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Pacific Coast Express

Classic Package, Escorted Tour
From £449 per person
22 May 2021 – 9 Oct 2021

Pacific Coast Express Tour Highlights

  • Visit Santa Barbara, “California’s Riviera” known for its Mediterranean flair
  • Travel California’s central coast and its rich agricultural plains
  • Visit Monterey including Cannery Row, inspiration for American author John Steinbeck
  • Journey through one of America’s most renown technology hubs: Silicon Valley


Quick facts
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Holiday Type: Escorted Coach Tour
Grade: Standard/Superior
Start / Finish: Los Angeles / San Francisco
Flights: Additional Cost


Day 1 / Sat:
Los Angeles arrival
Arrive in Los Angeles and transfer independently via shuttle bus to your hotel where you will meet your Tour Director in the evening.

Day 2 / Sun:
Los Angeles (Universal Studios optional)
Today, spend the day exploring Los Angeles at your leisure, or take an optional full-day tour to the world’s largest movie studio and theme park: Universal Studios. Go behind-the-scenes on the legendary Studio Tour to explore Hollywood’s most famous backlot. See Wisteria Lane from ABC’s hit series Desperate Housewives, come face-to-face with Norman Bates at the legendary Bates Motel from Psycho, brace yourself as Jaws lurks deep beneath the waters … and much, much more.

Day 3 / Mon:
Los Angeles – Malibu – Santa Barbara – Central Coast
Travel north along the beautiful Pacific coast this morning, passing through the iconic beach communities of Santa Monica and Malibu. Stop by the “End of the Trail” of Historic Route 66 and at an iconic California lifeguard tower made famous by “Baywatch.” Then it’s on to Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. Stop for lunch, and enjoy the cities Spanish architecture before continuing to a quaint central coast town.

Day 4 / Tue:
Central Coast – Carmel – Monterey – San Francisco
Dip your toes into the cool, refreshing waters of the Pacific during an early morning beach stroll, then leave Shell/ Pismo Beach and travel along Pacific Coast Highway’s twisting, cliff-hugging route through Big Sur and the quaint village of Carmel before embarking on an exhilarating journey along one of the most scenic roads in the world, 17-Mile Drive. Afterwards, take in the sights, sounds and smells of Monterey at Old Fisherman’s Wharf and explore Cannery Row’s historic waterfront district, John Steinbeck’s inspiration for his novel of the same name. In the afternoon, pass the fertile valleys of Castroville and Santa Clara en route to San Francisco, the famed “City by the Bay.” Your tour concludes upon arrival in San Francisco.


Day City Standard/Superior
01-02 Los Angeles Crowne Plaza LAX
03 Central Coast Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Santa Maria/Radisson Santa Maria
Standard Hotels

Standard hotels offer quality, style, comfortable accommodations, yet they are still considered “affordable”. Typically located in central areas.

Superior Hotels

With above-average service, upscale, high quality and comfortable, with a variety of amenities located in town. Rooms will be well furnished to a high standard.

Info & Extras

Optional Experiences

  • Tour Universal Studios, learn how movies are made
  • Stop by the finish line of Historic Route 66
International long-haul flights and pre/post tour hotels available at additional cost

Minimum Participation
Minimum participation on all motor coach tours is 20 passengers unless the tour is identified as a guaranteed. For non-guaranteed departure dates, we reserve the right to cancel or operate the departure by van.

Hotel services in the US customarily do not include breakfast. If you do not wish to have breakfast at the hotel restaurant (where available), you may frequently find coffee shops and restaurants close by which serve good and inexpensive breakfasts. Some hotels do offer a continental breakfast. Usually, this continental breakfast is basic and contains coffee, pastries and sometimes cereal, cheese or fruit. Complimentary breakfast offered by a hotel may be discontinued at any time with or without notice.

Each passenger traveling on an escorted motor-coach tour is allowed one piece of checked baggage per person due to space limitations. Additional luggage will be charged at $7.00 per person per day.

Operates & Prices


Saturday Departures – English Narration  
May 22* August 21*
June 12*, 26* September 11*, 25*
July 17*, 31* October 9*

* Guaranteed to operate.

Standard/Superior Hotels
From £449.00 Share Twin/Double

  • Lead prices per person based on a Twin/Double Room.
  • Single & Triple/Quad Rates on request.
  • Pre/post touring accommodation available
Special Discounted airfares available if booked as part of this package – request a quote.

  • Information kit
  • Services of a Tour Director throughout (excluding Hawaii)
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor-coach
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage, per person – from the first morning the coach departs (excluding Hawaii)
  • Accommodation, Sightseeing and Excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • All State & Local taxes
  • Long-haul International Flights
  • Meals, admissions and/or optional tours unless specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Transportation upon arrival to/from airport (available at additional cost)
  • Gratuities to driver and guide at travelers discretion
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc
  • Use of hotel rooms before / after normal check in / out times and resort fees if applicable
  • No refunds for unused services or hotel nights

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Apr to Jun
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