Santa Barbara & The American Riviera

Multi-Day Trips
Date: Sunday, 21 March 2021 - Saturday, 27 March 2021

COST: $3,299 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes motorcoach transportation to and from Newark Airport, hostess service, Professional Tour Director from Vacations by rail, roundtrip airfare from Newark Airport, 9 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 dinners), admissions to the attractions included in itinerary, all sightseeing tours listed in itinerary, 6 nights lodging at first-class hotels, and luggage service.  


Optional Travel Protection is available for $285 pp.


Sunday, March 21: Wellsboro, PA - Newark Airport - Los Angeles Airport - Torrance / South Bay
Depart from Benedict's Terminal for TRANSPORTATION to NEWARK AIRPORT. AIRFARE is included to the LOS ANGELES AIRPORT.  Upon arrival, you will meet your PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR.  We will travel to the nearby "SOUTH BAY" beach communities with views of the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula and beaches.  Check in to your HOTEL for a ONE-NIGHT STAY in Torrance - South Bay.  A WELCOME DINNER is included this evening.  (D) 
Monday, March 22: City of Angels - Beverly Hills - Reagan Library - Santa Barbara

This morning, it's off to SKYSPACE LOS ANGELES, California's tallest open-air observation deck located 1,000 feet above the city offering 360-degree panoramic views of Los Angeles.  For the more adventurous, experience the Skyslide, a first-of-its-kind outdoor glass slide that's attached to the hollywoodexterior of the building.  Next, enjoy a PANORAMIC CITY TOUR, visit HOLLYWOOD and stroll down the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME in search of your favorite stars and seek out their handprints outside the GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE.  Spot the HOLLYWOOD SIGN from one of the best vantage points in the city.  Next, drive through BEVERLY HILLS and see beautiful boutiques that have been frequented by presidents and movie stars along the famous RODEO DRIVE.  Next, depart for SIMI VALLEY for a TOUR OF THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM.  The museum that takes you from Reagan's early years to his time spent as a world leader.  TOUR THE AIR FORCE ONE aircraft used by President Reagan, an exhibit on the Berlin Wall featuring parts of the wall itself and more.  Late, we will head up the coast and travel along the Pacific Ocean and arrive in the affluent beachside town of SANTA BARBARA, referred to as "The American Riviera."  Check into your BEACHFRONT RESORT for a FOUR-NIGHT STAY (B)


Tuesday, March 23: Old Mission Santa Barbara - Solvang - Santa Ynez Winery Visit & Tasting solvang

Following BREAKFAST this morning embark on a GUIDED TOUR of the 18TH-CENTURY OLD MISSION SANTA BARBARA, home to an active Franciscan parish for more than 200 years.  Learn about the 21 California missions build along El Camino Real in honor of the Spanish Monarchy.  On a CITY TOUR, see Santa Barbara's most historic sights and get a feel for this quiet beach community, long a celebrity hideaway.  See the 1929 COURTHOUSE surrounded by lush gardens, drive along the ocean fron CABRILLO BOULEVARD offering iconic views of the ocean, beach and STEARNS WHARF.  Travel along lively STATE STREET with its beautiful Mediterranean-style architecture lined with shops, restaurants, outdoor cafes and art galleries.  Next, discover picturesque SOLVANG, a town with a distinctive Danish heritage and a location featured in the wine-lovers' film, Sideways.  Enjoy some FREE TIME to browse the quaint shops and enjoy lunch on your own and sample a delicious pastry at a local Danish bakery.  Stop in LOS OLIVOS for a VISIT TO A LOCAL FARM and gather for OLIVE OIL TASTING, made from olives grown there and learn about home-grown extra virgin olive oils and fruit vinegars from a local expert.  Next, we visit a SANTA YNEZ VALLEY WINERY for a TOUR AND TASTINGDINNER is included at a local restaurant.  The evening is at leisure to stroll through the downtown area lined with pedestrian-friendly sidewalks.  (B, D) 


Wednesday, March 24: California's Central Coast - San Simeon - Hearst Castlehearstcastle2

Today, travel north along the EL CAMINO ROAD, the KINGS HIGHWAY offering views of the rolling hills of central California's wine region and rich agricultural countryside. A hightlight today is a GUIDED TOUR OF HEARST CASTLE, a national and California Historical Landmark and the gradiose vision of newspaper magnate publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst.  The tour of this elaborate estate featuring 121 total rooms scattered over 90,000 square feet built on a 40,000 acre ranch.  Next, enter the five-story IMAX MOVIE THEATRE showing the film, "HEARST CASTLE - BUILDING THE DREAM" that tells the story of the construction in 1919 and creating an architectural masterpiece where he entertained the Hollywood elite of the day.  Afterwards, a short drive north along the coast takes us to SAN SIMEON STATE BEACH'S VISTA POINT and the ELEPHANT SEAL ROOKERY.  See hundreds of elephant seals up close and in their natural element as they crowd the four mile stretch of beach offering breathtaking scenery along the rocky coastline.  Return to Santa Barbara with the evening at leisure.  (B) 


Thursday, March 25: Santa Barbara "As You Wish" santabarbarabeach

The entire day today is free to enjoy this beautiful beachside town as you wish.  Your hotel is located on one of Southern California's most beautiful coastlines and within walking distance to shopping and dining.  Spend some time relaxing at the pool or spend the day at beautiful East Beach.  Maybe take a stroll along the ocean and palm tree-lined Cabrillo Boulevard or browse the shops, galleries, and restaurants on State Street, the heartbeat of Santa Barbara.  An optional tour will also be offered today.  (B) 


Friday, March 26: Santa Barbara - Malibu - Santa Monica 

Depart Santa Barbara driving south along the ocean.  Our scenic drive continues along the PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, along Malibu's 21 miles of scenic beauty offering incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.  Arrive at the SANTA MONICA PIER where you'll have some FREE TIME to wander along OCEAN FRONT WALK or shop along the trendy THIRD STREET PROMENADE. Later check into your HOTEL for an OVERNIGHT STAY IN LONG BEACH.  This evening, experience a fascinating WALKING TOUR OF THE QUEEN MARY with a LOCAL EXPERT and enjoy a FAREWELL DINNER on board.  (B, D) 


Saturday, March 27:  Los Angeles Airport - Newark Airport - Wellsboro, PA

Following BREAKFAST, transfer to the LOS ANGELES AIRPORT for your RETURN FLIGHT HOME, filled with memories of your Santa Barbara and the American Riviera Tour!  (B) 




All Dates

  • From Sunday, 21 March 2021 to Saturday, 27 March 2021