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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I would definitely recommend this trip.
Our driver Randy was excellent and very knowledgeable on the areas we visited.
Monterey ,17 mile drive and Carmel were beautiful places to visit ,we are so,glad that we picked this tour.

Erika N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The sights were absolutely stunning! I loved this tour. Bird Rock and Carmel beach were my favorite stops.

Patricia Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fantastic tour and wonderful guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The whole trip was excellance. The driver has explained and served nicely everything. It was 4th of November'2016. It was a great day trips all the way coast line from San Francisco to Monterey Bay upto Carmel on the sea. I like to given score 10 /10 to the driver who has guided us from start to end of the trip.It was most remarkable memory for my life. Thanks to the tour operator and viator.

Ellen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

absolutely amazing DOUG was awesome wonderful trip will remember it forever


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great day trip and beautiful scenery.

Audrey W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our driver Kenneth was awesome. We learned a lot from him. Monterey and Carmel are beautiful. 17-Mile Drive was beautiful. On the way back listened to some 70's music. We had an awesome time in San Francisco.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We went on this tour in October with Randy who was an excellent guide: informative and interesting, but didn't talk all the time... We had a good length of time in Monterey, with the 17-mile drive the highlight. The coach was new and very comfortable, there is a lot of driving given the distance, but Grayline made it a very pleasurable experience with plenty well-chosen stops.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Long ride, but driver was awesome and views were spectacular.

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.

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