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Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour

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Discover the charming coastal town of Carmel and savor a series of tantalizing food and wine tastings on this 3-hour guided walking tour. Your passionate guide will share stories about the history, culture and architecture of Carmel as you stop at restaurants, stylish watering holes and food shops to meet business owners and sample different food items. You may visit places like a classic European Restaurant, a local tavern serving the area's best fish & chips, purveyors of the best street tacos on the Monterey Peninsula (and why they specialize in Mezcal), and a local producer of confections made from century-old recipes. In general, the tastings add up to an average lunch.. Ideal for both tourists and Carmel residents, this tour is a leisurely and tasty way to learn more about this quaint town.

This small-group tour is limited to 16 people, ensuring more personal attention from your guide.
  • Savor Carmel’s sophisticated food culture on this indulgent walking tour
  • Eat and drink your way through town with an insider guide and small group
  • Take in the beauty and history of California’s Central Coast
  • Enjoy what adds up to a full lunch of included food and wine samples
What to Expect
Meet your guide at the Sunset Cultural Center in downtown Carmel. From there, your small group will set out to explore the culinary culture of this former artist colony, learn its history, and savor its delicious cuisine. As you stroll down secret alleys and through tidy town squares, you’ll visit restaurants, fashionable bars, and gourmet food shops while learning about the “locavore” movement. Possible stops might include Trio Carmel, Terry’s Lounge, Lula’s Chocolates, Anton & Michel, Casanova Restaurant, and Affina Food and Wine. At each stop, you’ll sample house specialties from olive oil to risotto, cocktails to gnocchi, fine wine to locally produced sweets. After a leisurely walk of more than 1 mile (1.6 kilometer)—suitable for adults of virtually all fitness levels—your tour ends by early afternoon. The tastings should add up to an average lunch, leaving you satisfied as you go about the rest of your day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
San Carlos / 9th, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
Departure Time
11:00 AM
Return Details
San Carlos / 9th, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
  • 3-hour food and wine tasting tour
  • All food samplings (enough for lunch)
  • All beverages
  • Professional foodie guide
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Comfortable shoes recommended
  • Please advise of any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 21 years for wine tasting
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers over the age of 4; tour is geared towards adults but well behaved children are welcome
  • No children under the age of 4 allowed
  • ** Special Note for VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, LACTOSE-INTOLERANT, and low-FODMAPs (low-carb) Guests: This tour is designed to showcase the foods of Carmel and Monterey County and is not an a la carte type of setting. We have carefully selected food tastings in partnership with our vendors that reflect the uniqueness of our area and its food scene, and these selections sometimes include meat, wheat, and dairy products. Substitutions made for those adhering to a Vegan, Gluten-Free, lactose-intolerant, or low-FODMAPs diet may not reflect these selections. We can easily accommodate vegetarian/pescatarian diets. We are unable to provide substitutions without advance notice, so please note any special restrictions on your reservation.
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We had an absolutely fantastic experience with Carmel Food Tours. Amber, our guide, was kind, engaging and knowledgeable about everything Carmel has to offer. We sampled food, wine, olive oil, vinegar, honey and sweets on our tour - all at a leisurely pace that afforded...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Alex L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bonnie was spectacular and we just LOVED each stop on the tour! We visited all types of establishments ... fine dining ...local spots....honey....bakery...and ended with chocolates! HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR! Ask for Bonnie...she is a Treasure.

Thank jemagm
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this tour! Tracy was our guide and she was terrific- friendly and knowledgeable. We loved trying the different foods and learning more about the town. I recommend it!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Shirleybob
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a lunchtime walking round Carmel with our guide Amber and the rest of the group. We tried s variety of food and wine, including 4 very different restaurant stops, a honey tasting, olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting and a chocolate tasting. All...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank gamekeeper_10
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being from the area, I wasn’t expecting to learn or experience much of Carmel that I haven’t already seen. Boy was I wrong! This was such and intimate, in depth tasting experience filled with knowledge and of course excellent food and drinks. Amber our tour...More

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Response from sagesasha | Reviewed this property |
Yes, as one guest used one on our tour. I would highly encourage to experience this tour! One stop they were not able to experience, but met up directly after. This was one of the hidden pathways of Carmel.
21 June 2019|
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Response from Carole C | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure. Best to give them a call. G
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Response from Barnismom | Reviewed this property |
Can you clarify what you mean? As stated below check with the vendor! I love showing guests from OOT 17 Mile Drive or wine tasting in the Santa Lucia appellation is fun!
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