Monterey Bus Tour with Carmel-by-the-Sea

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.

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 reknowned Cannery Row of Monterey, made famous by the American author John Steinbeck. Then wander the streets and art galleries of Carmel-by-the-Sea on this picturesque day tour 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. Skip the long lines by buying your tickets ahead of time! Entrance to the Monterey Aquarium is additional $30 and can be added during your booking process.

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. **

ADD: Aquarium Tickets

You can add tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to your tour*!

Voted one of the best Aquariums in the United States by the Travel Channel, the Monterey Bay Aquarium hosts approximately 1.8 million visitors annually. During your free time in Monterey, you too can experience the fun and excitement of this amazing landmark. Watch the playful otters, check out the coastal tidepools, learn about the kelp forests, or see what lurks in the briny deep! With a full research institute on-site and part of the building actually IN the Pacific Ocean, this aquarium is certainly a must-see.

Simply add on your tickets during the check-out process, and they will be provided to you on the tour.

*Tickets are an additional $49.95 for adults, and $39.95 for Children (12 and under) and are not included in the base tour price.

Tour Details

Monterey Bus Tour with Carmel-by-the-Sea

Departure: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday – year-round. Pick-up from most SF hotels between 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Duration: 1 full day (~ 11 hours)

Transportation: Comfortable Motorcoach


  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from most San Francisco hotels
  • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Scenic 17 Mile Drive entrance fee
  • Transportation to/from Monterey & Carmel by Motorcoach

Not included:

  • Meals (stops will be made to purchase food)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium ticket (unless booked as inclusion)
  • Guide gratuity (customary 15-20% of tour cost as per TripAdvisor tipping guide)


PLEASE READ: Our terms/conditions and cancellation policy


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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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