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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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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 October 2015

Fabulous tour,our guide Danilo, was outstanding. Really beautiful day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Loved the trip to Monterey. Not enough time at Carmel and we were not told where the beach was, but then again, we were only in Carmel for 30 minutes..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour, very long day. Would have loved more time at the Monterey Aquarium - one of the best aquariums I have ever seen. Well worth the trip if you have limited time to see the coast.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was great the coach was comfortable. We had a 2 hour stop in Monterey and a 1 1/2 hour stop in Carmel with a couple other little stops for restroom/snacks and photo opportunities. The guide narrated most of the way down to Carmel so this was interesting which we would not have got if we had hired a car and driven ourselves.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Driver was especially knowledgable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The trip was just what we needed. Our driver was so full of information which made the trip very worth while. The only down side of the trip and one that could not be avoided was in Carmel the driver was not able to drive down to the beach which some people would have liked. All and all a very long day but well worth the investment.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The the tour was excellent. The weather cooperated. The guide was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A fabulous tour. The tour guide was very capable.

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