Discover Morro Bay

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Celebrating the California Bays

Celebrating the California Bays

Day 1 Travel Time: Distance:
Fly into San Francisco.

Your tour begins in Golden Gate Park to experience the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, and quickly became known as The San Francisco landmark. The bridge spans 1.7 miles reaching hundreds of feet above water ($49 toll + parking).

Being that it is one of this country’s most famous landmarks, one must simply experience it in all its glory. When walking, start off at the aptly named Roundhouse located on the east side of the bridge. The historic Roundhouse was designed in 1938 as a restaurant for motorists passing by. Now it houses the Golden Gate Bridge gift center. Before you head back to the other side of the bridge, take a long stroll underneath the bridge through the 5-acre gardens.

Your group will then take a tour of Chinatown. During your guided walk through Chinatown you will forget that you're in San Francisco and may think that you're somewhere in China. You will see four blocks of unique shops and restaurants for dinner on your own, plus the famous Chinatown Fortune Cookie Factory.

Down Grant Avenue from Columbus, we will walk through the scores of locals buying goods and services in the rather unique setting that sits amid the Financial District of San Francisco. Some of the best bakeries and local Chinese cuisine can be found all along Chinatown.
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Leave San Francisco for Monterey, CA.

Travel south and imagine a destination that inspires and enriches with its stunning natural beauty and world of activities.

Step into the fertile fields of the Salinas Valley, known as “The Salad Bowl of the World”, where you will visit artichoke, lettuce and strawberry fields with agricultural researcher Evan Oakes, of Ag Venture Tours ($65pp). Then enjoy an organic, farm-to-table lunch inspired by seasonal ingredients at Tarpy’s Roadhouse.

Then go back in time to relive the history of California’s first capital in Monterey and Cannery Row, which is also the setting of many of John Steinbeck’s colorful characters. While in Cannery Row, you will stand face-to-face with the playful sea otters at The Monterey Bay Aquarium ($40pp). There are many delicious dining options available for groups in the Monterey area—let us help you find the right menu for the right experience.

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Depart from Monterey to Morro Bay, CA

The next morning let the stunning vistas and sea breezes along the world-famous 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach ($5pp) invigorate your soul. The tour will stop at the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Course. From this jaw-dropping stretch of coast you’re just minutes from exploring shops, art galleries, fairy tale cottages and the brilliant white sands of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Among others, Carmel is famous for its former mayor Clint Eastwood.

Wine and castles and ships, oh my! You’re group will visit an award-winning wine region of Paso Robles. We will hand pick the top wineries and vineyards for you to tour the most breathtaking and taste test some of the most delicious reds and whites on the central coast ($10-$20pp).

Your scenic drive will take you across wine region and then north on Highway 1 to Hearst Castle, along California’s beautiful coast to Hearst Castle. Discover this legendary estate’s history, and learn more about its twenty five thousand artifacts. Hearst and architect Julia Morgan had created Hearst Castle: 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways—all built to house Hearst’s specifications and to showcase his legendary art collection. Perched atop a hill, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and San Simeon’s rugged coastline, Hearst Castle is perfect for groups large or small ($23pp).

As your group travels down Highway 1, take in the natural beauty of the ocean and surroundings until you reach the next California bay to celebrate; Morro Bay, California! After freshening up at the hotel in Morro Bay, your group will board Chablis Cruises for a two-hour dinner cruise ($38-$42pp). Your groups will be able to celebrate right on the bay and be amazed with the serenity of the water while dining on a delicious menu of scrumptious delights.
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From Morro Bay to Santa Barbara, CA

After a delicious breakfast, start your morning with a salt water taffy welcome and meet the docent at the iconic Morro Rock, an idyllic backdrop for Morro Bay, separating the bay from the ocean. Morro Rock is part of the Nine Sisters of extinct volcano peaks along the California coast. Home of nesting Peregrine Falcons and flanks both the bay as well as a beach. It serves as a natural attraction that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The docent will take you on a step-on guide adventure talking about the history of Morro Rock, the bay and the creatures who call the bay and national estuary home ($10-$15pp). Follow along the Embarcadero and learn about the commercial fishing industry (especially the Central Coast Women for Fisheries) and end up at the Museum of Natural History for a self-guided tour ($3pp) before leaving to celebrate the last bay on your adventure in Santa Barbara.

Your travels will then take you south to your next bay destination: Santa Barbara!

Arrive to Santa Barbara, California, The American Riviera®, an unforgettable destination with sparkling beaches, majestic mountain ranges, 300 days of sunshine a year and signature Spanish Revival architecture.

Start your tour experiencing Santa Barbara’s distinct architecture with a tour at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Take in the breathtaking church, historic cemetery, beautiful gardens and captivating museum to find out why it’s referred to as the “Queen of the Missions” ($7-$9pp).

Following your Mission tour, make your way to downtown Santa Barbara to explore the main drag, State Street, for lunch and shopping. There are numerous group dining options to satisfy all cuisine preferences. Contact your Visit Santa Barbara Representative for recommendations.

Finish the day along the waterfront at Stearn’s Wharf. Take in the sunset and a glass of wine at Deep Sea Tasting Room.
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Ending your tour from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, CA

Following a leisurely morning at your hotel, complete your American Riviera® experience at the Santa Barbara Harbor on a Coastal Cruise with the Santa Barbara Sailing Center. (10:30am – 12:30pm, $27pp).

Not only will you get to see some of Santa Barbara's majestic coastline, but California sea lions, dolphins, whales and a variety of exotic birds are frequently seen.

Please note: your group could have lunch in Santa Barbara and then depart in the afternoon for an overnight in Los Angeles, departing the next morning from the airport. Allow at least 2 hours to reach the Los Angeles International Airport.
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Ending your tour from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, CA

Following a leisurely morning at your hotel, complete your American Riviera® experience at the Santa Barbara Harbor on a Coastal Cruise with the Santa Barbara Sailing Center. (10:30am – 12:30pm, $27pp).

Not only will you get to see some of Santa Barbara's majestic coastline, but California sea lions, dolphins, whales and a variety of exotic birds are frequently seen.

Please note: your group could have lunch in Santa Barbara and then depart in the afternoon for an overnight in Los Angeles, departing the next morning from the airport. Allow at least 2 hours to reach the Los Angeles International Airport.

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