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

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    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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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    I have to say our driver, Adam was Absolutely amazing his knowledge of everything and every place we stopped at was and absolutely amazing. He was always very Polite and helpful and was interested to here what we have experienced in our time in the...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Brian L
    Reviewed 15 April 2019

    Amazing way to see the coast! All the trip details were taken care of in advance. Completely hassle, worry free. Great tips and info from the tour guide along the way. Would recommend to anyone and everyone!

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Elle B
    Reviewed 15 January 2019

    My 18-year-old had a great time with Kelly on a tour down the Pacific Coast Highway! We saw so much, yet it was relaxing and fun. Kelly's local knowledge was invaluable to our trip. We saw Santa Cruz, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Hearst Castle and a...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank ChristineM6164
    Explorecali, Owner at Explore California, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2019

    Thank you, Christine! You and Chloe are such a fun duo and I hope you're doing well. Thank you so much for the kind words!

    Reviewed 8 December 2018

    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

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank Bruce R
    Reviewed 4 October 2018

    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.

    Date of experience: September 2018
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