1. United States
  2. California
  3. San Francisco
  4. Pacific Coast Highway - Route 1

San Francisco: Monterey & Carmel Tour with Optional Aquarium

Product ID: 15586
Join this scenic coastal tour and enjoy Highway 1, Monterey and its famous Cannery Row, 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and much more. Choose to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium and be mesmerized by this world-famous aquarium.
About this activity
Duration: 11 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

Pickup is available from most downtown San Francisco and Fisherman's Wharf hotels. For Hilton Union Square - meet at the Mason street entrance (Eastern entrance). Please call the local operator to re-confirm your exact pickup time and location.
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 4 days in advance for a full refund

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  • Take a scenic coastal drive along Pacific coast Highway 1 on this tour from San Francisco
  • Explore Monterey's renowned Cannery Row
  • Cruise along beautiful 17-Mile Drive, on your way to the charming towns of Pebble Beach, and Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Learn from your knowledgeable expedition leader about Monterey
  • Choose to visit the aquarium and marvel at the marine animals
6 hours
  • San Francisco

  • 1.5 hours
  • Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill, Davenport, California (break, photo stop, coffee)

  • 1 hour
  • Monterey (break, photo stop, lunch, shopping)

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (visit)

    • Optional
  • 17-Mile Drive (photo stop, visit, guided tour)

  • Pebble Beach Golf Links (photo stop)

    • Optional
  • Carmel (break, photo stop)

    • Optional
  • 1.5 hours
  • Gilroy (break)

  • 1 hour
  • San Francisco

    • Entry not included
Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Full description
Begin your tour by traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1. Head to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. At your first rest stop in Davenport, you will have a chance to take a selfie with the whole Pacific as your backdrop. 

At Monterey, you will have 2 hours on your own to explore. You can visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, rent a kayak or paddleboard, hike along the coast, or take a bike to roam. You can also stroll among the quaint boutiques and art shops along the historic Cannery Row. Grab a seafood lunch at Old Fisherman’s Wharf. 

Enjoy another eyeful of Pacific beauty along the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Del Monte Forest and take photographs of the hardy Lone Cyprus Tree. This famous road winds its way by magnificent homes and the spectacular coastline, between the greens and tees of world famous golf courses, and among the last remaining forest of a rare species of the Monterey Cypress. 

Your scenic drive finishes at Pebble Beach Village. Upon arrival in the enchanted town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, you can explore the boutique shops on Ocean Avenue and be dazzled by the white sandy beach. If there is time, you can visit the historic Carmel Mission. Then, it will be time to head back to San Francisco. 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off from most San Francisco hotels
  • Tour narration in English
  • Professional local driver and guide
  • Entrance fee Monterey Bay Aquarium, if option selected
  • Free Wi-Fi on the tour coach
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Meals

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Important information
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Please note that for your child's safety, we require you to bring a child safety seat for all children that are not at least 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height..

The tour operator is not responsible for loss or damage of personal property on tours or for delays due to accidents, breakdowns, or adverse traffic and weather conditions on tours.
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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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The local tour company desk told me to send a Monterey Aquarium ticket by e-mail at the time of departure, but it was not sent. The bus driver was a good person and called the desk. If I gave up and tried to buy at the aquarium, an email was sent. If it was a few minutes late, it was going to be wasted. There is no aquarium ticket option, it is better to buy it locally or at the tour desk. The aquarium can be managed in two hours if you walk fast. If you go to Monterey Aquarium by airbus, a tour is recommended! ! Will definitely take you to the Monterey Aquarium

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January 4, 2020

It was a very nice trip, you drive along the coast and get a nice impression of the country. Monterey and Carmel are beautiful, only I would have liked to have had more time there - we only had 30-45 minutes each to explore the area. The tour guide was very nice and told a lot on the trip.

September 10, 2018

So nice!

Really enjoyed going out of San Francisco and see more of California. The 17 mile Drive was amazing, Monterey was very pretty where you can have a nice lunch by the sea. Carmel was really cute, but a bit more "stuck up" than Monterey, another vibe basically, but equally pretty. If you want to see more of California when visiting San Francisco, this is a great tour. So recommend!

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July 31, 2018

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Product ID: 15586