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Trip Overview

Discover all the “Golden State” has to offer on this scenic journey down California's coast. Start off in San Francisco where you will have plenty of sightseeing opportunities to visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and Union Square. You will also have a full day of exploring out in Yosemite National Park as well as a tour out to Napa and Sonoma. From there you will head down to Santa Barbara where you can visit some of California's most iconic beaches. After that you will continue down to Los Angeles where you will visit the famous Hollywood Sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Your journey will end in sunny San Diego. A fantastic trip down the California coast awaits you!

Highlights

  • Discover the best of California on a scenic holiday by rail
  • Unearth Yosemite National Park, Sonoma and Napa Valley on guided tours
  • Explore San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego with hop-on hop-off bus tours
  • Stroll iconic beaches, marvel at glittering cities and discover famous landmarks
  • Ride Amtrak®'s Coast Starlight® on one of the world's most spectacular train journeys

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Amtrak rail travel in standard (coach) class throughout
  • 10 nights' hotel stay
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner)
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Francisco
  • Sightseeing tour of Yosemite National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Sonoma and Napa Valley
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Santa Barbara
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Multi-day hop-off, hop-off sightseeing tour of San Diego
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Welcome to San Francisco! Upon arrival check in for a four night stay and begin to explore the city. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 2 - SAN FRANCISCO
Take an exhilarating hop-on, hop-off tour of San Francisco! This excursion gives you the opportunity to see the most popular landmarks of this amazing city. You can hop off at any of the stops to explore any site at your own pace. Visit popular districts like, Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, the Civic Center, and more! Dinner is included this evening. (Overnight in San Francisco) D

DAY 3 - SAN FRANCISCO
Today board a sightseeing tour that will bring you out to the beautifully scenic Yosemite National Park! Your fully guided tour will take you out of the city to travel along the Merced River and into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range to the famous Yosemite Park. Enjoy sights of the tall redwoods, hike along the mountain trails, and snap pictures of the rushing waterfalls. You will truly enjoy a full day of sightseeing. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 4 - SAN FRANCISCO
Enjoy a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the tranquil hills surrounding Sonoma Valley as you take in the beauty of the countless family wineries along the old El Camino Real. Then, you'll venture into the heart of Napa Valley, where your next stops feature up to three vineyards for tours and tastings. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 5 - SAN FRANCISCO TO SANTA BARBARA
This morning you will board the Coast Starlight for a wonderfully scenic journey down to Santa Barbara. Upon arrival check into the hotel and relax for the night. (Overnight in Santa Barbara)

DAY 6 - SANTA BARBARA
Today you can enjoy the wonderful beach-side city of Santa Barbara! A hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour will escort you around to visit the beautiful beaches that make this area of California so iconic and special. The tour will also stop off at the local zoo, the famous Old Mission in Santa Barbara, and the harbour. (Overnight in Santa Barbara)

DAY 7 - SANTA BARBARA TO LOS ANGELES
Today you will depart Santa Barbara and continue on to Los Angeles. Upon arrival check into your hotel and begin to explore the city with your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Your guided tour will highlight the best of Los Angeles' many attractions such as Rodeo Drive, the Kodak Theatre, Paramount Studios, and the Santa Monica Pier. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 8 - LOS ANGELES
Continue to explore Hollywood today on your tour. With stops at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Sign, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you can truly take in what makes Los Angeles so exciting. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 9 - LOS ANGELES TO SAN DIEGO
Travel to the Amtrak station and board the train to San Diego. Relax on the Pacific Surfliner as you continue your journey south along the Pacific Ocean coastline. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel and begin to experience “America's Finest City” on your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. (Overnight in San Diego)

DAY 10 - SAN DIEGO
Today you will continue to explore San Diego aboard your sightseeing tour. Your fully narrated tour will dazzle you with a fascinating mix of trivia and humorous stories as you discover the historic Gaslamp District, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Seaport Village, and Balboa Park. (Overnight in San Diego)

DAY 11 - DEPART SAN DIEGO
Your journey ends in San Diego.

MEAL GUIDE: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, AT - Afternoon Tea, D -Dinner

The LA Grand Hotel Downtown

When you stay with us, you will find that while you are at the heart of the cultural, finance, and entertainment hub of Los Angeles Downtown, our hotel offers you a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city transforming into your home away from home.

Best Western Plus Bayside Inn

At Best Western Plus Bayside Inn we offer convenience with comfort and amazing service! Located in the heart of downtown San Diego just three blocks from the harbor and a block from Little Italy, our proximity to all downtown has to offer is perfect for site seeing or weekend getaways.

Wyndham San Diego Bayside

Located directly across from the picturesque San Diego bay and conveniently near downtown, the Wyndham San Diego Bayside hotel is the embodiment of the laid back California attitude.e.

Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn

Nestled on five acres of lush gardens, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pepper Tree Inn is a luxurious, Spanish-inspired resort hotel with ornate tile and wrought-iron embellishments.

Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf

Of all San Francisco hotels, Holiday Inn San Francisco Hotel Fisherman's Wharf has one of the best locations, central to the Californian shopping capital. The hotel is in among the bars, cafes, and the vast number of specialty shops in Fisherman's Wharf. Hotels here, in the liveliest part of San Francisco, are right next to Chinatown, Pier 39 and the Cable Cars.

Hotel Zephyr

The Hotel Zephyr offers a one-of-a-kind hotel experience in the heart of the city's most iconic tourist attractions. Bringing a new dimension to Fisherman's Wharf by offering a twist on accommodations as well as a playful personality, our waterfront property features 361 stylish waterfront guest quarters, many with personal balconies

Park Central Hotel

Our newly re-imagined hotel elevates the standard of excellence in luxury hotels in San Francisco, while celebrating the timeless art of hospitality.

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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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