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Pacific Coastal Highway Tour to Monterey & Carmel

4.5 / 5

19 reviews

Pacific Coastal Highway Tour to Monterey & Carmel

From US$ 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
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
• Please contact the local partner to confirm your tour and to arrange a pickup/meeting time, at least 24 hours prior to tour date by calling 1-415-345-8687 or 1-866-345-8687 or email reservations@towertours.com • All tours will depart from the Tower Tours Office located at 288 Beach Street (Corner of Mason Street) Fisherman's Wharf. Check-in and boarding is 20 minutes prior to tour time. • Pick-up service is provided from Union Square with advance notice at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square (251 Mason Street between O'Farrell and Ellis Streets); Please be waiting at the Mason Street entrance of the Hilton Union Square. Pickup time to be provided at the time of confirmation. This must be arranged in advance with Tower Tours.

Experience

Itinerary
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
Highlights
  • 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.
Includes
  • Transportation in a motor coach bus
  • 17-mile drive toll
  • Pickup service from Hilton Union Square or local partner's office in Fisherman's Wharf
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium ticket (can be purchased onsite)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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  • The initial drive south to Monterey takes 2.5 hours
  • Bus tour narration provided in English by live guide; audio narration provided in the following languages: Chinese, Spanish, Korean, French, Japanese, German, and Italian. 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

4.5 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.2/5
  • Transportation
    3.8/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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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

George our tour guide was funny and knew a lot about San Fransisco!

September 3, 2021

July 11, 2021

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