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Featuring a Two-Night Stay at the FogCatcher Inn on Cambria’s Moonstone Beach, Hearst Castle, Coast Starlight Train

Tour Dates: November 3 - 5, 2021
Limited Space

3 Day Package
3 Meals Included

Price:
$679 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$879 Per Person / Single Occupancy


One of our all-time most popular tours is offered at what is typically a delightful time of year in this region. This relaxing three-day getaway explores California’s Central Coast while enjoying a stay at a charming and cozy inn on Cambria’s Moonstone Beach. We’ll travel by train, travel the back roads and keep a relaxed pace as we experience first-hand why this area “where the pines meet the sea” is so special.

Tour Highlights:
 
  • Stay two nights on Cambria’s spectacular Moonstone Beach at a charming inn which features cozy rooms with a fireplace
     
  • Sightseeing along the Central Coast including the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas, Hearst Memorial State Beach and time in the quaint village of Cambria – home to artists’ galleries and unique boutiques
     
  • A docent-guided tour of Hearst Castle (choose from one of three available tours) and see Building the Dream in the IMAX theatre
     
  • Ride along California’s coast from Los Angeles 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 1-2: FogCatcher Inn on Moonstone Beach – Cambria, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Wednesday, 11/3/2021 - Coastal Train Ride
We set out from our departure points this morning for the tranquility of California’s Central Coast. We’ll travel by deluxe motorcoach to downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station to board Amtrak’s Coast Starlight 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. Feel free to move around the train, get lunch from the snack bar or enjoy a waiter-served lunch on your own in the dining car (based on availability). Check out the view from the observation car or just relax in your reclining seat. In San Luis Obispo we’ll reboard our motorcoach and continue north along the coast to the quaint seaside village of Cambria – the artists’ colony nestled in a forest of towering Monterey Pines along a craggy stretch of California coastline. We’ll spend the next two nights at a charming inn which features cozy rooms with a fireplaces and a heated pool and spa. The inn features an oceanfront setting on Cambria’s Moonstone Beach, a spectacular stretch of rugged coastline which offers an extraordinary array of tide pools, walk-able bluff-top boardwalk and a spectacular vantage point for memorable sunsets. Enjoy an included dinner with choice of entrée at Linn’s. This Cambria icon is a locals’ favorite that serves up contemporary comfort food classics and is famous for their olallieberry pie.

Dinner
Day 2
Thursday, 11/4/2021 - Hearst Castle, Cambria
Following an included breakfast at the Inn, we’ll head to Hearst Castle, the National Historical Landmark that sits above the clouds on top of “The Enchanted Hill.” This extraordinary temple to opulence and excess is a must-see to end all must-sees – an eye-popping extravaganza featuring a 165-room castle, terraced gardens, pools and a spectacular wraparound view of California’s Central Coast. The infamous newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, with the aid of San Francisco architect Julia Morgan, began construction of his dream estate on his ranchland overlooking the village of San Simeon in 1919. By 1947, the hilltop complex included a twin-towered main building, three sumptuous guest houses, 127-acres of cultivated gardens, fountains, and pools. Experience what life was like as a guest of W. R. Hearst, explore his personal collection of rare and ancient works of art and encounter the majesty and beauty of this historical treasure first-hand while on a docent-guided tour of Hearst Castle. Choose one of three available tours including “Grand Rooms,” “Upstairs Suites” and “Cottages & Kitchens” with time at leisure to explore the gardens and pools. Our visit here begins in the Heart Castle Theatre with Hearst Castle – Building the Dream, a movie that features breathtaking original cinematography combined with vintage clips and stills from the 1920s and 30s allowing the construction and history of the Castle to come to life on a giant five-story screen. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon relaxing at the inn, taking a walk on the beach or browsing the charming shops, boutiques and galleries in Cambria’s quaint and historic village. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own at one of the oceanfront restaurants or take advantage of transportation provided to Downtown San Luis Obispo’s lively, open-air, Farmers’ Market. Enjoy time at leisure strolling amongst four historic blocks filled with just-picked produce for sale, local restaurants selling a variety of barbecued specialties and entertaining local performers. Should the Farmers’ Market not be open for any reason, transportation will be provided to Cambria’s East Village where you may enjoy dinner on your own at one of the restaurants.
Breakfast
Day 3
Friday, 11/5/2021 - Solvang, Journey Home
After an included breakfast at the Inn, we’ll enjoy a scenic ride along the coast north of Cambria to the elephant seal rookery at Piedras Blancas. This location is one of only a few spots in the world where northern elephant seals can be seen in vast numbers. This time of year the rookery is busy as the males with their large noses are beginning to arrive and establish dominance over their harems. We’ll continue to William Randolph Hearst State Beach to take a walk along the pier in this protected cove. We’ll continue south and travel the back roads in the Santa Ynez Valley enroute to the quaint Danish town of Solvang. Known as America’s famous “Little Denmark,” Solvang features quaint old-world architectural styles and flower-lined streets to create a very walkable village. Enjoy time at leisure for browsing the wonderful shops that offer imported European wares and collectibles and lunch on your own in the delicious restaurants. For a true taste of Danish culture, sample the delicious pastries offered by Solvang’s authentic local bakeries. We continue south to our drop-off points, arriving this evening with many fond memories of our time on the California’s beautiful Central Coast.
Breakfast
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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