Home » SF to LA Pacific Coast Tour (3 days)

  • Photo: Michael Troutman/www.dmtimaging.com

    Cruise down California’s Coast via Highway 1 from San Francisco to L.A.
  • Pfeiffer Beach

    A stop at Big Sur will highlight Pfeiffer Beach and the Bixby Bridge
  • Monterrey Aquarium

    Get a closer look  beneath the water at world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Friends explore Big Sur, Monterey County, California

    Take in the beauty of Pt. Lobos as you work your way down the Pacific coast.
  • The legendary Lone Cypress tree on a sea stack on the California coastline.

    See the legendary Lone Cypress tree on the California coastline

SF to LA Pacific Coast Tour

Enter promo code “earlybird17” for 15% off any tour date!
Select dates have been posted with even deeper discounts in July and August.

On your 3 days along the California Coast, you’ll see:

  • San Francisco
  • Monterey (Aquarium entrance optional)
  • Pebble Beach
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Hearst Castle Tour
  • Santa Barbara
  • Los Angeles
  • Go SF-LA or LA-SF

…AND stay overnight in comfy accommodations! (tour also runs in reverse order from LA to SF)


Retail price: $809 adult/$789 child*

Web price: $779 adult/$759 child*

Internet savings: $30

*child rates are for ages 0-12. Accommodations are double occupancy same-sex or couple share (add supplement for a single private room). Rates for tours beyond this year may have adjusted pricing; see booking page for exact rates.

San Francisco to Los Angeles (Sun departure)

golden gate bridge

prices start at $779 double occ*

*rooms are double-occupancy and same-sex or couple share. There is a supplement for a private single room.

Los Angeles to San Francisco (Weds departure)

Venice Beach, Los Angeles

prices start at $779 double occ*

*rooms are double-occupancy and same-sex or couple share. There is a supplement for a single private room.

PLEASE READ: Our terms/conditions and cancellation policy. This tour has a 4 passenger minimum to confirm the trip.

** Hotel Tour Scheduling Tip: Accommodations in these areas are in very high demand (especially in the summer months), and space on this tour fills up fast! We recommend that you make your reservation far in advance of your intended travel date in order to secure your spot. **

Step out of city life and experience the road trip of a lifetime- Pacific Coast Highway 1 along the famous California Golden Coast. Pass by laid back beach towns, giant redwood trees, rugged coastal cliffs and visit the famous Hearst Castle. You’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs whether it be on a surfboard, in a kayak, on a bicycle or on a hike. From the protected waters and wildlife of Monterey Bay to the coastline nicknamed “the American Riviera” of Santa Barbara, you’re sure to fall in love with the dreamlike beauty of California’s Golden Coast on this SF to LA Pacific Coast Tour. Weather permitting. Some activities are not accessible in extreme weather or due to road closures. Every attempt will be made to find comparable activities if these options are not available during your trip. This tour runs weekly, May-September (see SF to LA Express Tour (8 Days) for a more in-depth experience of the coast and beyond, including Las Vegas!).

SF to LA Pacific Coast Tour

Tours: May-Sept (departs Sundays from SF and Wednesdays from LA)
Departs: pickup from a central SF or LA hotel (8-9am)
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Transport: Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofueled mini-coach (14 passengers max)
Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Photography, Wildlife & Nature, Eco/Sustainable
Includes: Complimentary pick up/drop off from starting hotel Narrated guided tour by a full-time professional, knowledgeable guide Park entrance fees Hearst Castle tour Accommodations (double occupancy, same-sex or couple shared) Transportation throughout tour in biofuel mini-coach
Not Included: Meals not listed above (stops will be made to purchase food). Optional activity entrance fees Guide gratuity (optional)

PLEASE READ: Our terms/conditions and cancellation policy

Sample Itinerary – Day 1

San Francisco to Monterey, CA

8:00am: Pick up from San Francisco Hilton Hotel (Mason Street entrance)
8:00am – 12:00pm: Bid farewell to the City by the Bay and head south to discover the treasures of the California Coast. Keep an eye out for quaint produce stands filled with artichokes and for hang gliders floating over the Pacific Ocean.
12:00pm – 3:00pm:  Prepare to hit the ground running in Monterey. Explore the bay by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or sailboat. If you’d rather get a closer look at what is beneath the water (like the world’s largest octopus), head over to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
3:00pm – 6:00pm:  Want to see more beauty? Consider joining your leader for a visit along Monterey’s famous 17 Mile Drive. And, of course, you’ll have to check out historic Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. Adventure, history and clam chowder await!
6:00pm: Check into your hotel and enjoy a group dinner to celebrate a successful first day on the road.  Hotel Included.


Sample Itinerary – Day 2

Monterey to San Luis Obispo via Highway 1

7:00am-11:00am: Rise and shine! You’ll get an early start today as there is a lot of epic coastline to cover. Begin your morning with stunning views of Pebble Beach on a hike at Point Lobos State Reserve, the crown jewel of the California State Park system.
11:00am – 3:00pm: Next up, head inland to Salinas and check out the Mission Soledad where you’ll have lunch and a quick tour!
3:00pm – 7:00pm: Then, back on the road to head to the legendary Hearst Castle (entrance included), and a trip to San Simeon to see the sea lions!
7:00pm: As your day comes to an end, enjoy the evening by walking the tree-lined downtown of America’s Happiest City, San Luis Obispo. Hotel included./td>


Sample Itinerary – Day 3

San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles via Santa Barbara

7:30am-12:00pm: It’s an early start this morning as we head down the coast to the American Riviera.
12:00pm – 7:00pm: Your options abound in Santa Barbara. If the sun, sand and ocean are calling your name, rent a stand up paddleboard or just soak it all in and relax at the beach. Looking to fit in some last minute shopping? You’ll want to stroll through the many boutiques along State Street. If you prefer to visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara or to take another hike, your guide will lead the way. No matter what you choose, you are sure to enjoy spending the day in this quaint California town.
7:00pm: It’s time to get ready for the City of Angels, as our last stop of the tour is Hollywood!


**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to rapidly-changing conditions beyond our control (weather, crowds, traffic) and the small size of our vehicles/groups, we allow our guides the flexibility to tailor your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this Pacific Coast Tour itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order. **

All Season

  • Camera & charger
  • Sneakers or hiking boots (mountain hiking can be hard on unsupported ankles)
  • Comfortable hiking clothes (shorts & T-shirt)
  • Change of clothes for 3 days
  • Swimwear, sandals
  • Toiletries, towel
  • Bug repellent spray
  • Sun protection, hat
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight or headlamp (optional)
  • Warm layers (evenings can be cooler)
  • Raincoat/jacket

Coming soon!

Related Tours