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Drive down one of the most scenic roads in California on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Cruise along the coast-hugging Highway 1 past sea cliffs and windswept cypress trees, and ogle the coastal mansions of Pebble Beach on the iconic 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy free time to explore Monterey, where you can stroll down Steinbeck’s Cannery Row or visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Browse the ritzy boutiques of Carmel-by-the-Sea and get a glimpse of Silicon Valley’s tech campuses on the return drive to San Francisco.


  • Full-day trip from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel
  • Coastal 17-Mile Drive
  • Plenty of scenic photo stops
  • 2-hours to explore Monterey and Cannery Row
  • Option to include a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Stop at Carmel by the Sea
  • Expert guide and commentary
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central San Francisco hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get plenty of time to take in the jaw-dropping California coastline and the chance to check out Monterey's world-class aquarium or the shops on Cannery Row. Trust me, you'll love Monterey and Carmel so much you'll want to go again!

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What You Can Expect

Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco

Private Monterey and Carmel Day Trip from San Francisco

Take a detour from the urban bustle to experience the wild beauty of Northern California’s coastline. After morning pickup at your San Francisco hotel, cruise down scenic Highway 1 and let your guide handle the driving while you soak up magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and waves crashing against the sea cliffs. 

After curving around the majestic Monterey Peninsula, stop in the charming coastal city of Monterey. Enjoy 2 hours of free time here to grab a fresh seafood lunch on the pier (own expense), browse the shops of Cannery Row or upgrade to come face-to-face with jellyfish and sea otters at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

Continue along the coast with a drive down 17-Mile Drive, home to the prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Course and the iconic Lone Cypress tree. Listen for the barking clamor of Seal Rock with a stop along this low-lying coastal road framed by luxury mansions and incredible ocean vistas. Further along, visit the chic coastal community of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can browse high-end galleries and see remnants of a historic Spanish mission. 

On the return drive to San Francisco, take an alternate route through the innovative tech haven of Silicon Valley. Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in the early evening.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic seascapes and marine life easily viewed from the tour bus

Peter C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Overall the tour was very good - would have like to have had more time to spend in Monterey Aquarium!!! I would definitely recommend it. The driver Rick was great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was the highlight of our trip to San Francisco and our tour guide, Danny, was awesome.

Susan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Interesting and comfortable. Driver gave us just enough stops and enjoyed the narration.

Hope M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Spectacular view driving along the coast line

Linda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Didn't love the aquarium but Monterey was beautiful as was the entire drive down the coast. Kenneth was a great tour guide.

Yvonne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The perfect ending to my San Francisco vacation! Alex was a wonderful tour guide who was quite knowledgeable of the area. Tourists were permitted to disembark the bus to take pictures in Carmel, Monterey, and Pebble Beach. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone.

Toni M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Diana G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Alex did an excellent job. Very knowledgable about the areas. Made recommendations about restaurants. Gave us time to take pictures and sightsee. I would definitely recommend this trip. The views were spectacular. Hope you get Alex

Cathy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wow..what a wonderful trip. Our tour guide AKA Danny..was Fabulous. Very knowledgeable and professional. You could tell he really enjoys what he does. I could of passed on the Monterey aquarium and spent more time exploring the area. The aquarium would be great if you have children .

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