Pacific Coastal Highway Tour to Monterey & Carmel

4.4 / 5

16 reviews

Pacific Coastal Highway Tour to Monterey & Carmel

From $105 per person

Enjoy sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean as you drive down the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco! This full-day tour takes you along Highway 1 to see the classic PCH towns of Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 11 hours
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup details: shuttle pickup service is available with advance notice from select hotel pickup zones. Please contact the local partner 24 hours prior to activity date to schedule a pickup time by emailing OR calling (866) 345-8687 or (415) 345-8687. Pickup zones: Zone # 1 - Union Square Zone # 2 - Fisherman’s Wharf Zone # 3 - SFO Airport-area, South Airport Blvd corridor Zone # 4 - SFO Airport-area, Old Bay Shore Highway corridor


6 hours
  • San Francisco

  • 2.5 hours
  • Cannery Row (photo stop, break, lunch)

  • Old Fisherman's Wharf (break, photo stop, lunch)

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (visit)

    • Optional
  • 17-Mile Drive (photo stop, visit)

  • Pebble Beach Golf Links (photo stop)

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea (photo stop, visit)

  • 2.5 hours
  • San Francisco

Pickup included
Main stop
  • Tour the 17-Mile Drive, where you can photograph the famous Lone Cypress on the coast
  • Walk through Cannery Row and explore Monterey
  • Visit the historic mission in Carmel-by-the-Sea
Full description
Travel along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. This full-day tour takes you along California’s stunning coast to experience the beauty of Highway 1. When you arrive at the Monterey peninsula, follow the 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach to visit the Lone Cypress, where your guide will stop for you to take photos of the rugged, beautiful coast. As your tour continues, visit Monterey city where you can walk down Cannery Row, or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium (for an additional cost). From Monterey, your tour continues to the coastal town Pacific Grove, which features charming Victorian-era buildings; and the artsy Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you will visit the historic mission established in 1770. On the way back to San Francisco, drive through Silicon Valley, the tech capital of the United States; and, as you circle round the north end of San Francisco, catch a glimpse of the Seal Rocks in the distance.
  • Transportation in a motor coach bus
  • 17-Mile Drive toll
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off from select San Francisco hotels and SFO airport area hotels
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium ticket (can be purchased onsite)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The initial drive south to Monterey takes 2.5 hours
  • Please contact Tower Tours (+1 415 345 8687, toll free +1 866 345 8687, or by e-mail at least 24-hours in advance to confirm your reservation and arrange your hotel pick-up
  • Tower tours requires 72-hour advanced notice to cancel or change your original reservation
  • 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)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 16 reviews

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What a tour, a place worth seeing than the last one. And the outward journey along the coast was a real sightseeing firework! Our bus driver sparkled with joy, without talking too much, brilliantly. September is the summer month in SF, the sun was shining and shining and ... Only the return trip was just a return trip in the truest sense. No matter, this tour is a must do! Thank you very much tower tour team.

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September 9, 2019

Great guide. George was very knowledgeable.

August 23, 2019

As advertised

Drive was on time, picked us up and dropped us at our holel - couldn't ask for more

February 8, 2019

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