Big Sur Camping Tour | See Monterey, Santa Cruz and the California Coast

Why We Love This Tour

“Big Sur is the quintessential image that I think of when I think of California, and for sure Big Sur camping should be on your bucket list if it isn’t already! There’s nothing quite like it when you stand above the crashing waves along the rocky coast at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. As a Santa Cruz resident, I try and make my way down there as often as I can. You will LOVE checking out the sights along the way, like the boardwalk that hosts one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the world, and the aquarium in Monterey with all the adorable otters.”

– Lauren Chouinard
Digital Marketing Manager

Tour Highlights

  • 3-day guided camping/lodging trip
  • Coastal redwood hiking
  • Pacific Coast Highway 1 Coastline
  • Six delicious home-cooked meals (camping option only)
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Retail Price: $470 adult/$450 child*

Special Price: $449 adult/$429 child*

Special EARLY BIRD deals on summer 2019

 

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* camping rate. Children ages 0-12

Big_Sur_Sunset
Take in the beautiful California Coastal sunsets.
McWay Cove Big Sur
Explore hidden coves along the way.
Beach Big Sur
Visit the rocky beaches full of tidepools and awesome wildlife.
Bixby Bridge Big Sur Coastline
Head down the winding roads along the iconic California Coast.

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Overview

Visitors view the newly renovated Open Sea exhibit

Step out of city life and experience the trip of a lifetime as you take the Pacific Coast Highway 1 along the famous California Golden Coast. Hang out in laid back beach towns, check out the giant redwoods, explore rugged coastal cliffs, and hike in famous Big Sur. Enjoy 3 full days of hiking, exploring and adventuring through Santa Cruz and the boardwalk, Monterey and Cannery Row, biking or kayaking, or a visit to the best aquarium in the USA! From the protected waters and wildlife of Monterey Bay to the coastal mountains hugging the shoreline, you’re sure to fall in love with the dreamlike beauty of this vast and magnificent land. Choose from camping or hotel accommodations: your guide will provide everything you need to enjoy your night in town or under the stars. Never camped before? No problem – we provide all the gear, and our guides ensure a fun-filled, friendly atmosphere.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – San Francisco to Monterey

Bid farewell to the City by the Bay and head south toward sun-drenched Santa Cruz. Keep an eye out for produce stands filled with artichokes and hang gliders floating over the Pacific Ocean along Highway 1. We’ll make a quick stop at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk* for some rollercoasters and fried snacks, before making our way south to Monterey.

In the afternoon, prepare to hit the ground running as you head to the central coast’s crown jewel, Monterey. Explore the bay by kayak or stand-up paddleboard*, or simply stroll along the coast. 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*. Of course, you’ll have to check out historic Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf: adventure, history and clam chowder await! You’ll stay overnight in Monterey County at a nearby campground or hotel.

 

DAY 2 – Full Day Big Sur

Today you’ll get out into the wilderness and explore the rural coastline. Hike through the forests of Big Sur and the amazing Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the Pacific Coast, McWay Falls. You’ll weave your way through some of the largest trees in the world as you hike amongst the Coastal Redwoods. On your way back you’ll have a chance to hike through Point Lobos State Reserve, where you’ll explore hidden coves and beautiful shorelines.

 

DAY 3 – Monterey to San Francisco

Enjoy your final morning in Monterey along 17-mile drive before heading back north where you’ll have a chance to kayak at the Elkhorn Slough*, the largest tidal salt marsh in California.  The slough is home to sea otters, sea lions, seals, brown pelicans, American avocets, cormorants, egrets! Find out what is going on at The Mystery Spot* in Santa Cruz before heading north to the quaint town of Half Moon Bay. Your journey ends today in San Francisco where the hustle and bustle of city life returns.

*additional activities are optional and entrance fees are not included

 

ADDITIONAL CAMPING INFORMATION:

Camping is easy, but cooperation is important. Don’t worry if you’ve never camped before; many people haven’t. We supply the gear, using quality tents, camping and cooking equipment (you will need a sleeping bag – they are available for rent). Everybody is expected to participate in the set-up and breakdown of camp, and our professional guides are there to ensure a positive camping experience. We camp at comfortable campsites that have hot showers and modern facilities.

Camping Food: We provide the food, but not the chefs. Our guests are the cooks, waiters, and dishwashers. The fare is all-you-can-eat and very tasty, and is a mixture of chicken, beef and vegetarian. Most people eat better with us than they do on the rest of their travels. Please inform of any dietary restrictions or allergies prior to your trip.

Tour Details

Inclusions:

– Central San Francisco Hotel pick-up and drop-off

– Narrated guided tour

– Park entrance fees

– 6 meals on the camping tour option ONLY (no meals included for lodging guests – food will be available nearby the hotels) NOTE: Please advise us of any food allergies or special dietary needs you may have while booking the tour. All of the food shopping is done prior to the tour departure.

– Hotel or camping accommodations (double occupancy same-sex or couple share, single occupancy supplement applies for single bookings. Camping gear provided; sleeping bags available for $20 rental fee.)

 

Exclusions:

– No meals included for lodging/hotel guests

– Some additional away-from-campsite meals for the camping guests

– Guide gratuity (recommended 15-20% of tour cost as per TripAdvisor tipping guide)

 

Gear List:

Camera

Comfortable walking shoes

Layered clothing – California’s weather can be unpredictable

Bathing Suit & towel

Sunscreen and Bug Repellent

Small day pack

Water bottle

 

Departs:

Fridays, ~ 8:15am at Hilton Union Square Hotel (333 O’Farrell St, meet on the Mason St side of the hotel)

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