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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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
  • Stop at Carmel by the Sea
  • San Francisco pickup and drop-off included
Day-trip to Monterey and Carmel
Tolls for 17-Mile Drive
Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach with Wi-Fi, restroom and power outlets
Hotel Pick-up from select San Francisco Hotels (only with confirmation from Gray Line).
Carmel and Steinbeck's Cannery Row in Monterey.
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel drop-off

Departure Point

1: 478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
2: 2800 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
Please contact us 48 hours prior to tour departure, to confirm pick up location and pick up time.
478 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Gray Line Union Square Office
Departure time: 8:00 AM
Please be at the above address, 15 minutes prior to departure.

2800 Leavenworth St., San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Gray Line Fisherman’s Wharf Shuttle Location at the corner of Leavenworth St. & Jefferson St.
Shuttle Departure Time: 7:15
Please be at the above address by 7:10 AM.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Hop aboard your luxury coach in central San Francisco, 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 free time here to grab a fresh seafood lunch on the pier (own expense) or browse the shops of Cannery Row.

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. 

Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off in the evening in San Francisco.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Pacific Coast Highway
California's most scenic highway that connects San Francisco to Monterey. This road hugs the California coastline, passing rocky overhangs and coastal farming towns.
Stop At:  
Pigeon Point Light Station
Tallest lighthouse on the west Coast of the United States. it is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. Explore the lighthouse or a quick walk down to the beach.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Davenport
Travelers will spend 15 minutes here to stretch and get a quick coffee.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Monterey Bay
Nearing the city of Monterey, views of the Monterey Bay will become available for traveles.
Pass By:  
Cannery Row
This waterfront street in the New Monterey section of Monterey. It is the site of now-defunct sardine canning factories. Cannery Row today is now a tourist attraction with many restaurants and stores.
Stop At:  
Monterey Bay Aquarium
This is the stopping location for the Monterey portion of the tour. Travelers will be given 1.5 hours - 2 hours of free time to explore: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Restaurants and stores.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
17-Mile Drive
A scenic loop through the private Pebble Beach community on the Monterey Peninsula. Travelers will see, beautiful coastal scenes with white cove beaches.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bird Rock Vista Point
This wildlife hub is buzzing with birds, harbor seals and belching sea lions. Sea lions take advantage of the cleared-off perch and enjoy the sun.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lone Cypress
A Monterey Cypress tree, standing on a granite hillside. Estimated at 250 years, the cypress has been scarred by fire and held in place by cables for the last 60 years.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world, it hugs the rugged coastline and has wide open views of Carmel Bay. Travelers will be allowed to disembark and explore the area.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Carmel By the Sea Scenery
Small beach community on California's Monterey Peninsula. The Scenic Bluff Path runs from surf spot Carmel Beach to bird-rich Carmel River State Beach.
Stop At:  
Carmel Plaza
Nestled in the heart of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Plaza is home to one of a kind fashion finds, specialty natural brands, distinctive restaurants, gourmet shops, wine tasting rooms, in a relaxed and sophisticated setting.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible. However, passengers in a wheelchair can be accommodated only if they can get on and off the bus on their own and if the wheelchair is foldable.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up is available for select San Francisco hotels with confirmation from our reservations staff.
  • Please contact us 72 hours prior to tour date to confirm your exact departure time or hotel pick up.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Julia Travel - Gray Line of San Francisco

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you do not want to drive yourself - just take this tour to get the first taste / glimpse." See review
  • "Tip- pick up area brochures before getting on the bus, can make much better use of time." See review
  • "The Aquarium is well worth a visit but it is pricey - 50.00 US for adults, 40 US for seniors." See review

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star-5
Excellent day tour!
Bernice_H
, Mar 2020
What a fantastic sightseeing day tour! Thomas was our guide and not only is he a wealth of knowledge, it is obvious that he loves his job and wants tourists to have an unforgettable experience! Thank you Thomas. This trip was the highlight of my journey to San Francisco and area.
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Monterey Bay
Beachgirl
, Mar 2020
Great tour guide, beautiful areas visited; stop in Monterey should have been longer to allow more time at the Aquarium which WAS offered as an option but unfortunate no longer as a discounted add-on to the excursion- had to rush through that leaving very little time to see anything else in Monterey but glad I took that in. Tip- pick up area brochures before getting on the bus, can make much better use of time.
star-5
Magical views!
Anna_K
, Mar 2020
We had an amazing day on this tour. Dug (our guide and diver) was absolutely the best! Tip: sit on the right hand side (facing the travel direction) - this way the coast and all views will be much closer to you. We went on a week day in March, about 25 people on the bus, so it felt very uncrowded. Many beautiful stops and it feels that we saw so much. If you do not want to drive yourself - just take this tour to get the first taste / glimpse. It made me want to spend more time in this area :).
star-5
Perfect day
Lori
, Mar 2020
Our guide/ driver, Antonio , was informative & entertaining. The trip was full of gorgeous scenery with plenty of stops for pictures & breaks. Sunny weather & spacious comfortable bus made it a perfect day!
star-5
A Trip to Remember
Sheri_C
, Mar 2020
Wow!!! As presented, it was definitely a full day tour. Our driver, Don, was amazing. He didn’t only speak about the various places we visited, but so much of the history of different areas we drove through to get to our destination. This has to be one of the best tours I have ever taken. We were in awe of the amazing beauty of the coast. The trip got better and better as we drove along the amazing coastline. The stops that were included were amazing. We had more than enough time to have lunch and see so many of the amazing shops in Monterey. As we stopped at various points along the coast, we were so privileged to be able to see, up close, a beautiful Elephant Seal who was sunning himself on the beach. The shopaholic in me would have loved to have an additional 10hrs. in Carmel but... Don, thanks for being such an amazing driver/tour guide.
star-5
Fantastic drive
James_M
, Mar 2020
Lots of great stops, California coast beautiful, don the driver very good at his job. The 17 mile drive the highlight for me and my wife but Monterey and Carmel great, maybe the time in Carmel could have been longer.
star-5
A PERFECT DAY.
Emese_C
, Feb 2020
Oh my god, this tour was SO AMAZING. I cannot speak highly enough of this tour and our amazing tour guide and driver, Don!! I LOVED his commentary and I learned soo much... All of his commentary was very interesting, but I especially enjoyed it when he talked about Steinbeck and the inspiration behind some of his books.... I love literature, so I was all ears!!!! :) Oh and the scenery... Gosh. The Californian coastline is extremely beautiful. We saw a beautiful herd of deer(!!) down by the beach, I patted friendly squirrels on the back who were just chilling down by the beach, saw many seals and sea lions and beautiful birds... Not to mention the dramatic cliffs along the coast and the beautiful cypresses and the perfect turquoise surf... I was in heaven. We made great little stops along the way which enabled us to take beautiful photos and videos. Seriously, everything was so perfect. I loved Monterey and beautiful Carmel and I also loved just sitting on the bus and drinking in all the beauty that I saw. 17 Mile Drive is so incredible that I'll HAVE TO go back one day and do it all over again. It was a PERFECT day!!! Do yourself a favour and do not miss this tour if you're in San Francisco...!!
star-5
Driver and view
melinda
, Feb 2020
Saturday we went on the beautiful tour to Monterey, our experience was absolutely amazing. From the views, to the driver Josh, to the movie choice and song games! He told us a lot about the area and made it very interactive. Best tour guide and area to tour! Also the comment from Melinda was actually meant for Josh as well. She forgot the name! 😂
star-5
Don’t miss this tour
melinda
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour! Our tour was on Saturday and our driver was Dan. Honestly, I’ve traveled all over the world and had many tours, but this tour (and driver) topped most! Monterey, Carmel and the 17 mile drive are absolutely beautiful. I’d have to say that the drivers narration really made the trip most interesting. His music and movie 🎥 choices were an added benefit. My teens who were dreading the tour actually thanked me for making them go. And don’t forget to plan on tipping your driver! It’s kinda rude not to. The tour price (10 hours) is very reasonable so I imagine the drivers aren’t paid tremendously. Tipping is a great way to say thank you and it encourages really great, and knowledgeable individuals to even want to be guides.
star-5
We had a great tour with Dan on the Monterey Carmel excursion
nancylhanks
, Feb 2020
Dan was our driver and he did an excellent job. He was very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. We enjoyed our day with him.

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