Big Sur Highway is open for 45 miles south of Monterey. See Bixby Bridge and Coastal Redwoods !!
- Amtrak Coast Starlight through Santa Barbara Coast and Vandenberg AFB, overnight in San Luis Obispo
- Hearst Castle, San Simeon coast
- Train ride through Salinas Valley overnight in Monterey
- 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel
Day 1 - Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo. 220 miles by Coast Starlight train :
Go to Union Station to check in by 9:00 a.m. for Coast Starlight Train leaving at 10:15 a.m. 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 through 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). See Traveling by Amtrak Coast Starlight
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 - San Luis Obispo/ Hearst Castle/ Monterey. 148 miles tour and 154 miles by train and bus:
The Wine Wrangler driver guide 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." Enjoy a picnic lunch and stop for shopping or visit a winery. Back to San Luis Obispo for the Coast Starlight train at 3:43. The train chugs up Cuesta Grade through some tunnels and then drops down to the horse ranches of Templeton and green pastures and vineyards of Paso Robles. 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 you reach Salinas where John Steinbeck chronicled the transformation of Monterey county from the days of depression to the wealthier times. Salinas Taxi waits for your arrival and takes you to Bay Park Hotel, Monterey. (Other hotels available)
Day 3 - (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 bus to 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 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 p.m.
California Coast Ride - 3 days – Tour Code LA2TC
Available almost daily except on certain holidays and weekends
** Price per person - 2017**
|Tour Code: LA2TC||Double||Single||Triple||Child|
|3 day Coast Ride||$803||$1,034||$726||$462|
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 tickets Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo and Monterey with transfers on arrival to the hotels, night in San Luis Obispo, guided tour of Hearst Castle and San Simeon Coast, night in Monterey, guided tour of Monterey, 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel by the Sea continuing to San Francisco. One dinner, one picnic lunch, and one breakfast, and tax. If you have any questions, contact us