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Monterey, Carmel, Redwoods & Rails Search Tour Calendar
Featuring a Three-Night Stay in Monterey, 17-Mile Drive, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Redwoods by Rail, Coast Starlight Train

Tour Dates: June 12 - 15, 2022

4 Day Package
4 Meals Included

$1799 Per Person / Single Occupancy
$1299 Per Person / Double Occupancy

The Monterey Peninsula is the embodiment of the quintessential California spirit – providing a sense of timelessness and re-connection. It’s been described as “the greatest meeting of land and sea.” For centuries, artists, poets, explorers and novelists have been drawn to the rugged beauty here – from the crashing surf to the towering redwoods and the unspoiled wildlife. We invite you on this memorable escape to explore with us the cypress groves, redwood forest, world-renowned aquarium and captivating charm that make the Monterey Peninsula so special.

Tour Highlights:

  • Enjoy a three-night, single-hotel stay in the heart of Old Monterey at an upscale, bay front, AAA Four Diamond hotel
  • Enjoy a five-hour rail journey along the California coast from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo aboard Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train, featuring an observation car for spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean
  • Join a local guide for an in-depth tour of the Monterey Peninsula highlighting historic Old Monterey, Cannery Row, Pacific Grove and sights along the picturesque 17-Mile Drive
  • Enjoy time at leisure in the charming seaside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • All aboard Roaring Camp Railroad’s Redwood Forest Steam Train for a ride through a forest of towering coastal California Redwoods
  • Included visit to the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium where you can get up-close with sea otters, penguins, sharks and jellies
  • Enjoy time at leisure in downtown Santa Barbara, characterized by unique shopping, great food and distinctive architecture

Fine Hotels/Great Locations:
  • Nights 1-3: Portola Hotel & Spa – Montrey, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 6/12/2022 - Coastal Train Ride
We set out from our departure points this morning aboard a deluxe motorcoach and travel to downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station to board Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train for a memorable, five-hour rail journey along California’s spectacular 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 complexes and beautiful undeveloped coastline only visible by train. We’ll enjoy an included boxed lunch onboard along with a snack bar selling snacks and drinks. Check out the view from the observation car or just relax in your reclining seat. Upon arrival in San Luis Obispo, we’ll reboard our motorcoach and continue north to the Monterey Peninsula. We’ll enjoy a three-night stay at an upscale, bayfront, AAA Four Diamond hotel adjacent to Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf in Old Monterey. Enjoy the balance of the evening at leisure with dinner on your own at the hotel or a nearby restaurant.

Day 2
Monday, 6/13/2022 - 17-Mile Drive, Carmel
Following an included breakfast, we’ll join a local guide for a comprehensive area tour. Wrapped by the Pacific Ocean on three sides, the Monterey Peninsula is often described as “the greatest meeting of land and sea.” For centuries, artists, poets, explorers and novelists have been drawn to the rugged beauty here – from the crashing surf to the towering redwoods to the unspoiled wildlife. On this in-depth driving tour, we’ll travel through historic Old Monterey, Cannery Row, Pacific Grove and along the famed 17-Mile Drive. One of the most picturesque drives in the world, 17-Mile Drive is an enchanting journey full of dramatic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches and mystical forests. Along the way, we’ll encounter such spectacular sights as The Lone Cypress, Bird Rock, celebrity homes and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own and browsing in the quaint seaside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. This town that deftly straddles the balance point of rich history and new wealth, features great restaurants, boutiques and galleries. We return to the hotel with the balance of the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 3
Tuesday, 6/14/2022 - Redwoods, Monterey Bay Aquarium
After an included breakfast, we’ll travel north to the Santa Cruz Mountains and arrive at 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. We’ll board the Redwood Forest Steam Train and travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as the conductor narrates the history of Roaring Camp, the railroad and the forest. While this forest of coastal Redwoods was first preserved in 1867, in the 1880s, narrow-gauge steam locomotives were used to haul giant redwood logs out of the nearby mountains. Roaring Camp’s steam engines date from 1890 and are among the oldest and most authentically preserved narrow-gauge steam engines providing regularly scheduled passenger service in America. We return to Monterey this afternoon with time at leisure to browse Monterey’s historic Cannery Row, filled with shops, galleries and eateries. In addition, you’ll have included admission to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. The former sardine cannery located on the ocean’s edge of Cannery Row boasts spectacular coastal views and sets the standard for aquariums around the world because of its immersive exhibits and ability to present marine life on a truly grand scale. Get up-close and personal with 35,000 sea creatures representing over 550 marine species including sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants. We return to the hotel with the balance of the evening at leisure.
Day 4
Wednesday, 6/15/2022 - Santa Barbara, Journey Home
Following an included breakfast, we’ll travel south by motorcoach making a rest stop along the way. In San Luis Obispo we’ll visit the eclectic and historic Madonna Inn. Opened for business in 1958, it quickly became a California landmark and it’s timeless elegance and whimsical décor continues to intrigue visitors more than 60 years later! Enjoy time at leisure here for browsing and lunch on your own this afternoon in Santa Barbara, the popular beach city known as “America’s Riviera.” Characterized by unique shopping, great food and distinctive architecture, downtown Santa Barbara offers palm-lined thoroughfares where you’ll be surrounded by shops, boutiques, tantalizing eateries and beautiful buildings. Returning to our drop-off points this evening, we’ll all relish in the memories of our time relaxing on the train and enjoying a three-night stay in Monterey while exploring California’s beautiful Central Coast and redwoods on this memorable getaway.

While we make every effort to operate our tours as outlined in the itinerary, we ask for your understanding, flexibility and to retain a sense of adventure while traveling with us. While these have always been necessary traits for travelers, they are needed now more than ever! Situations may arise that necessitate changes to the itinerary. Should we need to adjust the itinerary either prior to or while on tour, these changes will be communicated to you and only done when absolutely necessary. Now more than ever, our 30 years of knowledge and tour planning experience helps us navigate a unique travel environment on your behalf. You can put your trust in us knowing we are experts in travel planning and will do everything possible to provide wonderful new experiences and create amazing new memories for our guests while on the road with us.
Tour Inclusions:
  • 3 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 4 Meals: 1 lunch, 3 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a local guide
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation on a deluxe touring motorcoach and aboard the deluxe Coast Starlight train
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:

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