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Cambria "Christmas" by Rail Search Tour Calendar
Featuring Cambria Pines Lodge Stay, Christmas Market, Coast Starlight Train, Hearst Castle

Tour Dates: December 16 - 18, 2018

3 Day Package
3 Meals Included

$529 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$669 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Additional Departure Dates:

Tour Highlights:
  • Celebrate the season with an evening tour of Hearst Castle decked out in holiday splendor allowing you to view the estate as Mr. Hearst’s guests enjoyed it during the Christmas season in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Enjoy a two-night stay in Cambria at the Cambria Pines Lodge – the woodsy-chic lodge nestled amongst 25 acres of gardens and Monterey Pines beautifully decorated for the holidays and featuring walk-thru light displays with over one million lights!
  • Attend the annual Cambria Christmas Market done in the style of Germany’s markets with live entertainment, food, drinks and Santa
  • Ride along California’s coast aboard the deluxe Coast Starlight train, featuring a dining car and observation car for spectacular ocean views
  • Enjoy time for Christmas shopping in the Danish town of Solvang, and the quaint village of Cambria – home to artists’ galleries and boutiques

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Nights 1-2: Cambria Pines Lodge – Cambria, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 12/16/2018 - Coastal Train Ride
This morning we set out from our departure points for the tranquility of Morro Bay and California’s Central Coast. 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 along the coast to the quaint seaside village of Cambria – the artists’ colony nestled in a forest of towering Monterey Pines. We’ll spend the next two nights at the charming Cambria Pines Lodge, the woodsy-chic lodge nestled amongst 25 acres of gardens and Monterey pines. This time of year the Lodge is magically decorated for the holidays. Enjoy the evening at leisure with dinner on your own at the Lodge restaurant or at the Cambria Christmas Market located at the Lodge. The annual Cambria Christmas Market is done in the style of the traditional holiday markets held in many towns in Germany and Austria where it is known as “Weihnachtsmarkt.” The market features food, drink, and seasonal items available for purchase from open-air stalls, accompanied by traditional entertainment. Enjoy local food and drink, with brats, fresh baked good and treats, and Glühwein, the traditional German hot spiced wine – guaranteed to keep you cozy while wandering through the one million lights and displays surrounding the Lodge.
Day 2
Monday, 12/17/2018 - Hearst Castle & Cambria
Following an included breakfast at the lodge, we’ll take a scenic ride along the coast with stops for photos and to soak in the fabulous vistas. See the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas and take a walk along the pier at San Simeon State Beach. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure for lunch  on your own and shopping in the quaint village of Cambria, filled with unique boutiques and galleries and a variety of restaurants. Cambria has a leisurely pace and country village atmosphere reminiscent of a small town. This evening we’ll enjoy an included dinner at a locals’ favorite. Then we’ll embark on a docent-guided tour of Hearst Castle, once the hilltop estate of newspaper publisher, film producer and art collector William Randolph Hearst. During the holiday season, the Castle is lavishly decorated  for the holidays and the docents are in period costumes allowing you the opportunity to experience Hearst Castle as it might have been on a Christmas evening in the 1920s and 30s. 
Day 3
Tuesday, 12/18/2018 - Solvang & Journey Home
Following an included breakfast, we’ll  travel south to Solvang with time at leisure for lunch and browsing on own. Solvang features quaint old-world architecture and flower-lined streets to create a walkable village. Wonderful shops offer imported European wares and collectibles and the delicious bakeries and restaurants are a delight. Arriving at our drop-off points this evening, we’ll all relish in the memories of our Christmas-time getaway to the Central Coast.
Tour Inclusions:
  • 2 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 3 Meals: 1 dinner, 2 breakfasts
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation on a deluxe touring motorcoach and aboard Amtrak's deluxe Coast Starlight train
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:

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