Monterey and Carmel 1-Day Explorer Tour from San Francisco, CA

Extranomical Tours928 Harrison St.San Franscisco, CA 94107
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Set out on a California coast tour on this guided day trip to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco. Explore the alluring Carmel-by-the-Sea, take pictures on the 17-Mile Drive, and walk in the footsteps of author John Steinbeck at the historic Cannery Row in Monterey. Get a dose of the two cities’ rich history and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

up to 11 hrs 1 or more people

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from Ashley, one of our San Franscisco Travel Experts
  • An approximately 11-hour Monterey and Carmel-by-the-sea tour with a local expert guide.
  • See stunning views of the Pacific Coast along Highway 1, and take photos at the 17-Mile Drive and Carmen-by-the-Sea.
  • Walk in the footsteps of author John Steinbeck as you visit the historic Cannery Row and Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey.
  • Includes roundtrip transportation from two (2) major San Francisco locations: Fisherman's Wharf area or Union Square area.
  • A fun tour for all ages, but please note that a child safety seat for below eight (8) years old or 4'9" is required.
  • Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes or sandals.
  • Bring a light water-resistant jacket, camera or phone, water bottle, packed lunch, hat, sunscreen, umbrella, and cash or credit card for meals, snacks and souvenirs.


from Monterey and Carmel 1-Day Explorer Tour
It’s hard to imagine a one-day tour can deliver so many memories, but it does. You’ll bring back a rich collection of experiences from your adventure to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Monterey is a rich and entertaining mix of wildlife, stunning coastal views, and important history. Walk in the footsteps of figures like Grapes of Wrath author John Steinbeck.

After a pickup from a convenient hotel in San Francisco, you’ll be swept into a Pacific Coast wonderland. You’ll head down California State Route 1 toward Monterey along the picturesque Pacific Ocean coastline. Grab a photo with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop!

Keep an eye out for the sea otters playing in the waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This underwater park stretches hundreds of miles along the coast from San Francisco to Cambria and is home to hundreds of species of marine mammals, birds, and fish.

In Monterey, you’ll have two hours of free time to explore. That’s plenty of time to visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium (not included). Alternatively, you can take the time to stroll out to Lovers’ Point, check out the many boutiques that line historic Cannery Row, or grab a fresh lunch at Old Fisherman’s Wharf.

Back on your tour vehicle, you’ll be treated to more beauty on the 17-Mile Drive. This scenic road winds its way through the Del Monte Forest between magnificent multi-million dollar homes, a spectacular coastline, and the Pebble Beach golf course. Catch a photo of the hardy Lone Cypress Tree.

After leaving 17-Mile Drive, arrive in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Check out the quaint shops on Ocean Avenue or get some white Pacific sand between your toes at the beach.

Then it's time to head back to San Francisco, tired but exhilarated knowing it was the day of a lifetime.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Monterey and Carmel 1-Day Explorer Tour

What will I see on the tour?

In the morning, you’ll see the stunning Pacific Coast along Highway 1 on the drive to Monterey and walk along historic Cannery Row and Old Fisherman’s Wharf. While in the afternoon, you’ll be cruising the 17-Mile Drive and see Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and charming Carmel-by-the-Sea.

What should I wear?

Pacific Coast can be windy and chilly in the morning, so best to dress in layers and a pair of comfortable walking shoes or sandals.

I’m traveling with a child; do I need to bring a child seat?

For your child’s safety, all vehicle tours require child safety seats or a booster for every child under eight (8) years of age or 4′ 9″ in height. If you need assistance arranging for a safety seat, please leave a comment in the “Have Special Needs?” section when booking your reservation.

What should I bring?

Bring a light water-resistant jacket, camera or phone, water bottle, hat, sunscreen, umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain), and cash or credit card for purchasing souvenirs and snacks.

Are meals included in the tour and where is the stop for lunch?

Meals are not included on this tour, but there will be stops on the way to Monterey to purchase snacks. There are several good options for food and drinks in Monterey, where you’ll have enough time for meals, snacks and refreshments.

How much free time will I have in Monterey and Carmel?

You’ll have approximately two (2) hours of free time in Monterey and up to one (1) hour in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Is admission to the 17-Mile Drive included?

Yes, the 17-Mile Drive admission is included in the tour cost.

Will we stop at the Lone Cypress or Pebble Beach?

Yes, the tour will take the 17-Mile Drive from Monterey to Carmel and will have a few stops for photos along the way, including the Lone Cypress and Pebble Beach, unless there is a special event.

Will I have time to visit Monterey Bay Aquarium?

Yes. The tour will spend about two (2) hours in Monterey, so you can use this time to visit the Aquarium. The entrance fee to the Monterey Bay Aquarium is not included.

Does the tour pick up outside of San Francisco?

Complimentary pick-up is offered from two central locations in San Francisco. If you are staying away from the downtown area, it is recommended to take a shared ride service or public transportation to Union Square.