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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:3 days (approx.)

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

Take an epic journey down the stunning California coast on this 3-day one-way trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Visit Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Cambria, Solvang and Santa Barbara, and enjoy views of jagged coastlines, mountains, forests and picturesque rolling hills studded with vineyards. Explore fascinating marine exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a guided tour of magnificent Hearst Castle, journey along famous 17-Mile Drive, spot California's iconic sea lions, and take the train from Santa Barbara to bustling downtown Los Angeles. This tour by comfortable van offers flexible daily itineraries, letting you explore at a relaxed pace with your knowledgeable guide and on your own. This tour is perfect for those looking to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a fun, relaxing and incredibly scenic way.

This small-group tour is limited to 7 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.


  • 3-day one-way California coast tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles
  • Visit the beautiful seaside cities of Cambria, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Barbara
  • Enjoy views of the jagged Big Sur coastline and travel along 17-Mile Drive to world-famous Pebble Beach
  • Explore the Danish town of Solvang and travel through the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley
  • Admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a guided tour of magnificent Hearst Castle are included
  • Knowledgeable guide provides flexible itineraries, letting you explore at your own pace
  • Small-group tour limited to 7 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

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

Stroll the Quaint Streets of Solvang, a California Danish Town

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.


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 along the jagged Big Sur coastline. Stop at the eclectic Nepenthe Cafe for incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, and spot sea lions 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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Mark was an excellent driver and knowledgeable guide. We really enjoyed the trip and would definately recommend it to others who prefer not to drive themselves. It is much more relaxing and great to see everything this way.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Brilliant guide, small group, wonderful sights and comfortable hotels

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

J'écris en français Nous un couple australien, ma petite-fille Janine et moi, nous avons eu l'occasion de faire ce voyage avec Mark. Mark était un guide très expérimenté, il nous a montré tout ce qu'il fallait montrer et beaucoup davantage. En route,, nous avons eu de longues discussions très inéressantes sur les Etats Unis aiinsi que, des problèmes écologiques. Mark est très sensible à ces questions, ce qui me plaisait beaucoup! c'est rare pour les Américains ! Il nous a trouvé deux hôtels délicieux où nousd avons passé la nuit.
C'était un voyage 100 réussi, grâce à Mark. MERCI!!! Regula de la Suisse

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

I loved this trip. Mark our guide/driver was excellent. The scenery is stunning and we missed nothing. I really wanted to see "The Lonesome Pine" and it was on our itinerary. There were 3 of us and I guess this is the minimum number for the tour. It made it special and even better than driving independently. Mark said he had driven this route a few years ago with his Father and they "missed almost all the sights". Originally I was going to hire a car with a friend to do this journey. However my plans changed so I booked this trip and it was a great success .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great trip. Adam very good guide, giving lots of information about each destination. Fellow travellers very good company. Bus very comfortable. Accomadation in Monterey excellent, in Cambria no breakfast provided, no tea or coffee in room, no kettle. Would recommend tour to friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Really Amazing tour. Adam was wonderful at giving us all the necessary information, he stopped when he spotted whales and answered our questions when we asked about the area, the sea life etc... I would recommend this tour 100%.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Our driver and guide , Kelly , was informative and helpful and with varied aspects gave our group of 5 a personalised tour drawing from her own knowledge and experience in California. It was really great and the accommodation was comfortable while our hosts were friendly and hospitable. The Mission in Santa Barbara could be added to the comprehensive itinerary .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

It was a fantastic, well executed trip! Kelly was great, and went out of her way to provide a very memorable trip!! I highly recommend this tour!

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

This was a very good tour. The coastal scenery and wildlife was above our expectations. The hotels were very good and places chosen to stop were ideal. Highlights were the Monterey aquarium sea otters, the elephant seals and the Heasrt castle.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Touring down Highway 1 is a must do! Mark was a relaxed, well-organised tour guide and our small group managed to fit quite a lot of sights in, as well as having time to relax. Recommended.

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