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

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  • 11 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

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
  • Stop at Carmel by the Sea
  • San Francisco pickup and drop-off included
  • Stop at Monterey
  • Plenty of stops with photo opportunities along the 17 Mile Drive
  • Stop at Pebble Beach Golf Course

What's Included

  • Day-trip to Monterey and Carmel
  • Entrance fee for the 17-Mile Drive Included
  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach with a professional guide
  • 2 hours stop at Monterey Bay
  • 1 hour stop at Carmel Plaza
  • Stops at Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pebble Beach, Bird Rock and the Lone Cypress
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel Pick-up & drop-off
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

07:40 AM

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What To Expect

Hop aboard your luxury coach in central San Francisco, 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 free time here to grab a fresh seafood lunch on the pier (own expense) or browse the shops of Cannery Row.

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. 

Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off in the evening in San Francisco.

Pacific Coast Highway (Pass By)

California's most scenic highway that connects San Francisco to Monterey. This road hugs the California coastline, passing rocky overhangs and coastal farming towns.

Pigeon Point Light Station

Tallest lighthouse on the west Coast of the United States. it is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. Explore the lighthouse or a quick walk down to the beach.

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips


If you do not want to drive yourself - just take this tour to get the first taste / glimpse.
Tip- pick up area brochures before getting on the bus, can make much better use of time.
Stop in Monterey is a bit long if you don’t do an Acquarium.
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Not top of my bucket list of things to do from San Francisco
Julie_H, May 2022
Driver/tour guide was amazing. Its a long day so be prepared. Sadly foggy on the way there so much of the coastline was missed but what we did see was lovely . Monterey was disappointing rather like Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco, there really isn’t enough time there to see the aquarium.Carmel was pretty and good for people watching. If youre short on money or time i would go for other tours that Viator do as they are a good company
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Julie_H Thank you for sharing your experience and your lovely comments about our guide. If you want to visit the Aquarium in Monterey, you have to buy the tickets in advance on their website, so you don't spend time in the queue when you arrive. Hope yo welcome you back again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Perfect tour choice to start spring break and ease into strenuous, adventure tours
Rekha_S, Apr 2022
This trip was amazing - especially having landed in SF in the early hours and off on this trip with a few hours of sleep. My family was exhausted and complaining of why do such a long trip on our first day of vacation to SF while home is on the east coast. Within the first hour - everyone was awake, exhilarated, and enjoying San Francisco for the first time. The first stop for coffee and snacks was exactly the right decision to get everyone charged up. Moving onto Monterey and being able to get on/off the bus, walk along the coast, seeing the pacific ocean, experiencing the waves, and moving along the coast was beyond imagination. Lunch, wine tasting, and candy were a hit although the boys wanted to go to the aquarium but the lines were long. 17-Mile Drive, Lone Cyprus at Pebble Beach, stunning homes and are just as exciting. Although we were tired by the time we got to Carmel, it didn't stop anyone from venturing the shops with the boys finding something unique to bring home - that says it all for the tour - from a family of 5 spanning 3 generations to travel across the country and within 5 hours of checking in and go on an all day tour and not fall asleep at all and still find a unique trinket to purchase in Carmel - our tour was amazing.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Rekha_S Thank you for taking the time to write your lovely review on our Monterey, Carmel and 17 Mile-drive. I am truly glad to learn you enjoyed your experience with us. I can´t thank you enough for recommending us to future travelers! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Really great day out, with beautiful vistas!!
Susan_H, Nov 2022
The tour guide was excellent, a really enjoyable day out. It was a long day but we got to see some spectacular sights along the coast, we particularly enjoyed the 17 mile drive. Would highly recommend!!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Dear Susan, Thank you for taking the time to write this review and share your experience with us. We relly appreciate it. We are happy to see that you had a great time in our tour to Monterey, Carmel, and 17-Mile Drive. It was a pleasure serving you. We hope to serve you again soon.
Excellent tour, got to see beautiful places
Dina_T, Nov 2022
I’m glad I decided to take this tour during my first solo trip. I don’t usually get on tours when I travel but I could see why people do it. I learn a lot from the tour guide. He explained the different places we visited. I wish I had a lot more time to spend at each places not because it was too short, just because I enjoyed how beautiful all the places the tour had to offer. Next time I’m back in San Francisco I will definite use this tour company for different trips. Thank you for the memorable experience!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Dear Dina, We are so happy that you chose us for your first solo trip! We are even happier that you had a great time in Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive. We appreciate that you took the time to write this detailed review sharing your experience with us. It was a pleasure serving you and we hope to serve you again.
Great views!
Amy_S, Oct 2022
Nice scenery of Monterey with ocean views. Enjoyed seeing the large waves. Felt there were too many stops and found the Carmel last stop just a tourist trap to shop. Would have liked to stop at a viewing location to see Big Sur even though the bus can’t go over the bridge due to size. The driver was delightful and very informative without being too talkative.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Amy, Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed Monterey and our drive provided a great experience to you. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
Fabulous time!!
Melsmith00, Oct 2022
Was a spectacular ride along the coast with very nice stops for photos and stretching our legs. Our guide Thomas was most informative and gave great advice of things to do and places to eat or shop during our tour.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Melsmith0, It was a pleasure serving you. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are glad you had a great time in Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive. Thanks for the kind words about our driver, Thomas. We hope you'll come and see us again soon!
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Geoffrey_B, Oct 2022
Excellent day out, from well organised pickup, to being dropped off nearly 13 hours later. Our driver, of Irish descent ( sorry, I’ve forgotten his name), was a brilliant driver/tour guide. Very informative along the whole journey, with personal points of interest as we went. All along the journey, our driver made recommendations based upon his great knowledge of those places all through the day. We had a 2 hour stop in Monterey and a 1 hour stop in Carmel and in our opinion, we would have preferred this to be the other way around as Carmel possibly offers more. We think that the £190.00 we paid for 2 people for this full day, was definitely value for money. The weather for us was absolutely amazing considering it was October 19th, it was around 27c . If you have a spare day whilst in San Francisco, definitely take this trip, you won’t regret it!!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Geoffre, We’re so happy to hear you had a great experience at Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive. Your review made our day! Our whole team works very hard to keep our customers happy, but we can only do it thanks to amazing customers like you. We sincerely thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Hope to serve you again soon.
Hours of tour inaccurate description and rude driver
Megan_D, Oct 2022
Overall the tour was okay. We got to see a lot and we were glad to not have to drive. That’s about the only positives I have to say about this tour. However, the listed return time (6:40 pm) is not accurate which caused us to have to cancel our post tour plans. We didn’t return to our original departure location until after 8:30 pm (two hours past the indicated time of return when we purchased our tickets). We got back after dark and were in an unsafe part of town (at night). After learning about the later return time I asked the driver (Thomas) what our options were and that we made reservations for 7:45 pm back in San Francisco. He was so cold and non-empathetic about our dilemma. We had no way of knowing that the tour was to end much later or else we would not have made these plans. Fortunately, the other establishment was understanding of the situation and gave us a full refund (normally charge 50% for canceling less than 12 hours before appointment). Aside from the issue of getting back late, the driver was a bit crass towards people on the bus preaching about etiquette and giving his unsolicited opinions on every topic under the sun (most of which had nothing to do with the tour). We weren’t the only ones who thought the tour was too long. Others approached us to share their concerns about spending too much time in certain places. On the way back it was pitch dark and the driver was still spouting off facts about the area that we couldn’t see. Very pointless… I would not take this tour if I had the choice to do it over again.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Megan, I’m sorry to hear about your disappointing experience with us. It’s always our intention to provide great customer service and useful, transparent advice. Please accept our sincerest apologies that we didn’t live up to your expectations on this occasion. We also apologize that our guide didn't meet your expectations. Sincerely, Gray Line.
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22 years between trips
Tom_K, Sep 2022
This was the second time we had made the trip from San Francisco to Monterey, Carmel and the 17 Mile Drive. The first time was 22 years ago and we had hired a car on that occasion. The bus trip this time (with Gray Line Tours, booked through Viator) gave us a new perspective as there was no driving or navigation required for us. The bus driver, Danilo, was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and he took us to places, on the way to our destinations, that we had not been to before. 22 years is a long time between trips (...!!!) and it's amazing how much we saw and discovered/rediscovered during a long but extremely pleasurable day. We can't wait to compare our new photographs against their 22 year old counterparts!!! We would recommend this trip and carrier/booking agent to anyone who isn't sure about booking it
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Tom, We’re so happy to hear you had a great experience at Monterey, Carmel and 17-mile Drive. Your review made our day! Our whole team works very hard to keep our customers happy, but we can only do it thanks to amazing customers like you. Thanks again, and we hope to serve you again soon.
Girls Trip! We had a...
Kelly_C, Sep 2022
Girls Trip! We had a great time seeing the sites. This tour has beautiful scenery and fun places to visit! Our tour guide was so great!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Kelly, We’re so happy to hear that you and your friends enjoyed Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive. We are look forward to welcoming you again soon!
great tour
Anne_B, Sep 2022
tour was nice. a little too long would have liked a shorter stay in carmel by the sea. by the end of tour it was to far of a walk to the beach. Overall great time best way to see the beautiful 17 mile
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Anne, We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive and look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Beautiful views!
Ivy_O, May 2022
Beautiful scenery, friendly driver, and plenty of spots for amazing photos. What a relaxing and peaceful way to see the coast and some great shops along the way.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Ivy_O I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being so open with us. Our Monterey, Carmel & 17 Mile Drive is a fantastic tour for relaxing and taking photos. Its offers gorgeous landscaping. We hope you'll come and see us again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
An experience to see and...
Theresa_L, May 2022
An experience to see and walk around Monterey and Carmel. Was bit disappointed with the weather which was foggy most of the time in the beginning of the trip and missing the experience of driving on Highway 1 which was the most we expected. Even if it was foggy we thought we still take Highway 1 but we drove on another way or express way with no views at all except cars and buses. There was nothing to see extra special at the Peeble Beach Golf Club. Maybe others just used the short stop to go to the restrooms. However I enjoyed much the view on the way to Carmel, looking at the Pacific and the houses and park with the pink carpet flowers. I can recommend bringing extra warm jackets or sweater. It can be really cold out there esp with the stop at the lighthouse.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi Theresa_L Thank you for posting your opinion on our tour. I am delighted to see you had a pleasant experience with us during the tour, even if the weather wasn't good. This tour offers gorgeous landscaping. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Highly Recommend for Older Families and Couples
Kimberly_C, May 2022
Wonderful tour. You have to understand what you're signing up for. This is a long day and I wouldn't recommend for someone with small children. It was great for us though. Easy way to see the area. We could have rented a car and drove ourselves but then we wouldn't have gotten the history, fun facts, and guidance of the areas we were visiting. Our guide was Antonio and we really enjoyed him!
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Kimberly_C Thank you for sharing your experience! I am truly glad to learn you enjoyed your experience on board our Monterey, Carmel & 17 Mile-Drive. I agree with you that doing this tour with an acknowledged guide who shows and tells the history of the area, is entirely different than going driven there. I can´t thank you enough for recommending us to future travelers! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Very pleasant day
Gary_G, Apr 2022
Beautiful scenery. We had a great time. Plenty of stops including a coffee and bathroom break. Our driver/tour guide was very competent but his English was a little hard to understand. Arrived back around 730pm.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello Gary_G First of all, thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Geat Trip, but Could Use a few Minor Tweeks
Linda_H, Apr 2022
We really enjoyed the majority of the trip. Monterrey was beautiful, the views were outstanding and the stop at a local produce stand was a lovely surprise. The driver even showed us a movie on the ride back! However, the visit to Carmel was too short and too late in the day (many shops and galleries were closed) Perhaps there could be fewer/shorter stops between San Francisco and Monterrey (maybe only 1 bathroom break?), so that we could still enjoy 17 mile drive, but arrive in Carmel a bit earlier and stay a bit longer.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hello Linda Thanks for your taking the time to share your experience. Following your review, we are re-scheduling our Monterey, Carmel & 17-mile drive so our passengers can spend 1.30hs at Carmel. We will reduce some stops time to arrive at Carmel earlier. Hope to welcome you back soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
An excellent day out
anthony_g, Apr 2022
The whole trip was enhanced by our driver and his knowledge and happy demeanor . This was a great start to our visit to San Francisco
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hi anthony_g I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being so open with us. We hope you'll come and see us again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Great day had
LIZ_B, Mar 2022
We were staying in a hotel on Post Street so the pick up there was great for us. However we were a little uneasy when we saw the Gray Line office on Post Street was totally empty! At first we thought we had been scammed, however on the day the coach was there as promised. Tour was fantastic and all the stops were beautiful. the only thing I would say is that if you are elderly or infirm or unfit in anyway then getting down to the beach at the Carmel stop may be difficult for you and I would not bother trying unless you are desperate to see it. It is a very steep hill down and it is very uneven in places. If you do want to see the beach and spend some time on it at Carmel then head straight down there as soon as you get off the bus, don't bother with the shops. Other than that everything else was fantastic. Great day had. E&S
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Hi Liz I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being so open with us. We hope you'll come and see us again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Fun people places and sights! Get ANTONIO!!!
Jasmine_M, Mar 2022
I set out to have a fun new experience with my kiddos for spring break. But I met some of the most amazing people from all over even Eurpope. It was beautiful. A memory I will always treasure! My new friends made the trip even more awesome and my I miss you already Emily lol Antonio is the absolute best tour guide in the world!
Great Time
Quinten_B, Jan 2022
The Full Day tour was a great tour and the guide, Antonio, was very knowledgeable about all of the stops we made and gave cool fun facts as we drove through San Francisco and Monterey and Carmel. Highly recommend! The bus was also a nice bus and very comfortable.
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