Day trip

From San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Day Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line San Francisco
Day trip

From San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Day Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line San Francisco

From US$ 105 per person

Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. Follow Highway 1 to the Monterey Peninsula, visit Steinbeck's Cannery Row, and stop at the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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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

Discover the scenic coastline of California on a day trip by air-conditioned bus from San Francisco. Visit the Monterey Peninsula, Cannery Row, and Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Travel scenic California’s Pacific Coast Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, famous for its spectacular ocean views, abundant wildlife, and historical past. 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

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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

4.5 /5

based on 166 reviews

Review summary

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Being from the Midwest I really enjoyed seeing the rugged coast and hearing the sea otters. Monterey was the highlight for me, dining on a patio overlooking a gorgeous bay. I am not interested in golf so I could have done without Pebble Beach and spent more time in Carmel. Our guide repeatedly gave the same instructions but maybe he was a teacher in a previous life. He was knowledgeable and informative about the sights.

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March 28, 2023

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.

March 28, 2023

I can now say I have been to Monterey, Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea and all points in between. The Pacific coastline is amazing. No star sitings! We used our time in Monterey to visit the Aquarium (careful with this because we had two hours and the line was long but it was early and the line moved fast; I had purchased tickets online so once inside moved through ticket area quickly). Thomas, our driver, knowledgeable about area, stopped frequently, encouraged us to get off the bus and walk. Riding in a coach bus in a Mercedes isn’t a rough ride.

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March 28, 2023

Product ID: 7381