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California's rugged coastline
Monterey Bay wharf and coastline
Sea life at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Penguin at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Shopping and store fronts at Monterey Bay
Lone Cypress at 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach California
Morro Bay Rock at Morro Bay Harbor
Anacapa Island of Channel Islands National Park
Rock near Anacapa Island at Channel Islands National Park
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner near the Pacific Coast Highway
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner at Santa Barbara station
Orange rooftops in Santa Barbara
Old Mission in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara pier with mountains in the background

Monterey to Santa Barbara

Extend your California adventure with this wondrously scenic tour, highlighting breathtaking views and points of interest. Cruise the panoramic coastline, discover wildlife and conservation inspiration at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, savor a wine tasting, and experience the history and grandeur of the Old Mission in Santa Barbara.


Day 8: Monterey
After breakfast, travel through California's farmlands to the Pacific coastal town of Monterey. With vineyards, artist communities, lighthouses, quaint shops, and a world-renowned aquarium, the town is packed with culture, history, and charm. A wonderful diversity of marine life distinguishes this area, including sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, bat rays, kelp forests, pelicans, and dolphins. 

Later, visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, a facility known for its interactive exhibits. At the impressive Open Sea section, the aquarium's largest display, see up-close tuna speeding past and sardines swarming in huge, glittering schools. Watch the sea turtles swim lazily across the 90-foot window, while nearby brilliant jellies pulse through the water. For 35 years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has been instrumental in rescuing sea otters no longer able to survive in the wild. Learn amazing facts about such wildlife, including, for instance, that sea otters have the world's densest fur, with up to a million hairs per square inch. Humans, by comparison, have 100,000 hairs or less on our whole heads! 
Overnight: Victorian Inn

Day 9: Monterey / Cambria
One of today's highlights includes traveling along the scenic 17-Mile Drive that hugs the Pacific coastline. View the iconic "Lone Cypress" rooted dramatically to a granite hillside, the beautiful white sand beach at Fanshell Overlook, Spanish Bay's grassy shoreline, treacherous Point Joe and Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Then enjoy the relaxing journey from Monterey to Moonstone Beach in Cambria. 
Overnight: FogCatcher Inn (B)

Day 10: Cambria / Santa Barbara
After breakfast, learn about the area's incredible elephant seals and visit the beaches they frequent to see them in person. Did you know that elephant seals come ashore once a year and shed their first layer of skin and fur to replace with new ones? Make sure to have a camera ready to photograph these fascinating creatures. 

This afternoon, relax and raise a glass to toast your California adventure with a wine tasting event. Experience the beauty and charm of Santa Barbara's wine country with a visit to Zaca Mesa. Just 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean, these vineyards sit in a sweet spot providing the ability to grow dynamic, balanced Rhône grapes, such as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Viognier. From the aroma of the wines' bouquet to vistas of the beautiful San Rafael Mountains, this event engages the senses and celebrates the distinct characteristics of the area. 

Next, tour the Historic Old Mission in Santa Barbara, established in 1786 as the 10th of the 21 California Missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans. Situated on 15 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Mission grounds include the beautiful church, historic cemetery and mausoleum, a nine-room museum of historical artwork and artifacts, and multiple lush gardens. Learn about the Chumash—a Native American tribe who occupied an area from Malibu to San Luis Obispo. Exceptionally restored and well-maintained by the Franciscan monks still living here, the Mission provides guests both beauty and educational insights into the long history of this region of California. 
Overnight: Best Western Plus Santa Barbara (B,L)

Day 11: Depart Santa Barbara
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary transfer to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport for flights home. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch

Post-tour space is limited, so it's recommended to reserve early for best availability.

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level


It is our expectation that guests on this program are able to walk a mile at a moderate pace, get in and out of a motor coach, and walk up and down a flight of stairs.


Victorian Inn

Victorian Inn provides a warm historic charm celebrating the spirit of Monterey. Close to popular attractions, this boutique hotel on Cannery Row appears as a quaint home from the outside, while the interior impresses with spacious, well-decorated rooms, courtyard views and lovely amenities. 

Room Amenities: Writing desk and chair, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, alarm clock, phone, coffee and tea maker, mini-fridge, safe, marble gas fireplace, iron and ironing board, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Victorian Inn exterior
Victorian Inn guest room
Victorian Inn patio
Victorian Inn lobby
Victorian Inn dining

FogCatcher Inn

Relaxed and welcoming, FogCatcher Inn is an oceanfront gem located across the street from beautiful Moonstone Beach—voted one of the 10 Best Beaches in California by the readers of USA Today. Coastal décor, driftwood-inspired headboards and warm yellow accents reflect the beachfront setting and traits of a California beach cottage.

After visiting Cambria attractions by day, watch the sunset from the outdoor heated pool, over-sized hot tub or one of the many benches throughout the lush hotel grounds.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, fireplace, HDTV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee maker, microwave, mini-fridge, bathrobes, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

FogCatcher Inn exterior view
FogCatcher Inn standard king room
FogCatcher Inn reception
FogCatcher Inn outdoor heated pool

Best Western Plus Santa Barbara

Tucked away on a quiet residential street lined with turn-of-the-century homes, just minutes from historic downtown and the beach, Best Western Plus Santa Barbara offers all the amenities of a boutique hotel with the charm of a bed and breakfast. During leisure time relax by the garden pool, delight in the bird aviary, work out in the exercise room or browse the gift shop.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, flat-screen satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, coffee maker, microwave, mini-fridge, safe, bathrobes, iron and ironing board, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Best Western Plus Santa Barbara exterior
Best Western Plus Santa Barbara reception
Best Western Plus Santa Barbara standard double queen room
Best Western Plus Santa Barbara indoor dining area
Best Western Plus Santa Barbara outdoor pool
Best Western Plus Santa Barbara fitness room
(Accommodations subject to change.)

Post-Tour Rate***

Double: $1,699
Single: $2,199

Post-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.

What's Included

  • 3 nights hotel accommodations with breakfast each morning
  • Admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Santa Barbara's Old Mission, including transportation
  • Wine tasting event at Zaca Mesa
  • Gratuities to Orbridge Expedition Leader, local guides, drivers, porters, and wait staff for included meals
  • Airport transfers for guests departing during the suggested times