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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, 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
  • Pickup and drop-off from central San Francisco hotels

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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

After morning pickup at your San Francisco hotel, 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 back at your hotel in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

Julie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great tour with a wonderful guide who gave us loads of info and was really funny too!

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

realy enjoyed our trip, would like to have a longer stay in Carmel. Please, no longer use the light house as a bathroom stop!!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I really enjoyed this one day tour... Thanks!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellente service. The driver was well informed of the places we visited.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

this is a lovely trip and I had a thoroughly great time. Here again the guides unclear English made it difficult to understand details.

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It is a long day, but the views going down the Pacific coast and on 17-mile drive are excellent. In Monterey I only visited the aquarium, but this had a good selection of wildlife well displayed. Carmel is very tidy and neat. The driver was entertaining throughout.

Sandra A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was an awesome trip, the driver Randy was great, he was very informative about the tour, loved going to Monterey and Carmel, especially the shopping and the resturants, the scenery along the coastline was spectacular!!!!

Sara W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour. loved the scenery and the Monterey aquarium.
There was a mix up in communications regarding my pick-up, so I ended up having to catch and cab to get to the office.

Fabiana T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very nice. The driver was very informative and funny.

Donna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I enjoyed the stops along the way to Monterey. The bus driver was very pleasant and made the ride interesting. Little disappointed in the stop in Carmel as the stores were closing early since it was a Sunday.

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