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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

By Gray Line San Francisco
Running along the Pacific coastline in California, Highway 1’s route involves plenty of twists and turns. Rather than dealing with the stress of driving it on your own, take this Monterey and Carmel tour that allows you to keep your eyes on the spectacular views. It includes round-trip transportation from San Francisco, and you can even add an optional admission ticket to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
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$105.00
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Ages 0-99, max of 45 per group
Duration: 11h
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English

Highlights
  • Drive down the California coast during this Monterey and Carmel tour
  • Choose to stroll Cannery Row or to explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Round-trip transportation means you can enjoy a drink (or two)
  • Stop at Pebble Beach Golf Course
  • Plenty of stops with photo opportunities along the 17 Mile Drive
  • Stop at Pebble Beach Golf Course

  • Day-trip to Monterey and Carmel
  • Entrance fee for the 17-Mile Drive Included
  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach with a professional guide
  • 2 hours stop at Monterey Bay
  • 1 hour stop at Carmel Plaza
  • Stops at Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pebble Beach, Bird Rock and the Lone Cypress
  • Entry/Admission - 17-Mile Drive
  • Entry/Admission - Bird Rock Vista Point
  • Entry/Admission - Lone Cypress
  • Entry/Admission - Pebble Beach Golf Links
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel Pick-up & drop-off
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

Start your guided tour to Monterey with a pickup in central San Francisco. Once you board your vehicle for the day, relax on the drive. Your guide takes you down the California coast for views of the Pacific Ocean and beachside mansions. Your first stop is in Monterey where you have some free time to stroll Cannery Row. Afterward, it’s on to Carmel-by-the-Sea for some more free time before the drive back to San Francisco.

Departure details
  • 478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA Gray Line Union Square Departure Zone (meet us in front of Encore Cafe. The bus will board from directly across the street.) Arrive by 7:25 AM to check-in Bus Departs at 7:40 AM
  • 2805 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA Gray Line Fisherman’s Wharf Departure Location (meet us in front of 2805 Leavenworth St., blue canopy) Arrive by 7:45 AM to check-in Bus Departs at 8:00 AM
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2660SFOMON

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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How much is Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
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What is the Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco cancellation policy?
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco is hosted by Gray Line San Francisco. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Gray Line San Francisco on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2660SFOMON

Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
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  • Pass by
    Pacific Coast Highway
  • 1
    Pigeon Point Light Station
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 2
    Davenport
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    Monterey Bay
    Cannery Row
  • 3
    Monterey Bay
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • 4
    17-Mile Drive
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 5
    Bird Rock Vista Point
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 6
    Lone Cypress
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 7
    Pebble Beach Golf Links
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Carmel by the sea
  • 8
    Carmel Plaza
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Great day trip.
We had a great time on this tour. They were very prompt and punctual for departure and arrival times. The bus stopp
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Mother /Daughters trip.
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The best!
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Highly recommend!
We had a great time, we didn’t have any issues finding the meeting point. It seems like they’re very specific with
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Loved this tour
Very happy with this tour! My friend and I had previously booked with Extranomical Tours but they cancelled on us d
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Magnificent
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Exceptional guide
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Fantastic experience! Definitely worth your time!
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Perfect day
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Exactly as described in adverti sement.
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Just do it
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Fairytale Scenery, Stone Throw from the Bay!
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Awesome Tour to Sonoma and Napa Valley
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Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour
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Daniel I
18 contributions
Danny, was a second-to-none Tour Guide! He kept us all entertained the entire day we were on the Bus and was also very informative!

For anyone visiting San Fran, if you are looking to escape the City for a day, I'd highly recommend this Tour to anyone who loves majestic scenery! I hope you get Danny as your Tour Guide.

Monterey Bay, Carmel by the Sea plus the drive along the 17 Mile is absolutely incredible and scenic! We also got to stop and peruse Pebble Beach Golf Club, for anyone who likes to Golf. We also learned a new acronym for the Game; "Gentlemen out Ladies first" 😎
Written February 25, 2023
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Amanda M
Dear W2614BQ, We appreciate that you wrote this detailed review and it made our day! Thank you for sharing your feedback and thank you also for the kind words about our tour guide, Danny. Our team works hard to give you the best experience. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
Written February 27, 2023
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Brian Berg
Brush Prairie1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
It was an interesting trip. It started with the driver, Danilo, late upon arrival, window shields dirty and he was looking unfamiliar with the control console. Initial anxiety was abated once I judged his driving skills: competent and professional.

It quickly evolved into almost a Seinfeld episode with his interactions with certain problematic guests who were tardy and asking audacious requests after they had held everyone up with their wanton disregard of time.

Danilo provided some one liners that we will be telling for years.😂”We are leaving at 5:30 and I am not even counting”.

The tour itself was sublime. I had never heard of the seventeen mile drive or the lone Cypress or the wonders of Carmel.
Written April 7, 2022
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GrayLineSFO
Hi Brian, First of all, thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us. I'm glad to hear that our guide Danilo was great and helped you have a good trip. The 17 mile drive and Carmel are gorgeous We hope to welcome you back again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Written April 11, 2022
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Mohammed A
20 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
The guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. The timeline of the trip was maintained as planned. The views were gorgeous and the bus was comfortable.I recommend you sit in the right side of the bus (opposite side of the forever) as the views are on the right side throughout the trip. I had the opportunity to explore local shops in Monterey and in Carmel. I recommend this trip for people who are not looking for active trip as this is not considered an active trip or a hiking trip, rather, it is a trip view the ocean and the two mentioned cities. I had the chance to have lunch and coffee in the local areas. I recommend you get the chowder bread bow soup from Fish Hopper restaurant in Monterey.
Written August 19, 2021
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Dear P6925JPmohammeda, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am truly pleased our driver/guide contributed to a nice and enjoyable experience. We cannot thank you enough for recommending is to future travellers. We are really looking forward to welcoming you again soon! Sincerely, Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
Written August 20, 2021
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Ajay
1 contribution
Jul 2021
I am writing this review within 5 days of the trip, and the memory is really fresh. As soon as we got on the bus, the driver who was also our tour guide started emphasizing how back in the day how people know how to behave and had etiquettes. We thought that is a fair point considering everyone on the trip needs to enjoy. But, as the tour went on, Thomas basically started shushing people when they were talking among themselves. He was doing it over the mic, when people who were sitting rows behind them could not hear them talking. We had a toddler, and we didn't want to disturb other people, so we sat all the way in the back. We too were told over the mic to keep the kid quiet, and how he has two kids and does the same thing. When buying tickets they specifically ask you how many kids and how many under 2. So, they are giving us the option they need to accommodate kids. I cannot enjoy the tour as a quiet spectator without even talking to my spouse for the fear of public embarrassment. The selling point of the trip is that you don't have to drive. But, if you have the option of driving that'll be a better option. All in all, very unpleasant experience.
Written August 5, 2021
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GrayLineSFO
Hello Ajays, First of all, thanks for sharing your experience with us. We want every customer to feel comfortable sharing good or bad news with us. Second, we are sorry to hear that you experienced the incident with our guide. We've taken notes of your concerns with Thomas, and I will immediately follow up on this. Please contact our office at 415-353-5310, and ask for Xavier, as I would like to make up for your inconvenience. Thanks Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
Written August 7, 2021
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Mark L
Puerto Rico3 contributions
Our guide Thomas was incredibly knowledgeable. He provided a conveyance of information, from SF bay, all the way down to Carmel. We learned about the history, topography, agriculture, weather and interesting facts all along the way. He set very clear expectations for the numerous stops, what we should take a vantage of, and did a very good job ensuring everybody was taken care of.

We brought our two teenagers on this trip, and they enjoyed themselves too.

This is a really relaxing, 12-hour, comfortable way to see the Highway 1 coastline and enjoy what NorCal has to offer.
Written June 13, 2022
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Hello, G9967PUmarkl! We are delighted to hear that you had a great experience on our Monterey, Carmel & 17-Mile Drive Tour. Glad to know that our guide Thomas was instrumental in making the tour even more interesting. Your review made our day! Hope to see you all soon! Isabela V., Gray Line of San Francisco
Written June 15, 2022
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lisagZ9371VD
6 contributions
Sep 2021
First and foremost, Antonio was terrific and went out of his way for everyone's enjoyment. He interacted with the guests, was friendly and bought the whole bus fresh strawberries from a local farm stand! You also knew he loved his home state. As far as the tour... well I guess I was expecting more coastal scenery and quaint towns. I was a bit disappointed in Monterrey as it was extremely touristy and 2.5 hours was far too long a stop. Meanwhile, Carmel was much prettier and we only had an hour... would have liked to switch it around and have lunch in Carmel (too pricey and too short of a stop for dinner) and end the tour with a shorter stop in Monterrey. Pebble beach was nice for a bathroom & coffee break. The highlights for me on the 17 mile drive were Seal Rock and of course the famous lone Cypress. I for one am very unimpressed with gawking and fawning over the homes of the wealthy and their playgrounds. I enjoyed the drive down along Hwy 1 along the coast far more than the 17 mile drive. That included a coffee stop and a lighthouse. The day was a bit long but the bus was comfortable and views were magnificent along the way.
Written September 13, 2021
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Hello lisagZ9371VD, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review and for letting us know how you feel. We appreciate your kind words about Antonio; he remembers having lots of fun with your group and is looking forward to seeing you again soon! Our tour sets a longer stop in Monterey to allow enough time for our customers to visit the Aquarium, which makes the visit much more complete. I agree that the 17mile drive is a landmark that anyone must visit at least once in a lifetime. I still remember the first time I saw the lonely cypress. It was a memorable scene. We’re very grateful for customers like you and hope you stick with us for years to come! Andrew Sales Manager Gray Line San Francisco
Written September 13, 2021
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Ran Tzur
6 contributions
Sadly the bus had some issues
Bathroom broke from the start, strong odor of urine all trip long.

Also, it had some very strong brakes, almost broke my nose from those stops each time.

The trip itself was fun and the views were pretty good although foggy, but of course that’s not the tours fault, but the bus issues are.
Written October 8, 2022
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Amanda M
Dear Rantz, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are sorry to hear that your experience hasn’t met your expectations on this occasion related to the issues with our bus. . Please accept our sincerest apologies.
Written October 11, 2022
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bwooten087
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Family
The only concern is that the 17 mile along the ocean could not occur because of a golf tournament. We were unaware of this until we were on the bus; and no financial rebate was made available to us; even though that part of the tour was a major reason for taking paying for this tour. The driver was funny and good.
Written February 28, 2023
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Amanda M
Dear bwooten, We appreciate your feedback and we are sorry that you couldn't experience 17-Mile Drive due to a golf tournament. Due to conditions beyond our control, this route may change (traffic, weather, special events, and other atypical circumstances). In situations like these, we will do our best to meet the needs and expectations of our group. Unfortunately, we do not offer a refund in situations like that. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
Written March 1, 2023
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Sasha
Chicago, IL182 contributions
Feb 2022
I enjoyed this tour and our guide was very patient with us especially people who were late getting on the bus. I don’t remember our guide’s name, but I took this tour on 2/12/22…I really enjoyed this tour and our guide who narrated different facts and stories about the places we were visiting. This was a long tour and I enjoyed every minute. Carmel was so beautiful it looks like a town in Europe and Monterey was gorgeous especially the 17 mile drive. The only thing I would recommend is that RIU Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf be a pick up stop because it’s along the way. I really like tours that pick me up directly from my hotel, but it was too many people who were on this tour for that to be possible, but a closer location than the 2 pick up locations would have been greatly appreciated.
Written February 16, 2022
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Dear 642sasha, Thank you for your lovely comments on our guide , your comments on his knowledge and great professionalism are much appreciated. I hope you had a brilliant time on our tour and had the chance to take home with your beautiful pictures and memories. I will share your comments recommending the RIU Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf be a pick up stop We hope to welcoming you back soon Best regards Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
Written February 18, 2022
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Dan K
10 contributions
Jul 2021
BEYOND excellent! Antonio is a gem, personality plus, excellent driver. His knowledge of both San Francisco and the entire State is more than impressive and shows a deep love and respect for history which he joyfully shares with all. The tour itself was fantastic, but it was Antonio who made it personal and extra special. As you can tell, this retired couple (who know SF pretty well themselves) cannot say enough good things about this impressive young gentleman. The trip is beautiful and well-worth the money, an all-day delight with a wonderful driver/guide/and knowledgeable California native and EXPERT to lead the way. Thank You, Antonio! Well done, young SIR!
Written July 18, 2021
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Dear G775UEdank, Thank you for taking the time to write your review on our Napa and Sonoma Winery tour. I am beyond glad you got to witness the beautiful scenery that our Monterey, Carmel & 17-Mile Drive has to offer with such an amazing driver/guide as Antonio! I will pass him your lovely comments and I am sure he will be thrilled to know hear about you. We are really looking forward to welcoming you again soon! Sincerely Manager at Gray Line of San Francisco
Written July 18, 2021
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