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Summer Breezes & Stinking Roses by Rail Search Tour Calendar
Featuring a Beachfront Hotel, Coast Starlight Train, Santa Cruz Beach Train, Gilroy Garlic Festival

Tour Dates: July 25 - 28, 2018

4 Day Package
4 Meals Included

$899 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$1199 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Embark on an eclectic adventure that combines two spectacular train rides with a culinary spectacle. Enjoy the view as you ride along the beautiful California Coast aboard the deluxe Coast Starlight train. Then ride the rails from trees to shining seas as you travel through California redwoods to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Join in the celebration of all things garlic at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. All the while, enjoy a leisurely single-hotel stay on the Monterey Peninsula at a deluxe beachfront hotel.

Tour Highlights:
  • Join in the celebration of all things garlic at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, a culinary spectacle featuring entertainment, demonstrations and garlic foods like garlic scones, garlic ice cream and garlic chocolate
  • Ride the rails on the Santa Cruz Beach Train through the redwoods to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with time at leisure in Santa Cruz
  • Stay three nights on the Monterey Bay at a recently renovated, upscale, oceanfront boutique hotel with direct access to the beach
  • Ride along California’s coast from Oxnard to San Luis Obispo aboard the deluxe Coast Starlight train featuring a dining car and observation car for spectacular views of the ocean and Vandenberg Air Force Base
Fine Hotels / Great Locations:
  • Nights 1-3: Monterey Tides - Monterey, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Wednesday, 7/25/2018 - Central Coast by Rail
This morning we set out from our departure points for Monterey. We’ll travel by motorcoach to Oxnard to board Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train. Here begins a memorable four-hour rail journey along California’s coastline and through its fertile valleys to San Luis Obispo. We’ll travel along Point Conception and through Vandenberg Air Force Base where you’ll see the launch sites and beautiful undeveloped coastline only visible by train. You are free to move around the train, get lunch from the snack bar or enjoy lunch on own in the dining car. Check out the view from the observation car or just relax in your reclining seat. Upon our arrival in San Luis Obispo, our motorcoach will be waiting to take us the rest of the way to Monterey. Our accommodations for the next three nights are at an upscale newly-renovated boutique hotel located directly on the beach (in fact it’s the only beachfront hotel in Monterey). The full service hotel features a heated pool and spa and a restaurant with spectacular ocean views.
Day 2
Thursday, 7/26/2018 - Santa Cruz & Monterey
Following an included breakfast at our hotel, we’ll travel along the coast, through a beautiful valley and into the Santa Cruz Mountains. Here we’ll find Roaring Camp which resembles a 1880s logging town. Shop in the old-fashioned general store or explore vintage western structures, such as an opera house, depot and covered bridge. Then, it’s all aboard the Santa Cruz Beach Train for a ride through towering California redwoods. This grove of redwoods, part of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, was the first grove of coastal redwoods that was set aside for preservation – back in 1867. When this train route first opened in 1875 it carried lumber as well as picnickers to the redwoods and Santa Cruz. After traveling down the scenic San Lorenzo River Gorge, across a 1909 steel truss bridge and through an 1875 tunnel, we’ll arrive at the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Enjoy time for lunch and browsing on your own in Santa Cruz – one of California’s great summer destinations. We return to Monterey this afternoon with time at your leisure to browse the shops in Monterey’s historic Cannery Row. An optional visit to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium is available for an additional charge of $40 per person. Located at the ocean’s edge on Cannery Row, this renowned aquarium is your window to marine life. Get up-close and personal with sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants 
Day 3
Friday, 7/27/2018 - Gilroy Garlic Festival
After an included breakfast we’ll travel to the town of Gilroy for the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. This unique celebration of garlic has grown into one of the largest food festivals in the U.S.! Today is opening day and the least crowded of the three-day event. Enjoy time at leisure sampling a unique combination of food including garlic ice cream, garlic scones, garlic chocolate and other garlic delights. Enjoy the plethora of entertainment, arts & crafts and demonstrations at your leisure. Your taste buds won’t know what hit them during this fun and fragrant culinary experience. We return to Monterey this afternoon with the balance of the day at leisure to relax or take a walk on the beach. Enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite this evening.
Day 4
Saturday, 7/28/2018 - Solvang & Journey Home
This morning, following an included breakfast at our hotel, we begin our journey home. We’ll visit Solvang this afternoon with time at leisure for lunch and browsing. When visiting Solvang you enter the “Danish Capital of America.” Quaint old-world architectural styles blend with flower-lined streets to create a walk-able village. Wonderful shops offer imported European wares and collectibles, and the delicious bakeries and restaurants are a delight. We’ll return home this evening with the sights, smells and memories of our journey to Monterey, Gilroy and Santa Cruz not soon forgotten. 
Tour Inclusions:
  • 3 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 4 Meals: 1 dinner, 3 breakfasts
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation on a deluxe motorcoach and aboard Amtrak’s deluxe Coast Starlight train and the Santa Cruz Beach Train
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:

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