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10 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English


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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, Mar 2019

Our tour guide was delightful and friendly. Maybe just a little less talk so we can just enjoy scenery? In town going out of town talking is fine. Also, the Otter feeding time at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium is right at 1:30 and we don't get there in time for the 1030 feeding so if you could make the bus rendezvous 1:45 that would be perfect. We went to that aquarium specifically for the otters. The Gilroy garlic stop was also lots of fun. Thanks.

, Feb 2019

The bus driver/tour guide was wonderful. Great commentary and very safe driving. He made it enjoyable for everyone. The only problem was the bus. There was a screeching sound which seem to happen when bus excelerated. Did not seem safe. Gray Line needs to invest in new buses or do better maintenance of their fleet.

, Jan 2019

Upon arriving to the kissing rocks, Randy the driver told us to get down to take a picture of the kissing rocks. I took a total of four pictures just a few feet away from the bus. When I turned around to take the bus, it was already left, I could see it in the distance. It was a terrifying unpleasant experience as my medications and sweaters were in the bus and I was sitting just behind the driver. No way he could not know I was outside taking the pictures he suggested. What kind of service is this where the driver leaves you behind in such a careless way?

, Jan 2019

I took my niece and nephew from Australia, both teenagers, and we all agreed the views, and information given throughout the tour by our guide Julio was very good.

, Jan 2019

We had a great time on this tour, it was really fun. It was on schedule all day. Had fun at every stop enjoying the views, shops, and restaurants. Our tour guide, Don, was very knowledgeable about the area and kind. If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend this tour. Had a blast!

, 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

, 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.

, 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.

, 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.

, 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

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