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Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast

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Travel with us down to California’s rugged coast, known as Highway 1. This stunning drive affords one amazing view after another. Enjoy the winding roads down the coastline as you sit comfortably in our luxury tour coach.
  • Ride down Highway 1 from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel
  • Take in the California coast views from a coach bus’ wide windows 
  • Upgrade to add admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Pickup and drop-off at select hotels for your convenience 
What to Expect
This day trip to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco starts with pickup at select hotels (or airports, with advance notice). Your bus drives you down Highway 1, with sweeping cliffside and ocean views of the California coast. Your guide narrates as you go. During the day, enjoy free time in Monterey’s Cannery Row and at Carmel by the Sea. You can choose to upgrade and save time by adding a Monterey Bay Aquarium admission ticket. Your tour route also stops at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Bird Rock Beach, and Lone Cypress for photo ops. Your Monterey and Carmel day trip ends with a drop-off back in San Francisco.
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Departure Point
1: Marin County, Marin County, California
2: Monterey, Monterey, Monterey County, California

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from San Francisco and SFO Airport-area hotels with advance notice
  • Food and drinks
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (optional)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Bus Tour narration operated in English by live guide; With Audio Narration in the following languages. 中文, Español, 한국어, Français, 日本語, Deutsche, Italiano - Multi-Language Voice Narration Experience: QR Code Mobile App Feature (Must have mobile data to utilize feature; Wifi not available on motor-coach)
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very professional organization and pick-up at the hotel. The guide was great, very intelligent and provided interesting facts and lots of new information. We enjoyed the trip very much.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Lilmerry
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I must first clarify that I did not book directly with Tower Tours. I booked with Extranomical and they outsourced me to Tower Tours, which they call their "sister company" - check my review of them for my experience there! I'd like to start this...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank davieb110
TowerTours, General Manager at Tower Tours - San Francisco Sightseeing Specialist, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear davieb110 First of all – I apologize for not responding to your email following the bus breakdown which occurred on August 31st. After speaking with Extranomical Tours about the events of that day, my understanding was that they were going to proceed with the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect choice for learning some more places outside SF. The driver is really one of the best tour guides I know, giving us a lot of interesting facts on the way and all with a great sense of humor. I enjoyed it fully. The only...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank slawomirk633
Reviewed 24 August 2019

Good tour. The big guy who was a tour guide was nice but would not stop breathing into the microphone. It was very annoying.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Sightsee758610
Reviewed 20 August 2019

What an awesome day. We got so much more than we expected and we recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see more and get out of the city. Randy was the best driver ever!!! Knowledgable and entertaining. We wish we could take him...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Janya H
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6 September 2019|
Response from m818m | Reviewed this property |
No .. quick stop less than 15 min
24 August 2019|
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Response from m818m | Reviewed this property |
It does pick up from various hotels. However, as suggested to us, we met at the office. Youvthen are able to get on the bus early and have your choice of seats. Sit on the right side of the bus for better viewing. Bus... More
6 August 2019|
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Response from m818m | Reviewed this property |
Full size bus. Sit on right side for better view
Key Details
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
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