• 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.


  • 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
  • San Francisco hotel pickup included from select 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

Hop aboard your luxury coach in Union Square, 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 in Union Square in the early evening.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Our tour guide Danilo was outstanding! He was positive, fun, and a great driver. Great option if you want to leave the city and enjoy a calmer, more sophisticated day.

Susan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This trip was just a terrific experience. Our tour guide, Randy was lots of fun and very informative. He really kept us engaged. The 17 mile PCH drive was breaktaking and loved Monterey. Great shopping and restaurants. We ate at the one Randy recommended and my husband loved the clam and crab chowder. Carmel was pretty but we only had one hour there. Would have preferred a longer time, however, we spent a few hours in Monterey which made up for it. I would highly recommend this tour!

Thomas T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

An excellent day with stunning views and plenty of time visiting Monterey ana Carmel.Antonio was a pleasant and information tour guide/driver. One of the best!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

We had a great day with Randy in this trip. Randy was wonderful, he had a great sense of humour, provided sufficient information about the places not too much though and gave clear instructions throughout the trip. We learnt a lot about the farming in California and how expensive are the houses in this part of US. He also recommended many good places for food. This being our first time, it was useful that he recommended a couple of other places that we might want to cover. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Diana C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Had a great time and Randy was a awesome tour guide. There were very scenic stops and fun shopping in Monterey.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

I was a bit skeptical when signing up for this tour as I'm used to driving places and not riding on buses. However, as a family adventure this was great! The scenery of the Pacific Coast and Monterey/Carmel are beautiful. And the Monterey Aquarium was neat (but not as great as I had expected compared to Baltimore), but the best part of the trip was RANDY. This is a tour guide that clearly loves his job. He has a great sense of humor and really wanted to please his guests. Ask for Randy if you take this tour. It's a great day on the road seeing the California coast and taking a break from San Francisco.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Had a great day with Josh as our tour guide. He was super fun - informative - and knew the best places to stop along the way. This tour is a great way to see the coast. The bus was very comfortable and allowed us to sit back and enjoy the ride. It would have been nice to have more time in Carmel, but we saw so many wonderful attractions throughout the day. Highly recommend!!

Serena S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I don't drive so booking tours to the places where the only way to get there is by vehicle is my only option and tour companies like Viator help me achieve my goal of crossing everything off my travel goals list. Thank You!

Randy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

What a great way to spend the day. Randy, our driver was fantastic.
He made the entire tour group feel welcome and was informative the entire trip.
This is a full day trip with some great photo opportunities. The bus was clean and comfortable.
Personally, I enjoyed it because I didn’t rent a vehicle making the trip relaxing and fun.
This is a must tour. Randy, Jacks Grill was great. Thanks for the recommendation.

islandflower73 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My hubby and I booked this tour through Viator and thoroughly enjoyed it. The people at GrayLine were on point and our tour guide Randy was AMAZING!! My hubby and I had a great time. The bus was comfortable, clean and had a bathroom. We never felt rushed and everyone on the bus had a great time!! Would definitely recommend. I suggest if you take this tour to wear sneakers and bring a sweater.

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