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

1321 Reviews | San Francisco, USA

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11 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Face masks provided for travelers
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Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Overview

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.

Highlights

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

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Average 4.25 out of 5 stars based on 1321 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Bernice H, Mar 2020 Verified
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.
AnnaK, Mar 2020 Verified
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 :).
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Sheri C, Mar 2020 Verified
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.
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Lorraine R, Mar 2020 Verified
Our guide/ driver, Antonio , was informative and entertaining. The trip was full of gorgeous scenery with plenty of stops for pictures and breaks. Sunny weather and spacious comfortable bus made it a perfect day!
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James M, Mar 2020 Verified
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.
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Emese C, Feb 2020 Verified
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...!!
, Feb 2020 Verified
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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Keith W, Feb 2020 Verified
What a day! This tour was a fantastic day out along the coast with some fantastic views and some great stop offs with plenty of photo opportunities. Our driver Antonio was fantastic, very knowledgeable about the places we went too and gave us plenty of time in each location with plenty of recommendations of places to go and see. Unfortunately we couldn’t go on 17 mile drive due to a golf tournament happening so didn’t get to Pebble beach but that’s fine as we had longer in Carmel which was great. What a great day
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missflorapau, Feb 2020 Verified
Would be better if our stops are not at shopping centre or we could extend the period staying in Carmel It takes a long way to way to Carmel Beach and I don't think anyone is interested in going to Carmel Complex
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David R, Feb 2020 Verified
Our trip down to Monterey, Pebble Beach and Carmel was fantastic. Our driver was Danilo and he made it for us with his knowledge of the whole trip. He was humerous and considerate and very helpful and a great driver. We had done this journey before but never entering Pebble Beach golf which we really wanted to do and we were not disappointed. The 17 mile drive was spectacular. We really recommend this trip, it is one not to be missed.

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