Monterey and Carmel Day Trip from San Francisco

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Discover California's spectacular coastline for a day on a relaxing getaway to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco. Along Highway 1 an expert guide will take you to visit the highlights of the tour.

  • Travel along the California coast from San Francisco and discover two of the area's most iconic cities, Monterey and Carmel.
  • Discover charming spots at different stops along the way, such as Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pebble Beach, Bird Rock and Lone Cypress.
  • Enjoy a breathtaking 11-hour sightseeing tour with unique shops and historic monuments.

What’s included

  • Day trip to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco
  • Transfer by luxury coach with air-conditioning, toilet and power sockets
  • 17-Mile Drive entrance and toll
  • Entrance to Bird Rock Vista Point
  • Entrance to Lone Cypress
  • Entrance to Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • Food and drink
  • Entrance to the Monterey Bay Aquarium

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See the cities of Monterey and Carmel on a day trip from San Francisco. This complete getaway will give you a panoramic view of the Californian coastline and its main points of interest. The 11-hour tour makes stops at the area's most iconic landmarks.

About 200 km from San Francisco, along Highway 1 you can:

  • Visit Pigeon Point, the tallest lighthouse on the west coast of the United States. Take the opportunity to discover the lighthouse or take a quick walk to the beach.
  • Stretch your legs and have a coffee in Davenport.

Arriving in Monterey, you'll be greeted by the wonderful views of the bay. Monterey is a city characterised by its lively life, which you can explore at close quarters. You will have about 2 hours to:

  • Discover Cannery Row, where the now defunct sardine canning factories were located.
  • Wander around the wide variety of shops and restaurants in the area
  • Stop by and visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Along 17-Mile Drive, you'll take a scenic drive through the gated community of Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula. There you'll enjoy beautiful coastal scenes with white cove beaches. Three other key stops await you:

  • Bird Rock, a wildlife centre teeming with birds, seals and sea lions.
  • Lone Cypress, a 250-year-old cypress tree that has been scarred by fire and has stood in place for the past 60 years.
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of the world's most beautiful golf courses

Carmel by the sea is a small beach community on the Monterey Peninsula. Discover its scenic rugged promenade that runs from the Carmel Beach surfing area to Carmel River State Beach, and observe the many birds in the area.

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4.8
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    Charlotte
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    Beautiful experience.
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    Andrew
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    Good excursion, very pleasant.
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    Nigel
    5
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    An unforgettable tour. The experience was incredible and the moments we spent that day were precious. I highly recommend doing this excursion at least once, I assure you that you will spend some amazing hours.
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    Joyce
    5
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    An impressive tour from start to finish.
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