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Monterey and Carmel 2-Day Tour

Monterey & Carmel

  • How will we recognize the tour vehicle?

    As we have several different vehicles, we don’t know until the morning of your tour which vehicle will be hosting your tour as well as the name of your Expedition Leader. Please feel free to call us in the morning of your tour if you like. Regardless of which vehicle will come to your location, it should say “Extranomical Tours” on it.

  • Are there restrooms on board the vehicles?

    Our vehicles at this time do not have any restroom facilities. We do, however, make several stops throughout the tours and there will be opportunities for you to use the restroom.

  • What do I have to be aware of when traveling with a child?

    Please note that for your child's safety, we require you to bring a child safety seat or booster seat for all children under 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height, as dictated by California State Law. You will be required to bring your own child seat on all motor vehicle tours. Failure to provide a seat for your child will result in forfeit of your seats on the tour without a refund. Please also note that any children 12 years and older must have an adult ticket as they do not qualify for a child-priced ticket. 

  • What kind of luggage am I allowed to bring?

    You are allowed up to travel with up to 2 items (i.e. 1 Personal item + 1 Overnight bag) free of charge. These items must be within the size limitations. Each additional item above the 2-item allowance will incur a $25 excess luggage fee.

    The maximum size allowed for an overnight bag is 24”x16”x10”, or 60cmx40cmx25cm. Any “Oversize” luggage larger than those dimensions is $50 regardless of the number of personal items brought on board. (i.e. 1 Oversized luggage - $50, 2 Oversized pieces = $100). You must advise us of oversize luggage 48 hours prior to departure in order to guarantee the accommodation of the luggage on the vehicle.

    Great news! Our luggage policy does NOT apply to our Lake Tahoe tours! However, please be courteous and keep in mind that we have limited storage space on our vehicles.

  • Can I bring a wheelchair on the vehicle?

    We do have wheelchair-capable vehicles available – subject to availability. Please notify us at least 48 hours in advance if you are bringing a wheelchair on the tour or at the time of your booking so that we can make the appropriate arrangements.

  • Do you have a lost and found?

    Yes, items left in the vehicle are stored in a lost and found area for 30 days. If you left something on one of our tours, please give us a call office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700 to see if it has been found. Once you have confirmed with us that your item has been found by our staff and you are still in town, you can come by to pick up your item. Otherwise, we will ship almost any item to any destination within the U.S. for a flat fee of $25. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • How accurate are the times on the itinerary?

    Times listed are approximates only. Traffic and other unforeseen issues can cause delays or changes in these times, which are out of our control. Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for and will not be providing any compensation for missed flights or appointments.

  • What is your address?

    We are located at 928 Harrison St. San Francisco, CA 94107 (between 5th Street and 6th Street).

Day 1 – Coastal Highway from San Francisco to Monterey’s Cannery Row

You’ll be welcomed aboard your luxury vehicle at the front door of your San Francisco hotel. Once underway, we journey southward from San Francisco on California Highway 1 where every bend in the road presents picture-perfect Pacific beaches, jagged cliffs and golden hills.

Our first destination on the Monterey peninsula is Cannery Row. This former sardine-packing district, first made famous by California author John Steinbeck, is today known for its world-class ocean aquarium, 19th century wharf and a variety of waterfront restaurants, shops, and arcades.

You’ll arrive with time to visit Monterey Bay Aquarium, a wildly popular ocean conservation and research facility. If you purchase your tickets through us, you will be able to skip the line and go right to the exhibits!


Alternatively, you may use your free time to dive into water sports (kayaking or sailing), visit to the Salvador Dali museum or walk the lively Path of History in Monterey. We’ll make a stunning photo stop at the country’s only “underwater” park, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Accommodations: Monterey Bay Travel Lodge


  • Luxury transport along California’s Pacific Coast

Day 2 – Sand, Surf and Carmel by the Sea

Day two has plenty of free time for a stroll on the beach, sightseeing or just relaxing in the California sunshine. We’ll help you choose among several options like whale watching, sailing or wine tasting.

Be ready by mid-day with your camera at your side as we travel to Pacific Grove and then slow the pace on the 17-mile Drive, passing mile after mile of blue ocean and white sandy beaches all the way to Carmel by the Sea. Here you will see the famous golf course of Pebble Beach, seaside mansions, and the Del Monte Forest.

We then visit the town of Carmel, where you will have an hour or more to visit this quaint community with fairy tale architecture and its upscale shops, wine bars, art galleries, and restaurants. You can stroll down to the white sands of Carmel Beach in about 10 minutes. We’ll have time to take a short excursion to experience the historic Mission San Carlos Borromeo.

Late in the afternoon, sit back and relax as we start our journey back to your San Francisco hotel.


  • Admission to 17-mile Drive to Carmel by the Sea

Day 1


  • Pickup from your downtown San Francisco hotel or designated pickup location.
  • Highway 1 to the Monterey Peninsula.
  • Short rest and coffee break in Davenport
  • Arrive in Monterey; check in to Monterey hotel


  • Free time to explore Cannery Row, shops, restaurants and old Fisherman's Wharf
  • Optional visit to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium


  • Free time for dinner and relaxation

Day 2


  • Free time to enjoy optional attractions like whale watching, wine tasting or watersports


  • Tour of Pacific Grove and 17-Mile Drive
  • Pebble Beach golf course and seaside mansions
  • Bird Rock and the much-photographed Lone Cypress Tree.
  • Arrive in Carmel by the Sea
  • Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo


  • Make the trip back to your San Francisco hotel

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Monterey and Carmel 2-Day Tour
Tour Prices*Double OccupancySingle OccupancyChildren
Regular Price:$236$340$100
Internet Special:$206$301$91
With Monterey Bay Aquarium
Tour Prices*Double OccupancySingle OccupancyChildren
Regular Price:$286$390$130
Internet Special:$256$351$121


  • Convenient pickup and drop-off in San Francisco
  • Miles of scenic ocean beach along California Highway 1
  • Spot and photograph California coastal birds and wildlife
  • World-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium (optional)
  • 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach and the Del Monte Forest
  • Charming architecture, shops and restaurants in Carmel by the Sea
  • Historic Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo
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