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Monterey & Carmel Explorer provided by Extranomical Tours

Monterey & Carmel Explorer
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Last updated: 12 Jun 2020
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
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travellers
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11-12 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11-12 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2402MONTCAR
Call +60 392125427
Important information
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
Duration
11–12 hours
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Pickup is offered from most hotels, but not all. For hotel pickups, if your hotel is not listed, please select the Hilton Union Square at 333 O'Farrell Street (the meeting point is outside the Mason Street entrance). Pickups range from 7:30am - 8:30am Pacific. Please contact the tour operator before your tour date to reconfirm your pickup time and location.
San Francisco, CA, USA Please check your email confirmation from Extranomical Tours or contact the provider to confirm your pick-up details
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
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
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Pickup is offered from most hotels, but not all. For hotel pickups, if your hotel is not listed, please select the Hilton Union Square at 333 O'Farrell Street (the meeting point is outside the Mason Street entrance). Pickups range from 7:30am - 8:30am Pacific. Please contact the tour operator before your tour date to reconfirm your pickup time and location.
San Francisco, CA, USA Please check your email confirmation from Extranomical Tours or contact the provider to confirm your pick-up details
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
11–12 hours
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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
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
    See details
    Pass by
    Spyglass Hill Golf Course
    Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • 6
    Lone Cypress
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Carmel by the sea
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Bird Rock Vista Point
    Carmel Beach Boardwalk
    China Rock
  • 8
    Cypress Point Lookout
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    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
    See address & details
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19 reviews
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rpkn2131
NY14 contributions
Beware of this company
Dec 2019
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 pickup time! I confirmed this tours days in advance and the day BEFORE the tour. I was told my pickup time and everything looked great until I received a text message to call them regarding the tour. I was on a Yosemite tour at the time but I managed to break away and call. Worst call ever. I was told they had to cancel the tour due to lack of people. Are you kidding me? You JUST confirmed the day before and now it's canceled?? I was SO upset since my days were all planned and I had NO time to reschedule anything. I booked way in advance so that I had a tour each day. I knew we'd never return to San Francisco so we wanted to get it all in. The tour company of course gave me a full refund as well as a certificate for a complimentary tour for 2 people in the future which I won't be using since I'm not returning to SF. I can give it to a friend or family member but I doubt anyone is going there anytime soon. Yes they tried to make it right BUT not while I was there. I can't go back in time. It's very upsetting that this happened to me. Just beware that's all I'm saying. The tour company took full responsibility for the issue but that doesn't help me much. I would never book through them again since they gave me misinformation and since it was last minute I couldn't fix anything with another tour. I knew I'd only visit SF just once. Try going with another tour company that's more organized. Do your research. This company will try to defend themselves and so be it but it still remains that they were at fault and ruined part of my vacation.
Written 19 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
GaryAlan2019
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
Written 20 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

3333Traveler3333
Herndon, VA4 contributions
Great tour to Monterey and Carmel
Dec 2019
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 the open seas exhibit are not to be missed. At each stop along the way Constantine would provide helpful additional information. It was a very good tour overall.
Written 16 December 2019
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GaryAlan2019
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.
Written 20 December 2019
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Navigate12346906051
Kilmarnock, UK4 contributions
Great trip
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
Written 2 December 2019
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GaryAlan2019
Taking a day trip to Monterey is a wonderful way to spend a day in San Francisco. So glad to hear you enjoyed it.
Written 9 December 2019
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davieb110
Aberdeen, UK69 contributions
Do Not Book Extranomical
Aug 2019
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 "trashing" restaurants, hotels, or tour operators.

However, my experience with Extranomical has been awful, and I would encourage anyone reading this NOT to book with them.

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Lesson #1 - Extranomical's Cancellation Policy is a Lie

First, let me write about the first tour I booked - Muir Woods and Winery Tour. Due to a change in vacation plans, I cancelled this tour over a week in advance and my refund was confirmed. I was glad I had booked Extranomical for this reason.

However, almost 4 weeks later I have still NOT received my refund, despite being told it had been "processed". Lesson #1 - the free cancellation is turning out to be a total lie (or at best, extremely arduous), so don't rely on this.

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Lesson #2 - Extranomical don't give you what you pay for

Now, onto the second tour which we did actually take - Monterey and Carmel Explorer.

A few days before the tour, we received an email from Extranomical to say we had been outsourced to their "sister company" Tower Tours. We were travelling by this point so had no choice but to go ahead with the trip. We figured it may still be okay.

We were picked up on the first day at the time advised and thought "Hey, this is actually a nice coach!". Unfortunately, the coach then dropped us at the Tower Tours office near Fisherman's Wharf, where we had to queue up to "register". We were clearly the last to be dropped off, as by the time we got on the rattly old tour bus, there were only a handful of single seats left, so my wife and I had to spend the journey apart. Lesson #2 is that Extranomical don't always put you on their own tours, regardless as to whether you book directly with them.

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Lesson #3 - Extranomical Make Promises they Don't Keep

The tour was fine until we reached 17 Mile Drive. At this point the bus driver advised a belt was about to break in the engine and so we couldn't proceed with the tour. To save us waiting on the side of the road, the driver took us to Bird Rock, where we sat in the blistering heat with no shade or AC for 90 minutes while the driver tried to get updates from the operator. Please note, I do not hold the driver responsible for this, and he did try his best to rectify the situation.

Updates from the operator ranged from "You'll need to wait 3 hours for a replacement coach" to "The tour may be cancelled", none of which were consistent.

Eventually the tour group took it into their own hands. Some took an Uber back to San Francisco, some took an Uber across to Carmel to wait for the new coach to arrive. When the driver proposed this plan to the Operator, they promised refunds for all Ubers, which have yet to be received!!

We finally made it back to San Francisco at 10.30pm, which totally ruined our final night in San Francisco and the final night of our honeymoon.

Upon contacting them, Extranomical kindly agreed to provide a full refund for the tour within 7 days. However, (you'll probably see a theme here) we have yet to receive this promised refund almost 3 weeks later.

I realise that the bus incident is Tower Tours' responsibility, but Extranomical are accountable for everything before and after.

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TLDR?

In summary, Extranomical have over $400 of my money and despite telling me it has been "processed" almost a week ago after repeated chasing, I haven't received a refund.

If you are thinking of booking with Extranomical, I strongly suggest you reconsider. As per my opening paragraph, I am not one to scaremonger - however, I don't want anyone else to go through this same experience.

My final lesson... I now find it highly suspicious that Extranomical have so many positive TripAdvisor reviews from users who have only ever posted a single review... Check it out for yourself. I can't believe I never noticed that before, I feel like such an idiot.

If you do book with Extranomical, please be prepared to be outsourced, lied to, and ignored.

I'm happy to be contacted directly if you want any further information or recommendations for your trip.
Written 18 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
GaryAlan2019
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.
Written 20 September 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Joakim T
9 contributions
Excellent
Aug 2019 • Couples
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.
Written 24 August 2019
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GaryAlan2019
Monterey & Carmel is a wonderful way to spend a day (or weekend). So glad to hear you had a great time!
Written 26 August 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ddss17
Manchester, UK56 contributions
Great day to Monterey and Carmel
Our trip to Monterey and Carmel was our favourite of our holiday and the trips we did. We were picked up by our driver Randall who straight away made us feel comfortable and gave us information and tips along the way. There were 6 of us on our tour which made the whole day more personal and we all got along well and had a laugh all day. We got to spend time in Monterey and had a walk round as we didn't add the aquarium on. We then went on to the 17mile drive and pebble beach which was a lovely area to sightsee round and take pictures. We then went to carmel which a beautiful town, with lots of shops and restaurants. We ate at Demetras which was recommended by Randall and certainly didn't disappoint the food was amazing. On our drive back because there was only 6 of us on tour and we were ahead of time to beat the traffic we got to drive through Santa Cruz past the boardwalk and had a quick stop to get a drink. It would have been lovely to have a bit of time on the boardwalk and around santa Cruz and all our tour and Randall agreed. Great day and would definitely recommend this day trip and Randall to anyone.
Written 3 August 2019
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GaryAlan2019
Monterey/Carmel is one of Randall's favorite tours. I guess it shows! Thanks for letting us know you had a great time.
Written 12 August 2019
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MaryD
1 contribution
Monterey and Carmel Day Trip
Jun 2019 • Family
Randall was hands down the best guide ever! We had an amazing day in Monterey & Carmel! Thank you making our trip amazing. Wish we would have meet him sooner!
Written 27 June 2019
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GaryAlan2019
Not everyone who comes to SF takes the time to visit Monterey. It is such a great experience! We've passed your nice compliment on the Randall.
Written 29 June 2019
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mchooi
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions
Not a good experience
4 of us took the tour today. Firstly, we ended up seated at the back of the van which was fine if it had comfortable seating. One seat had such narrow spacing with the forward seat that it was impossible to sit facing front. Secondly, the back was so bumpy that it was not possible to enjoy the long ride.

There is only 1.5 hour stop allowed in Monterey so going to the aquarium was not possible. This will just be a lunch and browsing stop.

We had to skip the highlighted Pebble Beach drive as the US Masters were on BUT we were not told about this before booking the tour.

Carmel was a 2 hour stop over for shopping and a visit to the beach. I would give this an average.

Overall, you’ll spend more time on the road than enjoying the places.

Written 12 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

bonnie g
New York City, NY4 contributions
Nice way to see the coast
Jul 2018
Be prepared for a full day of driving. The many stops along the way were both breath-taking and needed to break up the drive, but you sure get to see all the gorgeous spots along Highway 1. The guide was interesting and had a great play list of California music for you to listen to as he drove. With only an hour and a half in Monterey, not sure the Aquarium is really doable.
Written 24 July 2018
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Rodney B.M.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ95 contributions
Scenic views
Jun 2018
Didn't see much of Monterey, but we have spent the day at Carmel.Look for a spot to park, and be willing to walk around town.
Written 18 July 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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