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The Original Monterey Walking Tours

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Address: Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: +1 831 521 4884
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The best way to see Monterey is up close and on foot with the Original...

The best way to see Monterey is up close and on foot with the Original Monterey Walking Tours. Our tours are informative, entertaining and fun for all ages. See why our Cannery Row Walking Tours and Historic Monterey Walking Tours have earned us the tripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row.. Join a scheduled tour or book a private tour for your group.

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A tour of historical Monterey

This was a highly enjoyable tour of historic Monterey. It lasted a little over two hours and covered but was so fascinating that the time sped by. Thom takes you to historic sites... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a highly enjoyable tour of historic Monterey. It lasted a little over two hours and covered but was so fascinating that the time sped by. Thom takes you to historic sites that you might miss on your own and covers the people and places that make Monterey so interesting. In the past I was resistant to doing guided... More 

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Willoughby, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Thom took me on a wonderful tour of Monterey. Coming from Australia I had very little knowledge of how California was settled but this great tour explained it so well along with looking at wonderful buildings and history of the area of Monterey. If you like walking tours then this is a great one.

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San Mateo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

Who knew the California state constitution was written in Montery... Thom was an cel lent guide and historian. We're planing on doing the cannery row tour next.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

I went on this tour on a cloudy weekday afternoon, and I was the only one who turned up. I was a little worried Thom would be lackluster with such a small crowd and my poor recollection of reading cannert row in the 90s. But this was a blast! Thom is like a knowledgeable old friend with excellent stories and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

I did not over plan our stay in Monterey, so just happened to learn about the possibility if a tour when we asked for some sightseeing tips at the museum. This was a great way to spend an hour. We learned a lot ranging from the early history of California through the whaling and fishing industry in Monterey on to... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Thom was great. He is a good story teller. We had a lot of fun. As new people in Monterey, my friend and I found the tour very helpful in understanding the history of the area. If you like walking tours, I would recommend this one for sure. We are credit card users and didn't have any cash on us... More 

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Glen Ellen, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

We were so happy with the quality of information Thom provided. I asked so many questions and he answered them all. He has a great sense of humor and brings life to history. This tour so far passed our expectations. Very affordable!

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

We booked the tour spontaneously in the morning, and Thom was there at 11 am! He is a very nice guy, and so knowledgeable about the history of California, and Monterey in particular. We have learned a lot ! And had fun, too. We recommend the tour very much.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

If you appreciate history and would like to learn more about California's founding, taking the Monterey Walking Tour with Thom Diggins is highly recommended. Having moved to the Bay Area in my early teens and have now been residing for almost 30 years, I have been somewhat mystified with the cultural roots here. Thom shed quite a bit of light... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

My cousin and I did a tour with Thom today and it ended up just being us! We appreciated how thorough he was during the tour & provided the history of Cannery Row- the 1st part, 2nd part, & 3rd (the more touristy part). He was very informative and even provided some places to check out to eat after the... More 

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