Monterey / Carmel / 17-Mile Drive
Monterey / Carmel & 17-Mile Drive Tour
Approximately 11 hours
This is a fully narrated, 11-hour tour that departs from and returns to San Francisco. This tour shows California’s rugged Central Coast, a view that will both humble and inspire you. Starting the Monterey portion of the tour, you will travel south via Highway 1 through Santa Cruz offering a spectacular view of the Central Coastal area.
The tour includes scheduled stops at Steinbeck’s Cannery Row in Monterey – known for the characters in John Steinbeck’s novel “Cannery Row.” Find seaside exploration, shopping and activities for everyone on Monterey’s beautiful shoreline.
There are vista points along 17 Mile Drive including stores, art galleries and the restaurant district of Carmel that are perfect for lunch and shopping! You will visit the one-square mile city of Carmel, located on the Bay of Carmel above the white-sand beach which offers a picturesque and beautiful memory for the last portion of your tour. The trip back to San Francisco will take you through the Silicon Valley in the San Jose and Santa Clara counties.
Monterey / Carmel & 17-Mile Drive Tour with Bay Aquarium
Approximately 11 hours
California’s rugged Central Coast can both humble and inspire you. This is an unbeatable tour of Monterey, the Bay Aquarium, Carmel and the 17-mile drive. Our route down Highway 1 through Santa Cruz starts off the Monterey tour and features one spectacular view after another. Santa Cruz is the classic beach town where surfing was first introduced to the mainland – and they have been surfing ever since.
The tour has scheduled stops including Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, once an industrial street famous for sardines and known for the characters in John Steinbeck’s novel “Cannery Row.” Find seaside exploration, shopping and activities on the beautiful shoreline, where its reputation as the hot spot for Monterey is well earned. Your tour will also include a visit to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium to see all kinds of different ocean life. The Bay Aquarium has nearly 200 award-winning galleries and exhibits.
The vista points along the 17-Mile Drive and the art/restaurant district of Carmel is another stop. The one-square mile city of Carmel, located on the Bay of Carmel above the white-sand beach, offers a breath-taking view for the last portion of your tour. Crossing from the historic to the futuristic, the return trip takes you through Silicon Valley-the high tech capital of the United States.