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

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

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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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 November 2015

I had a great time. The tour was well planned, the driver was courteous, informative and professional. I would definitley recommend this tour to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A long day but most enjoyable. i have to say Monterey was a bit too touristy for me but I absolutely loved Carmel. In all honesty, I would have preferred longer in Carmel and less time in Monterey. The drive round 17-mile Drive was really interesting and I enjoyed our brief stop at Pebble Beach Golf Club. John was our driver and gave us all the information in an excellent commentary.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing trip in a spectacular landscape, and with a nice, knowledgeable and safe driver/guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

best day ever. It was an all day trip and we had the front seat. The driver was very informative friendly.. would go again in a heart beat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A wonderful trip down the coast. Beautiful part of the coast finished off with a stop at Pebble Beach. A round of golf would have been nice. I knew it was a golf resort unlike some who were disapointed it was not actually a beach.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was just what we expected. Loved the views and the comentary from our driver. Wished we had more time in Carmel. The bus had to park so far away, and the time was so limited that all we had time to do was walk down the beach and back up to the bus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We enjoyed the tour. Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.
He answered all our questions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Lovely journey South along the Pacific coast although our views were interupted by the fog, afternoon might be better time. It's a lovely journey and the aquarium at Monterey is fantastic. The 17mile drive is a must do for scenery and the fabulous houses. Carmel is a lovely little town.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great trip would recommend our driver Antonio wa great guy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The scenery is unbelievably beautiful - plenty of photo stops. The tour guide, John was friendly and knowledgeable. A wonderful day

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