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Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium

San Francisco, California, USA

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  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Small-group tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Overview

The Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour will take you along California's Pacific Coast on your way to historic Monterey & picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea along with a drive through Pacific Grove in between. Monterey Bay has great geologic and biological significance: it has an incredible abundance of sea life just offshore in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which borders 276 miles of California’s spectacular coastline. Monterey Bay was the site of the first Europeans to visit the land that became California. Several waves of industrial scale whaling and fishing exploited the bounty of the huge undersea trench offshore. John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath) grew up in Salinas and spent much of his creative effort writing about the Monterey area. Two of his books are Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row.

You’ll start the day traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1 (fog permitting). After an optional stop in Santa Cruz, a rest break, and optional photo stops along the way, you will set foot on Monterey’s famous Cannery Row for a chance to stroll among the shops and grab a fresh seafood lunch. If you bring your own lunch, you might be able to squeeze in a short trip to the world famous Monterey Aquarium (admission not included). After lunch, you will follow the coast through the beautiful little town of Pacific Grove on the way to the 17-Mile Drive. This famous road winds its way between magnificent homes and the spectacular coastline, between the greens and tees of world famous golf courses like Spyglass Hill, and among the last remaining forest of a rare species of trees, the Monterey Cypress, which is sculpted by relentless pacific breezes into fanciful shapes. The Lone Cypress is a very poignant example of one of these hardy trees hanging on to life (with the help of human engineering) in a seemingly impossible location.

The drive finishes up at the Pebble Beach Village, where you can visit the Pro Shop and see the famous 18th Green. When you’ve paid that much for green fees, you don’t quit at sundown on the 16th hole! Upon arrival in the enchanted town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, you can explore the boutique shops on Ocean Avenue or be dazzled by the white sandy beach. If there is time and interest, we can visit the historic Carmel Mission as a last stop. This tour also has optional short stops in Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz. Don’t forget this is a semi-private tour, meaning that the itinerary can be customized to your own interests. Come and join our Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour now for an exquisite experience.

Itinerary

8:00 - 8:45 AM - Pick up at hotels in San Francisco - downtown or Fisherman's Wharf area.
9:00-12:00 AM Begin the tour to Monterey, driving along Highway 1 viewing California's rugged coastline with a rest-stop in Davenport.
12:00 - 1:30 PM - Arrive in Monterey where you can promenade the shops and have a meal in one of the many restaurants of the historic Cannery Row. Also, this is your chance to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium (admission not included unless option selected during checkout).
1:30 - 3:00 PM - Drive through Pacific Grove, known for its Monarch butterflies and turn-of-the century Victorian homes. Then follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Del Monte Forest, seeing the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Course and the Lone Cypress Tree.
3:00 - 4:30 PM - The last portion of this tour will be held at the beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can shop in small boutiques and visit quaint art and photography galleries.
4:30 - 7:00 PM - Finish the Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour and head to San Francisco.
7:00 - 7:30 PM - Drop off at Downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf hotels.

Information

Includes:
  • 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)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Ticket (if option selected)
  • Free Wifi on vehicle
Excludes:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • 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
  • For hotel pickups, please select the Hilton Towers on 333 O'Farrell Street (Maison 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.

Meeting Point

8:00 - 9:00 AM - Pick up at hotels in San Francisco - downtown or Fisherman's Wharf area.
9:00 - 9:15 AM - Pick up from tour office at 928 Harrison Street San Francisco.
Departure Time:
8:00 - 9:00 AM - Hotel Pickup
Departure Comments:

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

  • Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
  • Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
  • Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
  • Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
  • Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
  • Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
  • Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
  • Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
  • Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
  • Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
  • Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
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