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Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast provided by Tower Tours - San Francisco Sightseeing Specialist

Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast

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The California Monterey and Carmel day trip with transportation from San Francisco offers must-see coastal views, and you won’t miss a thing since you don’t have to pay attention to driving the windy roads. Enjoy free time on Monterey’s Cannery Row and at Carmel by the Sea, with optional upgrade to include a Monterey Bay Aquarium ticket.
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288 Beach St
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  • Pass by Tower Tours - San Francisco Sightseeing Specialist
  • 1
    Cannery Row
    Stop: 2 hours -
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    Pass by 17-Mile Drive
  • 2
    Bird Rock Vista Point
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 3
    Lone Cypress
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 4
    Pebble Beach Golf Links
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 5
    Carmel Plaza
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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You'll end at
288 Beach St
288 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USATower Tours Main Office - 288 Beach Street (Corner of Mason) at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
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  • Ride down Highway 1 from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel
  • Take in the California coast views from a coach bus’ wide windows 
  • Upgrade to add admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Pickup and drop-off at select hotels for your convenience 
What to Expect
This day trip to Monterey and Carmel from San Francisco starts with pickup at select hotels (or airports, with advance notice). Your bus drives you down Highway 1, with sweeping cliffside and ocean views of the California coast. Your guide narrates as you go. During the day, enjoy free time in Monterey’s Cannery Row and at Carmel by the Sea. You can choose to upgrade and save time by adding a Monterey Bay Aquarium admission ticket. Your tour route also stops at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Bird Rock Beach, and Lone Cypress for photo ops. Your Monterey and Carmel day trip ends with a drop-off back in San Francisco.
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Important Information
Departure Point
288 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Live commentary on board
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from San Francisco and SFO Airport-area hotels with advance notice
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Bus Tour narration operated in English by live guide; With Audio Narration in the following languages. 中文, Español, 한국어, Français, 日本語, Deutsche, Italiano - Multi-Language Voice Narration Experience: QR Code Mobile App Feature (Must have mobile data to utilize feature; Wifi not available on motor-coach)
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Veguita_NMTravelgirl wrote a review Jan 2020
Veguita,NM21 contributions4 helpful votes
This was an interesting and informative tour. Our driver, George, was very informative and interesting. The scenery was beautiful and the pace of trip was good. This is all day so keep that in mind if you tire easily. ,
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Date of experience: January 2020
Maria wrote a review Oct 2019
Budapest, Hungary35 contributions12 helpful votes
Very professional organization and pick-up at the hotel. The guide was great, very intelligent and provided interesting facts and lots of new information. We enjoyed the trip very much.
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Date of experience: October 2019
davieb110 wrote a review Sep 2019
Aberdeen, United Kingdom69 contributions34 helpful votes
I must first clarify that I did not book directly with Tower Tours. I booked with Extranomical and they outsourced me to Tower Tours, which they call their "sister company" - check my review of them for my experience there! I'd like to start this review by making it clear I
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Date of experience: August 2019
Response from TowerTours, General Manager at Day Trip to Monterey and Carmel via California Coast
Responded 18 Sep 2019
Dear davieb110 First of all – I apologize for not responding to your email following the bus breakdown which occurred on August 31st. After speaking with Extranomical Tours about the events of that day, my understanding was that they were going to proceed with the promised credits, given that we did not have any form of your payment in our system. I should have let you know that was our agreement and followed up with you directly. There were certainly a few errors which occurred in the communication on the day of the breakdown. By the time I was notified, I immediately worked on arranging transfers between Bird Rock and Carmel Plaza until our replacement bus arrived. Our replacement bus was in fact enroute. The replacement bus had reached Castroville, approximately 20 miles north of Bird Rock when he was notified by the mechanic that the original bus was restored. The events which transpired and the miscommunication which resulted are not typical of our customer service. We greatly value the experiences our customers receive and always look to immediately recover in service when incidents occur, as rare as they occur. Due to my error and assumption in your receiving of the promised credits, I would like to offer you additional compensation. Please reach out to me at We again sincerely apologize that your experience with Tower Tours resulted in a poor memory of your trip to Monterey over your Honeymoon, and we hope you give us a second chance to make up for it. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. Warm Regards, Janet R, General Manager
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slawomirk633 wrote a review Sep 2019
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Perfect choice for learning some more places outside SF. The driver is really one of the best tour guides I know, giving us a lot of interesting facts on the way and all with a great sense of humor. I enjoyed it fully. The only thing which may disappoint is the lack of time. The
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Date of experience: September 2019
Sightsee758610 wrote a review Aug 2019
1 contribution
Good tour. The big guy who was a tour guide was nice but would not stop breathing into the microphone. It was very annoying.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Key Details
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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