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Monterey & Carmel Explorer provided by Extranomical Tours

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 12/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Monterey & Carmel Explorer
* Nightly deep cleaning and disinfecting fogging by certified crew * Tour vehicles operating at below their capacity so we can grant passenger requests for empty adjacent seats
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Updated 12/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
California’s Pacific Coast Highway is known for its eye-catching views and twists and turns. Take the stress out of driving on this tour of Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco and enjoy the ride and the views. Along with round-trip transport, get free time in Monterey and Carmel to explore where you like. You can upgrade to include a Monterey Bay Aquarium admission ticket.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    San Francisco
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Pigeon Point Lighthouse
  • 1
    Whale City Bakery
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Pacific Coast Highway
  • 2
    Monterey Bay
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 4
    Cannery Row
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
  • 5
    17-Mile Drive
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Spyglass Hill Golf Course
    Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • 6
    Lone Cypress
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 7
    Carmel by the sea
    Stop: 60 minutes
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    Pass by
    Bird Rock Vista Point
    Carmel Beach Boardwalk
    China Rock
  • 8
    Cypress Point Lookout
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail
    The Links at Spanish Bay
    Lovers Point
    Monterey Visitor Center
    Seal Rock Creek beach
    Sunset Point Overlook
  • You'll end at
    San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA, USA
    Please check your email confirmation from Extranomical Tours or contact the provider to confirm your pick-up details
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Highlights
  • Travel the Pacific Coast Highway on this Monterey and Carmel tour
  • Enjoy views of the winding California coast without having to drive 
  • Upgrade to a Monterey Bay Aquarium ticket and save time
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from San Francisco for your convenience
What to Expect
This Monterey and Carmel tour starts with pickup from your centrally located San Francisco hotel. Board your minibus, which holds a small group. Once on the road, sit back and relax as your vehicle makes its way to Highway 1 for the ride down the California coast. Take in the cliffside and ocean views as your guide tells you about the area. Your tour gives you free time in Monterey’s Cannery Row, as well as Carmel by the Sea. If you plan on going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, save time and prebook your admission ticket with this tour (as an upgrade). Your Monterey and Carmel tour ends with drop-off back in San Francisco.
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Important Information
Departure Point
San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration
11–12 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Expert guide and commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (most hotels in downtown San Francisco/Fisherman's Wharf area, but do not pick up outside SF city limits)
  • Free Wifi on vehicle
  • Guide Gratuities (for Private option ONLY)
  • Entry/Admission - 17-Mile Drive
Exclusions
  • Guide Gratuities (for Shared tour)
  • Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required
  • Meals are not included but available for purchase throughout the day.
  • Entry/Admission - Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • California law requires tour guests to bring a car safety seat for all children under 8 years and under 4' 9" (1.4 meters) in height. Any guest that does not provide their child's safety seat at the time of the tour and does not inform the tour operator in advance may not be allowed to board the tour and will not be subject to refund.
  • For hotel pickups, please select the Hilton Union Square - 333 O'Farrell Street (Mason Street entrance) if your hotel is not listed
  • Minimum of 5 passengers needed for tour to run. There is a possibility of cancellation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide's discretion.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Meals are not included but available for purchase throughout the day.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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rpkn2131 wrote a review Dec 2019
NY14 contributions58 helpful votes
Based on my experience I'd give this tour no stars. Why? Simply because they canceled it and I never got to see Monterey and Carmel. I know things can happen and mistakes can be made BUT NOT when you are told days in advance that your tour is confirmed as well as your hotel
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Date of experience: December 2019
3 Helpful votes
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Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Monterey & Carmel Explorer
Responded 20 Dec 2019
Our entire team at Extranomical Tour deeply regret having to cancel your tour and understand the disappointment that it caused to your vacation plans. In the rare event that we do not have enough guests to run a tour (fewer than 1% of our total tour dates), our policy is to offer guests any other tour as a substitute or a full refund plus a seat to tour another day if that works in their schedule. To our current and future customers, please note that our published terms are transparent about the need to cancel events in the slow season of the year when there are not enough guests to run a safe and enjoyable tour. Finally, we reached out to the guest who left this review by voice and email and have not received a response. Please call our guest services office today and we will try to find a way to put things right. 415-357-0700
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3333Traveler3333 wrote a review Dec 2019
Herndon, Virginia4 contributions5 helpful votes
I highly recommend this tour. The scenery on the way to Monterey is gorgeous, and our tour guide, Constantine, was friendly and knowledgeable. The hours flew by. I chose the add-on option of visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and it was well worth it. The jelly fish exhibit and
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Monterey & Carmel Explorer
Responded 20 Dec 2019
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is outstanding as you say. There are many other great attractions in Monterey and Carmel like whale watching, kayaking, biking, shopping and more. Great winter tour when in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Navigate12346906051 wrote a review Dec 2019
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom4 contributions5 helpful votes
Vlad was an excellent guide very informitive and great knowledge all the way to monteray and the surrounding areas well worth doing the trip we loved it
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Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Monterey & Carmel Explorer
Responded 9 Dec 2019
Taking a day trip to Monterey is a wonderful way to spend a day in San Francisco. So glad to hear you enjoyed it.
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davieb110 wrote a review Sep 2019
Aberdeen, United Kingdom69 contributions45 helpful votes
First, I'd like to start this review by making it clear I don't make a habit of posting negative reviews. I much prefer to praise the exceptional experiences I've had over the past 6 years - please see my profile for evidence of this. I definitely don't make a habit of
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Date of experience: August 2019
4 Helpful votes
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Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Monterey & Carmel Explorer
Responded 20 Sep 2019
David - We were sorry to hear you were disappointed by our service. However, we feel the need to straighten out the record. We completely refunded your payments for the canceled tour and Monterey (Transaction IDs 41579279867 and 41579275702) on September 13th, just days after your trip to SF. It can take up to 5-7 business days to show on your credit card account (a bank processing time that we do not control). If you do not see the credit by Monday, please contact our Guest Services department and ask for Gary. We fret over each and every guest and hope this has been sorted out to your satisfaction.
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Joakim T wrote a review Aug 2019
9 contributions20 helpful votes
We had a Randall as our guide from San Francisco to Monterey. We drove along the coast and learned a lot about the region during the drive. We got tickets to the aquarium though Extranomical. We got picked up by the hotel, on time. I really recomend this trip.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Monterey & Carmel Explorer
Responded 26 Aug 2019
Monterey & Carmel is a wonderful way to spend a day (or weekend). So glad to hear you had a great time!
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Great Tour
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worth for the price
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Great time on this tour!
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Alcatraz was awesome
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great tour!
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Key Details
  • Duration: 11–12 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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