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clock-o10 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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, passing the 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
  • Take a ride along 17-Mile Drive
  • Two hours to explore Monterey and Cannery Row
  • Option to include a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Stop at Carmel by the Sea
  • San Francisco hotel pickup included from select hotels
Hop aboard your luxury coach in Union Square, cruise down scenic Highway 1 and let your guide handle the driving while you soak up views of the Pacific Ocean.

After curving around the Monterey Peninsula, stop in the coastal city of Monterey. Enjoy two hours of free time here to grab a fresh seafood lunch on the pier (own expense) or browse the shops of Cannery Row. Upgrade to see the jellyfish and sea otters up close at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

Continue along the coast with a ride down 17-Mile Drive, home to the prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Course and the Lone Cypress tree. Listen for the barking clamor of Seal Rock with a stop along this low-lying coastal road framed by mansions and 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 tech haven of Silicon Valley. Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off in Union Square in the early evening.

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J
, Nov 2018

Very good guided tour without any hassles and the driver was kind enough to drop us at our hotel, in a different city

K
, Nov 2018

I choose this tour because I want to show my sister one of most beautiful areas of California, to be honest I didn’t want to drive. I thought it was good idea taking this tour. It was bad idea. Gray line tours use the most incompetent driver/guide I ever experienced, his name is Danilo. (I work in the tourism industry). He say he had 20 yrs of experience, think I don’t believe because he had the worst accent to speak, most of the information he present was wrong or incomplete. Not a safe driver and left us behind in Caramel. I show up at the meeting spot on time and the bus was gone. I have to call the office so the return back to pick up us back. His excuse was that he miscounted. He was practically begging for tips. I don’t recommend Gray line for any other tours in San Francisco specially this tour guide Danilo.

m
, Oct 2018

We enjoyed every part of the trip. The driver (Don) / guide was very informative and we were allowed to have a few extra stops down the beautiful coastline. The views were amazing. The fish dishes we had at The Fish Hopper in Monterey were delicious.The wine in The Tree House Cafe in Carmel was to extremely enjoyable. The whole day was fantastic and not expensive. M and J.

R
, Oct 2018

About 12hour trip. Driver was very friendly. Stop in Monterey is a bit long if you don’t do an Acquarium. Carmel stop was only an hour, which did not allow much for an exploring of this beautiful spot . We stopped on the way at a farmers food stand with awesome strawberries and later at a pumpkin farm.

r
, Oct 2018

Danilo was a great tour guide. He was very informative and gave us plenty of opportunities to get off the bus and take pictures. Monterey was great, better than carmel. 17 mile drive was terrific. Great value for the money

t
, Oct 2018

I highly recommend this trip! Josh our driver was excellent! Beautiful scenery, great stops, excellent restaurants on the way!

C
, Oct 2018

Our tour guide Danilo was outstanding! He was positive, fun, and a great driver. Great option if you want to leave the city and enjoy a calmer, more sophisticated day.

d
, Sep 2018

nice relaxed day some stunning scenery only criticism would be need a stop in morning as early start and no chance to get some breakfast and driver needed to know when to be quite

S
, Sep 2018

This trip was just a terrific experience. Our tour guide, Randy was lots of fun and very informative. He really kept us engaged. The 17 mile PCH drive was breaktaking and loved Monterey. Great shopping and restaurants. We ate at the one Randy recommended and my husband loved the clam and crab chowder. Carmel was pretty but we only had one hour there. Would have preferred a longer time, however, we spent a few hours in Monterey which made up for it. I would highly recommend this tour!

T
, Sep 2018

An excellent day with stunning views and plenty of time visiting Monterey ana Carmel.Antonio was a pleasant and information tour guide/driver. One of the best!!


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