Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

San Francisco to Los Angeles: The Classic Route 1 Road Trip (11 days)

American Excursionist

San Francisco, CA, United States To Los Angeles, CA, United States

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Feb 2019


Day 1
San Francisco, CA United States
Fairmont San Francisco None


On arrival in San Francisco you will meet your driver and transfer to your hotel, with its unparalleled views of both bridges and Alcatraz. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Day 2
San Francisco, CA United States
Fairmont San Francisco Breakfast


Meet your local guide this morning for a fun day exploring the many unique neighborhoods in San Francisco including Chinatown, Union Square, Golden Gate Park, Haight/Ashbury and Lombard Street on your own private trolley car! Then in the evening, take a special evening tour of the famous Alcatraz prison.

Day 3
San Francisco, CA United States
Fairmont San Francisco Breakfast, Snack


In the morning, set sail on a private racing yacht for an adventure where everyone gets to steer at full speed under the Golden Gate Bridge. Then take a guided bike trip through San Francisco, riding across that same bridge you went under earlier into Sausalito.

Day 4
San Francisco, CA United States
Carmel, CA United States
Carmel Valley Ranch Breakfast


Pick up your rental car to begin your driving adventure along America’s famous Pacific Coast Highway. Along the way, take a helicopter ride to see the incredible coast from above. Upon arrival at your luxury ranch, take a family bee-keeping class or a cooking demonstration.

Day 5
Monterey, CA United States
Carmel, CA United States
Carmel Valley Ranch Breakfast


Head on a private adventure raft in Monterey Bay with a wildlife expert where you will be only a few meters from whales and dolphins. Then have a behind-the-scenes tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and meet a sea otter or penguin!

Day 6
Carmel, CA United States
Santa Barbara, CA United States
Belmond El Encanto Breakfast


Continue on to Santa Barbara. In the afternoon, go horseback riding with a private instructor right on the beach, a rare treat not allowed in most of California!

Day 7
Santa Barbara, CA United States
Belmond El Encanto Breakfast, Snack


Take a ferry to the Channel Islands and go kayaking by beautiful kelp forests and along rugged cliffs, go snorkeling inside kelp beds and explore amazing caves to look for wildlife.

Day 8
Santa Barbara, CA United States
Los Angeles, CA United States
Montage Beverly Hills Breakfast


In the morning depart Santa Barbara and drive to Los Angeles. In the early afternoon you will have a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the studios and special access to all the rides by skipping the lines.

Day 9
Los Angeles, CA United States
Montage Beverly Hills Breakfast, Lunch, Snack


Your local guide will take you on a full day adventure to see the highlights of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, including a private helicopter flight next to the Hollywood sign and over the homes of the stars and a private picnic in Malibu.

Day 10
Los Angeles, CA United States
Montage Beverly Hills Breakfast


Accompanied by a local journalist in-the-know, go stand-up paddle- boarding in a calm marina among seals and then take a biking adventure through Venice Beach and Santa Monica.

Day 11
Los Angeles, CA United States
None Breakfast


In the morning, drive to Los Angeles International Airport where you will drop off your car in time for your departure back home.

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The drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles down the famed Route 1 is the ultimate family holiday. Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and then bike over it, meet whales and dolphins up close from an amazing eco-raft in Monterey Bay, followed by an animal encounter at the famous Aquarium. Learn to surf as a family in Santa Barbara and then kayak into caves in the remote Channel Islands. See where your favorite movie was filmed in Los Angeles, helicopter over the homes of the stars.

About Us

American Excursionist is a luxury DMC for the entire United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and the Caribbean offering unique hotel and tour packages. With dedicated staff and excellent rates at luxury accommodations across the region, we differentiate ourselves through our access to unique experiences, experts and guides. Examples include access to museums after hours, tickets to VIP events & parties and meeting unique personalities. We also provide end-to-end client support, including VIP transportation, foreign-language concierge support, exotic car rental, and chartering private jets and yachts.

Insider Tip

We have negotiated the most competitive rates with top 5-star and boutique accommodations which we pass on to you.

Terms & Conditions

Our terms and conditions are available on our website - please click here for details. Please note that at this time we do not organize set departures or group buy-in departures.

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Jazz and Historical Tour

By: Michelle Cantu

Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

We took two private tours: one for the historical aspect and one for history of jazz. Both were amazing and would do them again. We were fortunate to have Tyler as a guide and he was top notch. I can’t say enough positive about him: intelligent, personable, knowledgeable and entertaining. We had a private car as well and would recommend that as well.
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas
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Washington DC

By: GG

Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2018

Absolutely was a treat for us four women...our driver, Cesar was soooo nice to us and helpful in everything we asked of him...He was very knowledgeable about the city and sights...always punctual when picking us up...he was a real gentleman...I will recommend him to any of my friends traveling to that area....thank you very much for making our trip very special...
Travel Advisor:  Dondrea Sullivan
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LA food tour

By: Chip

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

The LA downtown food tour was superb! Sally with Sixtastes was a great guide! We got excellent food from different cultures while learning about downtown's history. Definitely will do again!
Travel Advisor:  Bowden Sarrett
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