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Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco

Discover one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world as you travel along Highway 1 to historic Monterey and laid back Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Follow the spectacular Highway 1 along the stunning California coastline which features one breathtaking view after another - the winding route takes you through the surf town of Santa Cruz and then on to historic Monterey.

Enjoy two hours of free time here to grab a fresh seafood lunch on the pier (additional cost, payable locally), visit Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, view wild seals or even enter the Monterey Bay Aquarium (additional cost, payable locally) which houses more than 250,000 creatures in over 200 spectacular galleries and exhibits.

Afterwards, drive along the famous 17-Mile Drive and see Pebble Beach Golf Course, the Lone Pine and some of the best coastal vistas in the world before stopping at the chic coastal community of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Here, you can browse the abundant local galleries, see remnants of a historic Spanish mission or just stroll the charming streets.

Before leaving the natural world, head to a futuristic one as the itinerary leads through Silicon Valley, the high tech capital of the world, before returning back to San Francisco.

Experience Includes

  • Scenic drive along Pacific Coast Highway 1 including famous 17-Mile Drive
  • Visit to Monterey where John Steinbeck set Cannery Row
  • Wander around Carmel-by-the Sea, home to Clint Eastwood
  • Visit Silicon Valley - the high-tech capital of the world
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Hotel pick-up from centrally located San Francisco hotels

Experience Excludes

  • Entrance to the Monterey Aquarium
  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel drop off


Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Start times

9.00am. Exact pick-up time advised upon reconfirmation.


Around 11 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the supplier 5 days prior to the tour date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 5 days of tour date.