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

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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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
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Day-trip to Monterey and Carmel
Tolls for 17-Mile Drive Included
Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach restroom and power outlets
2 Departure locations offered in San Francisco: Union Square & Fisherman's Wharf Area
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel Pick-up & drop-off
Monterey Bay Aquarium

Departure Point

478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

2800 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

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 Not Included
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 Included
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 Included
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 Included
Pass By:  
Carmel by the sea
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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line 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.

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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
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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
  • "I suggest if you take this tour to wear sneakers and bring a sweater." See review

Reviews

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1,465 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
The Most Knowledgeable Tour Guide Ever!
Photos-Alot
, Jul 2021
So glad I did this day trip! Our guide was so so knowledgeable on nature, updated facts on politics and corporate politics historically and currently and how decisions and actions negatively or POSITIVELY impacted what we were viewing. He was up on pop culture too! Learned so much about California and these historical places and views. Stopped at a number of interesting places and view points along the route. Many mansions pointed out. Am very impressed and will use Viator in the future
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Awesome Trip !
Sachin
, Jul 2021
Awesome Trip, it was really fun ! Our Guide was really informative and jolly. We had a real good time.
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star-5
Breathtaking
Nia_M
, Jul 2021
Alfonso was amazing. We had a wonderful experience. The views were to breathtaking. Alfonso gave everyone strawberries and cherries. It was a great touch. He was highly personable and maze the trip much more enjoyable.
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star-5
Awesome tour - beautiful sights!
Barbara_D
, Jul 2021
Great tour! Our driver added a bonus and drove though Santa Cruz so we could see the Boardwalk. Very nice trip; a good balance between what you pass by vs. where you stop. I would do it again!
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Carmel
JoAnn_I
, Jul 2021
Antonio is an excellent tour guide. My only complaint is we didn’t see the water at Carmel. We saw shops.
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star-5
Phenomenal Views
Lynda_B
, Jul 2021
The Views were Phenomenal!! Antonio was an Excellent Guide, Very Informative. It was well planned out.. Really got to see Monterey and Carmel. Overall A+ Tour!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello Lynda, Gray Line San Francisco pride itself on the quality and experience of our tour guides. We're glad you agree, and thanks so much for leaving us a great review. We hope you'll give us a call the next time you're looking for things to do in San Franciso. We've other really cool tours we can offer you. Andrew Sales Manager Gray Line San Francisco
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Monterey trip
TCG
, Jul 2021
This trip was awesome our tour guide gave great information. Great way to see a lot. Antonio is the best!
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star-5
A nice way to spend a day seeing a bit of the scenic PCH
Susan_K
, Jul 2021
Antonio was a great driver and an excellent guide. His narrative kept things interesting and fun and broke up the drive. We had several little stops along the way - coffee, a beautiful produce stand, lighthouse, scenic vistas along PCH for photos. We had plenty of time at the main stops ( Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach). A great tour, highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks so much for your great review, Susan. We're delighted you enjoyed our Monterey and Carmel tour with Antonio. We've found this combination is a 100% fun, guaranteed experience! I'm glad you felt the tour offered interesting stops and deserved to be recommended. Please share your experience with friends and familiars; nothing would help us more than this. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
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star-4
Monterey and Carmel trip
Chuck_C
, Jul 2021
Antonio who was our guide was terrific. He knows a lot of information about the cities and sites we were passing. We enjoyed the ride up to Monterey and enjoyed Carmel. Personally disappointed in Monterey as it seemed like a tourist trap. Would have loved to see the aquarium there but this particular tour doesn’t give enough time. Still overall a good experience
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star-5
Good tour
Paulette_S
, Jul 2021
Antonio was a great guide ,would recommend to anyone wanting to see the 17 mile drive and Monterey. The only thing that could of been skipped for me is the Carmel mall.
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