A perfect combination of guided and independent sightseeing, this tour is the best way to experience Monterey County!
Day 1: San Francisco – Monterey
You’ll be picked up from your San Francisco hotel in the morning -- get ready for a full day of scenic sightseeing! Relax on a drive by climate-controlled van south along Highway 1. Travel through Half Moon Bay and stop in Davenport to stretch your legs before continuing through Santa Cruz and arriving finally in Monterey, located about 120 miles (193 km) south of San Francisco.
See the spectacular Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary as you approach Monterey, a beautiful city located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on Central California's Pacific coast. When you arrive, your guide will take you on a walking tour of Old Monterey for a look at the city’s interesting heritage. You’ll see some of the original historic buildings that were used when Monterey was the Capital of Alto California while under Mexican rule.
Enjoy free time to explore Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf and Downtown Monterey on your own. Or visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium for a fascinating up-close look at California’s diverse marine life (own expense). This entertaining and educational attraction is a must-do while in Monterey!
Your guide will also take you to Downtown Carmel and world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of the most recognized golf courses. Have your camera ready, as you’ll be amazed by picture-perfect vistas while traveling along 17-Mile Drive, a scenic road on the Pacific coast that runs through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula.
At the end of the day, you’ll be taken to your lovely overnight accommodation, located just minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row.
Overnight: Hotel Abrego in Monterey
Day 2: Monterey – San Francisco
Your second day includes a guided farm tour and wine-tasting tour. Start with a visit to Earthbound Farms, a major supplier for Whole Foods and one of the first organic farms in the country. Enjoy an informative presentation about the farm and walk around the gardens, stopping to along the way to taste some fresh produce.
Your guide will then take you to Chateau Julien for a walking tour of the vineyard while tasting some wines. Learn about the winemaking process as you sip a variety of local wines and admire the lovely scenery. You'll visit one more winery afterwards for another tour and wine-tasting session. In between your visits, stop at points of interest throughout Carmel Valley including golf courses and flower nurseries.
Reminisce on your adventure on the relaxing drive back to San Francisco. Stop to stretch your legs in Gilroy -- the garlic capital of the world -- before arriving back at your hotel around 8pm.
Please note: This tour is seasonal and only runs from May through October.