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Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast

  • Ride down Highway 1 from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel
  • Take in the California coast views from a coach bus’ wide windows 
  • Upgrade to add admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast
From US$76.00
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Travel with us down California’s rugged coast, known as Highway 1. This stunning drive affords one amazing view after another.
From US$76.00
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The California Monterey and Carmel day trip with transportation from San Francisco offers must-see coastal views, and you won’t miss a thing since you don’t have to pay attention to driving the windy roads. Enjoy free time on Monterey’s Cannery Row and at Carmel by the Sea, with optional upgrade to include a Monterey Bay Aquarium ticket.
What to Expect

This day trip to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco starts with pickup at select hotels (or airports, with advance notice).

Your bus drives you down Highway 1, with sweeping cliffside and ocean views of the California coast. Your guide narrates as you go.

During the day, enjoy free time in Monterey’s Cannery Row and at Carmel by the Sea. You can choose to upgrade and save time by adding a Monterey Bay Aquarium admission ticket. Your tour route also stops at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Bird Rock Beach, and Lone Cypress for photo ops.

Your Monterey and Carmel day trip ends with a drop-off back in San Francisco.

Reviews (71)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Monterey Carmel Day Tour 😊

Patrick: Our driver and guide needs a special mention.Excellent guide with good knowledge of the area.Very beautiful and scenic tour.Very professional tour Organizers.

Thank 908narayans
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile
Monterey/Carmel by the Sea

Our driver Kenneth was very courteous, friendly and informative. The tour was wonderful! The California coastline was absolutely beautiful! Monterey and Carmel by the sea was amazing! A must do tour!

1  Thank BarbaraR3295
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile
Not enough time at the key stops

This was a long day, but with some beautiful sights. Willy, our driver, was a lovely, entertaining man and a very competent driver. The trip didn’t meet my (admittedly high) expectations as I felt the pace of the day was wrong, with the result that...More

Thank IanO529
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile
Excellent tour - worth the drive!

A tour worth taking if you have a spare day! There was no traffic on the way there and back. Patrick was a very accommodating and knowledgeable driver with a deep and soothing radio voice. We learned a lot on the drive to Monterey. Very...More

Thank Alessandra H
Reviewed 2 September 2018
an average day out

a part of this day trip is the 17 mile scenic drive...a word of warning... it takes 3 and a half hours to get to the start of the drive which although it has some good viewing and photo ops is really a drive through...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank suzanne m
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1 July 2018|
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Response from bclew | Reviewed this property |
We were picked up near our hotel at 7:55am (and we were the first pickup) arrived at the main tour office around 8:35-8:45am and left on the tour around 9am. We were the second drop off on the return at 7:45p, so it was... More