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

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Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. Follow Highway 1 and enjoy stops at Pigeon Point Lighthouse and in Davenport for a quick coffee and snack.
Back on the road traveling by Monterey Bay and Peninsula, to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Explore Monterey's charming shops or choose to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Two hours is ample time for pictures and Instagram posts of everything you are experiencing.
See the stunning estates of 17-Mile Drive, as well as Bird Rock, Lone Cypress, and world famous, Pebble Beach Golf Course.
Arriving in Carmel-by-the-Sea, known for the museums and library of the historic Carmel Mission, and the fairytale cottages, and galleries of its village like center.
11 hours of breathtaking sightseeing, unique shopping, historical landmarks, mouth-watering culinary innovation.


  • Hotel pickup included
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach



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1589 reviews

Average 4.49 out of 5 stars based on 1467 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Nikita_B, May 2023 Verified
It was an amazing experience. I enjoyed the trip. Danilo was very sweet and a wonderful trip guide. Trip to remember.
Jeffrey_O, May 2023 Verified
Beautiful scenery. Danilo did a very nice job! Great guide and the drive was very comfortable and enjoyable!
Stacy_C, May 2023 Verified
Long day but a change from San Francisco to drive along highway 1, stop by a lighthouse, lunch in Monterey and see the aquarium or shop. Carmel by the sea was also beautiful. Our guide Danny was excellent.
Wendy O, May 2023 Verified
Beautiful trip down the coast. Loved the scenery, bus comfortable, very relaxing. We felt safe with our driver and host Danila who also added to the enjoyment by sharing info about the spots we visited or traveled by. Definitely recommend. Great way to see a little more of California!
Georgina_m, May 2023 Verified
Great trip seeing the coastline down to carmel. Highlight for me was having a drink in Clint eastwoods old pub. Carmel is beautiful and driving through the 17 mile drive was gorgeous. Comfy coach with a loo was a bonus.
kuhrious, May 2023 Verified
Pebble Beach…visiting Monterey & Carmel and allowing some time to take pics at the Golden Gate Bridge
Claire_S, May 2023 Verified
Thomas our guide/driver was amazing, very knowledgeable, made great stops and made the day, thank you
Vieques62, May 2023 Verified
Thomas was a great tour guide but the stars of this trip were definitely the views! The stunning shoreline, turquoise ocean and wildflowers welcomed us at each stop! We had the luxury of riding through the Pebble Beach Golf Course, walking along the breathtaking 17 mile drive, watching sea lions along the rocks and dining in sunny Monterey. Best of all was the time spent on Carmel by the Sea! Take the walk past the lovely upscale shops to the beach…white sands, blue waters…California at its best! The tour bus was clean and roomy, Thomas gave us a few options to stop at the local market for the freshest of fruits. I would definitely take this tour again!
DAVID_B, May 2023 Verified
The 17-mile drive and visit to Pebble Beach made the whole trip worthwhile. It would have been a long day without this. Carmel was beautiful, but slightly marred by rainy weather on the day. The driver, Thomas, was very knowledgeable about the sights and the highlights of the tour and kept everyone to time.
Cheryl T, May 2023 Verified
Would highly recommend this tour. Thomas, our driver/guide, gave us a wonderful, well rounded commentary touching on history, geography, economics, culture, agriculture, climate, sports, and trivia. Most appreciated was how he established a few simple ground rules before our departure - no talking during the commentary, return to the bus on time, and keep your original seats (all of which should be self evident but have been sadly lacking in other recent tours I have taken).The day was long, but well organized and we kept on shcedule despite several traffic delays. I couldn't believe how much we saw, nor the beauty of the coast.I would point out highlights but there were too many. The whole day was exceptional!

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