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3-Day California Coast Tour: San Francisco to Los Angeles

3-Day California Coast Tour: San Francisco to Los Angeles

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San Francisco, United States
icon3 days  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
icon3 days  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

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icon3 days  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Experience the spectacular scenery, wildlife, and culture of California’s coastline, on an epic, 3-day adventure from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Sit back and relax as your friendly guide handles the driving along coast-hugging Highway 1, stopping along the way to explore highlights like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Cruz beaches, the sea cliffs of Bug Sur, luxurious 17-Mile Drive, jaw-dropping Hearst Castle, and downtown Santa Barbara. Finish the one-way journey with a train ride into the sprawling glamour of Los Angeles. Tour size is limited to eight people for a more intimate, small-group experience.
  • 3-day one-way California coast tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles
  • Visit the beautiful seaside cities of Cambria, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Barbara
  • Enjoy views of the jagged Big Sur coastline and travel along 17-Mile Drive to world-famous Pebble Beach
  • Explore the Danish-American town of Solvang
  • Admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a guided tour of magnificent Hearst Castle are included
  • Knowledgeable guide provides flexible itineraries, letting you explore at your own pace
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup in San Francisco
One-way transport from San Francisco to Santa Barbara by 12-passenger van
2 nights of accommodation
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Return transport to San Francisco

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick up anywhere in SF - just let us know where to meet you!

Departure Time

9:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Weather can be colder along the coast. Please dress warmly or in layers
  • No children under 12 years old permitted
  • Pricing is per person based on occupancy
  • Luggage is restricted to 50 lbs (22.7 kg)
  • Tour is available in English, French and Spanish. Please advise at time of booking if you would like a specific language.
  • This is a ONE-WAY trip and does not include return transport to San Francisco. You may return with the tour company for a USD $60 fee, payable directly to the tour operator. It is a direct 6-hour drive by van
  • Please note: Hotel accommodation subject to change
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Travelers must be able to walk 4 blocks
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Explore California
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "It felt like we had hire our own private vehicle!!!" See review
  • "We had very nice scenery along the coast of California The 17 mile drive provided many photo opportunities we enjoyed the aquarium and frequent photo opportunities." See review


63 Reviews
2 stars

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Amazinggggg Experience !!!
, Sep 2019
Have no words for this beyond superrr experience!! Everything was just perfect ! From our tour guide Adam to alll the beautiful spots we stopped at ! Adam made sure everyone was most comfortable ... n had the best time of their lives ! I loved the 17 th mile drive ...Carmel .. the drive to Santa Barbara thru Big Sur was truly wonderful ... Adam made sure we didn’t miss a thing he stopped at all the spots to take pictures etc .. Both the hotels in Monetary and Cambria were really Niceee!! Adam had already checked us into the hotel before we reached there tooo smooth I must say ! Our train from Santa Barbara to LA was also prebooked by Adam and in our mailbox well in advance !! Kudos to Adam he made it a totally unforgettable experience for us ! It was a small group tour and we were only 5 of us !! It felt like we had hire our own private vehicle!!! Thank you Adam n thank you Viator! I would totally recommend this trip to one and allll 💯
Excellent trip
, May 2019
We had a wonderful 3 day trip thanks to our tour guide Kelly. Kelly give us many information about the areas we traveled through. The Monterey Aquarium is amazing. And the scenery along the coast is spectacular. Definitely will recommend to everyone.
Fantastic 3 day California Pacific Coastal Trip
Kieran D
, Oct 2018
Just yesterday we completed our 3 day Pacific Coastal trip & it really was something special. We could not have had a better guide & driver. Kelly was not just exceptional in her duties but she was at all times informative, caring and so helpful seeing to all of our needs as an Irish couple taking such a trip for the first time.The coach had plenty of room and was very comfortable.The two overnight stays were first rate and both The Spin Drift Inn in Monterey & The Rigdon House in Cambria are indeed superior lodgings.The scenery & the views all along the route were quite simply spectacular.Kelly is clearly a most friendly & decent young lady and overall a lovely, thoughtful and kind person.My wife Noeleen & I couldn’t recommend her & the 3 day trip down this amazing coast highly enough - definitely a 10 out of 10 👌👏🏻Thanks so much Kelly & Viator for 3 wonderful days in California that neither of us will ever forget 👍😊Kieran
3 days coastal tour from San Francisco
, Sep 2018
We had very nice scenery along the coast of California The 17 mile drive provided many photo opportunities we enjoyed the aquarium and frequent photo opportunities. Pebble beach golf course was enjoyable Kelly the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history along the coast We upgraded to the higher hotel and was worth every penny
The date of our trip was actually...
, Apr 2018
The date of our trip was actually amended to 10 january sister and I 2 old birds from Australia would highly recommend this trip ..Mark was brilliant .He looked after us and nothing was too much trouble......He made sure we didnt miss anything and the scenery was amazing......our luggage miraculously appeared in our hotel room and we enjoyed every minute of experience walking down to the 18th green at Pebble Beach golf club and to see the sea lions basking on the beach in their protected sanctuary plus Hearst Castle and the magnificent Aquarium were all excellent..Great scenery ,good food and good accommodation made all the better with Marks expertise and great knowledge of the area.
My husband and I had a fantastic...
Debby H
, Feb 2018
My husband and I had a fantastic tour down the coast of California. Adam, our guide, was very friendly and knowledgeable. The scenery was beautiful and we got to see unexpected sights like a redwood forest and elephant seals nursing their babies. I would highly recommend this tour.
The road journey was well planned...
Diana Ashley K
, Jan 2018
The road journey was well planned and arranged. Tour guide took the extra effort to help us with the check-ins. Only set back is most of the small towns that we stopped over could have slightly more than 1hr to explore. Half of the time we need to be checking o watches to make sure we don't miss our time. Lucky to book the tour during winter that from a group tour became a private tour. Overall everything was great, the hotel accommodations were pleasant and decent. Only one suggestion, for the train ride from Santa Barbara to LA, the tour guide should have booked the train tickets online in advance and reserve the business class seat, considering that we paid premium for the entire tour. We had unreserved seats and was forced to stand till like 3 stops later and struggled fighting for luggage spots with others. And, if possible to have food arrangement or at least have arrangements with certain number of restaurants to give us extra discount when dine in using the tour promo code?
icon Response from Host , Jan 2018
TOUR OPERATOR COMMENT: Thank you for your feedback. Regarding the issues at the train station - Please note, at the end of our trips, we arrange a ticket for our guests at the Santa Barbara train station and in 8 years of operating, we've never had an issue getting our guests on the train. We do not offer the "business class" ticket unless it's a special request because the train is really quite nice and not typically busy. During this particular departure, the catastrophic mudslides occurred, which killed 13 people and created chaos in the greater Santa Barbara area. The mudslide destroyed the 10-lane Highway 101, a main vein out of Santa Barbara. Due to this unforeseen circumstance, the train station was packed full and the trains were extraordinarily hard to get onto. Clearly, had we known that this sort of natural disaster would occur creating such dire consequences, we would have figured out a way to reserve the guests tickets in advance. We hope future guests will be understanding that this is not a typical circumstance.
What a great surprise when our tour...
, Nov 2017
What a great surprise when our tour operator pulled up at our hotel and we were greeted with what was a three day personal tour just the two of us and the guide for this wonderful tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable of the areas we traveled.
Thoroughly enjoyable scenery and...
Frank A
, Oct 2017
Thoroughly enjoyable scenery and sights, good accommodation etc. However the guide Mark did not give us much information about the areas we were travelling through which was disappointing.. Also it was a 12 seat bus and although he had a strong clear voice, we could not hear him down the back of the bus so therefore missed out on things. We suggested using a microphone as other guides do.
We were very happy with the quality...
Peter E
, Oct 2017
We were very happy with the quality of the tour we went on and we were given an excellent insight to all of the main points on the coast road. We found the stopover points to be well timed and the places that we visited of high quality. We found Mark our guide to be exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable. He was extremely courteous and very well informed. We highly recommend this tour to any prospective person who wants to see the coast road without driving themselves. Peter and Lynley Elder- New Zealand

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