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Monterey and Carmel 1-day Tour from San Francisco

Monterey and Carmel 1-day Tour from San Francisco
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Monterey & Carmel Tour

  • What do I need to bring?

    • Money for lunch
    • Snack
    • Sunscreen
    • Camera
  • How long is the tour?

    This tour takes about 11-12 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?

    Usually we offer that tour just in English. 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 44 passenger minibus for this tour.

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

    Yes, you will have about two hours 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.

Historic Monterey Bay initially drew early settlers due to its abundant wildlife and natural resources. Today the area is very much a draw for the same reasons. Millions of visitors every year visit Monterey to see not only the biological diversity and stunning views, but also to partake in history and walk in the steps of historical greats. John Steinbeck of Grapes of Wrath fame spent many years living and writing about this fascinating area, which was at various times once part of Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and now the United States.

  • Knowledgeable Expedition Leader
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Amazing Pacific Coast Highway 1
  • Historic Cannery Row
  • Scenic 17-Mile Drive
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • Enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Option to add Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets
  • Includes pickup & drop-off at most San Francisco hotels
  • Your satisfaction guaranteed

Besides the history, there is also an abundance of sea life to experience. Generations ago, waves of industrial fishing exploited this biological bounty along a 276-mile undersea trench that is just offshore. Your tour takes time to explore the area’s well-deserved reputation for coastal scenery, marine wildlife, history and fine food.                   

After a pickup from a convenient hotel in San Francisco, you’ll be swept into a Pacific Coast wonderland. As your experienced Expedition Leader cruises along Highway 1 toward Monterey, you’ll be entertained by the picturesque Pacific Ocean coastline. At your first stop, grab a selfie with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop! 

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

When we hit Monterey, you’ll have two hours on your own to explore. That’s plenty of time to visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.  You may also stroll out to Lovers’ Point or check out the many boutiques that line historic Cannery Row. Later, grab a seafood lunch at Old Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll find nothing fresher! You will have a hard time picking just one of the nine varieties of caramel apples at Carousel Candies.

You’ll enjoy more Pacific beauty as we follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive. This famous road winds its way through the Del Monte Forest between magnificent homes, spectacular coastline, and the greens of world-famous golf courses like Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach Golf Course. Catch a photo of the hardy Lone Cyprus Tree as we near Carmel.  

After our Pacific beach tour, you’ll experience the enchanting vibe of the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Check out the cool shops on Ocean Avenue or get some white Pacific sand between your toes at the beach! 

When there’s interest, we’ll visit the historic 18th century Carmel Mission, where you might pause and reflect on this amazing journey. Then, it’s time to head back to San Francisco, tired but exhilarated knowing it was the day of a lifetime.

Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour

Duration - 11 hours approximate

  • Convenient hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Amazing scenes from Highway 1 of the Pacific Coastline


Early Afternoon
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (not included in base tour price)
  • Exploring of Cannery Row and Old Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Cruise along California’s coastline on the 17-mile drive


Late Afternoon


  • Shop and dine in Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Experience historic Carmel Mission
  • Return to San Francisco hotels

Customer Reviews

Monterey and Carmel 1-day Tour from San Francisco
– Jeanne R. on 04/25/2018

Another great experience with Extranomical Tours. This was my second experience with Extranomical Tours and it was awesome. Excellent van/bus, comfortable seats and a fantastic guide/driver...aka Mark! Pick up was timely and precise and Mark was very accommodating when back in the city of SF for drop off. The tour I took was along the Coast on HWY 1, very scenic, good stops along the way for viewing and a break to stretch legs.
– Alison H. on 04/25/2018

Wonderful, Mark is an informative and friendly guide, we had a fabulous day on the Monterey/Carmel tour.
– Janette W. on 04/25/2018

Trip to Monterey and Carmel. Comfortable small van to travel in. Driver Mark was very informative and funny which made the drive pass quickly. Trip provided a good balance with the number of stops and time available to explore. Had a great day out.
– Patricia J. on 04/18/2018

Very good tour, enjoyed it.
– Subramanian A. on 04/18/2018

Very enjoyable tour. Highly recommended.
– Marisol M. on 04/13/2018

Monterrey and Carmel On time, very professionals and nice was our driver-guide Richard. The tour is wonderful with incredible and amazing views. I strongly recommend it
– Dale W. on 04/09/2018

The views on this tour are so wonderful. I really enjoyed hearing about the history of the place.
– Catherine K. on 03/30/2018

Best tour company I have ever used great guides with personal service . No hesitation in recommending this company
– Deborah C. on 03/30/2018

The driver was great & the music he played was fab he had a tune for every aspect of the tour & was very knowledgeable with an injection of humour about everywhere. We would highly recommend.

Monterey & Carmel Explorer
Tour Prices*Adults (12+)Children
Regular Price:$99$79

Monterey & Carmel Explorer with Aquarium
Tour Prices*Adults (12+)Children
Regular Price:$149$119
Internet Special:$145$97
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