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

1 day
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Pass By: Pigeon Point Lighthouse, CA-1, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA

Pigeon Point Light Station or Pigeon Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse built in 1871 to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It is the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States.

Stop At: Whale City Bakery, 490 CA-1, Davenport, CA 95017, USA

Brief breakfast stop. Relaxed roadside cafe whipping up homestyle American fare morning til night, with live music shows.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Pacific Coast Highway, 147161, CA

The Pacific Coast Highway is a section of State Route 1 (SR 1), a major north–south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. At a total of just over 659 miles (1,061 km), SR 1 is the longest state route in California.

Stop At: Monterey Bay, Monterey, CA

Monterey Bay is a bay of the Pacific Ocean located on the coast of the U.S. state of California.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1085

Admission only included if option added upon checkout. Monterey Bay Aquarium is a nonprofit public aquarium in Monterey, California. Known for its regional focus on the marine habitats of Monterey Bay, it was the first to exhibit a living kelp forest when it opened in October 1984.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cannery Row & Wave Streets, Monterey, CA 93940

Cannery Row is the waterfront street in the New Monterey section of Monterey, California. It is the site of a number of now-defunct sardine canning factories. The last cannery closed in 1973. Today it has many restaurants and hotels, several of which are located in former cannery buildings, and a few historic attractions. Some privately owned fishing companies still exist on Cannery Row, housed on piers located a short distance from the historic district frequented by tourists.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Pacific Grove Oceanview Blvd., Pacific Grove, CA

Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. The United States Census Bureau estimated its 2013 population at 15,504. Pacific Grove is located between Point Pinos and Monterey, and known for its Monarch butterflies and turn-of-the century Victorian homes.

Stop At: 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove, Monterey, CA 93953

Although the route has changed since it opened in 1881, 17-Mile Drive is still exactly 17 miles long. More than 1.5 million visitors pass through 17-Mile Drive every year. Iconic Landmarks along famous 17-Mile Drive include The Lone Cypress, as well as Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Spyglass Hill Golf Course, 3206 Stevenson Dr, Pebble Beach, CA 93953-3213

Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach is one of the most respected and revered courses in the world, annually co-hosting the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Pass By: Pebble Beach Golf Links, 1700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Pebble Beach Golf Links is a public golf course on the west coast of the United States, located in Pebble Beach, California.

Stop At: Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

The Lone Cypress is a Monterey cypress tree in Pebble Beach, California. Standing on a granite hillside off the 17-Mile Drive, the tree is a Western icon, and has been called one of the most photographed trees in North America.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Carmel by the sea, San Antonio Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small beach city on California's Monterey Peninsula. It's known for the museums and library of the historic Carmel Mission, and the fairytale cottages and galleries of its village-like center. The Scenic Bluff Path runs from surf spot Carmel Beach to bird-rich Carmel River State Beach, with a scuba entry point. South lie the sea animals and whaling museum of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Bird Rock Vista Point, Bird Rock Rd, Pebble Beach, CA

Bird Rock Vista is stop #7 on 17-Mile Drive and a wildlife hot spot.

Pass By: Carmel Beach Boardwalk, Ocean Ave & San Antonio Ave, Carmel, CA

Beautiful white sandy beaches.

Pass By: China Rock, 17 Mile Drive Stop Number 6, Pebble Beach, CA

One of the points on 17-Mile Drive.

Stop At: Cypress Point Lookout, 17 Mile Drive Stop Number 10, Pebble Beach, CA

Stop #10 on 17-Mile Drive is the wonderful Cypress Point Lookout which looks out, to the southwest, over a small, white sand beach making for an excellent sunset spot.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail, Half Moon Bay, CA

A mere 45-minute drive from San Francisco lies Half Moon Bay, an idyllic enclave and truly the perfect place to spend some time away from the big city.

Pass By: The Links at Spanish Bay, 2700 17 Mile Dr, Pebble Beach, CA 93953-2668

One of the many beautiful golf courses along 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach.

Pass By: Lovers Point, Ocean View Blvd. at 17th Street, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Lovers Point State Marine Reserve is one of four small marine protected areas located near the cities of Monterey and Pacific Grove, at the southern end of Monterey Bay on California’s central coast.

Pass By: Monterey Visitor Center, 401 Camino El Estero, Monterey, CA 93940-3059

Tourist information center in Monterey, California.

Pass By: Seal Rock Creek beach, 3105 17 Mile Dr Stop Number 8, Pebble Beach, CA 93953-3605

Seal Rock Creek Beach is a small sandy beach along the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, CA. This white sand beach is at the mouth of Seal Rock Creek which flows intermittently. Just offshore is Seal Rock and a little to the north is Bird Rock.

Pass By: Sunset Point Overlook, Pebble Beach, CA 93953, USA

Vista point in Del Monte Forest, California.

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  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - 17-Mile Drive
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required
  • Lunch - Meals are not included but available for purchase throughout the day.
  • Entry/Admission - Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • 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. 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 travelers can participate
  • Meals are not included but available for purchase throughout the day.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
1 | 2018-04-22

We booked this trip with much anticipation. I have always wanted to drive the PCH and see the sights there. There were four of us on this trip and three other groups joined us. Total people touring was 12. Of the four parties touring, all but one had some issues before the tour ever began. We were the first to board and we noted the van was not handicapped accessible. We had called the tour provider Extranomical Tours prior to booking to confirm that it would be and that there would be a space to store the scooter one of our party uses. We called again two days before the tour to check. Both times we were assured we were on a handicapped bus and there would be adequate storage space. On the day of the tour, the driver refused to allow the scooter to be boarded, saying no one had told him, and we had a full bus. He refused to call the tour provider to try to accommodate us and his attitude was Do it my way or get off. He actually repeated over and over Nothing I can do. Another party on the bus had requested a translator and none was provided. Same response from the driver. A third group had been told and had written confirmation of a specified time and location, but he came very close to leaving them when he was at the appointed place 15 minutes early. He berated them as they boarded. Once on the road, the PA system I. The bus was not working properly and the people in the back could not hear. He was rude to those passengers, asking if they had a hearing problem. They did not. When he finally conceded the speakers on the bus were not working, he refused to talk louder. He stated, Nothing I can do about it repeatedly. It was apparent to all on board that he was rushed and impatient with everyone. He drove 75-80 miles an hour, even though it was a rainy day. He hurried people and lectured them at each stop. He took several , shortcuts, and never gave enough time for us to explore in Monterrey or Carmel. Originally, he said we would have about 2 hours in Monterrey, but we only had about an hour and 15 minutes, He parked far away from the eating establishments on Cannery Row, and refused to let us out by them. By the time we walked our mobility impaired friend down the street, we didnt have enough time to eat and get back to the bus. He shrugged when we told him. At the Same stop, he chased a family down and fussed at them for going to the bathroom as he was ready to leave. He rushed and lectured constantly, urging people to hurry. His commentary on the sights was repetitive and boring. He seemed to take no joy in his subject as the best tour operators do. As stated, Much of what he said could not be heard by half of the passengers. On the actual coast, not including Monterrey and Carmel, we only stopped twice: Once at a small restaurant for a bathroom break, and once at Bird Rock. The rest of the PCH went by fast, given his speed. Of the whole trip, we were on the coast for less than half the time. The rest of the time, we were inland among farming communities, or on the freeway coming home. The trip lasted about 9-10 hours advertised at the time we booked as 12 hours, and we spent 2 hours in near standstill traffic on the way home and in SF dropping people off. The scenery was beautiful, just wish I could have really enjoyed it.

4 | 2018-01-06

Worth doing it but we did not see the bridge as shown in the tour picture.

Phillip S
4 | 2017-08-23

A thoroughly enjoyable day. Our driver/guide was full of knowledge and kept us continually updated with information. And his choice of music certainly added to the experience.

Mary R
4 | 2017-08-14

Guide was terrific Steve. Very knowledgeable and willing to readily share info. Tour could have been longer......not quite enough time at each spot. Great photos of a Pebble Beach sea lions. We enjoyed the coffee shop stop on the way there. FYI, watch your water intake in the's a long, non stop 2.5 to 3 HR ride home.

Harold S
4 | 2016-10-06

The Guide was Terrific. The Tour was a bit long for my taste as we spent more time driving that in Monterey and Carmel.

David W
1 | 2016-09-06

Out of the three tours we took during our week in San Francisco, this was the longest, and frankly, poorest one. Maybe they are trying to cram too much into one day. Our visits at each stop were too brief. NOTE: This tour was advertised as being 14 hours. Even with an extra hour of traffic due to brush fires, it was only 11. Most disappointing was Carmel, where we only had enough time to be seated and served lunch at a restaurant before we had to leave again, giving us no time to shop, etc. The stop at the convenience store/bakery reeked of I get a perk for bringing tourists here. Perhaps the tour would have been different with a different driver/tour director. Frank, Im sorry, but your driving and your narration was horrible. I was riding in the front passenger seat, and counted at least four near-miss accidents due to the driving. He missed sideswiping an SUV by inches on the freeway. He cut off another car when Frank clearly ran the stop sign. Two close to rear-ending the cars in front of us. Between fiddling with the microphone connection, the radio, and his playlists on his phone, he had his eyes off the road a lot. It was a very tense ride, and the passengers in the back felt the same way, with an added bonus of motion sickness. The first part of the day consisted of lots of brief stops, then there was the three hour drive back where were all just in the bus driving. Our return was four hours due to traffic jams/brush fires, but I know thats out of anyones control. Frank clearly likes exotic automobiles. Lots of commentary consisted of theres a nice car over and over. Adding some personal flair to the narration can be nice, but there was too much talk about what Frank and his buddies did decades ago. By the end of the day, we were queasy and felt lucky to have avoided a collision. Sorry, but we cant recommend this tour.

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