4 days 4 nights
California Sun

Total Price: $499

 

Starts: San Francisco, California

Ends: Los Angeles, California

$100 reserves your spot today! 

*Interested in a bigger adventure?  This trip is in combination with the Western Trail, Westerner or Western Trek!

The best of California!  Enjoy a short camping holiday in Yosemite National Park.  Explore the hiking trails and meadows beneath the granite masterpieces, El Capitan and Half Dome, in Yosemite Valley and experience the sheer magnitude of Giant Sequoia trees.  Then, take an exciting journey along the scenic coastline.  Santa Cruz and Monterey will delight the child in you at the Boardwalk and aquarium, while a campout in Big Sur will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.  

Day 0

Welcome to the Green Tortoise!

Meet at the bus loading zone at the intersection of Columbus and Montgomery Street in downtown San Francisco with your e-ticket.  An overnight ride brings us to Yosemite National Park!

The bus departs at 9:00 PM.  

Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the departure time. 

Custom Sleeper Coach Drive Night

Day 1

Wake up in the remarkable wilderness and enjoy your first Tortoise breakfast.  A short ride along a picturesque road reveals views of El Capitan, Half Dome and cascading waterfalls before we stop to explore Yosemite Valley.  The early arrival allows plenty of time to hike the famous Mist Trail, meander along the Merced River, rent a bike or take a gander at the Ansel Adams Gallery and the famous Ahwahnee Hotel.  

In the evening, head for camp in the Eastern Sierras and enjoy a decadent camp dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Showers Available at Yosemite Lodge 

Camp Night

Day 2

Enjoy the scenic ride to Tuolumne Meadows.  Meander through the subalpine meadow or hike to the magnificent views atop Lembert Dome.  Next, we’ll wind our way to Tuolumne Grove, where you can stand in the presence of giants!  An up-close encounter with the Sequoias will leave you humbled.  

Tonight, celebrate the good times in South Lake Tahoe.  We’ll drive overnight back to the City by the Bay.

Meals Inlcuded: Breakfast / Lunch

Optional Swim / Showers Available

Custom Sleeper Coach Drive Night

Day 3

Awaken to gorgeous views of the San Francisco.  Enjoy the scenery along the Pacific Coast Highway.  We’ll hit the beach in Santa Cruz.  You can get an adrenaline rush on the Giant Dipper, one of the oldest roller coasters in the US, or check out the Surfing Museum.  In Monterey, stroll along John Steinbeck’s beloved Cannery Row, wander around Fisherman’s Wharf, or visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Afterwards, we’ll head for our campsite among the Coastal Redwoods of Big Sur.  

Camp Night

Meals Included: Dinner

Optional Swim

Day 4

Hop into the Pacific Ocean at San Simeon State Park.  You may choose to tour the antiquated Hearst Castle.  Admire the local elephant seal colony residing on the coast.  Watch the endless horizon go by as the road winds along the ocean cliffside to Santa Monica.  Take a walk around the Santa Monica Pier and sink your toes into the manicured sands of the beachfront. 

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch

Optional Swim

Want to continue the adventure?  Check out the Western Trail!

  • 70% of Meals
  • Travel by Custom Coach
  • National Park Entrance Fees
  • Semi-Guided Exploration of Cities and Parks
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Camping Fees
What’s Not Included
    • Sleeping Bag  (Rent one from us!)
    • Tent  (You don’t need one.  You can sleep on the bus!)
    • Yosemite Valley Tour
    • Inner Tube or Raft Rental
    • Bike Rental
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium
    • Roller Coasters
    • Hearst Castle Tour

You’ll be traveling in a custom sleeper coach! 

 

A sleeping bag is required for this adventure. If you don’t have one, rent one from us upon booking!  Just $15 for the entire trip.

 

A tent is not required.  You are welcome to sleep on the bus or use one of our pads to sleep beneath the stars.  You may rent a tent from us for $50 (if you really want one).

 

Our coaches are equipped with a camp kitchen.  No need to bring your own cookware or utensils.  Bring a reusable lunch container to store your packed lunch and a reusable water bottle.

Departure:  9:00 PM – San Francisco, CA, Columbus and Montgomery Street Bus Loading Zone 

Arrival:  6:00 PM – Hostel International Santa Monica – 1436 Second St., Santa Monica, CA  90401

Dates & Prices

Friday, June 5 – Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Fare: $360 + Food/Parks: $139
Total: $499

Friday, August 14 – Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Fare: $360 + Food/Parks: $139
Total: $499

Friday, September 11 – Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Fare: $360 + Food/Parks: $139
Total: $499

The best of California!  Enjoy a short holiday of camping and exploring in Yosemite National Park.  Explore the hiking trails and meadows beneath the granite masterpieces, El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley and experience the sheer magnitude of Giant Sequoia trees.  Next, take an unbelievable journey along the scenic coastline.  Santa Cruz and Monterey will delight the child in you at the Boardwalk and aquarium, while a campout in Big Sur will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.  

Day By Day 

0.  San Francisco, California – Drive Night

1.  Yosemite Valley – Camp Night

2.  Tuolumne Meadows / Giant Sequoias  – Drive Night

3.  Santa Cruz / Monterey – Camp Night

4.  Big Sur / San Simeon State Park
 Los Angeles, CA – Arrival