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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  11 hours (approx.)

Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. You'll follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula home of the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Explore Monterey's charming shops or choose to add aquarium admission. See the stunning estates of 17-Mile Drive. Finish your day with a stop at the coastal town of Carmel by the Sea, before returning to San Francisco via famous Silicon Valley.


  • Full-day trip from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel
  • Coastal 17-Mile Drive
  • Plenty of scenic photo stops
  • 2-hours to explore Monterey and Cannery Row
  • Option to include a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Stop at Carmel by the Sea
  • Expert guide and commentary
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central San Francisco hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get plenty of time to take in the jaw-dropping California coastline and the chance to check out Monterey's world-class aquarium or the shops on Cannery Row. Trust me, you'll love Monterey and Carmel so much you'll want to go again!

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What You Can Expect

Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco

Private Monterey and Carmel Day Trip from San Francisco

Escape the big city on this scenic day-trip to Monterey and Carmel. Drive along the Highway 1 with breathtaking views of the Pacific Coast seascapes and narration as you may your way down to the Bay. You'll have time to shop and have lunch in Monterey, with the option of visiting the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and enjoy plenty of photo stops on this scenic day trip from San Francisco. No trip to California is complete with a drive along the famous 17-Mile Drive, home to the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course, the Lone Cypress, magnificent mansions, playful wildlife along the coastline and breathtaking natural beauty.

Then, you'll head to the enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea, with a charming downtown shopping district, beautiful beaches and historic mission. On this last stop of the tour, you will have time to visit the many boutiques and art galleries.

Highlights of this day trip include:

  • Pacific Ocean drive
  • Cannery Row
  • Lone Cypress
  • Pebble Beach Lodge and golf course
  • Carmel Mission
  • Monterey Bay
  • 17-Mile Drive
  • Seal Rock
  • Carmel by the Sea
  • Pacific Grove
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (optional visit)

Monterey Bay Aquarium option (select tour option at time of booking): Use your time in Monterey to visit the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium. Spend your two hours in town to explore its fascinating exhibits with jellyfish, otters, a kelp forest and even a sunfish.This iconic attraction is a must-see!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Barry was an excellent tour guide, everything was memorable. what u thought was going to be boring and simple became wonderful and picturesque. customer service was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining during the entire trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful day our guide Kenneth was brilliant gave us loads of info and kept us laughing well done

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What an amazing trip! Our driver was fantastic and very inclusive of everyone on the tour. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent route and a very knowledgeable tour guide, John. Others on the tour were companionable and the day went very well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour, lots to do and a very full dsy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fabulous scenery - driver/tour guide very knowledgable and a good singer! Great day away from the busyness of the city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Kenneth our driver was fantastic. Provided a running commentary with plenty of humour. Well worth doing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Yosemite trip was great but the driver put us 8 blocks from our hotel on Powell.

Our wine tour was fantastic on Tuesday! Hotel distance was fine.

The trip to Montery/Carmel was excellent. No problems with the distance from our hotel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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