See California with a train-hotel package from L.A. to San Francisco

See California with a train-hotel package from L.A. to San Francisco

If youre looking for a car-less way to explore San Francisco and aren’t in a big rush, consider the romance of hopping on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight with a special offer that includes a round-trip train ticket, three-night hotel stay and a transit pass to get around the city starting at $425 per person.

The deal: Key Holidays calls this package the “San Francisco Treat.” You get a round-trip train ticket from Los Angeles to San Francisco, three nights based on double occupancy at the Executive Hotel Vintage Court near Union Square, a Muni Pass good for unlimited rides on cable cars and streetcars, a lunch at Fior dItalia restaurant and a Pier 39 Fun Pack for discounts coupons at places in the city. The package also includes a continental breakfast each day from 7-9 a.m. and free wine samplings 5-6 p.m. daily at the hotel.

When: The package is available midweek and weekends through Dec. 14, except July 13-17, Aug. 5-7, Aug. 28-31, Sept. 18-23, Oct. 10-13 and Oct. 22-26. Key Holidays recommends booking at least two weeks in advance to allow time to receive your travel documents.

Fine print: You can take in sweeping views as the Coast Starlight, which runs between Los Angeles and Seattle daily, proceeds up the coast to Santa Barbara and then turns inland and heads up the Central Valley. It leaves L.A.’s Union Station at 10:15 a.m. Passengers leave the train at Emeryville and take an Amtrak bus into the city for the remainder of the journey. Same route for the return visit, so make sure to include a fourth full day of travel in your itinerary.

Contact: Key Holidays, (800) 783-0783

-Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Photos: Unlimited cable car rides are part of the “San Francisco Treat” train-hotel package. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times

By LA Times

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