San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

4.6 / 5

41 reviews

Activity provider: Extranomical Tours

San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

Activity provider: Extranomical Tours

From US$ 105 per person

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.

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Duration 11 hours
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Pickup included
· Please check your email confirmation from or contact the local supplier to confirm your pickup details · For Hilton Union Square, meet at the Mason Street entrance of the hotel: this is the eastern entrance


6 hours
  • San Francisco

  • 1.5 hours
  • Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill (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-by-the-Sea (break, photo stop)

    • Optional
  • 1.5 hours
  • Gilroy (break)

  • 1 hour
  • San Francisco

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
  • 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
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 pickup and drop-off from most San Francisco hotels
  • Tour narration in English
  • Professional local driver and guide
  • Free Wi-Fi on the tour coach
  • Gratuities
  • Meals

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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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4.6 /5

based on 41 reviews

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Excellent tour, covered all the major spots along California coast from Santa Cruz to Monterey to Carmel by the sea with important stops along the coast with appropriate time to take photos. Our your guide Doug and river Jason were pretty amazing and Doug has a thorough knowledge and passion and he was did an excellent job explaining all the important history on the tour. 17 Mile drive and pebble Beach were pretty amazing and beautiful. In Carmel, if you do not plan to shop, consider walking to the beach, it's a 0.5 mile walk slightly tedious walk (considering all the elevations) from the bus stop but it's worth it. In Monterey, aquarium will always be sold out when you arrive unless you dont book it prior, so 2 he is a little long, but considering it in life's lunch stop too, it totally makes sense. Apart from cannery row, consider taking a walk across lovers point trail in Pacific Grove which is just next to cannery row, it's pretty scenic.

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April 1, 2023

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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April 1, 2023

Eine wunderschöne Tour, landschaftlich herrlich. Der Busfahrer Thomas war fantastisch. Er hat viel über die Sehenswürdigkeiten und die Landschaft erzählt und gute Tipps gegeben. Obwohl der Tag lang war, es hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt. Wir möchten den Tag nicht missen.

April 1, 2023

Product ID: 15586