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Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium

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This tour traverses the breathtaking sceny on the famous Pacific Coast Highway. Opon arriving in historic Monterey, you will have time to explore the fascinating sea creatures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (option to include) and stroll among the shops on Cannery Row. The tour will follow the coast through the beautiful little town of Pacific Grove on the way to the 17 Mile Drive. The drive finishes up at the enchanted town of Carmel-by-the-Sea where you’ll can explore the boutique shops on Ocean Avenue or be dazzled by the white sandy beach. When there is interest, we will also visit the historic Carmel Mission.
You'll start at
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Or, you can also get picked up
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  • Pass by Pigeon Point Lighthouse
  • 1
    Whale City Bakery
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Pass by Pacific Coast Highway
  • 2
    Monterey Bay
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 3
    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 4
    Cannery Row
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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    Pass by Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
  • 5
    17-Mile Drive
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Spyglass Hill Golf Course
    Pass by Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • 6
    Lone Cypress
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 7
    Carmel by the sea
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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    Pass by Bird Rock Vista Point
    Pass by Carmel Beach Boardwalk
    Pass by China Rock
  • 8
    Cypress Point Lookout
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Pass by Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail
    Pass by The Links at Spanish Bay
    Pass by Lovers Point
    Pass by Monterey Visitor Center
    Pass by Seal Rock Creek beach
    Pass by Sunset Point Overlook
You'll return to the starting point
  • 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.
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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
  • 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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Popular mentions
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
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Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
Responded 19 Dec 2019
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
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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
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Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
Responded 19 Dec 2019
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.
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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
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Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
Responded 8 Dec 2019
Taking a day trip to Monterey is a wonderful way to spend a day in San Francisco. So glad to hear you enjoyed it.
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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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About the operator
By: Extranomical Tours
Andy M
Daventry, United Kingdom
Amazing Trip
Although a long day, it was well worth it. The pick up time was exactly as we had been advised, 6am. The journey
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Eduardo A
San Francisco, California
Great experience
Great experience, a little rushed but, still worth it, would be great if the time spent at the woods could extend
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Great tour into a beautiful area
Had a super trip with guide Trish. She told interesting and fun stories during the bus ride and also let us relax
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Sabrina D
Celbridge, Ireland
Thoroughly Enjoyable
We had a fantastic tour with Kimmy! Muir Woods is a beautiful, tranquil trail which is the perfect way to start
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Amazing trip worth every penny. We booked this day trip to take place on my 30th birthday to try and do something
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Maeve W
Sydney, Australia
Convenient and fun way to see Yosemkte
My partner and I were worried about driving to Yosemite in winter as we were told certain roads we might not have
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Great tour but left to our own devices
I had a great day on this tour but I did expect aspects such as the Muir Wood Tour to be escorted. I was a little
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Andy T
A must do experience
An absolutely incredible experience! Trish was an amazing guide, lots of interesting and funny facts and tid bits
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Awesome Yosemite
Our guide, Denise, was very informative throughout the tour. The Yosemite in itself is to be seen to be believed!!
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Vivienne G
Stunning Yosemite
With a 6.00 am pick a block from our hotel this was a long and full day but the weather was perfect for seeing the
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Key Details
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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