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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 August 2015

Thoroughly enjoyable day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic Day out ! Our Driver Kenneth was so very knowledgable and loads of fun. Thanks Kenneth for making it such a great day! Highlight......Pebble Beach ... Another tick off the Bucket List!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A very long day but was a wonderful way to see all of the above. Would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a terrific time. Kenneth our driver was fabulous. Very humorous which made the trip enjoyable. He drove us all over the bay area and we saw just about everything in the area and explained it wonderfully. Highly recommend this tour 5 star.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We enjoyed our tour of California coastline to Monterey and Carmel. The views of the ocean are picturesque at every turn. We had a great tour guide, Kenneth, who was informative and friendly. We liked his easy, attentive style. Great ride.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Another must do if you have time when visiting San Francisco. A full, and I mean full day. Wolfgang our driver is a credit to his company. Fantastic commentary, beautiful scenery what more could you want? Time and money well spent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a longer day trip than we had thought it would be but was really worth it and actually could have done with spending longer at Monterey and Carmel. Our guide Danillo was brilliant and so informative and went that extra mile to make our trip memorable. We would recommend this trip highly. Stunning scenery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very well organized and informative tour. Tour guide was excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide was wonderful and the day was very well thought out. Stopped frequently, Saw whales, seals and more. Fabulous day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing tour loved it

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