California Coastal Bus Tours by Caravan

Join Caravan Tours on their all inclusive California central coast guided tours. Follow the rugged central California coastline between Monterey and Los Angeles. Added tourist attractions include San Francisco, Sonoma wine country, and Yosemite National Park.

These fully [**guided bus tours**](/travel-californiacoast/bus-tour”guided bus tours”) of the central California coast are all-inclusive and include all accommodations, planned meals and featured attractions.

As one of America’s leading bus tour companies, Caravan is still family owned and operated after more than 60 years in the North American travel industry.

Call Toll Free at 1 800 227-2826
or 312-321-9800

California Travel Tour Bus Itinerary

Begin your California central coast guided tour in the beautiful city of [**San Francisco**](/travel-californiacoast/sanfrancisco-tourism”San Francisco”), home to Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill and the Golden Gate Bridge. Then travel fully escorted, by coach along the central and southern California coast to Beverly Hills. In between your sightseeing vacation package includes:

  • [**Yosemite National Park**](/travel-californiacoast/yosemite-lodging”Yosemite National Park”), home the towering granite monoliths Half Dome & El Capitan
  • Morning drive to Monterey, passing through San Joaquin Valley
  • San Luis Reservoir
  • Cannery Row
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, world famous for its 1.3 million gallon tank and sharks, stingrays and jellyfish
  • 17 Mile Drive, famous for its Seal Rock and the Lone Cypress
  • Carmel by the Sea with visit to Carmel Mission
  • Hearst Castle
  • And much more!

California Central Coast Guided Tours – Includes Big Sur

Caravan’s central coast California bus tour is simply not complete without the spectacular bus ride along Big Sur. Possibly one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world, Big Sur derives its name from the Spanish for “the Big South”.

Aboard the tour bus, guests are treated to contrasting coastal and mountain views out each window. To the west, guests can view down dramatic cliffs that plummet into the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, with its endless horizon. To the east are the slopes of the Santa Lucia mountain range, which are home to Coastal Redwoods, Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine.

The Santa Lucia Mountains rise very abruptly from the ocean waters. In fact, Cone Peak in the Santa Lucia Mountain range is the highest coastal mountain the continental US. It ascends nearly a mile above sea level and is located just three miles away from the Pacific Ocean waters.

As Caravan’s California central coast guided tour continues over Rocky Creek Bridge and Brixby Bridge, there is a photo opportunity at a popular Big Sur scenic viewpoint plus a rest stop at a Redwood Grove. These old-growth Pacific coast redwoods can live for as long as 2,000 years and grow to be more than 350 feet tall.

The Big Sur bus tour portion of this California central coast guided tour also makes a return trip through Big Sur for a second viewing opportunity.

Unhurried Central Coast Guided Tours of California

Caravan’s bus tours in central and southern California along the beautiful Pacific Ocean coast follow a relaxing, unhurried travel itinerary. [**Tour operators**](/travel-californiacoast/tour-operators”Tour operators”) ensure each tour day starts and ends at reasonable hours with frequent stops.

These California bus tours accommodate all types of travellers including families, groups and seniors. In particular, Caravan’s California central coast guided tours are especially popular senior bus tours through California as they run from May to December.

California Coast Guided Tours - An Unbeatable Value

Caravan has been offering fully escorted sightseeing tours throughout North and Central America since 1952, operating under the same family ownership and management.

Central coast coach travelers on our California bus tours experience an unrivalled standard of excellence with all-inclusive packages at approximately 30% less than most of our lower cost competitors.

For one affordable, low price, California sightseeing vacation tours by bus include all itinerary meals and excursions with nothing in our class anywhere near this value.

Book Your Bus Tour of Southern California Today!

For more information about Caravan’s California central coast guided tour by bus or to make reservations please call Caravan Tours:

Toll Free at 1 800 227-2826 or 312-321-9800.

Visit our California bus tours page for more detailed tour information.

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Why Travel with Caravan?

Excellence Since 1952

You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.

PanAm Jet
In 1959, Pan Am invited Caravan to be the very first tour company to fly their clients on its new line of Clipper Jets.
Vintage Motorcoach
In 1964, Caravan introduced the very first fleet of air conditioned motorcoaches in all of Europe.
Leather Back Turtle Park
Caravan is a proud supporter of the Leatherback Turtle National Park and Costa Rica's efforts to protect this endangered giant.
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Caravan Care

For your safety, Caravan cancelled most 2020 and all 2021 tour departures and refunded 100% of all payments received. See Caravan’s Covid-19 Terms of Travel.

Caravan's Proud History

In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.

Great Hotels

Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.


Most meals included within Latin America. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. Bottled water is provided on motorcoaches in Latin America.

Complete Sightseeing

Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.

Fully Guided by Tour Directors

All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.


Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.

Shopping Freedom

Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.

Trade Association Memberships

Caravan is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), NTA (National Tour Association), ABA (American Bus Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and ACMA (American Catalog Association).