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Carmel ,California

45 year old woman travelling on her own wanting to know the best professional tour guide to use for a weeks stay in Carmel ,where to stay & if a week is long enough.Roughly July-August 2014. Wanting to see the best sights of the area,I'm a Clint Eastwood fan, maybe include 1-2 night stay at the Mission Ranch. On a tight budget, but not the cheapest,low to mid-range please.Wanting room & bathroom to myself.So looking for a professional tour guide to use at least 5 days of the weeks stay for excursions. Thanks & look forward to some advise please.

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1. Re: Carmel ,California

While there are some organized tours, I'm not aware of any personal guides in this area who will show you around for several days.

I do, however, recommend these tours:

Carmel Walks, a guided group walking tour of Carmel. I met the owner, Gael Gallagher, a couple of times and she is very knowledgeable about local history. http://carmelwalks.com/

There is a similar walking tour for nearby Monterey, which covers some of the most significant historic sites in all of California. http://www.walkmonterey.com/

And if you're a Clint Eastwood fan, you'll definitely want to take the Monterey Movie Tour. It's a bus tour that visits local sites featured in many Hollywood movies. http://montereymovietours.com/ You might also want to review the complete list of movies that were filmed here montereypeninsula.info/movies/mrymovie.htm (This link is to my own website.) Two Clint Eastwood movies are on the list including Play misty For Me and The Eiger Sanction.

A week is a good amount of time to leisurely explore the area and really get to know it. I'm glad you have so much time! Most people blow through town with a long list of things they try to cram into one or two days. My visitors guide can give you many ideas of things to see and do. Don't forget evening activities, as we have many wonderful venues for live entertainment. www.montereypeninsula.info/guide/mryintro.htm

Be advised, however, that the period from mid-July through mid-August is jam packed with special events including the Carmel Bach Festival, a major motorcycle race, a week's worth of big car shows, and some smaller events. It can be a difficult time to find affordable lodgings. Earlier in July or June may be better if you're on a budget. Late August may be OK depending on the specific travel dates.

Finally, nearly all local lodgings include private bathrooms. The only exceptions might be a few of the bed & breakfast inns.

-Mr. Toy

www.montereypeninsula.info

Hastings, New...
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2. Re: Carmel ,California

Thank you so much for all your generous information & quick response. I will follow up on those links and websites. Very grateful . Clint

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3. Re: Carmel ,California

I have no personal experience with this tour guide, but her reviews on Trip Advisor are good. It may be worth investigating further. http://www.calegacytours.com/ tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32172-d40…

Edited: 6:05 am, August 30, 2013
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4. Re: Carmel ,California

There's a gentleman from the Monterey area who gives personal guided tours to Big Sur you might want to consider for one of your days there:

http://www.bigsurtoursandmore.com/

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5. Re: Carmel ,California

On a tight budget, it may be better to take a group tour as a personal guide is really not the cheap way to go. Most people even with a large budget may just drive and check out the places and sights or join a group tour.

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6. Re: Carmel ,California

Carmel Walks sounds like a nice tour. Have a look at The Normandy Inn, I think it would meet your needs nicely. It is reasonably priced, the rooms are quaint and spacious and the Inn is in an excellent location, right in the heart of downtown Carmel for walking to the beach, shops, art galleries and restaurants. www.carmelcalifornia.com :)

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7. Re: Carmel ,California

Good find, PGDenizen! I have one of Monica Hudson's books, but I didn't know she was a guide, too. I'll bet she does great tours.

-Mr. Toy

www.montereypeninsula.info

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