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Coastal California - Independent Rail Tour

10 Nights Tour from £1,629 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

See the best of Coastal California on this 11 day itinerary of West Coast USA. Travelling by train between the fascinating and beautiful San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Los Angeles and San Diego, you can just relax and watch the world go by

  • 4 nights San Francisco - time to explore this fascinating city, and also enjoy an included sightseeing full-day tour along the coast to Monterey and Carmel, and a half-day tour to John Muir Woods National park
  • 3 Nights Los Angeles - enjoy a hop-on hop-off city tour to see the sights and get your bearings, and the free-time to spend as you wish
  • 2 Nights Anaheim - perhaps visit Disneyland or any of the other fun attractions in this area
  • 1 Night San Diego - explore this charming seaside town at your own pace
     

Details

Day 1

Fly to San Francisco
Welcome to wonderful San Francisco, renowned for its steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and famous landmarks. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for 4 nights.

Standard Hotel: Nob Hill Hotel
Select Hotel: Parc 55

Day 2

San Francisco
An entire day to enjoy the many sights at your own pace. Visit Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy local fare. Take a trip to Alcatraz Island; see the world-famous sea lions at Pier 39. Perhaps take a cruise on San Francisco Bay with magnificent views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Spend time in Golden Gate Park and ride the famous cable cars.

Standard Hotel: Nob Hill Hotel
Select Hotel: Parc 55

Day 3

Monterey & Carmel
Enjoy a sightseeing tour to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco. This is a fully narrated full day bus tour that shows California’s rugged Central Coast, a view that will truly inspire you. You will travel south via Highway 1 through Santa Cruz,with scheduled stops at Steinbeck’s Cannery Row in Monterey and shopping and activities for everyone on the beautiful shoreline. There are vista points along the 17 Mile Drive including stores, art galleries and the restaurant district of Camel that are perfect for lunch and shopping. You will visit the one-square mile city of Carmel, located on the Bay of Carmel above the white-sand beach which offers a lasting memory. The trip back to San Francisco will take you through Silicon Valley in the San Jose and Santa Clara counties.

Standard Hotel: Nob Hill Hotel
Select Hotel: Parc 55

Day 4

Muir Woods and Sausalito
This morning join a half day bus tour to John Muir Woods National park, just 17 miles northwest of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll marvel at the size of the giant redwoods at John Muir Woods. You will also enjoy the bay views, shopping, art galleries and fabulous mansions in Sausalito, home to some of the country’s wealthiest citizens. This afternoon is at leisure for personal sightseeing and shopping.

Standard Hotel: Nob Hill Hotel
Select Hotel: Parc 55

Day 5

Los Angeles on the Coast Starlight
A long and exciting day as we join Amtrak’s "Coast Starlight" at Oakland Rail Station. From Oakland to Los Angeles, the tracks follow the same route as the old Spanish mission road - "El Camino Real". Travel through San Jose, known as the capital of Silicon Valley for its location within the booming technology industry. Then through the Santa Clara Valley, with the Santa Cruz mountain range on the right and Mt. Hamilton (4,430 ft.) on the left as we leave San Jose. As we pass behind Pismo State Beach and Dunes, get a glimpse of the massive sand dunes through tall eucalyptus trees, and then a full view of the Pacific Ocean, following the coastline for the next 100 miles to Ventura. Your train passes the Santa Ynez Mountains on the left, and Santa Barbara, referred to as "The American Riviera" due to its Mediterranean-like climate, spectacular beaches, culinary delights and 130 nearby wineries. Turning east, leave the coastal plain and climb the narrow Simi Valley. Then comes the broad, flat San Fernando Valley between the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains and finally entering the city of Los Angeles late this evening, and arrive at your hotel for a 3 night stay.

Standard Hotel: Best Western Dragon Gate Inn
Select Hotel: Wyndham Santa Monica Pier

Day 6-7

Los Angeles
Get ready to be a part of Entertainment capital of the world. There are few cities that offer as much entertainment, excitement and diversity as the attractions in Los Angeles. You will enjoy a half-day tour, seeing many of Los Angeles most appealing sights, with visits to Hollywood Boulevard, Mann’s Chinese Theatre, Kodak Theatre, world famous Farmer’s Market and The Grove, Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade. The tour includes 5 stops at various points of interest, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is fully guided with sightseeing commentary - a fun and exciting way to get an overview of the city so you can decide later where you would like to focus your time.

Standard Hotel: Best Western Dragon Gate Inn
Select Hotel: Wyndham Santa Monica Pier

Day 8

Anaheim
This afternoon take the Pacific Surfliner train for the short journey to Anaheim and a 2 night stay.

Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Anaheim
Select Hotel: Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

Day 9

Disneyland
A magical day to fantastic Disneyland Park, known as the happiest place on earth. Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Space Mountain, Adventureland and many other attractions await your enjoyment. Please ask for details of the full day ticket to Disneyland.

Standard Hotel: Holiday Inn Anaheim
Select Hotel: Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

Day 10

San Diego
A short train ride takes you to San Diego this morning with the rest of the day to enjoy what San Diego has to offer. Perhaps visit Balboa Park, home of the San Diego Zoo, or visit SeaWorld to see Shamu. Overnight in San Diego.

Standard Hotel: Best Western Plus Bayside Inn
Select Hotel: Best Western Plus Bayside Inn

Day 11

San Diego
Your rail adventure ends today as you return to the airport for your flight home.

Day 12

Arrive back home.

What's Included

  • Scheduled Transatlantic flights
  • ExecuCar Arrival Transfer
  • All Amtrak Transportation
  • Muir Woods and Sausalito half day tour
  • Monterey and Carmel full day tour
  • City Tour of Los Angeles
  • Hotels as shown or of a similar standard
     

What’s Not Included

  • Meals
  • Sightseeing/tours not specified

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

TODAY 20ºC
THU 17ºC
FRI 19ºC
SAT 19ºC
SUN 18ºC
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Feb
16ºC
4
Mar
20ºC
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21ºC
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May
26ºC
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Jun
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0
Jul
32ºC
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Aug
32ºC
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Sep
30ºC
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Oct
26ºC
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Nov
19ºC
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Dec
14ºC
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