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Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium

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California’s Pacific Coast Highway is known for its eye-catching views and twists and turns. Take the stress out of driving with 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.
  • 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. Your Monterey and Carmel tour ends with drop-off back in San Francisco.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Traveler 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.
Departure Time
8:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Admission to Monterey Bay Aquarium (if option is selected)
  • Entry/Admission - 17-Mile Drive
  • 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
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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. 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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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
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Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
Responded 19 Sep 2019
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.
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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.
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Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
Responded 25 Aug 2019
Monterey & Carmel is a wonderful way to spend a day (or weekend). So glad to hear you had a great time!
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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
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Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
Responded 11 Aug 2019
Monterey/Carmel is one of Randall's favorite tours. I guess it shows! Thanks for letting us know you had a great time.
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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!
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Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
Responded 28 Jun 2019
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.
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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
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Key Details
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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