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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

Susan O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

An excellent trip with a very informative guide, Doug, who entertained us throughout the day. If you have read John Steinbeck ,Cannery Row, Monterey will bring the book to life with a lovely statue of the characters in the town. We stopped for a couple of hours for lunch in Monterey and the recommendations given were excellent. I went to the large fish restaurant overlooking the beach and watched seals basking in the glorious sunshine as I ate a magnificent plate of fish and chips and a couple of glasses of Napa Valley Merlot. I did not spot any Otters but I am sure they were out there somewhere probably people watching. We then travelled further around Ben Sur, the 17 mile drive around Pebble Beach and Del Monte Forest, seeing all the mansions and having time to photo some of the many beautiful sights of the sea and watching the ardent golfers take their shots. Finally we reached Carmel by the sea, a beautiful resort. The only downside of the trip was that we only had one hour in Carmel which did not do it justice as there was insufficient time to explore the beach as well as the superb shops. It was a long day but a well worthwhile trip and a lovely opportunity to see a lovely part of California. Would recommend this trip, a great day with a lovely guide who dropped us all off at our respective hotels. Nothing was too much trouble.

Hazel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is a wonderful tour, our tour guide was excellent. The only complaint that I have is the inability of the tour guide to drive us through Carmel by the sea, the distance from our drop off point was too long and steep for us to walk there, but we still enjoyed the tour immensely.

Evelyn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great trip. Great driver kept us entertained the whole time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful tour guide Randy knew SO MUCH about the entire area! He told us ahead of time when special photo opportunities were coming up! He also gave us details of how to make our way at the sites, and allowed plenty of time for touring/eating/bathroom breaks. GREAT TOUR! Pebble Beach had been on our bucket list for a LONG time, and NOW WE HAVE BEEN THERE! Thank you!

Andrew R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent but not impressed with Carmel stop

Lee P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic day! Highly recommended.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Be ready for a long day, but we enjoyed it very much. We had considered renting a car and doing this ourselves, but I'm so glad that we did it this way. The coastline is beautiful, and our bus driver was very knowledgeable about the area - and pointed out so much about the agricultural areas. We had well timed rest and photo stops. Monterey, Pebble Beach, the 17 mile drive - all beautiful. I really liked learning about Carmel - so many interesting 'rules' in that city. It is a beautiful area. On the way back to SF, we saw the flames of a terrible fire in the Loma Prieta area. so much information would have been missed had we chosen to drive ourselves

Douglas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We really enjoyed this tour.
Everything was perfect! Our driver (Randy) was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the day.
We would highly recommend this tour. It and #39;s a great value for the price.

Lidia N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was very good. The driver being also the guide was very knowledgably and engaging with the people on the bus. He shared his knowledge in a very entreating way and I feel I learned a lot about this magnificent part of California. He would keep an eye on landmarks / interesting things coming to the left and right of the road and would point them to us. We also stopped several times in specific areas to take photos and a closer look on particularly nice costal areas. The stops for lunch in Monterrey and for dinner in Carmel were also sufficient to have a very nice meal in one of numerous local restros / cafes and to have a stroll and look around the driver made several very good recommendations for food and for where to have a stroll. The bus was full and people clearly enjoyed the trip. Lidia

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!

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