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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

Helen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Another must do day trip from San Francisco. Highly enjoyable and great scenery for photo stops. Danny was our guide and driver , he was very friendly, knowledgeable and professional.

Frederick J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Enjoyable and informative. Full day

alexander f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Wonderful tour with a wonderful driver.

Nancy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great trip and very relaxing! Randy, our tour bus driver, was great and showed us lots of places on the way down to Carmel from San Francisco. The tour picked us up at our hotel at 8:30 am and drove each one of us back to our hotel that evening - got back around 9:15 am. A long day - and Randy worked so hard driving us all around. We had fantastic weather and really enjoyed Monterey, Pebble Beach and Carmel. Absolutely beautiful - would recommend if you have the time to do it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very nice tour and Guide was amazing :

Sonia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016


Carl J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour. Tour guide was quite knowledgeable and entertaining but had a bit of an accent so it was a little hard to understand him a few times. Personally we could have used a little more time in Monterey and less in Carmel. It was hard to squeeze in the aquarium with just 2 hours. Overall an awesome tour.

Karen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was a great tour. The driver stopped and let us take lots of pictures. Everything was on time. I highly recommend this tour.

Lynda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The day was beautiful. I would have preferred a guide that had better English skills as he was difficult to understand most of the time. The drive was beautiful. I would have preferred driving around Carmel, instead we we let out at a very high end shopping center. All stores that I have at home so I could have done without that.

Suzanne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was amazing . San Francisco would not be complete without including this beautiful , informative tour. There was time to shop, eat , drink and marvel at the scenery. Would take this tour again and again.

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