LARail and the Caestecker family invite you to join us for a truly unique Santa Barbara land and sea experience featuring one of the city’s newest aquatic attractions – The Land Shark! With transportation to Santa Barbara in style aboard one luxurious example of the great Art Deco period of the 1930s – 50s, there is no better way to travel to the self-proclaimed “American Riviera.” Trip includes rail, road and sea passage for a tour of the city and harbor like no other.
Our day starts with our 7:50 a.m. departure from L.A. Union Station aboard the private railcar, Silver Splendor. As we snake our way through the San Fernando Valley and Santa Susana Pass, sip on Champagne Mimosas and enjoy a breakfast buffet on the beautiful Vista Dome-diner-lounge originally built for the Denver Zephyr express train. Valley views will become ocean vistas soon after Oxnard and our arrival in Santa Barbara will be approximately 10:30 a.m.
Upon leaving the train, it is time for a leisurely stroll to the waterfront to explore historic Stearns Wharf. Wander into the many shops and eateries or visit the Ty Warner Sea Center ($8.00 admission) for a hands-on look into the multi-faceted marine life of the area. But don’t tarry too long. The Shark awaits!
At 11:30, we’ll meet back down at the foot of the Wharf, just west of the dolphin fountain facing Cabrillo Blvd. This is where we will board the Land Shark. Your ticket is included and paid for by LArail. The tour lasts about 90 minutes and will include an hour of land-bound historic landmarks, important attractions, and homes of the rich and famous. After that, the Shark plunges into the cool harbor waters for a look at the commercial fishing fleet, luxurious private yachts and, very often, the marine mammals that also call the harbor home. For a look at the Land Shark, visit www.out2seesb.com.
After our tour returns to the foot of Stearns Wharf, you’ll have most of the rest of the afternoon to explore waterfront restaurants or the many wine-tasting rooms of The Funk Zone, just east of the train station. Our return trip leaves Santa Barbara at 4:37 p.m. and we will serve a three course dinner, complete with beer and wine, on your way back to L.A. Passengers may also board and disembark at Glendale, Burbank or Chatsworth.
Only $189 per person. Includes rail travel plus a trip on the Land Shark. If you wish not to tour Santa Barbara on the Land Shark, you may travel with us for $159.
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Payment can be made by credit card or by check. Please make checks out to LARail.com, Inc. and mail to:
LARail.com ATTN: John Caestecker
San Clemente, CA 92673