Monterey by Rails & Wheels

AMTRAK from Los Angeles or Anaheim through Santa Barbara and Salinas Valley plus Monterey Sightseeing Tour
2 Days / 1 night

This independent tour is made possible by taking motor coach tour from San Francisco to Monterey, spending a night there and then AMTRAK train connection to Los Angeles, Anaheim or San Diego.  The motor coach tour is operated
by Gray Line Tours.                 

Tour cost includes:  AMTRAK train from Los Angeles, Hotel room with tax, Tour of Monterey Peninsula,  Entrance fee for 17 Mile Drive, Narrated tour to San Francisco.   



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 $10 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. 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 the Bay Park Hotel in Monterey

Bay Park Hotel 1425 Munras Avenue, Monterey      

 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: Monterey Peninsula Tour and then to San Francisco.   154 miles.
Spend the morning enjoying this resort.  At about 12:30p.m. meet th
SF Gray Line Tours motorcoach for a tour of
Monterey. Spend
the rest of the day in Historic Monterey, Cannery Row, Pacific Grove. See the Pacific crashing on to the rocks and swirling around on the17 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. 

Departures from Anaheim / Los Angeles
Almost daily, subject to availability. 
Monterey Rails and Wheels -
Tour Code LA1M

Cost from Now through March 31st, 201

Cost Per Person Double Single Triple Child
Tour Code LA1M US $281 US $364 US $266 US $130


Child rate based on ages 5 to 18 sharing a room with adult(s), extra charges for cot or rollaway.

This site updated on February 6th, 2013

Tour price per person in U.S. Dollars includes features shown above and handling fee. The costs can change depending on the hotel and train rates that vary according to special events at the hotels and days of travel on the train. 

Images furnished by Monterey Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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