• Location: Monterey, California
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 89.00 View price calendar

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Explore the culinary delights of Carmel, just down the coast from Monterey, on this food and wine walking tour. With a knowledgeable foodie guide, you’ll learn about the history and gourmet culture of Carmel, an upscale enclave known for its charming architecture and cozy, small-town vibe, as you visit local eateries to sample locavore and ethnic dishes, chocolate, and wine. Limited to 16 people, this tour provides a small-group experience with personalized attention.

Highlights

  • Walking tour of Carmel with gourmet food and wine tastings
  • Sample delicious chocolates, pasta, olive oils, wines, and farm-to-table preparations at popular local restaurants and boutique shops
  • Learn about Carmel’s history, culinary scene, culture and architecture from your enthusiastic insider guide
  • All food and wine tastings included
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people provides a more intimate experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

What You Can Expect

Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour

Delicious Food Experience in Carmel

Your walking tour starts at Camel’s Sunset Cultural Center, where you’ll meet your guide, a food lover with a wealth of knowledge to share about this coastal town and its history and culture as an artists’ colony and culinary destination. While you walk down hidden lanes and come across small plazas, admire the local architecture and listen to information from your guide.

You’ll make stops at restaurants, stylish watering holes and food shops to meet business owners and sample different food items. You may visit places like Casanova Restaurant, Trio Carmel, Anton & Michael, Terry’s Lounge at the Historic Cypress Inn, Lula’s Chocolates and Affina Food & Wine. Learn about the ‘locavore’ concept as you sample goodies such as gnocchi, olive oil, seasonal risotto, wine or cocktails, and locally made truffles and caramels. In general, the tastings add up to an average lunch. 

Finish up in the early afternoon, which leaves you plenty of time to continue exploring Carmel on your own. Total walking distance is just more than 1 mile and includes several tasting breaks; it’s suitable for adults of all fitness levels.

Customer Reviews

r.kussman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We have done food tours around the world and this was one of the best!

jgpbythec

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was a super experience! Amber did a great job as our tour guide, providing interesting information about Carmel along the walks, as well as helping our hosts at the different restaurants present their dishes. Nice variety of tastings, from creamy polenta topped with Kobe short rib meat, to soft tacos of chorizo and chicken with a side of crickets for the daring, to a tomato bisque, all with perfect beverage pairings. Dessert was a light and luscious tiramisu, followed by fascinating tastings of olive oil and balsamics, and of raw local honeys, and some unique ways to use them. Finished with delicious chocolates, feeling comfortably satisfied. Be sure to wear comfortable, supportive shoes because the streets, sidewalks and little pathways are all made from different materials e.g., some brick, some stone, some cracked cement and pretty bumpy.

Michelle F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The walking tour was great - there were 6 stops and everybody was so gracious at every stop. The food tastings were the perfect size - not too small or large. I liked that the tour leader gave us the option of imbibing in the alcohol or not - we did and the variety was excellent! I especially enjoyed the novelty of the olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. The tour leader Amber was very knowledgeable and very friendly!

Joseph K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Mig was a wonderful guide. Fun and knowledgeable. Great way to taste/drink your way through the sites of Carmel. Arrive hungry and thirsty.

stephen s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We've been to Carmel multiple times and this time we decided to do a food tour. Best decision we could have made as we've learned so much about Carmel and was introduced to some great shops and great restaurants.

epduffy1962

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Fantastic tour with Amber. Highly recommend. You don't go away hungry that's for sure. You also learn a little history of Carmel by the Sea.

Debra P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great food and drinks at some of Carmel's finest restaurants! We will do it again when we return! Small group ... wonderful guide ...
highly recommend

Karina H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Can't wait to do the breakfast tour next.

Gretchen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

This tour was amazing!

Chad United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

I have been coming to Carmel at least once a year since the early 80s and this is one of the best activities I have ever done. I learned so much in three hours about the architecture, culture, history, wine, and especially the food of such a wonderful destination. I cannot say enough great things about this tour and why it would be fun for both locals as well as tourists. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and so interesting that it made the time fly. I also discovered several new places to eat that I will be trying on my next visit. This tour is a must and I would give it more than 5 stars if I could.

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