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Monterey & Carmel Tour

Monterey & Carmel Tour

Semi-Private Monterey & Carmel Tour

  • What do I need to bring?

    • Money for lunch
    • Snack
    • Sunscreen
    • Camera
  • How long is the tour?

    This tour takes about 11-12 hours.

  • What should I wear?

    Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day in the Bay Area, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpectedly climbing or falling temperatures. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. However, we realize that everyone is acclimated to different weather and thus trust you to make your own judgement. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn on the tour, but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

  • Do you offer that tour in different languages?

    Usually we offer that tour just in English. However, if needed we can organize a private tour in several languages.

  • Is it a guided tour?

    Yes, the tour is guided though you will have time on your own without the guide during your stops.

  • What kind of vehicle will take us on the Monterey Explorer Tour?

    We use a 15-passenger van or an up to 44 passenger minibus for this tour.

  • Do we have time on our own in Monterey and Carmel?

    Yes, you will have about two hours free time in Monterey and up to one hour in Carmel by the Sea.

  • Do we have time to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium?

    Yes, you will have two hours to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The entrance fee for the Monterey Bay Aquarium is not included unless option selected.

  • Does this tour run every day?

    Like all our group tours, a minimum number of participants are required before the tour can be confirmed. At this time, our online reservation system does not reflect current availability. If you would like to know if your desired tour has seats available, please call our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700.

  • Do I have to call to reconfirm my tour?

    Yes, we request that you reach out to us at least a day in advance to confirm your tour and pick up details. You can contact us via our live chat function or by calling our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or +1-415-357-0700 (internationally) during office hours. You can call us from your hotel’s phone if you do not have a working mobile phone while you are in the area.

Monterey & Carmel Explorer℠  

Our Monterey & Carmel 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. 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.                              

You’ll start your Monterey and Carmel Tour traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1 (fog permitting). You will set foot in Monterey for about two hours, which gives you plenty of time to visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium (optional; please select your option on the right). Or opt to stroll among the shops along historic Cannery Row, grab a fresh seafood lunch or just wander along Ocean View Boulevard all the way to Lover's Point Beach. 

After, 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.

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. Come and join our Monterey and Carmel Tour now for an exquisite experience.

Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour - Times Approximate

Tour Length - 11 hours approximately

8:00 - 8:45 AM
Pick up for the Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour at most hotels in San Francisco - downtown or Fisherman's Wharf area.
8:45 - 4:30 PM


Begin the tour to Monterey, driving along Highway 1 viewing California's rugged coastline with a rest-stop in Davenport. You will set foot in Monterey for about two hours, which gives you plenty of time to visit the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium (optional; select option at check out). Or opt to stroll among the shops along historic Cannery Row, grab a fresh seafood lunch or just wander along Ocean View Boulevard all the way to Lover's Point Beach. 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. 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 - 7:30 PM
Head back to San Francisco and enjoy a drop off at most San Francisco Downtown and Fisherman's Wharf hotels. 

Customer Reviews

Monterey & Carmel Tour
– Robert L. on 07/31/2018

Excellent tour and our driver Jacob was very funny and very informative. I enjoyed the information he provided. He made the tour a lot of fun!!
– Barbara K. on 07/27/2018

Monterey and Carmel Tour was great and our guide “Don” was fabulous and friendly with a wealth of knowledge that gave us a great day.
– Liza M. on 07/20/2018

Day trip to Monterey and Carmel was great! It’s been years since we’ve visited these lovely towns. Doug, our driver and guide, was very informative. He knows a lot about almost anything! He even brought his binoculars for us to enjoy watching the otters and sea lions close-up. Just wish there’s more time exploring on our own in these scenic towns. Would have loved to stroll and linger longer there.
– Barbara Z. on 07/11/2018

Fun experience. I thought Don, our driver, provided an excellent tour down the Pacific Coast Highway 1. He was courteous, kind, knowledgeable and a good photographer. I have traveled to Monterey Bay and Carmel several times previously but learned more of California’s history and saw new places on this tour.
– Elizabeth M. on 07/10/2018

Excellent tour with fantastic tour guide. Had a fantastic tour to Carmel & Monterey with Don the tour guide. Comfortable coach, live commentary all the way & several stops along 17 Mile drive, Pebble Beach resort with great photo opportunities, all kindly taken by Don. Stopped at a lovely bakery for pastries & was given lots of recommendations for places to visit & eat in both Carmel & Monterey. The best & most stress-free way to see this part of the world.
– Samarth A. on 07/06/2018

Amazing driving and extremely fun and friendly tour guide.
– Paresh P. on 07/05/2018

Our tower guide Jason was awesome. He had excellent knowledge of the route we went to
– Kathleen M. on 07/03/2018

Monterey/Carmel with 4 teenagers. The 4 teenaged girls and I really enjoyed our excursion! The weather was beautiful, the sights and wildlife magnificent and we also had good food and shopping- what more could you ask for?! Also our guide, Phil, was great- the girls referred to him as “Chill Phil” for the rest of the trip!
– Barbara R. on 06/29/2018

It was a wonderful tour, the guide with very friendly, allowed us to know the place with curious facts and details that by our own account we would not have known. In addition, the transfer vehicle was very comfortable for everyone.
Monterey & Carmel Explorer
투어 가격*성인(만12세 이상)어린이
인터넷 특별가:$89$83
온라인 예약 할인$20$6
Monterey & Carmel Explorer with Aquarium
투어 가격*성인(만12세 이상)어린이
인터넷 특별가:$139$113
온라인 예약 할인$20$6


  • Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
  • Explore Monterey's renowned Cannery Row
  • Visit the beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Enjoy great views on the 17-Mile Drive
  • Famous Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1)
  • See the Pebble Beach golf course
  • Expert guide & live commentary in English
  • Free WiFi on vehicle
  • Semi-private tour in a minibus or 13-pax van
  • Tour Operator: Extranomical
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