We booked this trip pretty much last minute and it definitely exceeded our expectations. Kelly was amazing, very knowledgeable and friendly. The mid size van was comfortable for the five of us and Kelly is an excellent driver, we felt safe and well taken care of. The accommodation included in the package is pretty basic so worth upgrading if you want something nicer. This trip is an easy and carefree way to experience the Californian coast and all it has to offer.
We booked this trip last minute and it exceeded expectations. Kelly was amazing, very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. The midsize van was comfortable for the five of us and Kelly is an extremely safe driver, we felt well taken care of. The accommodation included in the package is pretty basic so worth upgrading if you would like something nicer. Overall, this is an easy and carefree way to experience the Californian coast and in this context, high recommended.
An amazing trip with a very knowledgable guide. Loved the small group and getting to know others from around the world. Fabulous scenery at a lovely pace with plenty of time for all activities. Loved every minute of the trip
I don't drive but I want to take a road trip from SF down to LA, so choosing this tour is a very easy decision. And it's one hell of a great decision. Adam contacted me long before the start day to confirm pick up location. And I appreciated him for that. For many wrong reasons, I ended up changing my pick up location 3 times and he was ever patient with me and it helped to easy my mind a lot. The day the tour started, he arrived early so we can have a good start. There were only 3 passengers me and a nice couple from Australia and the car was super comfortable for us. Adam is a very careful driver and knowledgeable guide, he made many stops along the way so we could take as many photos of the picturesque coastline as we wanted.
On the first day, because of good traffic and early start, we even had time to make a stop at the redwood forest. All the towns we made a stop were nice, charming and made me feel like I was travelling back to the past. The Monterey Aquarium is much more interesting than I expected. And the hotel in Monterey is just great, big room, very stylish. The wine and cheese reception is a nice surprise. On second day, the 17-mile drive is up to expectation. The fog came down heavy so we couldn't have a good view from Nepenthe cafe but we still had nice view on the road and Adam made more stops a long the way for us ladies to take pictures again and again. Hearst Castle is really something. Hotel in Cambria is nothing special but comfortable and quite charming in looking department. On the third day, we arrived at Solvang quite early, before the big bus tour arrived so we almost had the whole town for our own to take as much picture as we wanted. The train trip from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles was quite nice. I could take in the nice beach view from the train big window.
Tips: You have to try the cakes at Nepenthe cafe. If you travel as a couple, spend a bit more for the Superior Lodging and you will have a nice surprise.
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.
Brilliant guide, small group, wonderful sights and comfortable hotels
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
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 .
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.
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%.
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 .
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!
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.
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.
Really enjoyed this but felt the last day was too rushed . Not enough time in Solvang
NIce small group travel. Nice tour director but not very informative... more of just a driver getting us from one place to another. Accommodations were nice.
Beautiful scenery, lots of opportunities for photos, Tour guide Mark was fun, pleasant and accommodating.
Would have liked more time in Carmel and Solvang. Suggest Hearst Castle be optional. Tour somewhat pricey as no meals were included.
Was SO looking forward to this 3 day trip, but it was a disappointment in so many ways! Main annoyance was the state of the van we travelled in - outside was dirty when we were picked up and it got dirtier over the next days! The tour guide never washed it and the windscreen was covered with splattered bugs and when the sun was on the windows, you could hardly see out! I even mentioned maybe he could wash the window, but got no reply! This was a magnificent drive and so spoiled by that! The guide was a nice guy, but not really what I would call a tour guide! He was always on his phone think for travel purposes but - e.g. when on the 17mile drive - he got brochures from the park attendant and only gave them to us when one of the travelers asked for them and then we found out we had just passed point 16 on the brochure and didn't get a chance to see 1-15!
His commentary was not the best and two of us in the back had to ask him to repeat things because he talked to the front passenger mainly - he would raise his voice if we asked him to repeat himself, but it wasn't professional.
He didn't know the times of Hearst Castle tours and consequently we didn't get a chance to walk around after the inside tour because he told us to be back at a certain time, and he thought the movie was only 15mins and it was 45mins. When we told him we wanted to see the film he was fine with that, but WE had to confront him - he SHOULD have checked up on all of this beforehand. Made me think he was a fill-in tour guide for Explore California! He missed the turnoff to Solvang and had to go back - all these things shouldn't happen if he'd done his homework! It COULD have been so much more for us, but I'm sorry, I thought the whole trip was very expensive and not worth the money we paid and would not recommend this to anyone!
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