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Central Coast Safari, Wine & Rails Search Tour Calendar
Featuring a Pismo Beach Oceanfront Hotel, Animal Encounters, Paso Robles Wine Country, Coast Starlight Train

Tour Dates: February 15 - 17, 2023

3 Day Package
4 Meals Included
New Itinerary

$799 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$999 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Welcome aboard a three-day rail getaway that showcases the spectacular coastline, the Paso Robles wine country, the Santa Ynez back country and the cuddly critters along California’s Central Coast. Experience multiple animal encounters, award-winning wine and strolling amongst charming towns while enjoying a relaxing, two-night stay at a upscale, oceanfront hotel on a bluff overlooking Pismo Beach. 

Tour Highlights:

  • Enjoy a relaxing, two-night stay in an oceanview room with private balcony or patio at an upscale, full-service, oceanfront Pismo Beach hotel that features a contemporary and stylish design along with a bit of fun and nostalgia 
  • Multiple animal encounters along California’s Central Coast including a visit to a monarch butterfly grove, an animal sanctuary, and an ostrich and emu ranch 
  • Sit back and enjoy a relaxing, five-hour rail journey along California’s spectacular coastline and through its fertile valleys aboard Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train, featuring an observation car with windows that stretch up to the ceiling offering unparalleled and expansive views 
  • Enjoy an included lunch with wine tasting at an award-winning winery in the heart of the Paso Robles wine country 
  • Attend San Luis Obispo’s downtown Thursday night farmers’ market and street faire 
  • Enjoy time at leisure browsing the boutiques and galleries in the Danish town of Solvang, known as America’s “Little Denmark” 

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Nights 1-2: SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel – Pismo Beach, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Wednesday, 2/15/2023 - 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 which is 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 the short distance south to Pismo Beach, the classic beach town that features incredible, expansive vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a relaxing, two-night stay in an oceanview room with private balcony or patio at an upscale, full-service, oceanfront Pismo Beach hotel that features a contemporary and stylish design along with a bit of fun and nostalgia. This coastal hideaway that sits atop a bluff overlooking Pismo Beach features a heated pool with multiple spas, four terraces including a rooftop terrace with fire pits, an on-site restaurant and stair access to the unspoiled sandy beach below.  

Day 2
Thursday, 2/16/2023 - Paso Robles, Pismo Beach 
Following an included breakfast, we’ll travel north along the backroads and through the rolling hills of the Paso Robles wine country to a 16-acre, hilltop animal sanctuary that provides a forever home to over 50 rescued animals including goats, sheep, cows, horses, pigs and other furry and feathered friends. All the animals here were homeless or abused but now receive food, shelter, medical care and lots of love from the all volunteer crew that promotes compassion, protection and care for farmed animals. We continue to a Paso Robles winery for an included lunch and wine tasting in a picturesque setting where rustic elegance meets wine country charm. The Paso Robles wine country is home to the oldest grapes in California – they were planted by Franciscan monks as they made their way north on El Camino Real in the late 1700s. With over 200 wineries, this wine region is not only the fastest growing wine region in the state, but more importantly, it’s producing world-class wines – especially Rhône varietals and blends. We return south to the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove where thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch butterflies flock to a grove of Eucalyptus trees here. While the number of butterflies seeking shelter here each winter was dwindling, the winter of 2021-2022 saw a dramatic surge in population, reaching 22,000 butterflies. While only mother nature knows what this year will bring, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for a repeat of last year. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own at one of the restaurants within walking distance of the hotel or take advantage of motorcoach transportation provided to downtown San Luis Obispo’s Farmers’ Market and street faire (weather permitting). Enjoy time at leisure strolling amongst four lively and historic blocks filled with just-picked produce for sale, local restaurants selling a variety of barbecued specialties and entertaining local performers. This one-night-a-week event is undoubtedly one of the most treasured events on the Central Coast and has a long history of bringing locals and visitors together to eat, shop, listen to music and connect. 
Day 3
Friday, 2/17/2023 - Santa Ynez Valley, Journey Home
After an included breakfast we’ll head south and travel the back roads through the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley to the Danish town of Solvang. Known as America’s “Little Denmark,” this quaint town is like a page from Hans Christian Andersen, complete with traditional old-world architecture, windmills, gaslights and flower-lined cobblestone walks to create a very walkable village. Enjoy time at leisure to browse the charming galleries and boutiques that offer imported European wares and collectibles with 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. This afternoon we’ll visit an ostrich and emu farm and get up-close and personal with these big birds that are a rare and unique sight in this part of the world. Watching these large birds stroll about on the plain that resembles their native desert is like being in another place and time. A highlight of a visit here is the opportunity to feed them – always a wild, yet memorable experience! We continue south towards our departure points, arriving in the evening with great memories of our coastal safari and the cute and cuddly creatures that we met along the way. 

While we make every effort to operate our tours as outlined in the itinerary, we ask for your patience, understanding and flexibility and to retain a sense of adventure while traveling with us. 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. 
Tour Inclusions:
  • 2 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 4 Meals: 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director 
  • Admissions and sightseeing per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach and aboard Amtrak’s Coast Starlight Train 
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour

Additional Information:

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