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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

Ulrike Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We enjoyed this: a wealth of information, an excellent guide, a good bus and numerous beautiful sites en route. A long, but nevertheless thoroughly relaxing day. We had opted for the visit of the Aquarium in Monterey and would do this again - not cheap, but most impressive, rounding off the wildlife-theme that was part of the trip.

Edilberto M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016


Yu L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent stops and views.

iannick Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very nice tour. Monterey and Carmel are very beaufiful cities. We bought the San Francisco City Pass and enjoy the Monterey aquarium on this trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Absolutely loved this tour. Our guide Randy was excellent. He took great care of the passengers and was informative and funny. Beautiful weather, the scenery was gorgeous and we got to take pictures on the 18th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Course. Best clam chowder of our trip was in Monterey and we ate at a restaurant by AT and T Field that Randy recommended, and it was awesome!! Everyone on the bus was on time and Randy is 1 in our book. Great trip!

Roxana W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was an awesome tour. Greyline picked us up from the hotel. Tour guide was really nice. We were able to make additional stops and spend extra time on the locations. Monterrey is a dream place! The 17-mile drive is a must do in USA and Carmel was as tour guide mentioned the cherry on the top of the cream.

Robert K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Good trip.

Robert K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very good tour and great driver.

Edward W R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

WONDERFULL! Visiting San Francisco, a must do!!!!!! Tour guide informed and gave use a memorable tour to Monterey, Carmel and the 17 mile drive along the coast was breath taking.

Sandra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Randy was a fabulous driver, very funny and full of information. Great choice of restaurant for lunch on his recommendation, fabulous food and outlook. A very enjoyable day.

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