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California Coastal Trains

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Ride the rails of California from San Francisco to San Diego.

9 days    $2,110

About the Tour

Begin your vacation in San Francisco and enjoy the major sights aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus. Board the Coast Starlight bound for the wineries of Paso Robles. After a two-night stay, re-board the train for Los Angeles where a guided motorcoach tour awaits. Travel onboard the Pacific Surfliner to San Diego where a Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour caps off your California rail vacation.


  • Rail transportation on Amtrak
  • Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
  • 2 meals
  • San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tasting Tour in Paso Robles with lunch
  • Los Angeles City Tour
  • San Diego Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
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  • Day 1 – Arrive in San Francisco
    Arrive independently in San Francisco and check into your hotel. San Francisco is a cultural and culinary wonderland. Take the remainder of the day to explore the “City by the Bay” at your own pace. Overnight San Francisco.
  • Day 2 – San Francisco
    Today ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco’s most famous landmarks. This Hop-on Hop-off tour visits sights like Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, the Civic Center and more! This evening head to Fisherman’s Wharf for a seaside dinner, Ghirardelli Square or Chinatown for a great night on the town. Overnight San Francisco.
  • Day 3 – Coast Starlight to Paso Robles
    Transfer on your own to the rail station and board the Coast Starlight for the journey to Paso Robles. From the comfort of your seat, watch the scenery shift from the busy San Francisco Bay Area to the rolling hills of wine country. When you're ready for a snack or want to get a better view, head to the upper-level Sightseer Lounge Car with its large panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows. When you arrive in Paso Robles, you have an afternoon of free time to explore a city famous for its hospitality. Overnight Paso Robles.
  • Day 4 – Paso Robles Wineries
    Enjoy a tour of the wineries surrounding Paso Robles. This Hop-on Hop-off tour offers you the opportunity to enjoy the flavors and personalities of several different wineries. Enjoy the scenery of wine country as you taste the delicious Rhône-style wines and zinfandels famous to this area. Overnight Paso Robles. (L)
  • Day 5 – Coast Starlight to Los Angeles
    Today board the Coast Starlight from Paso Robles to Los Angeles. This leg of your trip zips along the coast and provides stunning Pacific Ocean views. You'll pass right through seaside Santa Barbara and then wind your way inland to Los Angeles. Upon arrival in the “City of Angels,” check into your hotel for a good night's rest. Overnight Los Angeles.
  • Day 6 – Los Angeles
    Touring On your guided motorcoach tour, view the Hollywood sign, Rodeo Drive, and many other landmarks, and keep your eyes open because you may spot some celebrities. See the location of the Pretty Woman apartment, the Walk of Fame, Paramount Studios, and much more! Overnight Los Angeles.
  • Day 7 – Pacific Surfliner to San Diego
    Transfer on your own to the train station and board the Pacific Surfliner to San Diego. A large portion of this journey hugs the edge of the coastline, and at times it's just a thin slice of beach that separates your train from the ocean. Go ahead and make yourself comfortable in “America's Finest City.” Overnight San Diego.
  • Day 8 – San Diego Trolley Tour
    Enjoy a Hop-on Hop-off narrated trolley tour that stops at 10 famous sights including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and the Cruise Ship Terminal, and Little Italy. This is a great way to travel around the city and tailor an itinerary to your interests. Tonight, dine at one of the cities many restaurants or perhaps you will choose to take a relaxing harbor dinner cruise that covers 25 miles of California's coastline. Overnight San Diego.
  • Day 9 – Conclusion
    Your vacation along the California coast comes to an end this morning.


Hotel include the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf (San Francisco), Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles, Millennium Biltmore (Los Angeles), and Westin San Diego (San Diego).

The Coast Starlight runs on the 1,390-mile (2,237km) route from Los Angeles to Seattle, taking its passengers along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, through lush, green valleys and impressive mountain ranges. On our vacation you travel just a short section of this journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The Pacific Surfliner takes you down the Pacific Coast in style. With plenty of legroom, free Wi-Fi and a café for snacks and drinks, you can travel in comfort. When you're hungry or thirsty, grab a bite to eat from the Sea View Café, which offers organic food and a selection of craft beers. The Pacific Surfliner rides right along the edge of the coastline, so you'll have beautiful ocean views along the way.

Know before you go
Please be aware Amtrak may experience occasional schedule changes and service disruptions.  Vacations By Rail recommends visiting the Amtrak web site prior to your departure for the latest information.


It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.


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Please note that you can customize this tour by picking and choosing your hotel in each destination city, please call one of our rail specialists. Other dates are also available, please call for more information. Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Single pricing is available upon request. Prices are correct at the time of this web page going live; however are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
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