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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℠ Tour Tour 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
– eugene t. on 05/11/2015

Six of us went on the tour together. Everyone was extremely pleased with our tour. Phil was very knowledgeable about the area and its history. He went out of his way to ensure each individual's needs. We would definitely recommend this tour.
– Mokhtiar S. on 03/12/2015

Enjoyed Franks'-company and his interesting narration
– Robin D. on 11/09/2014

Great tour, Joe was an excellent guide. Informative, energetic, and even had a 'California' playlist perfectly timed for our tour
– Jeanne and Tom B. on 10/09/2014

We had a fantastic time - saw a lot in one day! Joe was knowledgeable and did everything he could to make it a fun day!
– James S. on 09/28/2014

Don is a polite and respectful tour guide. He thanked us every time we returned to the van on time. The tour was informative and Don did a good job showing us the beauty of this coastal tour.
– COUDERC A. on 09/14/2014

It was a perfect tour ! Franck is very gentle and the way he speaks is great for foreigners with bad english … we understood almost everything !
– Amanda M. on 09/09/2014

Leo is the man! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would love to do it again, but would definitely want Leo as his personality made it extra special, we are still talking about it. Leo was the highlight of our San Francisco stay.
– Jeff D. on 09/05/2014

Leo did a great job on our tour!! He was very entertaining and willing to take extra time. We had a lady riding up front who was a self appointed expert on everything and he handled her very well!!! Much better than I could've at that point. The van had some mechanical problems and she was raising her voice and making everyone in the van uncomfortable. Telling him he needed to stop at the mechanics shop and on and on. I would do the tours again with him if I make it back. He's very knowledgable and energetic. It's hard to find people with that much energy all day.
– WILLIAM C. on 08/08/2014

Leo is very knowledgeable and personable. He makes you feel like he has known you all of his life. Leo welcomes any question and answers all with honesty. If he doesn't know, he will tell you. He is interested in each of us on the minibus tour. Gets us the best buys on products. Leo is just Mr. Personality+ !!!


  • 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


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