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Trip Overview

Discover all the best of California, from the top of the great state to the bottom on this exciting six-day coastal rail vacation. First, enjoy two fun days of sightseeing in San Francisco, getting a good feel for what makes this one of the most beloved cities in California. Then cruise down the coast on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight route and experience the ocean views that make this train route one of the most scenic in the country. Arrive in sunny Los Angeles and get to know the ‘City of Angels’ on a narrated tour and learn why so many celebrities call this fabulous city home. Finally, take the train further south down the coast and discover the stunning beachfront landscape of San Diego via a gorgeous harbor cruise.

Highlights

  • San Francisco CityPASS® including:
    • Muni & Cable Car 7-Day Passport
    • California Academy of Sciences
    • Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
    • Aquarium of the Bay
    • Exploratorium OR San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Hop-on, hop-off Sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing Cruise of San Diego

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

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

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! After checking in at your hotel, begin using your CityPASS to discover some of the city’s most exciting attractions. This evening, visit one of 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
Enjoy your second day in San Francisco discovering all the city’s famous landmarks with your CityPASS, which includes admission to many attractions, including the California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, Exploratorium or the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and more! (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 3 - SAN FRANCISCO TO LOS ANGELES
Travel on your own to the Amtrak® station and board the Coast Starlight® to Los Angeles. The Coast Starlight ventures 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 4 - LOS ANGELES TO SAN DIEGO
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., which allows you to get off as often as you like! Highlights of your tour will include the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, the fancy Rodeo Drive, Kodak Theatre, Paramount Studios, Hollywood & Vine, the Santa Monica Pier, the fabulous Fashion District, and many more! Feel free to explore any of the stops at your own pace. Later, travel to the Amtrak’s Union Station and board the train to San Diego. Relax on the Pacific Surfliner® as you continue your journey south along the Pacific Ocean coastline. Upon arrival in San Diego, check-in to your hotel and begin to experience “America’s Finest City.” (Overnight in San Diego)

DAY 5 - SAN DIEGO
Take the final day of your California vacation to continue to explore San Diego on the included sightseeing harbor cruise. Enjoy the best sightseeing on beautiful San Diego Bay with a professionally narrated tour of all of San Diego’s most popular landmarks including Seaport Village, Shelter Island, ship-building and dry-docking facilities, Coronado Island, Point Loma, and Cabrillo National Monument, among many others. Enjoy the perfect end to this memorable tour of California. (Overnight in San Diego)

DAY 6 - YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN DIEGO

LEGEND FOR MEALS: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D –Dinner

The LA Grand Hotel Downtown

When you stay with us, you will find that while you are at the heart of the cultural, finance, and entertainment hub of Los Angeles Downtown, our hotel offers you a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city transforming into your home away from home.

Wyndham San Diego Bayside

Located directly across from the picturesque San Diego bay and conveniently near downtown, the Wyndham San Diego Bayside hotel is the embodiment of the laid back California attitude.e.

Holiday Inn Fishermans 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.

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

Park Central Hotel

Our newly re-imagined hotel elevates the standard of excellence in luxury hotels in San Francisco, while celebrating the timeless art of hospitality.

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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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