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Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast provided by Tower Tours - San Francisco Sightseeing Specialist

Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast

Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast
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Tour snapshot
Ride down Highway 1 from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel
Duration:
11h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
20
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
The California Monterey and Carmel day trip with transportation from San Francisco offers must-see coastal views, and you won’t miss a thing since you don’t have to pay attention to driving the windy roads. Enjoy free time on Monterey’s Cannery Row and at Carmel by the Sea, with optional upgrade to include a Monterey Bay Aquarium ticket.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Take in the California coast views from a coach bus’ wide windows 
  • Upgrade to add admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Pickup and drop-off at select hotels for your convenience 
What to expect
This day trip to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco starts with pickup at select hotels (or airports, with advance notice). Your bus drives you down Highway 1, with sweeping cliffside and ocean views of the California coast. Your guide narrates as you go. During the day, enjoy free time in Monterey’s Cannery Row and at Carmel by the Sea. You can choose to upgrade and save time by adding a Monterey Bay Aquarium admission ticket. Your tour route also stops at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Bird Rock Beach, and Lone Cypress for photo ops. Your Monterey and Carmel day trip ends with a drop-off back in San Francisco.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Take in the California coast views from a coach bus’ wide windows 
  • Upgrade to add admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Pickup and drop-off at select hotels for your convenience 
What to expect
This day trip to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco starts with pickup at select hotels (or airports, with advance notice). Your bus drives you down Highway 1, with sweeping cliffside and ocean views of the California coast. Your guide narrates as you go. During the day, enjoy free time in Monterey’s Cannery Row and at Carmel by the Sea. You can choose to upgrade and save time by adding a Monterey Bay Aquarium admission ticket. Your tour route also stops at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Bird Rock Beach, and Lone Cypress for photo ops. Your Monterey and Carmel day trip ends with a drop-off back in San Francisco.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 7116P4
Important information
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Live commentary on board
  • Fuel surcharge
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Duration
11h
Departure details
  • 288 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA Tower Tours Main Office - 288 Beach Street (Corner of Mason) at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 20 travelers
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Live commentary on board
  • Fuel surcharge
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • 288 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA Tower Tours Main Office - 288 Beach Street (Corner of Mason) at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Duration
11h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 20 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    288 Beach St
    288 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
    Tower Tours Main Office - 288 Beach Street (Corner of Mason) at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Tower Tours - San Francisco Sightseeing Specialist
  • 1
    Cannery Row
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
    Pass by
    17-Mile Drive
  • 2
    Bird Rock Vista Point
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Lone Cypress
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Pebble Beach Golf Links
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Carmel Plaza
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
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Aoi D
3 contributions
The sights were beautiful as expected. Narrative information from driver George was very interesting. The aquarium admission (not included) was $50 per person and it was a line to get in and PACKED inside. We felt like we should go because it is a worthy cause and a big part of what Monterey is known for, but in hindsight, we might have preferred seeing the other sights.
Written May 22, 2022
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Compass363701
Rockwall, TX2 contributions
Couples
The drive down the coast and pebble beach were the definite highlights. The knowledgeable driver was nice but the bus could use a little updating and/or upgrades. At times, it was uncomfortably hot and the one speaker that worked happened to be above my head. Since there is really not enough time to visit the aquarium in Monterey, consider extending the time in Caramel and decreasing the time in Monterey.
Written July 7, 2022
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Samrat H
7 contributions
Friends
It is a wonderful daytrip thanks to our guide George who patiently talked about all the interesting and historical facts of each and every spot we visited. The whole trip is well planned and includes all the major view points. On top of that, you would be lucky to have George as your tour guide :)
Written May 23, 2021
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Sally p
Harpenden, UK5 contributions
You'll be very lucky if you get George as your driver for this trip - his commentary was fabulous and we learnt so much - he's also an excellent driver. This is a great wasy to spend a day, the coastline is rugged and dramatic and the stops were all great. We enjoyed seeing Monterey and Carmel too, very different to San Francisco! Would highly recommend.
Written June 23, 2022
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Stephen R
1 contribution
Booked this trip some time ago and was really looking forward to it. Got down to the office an hour before only to be told that the trip had been cancelled the day before due to low numbers wishing to do the trip. Really disappointed and would not advise anyone to book it.
Written May 19, 2022
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mark g
1 contribution
Family
George the driver was brilliant. Knowledge of the area was fantastic.. we took our 4 year old and 1 year old.. they offer car seats for both.

George actually made the trip!!😀

You get 2 hours in Monterey Bay, so if your planning on going to the aquarium your will have to be quick. George drops you right out side.

You get an hour in Carmel, which is more than enough.

Loads of rest stops/picture stops.
Written May 18, 2022
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perthpeeps
Perth, Australia3 contributions
Couples
My husband and I are interested in the tour. Does this trip include a possible stop to the pebble Beach pro shop?? Thank you
Written July 8, 2019
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Gelsys F
17 contributions
After an incredibly bad experience with Gray Line of San Francisco we were about to give up on booking any other tours here. But we ended up booking with Tower Tours to visit Monterey and Carmel... I must say it was one of the best decisions and experiences ever!

We were picked up at our hotel, taken to the main office to process paperwork, which was fast and painless! Soon after we boarded the bus, we were greeted by our tour guide, Patrick. What a nice man! He was funny, entertaining, polite, professional, and a great driver!

I highly recommend Tower Tours, as they are reliable, not crazy expensive, and the trips are totally worth it - Thank you for making our honeymoon better than what it is!!!
Written January 20, 2018
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Mike Topolnisky L
Toronto, Canada69 contributions
Couples
My wife got food poisoning the night before our tour so in the middle of the night we emailed Tower Tours to ask if it was possible to rebook for another day. Shortly after the office opened at 7am we received a response that it was rescheduled for 2 days later. We were very impressed with the level of service of the office. Clearly this is a standard for this company.
We were picked up at our hotel at the time specified and taken to the Tower Tours office to check in. You then go to the designated spot for the tour you are taking that day. TIP: If you want a better chance of getting the covetted front seats on the bus AND are staying in Fisherman's Wharf, we would recommend walking to the Tower Tours office and not waiting for their pick up. That way you will be able to be the first ones who pay when the office opens and first in line to get the seats you desire. Sit on the right side of the bus (opposite the driver) to be on the coast side.
Adolfo was our driver and guide and he is truly exceptional! He is extremely knowledgeable, entertaining and the best guide we have ever had. A great deal of care to detail is put into his tour including the brief musical interludes as they relate specifically to the area you are in.
Timing: Adolfo was very clear and concise about when the bus would be departing each stop, even holding up a sign with the time on it. Everyone on the trip respected the time frames and made the trip run like clockwork.
Monterey: If you are interested in going to the Aquarium, suggest you grab a quick bite at Austin's which is right across the street from the Aquarium first or go to the Aquarium and get a sandwich to take back on the bus after as they time is limited. Otherwise, have a leisurely lunch at one of the many restaurants and browse the shops. Personally, we preferred Carmel a lot more than Monterey so I would save the shopping till then.
Carmel: How beautiful and quaint (even if you don't get a glimpse of Clint Eastwood).
We spent our time walking up and down the streets as there are a lot of tiny shops on the side streets as well and found a deli (not the one recommended) where we bought a sandwich for the bus ride back to San Francisco -- both of our sandwiches were better that a couple dinners we had in San Fran!
You can find a $5 off per person discount on line for Tower Tours.
We had thought about renting a car and driving ourselves to Monterey and Carmel and are VERY glad we took this tour. There is no way we would have learned all the fabulous facts Aldolfo told us, laughed as much, met some nice people and felt as safe and stress free (the highways are not very well lit at night).
A thoroughly enjoyable experience and highly recommended.
Written October 20, 2017
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davieb110
Aberdeen, UK79 contributions
I must first clarify that I did not book directly with Tower Tours. I booked with Extranomical and they outsourced me to Tower Tours, which they call their "sister company" - check my review of them for my experience there!

I'd like to start this review by making it clear I don't make a habit of posting negative reviews. I much prefer to praise the exceptional experiences I've had over the past 6 years - please see my profile for evidence of this. I definitely don't make a habit of "trashing" restaurants, hotels, or tour operators.

However, my experience with Tower Tours has been poor, and I would encourage anyone reading this NOT to book with them.

The tour we took was the "Monterey and Carmel Explorer". I've no idea what Tower Tours call it.

A few days before the tour, we received an email from Extranomical to say we had been outsourced to their "sister company" Tower Tours. We were travelling by this point so had no choice but to go ahead with the trip. We figured it may still be okay.

We were picked up on the first day at the time advised and thought "Hey, this is actually a nice coach!". Unfortunately, the coach then dropped us at the Tower Tours office near Fisherman's Wharf, where we had to queue up to "register".

We were clearly the last to be dropped off, as by the time we got on the rattly old tour bus, there were only a handful of single seats left, so my wife and I had to spend the journey apart.

The tour was fine until we reached 17 Mile Drive. At this point the bus driver advised a belt was about to break in the engine and so we couldn't proceed with the tour. To save us waiting on the side of the road, the driver took us to Bird Rock, where we sat in the blistering heat with no shade or AC for 90 minutes while the driver tried to get updates from Tower Tours. Please note, I do not hold the driver responsible for this, and he did try his best to rectify the situation.

Updates from Tower Tours ranged from "You'll need to wait 3 hours for a replacement coach" to "The tour may be cancelled", none of which were consistent. They also promised a replacement coach was en route, which turned out not to be the case - it was only an engineer.

Eventually the tour group took it into their own hands. Some took an Uber back to San Francisco, some took an Uber across to Carmel to wait for the new coach to arrive. When the driver proposed this plan to Tower Tours, they promised refunds for all Ubers - my wife's e-mail with the receipt has been totally ignored by Tower Tours.

We ended up milling around Carmel for a few hours while all the stores, etc. closed down around us. It wasn't a great feeling.

We finally made it back to San Francisco at 10.30pm, which totally ruined our final night in San Francisco and the final night of our honeymoon.

If you are thinking of booking with Tower Tours, I strongly suggest you reconsider. As per my opening paragraph, I am not one to scaremonger - however, I don't want anyone else to go through this same experience, and I doubt I'll ever hear back about that Uber refund.

I'm happy to be contacted directly if you want any further information or recommendations for your trip.
Written September 18, 2019
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TowerTours
Dear davieb110 First of all – I apologize for not responding to your email following the bus breakdown which occurred on August 31st. After speaking with Extranomical Tours about the events of that day, my understanding was that they were going to proceed with the promised credits, given that we did not have any form of your payment in our system. I should have let you know that was our agreement and followed up with you directly. There were certainly a few errors which occurred in the communication on the day of the breakdown. By the time I was notified, I immediately worked on arranging transfers between Bird Rock and Carmel Plaza until our replacement bus arrived. Our replacement bus was in fact enroute. The replacement bus had reached Castroville, approximately 20 miles north of Bird Rock when he was notified by the mechanic that the original bus was restored. The events which transpired and the miscommunication which resulted are not typical of our customer service. We greatly value the experiences our customers receive and always look to immediately recover in service when incidents occur, as rare as they occur. Due to my error and assumption in your receiving of the promised credits, I would like to offer you additional compensation. Please reach out to me at feedback@towertours.com. We again sincerely apologize that your experience with Tower Tours resulted in a poor memory of your trip to Monterey over your Honeymoon, and we hope you give us a second chance to make up for it. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. Warm Regards, Janet R, General Manager
Written September 19, 2019
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