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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco provided by Gray Line San Francisco

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

Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Drive down the California coast during this Monterey and Carmel tour
  • Choose to stroll Cannery Row or to explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Round-trip transportation means you can enjoy a drink (or two)
What to expect
  • Start your guided tour to Monterey with a pickup in central 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 have some free time to stroll Cannery Row. Afterward, it’s on to Carmel-by-the-Sea for some more free time before the drive back to San Francisco.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Drive down the California coast during this Monterey and Carmel tour
  • Choose to stroll Cannery Row or to explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Round-trip transportation means you can enjoy a drink (or two)
What to expect
  • Start your guided tour to Monterey with a pickup in central 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 have some free time to stroll Cannery Row. 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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Call the number below and use the product code: 2660SFOMON
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - 17-Mile Drive
  • Entry/Admission - Bird Rock Vista Point
  • Entry/Admission - Lone Cypress
  • Entry/Admission - Pebble Beach Golf Links
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel Pick-up & drop-off
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Entry/Admission - Monterey Bay Aquarium
Duration
11h
Departure details
  • 478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA Gray Line Union Square Departure Zone If you choose this location departure, please be at the above address by 7:25 AM to check-in with one of our Gray Line SF representatives. Bus departure time: 7:40 AM
  • 2800 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA Gray Line Fisherman’s Wharf Departure Location (meet us at the corner of Leavenworth St. & Jefferson St.) If you choose this location departure, please be at the above address by 7:45 AM to check-in with one of our Gray Line SF representatives. Bus Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers
Inclusions
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - 17-Mile Drive
  • Entry/Admission - Bird Rock Vista Point
  • Entry/Admission - Lone Cypress
  • Entry/Admission - Pebble Beach Golf Links
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel Pick-up & drop-off
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Entry/Admission - Monterey Bay Aquarium
Departure details
  • 478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA Gray Line Union Square Departure Zone If you choose this location departure, please be at the above address by 7:25 AM to check-in with one of our Gray Line SF representatives. Bus departure time: 7:40 AM
  • 2800 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA Gray Line Fisherman’s Wharf Departure Location (meet us at the corner of Leavenworth St. & Jefferson St.) If you choose this location departure, please be at the above address by 7:45 AM to check-in with one of our Gray Line SF representatives. Bus Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Duration
11h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Pacific Coast Highway
  • 1
    Pigeon Point Light Station
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Davenport
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Monterey Bay
    Cannery Row
  • 3
    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 4
    17-Mile Drive
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Bird Rock Vista Point
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    Lone Cypress
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 7
    Pebble Beach Golf Links
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Carmel by the sea
  • 8
    Carmel Plaza
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
243 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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toddfr55
North Miami, FL1 contribution
Wonderful Tour
Nov 2021
Our driver was fantastic, both his driving and as a tour guide. The only change I would make is to spend more time in Carmel and less time in Monterey. Also, the bus toilet could have been cleaner
Written 2 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Vibrant Kisa
3 contributions
BEST TOUR EVER!
Antonio was excellent & did an amazing & thorough job describing everything. I am so happy we took this trip; it was one of the best tours in my life.
Written 20 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wow! Thanks for your kind words about our tour and Antonio. We're happy to have delivered you a great experience! When you're ready to tour again, please keep Gray Line San Francisco in mind! Cheers
Written 21 November 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Naynon
Kingston upon Thames, UK28 contributions
It’s a long day.
It was a 12 hour day trip. The trip was good, the driver was great. The guide was a lovely man but he didn’t stop talking. A break from the constant narration would have been welcome.
On the long drive back to the city he played terrible guitar music over the speakers. It was very niche & drove us to distraction. But he enjoyed it!
It was a long day but it was fun to see Monterey Cannery Row & Carmel.
Written 11 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
GrayLineSFO
Hello Naynon, It is fabulous to hear that you enjoyed the Gray Line San Francisco Monterey & Carmel Tour. We really appreciate your detailed review and the fact that you liked the visit to Cannery Row. Thank you also for your feedback highlighting where we can do better. We appreciate hearing about your experience and your thoughts about our tour guide. Your comments are really helpful in highlighting opportunities to improve our service even further and your recommendations are being addressed internally. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Andrea Customer Relations Manager Gray Line San Francisco
Written 11 November 2021
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Hannah
1 contribution
Beautiful Trip, Great Guide
Oct 2021
Our tour guide, Antonio, was fantastic, friendly and informative. He really made the trip special and made everyone feel welcome. We made some beautiful stops along the way and learned a lot about the area. We would've liked a bit more time in Carmel as it was a little hard to grab dinner and still see the town, but other than that, it was a truly memorable experience with something for every member of our five-person group.
Written 10 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear hannahmX2535KJ Thank you for taking the time to write your lovely review on our tour. We appreciate your kind comments about our guide Antonio´s performance! I am thrilled to learn it helped you enjoyed the ride and visits on Monterey and Carmel. Looking forward to seeing you again on a near future, Best regards,
Written 10 November 2021
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robertboroda
Boston, MA2 contributions
Monterey, Carmel full day
Oct 2021
We enjoyed a wonderful trip, tour guided/driver was very knowledgeable AND INFORMATIVE ALONG THE TRIP. We saw and experienced beautiful view of the Pacific coast highway along the way to Carmel by sea. Would recommend any one from East coast or other city to take this day trip.
Written 4 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear robertboroda Thank you for sharing your experience! We appreciate your kind comments about our guide performance! I am thrilled to learn it helped you enjoyed your visit to beautiful Monterey and Carmel. Looking forward to seeing you again on a near future, Sincerely,
Written 10 November 2021
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Lucy W
Venice, Italy1 contribution
Covid itinerary change
Oct 2021 • Family
Booked this trip last minute since we could no longer go to sequoia NP due to the wildfires. Tour guide and bus driver were wonderful though the tour guide shared a lot of opinions that I felt could’ve been excluded. Big con is that the itinerary listed on TripAdvisor wasn’t accurate. The tour no longer stops at pigeon point nor Davenport which were really nice spots along highway 1 that would’ve been nice to snap photos of. Instead, it stops at half moon bay which really was a coffee and bathroom pit stop about 30 min into the trip which I felt was unnecessary - no scenic views here. After that is a 2 hr stop in Monterey, 10 min stop at bird rock, 5 min stop at lone cypress, 30 min stop at the golf course and finally 1 hr stop at Carmel. We didn’t get back until 8:30 pm. Tour was overall great but wish there were more stops along the scenic viewpoints in the first half of the trip.
Written 10 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear lucywY4708VT Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I am glad you were able to enjoy and visit Monterrey and Carmel with us. I am disappointed to learn that the information given by our guide were not up to your liking. Regarding the itinerary, I will transfer your comments to the responsible department in order to improve our service. Sincerely,
Written 14 October 2021
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lisagZ9371VD
6 contributions
Great experience of Coastal California
Sep 2021
First and foremost, Antonio was terrific and went out of his way for everyone's enjoyment. He interacted with the guests, was friendly and bought the whole bus fresh strawberries from a local farm stand! You also knew he loved his home state. As far as the tour... well I guess I was expecting more coastal scenery and quaint towns. I was a bit disappointed in Monterrey as it was extremely touristy and 2.5 hours was far too long a stop. Meanwhile, Carmel was much prettier and we only had an hour... would have liked to switch it around and have lunch in Carmel (too pricey and too short of a stop for dinner) and end the tour with a shorter stop in Monterrey. Pebble beach was nice for a bathroom & coffee break. The highlights for me on the 17 mile drive were Seal Rock and of course the famous lone Cypress. I for one am very unimpressed with gawking and fawning over the homes of the wealthy and their playgrounds. I enjoyed the drive down along Hwy 1 along the coast far more than the 17 mile drive. That included a coffee stop and a lighthouse. The day was a bit long but the bus was comfortable and views were magnificent along the way.
Written 13 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello lisagZ9371VD, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review and for letting us know how you feel. We appreciate your kind words about Antonio; he remembers having lots of fun with your group and is looking forward to seeing you again soon! Our tour sets a longer stop in Monterey to allow enough time for our customers to visit the Aquarium, which makes the visit much more complete. I agree that the 17mile drive is a landmark that anyone must visit at least once in a lifetime. I still remember the first time I saw the lonely cypress. It was a memorable scene. We’re very grateful for customers like you and hope you stick with us for years to come! Andrew Sales Manager Gray Line San Francisco
Written 13 September 2021
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Evangelina F
2 contributions
Great trip
Sep 2021 • Solo
The tour was more than I expected, had a few stops at the beaches and I was able to take some wonderful photos. Monterey was wonderful, had lunch and had time to do some shopping. Met some wonderful people and would recommend to my friends.
Written 9 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear999evangelinaf, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am glad you got to witness the beautiful scenery that our Monterey, Carmel & 17-Mile Drive has to offer and you were able to capture wonderful memories to take home! I really appreciate your recommendation for future travellers! We are really looking forward to welcoming you again soon! Sincerely, Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
Written 12 September 2021
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Cassandra H
1 contribution
Loved the views
Sep 2021 • Friends
The driver was very knowledgeable. Lots of info. I loved the drive. The views were wonderful. Very safe.
Written 9 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear cassandrawM3702NK, Thank you for such a wonderful review on our Monterey, Camel & 17 Mile Drive. I am delighted that you learned lots of information provided by our wonderful driver/guide and had the change to enjoy your day with us. We are really looking forward to welcoming you again soon! Sincerely, Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
Written 12 September 2021
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Arstrazz
Lakeland, FL142 contributions
Nice views from a comfortable coach bus
Good way to see the coast line and get out of the city for the day. Would have liked more time in Carmel and more time out of the bus to walk around outside personally. This tour is set up to view almost everything through the bus window, which is fine if that’s your style. There were so many beautiful things that I wanted to get out and experience, but we kept driving. The tour operator was friendly enough but seemed to interject a lot of opinions throughout his talks, which we didn’t feel was necessary with the different views on some of the things he mentioned. Would have just liked facts and education about the areas.
Written 9 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Arstrazz, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am glad you got to witness the beautiful scenery that our Monterey, Carmel & 17-Mile Drive has to offer on board our tour. We will take your comments into consideration since they are the best tool to improve our services. Sincerely, Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
Written 12 September 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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