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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
Food crawl and walking tour of Monterey (Optional)
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
Does this tour operate every day?

Yes, this tour operates daily based on a minimum number of participants.

How long is the tour?

This tour takes about 11 hours.

Is admission included?

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

Do we have time to go to the 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.

Do we have time on our own 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 offer this tour in different languages?

This tour is offered in English only. However, if required we can organize a private tour in several languages.

I'm travelling 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.

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.

Is this a guided tour?

Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. There will also be time on your own during the stops.

What is the average temperature?

Monterey average temperature data is below.

Average High temperature: 69°F / 20°C
Average Low temperature: 54°F / 12°C

Average High temperature: 61°F / 16°C
Average Low temperature: 45°F / 7°C

What should I wear?

Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day, 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.

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.

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.

How will we recognize the 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.

Do I need 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.

Can I bring a suitcase or large item?

We ask that you do not bring anything on tour larger than 22”x14”x9”, or 56cmx36cmx23cm.

Can I bring a wheelchair?

We do have wheelchair-capable vehicles available – subject to availability. Please notify us at time of booking if you are bringing a wheelchair on the tour so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Please note that due to limitations we are unable to guarantee an ADA vehicle.

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 our office 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

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