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Big Sur Bucket List Road Trip

  • Vintage Surfari Wagons INC 760 Newton Way Costa Mesa, CA, 92627 United States (map)

Big Sur, California

...Cashmere hills filled with evergreens
Flowin' from the clouds down to meet the sea
With the granite cliff as a referee
Crimson sunsets and golden dawns
Mother deer with their newborn fawns
Under Big Sur skies and that's where I belong...

7 Nights / 8 Days

We invite you to cruise with us in VW style on this classic West Coast cruise as we meander North from VSW Headquarters in Costa Mesa with overnight stops at Carpenteria, San Simeon (at the base of Hearst Castle), Kirk Creek, and Fernwood Campground in the heart of Big Sur.

Slow travel with experienced Vdub guides... we are local folks with local knowledge of the environs who know how to lead you to the best of the best sites and sounds. Journey with famous Rock n' Roll photographer and Chef/Restauranteur Eddie Caraeff who will be found at the grill n' bar, and with hosts Diamond D and Vintage Bill at the helm.

DAY 1 :: Depart Costa Mesa after a light but refreshing nosh, Cruise Highway 1 through Malibu stopping at Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market & Patio Cafe for lunch, Carpinteria State Beach [evening destination] complete with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

DAY 2 :: San Simeon [evening destination] by way of Morro Bay, and Cambria. Dinner provided.

DAY 3 :: Kirk Creek Campground - Big Sur [evening destination] by way of Ragged Point. Dinner and breakfast provided.

DAY 4 & 5 :: Fernwood Campground - Big Sur [evening destination 2 nights]. One dinner and one breakfast provided. [Explore Big Sur - Nepenthe, Ventana, hidden beaches].

DAY 6 :: Cambria :: Bassetti Vineyard [evening destination], camping on the vineyard. Farm to Table Dinner accompanied by local wines.

DAY 7 :: Santa Barbara :: Final evening spent on the coast at Refugio State Beach.

DAY 8 :: Highway 1 south costal cruise, returning to Costa Mesa early evening.


WHEN:  Your adventure embarks from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Costa Mesa, CA on the morning of Monday, October 12th at 8 am and will be returning from Santa Barbara early evening, Monday, October 19th.

• Single Occupancy: 2880 USD
• Double Occupancy: 1920 USD (per person)
• Extra Travelers (up to 2 per bus): $80 USD (per person per day)
• Tag-along Buses: $1120 USD (+$80/day for each additional traveler)
• Kids 10 Years And Younger Travel Free
taxes not included

Deposit to hold your reservation: 50%
Balance to be paid 7 days prior to departure

WHAT'S INCLUDED:  Provided in the cost is an 8 day rental of a classic VW Camper Van, bedding pack, down duvet, camp chairs, kitchen galley kit, firewood, camp fees, travel snack box, 4 impressive evening meals, 2 robust breakfasts, campfire goodies, and a smattering of signature cocktails, all lovingly fabricated by our VSW crew. One nights stay at The Bassetti Vineyard and a Farm to Table dinner complete with Bassetti wine pairing. Yoga morning sessions! 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.

MEALTIMES/PROVISIONS:  Menus will reflect a healthy California cuisine. We will sample wines from the regions that we are passing through.

A communal grill and camp kitchen will be available for all bus participants to use while we are on the road. We have discovered that our campers seem to prefer to pitch in, sharing meals and sometimes clean-up, making the group camp experience a rich one.

We'll make stops strategically along our route so that everyone can purchase personal provisions.

Spontaneously we tend to gather together for restaurant meals along our route. These meals are voluntary and not included.

OPTIONS: If you'd like to add more nights to your journey either at the beginning or at the end please ask, or if you have your own bus and want to join in let us know. We aim to please and nothing is out of the question.

CONTACT US:  Speak to one of our guides first. Send us an email and we will schedule a phone call.

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Your personal camp tour guide Mr. Vintage Bill and his lovely assistant Diamond D

Your personal camp tour guide Mr. Vintage Bill and his lovely assistant Diamond D

Head camp chef Mr. Eddie Caraeff and his lovely assistant Diamond D

Head camp chef Mr. Eddie Caraeff and his lovely assistant Diamond D

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 both airports, in addition Uber and Lyft are available. Please check with us and we can recommend the best option.

NEEDED: VW freaks n' fanciers like YOU!

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