California Vines, Rails & Redwoods
Featuring the Napa Valley Wine Train, Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, Redwoods, Coast Starlight Train

Departing: Sunday, October 3, 2021
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6 Day Package
8 Meals Included

Price:
$1699 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$2099 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Embark on a memorable journey through five of the most beautiful and bountiful regions in California – the Central Coast, the Napa Valley, the Sonoma Valley, the Central Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. In addition to two memorable train journeys, we’ll explore some of California’s most iconic sights – historic buildings, majestic old growth redwoods, the winding Russian River Valley and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Tour Highlights:
 
  • Ride along California’s coast aboard the deluxe Coast Starlight train featuring an observation car for spectacular ocean views 
  • Enjoy a three-course lunch aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train while traveling through the picturesque Napa Valley 
  • Sightseeing in the picturesque Russian River Valley including a stroll through Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve 
  • Memorable hotel stays including the cozy Apple Farm Inn, an oceanfront inn in Pismo Beach and a three-night stay at an upscale resort in the Sonoma Valley
  • Enjoy an included breakfast at Charles Schulz’s “Snoopy’s Home Ice” Arena, along with a visit to the Charles Schulz “Peanuts” Museum
     
  • Enjoy an included dinner at the Madonna Inn, as well as lunch and wine tasting at a winery in the scenic Santa Ynez Valley
     

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Night 1: Apple Farm Inn - San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Nights 2-4: DoubleTree Sonoma - Sonoma Valley, CA
  • Night 5: Cottage Inn by the Sea - Pismo Beach, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 10/3/2021 - Coastal Train Ride
From our departure points we’ll travel aboard a deluxe motorcoach to downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station where we’ll 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. Check out the view from the observation car or just relax in your reclining seat. Enjoy an included boxed lunch onboard the train. In San Luis Obispo, we’ll reboard our motorcoach and continue to the charming Apple Farm Inn. Nestled by San Luis Obispo Creek and surrounded by rolling hills, the Apple Farm Inn is a “country rustic,” Victorian-style inn situated among a lush, quiet garden setting. The Inn blends the country charm of yesteryear with all of the modern comforts of today. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening at a variety of restaurants in charming and historic downtown San Luis Obispo.

Lunch
Day 2
Monday, 10/4/2021 - San Francisco, Sonoma Valley
Following an included breakfast, we’ll continue north onboard our motorcoach to San Francisco. Enjoy time at leisure for browsing and lunch on your own at the ever-popular Pier 39. Known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sights and unique shopping, Pier 39 offers a wide array of things to do. This afternoon we continue across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and into the picturesque Sonoma Valley. Here, we’ll enjoy a relaxing, three-night stay at a sprawling, full-service resort featuring California Spanish architecture and spacious, modern, stylish guest rooms with an array of amenities. Enjoy the balance of the evening at leisure with dinner on your own.
Breakfast
Day 3
Tuesday, 10/5/2021 - Napa Valley, Sonoma
Following an included breakfast, we’ll travel through the rolling hills into the Napa Valley – one of the most picturesque and widely recognized wine regions in the world. Vineyards have been part of the landscape here for more than 150 years and today this valley is home to more than 500 wineries! In Napa we’ll board the Napa Valley Wine Train for a three-hour experience you’ll never forget! The faithfully-restored, vintage, early 20th century Pullman cars that feature Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions, and plush armchairs evoke the elegant glory days of luxury train travel of the early 1900s. Sit back, relax, and savor the extraordinary scenery as we enjoy a 36-mile round-trip journey to St. Helena and back. Onboard we’ll enjoy a three-course, waiter-served lunch with choice of entrée as the lush vineyards of the Napa Valley landscape pass by. This afternoon we continue to the historic town of Sonoma and the historic Sonoma Plaza – a remnant of the town’s Spanish colonial past. Enjoy time at leisure to explore Mission San Francisco Solano State Historic Park and dinner on your own at one of the eateries here.
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 4
Wednesday, 10/6/2021 - Santa Rosa, Russian River Valley
We travel north this morning to Santa Rosa and visit the Charles Schulz-owned and built Redwood Empire Ice Arena where we’ll enjoy an included breakfast in its unique coffee shop, “The Warm Puppy.” Although born in Minnesota, Schulz called this area his home for over 40 years and this coffee shop is where he would enjoy breakfast as he watched the children skating on his ice rink. We continue to the Charles M. Schulz Museum, dedicated to preserving and displaying the art and keepsakes of this legendary cartoonist. See a replica of his studio, original comic strips, photographs, artifacts, memorabilia, and licensed Peanuts products from around the world. We’ll continue into the Russian River Valley and visit the Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve, home to stately and magnificent coast redwoods. A short easy stroll through these towering redwoods along the flat trail will showcase this serene and majestic grove that stands together as a testament to the wonders of the natural world. This afternoon we’ll arrive in the charming town of Healdsburg with time at leisure for browsing and lunch on your own in the charming Healdsburg Plaza.
Breakfast
Day 5
Thursday, 10/7/2021 - Central Valley, Pismo Beach
Following an included breakfast, we’ll travel south along historic El Camino Real to the coastal gem of Pismo Beach. Sitting atop a bluff overlooking Pismo Beach’s unspoiled sandy beach sits our coastal hideaway for the night. This charming, oceanfront, boutique inn that is inspired by the English countryside, features cozy, cottage-style fireplace rooms. This evening, we’ll enjoy an included three-course dinner at the eclectic and historic Madonna Inn. The timeless elegance and whimsical décor of this California landmark has intrigued visitors for more than 60 years!
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 6
Friday, 10/8/2021 - Santa Ynez Valley, Journey Home
Following an included breakfast, we’ll continue south into the Santa Ynez Valley –the heart of Santa Barbara “wine country.” Blanketed with fertile vineyards and fruitful farms due in part to the region’s temperate weather, the Santa Ynez Valley is about as picturesque as it gets - small, historic towns surrounded by rolling hills with vineyards and horse ranches. We’ll enjoy an included lunch and wine tasting at an award-winning winery that features an idyllic setting. We continue south this afternoon returning to our drop-off points this evening. We’ll relish in the memories of our time relaxing on the Coast Starlight, the Napa Valley Wine Train and amongst California’s vineyards and redwoods.

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. 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.
Breakfast
Lunch
Tour Inclusions:
  • 5 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 9 Meals: 1 dinner, 3 lunches, 5 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach, Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train and the Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour


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