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
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
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
5:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Money for lunch
This tour takes about 11 hours.
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.
This tour is offered in English only. However, if needed we can organize a private tour in several languages.
Yes, the tour is guided though you will have time on your own without the guide during your stops.
We use a 15-passenger van or an up to 37 passenger bus for this tour.
Yes, you will have about two hours of free time in Monterey and up to one hour in Carmel by the Sea.
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.
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.
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.