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$ 105 per person

Likely to sell out

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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Live tour guide
Pickup included
For the Downtown, 478 Post Street pickup, meet a representative from the local partner directly across the road from the Encore Cafe. Please arrive by 7:25 AM in order to check-in. Your bus will depart at 7:40 AM. For the Fisherman's Wharf, Leavenworth Street departure, the bus will board just in front of Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours which is across the road from the address. You can identify the boarding point by the blue canopy that is clearly visible. Please arrive by 7:45 AM in order to check-in. Your bus will depart at 8:00 AM.


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
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Important information

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  • Buses are air-conditioned with a bathroom
  • This tour operates rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 142 reviews

Review summary

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Monterey and Carmel were on my bucket list. But I didn't want to rent a car myself, so I was glad that there are tours like this one. The bus driver was super nice. The area there is absolutely beautiful. Definitely worth at least one trip. I didn't have that much time in San Francisco - a tour like that was really great there. I would definitely book it again.

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August 12, 2022

We loved our day. Our guide, Thomas was excellent, kind and gave lots of details / advice throughout the course and the day. We had plenty of time at each stop and had time to take pictures or shop or eat a meal. The landscapes are magnificent and the course well paced without being breathless. I definitely recommend!

June 17, 2022

It was a really wonderful trip! Our driver, Thomas, was fantastic with lots of great tidbits about all the attractions! Thomas is the best with giving information about all the stops and letting us know where to meet back up! All the attractions were great and it was a really worthwhile.

June 6, 2022

Product ID: 7381