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San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

1. 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. 

Santa Cruz: Sidecar Wine Tour with Guide and Wine Tasting

2. Santa Cruz: Sidecar Wine Tour with Guide and Wine Tasting

Take on the open road in a tandem sidecar on this guided wine tour of Santa Cruz. See beautiful California scenery, taste local wines, and learn about the city's fascinating history from your guide. Meet your guide and begin your guided ride throughout the Santa Cruz area. As you ride in style in a tandem sidecar, feel the wind rush through your hair and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Hear about your surroundings from your sidecar driver. Throughout your tour, enjoy stops at local wineries, where you can see the making of wine up close. Enjoy a tasting at each tasting room, and decide for yourself which local wine is your favorite. Finish your tour with a visit to one scenic destination. Depending on your tour, visit locations such as Alfaro, Storrs, La Vida Bella, Lester Family Vineyards, Nicholson & Cantine WinePub.

Santa Cruz: Private Brewery Tour

3. Santa Cruz: Private Brewery Tour

Take a trip around the Santa Cruz Mountains and Redwoods to visit 3 breweries. Learn about the beer-making process with your private guide and have the chance to try the beers (at your own expense). Get picked up and decide with your guide the itinerary of your private tour. Then, drive through winding mountain roads your guide knows by heart to reach your first brewery. Find out how beer is made and choose to try a beer before heading to the next 2 breweries. Between stops, enjoy a scenic ride through forests and mountain landscapes. At each brewery, learn more about the beer-making process and the different types produced in the Santa Cruz area. After your beer-filled afternoon, return to Santa Cruz as an expert in local brews.

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Excellent tour, covered all the major spots along California coast from Santa Cruz to Monterey to Carmel by the sea with important stops along the coast with appropriate time to take photos. Our your guide Doug and river Jason were pretty amazing and Doug has a thorough knowledge and passion and he was did an excellent job explaining all the important history on the tour. 17 Mile drive and pebble Beach were pretty amazing and beautiful. In Carmel, if you do not plan to shop, consider walking to the beach, it's a 0.5 mile walk slightly tedious walk (considering all the elevations) from the bus stop but it's worth it. In Monterey, aquarium will always be sold out when you arrive unless you dont book it prior, so 2 he is a little long, but considering it in life's lunch stop too, it totally makes sense. Apart from cannery row, consider taking a walk across lovers point trail in Pacific Grove which is just next to cannery row, it's pretty scenic.

A wonderful tour, scenically wonderful. The bus driver Thomas was fantastic. He told a lot about the sights and the landscape and gave good tips. Although the day was long, it was definitely worth it. We don't want to miss the day.

Loved this tour! We learned so much about the area from Alex. He’s a charismatic guide with a sense of humor. We had beautiful views along the coast. Highly recommend!

Excellent tour. Great photo opportunities during the ride. Plenty of time at each stop. The tour guide was very nice and a lot of fun

I have learned a lot about San fransisco and the other towns around. Very interesting.