• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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

Russela B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Loved this trip. Danilo was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable. The bus was right on time to pick us up from our hotel and the whole experience was amazing. The drive through the California coast was breathtaking. Thank you Viator. I've already recommended to a couple of friends.

Enrica D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent experience! Very good service and gread tour guide, Mr. Danillo. He was nice, friendly and very informative. I highly recommend this tour.

Ali Sarkhouh Kuwait

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was amazing!

Alina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The tour was everything I hoped it would be. Many more photo stops than I thought. We were never rushed. Large bus accommodated the fgroup well. The guide was delightful witty and a resource to the city. Easy ting.
Only suggestion is call night before touf.

James S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A must do trip. The scenic drive along the coast was breathtaking. Monterey and Carmel are great tourist communities. Our driver/guide was a wealth of information and a real personality who made the long trip fun.

James S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A must do trip. The scenic drive along the coast was breathtaking. Monterey and Carmel are great tourist communities. Our driver/guide was a wealth of information and a real personality who made the long trip fun.

aherman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We traveled in a comfortable coach driven by Thomas, our guide for the trip. His commentary of places we were passing on our journey was both informative and interesting. He kept us engaged and answered all of our questions. Thomas was respectful of each individual's needs while keeping everyone on schedule. The coastal scenery was spectacular and we had several opportunities to capture it on camera. Overall a wonderful trip. Thank you Thomas for making it so interesting and pleasurable.

Karen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent in every way a very knowledgeable and nice driver, who timed everything so well.

Lillianne G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent tour! Our guide had lots of stories and was very personable. He knew exactly where to stop tp get the most ahh's

guan-huat.teo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I always like Grey Line Tour in USA or Canada!

I have joint this tour by Grey Line a few times over the past years!

This time was the best as the tour guide / Driver Antonio was the best.

Was surprised by his great command of English and knowledge of place / subject of interest
He should have been a private tour guide and not a bus driver/guide.

He was able to control the tour timing so that we were able to reach Carmel to catch the sunset at 4:45pm.

Overall a Great Tour!

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