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Monterey and Carmel One Day Tour from San Francisco

This beautiful tour traces the Pacific Coast Highway 1 all the way to Monterey. Explore the city’s historic past, Cannery Row, Old Fisherman’s Wharf and more. Drive along the 17-mile Drive through Pebble Beach to charming Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Tour Length - 11 hours approximately

Drive down Coastal California Highway 1
Free time at Cannery Row and Old Fisherman’s Wharf
View scenic 17-Mile Drive
Visit Pebble Beach Golf Links
Stop in enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea
Guide gratuity: recommended


  • Combine historic Monterey with enchanting Carmel by the Sea
  • Relax, dine and explore during 2+ hours of free time in Monterey
  • Photo stops at the Pacific Coast, Pebble Beach Golf Links, 17-Mile Drive and more
  • Fully guided (English) experience

Tour Description

The Monterey is a rich and entertaining mix of wildlife, stunning coastal views, and important history. On its streets, you can walk in the steps of figures like Grapes of Wrath author John Steinbeck, who spent years living in and writing about this fascinating area. Read more about this amazing place on our Monterey Guide.

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.  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, spectacular coastline and 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. Find out more about Carmel.

Finally, this tour of Monterey and Carmel has almost come to an end; it’s time to head back to San Francisco, exhilarated but knowing it was a day to remember.

Why Choose Us?

This is the only Monterey & Carmel tour led by a local insider that comes with a “traveling with friends” vibe. Itinerary leaves time to explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Scenic Highway 1, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Cannery Row, Old Fisherman’s Wharf, 17-Mile Drive, Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Carmel by the Sea–our experienced guides will help you discover it all! As part of our commitment to a sustainable environment, Extranomical Tours supports NatureBridge, whose proven in-the-field programs at national parks inspire self-discovery and environmental stewardship in young learners.  Help us by donating at checkout.

We’re so confident that our Monterey and Carmel Tour will amaze—it’s backed by a Satisfaction Guarantee.


8:00 AM to 8:30 AM

  • Convenient pickup at two major San Francisco hotels

8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

  • Scenic Highway 1 drive along California’s Pacific Coastline
  • Stops at magnificent vista points to capture the best photos of the ocean

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

  • Free time to explore Cannery Row and Old Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Enjoy Monterey Bay Aquarium or a food walking tour of historic Monterey

1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Cruise California’s coastline on the 17-mile drive
  • See the Lone Cypress near the Pebble Beach Golf Links

4:00 PM to 5:15 PM

  • Explore, dine, and shop in Carmel-by-the-Sea

5:15 PM to 7:00 PM

  • Conclude the tour at your pickup location
Important Information
Do we have time to visit Monterey Bay Aquarium?

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

What will I see on the tour?

On the morning drive to Monterey, you will see stunning Pacific Coast scenery along Highway 1. In Monterey, you will walk along historic Cannery Row to Old Fisherman’s Wharf or take the time to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In the afternoon, while cruising the famous 17-mile drive, you will encounter the Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and charming Carmel-by-the-Sea.

What should I wear?

The Pacific Coast can be windy and chilly in the morning, so it’s best to dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals.

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 a credit card for purchasing souvenirs or snacks.

Is admission to the 17-mile drive included?

Yes. Admission to the 17-mile drive is included in the tour cost.

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

You will have about two (2) hours of free time in Monterey and up to one (1) hour in Carmel by the Sea.

Will we stop at the Lone Cypress or Pebble Beach?

Yes. We will take the 17-mile drive from Monterey to Carmel, making a few stops for photos along the way. We will stop at both the Lone Cypress and at Pebble Beach unless there is a special event.

Do you pick up outside of San Francisco?

We offer a complimentary pick-up from hotels located in San Francisco. If you are staying away from the downtown area, we suggest taking a shared ride service or public transportation to the Hilton Union Square hotel on O'Farrell Street. The pick-up is located outside the Mason Street side entrance.

Where is the stop for lunch? Are meals included?

The tour makes a stop on the way to Monterey where you may purchase some snacks. There are many nice options for food or drink in Monterey where we will spend approximately two (2) hours. Meals are not included on this tour.

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 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height. If you need assistance arranging for a safety seat, give us at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-360-6505.

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