- Amtrak Coast Starlight train from Los Angeles through Santa Barbara, Vandenberg AFB, and Salinas Valley.
- Overnight in Salinas or Monterey
- If staying in Salinas visit farms and fields and Steinbeck Center
- Cannery Row, 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel
- Amtrak train or bus transfer to San Francisco
About the tour:
This independent trip is made possible by taking AMTRAK from Anaheim or Los Angeles to Monterey, spending a night there and then bus connection to San Francisco.
Day 1 - Anaheim or Los Angeles to Salinas and Monterey. 375 miles:
On AMTRAK train leave Union Station, Los Angeles at 10:15 a.m. (or Anaheim at 8:07 a.m. for additional $15 per person). Riding through suburbs of Los Angeles we see Simi Valley and Fillmore, orange groves and green houses, reaching the Pacific coast at Oxnard. As the train hugs the shores we see the most magnificent vistas. West through Santa Barbara and then turning north at Goleta we pass by Vandenberg Space Station on the way to Pismo Beach. Fields of strawberries and miles of new vines are all around us as we ride north to San Luis Obispo. Soon the train chugs up Cuesta Grade and then drops down going to the horse ranches and pasture lands of Paso Robles. At Camp Roberts we enter Monterey County and run alongside 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. The train lets us off in Salinas where John Steinbeck chronicled the transformation of Monterey county from the days of depression to the wealthier times. Stay the night in Salinas or car transfer takes us past Laguna Seca to the ocean at Monterey Bay where Golf courses, mansions and scenic drives take over. It should be just after 7:15 in the evening. Check in at the Bay Park Hotel in Monterey. Bay Park Hotel 1425 Munras Avenue, Monterey
DINNING ON THE TRAIN:
THE DINNING CAR & CAFE LOUNGE CAR ON COAST STARLIGHT
The Dinning Car offers a truly unique restaurant style dinning experience to both Sleeping Car and Coach passengers. Enjoy regional wines and regionally inspired dishes prepared by our talented chefs, all the while enjoying a level of service you'd expect of a fine restaurant. In addition to the Dinning Car, all passengers are invited to relax, socialize and dine in the Cafe Lounge Car. The Lounge Car offers extended hours and a more casual environment where you can satisfy your appetite with sandwiches, snacks, beer, cocktails, wine, and an assortment of sodas and juices.
Day 2 - Monterey Peninsula Tour and then to San Francisco. 154 miles:
If you spent the night in Salinas a local resident takes you on very interesting visits to the farms, fields, and packing plants. At Steinbeck Center see the history of Valley of the World. Meet the travelers who stayed in Monterey at about 12:30 p.m. for a tour of Monterey, Cannery Row, Pacific Grove. See the Pacific crashing on to the rocks and swirling around on the 17 Mile Drive, where the Lone Cypress stands guard. Brush with luxury at the golf courses and resorts of Pebble Beach. Time in Carmel by the Sea for shopping & browsing. Around four we go east through Fort Ord and Castroville to Highway 101, turning north along the San Andreas fault line through Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Soon the artichoke and strawberry fields, green houses and pastures give way to the urban sprawl that emerges as we enter San Jose. The pace quickens and slows with the traffic as we drive with the San Francisco Bay on our right through the Silicon Valley, past the International Airport coming in to San Francisco after 7:30. The trip ends at your hotel.
Rails and Wheels Tour - 2 days – Tour Code LA1M
Available almost daily except on certain holidays and weekends
** Price per person - 2017**
|Tour Code: LA1M||Double||Single||Triple||Child|
|2 day Rails and Wheels||$363||$484||$297||$187|
Cost per person in U.S. Dollars. child 5 - 11. Please note each room has two double beds. It will be too small for three adults. We recommend you to reserve two rooms for three adults.
AMTRAK train from Los Angeles, Hotel room with tax, Tour of Monterey Peninsula, Entrance fee for 17 Mile Drive, Narrated tour to San Francisco. If you have any questions, contact us