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Trip Overview

Enjoy what is truly the best of what California has to offer on this 11-day journey. Start off in the bay city of San Francisco where you visit the giant redwoods at the Muir Woods National Monument as well as a stop off in the Mediterranean-style village of Sausalito. You will also visit Monterey Bay as well as the art gallery and restaurant area of Carmel-by-the-Sea. From there you will head south along the scenic California coast and into Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles you will explore the city on a hop-on, hop-off tour of the city that will stop by the Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, and the Chinese Theatre. Following Los Angeles, continue on to Anaheim and cap off your California journey in San Diego!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Muir Woods and Sausalito
  • Sightseeing tour of Monterey and Carmel
  • Multi-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles





Package Also Includes:

  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from San Francisco to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to Anaheim; and Anaheim to San Diego on the Coast Starlight® and Pacific Surfliner®
  • 10 nights' hotel accommodations

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1 YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN SAN FRANCISCO
Welcome to San Francisco! This evening visit San Francisco's most beloved attraction, Fisherman's Wharf. This gorgeous waterfront community is rich in both culture and fun. Be sure to treat yourself to some delicious local cuisine, like sourdough bread, clam chowder and fresh seafood! (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 2 SAN FRANCISCO
Today is free for relaxation. Perhaps you want to take a leisurely walk along Pier 39 and grab lunch by the water. You may opt to enjoy the many fun games, attractions, and activities that line the pier. Also be sure to bring a camera to snap pictures of the native sea-lions that rest on the banks, down by the water. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 3 SAN FRANCISCO
Climb aboard a sightseeing tour that will transport you out to the giant redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument. Your fully-guided tour will bring you to see the giant sequoias that makes the northern California outdoors so iconic. On the way back the tour will stop off in Sausalito, a beautiful coastal town that is reminiscent of a Mediterranean-style village. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 4 SAN FRANCISCO
Today a tour will guide you out to Monterey Bay where you will have time to explore the aquarium. The aquarium is home to thousands of creatures such as penguins, exotic fish, and a “million gallon” outer bay display. After leaving Monterey the tour will take a scenic drive along the coast to head into Carmel-by-the-Sea. This district is known for its many art galleries as well as the many delicious seafood restaurants. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 5 SAN FRANCISCO > LOS ANGELES
Travel to the Amtrak® station and board the Coast Starlight® to Los Angeles. The Coast Starlight ventures right along the gorgeous California coastline and offers scenic views you will never forget. The lush forests, fertile valleys, and long stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline provide a stunning backdrop for your journey. Upon your arrival in the “City of Angels,” you'll check into your hotel, and once you're all settled in, feel free to start exploring this fascinating city that so many movie stars call home. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 6 LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles is known as the entertainment capital of the world, so there is much to see and do here. Enjoy a narrated hop-on, hop-off tour of L.A. to explore the city at your leisure. Highlights of your tour will include the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Rodeo Drive! (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 7 LOS ANGELES
Continue to explore Los Angeles on your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. The tour will continue to bring you to the many popular areas with stops at the Santa Monica Pier, the Kodak Theatre, and the Hollywood Bowl. The day is yours to visit whatever sites you would like! (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 8 LOS ANGELES > ANAHEIM
Today board the Pacific Surfliner for a quick trip down to Anaheim. After that the day is yours to kick-back, relax, and soak in some of the California sun! (Overnight in Anaheim)

DAY 8 ANAHEIM
Your day is free to explore Anaheim on your own. Popular attractions such as Disneyland are close-by. Take time to enjoy any of the fun local activities that you'd like to experience. (Overnight in Anaheim)

DAY 9 ANAHEIM > SAN DIEGO
Have a leisurely morning before boarding Amtrak to continue south to San Diego. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and begin to explore sunny San Diego. Spend time exploring the sights and points of interest in Old Town or head over to the beach to savor the warmth, sunshine, and salt air. Enjoy the final full day of your California journey!

DAY 9 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN DIEGO

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

The Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove is located just minutes from Disneyland ® Park, Disney's California Adventure ® Park, Downtown Disney ® District, Edison Field, Home of the Anaheim Angels and The Anaheim Pond.

Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort

The Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort Hotel in Anaheim, California is directly across the street from the Disneyland® Resort entrance. Just a short walk to Disneyland® Resort, Disneyland® Park and Downtown Disney® District. Our Fairfield Inn Anaheim Hotel near Disneyland makes your family vacation both fun and an exceptional value.

Holiday Inn Buena Park

The Holiday Inn Buena Park is nearby many of Southern California's most popular attractions. We are just minutes from Disneyland® Park, Disney's California Adventure® Park, Downtown Disney® District shopping, Knott's Soak City, Knott's Berry Farm and the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The LA Hotel Downtown

Treat yourself to the gracious elegance and charm of the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown. Centrally located in the heart of the financial district, just blocks from many of the city's premier venues, their downtown Los Angeles hotel accommodations are your gateway to the best in business, arts, culture, sports, and entertainment.

Loews Hollywood Hotel

The Hollywood sign. The Hills. The Academy Awards. The Hollywood Walk of Fame. The city’s major movie studios. This is the stuff a classic visit to Hollywood is made of—and a stay at Loews Hollywood Hotel puts you right in the middle of all the action. Our hotel is the perfect place to unwind after a day of L.A sightseeing.

Best Western Plus Bayside Inn

The Best Western Plus Bayside Inn is situated only minutes from San Diego Bay in San Diego, California. This hotel offers convenient access to many San Diego attractions including the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld® and Balboa

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Located between the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Bay, Loews Coronado Bay Resort epitomizes the true Southern California lifestyle.

San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

The San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is adjacent to San Diego Convention Center and is located just 10 minutes from San Diego International Airport. The hotel’s guest rooms, pools, lobby and front drive have been completely renovated and refreshed.

Wyndham San Diego Bayside

With a premiere location close to the San Diego cruise ship terminal and the Gaslamp District, the Wyndham San Diego Bayside is unsurpassed among downtown hotels. Located in the heart of San Diego, this waterfront hotel makes it easy for travelers to enjoy attractions such as the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Balboa Park and more.

Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf

Of all San Francisco hotels, Holiday Inn San Francisco Hotel Fisherman's Wharf has one of the best locations, central to the Californian shopping capital. The hotel is in among the bars, cafes, and the vast number of specialty shops in Fisherman's Wharf. Hotels here, in the liveliest part of San Francisco, are right next to Chinatown, Pier 39 and the Cable Cars.

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Holiday Inn® Golden Gateway is a full-service hotel in downtown San Francisco located between Nob Hill, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

When you are welcomed to Pier 2620 Hotel by our friendly associates, you'll find more than a comfortable place to stay. You'll find a community made up of staff, ready and willing to share our passion for San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf and the hotel with you.

Hotel Zephyr

The Hotel Zephyr offers a one-of-a-kind hotel experience in the heart of the city's most iconic tourist attractions. Bringing a new dimension to Fisherman's Wharf by offering a twist on accommodations as well as a playful personality, our waterfront property features 361 stylish waterfront guest quarters, many with personal balconies

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Discover the Downtown San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel which exudes an essence of modern luxury and the convenience of an extraordinary hotel in downtown San Francisco, CA. Just south of Market Street, this hotel in the SOMA district is next to the Moscone Convention Center and steps away from the Yerba Buena Gardens.

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For more information or to make a reservation, call our rail vacation experts at:
1 (800) 268-7252

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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