Slow the pace on this 2-day tour to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco. Make it magical with an optional excursion to Big Sur or the nearby wine country. Tour includes a night’s stay at a hotel convenient to the attractions. On day two, slowly cruise the scenic 17-Mile Drive and charming Carmel-by-the-Sea.
It’s hard to imagine a tour can deliver so many memories, but it does. Customize your Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea experience with excursions that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. Conveniently located accommodations are included.
Day 1 – Exploring the Coast and Monterey Bay Attractions
After joining the tour from San Francisco, you’ll be swept into a Pacific Coast wonderland. As your Expedition Leader cruises along California State Route 1 toward Monterey, every bend in the road presents picture-perfect beaches, jagged cliffs and golden hills. At your first rest stop, be sure you don’t miss the opportunity to take beautiful morning photos with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop!
Keep an eye out for the sea otters along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which stretches from San Francisco to Cambria along 276 miles of coastline.
After arriving in Monterey just in time to grab a seafood lunch at Old Fisherman’s Wharf, explore the many shops and arcades along Cannery Row, a former 19th century sardine-packing district made famous by California author John Steinbeck. You are on your own for the rest of the day, but we offer a collection of excursions so you can customize your tour.
Fascinated by local Pacific Coast sea life? Visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium during your free time, a wildly popular ocean conservation and research facility. Want something different? We can arrange tours to the Big Sur wilderness or the Carmel Valley wine country.
If you prefer more adventurous activities, we can help arrange kayaking, biking, or paddleboarding along the grand Monterey Bay Coastal Trail. Don’t miss out on these fantastic adventures!
You are on your own for dinner, but you can choose from the many ocean-view restaurants in the area and lose yourself in the rhythmic sound of waves crashing along the beach. At the end of the day, be sure to capture one last glimpse of the beautiful Pacific sunset before retiring to your comfy Monterey lodging, included in your tour price.
Day 2 – Rejoining the tour, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the journey home
Enjoy a leisurely morning after checking out of your hotel with just enough time to take another excursion - maybe a visit to the local wine country or to the Salvador Dali museum, a stroll out to Lovers’ Point, the self-guided Path of History, or more.
Once you’ve had lunch on your own, you’ll join up with the tour vehicle and enjoy Pacific beauty as we follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive and stop to photograph the renowned Lone Cypress Tree. These rare Monterey Cypress trees are found only here in Pebble Beach and Point Lobos.
After leaving 17-Mile-Drive, you’ll arrive in the enchanting town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Check out the quaint shops on Ocean Avenue or get some white Pacific sand between your toes!
Then it’s time to head back north to San Francisco exhilarated but knowing it was the trip of a lifetime.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The maximum size allowed for an overnight bag is 22”x14”x9”, or 56cmx36cmx23cm. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.