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

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

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Drive down one of the most scenic roads in California on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Cruise along the coast-hugging Highway 1, passing the mansions of Pebble Beach on the iconic 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy free time to explore Monterey, where you can stroll down Steinbeck’s Cannery Row or visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Browse the ritzy boutiques of Carmel-by-the-Sea and get a glimpse of Silicon Valley’s tech campuses on the return drive to San Francisco.
  • Full-day trip from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel
  • Stop at Carmel by the Sea
  • San Francisco pickup and drop-off included
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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
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel Pick-up & drop-off
Monterey Bay Aquarium

Departure Point

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

Departure Time

7:40 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

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

Departure Time

7:40 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Hop aboard your luxury coach in central San Francisco, cruise down scenic Highway 1 and let your guide handle the driving while you soak up views of the Pacific Ocean.

After curving around the Monterey Peninsula, stop in the coastal city of Monterey. Enjoy free time here to grab a fresh seafood lunch on the pier (own expense) or browse the shops of Cannery Row.

Continue along the coast with a ride down 17-Mile Drive, home to the prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Course and the Lone Cypress tree. Listen for the barking clamor of Seal Rock with a stop along this low-lying coastal road framed by mansions and ocean vistas. Further along, visit the chic coastal community of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can browse high-end galleries and see remnants of a historic Spanish mission. 

Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off in the evening in San Francisco.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Pacific Coast Highway
California's most scenic highway that connects San Francisco to Monterey. This road hugs the California coastline, passing rocky overhangs and coastal farming towns.
Stop At:  
Pigeon Point Light Station
Tallest lighthouse on the west Coast of the United States. it is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. Explore the lighthouse or a quick walk down to the beach.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Davenport
Travelers will spend 15 minutes here to stretch and get a quick coffee.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Monterey Bay
Nearing the city of Monterey, views of the Monterey Bay will become available for traveles.
Pass By:  
Cannery Row
This waterfront street in the New Monterey section of Monterey. It is the site of now-defunct sardine canning factories. Cannery Row today is now a tourist attraction with many restaurants and stores.
Stop At:  
Monterey Bay Aquarium
This is the stopping location for the Monterey portion of the tour. Travelers will be given 1.5 hours - 2 hours of free time to explore: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Restaurants and stores.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
17-Mile Drive
A scenic loop through the private Pebble Beach community on the Monterey Peninsula. Travelers will see, beautiful coastal scenes with white cove beaches.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bird Rock Vista Point
This wildlife hub is buzzing with birds, harbor seals and belching sea lions. Sea lions take advantage of the cleared-off perch and enjoy the sun.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lone Cypress
A Monterey Cypress tree, standing on a granite hillside. Estimated at 250 years, the cypress has been scarred by fire and held in place by cables for the last 60 years.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world, it hugs the rugged coastline and has wide open views of Carmel Bay. Travelers will be allowed to disembark and explore the area.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Carmel by the sea
Small beach community on California's Monterey Peninsula. The Scenic Bluff Path runs from surf spot Carmel Beach to bird-rich Carmel River State Beach.
Stop At:  
Carmel Plaza
Nestled in the heart of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Plaza is home to one of a kind fashion finds, specialty natural brands, distinctive restaurants, gourmet shops, wine tasting rooms, in a relaxed and sophisticated setting.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line San Francisco
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you do not want to drive yourself - just take this tour to get the first taste / glimpse." See review
  • "Tip- pick up area brochures before getting on the bus, can make much better use of time." See review
  • "Stop in Monterey is a bit long if you don’t do an Acquarium." See review

Reviews

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1,532 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Amazing trip
Karen_F
, Dec 2021
Amazing! Antonio was knowledgeable, friendly and such a wonderful tour guide. Plenty of opportunities to take pictures.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks for your feedback, Karen! We're proud to hear that Antonio did such a great job. Please call us when you're ready to tour again! Andrea Customer Sales Manager Gray Line San Francisco
star-5
Great driver, beautiful...
Patricia_L
, Dec 2021
Great driver, beautiful views, all around a wonderful time. Would recommend it to anyone that it’s visiting San Francisco.
star-5
Beautiful Area - Worth Seeing
Laura_D
, Nov 2021
This tour was amazing. We stopped at so many beautiful places and had so many photo opportunities. Totally enjoyed seeing all of these areas. I wish we had a little more time in Carmel but all in all it was a great day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Just Wonderful Views
Rowena_S
, Nov 2021
The Pacfic Coast scenery before and along the 17 mile drive was wonderful. Myself, I could have been happy to miss the bakery stop in the morning. This would have been a great one or two night trip to make the most of the towns. However the star was the wonderful coastline and walk.
star-5
Fun day trip
Aisha_R
, Nov 2021
Doug was a wonderful tour guide. He was funny and provided a lot of useful information. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thanks for your feedback, Aisha! Can't agree more, Doug is a 5-star guide! Please let us know when you're ready to tour again! Andrea Customer Relations Manager Gray Line San Francisco
star-5
BEST TOUR EVER!
Takisa_A
, Nov 2021
Best tour ever! You will have the time of your life. I already want to do it again. Anthony the driver did a fantastic job describing the cities best places to ear & landmarks. THANK YOU.
star-5
Excellent experience!
Robert_G
, Nov 2021
Antonio our tour guide and driver was excellent and went above and beyond to make it a wonderful day. Even ordered perfect weather!
star-5
The views were...
MariaLourdes_S
, Nov 2021
The views were spectacular! We had a great day! Our driver Thomas was knowledgeable and safe driver! 👍 for Thomas and Viator!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful scenery.
Fred_P
, Nov 2021
Tour guide Thomas Is very knowledgeable about Monterey Bay, Pebble Beach and Carmel. Beautiful scenery. Tour is well worth the time.
star-5
Beautiful coastal...
Janet_B
, Nov 2021
Beautiful coastal views...very knowledgeable guide identifying sites of interest and hidden gems and time to explore areas
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thanks, Janet for reviewing our Monterey tour and your kind words about our guide. The coastal views are hard to forget once you see them for the first time. Such a memorable experience everyone should face once in their lives. Andrew Sales Manager Gray Line San Francisco

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