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Per Person in a single room (Must be an adult) $692 USD
Per Person sharing a double room (adult or child) $574 USD
Per Person sharing a triple room (adult or child) $526 USD
Per Person sharing a quad room (adult or child) $502 USD
*Selections and optional choices will be made during checkout


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Been there and done it - and then returned to do it again! You can never get enough of this area.

You are about to find out why the California's Pacific coastline has drawn so many writers, artists, and plenty of hippies to this area looking for inspiration. This highway is a right of passage and you won't be bored. The scenery is unbelievable and thinking about the creation of this road will leave you gobsmacked! Though it is a drive of just a few hours, you will be crossing bridges, passing by bikers on the uphill roads, and visiting scenic stops and attractions as you go. This is a must-see drive, so dramatic that it is known around the world as Highway 1. In just a short time, you know you have moved far away from the city and you are witnessing small towns dotting the coastline, all with a very laid-back attitude. Stops are made along the way to see marine life in its natural habitat any time of the year. As you spend your time imagining life here, you might try to figure out what turned on many of the famous such as John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, and Jack Kerouac. If you have read any of their works, you will find a totally new understanding of their outlook on life and the influence this had on their stories.

The best thing about this adventure is that it is immersive. You will have two wonderful days exploring the terrain. Your guide is well-trained in the history of the area but has also experienced the activities available here, so you will be well-advised by your expert as you make your choices. You will have enough time to choose one of these optional activities if you wish - During that time you might find interest in taking a ride on an electric bike, or maybe an easy kayaking trip on a calm bay. These decisions are yours but facilitating them will be on your guide. There is even a well-known aquarium in Monterey Bay to visit.

During your evening you can explore the many seaside cafes alive with people in Cannery Row and visit some of the shops that reflect the talent in the area.

What you will find during your overnight stay at your seaside hotel is a lot of locals from Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and farther - cities that might have people in need of a spiritual injection, because this jaunt is unforgettable and will put you at peace.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Narrated guided tour from a professional guide
  • Transportation in a comfortable eco-friendly mini-coach
  • Central San Francisco Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Two full days experiencing nature
  • Overnight accommodations at a seaside hotel
  • Stops along Highway 1 for scenic photos and marine life sightings
  • See a family of sea otters at play in Elkhorn Slough
  • Explore the giant redwoods of Big Sur
  • Admission to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park included
  • Optional activities - choice of an electric bike tour, guided kayaking, or a visit to the Monterey Aquarium

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - no
Wed - no
Thu - no
Fri - no
Sat - no
Sun - no

Departures (local time)

  • 8:15 AM (45 hrs) Length is approximate

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

See Special Instructions Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• This tour does not include meals (stops will be made to facilitate that as well as water refill).
• Tour time allows for one of these optional activities not included in your price. This will be paid at the location. It is non-refundable as arrangements will be made for you. If you are interested, make your selection during checkout process:
Guided kayak tour of Elkhorn Slough $60
17-mile E-bike tour @$59 ages 16 +, $44 ages 10-15 years old
Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium @$49.95 pp, $39.99 (seniors 65+ and students 13-17 yrs old,
$29.95 (children 3 - 12 years old.
Please select choice during booking.
• Please travel light and bring layers as the temperature changes from day to night.
• Your Tuesday return time is between 8:00pm and 9:00pm.


• This experience departs from a central location in Union Square, San Francisco. You may need to use transportation to reach that location. Info on your voucher.
• This tour has a maximum of 13 passengers.
• There is a minimum of 5 people required to run this tour. We will do our best to monitor bookings in advance of your arrival to make sure minimum is met.
• This trip runs every Monday and returns on Tuesday.
• If you have a group that would like a different day for departure, you may contact us and we will see if that date can be arranged.
• This tour is not available on these dates:
November 25
December 24-25
December 31
January 1