PACIFIC HORTICULTURE presents: Santa Cruz / Monterey Coast Gardens

Monterey, CA, USA

2 reviews
Sep 14 - 18, 2022
Group size: 1 - 14
PACIFIC HORTICULTURE presents: Santa Cruz / Monterey Coast Gardens
Monterey, CA, USA

2 reviews

Sep 14 - 18, 2022
Group size: 1 - 14

About this trip

Santa Cruz, Monterey and the Central California Coast are more than great surf, sandy beaches, redwood-covered mountains, and laid-back towns. Join us to discover the horticultural delights of this temperate Mediterranean climate with alluvial soils where you will taste the wealth of organic farms and subsequent farm-to-table culture. Enjoy behind-the-scenes experiences at an impressive array of public and private gardens and nurseries showcasing water-conserving climate-adapted plants.

We have arranged a comprehensive five-day exploration into the Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay public gardens, native plant nurseries, and private garden spaces for you to enjoy and explore with Pacific Horticulture.

Activity Level

Expect a moderate amount of walking and occasional use of transit that is not a full-sized coach such as taxi, train or public bus. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk up to an hour at a time, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing. Because we are staying at the same hotel throughout the tour, you might decide to have an independent adventure during part of the tour which is completely fine as long as you let our guide know you are remaining behind and not coming with the group. 

What’s included

  • Hotel Accommodation
    4 nights at Casa Munras Hotel & Spa, in Monterey’s historic district. Walking distance to restaurants, shops and museums
  • Garden Entrance fees
    With expert horticultural guides at many of the venues
  • Transport
    Transportation will be provided using a combination of private coach, taxi, public bus, and walking.
  • $300
    Tax-deductible contribution to Pacific Horticulture
  • Concierge Service
    An escort will be travelling with our group and at your service during the tour
  • Gratuities and Fees
    All gratuities, taxes and credit card fees are included in the tour price.
  • Booking Policy
    To hold your place on the tour, a deposit of $100 per person is due at registration. and full payment is required 60 days in advance of the start of the tour.
  • Cancellation Policy
    If you have to cancel for any reason you will receive 100% refund if cancelled at least 61 days before the start of the tour.
  • Cancellation (cont.)
    70% refund if cancelled 60-31 days before the start of the tour and 30% refund if cancelled 30-15 days before the start of the tour.
  • Cancellation (cont.)
    Sorry, but there will be no refunds if cancelled 14 days or less before the start of the tour.
  • Meals Included
    4 lunches and 2 dinners, including a gourmet luncheon under the loggia at a private estate with an historic garden
  • Small Group
    This tour is limited to just 14 people - so book your place soon to avoid disappointment.
  • Transportation
    Transportation to the hotel at the beginning and from the hotel at the end is not included. Our concierge/escort can help you determine the best travel method for your situation.
  • Parking
    Parking a personal vehicle at the hotel is an option, but additional charges apply.
  • Personal Items
  • Travel Insurance
    We highly recommend travel insurance and have found the website a good source of travel insurance options.

Available Packages

Tour Price in double occupancy room
Available until July 13, 20227 left
Deposit: $100
Tour price in single occupancy room
Available until July 13, 20225 left
Deposit: $100


Day 1 - Wed, Sept 14th

Arrive at Casa Munras Hotel & Spa, 700 Munras Avenue, Monterey CA 93940

Pre-Tour Activities / Independent Time

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Whale Watching Tours
  • Bicycle on the path along the shore

In the afternoon, we will assemble at the hotel and depart for Asilomar State Beach which stretches one mile and is made up of rocky coves and sandy areas. It is part of the Asilomar Marine Reserve due to its rich ecosystem and biodiversity.

We will enjoy a ranger-guided tour on the boardwalk of the Beach Dune and Grass Restoration Project, followed by a Welcome Dinner at Asilomar Hotel and Conference Center, where you will enjoy wonderful California fresh menus served in the casual, inviting atmosphere of Asilomar’s historic Crocker Dining Hall.

Your Organizer

2 reviews
Pathfinders is a tour operator based in the United Kingdom, We arrange group tours throughout North America and Europe. Pathfinders is a trading name of S.T International Tourist Agency. We are fully bonded through ATOL (0570)


Wonderful people. Excellent food. Great accommodations.
By Marion U for Spring in Portugal: Treasures of Porto, Lisbon & Douro Valley 2022 on 08 Apr, 2022
We had an amazing time. Our first time with any kind of group trip and it was so much better than we could have hoped. The trip moved at a good speed, rarely too long at any one place but always enough time to savor the sights. An incredible local guide in Andreia Lopo. She was so well-informed about all the sights and had excellent language skills. She did not talk constantly and only with perfectly relevant information. She knew when to give things a break and give us a rest and when it was time to pick up the pace! She answered every single question we had and if she didn't know the answer immediately, she always made a point of finding the answer and giving it to us later. She was also always very professional and always made a point of eating and socializing separately from the group, yet was always warm and friendly. All the accommodations were excellent and so comfortable. The meals went above and beyond our expectations.
By Catherine C for Spring in Portugal: Treasures of Porto, Lisbon & Douro Valley 2022 on 08 Apr, 2022