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$94 Day Trips & Excursions

Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium

The Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour will take you along California's Pacific Coast on your way to historic Monterey & picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea along with a drive through Pacific Grove in between. Monterey Bay has great geologic and biological significance: it has an incredible abundance of sea life just offshore in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which borders 276 miles of California’s spectacular coastline. Monterey Bay was the site of the first Europeans to visit the land that became California. Several waves of industrial scale whaling and fishing exploited the bounty of the huge undersea trench offshore. John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath) grew up in Salinas and spent much of his creative effort writing about the Monterey area. Two of his books are Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row. You’ll start the day traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1 (fog permitting). After an optional stop in Santa Cruz, a rest break, and optional photo stops along the way, you will set foot on Monterey’s famous Cannery Row for a chance to stroll among the shops and grab a fresh seafood lunch. If you bring your own lunch, you might be able to squeeze in a short trip to the world famous Monterey Aquarium (admission not included). After lunch, you will follow the coast through the beautiful little town of Pacific Grove on the way to the 17-Mile Drive. This famous road winds its way between magnificent homes and the spectacular coastline, between the greens and tees of world famous golf courses like Spyglass Hill, and among the last remaining forest of a rare species of trees, the Monterey Cypress, which is sculpted by relentless pacific breezes into fanciful shapes. The Lone Cypress is a very poignant example of one of these hardy trees hanging on to life (with the help of human engineering) in a seemingly impossible location. The drive finishes up at the Pebble Beach Village, where you can visit the Pro Shop and see the famous 18th Green. When you’ve paid that much for green fees, you don’t quit at sundown on the 16th hole! Upon arrival in the enchanted town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, you can explore the boutique shops on Ocean Avenue or be dazzled by the white sandy beach. If there is time and interest, we can visit the historic Carmel Mission as a last stop. This tour also has optional short stops in Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz. Come and join our Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour now for an exquisite experience.

$388 Cultural & Theme Tours

California Coast and Monterey From Los Angeles to San Francisco - 2 Days

This enjoyable trip transportation is by AMTRAK Long Distance train and local sightseeing tour company with driver guide . Our customers like this arrangement instead of whole trip by bus.  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 a hotel in Monterey on Munras Avenue 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.

$456 Multi-day & Extended Tours

LA to San Francisco, Hearst Castle 2-Day Tour and Train, Hotel

This enjoyable trip transportation is by AMTRAK Long Distance train and small vehicle from local tour company. Our customers like this arrangement instead of a bus or a van tour. Day 1 - 9:30 a.m. Check in at Los Angeles Union Station for AMTRAK Coast Starlight train leaving at 10:10. Riding through San Fernando Valley you reach Pacific Coast at Ventura and continue on Santa Barbara Coast through the restricted Vandenberg Air Force Base from which rockets are launched.  On through strawberry fields, small coastal towns and vineyards you reach San Luis Obispo at 3:30 or Paso Robles at 4:45.  Short cab ride to your hotel. Day 2 - 7:40 a.m. Pick up by a driver/guide in a small vehicle for a trip to Pacific Coast through Morro Bay to San Simeon for a 2 hour tour of Hearst Castle and then Elephant Seal Rookery with a picnic lunch.  Return to San Luis Obispo to board Coast Starlight train leaving at 3:30.  ride through Paso Robles, Camp Roberts, then along Salinas River past oil fields and vineyards.  Riding through the valley a brief stop in Salinas then through fields of artichokes and strawberries to Moss Landing.  See the unique Elkhorn Slough of Monterey Bay.  The train crosses the San Andreas Fault Line near Gilroy and comes through San Jose and Silicon Valley to marshlands of ecological bird sanctuaries in the marshes of San Francisco Bay.  Arriving in Oakland around 9:30 you are transferred to San Francisco.  The time you spend on this trip and the places you see will remain in your memory for a long time.