My friend A. Paul from Lithuania and I took the Coastal California tour with Explore California. It was completely flawless. Picked up in San Francisco in the morning and driven via Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz to Monterey. Found very quickly that Bryan was not your standard guide. Very friendly, very personable. Being a music aficionado, I was happy to find that he was open to providing a "personalized soundtrack" for the tour experience. We had plenty of time on the first afternoon to explore the aquarium and Cannery Row. Tour members are on their own for dinners, which are not included in the tour price. The hotel accommodations in Monterey and for the second night in Cambria, near Hearst Castle, were both very nice. No complaints there. The second travel day wends its way through Big Sur via the Nepenthe Cafe. Beautiful. Bryan provided plenty of stops for photo ops and just to take in the beautiful scenery. He also had plenty of tidbits of information on local color, flora, etc. Finished up the day's travel at Hearst Castle. Because of traffic and our frequent stops, we missed the tour we were scheduled for, but Bryan persevered and got us in the last tour of the day which was great. The third day goes from Cambria to Santa Barbara via the Danish town of Solvang for lunch. Very nice. Not as spectacular scenery-wise, but very California. We had time for a bit of browsing and a beer in Santa Barbara before Bryan dropped us at the train station for the last leg, the evening train to Los Angeles. The fact that he can arrange that whole train to take you on the last leg is amazing, but demonstrates the lengths that Explore California will go to make your tour a one of a kind experience. Thank you Bryan and Kelly for a trip we won't forget. Cheers!