3 Days | Starting at $1,140
California offers some of the world's most spectacular sights and best spots for vacations.
From Tinsel Town to the Golden Gate this train, taxi and motor coach itinerary includes train rides on the Pacific Coast by Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo, then sedan car to Hearst Castle and along Big Sur Highway to Monterey. Motor coach tour of Monterey to San Francisco.
California Coast Monarch & Big Sur:
• Single – $1,140
• Double – $1,816
• Triple – $2,232
• Child (Age 5 to 11 – sharing a room with one or more adults) – $480
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THIS IS NOT A GROUP TOUR. It is an independent trip using local sightseeing companies and AMTRAK trains. International visitors like the experience of riding the railroad through beautiful California countryside. Trains can be late at times but overall the itinerary is very interesting and enjoyable.
Day 1: Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo. 220 miles by Coast Starlight train.
Amtrak train On AMTRAK train leave Anaheim at 8:07 or Union Station, Los Angeles at 10:15 am. See Simi Valley, orange groves and green houses, reaching the Pacific coast at Oxnard. As the train hugs the shore we see the most magnificent vistas west through Santa Barbara. Turning north at Gaviota past Vandenberg Space Station fields of strawberries and miles of new vines are all around us on the way to Pismo Beach. On arrival in San Luis Obispo around 3:43 the hotel van takes you to Apple Farm Inn for overnight stay.
Overnight at Apple Farm Inn. Dinner
Day 2: (PL) San Luis Obispo/ Hearst Castle/ Big Sur to Monterey. 148 miles.
Big Sur coast Your private sedan takes you about 45 minutes west to the coast and then on Highway One to San Simeon. Tour of Hearst Castle built by Julia Morgan during the 1920s and 1930s for the art collection of world famous newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. This 2 hour tour is ideal for first time visitors with an easy walk, a total of about 150 steps. See the movie “Building the Dream. After lunch drive 93 miles along the Big Sur Highway with unforgettable vistas, Big Sur Redwoods and The Bixby Bridge. By about 5:00 you reach Monterey. Check in at Bay Park Hotel. Also available Casa Munras Hotel and Spindrift
Day 3: Morning: (B) Monterey Peninsula Tour – then to San Francisco. 154 miles by motor coach.
Have breakfast and spend the morning at the hotel.
Between noon and one meet the tour motor coach from San Francisco. (On certain days this is done by sedan car.) Spend the rest of the day in historic Monterey, Cannery Row, Pacific Grove looking at golf courses, mansions and scenic vistas. See the Pacific crashing on the rocks and swirling around on the 17 Mile Drive, where the Lone Cypress stands guard. Brush with luxury at the resorts of Pebble Beach. Time in Carmel by the Sea for shopping & browsing.
After five we go east through Fort Ord and Castroville to Highway 101 as the artichoke and strawberry fields and green houses Monterey give way turning north along the San Andreas fault line through Gilroy and Morgan Hill. The urban sprawl emerges as we enter San Jose. The pace quickens and slows with the traffic driving through the Silicon Valley then past San Francisco International Airport arriving at your hotel in the City around 7:30 pm.
We offer sightseeing excursions and guided tours that highlight everything from LA’s most iconic sights to forgotten chapters of the city’s captivating past.
We also offer multilingual tours of Los Angeles attractions, excursions to movie studios and local theme parks, and beach tours that shine a spotlight on the city’s spectacular Pacific coastline.