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Monterey & Carmel Explorer℠ Tour

Monterey & Carmel Explorer℠ Tour

Semi-Private Monterey & Carmel Tour

Our Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour will take you along California's Pacific Coast on your way to historic Monterey & picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea along with a drive through Pacific Grove in between. Monterey Bay has great geologic and biological significance: it has an incredible abundance of sea life just offshore in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which borders 276 miles of California’s spectacular coastline. Monterey Bay was the site of the first Europeans to visit the land that became California. Several waves of industrial scale whaling and fishing exploited the bounty of the huge undersea trench offshore. John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath) grew up in Salinas and spent much of his creative effort writing about the Monterey area. Two of his books are Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row.

You’ll start the day traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1 (fog permitting). After a stop in Santa Cruz, a rest break, and optional photo stops along the way, you will set foot on Monterey’s famous Cannery Row for a chance to stroll among the shops and grab a fresh seafood lunch. If you bring your own lunch, you might be able to squeeze in a short trip to the world famous Monterey Aquarium (admission not included). 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, between the greens and tees of world famous golf courses like Spyglass Hill, and among the last remaining forest of a rare species of trees, the Monterey Cypress, which is sculpted by relentless pacific breezes into fanciful shapes. The Lone Cypress is a very poignant example of one of these hardy trees hanging on to life (with the help of human engineering) in a seemingly impossible location.

The drive finishes up at the Pebble Beach Village, where you can visit the Pro Shop and see the famous 18th Green. When you’ve paid that much for green fees, you don’t quit at sundown on the 16th hole! Upon arrival in the enchanted town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, you can explore the boutique shops on Ocean Avenue or be dazzled by the white sandy beach. If there is time and interest, we can visit the historic Carmel Mission as a last stop. Our Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour also has optional short stops in Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz. Don’t forget this is a semi-private tour, meaning that the itinerary can be customized to your own interests. Come and join our Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour now for an exquisite experience.

Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour - Times Approximate

8:00 - 8:30 AM
Pick up for the Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour at hotels in San Francisco - downtown or Fisherman's Wharf area.
8:30 - 8:45 AM
Pick up from Extranomical San Francisco SOMA Office.
9:00-12:00 AM
Begin the tour to Monterey, driving along Highway 1 viewing California's rugged coastline with a rest-stop in Davenport.
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Arrive in Monterey where you can promenade the shops and have a meal in one of the many restaurants of the historic Cannery Row. Also, this is your chance to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium (admission not included).
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Drive through Pacific Grove, known for its Monarch butterflies and turn-of-the century Victorian homes. Then follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Del Monte Forest, seeing the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Course and the Lone Cypress Tree.
3:00 - 4:30 PM
The last portion of this tour will be held at the beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can shop in small boutiques and visit quaint art and photography galleries.
4:30 - 7:00 PM
Finish the Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour and head to San Francisco.
7:00 - 7:30 PM
Drop off at Downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf hotels.
Monterey & Carmel Explorer℠ TourTour Prices*Adults (12+)Children (< 11)
Regular Price:$150$130
Internet Special:$125$119
Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour Available Daily (All Year)

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Monterey & Carmel Explorer℠ Tour
– Stacia S. on 10/23/2015

We had a great trip!! It was definitely worth the extra money to take the smaller tour. My wife and I were on our 16th anniversary trip and this trip more than met my expectations. Pam was a fantastic guide and she shared many interesting facts, both historical, location wise and personal along the way. We felt like a friend was giving us a tour. We were very happy and gave a very positive review on Trip Advisor as well.
– Chiwon H. on 10/04/2015

The tour was greater than I expected and Lars was very passionate enough to explain us the history and other information of the winery country. I also went on his Yosemite tour, which I believe was also the best choice for me. I would definitely recommend Extranomical to my friends! Thank you!
– Sue F. on 10/04/2015

The tour itself was great. Our driver/guide, Anthony was AWESOME!!! He was funny and made the tour as great as it was. We spent a lot of time in the bus however which was tough. We were the first ones picked up and the last ones dropped off, so that, combined with the amount of time you spend on the bus for the tour, it made for a very long day. If there is any way to improve that, that would be my only suggestion.
– David S. on 10/04/2015

Phil was very informative and friendly. I would highly recommend your company and especially Phil.
– Ebonie P. on 10/03/2015

The Muir Woods and wine coutnry tour was amazing! Though it lasts all day (7:45-5:30 or so), we had a great time. I went with my boyfriend for my 30th birthday celebration. The last hour or so we started ro get a bit tired, but it is well worth it all! This tour takes you to multiple tourist locations and what would normally be a 2 day tour, visiting the woods and then having everything set up for you during the tour is great. Though i had roughly 4 full days in San Fran, this was a great way for me to see some of the higlights in the area without me having to get a rental car. They pick you up from your hotel, and if where you are staying isnt listed in their pickup stops, you can easily take an uber to the nearest stop for you.i abosutely highly recommend the Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour!
– Lena W. on 10/03/2015

The weather with the fog over the city made my 4, otherwise it should be 5
– Robert T. on 10/02/2015

Roman made the tour fun and informative. I would recommend the tour and the guide all day.
– Douglas R. on 09/03/2015

A good view of the coast and farms on the way to Monterey and Carmel, with a very informative and sociable guide.
– Ron B. on 08/25/2015

I the Monterey and Carmel Explorer Tour with an old friend out of San Francisco as I had never been in that area before. Don, our tour guide and driver, was very prompt and courteous. He took the time to describe the various places we were driving by and some local history. The transport vehicle was comfortable and we were able to see the designated sites as planned. Short stops at several landmarks allowed for pictures. Longer stops in Carmel-by-the-sea and Monterey gave just enough time to explore on our own. I feel as though this is a perfect trip for those who desire a slow-paced sightseeing tour that allows for window-shopping and grabbing a bite to eat at a local area. I did enjoy myself and extend my thanks to Don for his care and getting us home at a good time.


  • Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
  • Explore Monterey's renown Cannery Row
  • Visit the beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Enjoy spectacular views on the 17-Mile Drive
  • Famous Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1)
  • See the world-famous Pebble Beach golf course
  • Optional stop in Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz
  • Expert tour guide & live commentary in English
  • Semi-private tour in a minibus or 13-pax van
  • Tour Operator: Extranomical