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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
  • Stop at Monterey
  • Plenty of stops with photo opportunities along the 17 Mile Drive
  • Stop at Pebble Beach Golf Course
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Day-trip to Monterey and Carmel
Entrance fee for the 17-Mile Drive Included
Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach restroom
2 hours stop at Monterey Bay
1 hour stop at Carmel Plaza
Stops at Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pebble Beach, Bird Rock and the Lone Cypress
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
This is the stopping location for the Monterey portion of the tour. Travelers will be given approximately 2 hours of free time to explore some of the many nearby attractions: - Monterey Bay Aquarium (tickets have to be reserved prior to departure date on the official Monterey Bay Aquarium website:www.montereybayaquarium.org - Cannery Row - Monterey Fisherman's Wharf - Restaurants and stores.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
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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star-5
Grady, the driver/guide,...
Galena_V
, Jan 2022
Grady, the driver/guide, was very friendly and relaxed. Good driver. Stops were beautiful. I'd prefer less emphasis on shopping opportunities and more beautiful views. Stops would be longer in Carmel and Monterey, and skip Pebble Beach Golf Club, include Big Sur. Bus was very comfortable.
star-5
Great Time
Quinten_B
, Jan 2022
The Full Day tour was a great tour and the guide, Antonio, was very knowledgeable about all of the stops we made and gave cool fun facts as we drove through San Francisco and Monterey and Carmel. Highly recommend! The bus was also a nice bus and very comfortable.
star-4
Monterrey and Carmel a...
Jorge_A
, Jan 2022
Monterrey and Carmel a must. Beatifull places, as well ass the 17 mile drive. The golf course I would eliminate from the tour. It doesn´t add any value to the experience and more time in Carmle is absolutely necessary, that why I gave this 4 and not 5 stars.
star-5
Wonderful Tour...
NURAISHA_B
, Jan 2022
Wonderful Tour expenrience with Spetacular Pacific View. Great Memories to 17 -mile Drive at Pebbles Bay.
star-3
Good Tour to dodge any rainy weather!
Kathleen_T
, Dec 2021
I think this tour is more for adults. It is such of a long drive for kids. They spent the whole time sleeping on the bus. Wished we could've went to the Montery Aquarium. This tour is for people who are interested in real estate sightseeing and golfing. Carmel is a very high end place to shop for kids. Only found one specialty shop for kids. (Tinker Toys).
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hello Kathleen, thanks for your review, We agree that this tour can be a bit challenging for kids as it takes 11 hours to complete. We offer 2 hours stop at Monterey, and families with kids like to spend the time there in the Aquarium. I hope you choose Gray Line San Francisco for your next visit to San Francisco. Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
star-5
Nice and Easy
Cherrell_C
, Dec 2021
Wonderful day enjoying the beautiful coastline. Grady, the guide is amazing and humorous. A great time.
star-5
Delightfully Relaxing
Keisha_C
, Dec 2021
It was a beautiful, relaxing, and fun adventure to end a long year with (last week in December trip). Our tour guide Grady was a delight to ride with, and provided excellent customer service. He is very knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly. Will definitely go again!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Fantastic Day
lynn
, Dec 2021
Breathtaking scenery along the coast, plenty of time for lunch and souvenir shopping. Our guide, Antonio, was knowledgeable and entertaining. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Beautiful Monterey, Carmel and Pebble beach
Gina_N
, Dec 2021
Antonio was very knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and professional. Enjoyed the visit to beautiful Monterey, storybook land Carmel and famous Pebble Beach resort. Excellent! Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
It was great to hear that you enjoyed the Monterey & Carmel tour with us! We really appreciate your detailed review and how you enjoyed Antonio's work! He never disappoints! We hope you'll come and see us again soon! Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
star-5
Excellent Guide
Vinod_S
, Dec 2021
Excellent Guide. Antonio was pleasant and knowledgeable. I will give him 5 ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I would recommend him as a guide if you have a choice.

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