Carmel-by-the-Sea
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Our most recommended Carmel-by-the-Sea Day Trips

Monterey: 17-Mile Drive Guided E-Bike Tour

1. Monterey: 17-Mile Drive Guided E-Bike Tour

Soak up the beautiful coast of Northern California on this 3.5-hour guided e-bike tour. Visit Lover’s Point with a gorgeous view of the ocean and try to catch a glimpse of sea otters as you ride through the Pacific Grove Marine Gardens Conservation Area. Pay homage to the memory of John Denver as you pass his memorial, continue your trek up the coast, and have a chance to see the Point Pinos Lighthouse, which has shone since 1855. Pedal past the sandy shores of Asilomar State Beach, making stops at viewpoints to take in ocean vistas and the fresh sea breeze. Marvel at The Links at Spanish Bay, a stunning golf course with fairways overlooking the ocean, and snap a photo of China Rock and Bird Rock. Last but not least, take a minute to imagine yourself in one of the luxurious mansions along the path. Your local guides will share their knowledge of the area’s unique ocean wildlife and iconic landmarks throughout the tour. The full ride is 21 miles round trip and lasts approximately 3.5 hours, including plenty of time for photographs.

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From San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Day Tour

2. From San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Day Tour

Travel scenic California’s Pacific Coast Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, famous for its spectacular ocean views, abundant wildlife, and historical past. You will stop at Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck, where there are great shops and restaurants overlooking the Pacific. Next travel through the famous 17-Mile Drive and see Pebble Beach Golf Course. Photo stops will be made along this gorgeous drive. Your tour continues to Carmel by the sea where ample time is given to walk through this charming town dotted with lovely shops, and beautiful architecture.

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Pacific Coastal Highway Tour to Monterey & Carmel

3. Pacific Coastal Highway Tour to Monterey & Carmel

Travel along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. This full-day tour takes you along California’s stunning coast to experience the beauty of Highway 1. When you arrive at the Monterey peninsula, follow the 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach to visit the Lone Cypress, where your guide will stop for you to take photos of the rugged, beautiful coast. As your tour continues, visit Monterey city where you can walk down Cannery Row, or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium (for an additional cost). From Monterey, your tour continues to the coastal town Pacific Grove, which features charming Victorian-era buildings; and the artsy Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you will visit the historic mission established in 1770. On the way back to San Francisco, drive through Silicon Valley, the tech capital of the United States; and, as you circle round the north end of San Francisco, catch a glimpse of the Seal Rocks in the distance.

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San Fran: Carmel, Monterey & Big Sur Full-Day Private Tour

4. San Fran: Carmel, Monterey & Big Sur Full-Day Private Tour

Explore the Big Sur and Monterey areas of California at your own pace, and avoid the hassle of organized bus tours. Traveling by private car, enjoy the comfort of seeing the places you want to see without worrying about your departure or arrival time. Learn more about the famous landmarks with a reliable service, offering maximum security and, most of all, the best level of hospitality in the industry. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in San Francisco (pick-ups in other cities in the Bay Area are available on arrangement), get recommendations on the best places to stop to take pictures or explore further; you decide where you want to go. Take a scenic drive from San Francisco to Carmel and Big Sur via State Route 1, the north-south highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of California. Travel the forested road of 17-Mile Drive. Discover the Mission District and Monterey Bay Aquarium. See all the sights of Fisherman's Wharf. Drive down to the Big Sur Bixby Creek Bridge, and marvel at the flora and fauna of Poit Lobos State Reserve south of Carmel before your return to San Francisco.

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San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

5. San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

Begin your tour by traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1. Head to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. At your first rest stop in Davenport, you will have a chance to take a selfie with the whole Pacific as your backdrop.  At Monterey, you will have 2 hours on your own to explore. You can visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, rent a kayak or paddleboard, hike along the coast, or take a bike to roam. You can also stroll among the quaint boutiques and art shops along the historic Cannery Row. Grab a seafood lunch at Old Fisherman’s Wharf.  Enjoy another eyeful of Pacific beauty along the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Del Monte Forest and take photographs of the hardy Lone Cyprus Tree. This famous road winds its way by magnificent homes and the spectacular coastline, between the greens and tees of world famous golf courses, and among the last remaining forest of a rare species of the Monterey Cypress.  Your scenic drive finishes at Pebble Beach Village. Upon arrival in the enchanted town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, you can explore the boutique shops on Ocean Avenue and be dazzled by the white sandy beach. If there is time, you can visit the historic Carmel Mission. Then, it will be time to head back to San Francisco. 

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Monterey/Carmel: Wine Country Tour

6. Monterey/Carmel: Wine Country Tour

Take a wine tour of California's Monterey County, one of the largest premium grape producers in the state. Learn about local wine production and taste sample some wines. Get picked up from your hotel and listen to some interesting commentary on your way out to the vineyards. Admire the beautiful Californian landscape as you tour a local winery. Let your guide teach you about Monterey and its history of wine production. Enter the tasting room for your chance to try 2 or 3 different wines. Enjoy a convenient drop-off at your accommodations after the tour.

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What people are saying about Carmel-by-the-Sea

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 32 reviews

The journey was excellent. We had a guide named Antonio, who throws a lot of information during the ride. He gave us a chance to walk around (and click pictures) at his personal favorite like Pigeon point, farmers market. I must tell he has great taste. Grayline travelers are well aware of how to take care of their customers. I would highly recommend people who like beaches and information about in and around SF to go on this trip.

Our Driver and guide, Grady, made this tour worthwhile. The personal stories he interwove into his narration of the sites and scenes made for a most interesting and informative trip. We had adequate time to explore on our own at the various stops and he showed such care and concern for all his passengers, but especially those with challenges.

The tour experience was excellent the tour guide (bus driver) was extremely knowledgeable and polite. He was a true delight. The bus was neat and clean. Ample time was given at rest stops and tour attraction stops. I would go again.

A pleasant tour from start to finish. We had perfect weather and traffic conditions. Antonio, our driver and tour guide, was very professional, friendly, pleasant, efficient, and relaxed. I enjoyed this tour a lot.

Antonio is a knowledgeable tour guide and a good driver.