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Monterey and Carmel with optional Bay Aquarium Tour from San Francisco

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Duration: 11 hours
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  • See some of the most stunning Pacific coastal scenery along the famous 17 mile drive
  • You will have spare time to stroll around the charming town of Carmel
  • The tour offers you the option of visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Hotel pick up and drop off and round trip transportation in an air conditioned vehicle

A wonderful day of scenery awaits you as you take a drive along one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines.

Your tour will take you along highway one past rugged cliffs and through charming seaside villages such as Santa Cruz. Stop at some of the most breathtaking look out points including Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Seal Rock and the legendary “Lone Cypress”.

You will stop on the charming town of Carmel for a stroll among the elegant shops, cafes and homes.

Return to San Francisco on Route 101, passing through Silicon Valley the epicente of high tech industry.

You have the option of adding a ticket for the Monterry Bay Aquarium to this wonderful day out.

This pacific coast tour is perfect for those with limited time who want to take in the spectacular beauty of the California coastline.

Customer reviews

We had a great, although long, day with an outstanding driver/tour leader. He made the trip very interesting providing a host of amazing information. People on the tour were from...

Barbara J Mathews Australia
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Great day out. The 17 Mile Drive was a highlight along with the stop at Pebble Beach Golf Club. Nice little shops to browse through. If you can contact tour organizer and let...

Cynthia Wilson Australia
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A shuttle will collect you from your hotel in San Francisco and take you to your air-conditioned coach for this Adventure.

Drive south along Highway 1, designated an All-American Road, savoring stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the daisy-dotted shores of Half Moon Bay and the seaside town of Santa Cruz.

Pass by the fertile fields of Salinas Valley, the artichoke capital of the world, and through Monterey to Cannery Row, which inspired Steinbeck’s Depression-era novel of same name.

Follow the 17 Mile Drive to the Victorian houses and fabled lighthouse of Pacific Grove, the sparkling greens of Pebble Beach, the plump, whiskered denizens of Seal Rock, and the legendary Lone Cypress.

Stroll through the artistic haven of Carmel, home of Clint Eastwood, and its range of boutiques, cafes, and quaint cottage homes. Drive by one of the oldest Spanish Missions in the country, and return to San Francisco on route 101, cruising past San Jose and Silicon Valley, the epicenter of high-tech industry.

This tour allows you the option of exploring the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, which features more than 250,000 creatures of the deep in over 200 galleries and exhibits, highlighted by a walk-through aviary, three-story kelp forest, penguin showcase, and a million gallon Outer Bay display where sharks prowl and sea nettles glide.

To see if your San Francisco hotel is covered by the activity operators complimentary shuttle service, download the list of hotels.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to arrange your shuttle pick up
Trip to Lone Cypress is subject to road conditions
Pacific Grove, 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, and Seal Rock are closed during pro-golf tournaments and the Tour d’Elegance.
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off in a shuttle
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • Meals
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
01 May – 31 Oct: Daily
01 Nov 2013 – 30 Apr 2014: Daily except Tuesday & Thursday 01 Nov 2014 – 30 Apr 2015: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
11 hours
Start time
Meeting point
The tour departs from Pier 41, Marine Terminal, Fisherman's Wharf.
The local activity operator offers a complimentary shuttle from most hotels in San Francisco to the start point. Should you wish to take advantage of this service you will need to call the operator 24 hours prior to the tour start time to arrange a pick up.
Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time.
Ending point
The tour ends at the starting point
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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Do remember your camera

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