California PACIFIC –
Bus and Train
Monterey, Central Coast, Hearst Castle, Paso Robles to
or return to San Francisco
3 days /
From San Francisco to Los Angeles
or return to San Francisco
San Francisco to
Monterey by Motor Coach. Monterey to Paso Robles,
miles tour and 258 miles train.
tour from San Francisco to Monterey, 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel by
the Sea, private taxi from Monterey hotel to Salinas station, Amtrak Salinas
to Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles with transfers on arrival
to the hotels, guided tour of Hearst Castle and San Simeon Coast, night in
Monterey, night in Paso Robles, one dinner, one lunch, one breakfast, and
Day 1: (B) (D) San Francisco to Monterey 154 miles.
Pick up from most hotels in San Francisco starting 8:15 a.m. Departure by 9:00
a.m. Driving along San
Andreas Fault turn west to Half Moon Bay and then south on the Pacific Coast
Highway One to Santa Cruz with beautiful views of the ocean. Reaching
Monterey by mid day, after a short tour stop at The Cannery Row allowing
time for lunch or optional visit to Aquarium. Seaside 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
2: Monterey to Paso Robles. 98 miles.
a relaxing morning, at 10:15 Sal's taxi (prepaid) transfers you to Salinas
Train Station. AMTRAK Train # 11
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 Paso Robles at 1:38. The Wine Wrangler
meets us and transfers to the hotel
for an introduction to this interesting quintessential
small town with many wineries and tasting rooms.
- DINNING ON THE TRAIN - THE DINNING CAR & CAFE LOUNGE CAR ON COAST
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.
Robles Inn or similar hotel.
Click here for
pictures of traveling by Amtrak
Paso Robles to Hearst Castle and Los Angeles.
(++See below if
you want to return to San Francisco)
The Wine Wrangler takes you about 45 minutes west to the coast and
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
and stop for shopping or visit
a winery. Continue 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, San Juan Capistrano at 11:25 and San Diego
after midnight at 12:50 a.m.
It is advisable to spend a night in Los Angeles and take the
train to San Diego in the morning.
Option to return to San
Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco / Tour Code: SF2MH
picnic lunch in San Luis Obispo, Wine Wrangler will take you AMTRAK for
3:43PM 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,
Anaheim, and San Diego.
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.
AMTRAK (Coast Starlight Train)
Comfortable reclining seats on
View from the train
Parlor Car (Vista Dome) and Dinning Car
Burger and chips on the train & Sun Luis Obispo train Station
THIS combination of tours, transfers, hotels etc. is for
independent travelers who can understand and accept minor delays and changes
that are inevitable.
THIS IS AN
INDEPENDENT TRIP USING LOCAL TOUR COMPANIES and AMTRAK.
***THIS IS NOT A GROUP TOUR***
3 Day Amtrak Train
and Deluxe Motor coach
(BACK TO SF)
almost daily except on certain holidays and weekends
NEW PRICE FROM APRIL 1ST, 2015 TO MARCH 31ST, 2016**
booking after January 1st, 2015
Tour Code SF2CT/SF2MH
Tour price per person in U.S. Dollars. Child rate is 5 to
This site updated on
December 9th, 2014
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