All aboard the famous AMTRAK “Coast Starlight” train, enjoy upgraded business class seat, complimentary drinks in the domed observation lounge. Explore the California coast from Los Angeles to Monterey, followed by a luxury motor coach tour from Monterey to the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Highlights of the Monterey area include the Monterey Aquarium, home to more than 500 species of marine life and a one-million gallon fish tank and shopping at adjacent Cannery Row. You’ll rave about the route along Carmel’s Scenic 17 Mile Coastal Drive, with stops in the towns of Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Lodge, & Lone Cypress Point, and free time in quaint Carmel Village, known for its unique shops and art galleries. Additional destinations include the National Steinbeck Center, in Salinas, home of author, John Steinbeck.
Experience California’s Natural Wonders in three National Parks. The most well-known park is Yosemite National Park, featuring the Valley Floor tour, including Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, and Half Dome Rock. Second is Kings Canyon National Park Grant Grove, home to General Grant Tree & Fallen Monarch, followed by Sequoia National Park featuring the Giant Forest, home of the General Sherman Tree, a 275-foot high redwood tree with a 36-foot diameter.
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)*||PRICING|
|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Travel Insurance||Call for quote|
|Vacation Pace||Moderately Active Pace|
|SAVE $50||Book by March 1st (June date)|
*Air departure from Indianapolis included; airfare pricing estimated and subject to change. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Cancellation policy: if travel insurance is not purchased, cancellation charges are: 121 days and earlier: full refund. 120 – 76 days prior to final payment $350 plus the cost of any non-refundable air tickets; 75 and less days prior to departure: no refund.
Day 1: Fly to Los Angeles
Arrive LAX and shuttle to your downtown Los Angeles hotel for the night. Courtyard Inn or similar.
Day 2: Train to Monterey
Transfer to LA’s Union Station and board the famous AMTRAK “Coast Starlight” train traveling north to Monterey. Enjoy and upgraded business class seat, complimentary drinks in the domed observation lounge, and a box lunch. Arrive in Salinas this evening and transfer to your Monterey Bay hotel for a two night stay. Join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner tonight. Victorian Inn, Monterey, CA (L,D)
Day 3: Monterey & Carmel
This morning visit to the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, home to over 500 species of marine life and a one-million gallon fish tank. Free time for shopping at adjacent Cannery Row. This afternoon, motor along scenic 17-Mile Drive with stops in Pacific Grove (Pebble Beach Lodge and Lone Cypress Point). Free time in quaint Carmel Village to browse the art galleries and shops. Return to your hotel for a wine & cheese party prior to a seafood dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf. Victorian Inn, Monterey, CA (B,D)
Day 4: Monterey to Coursegold
Motor east to Salinas, lettuce capital of the world and boyhood home of author John Steinbeck. Visit the National Steinbeck Center, dedicated to the life and works of one of America’s most endearing authors. Learn about his novels East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch at the original house of young Steinbeck. Then drive across the fertile San Joaquin Valley and tour a working vegetable farm prior to arriving in the town of Coursegold for two nights. Chukchansi Lodge, Coursgold, CA (B,L)
Day 5: Day Trip to Yosemite National Park
Spend a full day exploring one of America’s truly great natural wonders, Yosemite National Park, originally set-aside for posterity by Abraham Lincoln in 1864. Enjoy a guided open air tram tour of the Valley floor with stops at Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, and Half Dome Rock. Stop at world famous The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (Ahwahnee Lodge) for an included lunch. In June, the falls should be overflowing from the spring snowmelt. And in late September, the foliage is truly a ssight to behold. Return to your hotel and relax before your included dinner. Chukchansi Lodge, Coursgold, CA (B,L,D)
Day 6: Sequoia & Kings Canyon / Visalia
Motor into the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains along scenic General’s Highway, named in 1875 by conservationist John Muir. Visit Kings Canyon National Park and marvel at the awesome 2,000-foot deep granite canyon. Stop for a picnic lunch in Sequoia National Park (altitude 6,800′). In Grant Redwood Grove, visit Fallen Monarch Sequoia and the General Grant Tree, a 275-foot high sequoia redwood tree with a 36-foot diameter. Then drive down out of the mountains to the farm lands of Visalia. Our Farewell Dinner is at a local restaurant. Hampton Inn, Visalia, CA (B,L,D)
Day 7: Visalia to Los Angeles
Motor south through the Central Valley as we make our way back to Los Angeles and your airport hotel. (B)
Day 8: Los Angles / Indianapolis
Fly home this morning with amazing pictures and memories. (B)