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Journey to Monterey - Private Monterey and Carmel Tour


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Day Trip / Out of Town, First Time Visitor, Nature and Wildlife, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes. The Monterey Bay Aquarium features plants and animals from Monterey Bay and is a great attraction for children and adults.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Portuguese (basic), Spanish (basic)

Visit Monterey and Carmel and drive along the beautiful 17-Mile Drive

Visit the beautiful oceanside communities of Monterey, Carmel, and Pacific Grove. Stroll down John Steinbeck's Cannery Row, the home of the fantastic Monterey Bay Aquarium and old sardine canneries that have been converted into shopping centers. A drive along the 17-Mile Drive, with its scenic ocean views and the famed Pebble Beach Golf Course, is a must. Wander among the shop and galleries lining the charming streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Take a walk back in time through the old Spanish mission in Carmel.

(Photos courtesy of MCCVB)


We'll drive from San Francisco to the Monterey Peninsula along the scenic coast, stopping for photos along the way. Our first stop on the Monterey Peninsula will be Cannery Row, where you can visit the old sardine canneries that are now shopping centers and/or the fantastic Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Then it's off for an oceanside drive through Pacific Grove and the 17-Mile Drive. Golf fans will want to stop at world-renowned Lodge at Pebble Beach.

Finally, we'll head to Carmel where you can stroll among the shops and galleries and also visit historic Carmel Mission, if interested.

We'll return to San Francisco via the faster inland route.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel or where you are staying in San Francisco.

End location: I can drop you off back at your hotel or elsewhere in San Francisco.

Duration: 10 hours


You will travel in a Honda Odyssey minivan that is fully licensed (TCP 16309-S) and is equipped with power sliding doors on both sides, leather seats, and air controls at each seat. The van is very comfortable for groups of up to five people. Groups of six will also find the van comfortable unless the three people who sit in the rear row are all large.

You will walk through Cannery Row in Monterey and the streets of Carmel.

What’s Included

The tour includes transportation in a fully licensed vehicle; my guide services; and all taxes, tolls, and parking fees.

All costs are included except any entry fees and meals. (The entry fee to the 17-Mile Drive IS included.)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 USD - This estimate is for each person. You can pay for lunch with cash or credit at most restaurants. If you choose to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel Mission, or another attraction that charges admission, you will need to pay the fee. Admission to the 17-Mile Drive IS included in my price for the tour.

What’s Extra

If you want to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium and/or Mission Carmel admission is extra. Lunch is extra.

A Recent Review of this tour

Rick went out of his way to make sure we stayed dry during a rain soaked tour. He changed his route slightly to avoid traffic and answered all our questions. He even gave us suggestions for places to eat.
Mary Mascaro

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