Oct
8
Oct 15

Big Sierra Skies Road Trip

Photo Credit | Fred Amico

Photo Credit | Fred Amico

Fall colors in the Owens Valley of California, nothin' like it! Rent a VW from Vintage Surfari Wagons, or drive your own and convoy along with like minded folks this October through the Owens Valley on this 8 day guided camp tour.

DAY 1 & 2 :: Fossil Falls, Lone Pine, Whitney Portal, Alabama Hills

DAY 3 :: Eureka Sand Dunes

DAY 4 :: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Grandview

DAY 5 :: Coppertop BBQ, Bishop, Benton Hot Springs

DAY 6 :: Mono Lake, June Lake Loop, Mammoth Mtn, Twin Lakes, Tamarack Lodge

DAY 7 :: Hot Creek, Red Rock Canyon

DAY 8 :: Costa Mesa

JOURNEY DETAILS

WHEN: Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Saturday, October 8th and will be returning from Red Rock Canyon mid morning, Saturday, October 15th

COST:
• Single Occupancy: 2880 USD
• Double Occupancy: 1920 USD
• Extra Travelers (up to 2 per bus): $1040 USD (per person)
• Tag-along Buses: $1040 USD
(taxes not included)

Deposit to hold your reservation: 50%
Balance to be paid by October 2nd, 2017

Provided in the cost is an 8 day rental of a classic VW Campmobile, bedding pack, down duvet, propane heater, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, firewood, camp fees, one nights stay at a luxury retreat in Mammoth, travel snack boxes, 4 impressive evening meals, 4 robust breakfasts, campfire goodies, and a smattering of signature cocktails, all lovingly fabricated by our VSW crew. Oh and of course, your very own bus whisperer Vintage Bill. He'll be more than happy to answer any and all VDub queries, but most importantly he'll keep us all rolling on down the road.

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Mar
23
Mar 27

Happy Trails Desert Campout

Photo Credit | Fred Amico

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We’re gonna kick up some age-old dust as we trundle across the dry open vistas of the desert. Vintage Surfari Wagons’ expedition guide Happy Harrigan will identify local flora and fauna (we’re hoping to see a spectacular desert bloom this season) as we reveal the arid land's most spectacular natural formations such as Slot Canyon in Anza Borrego and the third-largest palm oasis in California tucked away in a rocky V-shaped gorge.

Additional points of interest on this nostalgic VDub adventure and ready for your exploration are the metal sculptures of Ricardo Breceda at Galleta Meadows and Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - a brilliant "outsider art " masterpiece!

Professional photographer Eric Fallecker will accompany us on our journey, providing guests with in-the-field photographic instruction as we capture our own images as keepsakes. If we’re lucky we may glimpse a bighorn sheep (Borrego) or two!

Bring your appetites and your thirst cause we're gonna be serving up some ding dang fancy camp vittles and libations.

DAY 1:: Julien [Apple Pie] [Sightseeing] [Craft Beef Flight], Great Overland Stage Route

DAY 2 & 3 :: Anza Borrego [Slot Canyon Hike] [Palm Canyon Trail] [Sculptures of Ricardo Breceda]

DAY 4 :: Salvation Mountain, Slab City [Sightseeing], Lake Cahuilla

DAY 5 :: Palms to Pines Highway, Costa Mesa

Photo Credit | Simon Stiles

Photo Credit | Simon Stiles

JOURNEY DETAILS

WHEN: Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Thursday, March 23rd and will be returning from Idyllwild late afternoon, Monday, March 27th

COST:
• Single Occupancy: $1800 USD
• Double Occupancy: $1200 USD
• Extra Travelers (up to 2 per bus): $650 USD (per person)
• Tag-along Buses: Inquire
(taxes not included)

Deposit to hold your reservation: 50%
Balance to be paid by March 6th, 2017

Provided in the cost is a 5 day rental of a classic VW Campmobile, bedding pack, down duvet, propane heater, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, firewood, camp fees, travel snack boxes, 4 impressive evening meals, 4 robust breakfasts, campfire goodies, and a smattering of signature cocktails, all lovingly fabricated by our VSW crew. Oh and of course, your very own bus whisperer Vintage Bill. He'll be more than happy to answer any and all VDub queries, but most importantly he'll keep us all rolling on down the road.

Here's just one example of what we've served our guests on adventures past!

Here's just one example of what we've served our guests on adventures past!

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Jan
12
Jan 16

Buses by the Bridge + Desert Camp Tour

Buses By The Bridge & Desert Camp Tour
January 12 to January 16, 2017
4 nights / 5 days
$650 USD - $1800 USD

Photo Credit | Matt Monath 

Photo Credit | Matt Monath 

Buses by the Bridge (BBB) is one of the most popular VW gatherings in North America and is the largest in the United States. In January 2016 the campout brought over 500 vintage VW buses from all over the US. In 2017 BBB will be celebrating its 21st event on the desert shores of Lake Havasu, a large reservoir fed by the Colorado River along the border of California and Arizona - home to the famous London Bridge. Once again, in conjunction with the BBB event, the Lake Havasu Balloon Festival will be hosting it's 7th annual festival. This combination of events is sure to keep your camera snapping!

We are excited to announce that this year Vintage Surfari Wagons (VSW) will be collaborating with Go-Vans Tours for a five day / four night expedition to BBB. We certainly hope that you can join us, for this is sure to be another one of our funtastic, memorable, and quirky treks across the Californian desert!

Here's a peek at our itinerary...

Photo Credit | Matt Monath

Photo Credit | Matt Monath

DAY 1
Thursday, January 12th :: Costa Mesa to Joshua Tree National Park

On the morning of day one, our caravan will leave from VSW’s headquarters for Joshua Tree National Park. This park is one of the few places in the world where you will find these iconic trees, also known as Yucca Brevifolia. After exploring this unique park, we will set up camp, enjoy a good ole fashioned BBQ, and unwind under a fabulous sunset that only the California desert can provide.

Photo Credit | Fred Amico

Photo Credit | Fred Amico

DAY 2
Friday, January 13th :: Joshua Tree National Park to Lake Havasu City (Buses by the Bridge) via Route 66

On day two, the group will motor towards BBB, but first we will take mystic Route 66 to Roy’s Café, a local site well known as a relic backdrop for movies, music videos, and photo shoots. After taking time out to shamelessly pose for selfies we’ll be back on the road - heading for Lake Havasu City. We’ll be arriving close to sunset, right on time to set up camp and take in the live band!

Photo Credit | Matt Monath 

Photo Credit | Matt Monath 

DAY 3
Saturday, January 14th :: Buses by the Bridge, Lake Havasu City

After having spent the night stargazing under the expansive Milky Way, pondering the vastness of the universe you’ll wake up to the sound of gigantic hot air balloons overhead serenely floating in the heavens above.

You’ll spend the rest of the day nosing about the colorful buses and talking up their owners. And for those of you who never return home without a souvenir, there will be plenty of opportunities to purchase handmade goods from the vendors at both the BBB event and the Lake Havasu Balloon Festival.

As this enchanted day draws to a close, those of you who crave adrenaline might consider taking a walk on the London Bridge (yes – this bridge actually came from London!).

Photo Credit | Matt Monath

Photo Credit | Matt Monath

DAY 4
Sunday, January 15th :: Lake Havasu City to Lake Cahuilla

This day will take us through gorgeous Parker Dam and the Box Canyon route toward Lake Cahuilla, and if time is on our side we might even plan a stop at a Salton Sea lookout point. Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area is a beautiful park set amid expansive lawns and picturesque mountain views, making it a spectacular day or overnight destination. Situated at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains 6 miles South East of Old Town La Quinta, Lake Cahuilla offers a delightful experience in the Coachella Valley. 

DAY 5
Monday, January 16th :: Palm Springs to Costa Mesa

Just because this is the last day of our excursion, it doesn’t mean the adventure is over. As we make our way back to Costa Mesa, we will ramble along glorious Pacific Coast Highway 1, winding our way along the brilliant coastline, stopping to eat quintessential fish tacos (the favorite cuisine of California surfers) and stroll the golden state’s pacific shores. As our outing draws to a close, we will reluctantly meander back to VSW’s home-base. And although this will be our final destination, it undoubtedly will be the beginning of lifelong friendships - established through the unforgettable moments shared on this sublime safari.

Details

WHEN: Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Thursday, January 12th and will be returning from Palms Springs end of day, Monday, January 16th.

COST:
• Single Occupancy: 1800 USD
• Double Occupancy: 1200 USD (per person)
• Extra Travelers (up to 2 per bus): $650 USD (per person)
• Tag-along Buses: $650 USD
(taxes not included)

Deposit to hold your reservation: 50%
Balance to be paid by January 6th, 2017

Provided in the cost is the 5 day classic VW Campmobile rental, propane space heater, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, cooler, firewood, camp fees and park entrance fees at Joshua Tree, entrance fees to Buses by the Bridge event (includes campsite), extraordinary camp vittles supplied two evenings and two mornings, communal camp kitchen and one swag bag. And let's not forget - experienced VDub road guides... Vintage Bill and Captain Julien!

Your tour guide JULIEN

Your tour guide JULIEN

NEAREST AIRPORT: John Wayne International Airport (SNA) is only 15 minutes away from VSW headquarters in Costa Mesa! If you'd rather land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you'll be about 50 minutes away (depending on traffic). There are several shuttle options from LAX, please check with us and we can recommend the best option.

NEEDED: VW freaks n' fanciers like YOU!

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Just a few... VW Freaks n Fanciers ;)

Just a few... VW Freaks n Fanciers ;)

Aug
20
6:00 pm18:00

Little Miss Sunshine Summer Party

  • Vintage Surfari Wagons

Join us at Vintage Surfari Wagons' HQ for our annual summer parking lot party & VW meet-up

We'll be noshing on Olive's family kind grub, listening to some live tunes brought to us by The Fallen Stars, sipping cold brew, and once the sun sets we'll be watching Little Miss Sunshine!

  • All VW enthusiasts are welcome... owners and non-owners alike Buy/Sell/Admire.
  • Killer TOTE bags for the first 100 guests compliments of Shaka People!
  • We'll be awarding a prize to the best dressed Little Miss Sunshine Olive movie character.
  • Non brew sippers BYOB.

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Jun
1
Jun 5

Central Coast Cruise

Cruise the California Central Coast

What better way to experience the quintessential California lifestyle than a road trip in a Volkswagen bus up Old Highway 1. Take in the endless beauty of the Pacific Ocean as it stretches out before you. Enjoy a stop off at Malibu Beach, one of the most famous and most photographed beaches ever. You can almost see Gidget and Moon-Doggie surfing together at Leo Carillo State Beach, where the original Gidget movie was filmed.

Heading further north to places like El Capitan, and Refugio State Beach. Camp under the stars, and fall asleep to the sound of the oceans waves crashing below. Enjoy the beauty of the rugged coast- line as it meets with green rolling hills dotted with cows and acres of blooming mustard in the spring.

San Luis Obispo | Avila Beach

The Central Coast’s answer to wine country. Acres of grape fields and interspersed with a large variety of wineries, this part of the trip is something you’ll never forget. Spend the day perusing the wineries or stay back and enjoy the beach.

Morro Bay
San Simeon/ Hearst Castle
Sea Lion Beach

Cambria | San Simeon

Here in lies the start of the most beautiful stretch of the trip. Winding up the coast of Old Highway 1 with its undeveloped, natural coastline and miles of endless beauty. Take in the glory of the immense redwoods as they tower to meet the Pacific Shore. Stop off to observe the Seal Lion preserve and learn a bit about their migration and life style. Take in a hike down to the beach, to see waterfalls, and rugged shores, or relax and enjoy the shade of 300’ Redwoods. This truly is the jewel of California.

Seals/Otters
Hearst Castle
Big Sur
Malibu
Leo Carillo

PRICING & ITINERARY DETAILS TO BE POSTED SHORTLY

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May
19
May 24

Vin de Vine Road Trip

Join us as we journey to the Central Coast Wine Country, May 19 - 24.

Hilights of this journey include camping at Carpenteria State Beach, a visit to the Santa Barbara Mission, a stop at a historic stage coach watering hole, a cruise through Dutch Solvang, lunch at Bell Street Farms in Los Alamos, camping at Morro Bay, Stand Up Paddle boarding, and the 34th Annual Wine Festival – a celebration of the innovation, triumphs, and character of this spectacular region, and one nights stay at a hip n happening Ojai inn.

MORE ON THE WINE FESTIVAL

Tickets for the 34th Annual Wine Festival will be available for purchase in December 2015. All events will be held, rain or shine.

The 34th Annual Wine Festival kicks-off Thursday, May 19 with a selection of Winemaker Dinners.

On Friday, May 20, select wineries feature their Library, Reserve, White/Rosé, and Futures complemented by fresh and local gourmet bites at the RESERVE Event.

Start your morning on Saturday, May 21 with a fun and educational Winemaker Seminar.

Following the seminar, more than 80 wineries come together in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park to showcase their wines during the Grand Tasting. Wineries at the Grand Tasting will be arranged by “regions” for a seamless and focused tasting experience: Bordeaux-style, Rhône-style, Zinfandel, Burgundian-style, Italian varieties and Other Wild Wines for your tasting pleasure.

Order your lunch in advance from one of the new pre-packed Picnic Lunch options, complete with reusable Paso lunch bag! 

In the band and picnic area of the Grand Tasting, live music will provide the perfect atmosphere for your wine tasting experience.

Travel beyond the Park to explore more than 140 winery events throughout the weekend including winemaker dinners, live music, barrel samplings, and more!

DETAILS

WHEN: Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Thursday, May 19th and will be returning from Ojai mid morning, Tuesday, May 24th

COST: $1260.00 USD per person double occupancy, Extra travelers $630.00 (up to 2 per bus). Tag along buses $210. + park fees + hotel accommodation fees. Taxes not included.

Provided in the cost is a 6 day rental of a classic VW Campmobile, bedding pack, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, firewood, camp fees, travel snack boxes, 2 impressive evening meals, 2 robust breakfasts, campfire goodies, one nights stay at a hip n happening Ojai inn and a smattering of signature cocktails - all lovingly fabricated by Captain Jack and the VSW crew! Oh and of course, your very own bus whisperer Vintage Bill. He'll be more than happy to answer any and all VDub queries, but most importantly he'll keep us all rolling on down the road.

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Mar
8
Mar 10

Big Sur Coastal Cruise

A fun filled one way, 3 day, 2 night, Costa Mesa to San Francisco cruise up the exhilarating California Coast via Big Sur.

Day 1 :: Costa Mesa to Los Alamos - Welcome Breakfast, Escondido Falls Hike in Malibu, Lunch at Neptune's Net, Tour at The Old Santa Barbara Mission, Los Alamos, Check-in at the Los Alamos Motel, Dinner at Bell Street Farms

Day 2 :: Los Alamos to Kirk Creek Campground - Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Kirk Creek Campground, Dinner (included)

Day 3 :: Kirk Creek Campground to San Francisco - Breakfast (included), Pfeiffer State Beach, Lunch in Aptos at the Aptos Street BBQ, Arrive in San Francisco in a Central Location, Farewell Dinner at Hunan Homes

It's a wrap, time to exchange contact info and say goodbye to your new found VDubber friends! 

JOURNEY DETAILS

WHEN: Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Tuesday, March 8th and will be concluding in San Francisco on Thursday, March 10th.

COST: $630. per person double occupancy. Extra travelers $315. (up to 2 per bus). Taxes not included.

Provided in the cost is the 3 day classic VW Campmobile rental, bedding pack complete with down filled duvet, propane space heater, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, cooler, travel snack box, firewood, campsite fees, extraordinary camp vittles (see 'included'), and campfire goodies. And let's not forget - experienced VDub road guides... Vintage Bill and Captain Jack!

Feb
22
Feb 26

Big Sur Coastal Cruise

A spectacular one way, 5 day, 4 night, Costa Mesa to San Francisco cruise up the breathtaking California Coast via Big Sur.

Day 1 :: Costa Mesa to Carpinteria State Beach - Welcome Breakfast, Point Vicente Interpretive Center, Lunch in Santa Monica at Urth Caffe, Carpinteria State Beach, Dinner (included)

Day 2 :: Carpenteria to Morro Bay - Breakfast (included), Tour at The Old Mission Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, Limekiln State Park, Dinner (included)

Day 3 :: Limekiln State Park to Santa Cruz - Breakfast (included), Pfiefer State Beach, Monterey, Santa Cruz

Day 4 :: Santa Cruz to San Francsico - Golden Gate Bridge, Off the Grid Picnic at the Prisidio, Picnic Lunch at West Bluff, San Francsico Hotel Check-in at The Good Hotel, Chinatown Walking Tour, Farewell Dinner at House of Nanking

Day 5 :: San Francisco - Breakfast

It's a wrap, time to exchange contact info and say goodbye to your new found VDubber friends. Free day exploring San Francisco. Check out is noon.

JOURNEY DETAILS

WHEN: Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Monday, February 22nd and will be concluding in San Francisco on Friday, February 26th.

COST: $1050. per person double occupancy. Extra travelers $525. (up to 2 per bus, one hotel room per bus). Taxes not included.

Provided in the cost is the 5 day classic VW Campmobile rental, bedding pack complete with down filled duvet, propane space heater, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, cooler, travel snack box, firewood, campsite fees, communal camp kitchen (shared meals), extraordinary camp vittles (see 'included'), campfire goodies, one nights stay at the Good Hotel in San Francisco. And let's not forget - experienced VDub road guides... Vintage Bill and Captain Jack!

Jan
14
Jan 18

Buses by the Bridge Campout

Journey on this 5 day run with experienced VW guides and fellow 'off the beaten path' travelers to Buses by the Bridge and the Lake Havasu Balloon Festival. Now in it's 20th year, Buses by the Bridge attracts amazing VW rigs from all over the country to Lake Havasu Arizona, home of the famous London Bridge.

JOURNEY DETAILS

WHEN: Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Thursday, January 14th and will be returning from Palm Springs mid morning, Monday, January 18th.

COST: $750. per person double occupancy. Extra travelers $250. (up to 2 per bus, one hotel room per bus). Tag along buses $150. + park entrance fees + hotel room fee. Taxes not included.

Provided in the cost is the 5 day classic VW Campmobile rental, bedding pack complete with down filled duvet, propane space heater, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, cooler, travel snack box, firewood, camp fees and park entrance at Joshua Tree, entrance fees to Buses by the Bridge event (includes campsite), communal camp kitchen (shared meals), extraordinary camp vittles supplied on our first evening out and following morning, campfire goodies, one nights stay at the Ace Hotel, and one legendary date shake. And let's not forget - experienced VDub road guides... Vintage Bill and Captain Jack!