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

Why We Love This Tour

“California’s Highway 1 is such a scenic drive! Stopping for photos along the rugged coastline and seeing the stunning blue waters make for a breathtaking journey. The quaint seaside towns of Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea are perfect stops along the way!”

-Laura Skelton
Sales and Product Manager

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: $109

Please note, rates change annually. Rates for dates beyond this season may have changed. Please see booking calendar for exact price. Child rates available for those under 11. Kids 3 & under are FREE (with reservation). Aquarium tickets sold separately. Tour operated by our partner company.

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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: Once you have booked your tour please contact us so we can advise you about booking your ticket for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Please check out their website for their prices and Covid policies.

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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Book our Monterey with Carmel-by-the-Sea as a Private Tour

We understand how important quality time with your friends and family is. We also understand the hesitation some customers may have in sharing a vehicle with people they don’t know. While we love the ease of travel & new friendships that shared tours provide, we have adapted to bring our customers more options when it comes to booking a tour.

This tour is now available to book as a private excursion for up to 22 guests.  You’ll receive the same itinerary and inclusions that our typical tour would provide, plus personal one-on-one attention from your guide and the ability to choose exactly who you’ll bring with you.

Feeling like making some changes or additions to the itinerary? Contact us and we can create a quote for any custom experience you’d like to partake in anywhere in the 50 states.

Reserve your Monterey with Carmel-by-the-Sea Tour as a private excursion now!

Our rates are based on group size. After clicking below and choosing an available date, elect how many travelers will be in your group.

Private tour for 1-13 guests: $1,344
Private tour for 14-22 guests: $1,869


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Really Worth It!

I took the Monterey Carmel tour yesterday, it was really worth it. Beautiful sightseeing, superb route. George our driver was very interesting and helpful. I had a great time and do recommend. One word, sit on the right side of the bus as it is easier to take photos, I was on the left but succeeded anyways and took beautiful pictures of the stunning landscape.

– Isabella C., Paris
traveled October 2013
Monterey & Carmel Day Tour

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