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Take your pick from two different tour itineraries designed to reveal different aspects of Northern California history, each including a leisurely 2-hour stroll with a knowledgable guide.

Historic Monterey Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the historic Rodriguez-Olio Adobe midmorning and set off along a Path of History that follows the footsteps of Spanish explorers, missionaries, and other early settlers of the area. Learn how this part of the state was considered the ‘Cradle of California’ as you explore remnants of its earliest days including old adobes and other surviving structures in the Monterey State Historic Park.

Cannery Row Walking Tour

Make your way to a trolley stop along Cannery Row in the afternoon, and begin with a stroll down this historic street made famous by novelist John Steinbeck. Hear what life was like in Monterey for fishermen and farmers during the 1930s, when the town was considered the ‘Sardine Capital of the World,’ and take in the sights of the historic waterfront including frolicking sea otters and Ocean View Boulevard.
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The Original Monterey Walking Tours
Uncover the legends of old California on a guided 2-hour walking tour of Monterey. Choose from a stroll down Cannery Row and past other waterfront sights captured in the books of John Steinbeck, or hear tales from the lives of Spanish explorers and other early settlers on a tour of Monterey’s historic adobes and landmarks.
  • Guided, 2-hour walking tour of Monterey
  • Choose from a Historic Monterey or Cannery Row tour
  • Visit old Spanish adobes and other landmarks of the Monterey State Historic Park
  • Walk along Cannery Row and other sights captured in the novels of John Steinbeck
  • Learn about the people and events that left their mark on this historic part of Northern California
  • Children 12 and under tour for free
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Put Monterey Original Walking Tours on your list to do.

We enjoyed our tour. Thom is very knowledgeable and has a passion to the history, so it was a delicious tour for both us. We got a shower of the historic facts when walking through the center of the city. We saw adobe building, places...More

Thank Olga A
Reviewed June 5, 2018
A Fantastic Tour that Frames Monterey's History in a Larger Context

Thom took us through this beautiful centre and hit on topics of interest to all in our group. He was thoroughly engaging and drew us all into the conversation by calling us by name or making references that related to a familiar topic or historical...More

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Reviewed June 3, 2018
I was transported into the story of Monterey!!

Our guide gave us a most personal and enrolling tour of Monterey! So detailed and informative! Please enjoy! Thank you!

Thank Greg H
Reviewed May 7, 2018

I was the only one on the tour! Thom is so full of history and knowledge! I've lived in the area for almost 10 years and learned so much in 2 hours about the history of Monterey. Most locals probably don't know this information themselves....More

Thank Krishna P
Reviewed February 11, 2018
Government Shutdown

Due to the government shutdown, my daughter's trip to give a lecture at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey was cancelled even though the government was only shutdown for 3 hours. since this was out of our control, it would be nice if I...More

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tdiggins, Owner at The Original Monterey Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2018

We regret that circumstances outside of our control prevented you from enjoying our tour.. Without a call or email we have no way of knowing why guests with reservations fail to show at the appointed time. Please email your reservation information to us and we...More

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April 14, 2018|
Response from Volynskaya | Reviewed this property |
This is not a long walk, max 2 km with lots of stops. I'm absolutely sure that the guide will assist your needs if you need a rest.
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