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

Highlights
  • 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
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco
From US$79.00
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Monterey and Carmel Tour OnlyMost Popular
Day trip to Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive. This is the tour only and DOES NOT include Monterey Bay Aquarium admission.
US$79.00
Monterey, Carmel with Aquarium
Day trip to Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive INCLUDING Monterey Bay Aquarium admission.
US$118.00
Overview
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.
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Monterey Bay Aquarium AND Bus Trip

I took this trip on Tuesday, Aug 14. Antonio was our bus driver, tour guide and entertainer. I felt that he cared about sharing the love of his region and state with us. He made us feel like it really mattered to him if we...More

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GrayLineSF, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Gray Line San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Sherri K., It was a pleasure having you as our guest on the Monterey, Carmel & The 17-Mile Drive Tour with Antonio. We're delighted to read you enjoyed your visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the cephalopod exhibits and jellyfish (and sea nettle)...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fun and beautiful

My friend and I took this tour on Aug 9, 2018. Our guide was Antonio. He made every attempt to accommodate all of the customers and even too accommodating at times (which made the trip a little longer). He was very knowledgeable and very educational...More

Thank klstarnes50
GrayLineSF, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Gray Line San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello, It was a pleasure having you as our guest onboard the Monterey, Carmel & The 17-Mile Drive Tour with driver-guide: Antonio. We're delighted to read you enjoyed trip to see all of the sights. We hope to see you again on your next visit...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Ok Trip

The trip was a good outing for the day. Our driver Antonio was very informative and funny. We were given ample time on most of the stops. However, we would have liked more that hour in Carmel to see the cottages the artist Thomas Kincaid...More

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GrayLineSF, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Gray Line San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello, It was a pleasure having you as our guest for the Monterey, Carmel & The 17-Mile Drive Tour with Antonio. Thank you for sharing your comments, we are sorry you felt there was not enough time during your visit in Carmel.Your comments are valuable...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
A really special day

We got to see some very special places and although Monterey, Pebble Beach and Carmel are supposed to be the highlights I still can't get over the delicious pastry from the roadside bakery in Davenport. Our driver Randy made the day a lot of fun...More

Thank ChrisPG31
GrayLineSF, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Gray Line San Francisco, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello, It was a pleasure having you as our guest on the Monterey, Carmel & The 17-Mile Drive Tour with Randy. Thank you for sharing your comments, we are sorry you felt there was not enough time during your visit in Carmel.Your comments are valuable...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Absolutely Beautiful

This is a wonderful day trip through the 17 mile senic drive from beginning to end pure beauty. Antonio our guide was the best. He took such great care to make this trip special.

Thank Dianna T
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Bobbledegook
18 August 2018|
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Response from Sherri K | Reviewed this property |
Approximately 2 hours. Saw show explaining Monterey Bay evolution with humans ... 30 minutes but not cheesy. I would have stayed longer & taken some “Behind the Scene” tours but not enough time for everything. Tour from... More
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jothewalker
24 July 2018|
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Hello! I only been there in June and they were good boys and showed up. I've seen dozens of them.
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rita0521
21 June 2018|
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Response from bballwey | Reviewed this property |
As indicated, it’s only 17 miles. We drove the whole thing with a couple photo opportunities in about an hour and a half. There are great picnic spots if you want to bring lunch and enjoy the beach but driving is really... More
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