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3-Day California Coast Tour: San Francisco to Los Angeles

Highlights
  • 3-day one-way California coast tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles
  • Visit the beautiful seaside cities of Cambria, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Barbara
  • Enjoy views of the jagged Big Sur coastline and travel along 17-Mile Drive to world-famous Pebble Beach
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3-Day California Coast Tour: San Francisco to Los Angeles
From US$845.00
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Superior Lodging - DoubleMost Popular
Superior accommodations at the Spin Drift Inn in Monterey and the Fireside Inn in Cambria. Please be advised that on the first night, rooms are configured with one KING bed only.
From US$1,030.00
Comfort Lodging - Double
Comfort accommodations at the Victorian Inn in Monterey and the Bluebird Inn in Cambria. Rooms are single or double occupancy only. Please note: Accommodation subject to change
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Comfort Lodging - Single
Comfort accommodations at the Victorian Inn in Monterey and the Bluebird Inn in Cambria. Rooms are single or double occupancy only. Please note: Accommodation subject to change
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Overview
Experience the spectacular scenery, wildlife and culture of California’s coastline, on an epic, 3-day adventure from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Sit back and relax as your friendly guide handles the driving along coast-hugging Highway 1, stopping along the way to explore highlights like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Cruz beaches, the sea cliffs of Bug Sur, luxurious 17-Mile Drive, jaw-dropping Hearst Castle and downtown Santa Barbara. Finish the one-way journey with a train ride into the sprawling glamour of Los Angeles. Tour size is limited to eight people for a more intimate, small-group experience.
What to Expect
On your 3-day trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, enjoy free time in each city you visit. Flexible daily itineraries let you explore at your own pace, and admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a guided tour of Hearst Castle are included. Your guide will offer interesting and informative commentary throughout your trip about local history, culture and architecture.
Choose between Comfort and Superior accommodation types.
Itinerary
Day 1: San Francisco – Monterey
After pickup from your San Francisco accommodation in the morning, begin your drive south on Highway 1 along the California coast. Stop at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse for views and continue to Santa Cruz for a walk along the beach.

When you arrive in Monterey, spend the afternoon exploring fascinating marine exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (admission included). You can also sightsee at your leisure or rent a bike (own expense) and cruise down a coastal path. Enjoy dinner (own expense) at one of the many downtown restaurants before heading to your hotel an overnight stay.
Overnight: Your chosen accommodation type in Monterey

Day 2: Monterey – Cambria (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, start your second day with a journey along famous 17-Mile Drive, a scenic route on the Monterey Peninsula that runs from Pacific Grove to world-famous Pebble Beach. You’ll be treated to views of the stunning Pacific coastline, passing impressive golf courses and mansions along the way. Stop in the small coastal resort town of Pebble Beach to check out the world-famous golf course, Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Continue south to Hearst Castle, and stop at a beach where you can spot elephant seals lounging on the beach.
Next, you’ll take a guided tour of Hearst Castle, an awe-inspiring mansion and estate designed in the early 1900s for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Your guide will tell you all about the history of this National and California Historical Landmark, which sits atop a hill of the Santa Lucia Range overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

After your tour, head 15 miles (24 km) south to the charming seaside village of Cambria. Enjoy free time here to take an evening beach stroll and have dinner at your leisure and expense.
Overnight: Your chosen accommodation type in Cambria

Day 3: Cambria – Solvang – Santa Barbara – Los Angeles (B)
Have breakfast at your hotel and then relax on a 2-hour drive south to Solvang, a Danish town whose many bakeries, restaurants and merchants offer an authentic taste of Denmark. Explore the town by foot to appreciate the traditional Danish architecture and learn some local history.

Continuing toward Santa Barbara, take in views of the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley with its rolling vineyard-covered hills, and stop at a scenic overlook to take in the beautiful Lake Cachuma and its environs.

Spend time wandering through downtown Santa Barbara and along the city's world-renowned beaches. You’ll then board a train for a brief ride to your final destination, downtown Los Angeles, where you’re free to continue exploring on your own.

Please note: This is a one-way trip and does not include return transport to San Francisco. If you wish to return to San Francisco with your guide, you can choose to join the 6-hour return drive by van for an additional cost, payable directly to the tour operator.
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Reviews (49)
1 - 5 of 8 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago
Explore California takes care of everything! Great tour!

Explore California Travel’s Kelly English handled it all on our 3-day tour from SF to LA! Vacations involve so many decisions ... where to stay, where to eat, where to get a good cup of coffee; Kelly handled it all! Vacations involve so many choices...More

Thank Bruce R
Reviewed 4 October 2018
off the beaten track

Great trip. I am sure we got to see and do things we would not have found if we had just hired a car, as we have no local knowledge. Adam was a great tour guide, trip was relaxing and hassle free.

Thank flett_13
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile
Excellent trip & giide

My husband & I travelled with our 2 sons (aged 24 & 25) on this trip. Kelly, our tour guide was excellent throughout - from handling luggage, giving updates of the tour & information of locations etc. We knew exactly what to expect at each...More

1  Thank Andy858
Explorecali, Owner at Explore California, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thank you Andrea! You guys were such a fun group - I'm so glad you explored Santa Barbara so thoroughly! Any tour operator would be lucky to have your family as guests! Cheers, Kelly

Reviewed 8 November 2017
Really - I don't Think So !!

Having carefully scrutinised the 50 or so outstanding reviews for this tour from a wide variety of people and perspectives, I initially hesitated about submitting this report because my overall opinion was that this tour was absolutely average, and fell well short of expectations bearing...More

13  Thank MIXEG
Reviewed 21 September 2016
Crusing the Pacific Coast Highway - US 1

The conventional wisdom is that the best way to travel US1 is in a convertible, with the top down, and if you’re a passenger, I can’t disagree…but if you’re the driver, you’re going to miss much of the most breathtaking views anywhere. For most of...More

2  Thank travelgeek33765
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