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clock-o11 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 7 more

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.
  • Family friendly
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Excellent value for money

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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z
, Oct 2018

The California coast is So beautiful!!!!on our way I saw só many amazing beaches and rocks but we could not explore it. unfortunately we stopped twice close to the shopping Streets which was dissapointing for me.I did not come to US for shopping. The bus did not have wi fi.

k
, Sep 2018

Excellent and very informative. Tour guide (bus driver) was very knowledgeable and friendly. He knew his history about the area.

F
, Aug 2018

We had a great time on this trip. The scenery along the coast was awesome. Especially along the "17 mile road" which included Pebble Beach. Monterey was great. The best part of the trip though was our driver/tour guide, George. He was super informative, and presented everything with very interesting background stories. And he had a good sense of humor. I highly recommend him and this trip.

J
, Jul 2018

Amazing tour and our driver Patrick was absolutely fantastic. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wishing to sample the delights of the beautiful Californian coast.

s
, Jun 2018

This was beautiful and educational. What a country, and i am glad that we decided not to rent a car and go it alone, because this way you can sit back and relax.

D
, Apr 2018

This is a good tour to see Monterey and Carmel without having to drive. The drive down is beautiful. Monterey is kind of touristy. Carmel is pretty authentic.
It's a long day so be prepared for a lot of ride time.

C
, Mar 2018

This tour was fantastic, it gives you a real flavour of Monterey and Carmel by the Sea, my only complaint was I would have liked longer wherever we went! I highly recommend the aquarium, its amazing. The coach was really comfortable and our guide George was knowledgeable, so polite and very enthusiastic about where we were going. He really made the trip for us.

N
, Mar 2018

When using Viator, I worked with Greyline unorganized, Extranomical toursok and Tower Toursamazing. Tower tours was in charge of this excursion which was beautiful, very professional and organized and we had a wonderful tour guide I can't remember his name- but I believe he was from France and lived in Argentina? some part of his life. Great views, great commentary- very accommodating gentleman. Would highly recommend this tour. Only thing- I wish we could've skipped Carmel and saw more of the 17 mile drive.

F
, Mar 2018

It was a nice pleasant tour of the California Coast

D
, Mar 2018

I was very exited about my day trip to Monterey and Carmel after reading the description on line, but was very disappointed by the end of the day. The free hotel pickup and drop off was good. We didn't have to figure out another form of transportation. Our first stop was in Davenport to use the restroom and purchase coffee or a bakery snack. This was rather hectic since the women's bathroom has 2 stalls and most of the bus was filled with women. We did see some ocean and cliff views out the bus window along the way to our next stop. The next stop was Monterey/Cannery Row where I chose not to go to the expensive aquarium for 1 hour and 15 minutes. This just did not seem like enough time. I did enjoy eating lunch at a seafood restaurant overlooking the bay and shopping in the town. Again we were reminded to use a restroom if possible before returning to the bus. The 17 mile drive had ocean views again, but when traveling so fast it is almost impossible to get pictures. Our next stop was Bird Rock, but was disappointed that we did not stop at Seal Rock that was mentioned in the description of the trip. Again we were reminded to use the restroom and there really was not much to take pictures of but a rock covered in bird droppings. We drove past the Lone Cyprus and had to quickly try and take pictures through the window and ended up with pictures that didn't turn out. That was the end of our ocean views. We then went on to Pebble Beach where we again were reminded to use the restroom. This stop was very disappointing if you are not interested in golf and seeing a couple greens. We went on the Carmel by the Sea. This was the biggest disappointment of all. We did not go anywhere near the beach and stopped at an expensive little mall with few places food could be purchased. We again were reminded to use the bathrooms. When asked about the beach we were told we were about 11 blocks away and wouldn't have time to go there. Not sure where the sweeping views of this very quaint, art-loving town were. Silicon Valley was mentioned in the dark as we were traveling back to San Fransisco. We were very glad to be dropped back off at our hotel.


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