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
from USD $82.50
Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. You'll follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula home of the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Explore Monterey's charming shops or choose to add aquarium admission. See the stunning estates of 17-Mile Drive. Finish your day with a stop at the coastal town of Carmel by the Sea before returning to San Francisco.
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In Brief

San Francisco, United States
United States
11 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Pacific Coast Highway, 147161, CA

Pacific Coast Highway

Pass By: 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove, Monterey, CA 93953

17-Mile Drive

Pass By: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1085

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Stop At: Cannery Row & Wave Streets, Monterey, CA 93940

Steinbeck's Cannery Row

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Pebble Beach Golf Links, 1700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Pebble Beach Golf Course

Stop At: Carmel By the Sea Scenery, Ocean View Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA


Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Silicon Valley, CA

Silicon Valley

Pass By: Monterey Bay, Monterey, CA

Monterey Bay


  • Day-trip to Monterey and Carmel
  • Tolls for 17-Mile Drive
  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach with Wi-Fi, restroom and power outlets
  • Hotel Pick-up from select San Francisco Hotels (only with confirmation from Gray Line).
  • Carmel and Steinbeck's Cannery Row in Monterey.


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop-off

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible. However, passengers in a wheelchair can be accommodated only if they can get on and off the bus on their own and if the wheelchair is foldable.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up is available for select San Francisco hotels with confirmation from our reservations staff.
  • Please contact us 72 hours prior to tour date to confirm your exact departure time or hotel pick up.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Oh my god, this tour was SO AMAZING. I cannot speak highly enough of this tour and our amazing tour guide and driver, Don!! I LOVED his commentary and I learned soo much... All of his commentary was very interesting, but I especially enjoyed it when he talked about Steinbeck and the inspiration behind some of his books.... I love literature, so I was all ears!!!! :) Oh and the scenery... Gosh. The Californian coastline is extremely beautiful. We saw a beautiful herd of deer(!!) down by the beach, I patted friendly squirrels on the back who were just chilling down by the beach, saw many seals and sea lions and beautiful birds... Not to mention the dramatic cliffs along the coast and the beautiful cypresses and the perfect turquoise surf... I was in heaven. We made great little stops along the way which enabled us to take beautiful photos and videos. Seriously, everything was so perfect. I loved Monterey and beautiful Carmel and I also loved just sitting on the bus and drinking in all the beauty that I saw. 17 Mile Drive is so incredible that I'll HAVE TO go back one day and do it all over again. It was a PERFECT day!!! Do yourself a favour and do not miss this tour if you're in San Francisco...!!
• Submitted 19 Feb 2020
Would be better if our stops are not at shopping centre or we could extend the period staying in Carmel It takes a long way to way to Carmel Beach and I don't think anyone is interested in going to Carmel Complex
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
Driver was very nice. Don't remember his name. Jan 23. Great tour! The view and shopping were great!
• Submitted 27 Jan 2020
My hubby and I took a this tour with Vlad as our driver. He's knowledgeable, friendly, and funny. I don't know what he gets paid, but he deserves a raise! He's fantastic!
• Submitted 14 Jan 2020
I don't usually review trips but this was such a great day I felt I had too. The trip is excellent with stunningly beautiful scenery. Our guide Thomas was fantastic - if there was something he thought we should make an extras stop to see he would do so and everytime it was worthwile. The pace of the day was nice and relaxed - personally I'd have preferred more time in Carmel than Monterey as I felt it had more character and charm but I guess the time in Monterey is longer as some people wish to visit the Aquarium. All in all a fantastic day out!
• Submitted 02 Jan 2020
Good explanations, beautiful views, nice and friendly tour guide and driver, we enjoyed a lot this tour!
• Submitted 10 Dec 2019
This is a must do if you are in the San Francisco area. The scenery is stunning and there are lots of interesting stops along the way with good shopping and yummy things to eat.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2019
We loved this tour. The guide was so friendly and kind along with the other passengers. The views were amazing.
• Submitted 02 Dec 2019
Wonder, Beautiful trip, enough time at stops, nice tour guide, charge outlets by seats, clean bus, beautiful scenery.
• Submitted 28 Nov 2019
our guide was extremely active giving us a lot of details about places on route. at each and every stop he recommended best places to go/ visit , lunch options and shopping
• Submitted 21 Nov 2019
Randy was a great guide - funny, great driver, and knew a lot of information to share. Monterey was great! however, we had no idea we would stop so long - or even visit - Pebble Beach Golf course. It meant we only had about 45 minutes in Carmel. we are not golfers so the time there was wasted on us. I'm sure golfers would enjoy it - but why let it cut into time in the towns you advertise the trip is about? The scenery on the 17 mile drive (and the trip in and out of San Francisco) was terrific!
• Submitted 19 Nov 2019
It was a long day but well worth it. So much beautiful sights to see along the way. Lots of bathroom and photo stops on the way. The driver was a wealth of info and so into it. He had so much to share and we really thought he made the day. We did the trip on 9-16-19 and our driver was white middle aged man with a pony tail. He lived in Oakland. I waited too long to write the review and forgot his name. I hope you know who this is. We thought he made our trip so much better than it could of been. A couple didn't come back to the bus when we were supposed to leave and he waited quite a while. He then started driving to find them. We did and they were mixed up on what time to be back at the bus. I said something to the nature of missing time to see something on our our trip. He told me that wouldn't happen. I am sure he could of cut our trip short due to the lost time but he didn't. If you a golfer you will really enjoy Pebble Beach. I loved it and I don't play but it had much more meaning to my husband. We didn't go to the aquarium because we felt we didn't have enough time. If we had more time there we would have but we had never been there.
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
exceptional tour, well worth every penny and minute. the aquarium was beautiful. tour guide was awsome!!!
• Submitted 12 Nov 2019
Seamlessly arranged from the UK prior to our holiday in SF, everything was on time, a range of great stops and our guide was Danilo, very friendly and courteous, 100% recommended this trip and this provider.
• Submitted 01 Nov 2019
The driver was good. The time we had at each place was very good. Lots of different stops all interesting.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
Interesting experience, well planned trip with frequent stops in amazing spots. The driver (Randie) was very friendly, informative and highly motivated, which made the tour very appealing. Highly recommended!
• Submitted 18 Oct 2019
Wonderful tour and a great driver. Only wished we had more time in Monterey. Loved the 17-Mile Drive, very pretty! Great shopping in Carmel!
• Submitted 08 Oct 2019
The day started at 8am and our driver Danilo was welcoming and friendly. He explained where we would be going and how long for and also photo stops. There were only 26 of us on the coach so we could spread ourselves out in comfort. We stopped at Pigeon Point which has a beautiful coastline. Then we went into Monterey and Cannery Row. We spent a couple of hours here, some people went to the aquarium whilst we wondered round the shops and had a lunch. Personally I don’t think that two hours is enough time to do both the aquarium and the shops/lunch. We stopped at Bird Rock where you can see the sea lions perched on the rock. We then drove through 17 mile drive, awesome place, magnificent coastal scenery and wonderful golf courses. We stopped for a short while at Pebbles Beach where the next US golf championship will take place in 2027. Following this our last stop was Carmel lined with expensive designer shops, little coffee shops and others. You can walk down to the beach as we spent approx 1.5 hours there. We then returned to San Francisco after a wonderful day and was so pleased we had chosen this trip.
• Submitted 04 Oct 2019
Monterey, 17-Mile Drive, and Carmel is a MUST-DO Full Day Tour from San Francisco. It has all the elements of a great picturesque bus ride with all the necessary stops for pictures and taking in the key attractions along the way (such as Cannery Row, The Lone Cypress, Bird Rock, China Rock, Pebble Beach, and the upscale quaint shops and well-manicured dogs of Carmel). Our Tour Guide, Danilo is the best. Request him. Danilo knows the history, is charming, personable, patient, and an excellent Driver and Tour Guide. The Monterey et al Full Day Tour from San Francisco is one of the tours to do on the West Coast.
• Submitted 04 Oct 2019
Everything that was promised in the Viator website was correct. Doug, the tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and we learned so much. Ample time was allowed at all stops.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2019
This is such a good tour to do when staying in SF - Antonio was our driver - really good informative, very chatty and funny, went out of his way to accommodate everyone. You must also go to the Aquarium in Monterey - best I have seen - wished I could have stayed there longer. Would not bother with Carmel on the way back, very over priced and just full of designer shops!
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
It was a wonderful experience...liked the weather and atmosphere on a beautiful day. Randy the tour guide and driver was energetic and covered all the amazing places..thank you
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Doug was our tour guide he was very knowledgeable and fun it was nice to have someone else driving you around to all the sights and we stopped quite a few times and got some great pictures.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2019
This was such a great day from start to finish. Seeing the coastline, towns, beaches, farms and everything else was just fantastic. Our tour guide was funny, warm, and full of knowledge.
• Submitted 29 Aug 2019

In Brief

San Francisco, United States
United States
11 hours

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