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Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast

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  • 11 hours (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

The California coastline is dramatic, iconic and rugged, but also difficult to enjoy when you're trapped behind the wheel of a car rental. So take this day trip to Carmel and Monterey, and enjoy the cliffside and ocean views from the window seat of your coach.
  • Travel along Highway I from San Francisco to Carmel and Monterey
  • Spend time enjoying California's coastal scenery
  • Upgrade to include a ticket to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Round-trip hotel transfers available from select SF area hotels

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Live commentary on board
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 288 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
    Tower Tours Main Office - 288 Beach Street (Corner of Mason) at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133

Departure Time

  • 9:00 AM

Return Details

  • Returns to original departure point

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Operated by Tower Tours - San Francisco's Sightseeing Specialist

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast?

A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast?

A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Traveler Tips


It is a long drive and just a few hours to enjoy monterey and Camel.
Long drive, with limited time in destinations, would have preferred not to stop for coffee break but go straight to Monterey
Really good and relaxing if you don't want to do the drive yourself.
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Awesome Day Trip
Keith_S, Nov 2021
We loved the scenic drive down PCH 1! The stops at Monterey for lunch, viewing the Lone Cypress in 17 mile drive, Carmel by the Sea, & the Pebble Beach Lodge were great. Long day but worth it - our tour guide Doug was very knowledgeable and helpful to all guests!
Monterey and Carmel Trip
MzChevelle_B, Oct 2021
The air conditioner on the bus didn't work well. There should have been a lot more to see when we stopped in Carmel. Also Monterey Aquarium should have been added.
Once only
Harriette_W, Sep 2021
Quite interesting. Enjoyed the coastal views of the ocean and the 17 mile trip. Would liked more time at Cannery Row. Carmel was a waste. The stores were closed or closing as well as the eateries.
The guide is very well...
Janeth_T, Aug 2021
The guide is very well versed and know how to take care his tourists. Not so enthusiasm enough. Good enough.
A great tour to take !!
JCS, Aug 2021
Very professional and kind costumer service. The tour started on time and the driver provived an interesting information about every place we visited.
Monterey and Carmel
Michael_B, Jul 2021
George, our bus driver and tour guide, was very informative and entertaining. Enjoyed all of the sights and stops along the way. Stops were well-timed. Was disappointed that we did not go to Big Sur. I thought that was included in the tour. Perhaps I had only assumed that it was.
I would rather rent a car and go myself
Yadira_M, Jul 2021
Great bus driver. BUT to drive for hours to get lunch and not being able to see and enjoy the Monterey aquarium to then drive back for hours again, would not recommend ever. Really drive for hours for lunch and and a few pictures? I want my money back.
Too rushed and rather pointless
GAtex, Jul 2021
George was a great tour guide with lots of trivia knowledge to impart…the trip was pointless … driving to Monterrey was great but time there is so limited … we should have time to enjoy the aquarium for a couple of hours… barely had time to get lunch n walk for 30 minute …stop at Carmel at a shopping mall was pointless…trip. Trip should be just Monterrey n the 17 mike drive etc
Awesome Tour
Mattie_P, Jul 2021
The most memorable part of the trip for me was the drive down Pacific highway 1. The tour driver wad awesome. He went over and beyond my expectations. I really enjoyed the time spent in Monterey and carmel.
Nice trip down the coast with George our guide
Chris_A, Jul 2021
We had a fun trip down the coast from SF to Carmel with George the tour guide. He told interesting stories and shared a lot of local info and history. I'd rate this a 4.5 out of 5.0. Really good and relaxing if you don't want to do the drive yourself.
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