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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
– 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.
– Edna F. on 08/19/2015

our tour guide made the time fly by. I thought his name was Doug, but Don looks like our guide
– David H. on 08/16/2015

Don did a great job narrating while driving us around town and to our destinations. He gave ample time for bathroom & picture breaks and for touring. He was friendly and super informative. We loved the music selections that coordinated with the sights too!
– Sharon Z. on 08/10/2015

Phil and Pam were wonderful tour guides. We had a great day touring Monterey and Carmel. Phil and Pam gave us the history of all sights we visited as well as the history of each area we traveled to. They were very accommodating as far as time spent in each place we stopped. We would definitely tour with this company again and specifically request Phil. Thanks Phil and Pam for a fabulous day.
– Becky K. on 08/09/2015

Beautiful sights, friendly and entertaining tour guide!
– Kasey O. on 05/25/2015

Frank was super-nice and knowledgeable about everything from San Francisco to Carmel and back! My mother was on the tour with me and she is a wee bit mobility-challenged. Frank was very thoughtful and considerate, he picked us up early during the Carmel stop to drive us the rest of the way to the group meeting point. We probably could have made it but with no time to see the ocean and the beach, we were able to take our time there in taking in the scene vs having to rush through it all. Thank you, Frank!
– 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


  • 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