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Excellent day - very full and covered a lot of ground. The Monterey Aquarium is well worth a visit. We enjoyed the scenery, seventeen mile drive and our time in Carmel. Very enjoyable day
Monterey was great. Stopped there for about 1-1/2 hours. The 17 mile drive along the coast was awesome. The driver was great. We enjoyed stopping right by the Loan Cypress. Carmel was okay - not really my kind of place...kind of expensive for me. But all in all a wonderful day. I would highly recommend to everyone. Our tour guide, John was awesome!!
We left San Francisco on a gray, rainy day. Our driver, Ken, was very upbeat in spite of the gloom. As we drove, he provided lots of insightful knowledge regarding the areas we passed along the way. We stopped to stretch our legs and have a cup of coffee, or in our case, hot chocolate at a quaint little restaurant, then continued on our way. It was just the right amount of time. As we entered Monterey, the sun came out and the timing could not have been more perfect! There is a two-hour stop in Monterey and you can choose to visit the aquarium. We walked, shopped and ate instead of touring the aquarium (I am not sorry about this choice, but would like to return to see the aquarium). There is so much to see and do, that Monterey could be a destination in and of itself. Continuing down the road, we came to the 17-Mile Drive. What beauty! There were a couple of unscheduled stops for photos just because of the condition of the sea that day: the waves crashing on the rocks made for some stunning views! Ken continued to point out many interesting facts about the area with both insight and humor. The Lone Cypress is a magnificent sight and again, makes for some amazing photo memories. Arriving in Carmel after dark was just as good as daylight, it was holiday time and the entire city was lit for celebrations. We had a drink at the Hog's Breath Inn, shopped, and it was time to return to the coach. On our return to San Francisco, Ken pointed out many interesting sights and provided more narration to go along with those sights. I was a bit sad that the garlic store in Gilroy was closed for the evening, but that was the only disappointment on the entire trip. I would definitely recommend this trip. It is an entire day, but well worth it if you have the time!
Awesome tour, Moneterey is outstanding, the 17 miles amzing! Carmel is a paradise
Really great trip - our driver and guide was Adolpho and he made sure we were well informed and entertained the whole time. The bus was comfortable and air conditioned. There are plenty of photo stops. Monterey is lovely, we included the aquarium in our trip, which was also worth visiting (not really there long enough to see everything). If you are thinking of visiting the aquarium, book as part of the trip as it's much cheaper this way (also no queuing to go in). Carmel was a shorter stay but long enough. Worth doing as you get to see some very different views and scenery when you get outside San Francisco.
The guide really knew a lot about what was going on. Very informative.
My husband, daughter and myself went on the tour on the 29th of October and were delighted with it, it was the highlight of our holiday and certainly couldn't have asked for a better day and a better guide/driver. He was very friendly and knew a lot about the areas we visited. We were very lucky as there were only 10 peopIe on the tour so it felt more personal, I would highly recommend this tour.
Our driver Kenneth was lovely, told us lots of interesting things about our route and kept us entertained as well as keeping to time and showing us the sights. Highly recommended.
Trip was amazing. Our driver Kennith was great he told us about everywhere we traveled. It was a beautiful trip, great weather, great views and great stops along the way. Would highly recommend this company. Special note sit on right side of the bus.
Our tour guide, Kenneth, was enjoyably mellow. He never let the little annoyances ruffle his feathers. He was friendly and very knowledgeable. The only suggestion is to play the radio music a little softer. The beauty of the CA coastline was beautiful. Could have used a little less time in Cannery Row and a little more time in Carmel.
It was a great trip!! Kenneth was both great as driver and narrator. We hit the high lites of these areas and were able to take some great pictures. I would urge everyone to take this tour trip so everyone could appreciate the great views.
We had a wonderful tour with our driver Kenneth. He was very knowledgeable providing non stop information on all areas as we passed them. We had a small number of passengers and he soon learned where everyone came from and addressed us according to our locations. During the rest of the tour he would engaged everyone in relation to their origin by pointing out common interests. The scenery was more rugged than I was expecting. We saw everything as advertised.. Kenneth was very pleasant kept us on time, which was important to us as we on a cruise. He not only had us back at the proper time he even dropped us off at the cruise pier saving us a 20 minute walk. It was a long day but well worth the cost, and providing a wealth of memories. Thanks Kenneth for a great day.
the view is prefect,especially around the road close to ocean pacific..
Wow, stunning scenery throughout the journey combined with the delightful Monterey and Carmel. We will want to revisit both places in the future. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is well worth a visit containing everything from giant octopus to sea otters. It was a very long day but more than worth it.
The trip was great. Efram was a wonderful tour guide, full of information and very pleasant. The only problem we had was with an irate abusive man who sat behind us and complained throughout the trip. He even confronted Efran at the Aquarium. He was right into Efrans face yelling at him saying he should learn how to speak English and there is so much history along the way he could have told us about. This man was just so rude and abusive and we felt very bad for Efran who had to take all this abuse. He even complained that the trip was so long, if he had read the info on the trip it said it was 11 hours, so he couldn't wait to get off the bus and we all said thank God when he decided to get off.
This part of the coast of California is both picturesque and beautiful. The town of Monterey is very quaint and we enjoyed the most delicious lunch at the seafood restuarant on the jetty. There is also the most beautiful gift and specialty food shop offering free olive oil tastings.
Our driver was fun and entertaining and shared lots of tips on places to visit and eat in both Monterey and Carmel.
There is a small cafe in Carmel that has a window display of cakes that are to die and taste as good as they looked.
All in all it was a great day. people on our tour took the opportunity to travel to Monterey on one day, stay the night, the pick up the next day's tour going onto Carmel and back to San Francisco. Great idea and had I known it was possible would definitely consider doing this. Gives me abrwason to go back.
The tour, driver/guide were excellent. I would recommend this trip to everyone.
This full day excursion from San Francisco to Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive was excellent value and a highlight of my visit to California. Our tour guide, Kenneth, was very friendly and his commentary was very entertaining and informative. He was also an excellent driver. The scenery along the coastline was beautiful. There were stops along the way to take photos, visit shops and restrooms, and to buy food, drinks, etc. I visited the Aquarium in Monterey for about an hour and then for the remaining hour I enjoyed fish and chips on the sandy beach and then did some souvenir shopping. I also really enjoyed seeing Carmel and the 17-mile drive. The trip back to San Francisco as the sun went down was relaxing. It was interesting, too, as we passed by headquarters of some of the famous technology companies like Microsoft, Xerox and Google. I would definitely recommend this full day tour. We arrived back in San Francisco about 8:30pm and I had dinner near Union Square. A great day. Thanks, Kenneth!
Well worth the money. Great time at the aquarium well worth the visit. The driver was excellent with lots of information about the surrounding area.