3 Days | Starting at $1,140
Monterey, Big Sur, Central Coast, Hearst Castle, Solvang and Santa Barbara - 3 Days/2 Nights.
• Single – $1140
• Double – $1816
• Triple – $2232
• Child (Age 5 to 11 – sharing a room with one or more adults) – $480
• 2 days of narrated tour transportation,
• 2 nights hotel room with tax,
• 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, with tax and tips,
• 17-Mile Drive fees,
• Hearst Castle Grand Rooms Tour and movie,
• Train tickets to Los Angeles or Anaheim,
• Tour to Monterey on a large tour bus, along the Big Sur, to Hearst Castle and San Luis Obispo by a car or a van with a driver guide.
On day 3 from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles you travel by AMTRAK Coast Starlight. The train has vista dome car for sightseeing and a dining car for meals.
Day 1: San Francisco to Monterey. 154 miles.
Leave San Francisco around 9:00 AM. Driving south along San Andreas Fault to miles of artichoke and strawberry fields by the Monterey Bay, home of Fort Ord where armed forces once trained now students prepare for their future at University of California. Going through Monterey we stop at Cannery Row around lunch time and optional visit of the world renown Monterey Bay Aquarium. Stops are made at
• Pacific Grove
• 17 Mile Drive,
• Pebble Beach.
• Visit Carmel by the Sea for about an hour.
• Check-in to the hotel by 5:30 p.m.
Bay Park Hotel, Monterey.
Dinner & Breakfast
2nd Day: Monterey to San Luis Obispo. 135 miles.
Driving south on Big Sur Highway One to Bixby Bridge we continue to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to see the Giant Coastal Redwoods. Along one of the most scenic highways in the world stops are made at scenic turnouts to see the mighty Pacific crashing on the cliffs.
• Scenic Highway One
• Big Sur Redwoods.
At San Simeon, Tour Hearst Castle and see the movie “Building the Dream”. 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. Via coastal villages and Morro Bay we reach San Luis Obispo at about 4:30.
Check in for the night at Apple Farm Inn.
3rd Day. San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles. 220 miles train. Santa Barbara County-vineyard
Morning free or optional 4 hour tour by The Wine Wrangler (805 238 5700) to visit 3 wineries. Board The Coast Starlight at 3:20p.m. *(Alternate time see below). Via Pismo Beach to Pt. Arguello through restricted Vandenberg Air Force Base see launch pads for the space rockets and then some of the most scenic ocean views all the way through Santa Barbara to Oxnard. Turning inland around seven the train goes past miles of orange groves then through Simi Valley to Glendale.
At about 9:00 we arrive in the heart of the great metropolis of Los Angeles at the Union Station that you may recognize from many Hollywood films. Taxicabs to downtown locations cost about $20, twice as much to Hollywood, West Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills. To the Los Angeles International Airport Fly Away bus leaves every half hour, takes about 45 minutes cost only $7. Going further south it is advisable to spend a night in Los Angeles and take the train to San Diego in the morning. We can book hotel rooms in Los Angeles at Miyako Inn, in Anaheim at Clarion Hotel or in San Diego at Handlery Hotel.
If you want to reach Los Angeles earlier you can take the SURFLINER at 6:55 a.m. arriving Los Angeles at 12:15 or leave at 1:35 arriving at 7:10 p.m. You can combine this tour with hotels and tours at either end, in San Francisco and / or Los Angeles to make it a 5 or 7 day package vacation in California. 3 day San Francisco Riesling package includes two nights at The Handlery Hotel, Wine Country or the City and Muir Woods tour and 2 breakfasts. 3 day Los Angeles Bustle package includes two nights at Miyako Inn, Grand Tour of Los Angeles with Movie Stars’ homes and LAX transfer. Alternate tours and hotels are available.
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.