Monterey, Big Sur and Carmel-by-the-Sea Bus Tour from San Francisco

Why We Love this Tour

“Monterey is SO beautiful! Definitely check out the aquarium if you have the chance – the otters are the most adorable critters you’ll ever see.”

– Lauren C.

Tour Highlights

  • Monterey
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Mission Carmel
  • Cannery Row
  • Pacific Grove
  • Scenic 17-Mile Drive
  • Pebble Beach, Seal Rock and Lone Cypress
  • Monterey Aquarium (optional)
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Price: $105

* Child rates available for those under 11. Kids 3 & under are FREE (with reservation). Add Aquarium tickets for only $40 adult/$25 child additional. Tour operated by partner company.

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Monterey Field of California Poppies

The California Poppy is our State Flower, and blooms in the springtime

The legendary Lone Cypress tree on a sea stack on the California coastline.

See the legendary Lone Cypress tree on the California coastline


See jellyfish & more at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (entry not incl.)

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Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea Bus Tour

Take a trip down the rugged California coast in a luxury motor coach to the seaside towns of Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. While driving down the famous Pacific Coast Highway (aka Highway 1), take in one breathtaking view after another, and keep your eyes open for surfers and sea otters.

Walk the renowned Cannery Row of Monterey, made famous by the American author John Steinbeck. Don’t forget to stop at one of the many local seafood restaurants and shopping options during your stop in Monterey too. Optionally, explore the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium for an additional fee.

Continuing on down the coast, take in the cliff-side outlooks of Pacific Grove, 17 Mile Scenic Drive, and even enjoy the views from the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course. Then wander the streets and art galleries of Carmel-by-the-Sea on this picturesque day tour from San Francisco.

Looking for an even more incredible adventure? We offer private tours to Carmel, Big Sur and/or Monterey from San Francisco.




8:00 – 9:00am: Pick up from San Francisco hotels

10:00am – 12:30pm: The sightseeing begins before your first stop as you wind your way between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean on Highway 1, perhaps the most famous and breathtaking highway in the United States. Stop for a bite to eat before arriving at Monterey’s Cannery Row, once the center of the local fishing industry and now a charming walking district full of restaurants, boutiques, and cafes.

12:30 – 2:30pm: You can spend your time here at the beach, taking in the sights and sounds of the town, or at the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the nation’s top-rated family attractions.

Note: During the summer months the Monterey Bay Aquarium can be quite busy. Skip the long lines at the ticket window by buying your tickets ahead of time online via

2:30 – 4:30pm: 17-Mile Drive takes you by The Lone Cypress, Bird Rock, through the towns of Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach and on to Carmel!

4:30 – 5:30pm: Stop at the Carmel Plaza, long known for attracting artists like Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Mary Austin, and Ansel Adams. Nowadays the flawless location and internationally-known golf courses of this upscale community draw celebrities and the jet-set crowd – Clint Eastwood even served as mayor for a term!

5:30 – 8:00pm: Leaving the enchanted coastline behind, fast forward through time as you travel through Silicon Valley, the high-tech capital of the world. You’ll be back in San Francisco full of memories of California’s playground at the edge of the world.


**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to conditions outside of our control (special events, traffic), it is sometimes necessary to alter your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order. **

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