Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour - From $140. On our Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour, you’ll start the day traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1 (fog permitting). Passing through Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz, we’ll make at least one stop for a rest break, and perhaps optional photo stops along the way. You will visit Monterey’s famous Cannery Row for a chance to stroll among the shops and grab a fresh seafood lunch. After lunch, you will follow the coast through the beautiful little town of Pacific Grove on the way to the 17-Mile Drive. This famous road winds its way between magnificent homes and the spectacular coastline, among the greens of world famous golf courses like Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach, and famous landmarks like the Lone Cypress tree. The drive finishes up at the Pebble Beach Village and then arrive in the enchanting town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. If there is time and interest, we can visit the historic Carmel Mission as a last stop. Because we travel in a small group instead of on a big bus, our Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour is customizable to your own interests and we can also be flexible about the route and times.
Monterey & Carmel One-Day Tour by Bus - From $89. On our Monterey & Carmel One-Day Bus tour you'll visit Monterey Bay, 17-Mile scenic drive, Pebble Beach & the picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea. You start the day by going south along the rugged Coastal Highway 1 abd will arrive in historic Monterey, California’s first Capital (under Mexican rule). You will have time to stroll historic Cannery Row filled with shops, hotels, and unique restaurants. Next our Monterey Bus Tour will take you through Pacific Grove, and onto 17-Mile Drive, with spectacular views including the beautiful coastline, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Beach Golf Club, and the famous Lone Cypress Tree. Our Monterey & Carmel Bus Tour will then take you to the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Then you will make the return trip back through the agricultural regions of Watsonville, Salinas, and Gilroy before traveling through Silicon Valley on the way back to your San Francisco Hotel in the evening.
Private Monterey Tour From San Francisco
Monterey and Carmel are waiting for you! Be amazed by the views along historic Highway 1 and by the beauty of 17-Mile-Drive. There are many different options to make your Private Monterey Tour an unforgettable experience. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium or go shopping in picturesque Carmel by the sea. Or even take some time to play golf - we will organize all activities for you and your group. The itinerary of your Private Monterey tour is fully customizable to fit your group’s needs.
Monterey Bay Area History
Monterey Bay has great geologic and biological significance, with an incredible abundance of sea life just off shore in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which borders 276 miles of California’s spectacular coastline. There is a huge, deep undersea trench which creates an environment rich in every kind of sea-life imaginable, from plankton to sea otters to dolphins and whales. Monterey is also home to the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the gateway to the spectacular Big Sur area, where 5000 foot mountains tower above the roaring Pacific Ocean.
Monterey Bay was the site of the first Europeans to visit the land that became California. When Mexico gained its independence, it was the provincial capital of Alto California. When the territory was ceded to the U.S., the new state held its constitutional convention there. Several waves of industrial scale whaling and fishing exploited the bounty of the huge undersea trench offshore creating several booms and busts. Author John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath) grew up in Salinas and spent much of his creative effort writing about the Monterey area in his books Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row. Today, the area is a mixture of nature and culture, of historical past and vibrant present.