Monterey Full Day Tour: Scenic California Coastline
1,971 Ratings
San Francisco
Embark on a breathtaking 11-hour tour along California's scenic coastline, visiting iconic landmarks such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pebble Beach Golf Course, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Indulge in unique shopping, historical landmarks, and mouth-watering culinary innovation.
Duration: 12 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Pacific Coast Highway - The lighthouse, constructed in 1871, serves as a guiding beacon for ships navigating the Pacific coast of California. It proudly stands as the tallest lighthouse along the West Coast of the United States and continues to play an active role in assisting the Coast Guard in navigation.

During the journey, travelers will have the chance to disembark from the bus to capture memorable photos with the lighthouse as their backdrop or enjoy a brief stroll down to the nearby beach.

What's Included
  • Day-trip to Monterey and Carmel
  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach with a professional guide
  • 1.5 hour stop at Carmel by the Sea
  • 2 hours stop at Monterey Bay
  • Entrance fee for the 17-Mile Drive Included
  • Stops at Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pebble Beach, Bird Rock and the Lone Cypress
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel Pick-up & drop-off
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
Additional Information

Embark on the tranquil journey along California’s splendid coastline, starting from San Francisco. Traverse along the renowned Highway 1, making stops at Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Davenport for a short coffee break and snacks. Continue the journey passing by Monterey Bay and Peninsula, and visit the illustrious Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. Take some time to explore the quaint stores in Monterey or opt to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Schedule two hours to capture and share unforgettable moments on Instagram. Witness the beautiful residences on the 17-Mile Drive, in addition to landmarks like Bird Rock, Lone Cypress, and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course. Arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea, admired for the museums and the historic Carmel Mission’s library, the whimsical houses, and galleries in its village-like centre. Indulge in 11 hours of captivating sightseeing, unique shopping opportunities, historic sites and innovative culinary experiences.

478 Post St
Post Street
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Jun 3, 2024
Great - Trip was very good. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Had a great time.Would recommend to take this tour.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 1, 2024
Monterey, carmel and 17-mile - The views were amazing! Glad i booked this tour hassle free all you need is just sit and relax.😎😎😎😎 will surely recommend. Good job!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
May 30, 2024
Nice tour and on schedule! - We had an exceptional experience with our driver Heather during our Monterey and Carmel tour. Her professionalism and safe driving kept us on schedule, allowing us to fully enjoy the beautiful sights and activities. Her knowledge of the area and friendly demeanor added immensely to our trip. We highly recommend their services and look forward to booking with them again in the future.
Review provided by Viator
May 29, 2024
Spectacular! - The trip was magical. Driver careful and a lot fun stories and knowledge! Very pleasant. BUT. I booked 4 tickets to Carmel during the Napa trip I was enjoying, and Two TICKETS were not used…BECAUSE THE TWO OLD LADIES / 82 and 85 Yesrs old, GOT SICK WITH FOOD POISON that morning of 27th May. They needed to cancel and get their refund. But I had not received ANY ANSWER FROM AVIATOR!? They are Two tourist fr Puerto Rico. I left up all my details. Please contact me! MH Gray Line said the would refund it that day I asked- but Aviator is the agent- they said!
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May 27, 2024
A good day of travel - Recommendable! Incredible views of the beach, a great experience. Very punctual and pleasant service. The trip is very worth it
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Jun 6, 2024
Beautiful coastline and good value for money - This was a good tour although we didn’t do every stop as listed, but Jerry did do some bonus stops that were absolutely beautiful and worthwhile. Stop in Monterey was a bit too long and the golf course didn’t add anything for us, we’d rather have got back to SF a bit earlier, but it was great value for money to see the beautiful coast.
Review provided by Viator
May 28, 2024
See All of Monterey, Carmel and More in One Day! - My family and I enjoyed this full day excursion to Monterey, Carmel, and the 17-Mile Drive. Our driver and guide, Danilo did a great job leading this tour with lots of interesting information and wicked humor! I believe we made 6 or 7 stops during the journey. However, I think we needed more time at Monterey (3 hours is best). Perhaps reduce the stops to 5 max to allow for more time? My tip: wear comfortable shoes, bring along snacks and keep yourself hydrated!
Review provided by Viator
May 28, 2024
Best reasonably priced option to see famous CA sights in one day - A ton of viewing beautiful landmarks, especially on the 17 mile drive from Monterrey to Carmel….a lot of beautiful and interesting ground covered in one day… the driver Danilo, was very knowledgeable, his comments much appreciated, he was friendly, helpful and waited for all the late folks that didn’t return to bus on time. The stops were well planned and at great locations. You really get your money’s worth of fabulous sightseeing of famous CA sights. The bus was very basic, tight seats and had NO wi-fi and charging plugs on this long trip, a true shortcoming. It also could have been cleaner and a bottle of water would have been appreciated.
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May 29, 2024
Not worth it - The driver/guid (Tom) makes inappropriate comments about immigrants. One of the comments broadcast to everyone was “for some of you, English is the fifth language and you don’t understand time. So, I’ll round 1:23 to 1:25 so you understand when get back to the bus.” There is a lot of time spent in the bus going places and you don’t even get enough time to be in the beach. If you enjoy driving around and get insulated by the bus driver book this trip.
Review provided by Viator
May 29, 2024
It was ok - The tour in general is not bad, although the time is very limited by the stops designed in the itinerary, which I consider understandable. On the other hand, the tour guide seemed to me at times too direct in his comments regarding the tourists on the bus, such as when they arrived late or when there was something that didn't seem right to him. Finally, the tour seemed correct to me.
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024