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September 4th, 2021

One Day Big Sur Monterey Trip from Monterey

Thanks for arranging beautiful trip. We had a wonderful time with driver Carlos. T.V – Boston MA, USA

September 3rd, 2021

2 Days Trip to Yosemite stay at Yosemite View Lodge El Portal

Thank you very much. I enjoyed very much. The bus to San Francisco was fine. The return bus departed at 16:00 when it was supposed to depart at 15:00 but I contacted the bus company so it worked out all fine. If you don’t speak English, it may be a little difficult. Yesterday, I went to the Vernal Falls. It was very beautiful. I didn’t pay for WiFi at Yosemite View Lodge so I enjoyed life without internet for the first time in a long time which was very nice. I was able to see a lot of stars instead. Thank you very much for arranging this trip. Masaki – NY, USA

September 3rd, 2021

One Day Big Sur Monterey Trip from Monterey

Yes, we’re in Denver now awaiting our final fly back home. Driver was great. We very much enjoyed our ride along the coast and all the beautiful vistas and stops along the way! R.G – ME, USA

September 1st, 2021

One Day Big Sur Monterey Trip from Monterey

We enjoyed the trip. Driver was on time and very kind. It would have been nice to hear a little more history and fun facts. MM – Fresno, CA, USA

August 17th, 2021

One Day Big Sur Monterey Trip from Carmel

Yes, everything was fine. Carlos was wonderful. He went above and beyond our expectations. He provided very professional service. He was very knowledgeable of the area with history, facts and current information and places to see as we went along the route. He also gave us ideas of where to eat or visit later on our own. He was very patient with my husband. My husband was struggling with some physical issues that day. Carlos is a wonderful person with a great personality it was our great pleasure to spend the day exploring Big Sur area with him. We would recommend your service and Carlos to anyone going to your area of the country. Thank you for a wonderful experience for our granddaughter and my
husband and me. CK – Rochester, NY, USA

August 11th, 2021

2 Days Trip to Yosemite stay Yosemite Valley Lodge

Yosemite was the most memorable part of my trip to San Francisco. Thank you for answering all the questions and arranging this trip. I enjoyed the hospitable guide and transportation both ways. Yamada Family – Ohio, USA

August 3rd, 2021

3 Days / 2 Nights Trip to Yosemite from Los Angeles via Merced

I am back in Los Angeles. Thank you for arranging this trip Yes, everything was perfect! Trip arrangements worked out great! Thank you so much for making this trip a success. I recommend anyone to you for future bookings. NS – Los Angeles, CA, USA

August 1st, 2021

One Day Big Sur Monterey Trip from San Jose

It is a fabulous journey! The guide is a great person! Please forward my sincere regards and appreciation to him! MW – Iowa, USA

July 17th, 2021

One Day Big Sur Monterey Trip from Monterey

We had a fantastic time yesterday! Carlos was wonderful – we had the perfect mix of stopping to see the sights and also stopping at the restaurants and cafes to have time to relax and chat. We liked the first stop so much ( the Big Sur River inn ) that we asked to stop again on our way home. Nothing but great things to say! Thanks again for all your help! JP – Texas, USA

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Yosemite For a Day

YOSEMITE FOR A DAY trip from San Francisco has been operated by various tour companies for the last 40 years.  Normally it takes at least 15 hours that includes about 3 hours inside Yosemite Valley. It is well worth it if you have only one day and this is your once in a lifetime visit to California. You would leave around 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. and be back well past 9:00 p.m.

This year there is construction at Glacier Point, Bridalveil Fall parking lot and the pathway and also on Southside Drive entering the Valley.  The Visitor Center is closed, the shuttle service and Yosemite Valley Floor tour inside the Valley are NOT operating.  So, during the three to four hours in the Valley one can walk to Yosemite Falls, Ahwahnee Hotel and, depending on physical agility, to Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall on Mist Trail from Happy Isles – Yosemite Valley Day Hikes – Yosemite National Park (U.S. National Park Service) ( Also Bike Rental is available in Yosemite Valley.


Enjoy about 8 hours in Yosemite Valley.  From San Francisco take the afternoon train to Merced, spend the night there instead of San Francisco. Early next morning take the Yosemite Bus reaching the Valley by 9:00 a.m. For return at 4:30 p.m. take the bus back to Merced, board the train reaching San Francisco by 10:45 p.m. 

Cost of spending the night at a hotel in Merced will be much lower than in San Francisco.  You can also have an unhurried dinner at one of many restaurants and catch up with laundry, etc. Breakfast is included in the room cost at several hotels. This is an ideal economical alternative particularly for families.  If you are going to continue to Los Angeles you can spend the second night in Merced and take the morning train going south, better than coming back to San Francisco and flying to Los Angeles. We can book hotel in Merced for you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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Cost from April 1st to December 30, 2021:

$169 per adult / $149 child age 2 to 11 ( hotel in Merced is not included ) Courtyard by Marriott in Merced is about $150 to $200 a night

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California Coast Self Drive Itineraries

California Coast Self Drive Trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco

Download Itinerary : 8 Days 7 Nights with Yosemite Self Drive from Los Angeles ends in San Francisco 

California Travel Planning – California Coast and other surrounding areas have many places to stay and various activities. For example you can taste very good wines, go whale watching on Monterey Bay, walk among the magnificent Coastal Redwoods, gaze at the Pacific from Big Sur, see the elephant seals and Hearst Castle at San Simeon. A drive on California Coast Highway One from Monterey to Morro Bay is once in a lifetime experience for most people. Each season has its own unique beauty and experience. We also arrange custom trips including transportation, accommodations, etc.

You can absolutely plan your own trip using a lot of information online but road situation changes at times and may not be suitable for the days of your travel.  We offer itinerary preparation service for reliable, dependable details and suggestions about transport, lodging and available activities based on our staff experience of 50 plus years about trips along the Coast for an initial $35 consulting fee.  Hopefully you will find that reasonable and allow us to be of service. You can then book various components of the trip by yourself directly. If we make all the bookings and hotel arrangements for you the $35 fee will be credited toward the final cost of the trip

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