Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel

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California has one of the most breathtaking coastlines in the world...

Discover one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world as you travel along Highway 1 to historic Monterey and laid back Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Our guide to Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel

Starting from San Francisco, we head south on the world-famous Highway No 1, California’s most scenic coastline! Sit back and enjoy one spectacular view after another while we cruise down the winding roads along the Pacific Ocean.

After the scenic ride in the morning, we visit Steinbeck’s Cannery Row in Monterey. Enjoy the local seafood restaurants and shopping options during the stop in Monterey, or explore the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium (additional fee applies). More than 250,000 creatures fill over 200 spectacular galleries and exhibits, including a walk-through aviary, three story kelp forest, Penguins, and a million-gallon Outer Bay display.

We continue our tour along the picturesque 17-Mile Drive* including Pebble Beach golf course, the Lone Cypress tree, and some of the best coastal panoramas in the world.

Next, you can venture through the charming seaside town Carmel-by-the-Sea with its historic main street that provides cute little shops, art galleries and cozy cafes to take a relaxing break. From here you can also wander down to the beach and take a stroll along the ocean.

After exploring all the natural beauty throughout the day, we head to a more futuristic world on our way back to San Francisco as we pass through Silicon Valley, the high-tech capital of the world. Get a glimpse of the places where Facebook, Google and many other tech companies grew to life.

As we return to San Francisco, enjoy the magnificent views of the sparkling skyline while relaxing in your comfortable seat, taking home your best memories from this wondrously scenic tour along California’s most beautiful coast line.

* Closed during Pro Golf Tournaments and the Concurs d'Elegance

Start times

9.00am. Exact pick-up time advised upon reconfirmation.


Around 11 hours.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel

  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • A lunch stop is provided but lunch is not included
  • You must reconfirm locally, online
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the supplier 5 days prior to the tour date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 5 days of tour date.


Frequently Asked Questions for Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel

General Information

  • What's included in the Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco package?

    Our package typically includes round-trip transportation from San Francisco, a scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, stops at key attractions in Monterey and Carmel, and a guided tour.

  • Are meals included in the Day Trip package?

    Meals are usually not included in the package, but we make stops at restaurants and cafes along the way, giving you the flexibility to choose your own dining options.

  • Is the Day Trip suitable for children and families?

    Yes, our Day Trip is family-friendly and suitable for all ages. Children often enjoy the scenic views and attractions just as much as adults.

  • Is there a guide on the trip, and will they provide information about the destinations?

    Yes, our tours typically include an experienced guide who will provide insights about the attractions, history, and local culture of Monterey and Carmel.

Duration of Visit

  • How long is the Day Trip and what's the itinerary?

    The trip usually takes around 10-12 hours. It typically includes visits to Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive, and free time to explore Carmel-by-the-Sea. The exact itinerary may vary, so check with us for the most up-to-date details.

Clothing & Accessories

  • What should I wear and bring on the trip?

    Dress comfortably and in layers, as coastal weather can change. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera to capture the stunning views.

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