Carmel-by-the-Sea
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Our most recommended Carmel-by-the-Sea Day Trips

  • From San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Day Tour

    1. From San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Day Tour

    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.

    Excellent tour. Tour guide and driver were attentive to our comfort. All instructions were clear. Guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area which made viewing the area very interesting. Highly recommend.

  • San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

    2. San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

    Begin your tour by traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1. Head to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. At your first rest stop in Davenport, you will have a chance to take a selfie with the whole Pacific as your backdrop.  At Monterey, you will have 2 hours on your own to explore. You can visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, rent a kayak or paddleboard, hike along the coast, or take a bike to roam. You can also stroll among the quaint boutiques and art shops along the historic Cannery Row. Grab a seafood lunch at Old Fisherman’s Wharf.  Enjoy another eyeful of Pacific beauty along the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Del Monte Forest and take photographs of the hardy Lone Cyprus Tree. This famous road winds its way by magnificent homes and the spectacular coastline, between the greens and tees of world famous golf courses, and among the last remainin...

    Excellent tour, covered all the major spots along California coast from Santa Cruz to Monterey to Carmel by the sea with important stops along the coast with appropriate time to take photos. Our your guide Doug and river Jason were pretty amazing and Doug has a thorough knowledge and passion and he was did an excellent job explaining all the important history on the tour. 17 Mile drive and pebble Beach were pretty amazing and beautiful. In Carmel, if you do not plan to shop, consider walking to the beach, it's a 0.5 mile walk slightly tedious walk (considering all the elevations) from the bus stop but it's worth it. In Monterey, aquarium will always be sold out when you arrive unless you dont book it prior, so 2 he is a little long, but considering it in life's lunch stop too, it totally makes sense. Apart from cannery row, consider taking a walk across lovers point trail in Pacific Grove which is just next to cannery row, it's pretty scenic.

  • San Fran: Carmel, Monterey & Big Sur Full-Day Private Tour

    3. San Fran: Carmel, Monterey & Big Sur Full-Day Private Tour

    Explore the Big Sur and Monterey areas of California at your own pace, and avoid the hassle of organized bus tours. Traveling by private car, enjoy the comfort of seeing the places you want to see without worrying about your departure or arrival time. Learn more about the famous landmarks with a reliable service, offering maximum security and, most of all, the best level of hospitality in the industry. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in San Francisco (pick-ups in other cities in the Bay Area are available on arrangement), get recommendations on the best places to stop to take pictures or explore further; you decide where you want to go. Take a scenic drive from San Francisco to Carmel and Big Sur via State Route 1, the north-south highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of California. Travel the forested road of 17-Mile Drive. Discover the Mission District an...

    Fred provided phenomenal service. He's knowledgeable and quickly understood what we were looking for on our tour, made great suggestions on how to get the most out of our day. Highly recommend!

  • Pacific Coastal Highway Tour to Monterey & Carmel

    4. Pacific Coastal Highway Tour to Monterey & Carmel

    Travel along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. This full-day tour takes you along California’s stunning coast to experience the beauty of Highway 1. When you arrive at the Monterey peninsula, follow the 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach to visit the Lone Cypress, where your guide will stop for you to take photos of the rugged, beautiful coast. As your tour continues, visit Monterey city where you can walk down Cannery Row, or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium (for an additional cost). From Monterey, your tour continues to the coastal town Pacific Grove, which features charming Victorian-era buildings; and the artsy Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you will visit the historic mission established in 1770. On the way back to San Francisco, drive through Silicon Valley, the tech capital of the United States; and, as you circle round the north en...

    The scenery was wonderful and our driver/guide's commentary made the time fly. Nature provided the incredible backdrop for a great day.

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What people are saying about Carmel-by-the-Sea

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Excellent tour. Tour guide and driver were attentive to our comfort. All instructions were clear. Guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area which made viewing the area very interesting. Highly recommend.

A very recommendable tour !! Wonderful views and picturesque bays guaranteed. Our driver Danilo was very nice and personable and told us great facts about our stops. Always my pleasure!

I have learned a lot about San fransisco and the other towns around. Very interesting.

George our tour guide was funny and knew a lot about San Fransisco!

The route is beautiful, is a most do in San Francisco!!!