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    Elephant Seal Beach

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    Hearst Castle

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    Cable Car, San Francisco

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    Big Sur, California

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    Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Roses & Wine Extension – 5 Days / 4 Nights


Combine the Pasadena Rose Parade with California wine country and what do you have? Roses & Wine:  An optional tour where you can experience both, traveling by rail from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo and then motorcoach to San Francisco. Your four night stay at your choice of the Ayres Hotel in Hawthorne or the DoubleTree in Torrance provided you with a visit to the float construction barns, a Los Angeles City Highlights Tour, top category grand stand seating for the Rose Parade and more. This tour starts by traveling north aboard Amtrak’s Coast Starlight (coach class) to San Luis Obispo where you will stay for 2 nights. The next morning  travel up the coast to tour Hearst Castle and see an IMAX movie about its legacy. After an included lunch, stop for wine and olive tasting before returning to our hotel. The next day we travel up the scenic coast with some well planned stops along the way before having lunch in Big Sur. The tour continues north to South San Francisco where our accommodations will be for the next two nights. A San Francisco highlights tour will include lunch in China Town.  To complete this wonderful tour is a farewell dinner. Please join us on this incredible tour. We are limited to 20 travelers so reserve early!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018 – Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo (B)
After breakfast, a transfer to the Amtrak station in downtown Los Angeles will be provided. We board the Coast Starlight in time for a 10:10AM departure. It’s a relaxing five hour journey to San Luis Obispo. Once we are out of the Los Angeles metro area, the scenery is wonderful. Rolling hills and farmlands give way to the Pacific Ocean, as the train hugs the coastline. Look closely, it’s very possible to see dolphins from your seat! Upon arriving into San Luis Obispo, you will be transferred to the Embassy Suites Hotel. You will have time to walk around town, for some fresh air and stretch your legs and find a nice restaurant. The hotel offers a manager’s reception with a variety of beverages and snacks this evening.
Overnight – Embassy Suites / San Luis Obispo

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – Hearst Castle, lunch, Wine-tasting, Olive oil tasting (B, L)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we drive to San Simeon and the Hearst Castle. Here, we have planned to see the IMAX movie about the Hearst legacy and then a docent tour of part of the Castle itself. Lunch will be included today. After lunch we will tour a couple of local vineyards and olive groves for wine and olive oil tasting. As the nation’s fastest-growing wine region, (with more than 200 wineries), this region offers a broad diversity of wines to meet any taste, as well as food and wine festivals throughout the year to enhance your wine-tasting experience. We will return to San Luis Obispo this evening, where again, there will be a manager’s reception at the hotel. Dinner is on your own tonight and there are restaurants within close proximity to the hotel.
Overnight – Embassy Suites / San Luis Obispo

Thursday, January 4, 2018 – San Luis Obispo to South San Francisco (B, L)
We have another exciting day planned for you today! We will depart the hotel after breakfast and drive up the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. For the next few hours, the scenery will take your breath away as we travel to Big Sur. We will make photo, snack and rest stops along the way. One of the stops is at Elephant Seal beach. This time of year the seals are giving birth, so you will see adults and pups along this stretch of beach. When we arrive Big Sur, it will be time for lunch which is included. Stop at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk before continuing to South San Francisco. Our final stop for the day will be the Embassy Suites, where our accommodations are for the next two nights. Dinner this evening is on your own.
Overnight – Embassy Suites / San Francisco Airport – Waterfront

Friday, January 5, 2018 –  San Francisco sightseeing (B, L, D)
Rise and shine early today! After breakfast, we have a full day of sightseeing of some of San Francisco’s iconic places. An authentic Chinese lunch stop is included and a farewell dinner will be enjoyed tonight!
Overnight – Embassy Suites / San Francisco Airport – Waterfront

Saturday, January 6, 2018 – Departure/Home (B)
Breakfast is included this morning and the hotel has a complimentary shuttle to the San Francisco Airport. We hope you have enjoyed your tour with us and look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you for traveling with Cartan Tours!

Tour Highlights:

  • Transfer from your hotel to Los Angeles Union Station
  • Amtrak Coach Class Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo
  • Transfer to Embassy Suites – San Luis Obispo
  • Nightly manager’s reception – Embassy Suites
  • 2 nights Embassy Suites – San Luis Obispo, breakfast daily
  • Wine tours and tasting
  • Olive grove tour and sampling
  • Tour of Hearst Castle with IMAX movie
  • Scenic drive with photo stops from San Luis Obispo to San Francisco
  • Lunch in Big Sur
  • 2 nights Embassy Suites – San Francisco Airport – Waterfront, breakfast daily
  • San Francisco guided tour
  • Lunch in Chinatown
  • Farewell dinner
  • Services of a Cartan Tours tour manager

Dates & Rates in U.S. dollars, per person

January 2 – 6, 2018
Accommodations Land Only, Per Person
1 King bed, 1 Adult $1999
1 King bed or 2 Double beds, 2 Adults $1599
2 Double beds, 3 Adults $1459
2 Double beds, 4 Adults $1359

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