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Monterey and Carmel One Day Tour from San Francisco


This beautiful tour traces the Pacific Coast Highway 1 all the way to Monterey. Explore the city’s historic past, Cannery Row, Old Fisherman’s Wharf and more. Drive along the 17-mile Drive through Pebble Beach to charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Add optional excursions to the Monterey Bay Aquarium or a gourmet food crawl.

Tour Length - 11 hours approximately

Drive down Coastal California Highway 1
Free time at Cannery Row and Old Fisherman’s Wharf
View scenic 17-Mile Drive
Visit Pebble Beach Golf Links
Stop in enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea
Pickup & drop-off at most San Francisco hotels
Free WiFi onboard
Food crawl and walking tour of Monterey (Optional)
Guide gratuity: recommended

Monterey is a rich and entertaining mix of wildlife, stunning coastal views and important history. On its streets you can walk in the steps of figures like Grapes of Wrath author John Steinbeck, who spent years living in and writing about this fascinating area.

After a pickup from a convenient hotel in San Francisco, you’ll be swept into a Pacific Coast wonderland. You’ll head down California State Route 1 toward Monterey along the picturesque Pacific Ocean coastline. Grab a photo with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop!

Keep an eye out for the sea otters playing in the waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This underwater park stretches hundreds of miles along the coast from San Francisco to Cambria and is home to hundreds of species of marine mammals, birds, and fish.

In Monterey, you’ll have two hours of free time to explore. That’s plenty of time to visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Alternatively, you can take the time to stroll out to Lovers’ Point, check out the many boutiques that line historic Cannery Row, or grab a fresh lunch at Old Fisherman’s Wharf.

Back on your tour vehicle, you’ll be treated to more beauty on the 17-Mile Drive. This scenic road winds its way through the Del Monte Forest between magnificent multi-million dollar homes, spectacular coastline and Pebble Beach golf course. Catch a photo of the hardy Lone Cypress Tree.

After leaving 17-Mile Drive, arrive in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Check out the quaint shops on Ocean Avenue or get some white Pacific sand between your toes at the beach.

Finally, it’s time to head back to San Francisco, exhilarated but knowing it was a day to remember.



7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

  • Pickup at most San Francisco hotels

8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

  • Scenic Highway 1 drive along California’s Pacific Coastline
  • Stops at magnificent vista points to capture the best photos of the ocean

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

  • Free time to explore Cannery Row and Old Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Enjoy Monterey Bay Aquarium or a food walking tour of historic Monterey

1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Cruise California’s coastline on the 17-mile drive
  • See the Lone Cypress near the Pebble Beach Golf Links

4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

  • Explore, dine, and shop in Carmel-by-the-Sea

5:15 PM to 7:00 PM

  • Conclude the tour at your pickup location

Important Information

What do I need to bring?

Money for lunch

How long is the tour?

This tour takes about 11 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?

This tour is offered in English only. 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 37 passenger bus for this tour.

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

Yes, you will have about two hours of 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.

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