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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

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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

diannetrus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Such a scenic drive! I do this trip annually.

miriam paulina g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Muy buen el conductor Danilo y muy agradable persona. Muy lindos paisajes.

Lord Sebastian United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Had a very nice day out and relaxing, the driver was very good giving good and funny highlights of the trip, not rushed and plenty of time for lunch and to explore Monterey. Nice coach, plenty of interesting stops and a great day out. Well worth doing this tour.

Karl S. Venezuela

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Ryan, our guide was very nice and welcoming. He knew what to do, and was up ready from the outset. The planning, the timing and the strategy of this trip including stops, time on the road, and the visits to all the different places were properly organized by him. Job Well-Done!!

P.S. Ryan, I'm the guy from Venezuela Carlos, who was with my wife and kid. Actually, the one that got lost in Carmel. LOL//Best to you

Cathy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Worth the trip. The view is like nothing else. Beautiful shores. Just do it.

MARIA DEL ROSAR G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was an excellent tour, the places visited were very nice, unfortunately we arrived a little bit late to Carmel due to the traffic, but even so it was good, the sights, the stops, the ocean during all day were very pretty. Our tour guide , Keneth, excellent, he really knows his job, with information plenty of knowledge about every part of the trip, if you have the oportunity, take it youll enjoy it.

Laura F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We and our teenage daughters enjoyed a wonderful day trip from San Francisco to Carmel, Monterey and the 17-Mile Drive. Our tour guide/driver, Kenneth, was knowledgeable, friendly and very entertaining. We had ample opportunities for taking photos and for wandering through the towns. We recommend this tour very highly.

Terry M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Adolpho was GREAT! He is very knowledgeable, born and raised in San Francisco and was the perfect person to take you on this tour. He could maneuver that big bus around in San Francisco traffic like it was a VW beetle. I was disappointed that we did not stop at the lone Cyprus to take pictures but to keep us on schedule, I guess we had to pass that up. Adolpho was pretty clear that if you were late getting back to the bus when you were supposed to be, he would have not problem leaving you behind and stated that he has done so in the past. Sadly, we had people that were not on the bus at the original departure time as they were there to begin with, then they left to go to the bathroom and then stopped to get coffee. We were late getting under way. I would have left them. During the drive, Adolpho would play Beach Boys music and you could sing along if you liked. It was perfect with the beautiful Pacific backdrop. Monterey is gorgeous and I wish we had more time there. The next time I do this, I will take the two day tour to allow more time and just stay in Monterey. Carmel by the Sea wasn't all that much except high end shopping. Pebble Beach was spectacular as was 17 mile drive. Bring food for the squirrels on the beach and they will sit right on your knee while you hand feed them. The overall drive was beautiful and it was nice having someone else watch the road while I was sightseeing. It really was incredible! Thank You Adolpho!

Juan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This has to be the best tour for the money anyone can find. By far, the best tour we took during our vacation, that was agreed on by everyone on our party. Randy is a super nice guy, and a great tour operator.

timnsuey

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.

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