Big Sur Highway is open for 45 miles south of Monterey. See Bixby Bridge and Coastal Redwoods !!
- Motor coach or train to Monterey
- Cannery Row, 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel, overnight in Monterey
- Train ride through Salinas Valley, overnight in San Luis Obispo
- Hearst Castle, San Simeon coast
- Amtrak Coast Starlight train through Vandenberg AFB, Santa Barbara Coast
- Arrive Los Angeles Union Station
- 2 hour Big Sur and Coastal Redwoods tour on 1st day - 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
- Change 1st night hotel in Monterey to Casa Munras or Spindrift Inn
- Upgrade 2nd night hotel at Apple Farm Inn, San Luis Obispo
Day 1 - San Francisco to Monterey 154 miles:
Pick up from your hotel around 8:30 a.m. Departure by 9:00 a.m. Driving via Half Moon Bay or through Silicon Valley to Castroville. See miles of artichoke and strawberry fields with beautiful views of Monterey Bay. By midday stop at Cannery Row allowing time for lunch. Drive along the seaside flower gardens of Pacific Grove to 17 Mile Drive. See the ocean crash on shore and mansions and golf courses. Stop at Pebble Beach. Continue to Carmel by the Sea, the idyllic village with its art galleries and cottages set in Pine trees. Arrive at your hotel by 5:30.*Bay Park Hotel, Monterey. Dinner and Breakfast.
Day 2 - Monterey to San Luis Obispo. 154 miles:
After a relaxing morning, at 10:15 Sal's taxi (prepaid) transfers you to Salinas Train Station. See Traveling by Amtrak Coast Starlight AMTRAK Train # 11 Coast Starlight leaves at 11:48, just in time for lunch going through Salinas Valley, center of Monterey County’s agricultural region by the river and small towns, fields of lettuce, broccoli and acres of green houses. Around King City we see miles of newly planted vineyards where just a few years ago there was only cattle pasture. The oil fields appear and then the military installations at Camp Roberts. Passing Mission San Miguel we reach *San Luis Obispo at 3:20. The hotel car takes you to Apple Farm Inn for overnight stay. Spend the afternoon in this interesting quintessential small college town with many wine testing rooms and The Mission.
*Apple Farm Inn, San Luis Obispo.
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 3 - San Luis Obispo to Hearst Castle and Los Angeles. 148 miles tour and 258 miles train. Lunch
(++See below if you want to return to San Francisco):
The Wine Wrangler takes you about 45 minutes west to the coast and then on Highway One to 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. Enjoy a picnic lunch and stop for shopping or visit a winery. Return to San Luis Obispo. Board The Coast Starlight at 3:20. From 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 Surfliner 596 reaches Anaheim at 10:51.
++ Option to return to San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco / Tour Code: SF2MH:
After picnic lunch in San Luis Obispo, Wine Wrangler will take you AMTRAK for 3:43 p.m. Coast Starlight going north through Salinas and San Jose arriving in Oakland around 9:32 with a transfer to San Francisco arriving by 10:05 p.m.
We can book hotel rooms for you in Los Angeles area
California offers some of the world’s most spectacular sights and best spots for vacations. From the Golden Gate to Tinsel Town this motor coach tour and train itinerary includes must see places in Monterey and train rides through Salinas Valley and on the Pacific Coast by Santa Barbara. You can choose to take just the three day bus and train tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles or combine it with hotels and tours in San Francisco and/or Los Angeles to make it a 5 or 7 day package vacation. 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 trains through beautiful California countryside. Trains can be late at times but overall the itinerary is very interesting and enjoyable.
California Pacific - 3 days – Tour Code SF2CT
Available Monday, Wednesday and Saturday except on certain holidays
** Price per person - 2017**
Cost per person in U.S. Dollars. child 5 - 11
|Tour Code: SF2CT||Double||Single||Triple||Child|
|3 days California Pacific||$803||$1034||$726||$462|
|2 hour Big Sur Tour $ 82 per person|
|Change to Casa Munras $ 100 per room|
|Change to Spindrift Inn $ 200 per room|
|Upgrade at Apple Farm Inn $100 per room|
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.
Experienced driver-guided tours of Monterey, 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel by the Sea, two hour Hearst Castle Tour and San Simeon Coast, Private sedan car from Monterey hotel to Salinas train station, Amtrak tickets Salinas to Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles, one night in Monterey, one night in Paso Robles, one breakfast, one dinner, one lunch, and tax. (Vehicle size depends on number of clients booked).
Note: Trains can be late at times but overall the itinerary is very interesting and enjoyable. This independent trip requires some flexibility and acceptance of train or other delays and minor changes. If you have any questions, contact us.