San Francisco

Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur Private Day Trip from San Francisco

San Francisco, United States

From $906.67

per group (up to 6)

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Drive down the Pacific Coastal Highway on one of the most memorable and scenic routes from San Francisco. Big Sur, Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea await to be explored with your personal guide. Get postcard-perfect snaps of the breathtaking coastline, search for marine life in Monterey Bay and learn about the peninsula’s history in these top-rated destinations. This private day trip offers a customizable itinerary, allowing you to travel at your own pace. Pricing is per group, based on a maximum of six people.
  • Private day trip to Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur from San Francisco
  • Wind along Highway One on the California coastline
  • Discover historical towns, wildlife and cliffside views
  • Spend as much time as preferred in each destination
  • Price is per group, based on a maximum of six people

What's Included

  • Private driver/guide
  • Hotel or airport pickup and drop-off
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks

    Meeting And Pickup

    You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    Pickup details

    We pick up from all locations in San Francisco, Marin or Silicon Valley.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    5 reviews
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    Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur
    Connector733869, Jul 2019
    This tour was very disappointing. We did not see most of the sites as promised and if we did see them, it was only a drive by. It took us 3 1/2 hours just to get to 17-mile drive. We did go have lunch at Pebble Beach but that pretty well left no time to see the other sites. Carmel looked like a beautiful town but did not get to walk around it at all and we would have like to do that. We stopped at the Lone Cypress tree vista for 5 minutes. We then went to Margarita Ville in Monterey and had a drink with no time to look around that town at all. We then got in the car for another long ride home. We felt we spent most of the day in the car. Our driver, Pat was very nice but seemed to be a nervous driver, constantly hitting the brakes and driving slow. We also stopped at the Google Campus for a bathroom break (which we did not ask for) and spent at least half an hour time there because it took so long to get to it and park and back on the highway. Overall, this trip either should not advertise so many stops or include more hours. We also had to pay for the extra hours it took us to get home.
    Response from Host, Sep 2019
    I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed. All tours are customized based on the interests of each client. We always provide a printed itinerary and clients can choose what they prefer to focus on. Normally, we take the coastal route or highway 101 S in one direction, and return through the opposite route. I asked them which route they preferred and they chose the Silicon Valley route. There was some traffic and we stopped at the Gooleplex which the guys were more interested in. It's better to plan to use a cleaner restroom than one at highway gas stations. We went to Pebble Beach for lunch. They spent 3 hours at lunch. After lunch drove through the 17 Mile Drive and stopped at the Lone Cypress. When we go to Carmel village, I asked them if they wanted to stop and walk around. I was a actually shocked to hear that they had no interest in stopping in Carmel. They skipped Monterey and said they wanted to go back. About 4:00 p.m, they said they wanted to stop for a drink. I thought they were kidding, but they were serious. So we stopped in Capitola at Magaritaville. They were in the restaurant for another 2 hours. The total time they spent in restaurants was 5 hours. We ended up in the middle of rush hour traffic. There had been an accident. I see a lot of accidents on highways almost daily. This is the more reason I drive carefully at the allowed speed limit. I don't believe in speeding and putting client's lives at risk. Additionally, I have never been in an accident. Some people like to speed. I get it. They had prepaid for 8 hours. This was 3 hours overtime. I gave them 2 free hours. I think it was fair. They were fun couples. and played great music. I wish things had turned out differently. We had a similar tour last week and covered a lot more attractions on the itinerary. This family listened to suggestions and used their time more efficiently. Thank you for being candid.
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    Mikki E, Jul 2017
    I don't even know where to begin...This was by far the WORST tour I have ever booked. Pep was our guide who was unorganized and at the end of the tour charged us an additional $302!!! If you want a tour that you do and see absolutely NOTHING - this is the tour for you! RIDICULOUS!
    Response from Host, Aug 2020
    I am sorry that Mikki feels that way. I actually don't think this is a credible review for 5 reasons. 1. Why did Mikki wait almost 3 years to write the review if they were upset? 2. They should have been more specific about the tour details if they have a valid claim. 3. I checked my records and I did not have a tour on that day. I do not recognize the name. 4. I always give clients discounts on hours above what they had prepaid, therefore $302 is unrealistic. 5. We rarely have tours around July 4th. This is our slowest week in summer. Most people prefer to have family celebrations at home. Thank you.