Pacific Coast Highway Adventure
Traverse breathtaking seaside cliffs and charming coastal hamlets on this 8-day Pacific Coast Highway Adventure along one of America’s most fabled roads. After taking on a sprinkling of stardust in Los Angeles, you’ll head north to historic Santa Barbara where cobblestone streets meet white sand beaches. Follow this up with an inside-track winetasting experience in Pinot Heaven (aka Central Coast wine region) and a guided tour of dazzling, dumbfounding Hearst Castle. Top it all off with explorations of Monterey Bay and the iconic Cannery Row and the pulsating neighborhoods and bayscapes of San Francisco. It doesn’t get much better than this iconic road trip.
Starting from $3,490 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- Have the freedom to explore the majestic Pacific Coast Highway at your own pace, enjoying our curated experiences with genuine experts who will have you feeling like a local in no time.
- See Los Angeles on two wheels with a lazy-days cycle tour of two of LA’s hottest beaches: The bohemian Dogtown of Venice Beach and the upscale shores of Santa Monica.
- Really get to know charming Santa Barbara, whose Spanish colonial history, immaculate botanical gardens and laidback beach vibes melt into one irresistible package.
- Dust off the spittoon (or not!) on a sommelier-led tour of the Central Coast wine region, a magnet for global conoisseurs of Pinot Noir.
- Uncover the secrets of one of America’s most storied tycoons with a guided tour of dramatic Hearst Castle, the palatial clifftop residence built by William Randolph Hearst.
- Marvel at the stunning Monterey Bay, known the world over for its award-winning aquarium and iconic Cannery Row.
- Experience the best of San Francisco, touring Little Italy and Chinatown with a local guide and cycling across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge before returning to the city on a sunset cruise.
Today, you arrive to the City of the Stars. Upon arrival you will pick up your rental car at the airport. Once you’re behind the wheel, head to your Beverley Hills hotel to settle in. Depending upon time of arrival, you’re free to explore your surroundings independently or simply to head out to one of the best restaurants in the city for a well-deserved dinner.
After a leisurely breakfast, your local guide will take you on a biking adventure to two of Southern California’s most famous beaches: Santa Monica and Venice Beach. On your pedals, you’ll be California Dreamin’ as you take in the sun, sand and sea of Los Angeles for the entire morning. By early afternoon you will be heading up the iconic Highway 1, aka the Pacific Coast Highway, passing glitzy Malibu en route to Santa Barbara, your base for the next couple of nights.
Known as the California Riviera, Santa Barbara’s cobblestone sidewalks and old Spanish style architecture serve up an irresistible helping of beach life and history that dates back to 18th century when the territory was controlled by Spain. Your guided visit will take in the splendid Spanish mission, the idyllic Botanical Gardens and the pedestrian haven of State Street. In amongst it all, you’ll also find time to enjoy fine California wines and some of the best gastronomy anywhere.
Continuing north on the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Barbara you will pass through the California’s Central Coast wine region. With your sommelier guide, you will visit some of the best and most welcoming family wineries to get a sense of this burgeoning wine region producing a diverse range of varietals in addition to notable big, bold reds. By mid-afternoon you will arrive to the town of Cambria where you will settle into your boutique hotel and experience the best of small-town California hospitality and gastronomy.
Your day will begin with the short drive to mind-boggling Hearst Castle. William Randolph Hearst – one of the most powerful media barons of the early 20th century – built this spectacular home on a majestic bluff overlooking a remote stretch of the California coast. Today it’s a state park where you can enjoy a guided visit of all its splendor and decadence. Departing from Hearst Castle, you will spend the afternoon driving along the sea cliffs to Big Sur, where the Pacific breaks amongst mountains and redwood groves. The evening is spent settling into your hotel in beautiful Monterey.
Spend the day experiencing charming Monterey with your private guide. Highlights will include an in-depth exploration of the now-iconic Cannery Row, home to a fishing boom and inspiration for John Steinbeck's eponymous novel, and a VIP tour of one of the world's premier marine conservation centers, the award-winning Monterey Bay Aquarium.
This morning, continue your California road trip north on the Pacific Coast Highway from Monterey all the way to legendary San Francisco. After lunch, walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to the upscale port town of Sausalito before returning to the city on an unforgettable sunset cruise across the bay.
As you reflect on a week spent exploring one of the most beautiful and iconic corridors in North America you will head to the airport for your departure home. Alternatively, zip across the Golden Gate bridge to further explore the bountiful diversity of California with SA Expeditions as your guide.
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