to the El Capitan campsite near Santa Barbara. Paul was chuffed I had taken an executive decision and booked a luxury cabin.
We had a barbecue on our private terrace before witnessing the most magnificent sunset cloak the sky like a night-time rainbow - a truly special moment.
From the moment we turned on to Highway 1 the car was filled with cheers from the back every time we passed a sign counting down the distance to Hollywood. Twelve, it seems, is the age where the magic of the movie industry hits hard. My girls lap up everything Tinseltown. They loved the fact we were hanging out in the same town as Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, or that any nailbar could be full of Kardashians, or any juice bar packed with Beckhams.
We pandered to them, searching the internet to see where the stars dined, and then booked a table at the same spots.
The anticipation made for fun dinners, and rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty such as Di Caprio, Clooney and even a Baldwin led us to compile a list of DVDs we must see upon our return.
We stayed in full glamour at the London hotel in West Hollywood, where a sneaky afternoon cocktail by the rooftop pool became my little luxury. And of course we had to photograph the sign in the hills, visit the Chinese Theatre and sit on the Friends sofa on a Warner Bros tour, before heading back to the coast.
Our last five days were based at the ever-so-cool Viceroy in Santa Monica. There was much to do - trapeze school on Santa Monica Pier, a morning bike ride to Venice Beach, an evening trip to a basketball match and a surf lesson in Malibu.
We had been exactly a month in California - and both girls are determined to return as soon as possible to continue exploring.