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Drive down one of the most scenic roads in California on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Cruise along the coast-hugging Highway 1 past sea cliffs and windswept cypress trees, and ogle the coastal mansions of Pebble Beach on the iconic 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy free time to explore Monterey, where you can stroll down Steinbeck’s Cannery Row or visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Browse the ritzy boutiques of Carmel-by-the-Sea and get a glimpse of Silicon Valley’s tech campuses on the return drive to San Francisco.


  • 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

Take a detour from the urban bustle to experience the wild beauty of Northern California’s coastline. After morning pickup at your San Francisco hotel, cruise down scenic Highway 1 and let your guide handle the driving while you soak up magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and waves crashing against the sea cliffs. 

After curving around the majestic Monterey Peninsula, stop in the charming coastal city of Monterey. Enjoy 2 hours of free time here to grab a fresh seafood lunch on the pier (own expense), browse the shops of Cannery Row or upgrade to come face-to-face with jellyfish and sea otters at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

Continue along the coast with a drive down 17-Mile Drive, home to the prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Course and the iconic Lone Cypress tree. Listen for the barking clamor of Seal Rock with a stop along this low-lying coastal road framed by luxury mansions and incredible ocean vistas. Further along, visit the chic coastal community of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can browse high-end galleries and see remnants of a historic Spanish mission. 

On the return drive to San Francisco, take an alternate route through the innovative tech haven of Silicon Valley. Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

noel amauri e

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

the whole day stretch is wonderful, especially the breath taking Monterey bay
Wow, marvelous God's creation. And all the locations and drop off points, all are worth it for memories and knowledge shared by the guides. Wish the time for Monterey could have been longer.

Lori M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had an awesome time on this trip. Our bus driver Kenneth was great. He kept us entertained the whole trip and was able to give us a lot of insight to the area. The ocean views were incredible. It was a great day. Lori S.

Dora C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great trip. Scenery quite spectacular. Bus driver/ guide was knowledgeable and upbeat.

angela g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was amazing. The coach driver/guide made the whole journey really interesting by not only pointing out particular landmarks but giving the history as well. It was a long day but we would certainly recommend the tour to everyone going to San Francisco for their hoiday.

Arup S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our visit to Yosemite National Park and Monterey were the highlights of our stay in San Francisco. The day tours to these two places were awesome, however, I must admit that I should have stayed overnight in Yosemite National Park.

Clare L M O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was fantastic, although could have done with more time in Monterey as we visited the acquarium. 17 mile drive was beautiful and Carmel was stunning. Service from grey line was poor, hotel pick up missed and refused to pay taxi. Find a tour with another provider. Danny to guide was fantastic though.

Starla L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We and #39;re a small group of very active 40 somethings. After LOTS of walking/seeing/going/doing/ and not much rest in San Francisco, it was so nice to just sit, relax, take in the beautiful coastal scenery, enjoy some super fresh produce along the way, and learn some cool stuff about the area from Antonio!

Dianne E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

More time in Carmel, less in Monterey. My trip was awesome!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was our first time in San Fransisco. We absolutely loved this tour! Our tour guide, Adolfo, was so knowledgeable about the whole route. The scenery was so beautiful on this well-orchestrated tour. We hope to come back soon! We love San Fran! (And Adolfo!)

Maryam S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Beautiful places to visit with a knowledgable driver tour guide.

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