san francisco to los angeles tour:
big sur and the california coast

Explore California's Big Sur Coastal Tour is our flagship trip. You'll be treated to an insider's view of iconic hot spots from San Francisco all the way to Los Angeles as we travel south along Highway 1. Sit back, relax, and let your driver do the work as you soak up the dramatic scenery and the vibe of Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur and Santa Barbara. Explore the coast with stops along the 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach and at the famous Bixby Bridge. Take a tour of the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium and of historic Hearst Castle. 


Highway 1 through Big Sur has experienced major landslides and will be closed to through traffic at least until the end of 2017. On our Big Sur trip, you'll still have the opportunity to see the spectacular scenery in the northern section of Big Sur, and will then take an alternative route to Hearst Castle. Despite the road closure, there is still plenty of amazing coastal scenery throughout our tour! Please contact us with questions or for more details.




Big Sur, Hearst Castle, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Solvang, Santa Barbara and more.


Big Sur, Hearst Castle, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Solvang, Santa Barbara and more.

DAY ONE: san francisco to monterey

After we pick you up in the morning at your hotel in San Francisco, we head straight for the serene beauty of the world­-renowned Coastal Highway 1. The Pigeon Point Lighthouse, a roadside berry farm and some of the beautiful untouched beaches are our favorite stops before we get to the surf town of Santa Cruz, where you will have time to explore on your own. Continuing to Monterey, we arrive at historic Cannery Row with ample time to explore the incredible Monterey Bay Aquarium or to just get lost in the maze of shops, tasting rooms and spots with unbelievable ocean views as you enjoy the afternoon at your leisure and at your own pace. 

DAY TWo: pebble beach, big sur, and hearst Castle

Start with a drive along world-famous 17-Mile Drive. Take a meander around Pebble Beach and marvel at the immaculate grounds. Discover hidden galleries and alleyways tucked in amongst the "storybook cottages" in delightful Carmel-by-the-Sea. Drink in the phenomenal views of the northern section of Big Sur. Visit one of the world's largest elephant seal colonies in San Simeon. Finish the day with a fascinating tour at Hearst Castle, or choose have a relaxing afternoon at your hotel. Enjoy an evening stroll and dinner at your leisure in the quaint village of Cambria.

DAY THREE: from big sur to los angeles

The journey south continues with a morning drive to the Danish town of Solvang. Savor a decadent pastry from one of the town's many Danish bakeries. Take in the views of the Santa Ynez Valley and the vineyards that cover the hillsides. Wander through the heart of picturesque Santa Barbara. Relax during a scenic train ride that brings you right into the heart of Los Angeles to finish your tour.



We offer three different accommodation packages for our Big Sur Coastal Tour. Prices listed are per person, and are based on occupancy. Rooms on this tour are single (one person per room) or double (two people per room) occupancy. Please note that the rooms booked on your tour may not be identical to those pictured below.


Big Sur tour comfort hotel option in Cambria

$790.00 per person single
$660.00 per person double

First night at the Victorian Inn (3-stars) in Monterey, in Standard King or Double Queen rooms.

Second night at the Bluebird Inn (2-stars, pictured above) in Cambria, in Standard King or Double Queen rooms.


Big Sur tour comfort plus hotel option in Monterey

$860.00 per person single
$740.00 per person double

First night at the Victorian Inn (3-stars, pictured above) in Monterey, in Courtyard King or Double Queen rooms.

Second night at the Bluebird Inn (2-stars, pictured above) in Cambria, in Deluxe King or Double Queen rooms.

Comfort Plus stays at the same properties as our Comfort package, in an upgraded room class at each hotel.


Big Sur tour superior hotel option in Monterey

$950.00 per person single
$810.00 per person double

First night at the Spindrift Inn (4-stars, pictured above) in Monterey, in Cannery Row King rooms. All of the rooms we use at this property have one king bed. If you require two beds in your room, please contact us about options.

Second night at El Colibri Hotel & Spa (3-stars) in Cambria, in Traditional King or Double Queen rooms.

All of our Big Sur Coastal Tours include the following:

  • 3 days of guided transportation from San Francisco to Los Angeles;
  • A fun, knowledgable trip leader;
  • 2 nights of accommodation in the package of your choosing;
  • Breakfast at each property (lunches and dinners are not included);
  • A scenic train ride from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles at the end of the tour;
  • Light snacks to enjoy in our vehicle;
  • Pick up on the trip's first day at any hotel within the city of San Francisco.

Tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and for a tour at Hearst Castle are optional add-ons. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is priced at $35.00 per person; Hearst Castle tours cost $25.00 per person. If you choose to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium or do the tour at Hearst Castle, the ticket costs will be added to your tour cost.

Please note that this is a one-way tour that begins in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles. You may also choose to end your trip in Santa Barbara. If you would like to return to San Francisco at the end of the trip, we can arrange return transport for an additional fee. Please contact us for more information.



Our Big Sur Coastal tour departs from San Francisco on most Sundays and Wednesdays throughout the year. Trips with space available are listed below. Please let us know your preferred tour dates when you contact us to book your tour. If your preferred dates are not listed, please get in touch and we will see what we can work out for you!


JULY 26-28
JUL 30-AUG 1

AUG 9-11
AUG 23-25
AUG 27-29
AUG 30-SEP 1

SEP 10-12
SEP 13-15
SEP 17-19
SEP 20-22
SEP 24-26
SEP 27-29


OCT 4-6
OCT 11-13
OCT 15-17
OCT 18-20
OCT 22-24
OCT 25-27
OCT 29-31

NOV 5-7
NOV 8-10
NOV 12-14
NOV 15-17
NOV 19-21
NOV 29-DEC 1

DEC 6-8
DEC 10-12
DEC 13-15
DEC 17-19
DEC 20-22
DEC 27-29


Our Big Sur Coastal Tour is scheduled to depart from San Francisco on Sundays and Wednesdays throughout 2018. Stay tuned for the exact schedule! Please check in with us in the meantime if you have any questions about availability.




These images capture only a few of the spectacular places you'll see on our Big Sur Coastal Tour. Contact us today to book your trip and come and see for yourself!