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

  • Drive down the California coast during this Monterey and Carmel tour
  • Cover 17 miles (27 kilometers) with a guide who’s familiar with the roads 
  • Choose to stroll Cannery Row or to explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco
From US$79.00
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Day trip to Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive. This is the tour only and DOES NOT include Monterey Bay Aquarium admission.
From US$79.00
Monterey, Carmel with Aquarium
Day trip to Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive INCLUDING Monterey Bay Aquarium admission.
From US$118.00
Running along the Pacific coastline in California, Highway 1’s route involves plenty of twists and turns. Rather than dealing with the stress of driving it on your own, take this Monterey and Carmel tour that allows you to keep your eyes on the spectacular views. It includes round-trip transportation from San Francisco, and you can even add an optional admission ticket to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
What to Expect
Start your guided tour to Monterey with a pickup from Union Square in San Francisco. Once you board your vehicle for the day, relax on the drive.

Your guide takes you down the California coast for views of the Pacific Ocean and beachside mansions. Your first stop is in Monterey where you’ll have about two hours of free time to stroll Cannery Row. You can also add on an admission ticket to Monterey Bay Aquarium when booking for an additional upgrade fee.

Afterward, it’s on to Carmel-by-the-Sea for some more free time before the drive back to San Francisco.
Reviews (1,369)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Bucket List Trip

While the guys played golf at Pebble Beach the girls drove the 17 mile drive into Carmel. The scenery was beautiful and many places to stop and take pictures of the ocean and rock formations along the coast. They enjoyed Carmel and the shopping as...More

Thank tripplanner99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Josh, our guide was awesome! The views were simply stunning and I am so glad we purchased this trip!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank laurinminor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Fabulous !

This trip was amazing and I could not believe the price of the trip. We were away from 8am until 8pm ! We loved Monterrey, Carmel and the wonderful 17 mile drive. We had 2 hours in Monterrey and 1 hour in Carmel, but I...More

Thank Scottishperson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Superb Tour with Antonio. He's a real asset to Gray Line.

This is truly an excellent tour. You're out for a good 11-12 hours. Lunch in Monterrey, an hour or so in Carmel (we went to the famous Hogs Breath pub). Even a decent stop at Pebble Beach golf club for you to pick up some...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank OspreyfanAJ
Reviewed 6 November 2018
Excellent tour of Monterey, Carmel

Tour guide was great, great information on the trip pointed out lots of interesting facts on route, also have super music for certain parts of the tour. The Tour Guide was Josh, great tour and great value

Date of experience: October 2018
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25 November 2018|
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Response from Donna B | Reviewed this property |
Hi, It takes about 12 hours all in. It was fantastic! It doesn’t seem that long as you have stops on the way, so it is very interedting. I would do it all over again if I could! Well worth the money.
19 November 2018|
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Response from dianecI7874ZY | Reviewed this property |
Like the previous reply this is really one for the company to answer. I recall looking at their website for something and I would guess they have a direct email address for questions. Hopefully you will be able to go in the... More
Nadine N
5 November 2018|
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Response from LyndyLipman | Reviewed this property |
There are select pick up and set down spots such as certain Hotels and of course the Depot. Just check with the Bus Company or Tour Office for the closest point to you.