Why We Love This Tour

“This is one of my favorite trips to run because the drive is scenic the entire way. Driving down the PCH through Big Sur looking for whales and stopping to appreciate one of the most rugged coastlines in America of will always be exciting. Walking through cannery row in Monterey, or exploring the Mission in Santa Barbara is a fantastic way to appreciate the diverse history of California.”

– Eric Ruane
Tour Guide

Tour Highlights

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

…AND stay overnight in fully-furnished campsites! (tour also runs in reverse order from LA to SF)

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Retail Price: $789 adult/$769 child*

Web Price: $759 adult/$739 child*

* 2018 rates (2017 hotel tour rates posted in booking page). 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.

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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

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Overview

Pacific Coast Tour – The Ultimate California Coast Road Trip

Step out of city life and experience the road trip of a lifetime- Pacific Coast Highway 1 along the famous California Golden Coast, including 2 nights of camping! 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. Never camped before? No problem – we provide the gear and our guides ensure a fun-filled, friendly atmosphere.


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.

 

San Francisco to Los Angeles Tour

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Itinerary

San Francisco to Los Angeles Bound Tour

 

DAY 1 – SAN FRANCISCO TO MONTEREY VIA SANTA CRUZ

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 along Highway 1. For lunch, you’ll drop into the awesome city of Santa Cruz, home of the world-famous beach boardwalk! In the afternoon, prepare to hit the ground running as you head to 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 (entrance fee not included). 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 nearby campground.

DAY 2 – MONTEREY TO SAN LUIS OBISPO VIA HIGHWAY 1

Rise and shine! You’ll break camp early this morning, as there’s a lot of epic coastline to cover. Begin your morning with stunning views of Pebble Beach on a hike through Point Lobos State Reserve, a crown jewel of the California State Park system. After a quick lunch, head south into 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. Next, head down the coast to the legendary Hearst Castle (entrance included), and a trip to San Simeon to see the sea lions! As your day comes to an end, you’ll head to camp near San Luis Obispo, make dinner with the group, and enjoy the evening around the campfire!

DAY 3 – SAN LUIS OBISPO TO LOS ANGELES VIA SANTA BARBARA

Start your day with breakfast before heading to the American Riviera. 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. Finally, it’s time to get ready for the City of Angels, as our last stop of the tour is Hollywood!

 

LOS ANGELES TO SAN FRANCISCO TOUR

 

DAY 1 – LOS ANGELES TO SAN LUIS OBISPO VIA SANTA BARBARA

Start your day heading north out the heart of Hollywood and toward the beautiful American Riviera and the city of Santa Barbara. 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. Later this afternoon, our group will set up camp near San Luis Obispo, make dinner, and relax around the campfire!

DAY 2 – SAN LUIS OBISPO TO MONTEREY VIA HIGHWAY 1

Rise and shine! You’ll break camp early today, as there’s a lot of epic coastline to cover. Begin your morning with a visit to magnificent Hearst Castle (included). Next up, make a quick stop in search of elephant seals in San Simeon, and then head up the coast to visit beautiful Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the Pacific Coast, McWay Falls. Then, prepare yourself for the wonders of Monterey. Check out historic Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf: adventure, history and clam chowder await! Tonight, travel on to our campsite in Monterey County.

DAY 3 – MONTEREY TO SAN FRANCISCO

The final day of your adventure is jam-packed with activities! This morning, you’ll experience the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the many hiking trails at Point Lobos State Reserve. Then, you’ll head up the coast and visit the beautiful city of Santa Cruz. Then, hop back on the road and head for the City by the Bay – after a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, you will be dropped off at a central downtown hotel.

 

 

**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. **

Tour Details

About Your Pacific Coast Tour

Departure: May-Sept (departs Sundays from SF and Wednesdays from LA). Pick-up from a central SF or LA hotel (8 a.m. – 9 a.m.)

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Transportation: Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofueled mini-coach (14 passengers max)

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
  • Camping accommodations (double occupancy in 4-person tents, same-sex or couple shared)
  • All camping gear included (except sleeping bags)
  • All meals while camping (three lunches, two dinners, two breakfasts).
  • Transportation throughout tour in biofuel mini-coach
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (LA to SF tour only)

Not included:

  • Meals not listed above (Breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day three – stops will be made to purchase food).
  • Sleeping bags ($20 to rent)
  • Optional activity entrance fees
  • Guide gratuity (optional)

 

ABOUT CAMPING:

Camping is easy, but cooperation is important. Don’t worry if you’ve never camped before; many people haven’t. We supply the camping and cooking equipment necessary for a trip of this nature, using quality tents, camping and cooking equipment (you will need a sleeping bag – see below). 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. Swimming is available nearby.

ABOUT YOUR FOOD:

We provide the food, but not the chefs. You are the cooks, waiters, dishwashers, and of course, the guests. 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.

 

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