Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. You'll follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula home of the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Explore Monterey's charming shops or choose to add aquarium admission. See the stunning estates of 17-Mile Drive. Finish your day with a stop at the coastal town of Carmel by the Sea, before returning to San Francisco via famous Silicon Valley.
- Day trip (destination A to B)
- Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Escape the big city on this scenic day-trip to Monterey and Carmel. Drive along the Highway 1 with breathtaking views of the Pacific Coast seascapes and narration as you may your way down to the Bay. You'll have time to shop and have lunch in Monterey, with the option of visiting the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and enjoy plenty of photo stops on this scenic day trip from San Francisco. No trip to California is complete with a drive along the famous 17-Mile Drive, home to the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course, the Lone Cypress, magnificent mansions, playful wildlife along the coastline and breathtaking natural beauty.
Then, you'll head to the enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea, with a charming downtown shopping district, beautiful beaches and historic mission. On this last stop of the tour, you will have time to visit the many boutiques and art galleries.
Highlights of this day trip include:
- Pacific Ocean drive
- Cannery Row
- Lone Cypress
- Pebble Beach Lodge and golf course
- Carmel Mission
- Monterey Bay
- 17-Mile Drive
- Seal Rock
- Carmel by the Sea
- Pacific Grove
- Monterey Bay Aquarium (optional visit)
Monterey Bay Aquarium option (select tour option at time of booking): Use your time in Monterey to visit the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium. Spend your two hours in town to explore its fascinating exhibits with jellyfish, otters, a kelp forest and even a sunfish.This iconic attraction is a must-see!
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Please note, if you are staying at Fisherman's Wharf hotels please make your own way to the departure point of 2627 Taylor Street. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to tour departure time
Cruise ship passengers: Please make your way to 2627 Taylor Street, 10-minute walk from the cruise ship terminal
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Tour returns to original departure point
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Monterey and Carmel Tour Only
Day trip to Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive. This is the tour only and DOES NOT include Monterey Bay Aquarium admission.
USD $75.00Pricing details
Monterey, Carmel with Aquarium
Day trip to Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive INCLUDING Monterey Bay Aquarium admission.
USD $103.00Pricing details
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco
- Day-trip to Monterey and Carmel
- Monterey Bay Aquarium Entrance (only included if tour option selected at time of booking)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (from downtown and some airport area hotels only)
- Tolls for 17-Mile Drive
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- 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. The driver is not permitted to assist handicapped persons due to insurance restrictions
- Buses are air-conditioned and the size of the bus depends on the number of passengers booked for that particular day
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Michael S, October 2016
Long ride, but driver was awesome and views were spectacular.
Reviewed by: Susan O, October 2016
An excellent trip with a very informative guide, Doug, who entertained us throughout the day. If you have read John Steinbeck ,Cannery Row, Monterey will bring the book to life with a lovely statue of the characters in the town. We stopped for a couple of hours for lunch in Monterey and the recommendations given were excellent. I went to the large fish restaurant overlooking the beach and watched seals basking in the glorious sunshine as I ate a magnificent plate of fish and chips and a couple of glasses of Napa Valley Merlot. I did not spot any Otters but I am sure they were out there somewhere probably people watching. We then travelled further around Ben Sur, the 17 mile drive around Pebble Beach and Del Monte Forest, seeing all the mansions and having time to photo some of the many beautiful sights of the sea and watching the ardent golfers take their shots. Finally we reached Carmel by the sea, a beautiful resort. The only downside of the trip was that we only had one hour in Carmel which did not do it justice as there was insufficient time to explore the beach as well as the superb shops. It was a long day but a well worthwhile trip and a lovely opportunity to see a lovely part of California. Would recommend this trip, a great day with a lovely guide who dropped us all off at our respective hotels. Nothing was too much trouble.