Day trip

From San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Day Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line San Francisco

From San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Day Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line San Francisco
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From US$ 95 per person

Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. Follow Highway 1 to the Monterey Peninsula and visit Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Finish with a stop at the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea before returning to San Francisco.

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Duration 11 hours
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5.5 hours
  • San Francisco

  • 2.5 hours
  • Monterey (break, photo stop, lunch, shopping)

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (visit)

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • 17-Mile Drive (photo stop)

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea (break, shopping)

  • 3 hours
  • San Francisco

Pickup included
Main stop
  • Travel the 17-mile Scenic Drive
  • Visit Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck
  • Wander the quaint town of Carmel by the sea
  • Ample photo stops along the way
Full description
Travel scenic California’s Pacific Coast Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, famous for its spectacular ocean views, abundant wildlife, and historical past. You will stop at Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck, where there are great shops and restaurants overlooking the Pacific. Next travel through the famous 17-Mile Drive and see Pebble Beach Golf Course. Photo stops will be made along this gorgeous drive. Your tour continues to Carmel by the sea where ample time is given to walk through this charming town dotted with lovely shops, and beautiful architecture.
  • Guide
  • Round-trip transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Visit to Cannery Row
  • Visit to Carmel by the sea
  • Tips (optional)
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Buses are air conditioned with bathroom
  • This tour operates rain or shine
  • We offer 2 different departure locations in San Francisco, one located in downtown (Union Square Area) and another one in the Fisherman's Wharf area.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 129 reviews

Review summary

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I can now say I have been to Monterey, Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea and all points in between. The Pacific coastline is amazing. No star sitings! We used our time in Monterey to visit the Aquarium (careful with this because we had two hours and the line was long but it was early and the line moved fast; I had purchased tickets online so once inside moved through ticket area quickly). Thomas, our driver, knowledgeable about area, stopped frequently, encouraged us to get off the bus and walk. Riding in a coach bus in a Mercedes isn’t a rough ride.

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March 25, 2022

10/10 tour! Didn’t know what to expect as my partner and I usually don’t do tours but this one was really fun. Antonio (our guide & driver) was really knowledgeable and funny. I would really recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to escape from SF and see Northern California & it’s coastline.

March 8, 2022

Our Driver and guide, Grady, made this tour worthwhile. The personal stories he interwove into his narration of the sites and scenes made for a most interesting and informative trip. We had adequate time to explore on our own at the various stops and he showed such care and concern for all his passengers, but especially those with challenges.

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December 16, 2021

Product ID: 7381