6 Days California Coast and Yosemite
6 Days/ 5 Nights
Los Angeles to San Francisco
Tour includes : Amtrak from Los Angeles to Paso Robles to Monterey, fee for 17 Mile Drive and Hearst Castle Tour, tour of Monterey Peninsula, Yosemite National Park fee, five nights of hotel stay, one dinner, one lunch, and one breakfast.
Day 1: Anaheim/Los Angeles to Paso Robles. 258 miles by AMTRAK Coast Starlight train
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You depart on an Amtrak train either from Anaheim at 8:07 AM or Union Station in Los Angeles at 10:15 AM. You get to see Simi Valley and Fillmore, 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 at about 3:43 PM, the hotel van takes you to Paso Robles Inn. Dinner is included at the hotel.
Day 2: Paso Robles / Hearst Castle/ Monterey - 110 miles tour and 117 miles by train.
The Wine Wrangler tour company takes you about 45 minutes west to the coast and then on Highway One to San Simeon.
That is where you take the tour of the 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.
Enjoy a picnic lunch and stop for shopping, before heading back to Paso Robles for the train at 4:45 PM. At Camp Roberts, we enter Monterey County and along the Salinas River, oil fields give way to the Valley, one of the richest agricultural areas in California. Riding through one of the largest vineyards, we come upon miles of broccoli, lettuce, flowers, and berries. Around 6:36 PM, you reach Salinas where John Steinbeck chronicled the transformation of Monterey County from the days of depression to the wealthier times. The Amtrak bus takes us to Monterey. It should arrive in Monterey just after 7:15 PM in the evening. A short 5 minute cab ride takes you to Bay Park Hotel.
Day 3: Monterey Peninsula Tour to San Francisco - 154 miles by motor coach.
Have breakfast and spend the morning at the hotel. Between 12:00 and 1:00 PM meet the motor coach tour. Spend the rest of the day in historic Monterey, Cannery Row, and 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. You have some time in Carmel by the Sea for shopping and browsing. After 5:00 PM, we go east through Fort Ord and Castroville to Highway 101 as the artichoke and strawberry fields and green houses 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. You pass San Francisco International Airport, arriving at your hotel in the City around 7:30 PM. You check in at Handlery Union Square.
Day 4: San Francisco to Yosemite - 215 miles
You depart from San Francisco at 6:30 AM and arrive in Yosemite at about 12:30 PM. There is a brief Valley Sights Tour upon your arrival into the park. You are then dropped off at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls for your hotel stay.
Day 5: Glacier Point - San Francisco - 274 miles.
At 8:30 AM, you depart for a 4 hour, 64 mile tour to Glacier Point, which goes up to 8,000 feet in elevation. When that tour is not operating or if the elevation bothers you, the alternative is the 2-hour Yosemite Valley Tour. You have the rest of the afternoon free. You leave Yosemite at 3:45 PM to head back to San Francisco. It gets back to San Francisco by 8:30 PM and you check in again at the Handlery Union Square..
Day 6: The trip ends once you check out of the hotel.
THIS IS NOT A GROUP TOUR. It is an independent trip using local sightseeing companies and Amtrak trains. You will not be in a group and there is not a guide with you, except during the actual tour portions of the trip.
All bookings must be made at least 16 working days in advance, but it is best to book as early as possible. These bookings are normally confirmed within 2 to 5 business days, but confirmation may take longer if the departure date is several weeks or months away.
Departs Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, & Sat
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Price per person in U.S. Dollars. Child ages are 5 to 11 - sharing room with one or more adults