Explore Monterey, Carmel, and the Pacific Coast Highway without the hassle of renting a car during this 14-hour tour from San Francisco. Wind down the coast through Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, the 17 Mile Drive, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Pickup and drop-off at downtown San Francisco hotels included. Small group of 13 passengers or fewer.
- Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
- Explore Monterey's renown Cannery Row
- Enjoy spectacular views on the 17-Mile Drive
- Famous Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1)
- See the world-famous Pebble Beach golf course
- Optional stop in Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz
Be ready for pickup at your San Francisco hotel (downtown or Fisherman's Wharf area) between 8am and 9am.
Settle back in your seat in the comfortable tour vehicle as the bus winds down scenic CA Highway 1, winding along the coast (fog permitting). Watch the blue expanse of the ocean beyond the beaches and make a brief stop to stretch your legs in Santa Cruz before arriving at Monterey's famous Cannery Row. Learn about the area's significance as a hot spot for Pacific coast biodiversity and its history as a fishing and whaling town. Stroll around the area and find a spot for a seafood lunch (own expense). Or, opt to bring your own lunch and instead squeeze in a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (if option selected).
Depart after lunchtime, driving through Pacific Grove and down the famous 17 Mile Drive, lined on each side by coastline and multi-million-dollar estates. Snap photos of the Lone Cypress, impossibly growing off the edge of a cliff. Stop at Pebble Beach Village to visit the Pro Shop and see the 18th green.
Arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea and choose to spend time walking the beach or exploring the shops and restaurants on Ocean Avenue. After some time in Carmel, hop back in the bus and relax on the ride back to San Francisco.
8:00 - 8:45 AM - Pick up at hotels in San Francisco - downtown or Fisherman's Wharf area.
9:00-12:00 AM Begin the tour to Monterey, driving along Highway 1 viewing California's rugged coastline with a rest-stop in Davenport.
12:00 - 1:30 PM - Arrive in Monterey where you can promenade the shops and have a meal in one of the many restaurants of the historic Cannery Row. Also, this is your chance to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium (admission not included unless option selected during checkout).
1:30 - 3:00 PM - Drive through Pacific Grove, known for its Monarch butterflies and turn-of-the century Victorian homes. Then follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Del Monte Forest, seeing the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Course and the Lone Cypress Tree.
3:00 - 4:30 PM - The last portion of this tour will be held at the beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can shop in small boutiques and visit quaint art and photography galleries.
4:30 - 7:00 PM - Finish the Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour and head to San Francisco.
7:00 - 7:30 PM - Drop off at Downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf hotels.