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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.

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
Guide gratuity: recommended


  • Combine historic Monterey with enchanting Carmel by the Sea
  • Relax, dine and explore during 2+ hours of free time in Monterey
  • Photo stops at the Pacific Coast, Pebble Beach Golf Links, 17-Mile Drive and more
  • Fully guided (English) experience

Tour Description

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. Read more about this amazing place on our Monterey Guide.

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. Find out more about Carmel.

Finally, this tour of Monterey and Carmel has almost come to an end; it’s time to head back to San Francisco, exhilarated but knowing it was a day to remember.

Why Choose Us?

This is the only Monterey & Carmel tour led by a local insider that comes with a “traveling with friends” vibe. Itinerary leaves time to explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Scenic Highway 1, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Cannery Row, Old Fisherman’s Wharf, 17-Mile Drive, Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Carmel by the Sea–our experienced guides will help you discover it all! As part of our commitment to a sustainable environment, Extranomical Tours supports NatureBridge, whose proven in-the-field programs at national parks inspire self-discovery and environmental stewardship in young learners.  Help us by donating at checkout.

We’re so confident that our Monterey and Carmel Tour will amaze—it’s backed by a Satisfaction Guarantee.


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

Read more helpful articles about Monterey and Carmel in our BLOG.

Important Information
Is admission to the 17-mile drive included?

Admission to the 17-mile drive is included in the tour cost.

Do we have time to visit Monterey Bay Aquarium?

Yes, we spend about two (2) hours in Monterey, so you can use this time to visit the Aquarium. The entrance fee for the Monterey Bay Aquarium is not included.

How much free time will we have in Monterey and Carmel?

Yes, you will have about two (2) hours of free time in Monterey and up to one (1) hour in Carmel by the Sea.

Will we stop at the Lone Pine or Pebble Beach?

We will take 17-mile drive from Monterey to Carmel, making a few stops for photos along the way. We will stop at both Lone Pine and Pebble Beach, unless we are denied access, due to a special event.

Do you pick up outside of San Francisco?

We only pick-up from hotels located in Downtown San Francisco including Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf.

What should I bring?

Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
Water bottle
Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket (during the winter months)
Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)

Are meals included? Can I buy or bring my own?

Meals are not included on this tour. We do make a stop about halfway to Monterey, where you can buy a snack. There are also options to purchase lunch and snacks in Monterey and Carmel.

I’m travelling with a child. Do I need to bring a child seat?

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.

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.

How will we recognize the vehicle?

As we have several different vehicles, all are clearly marked “Extranomical Tours”. Your guide will have your name and announce the arrival of the vehicle at your pick-up location.

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