Private Carmel & Monterey Tours from San Francisco: The Best of the Pacific Coast Highway
Sheer cliffs. Thick forests. Oceans teeming with wildlife. Fertile farmland as far as the eye can see. The Northern California coastline is at its rugged best south of San Francisco, and the best way to experience these wonders is with a private and bespoke tour of Carmel & Monterey. Our guides build tours to this region around the Pacific Coast Highway, including some of its most iconic sites: the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, downtown Carmel, and Big Sur. We are happy to make a reservation for lunch at a restaurant along the way, usually at The Lodge at Pebble Beach. All trips also feature insider knowledge about the region and its natural beauty. We know all there is to know from San Francisco to Carmel and San Francisco to Big Sur. Reserve a private Carmel & Monterey tour today.
“Incredible experience, the highlight of our week in San Francisco and Monterey.”
— C. Anderson (TripAdvisor)
Planning a trip to California? Book with Bin 415. Our Carmel & Monterey tours begin with an early departure from San Francisco and a stop at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Guides usually arrive in Monterey in late morning and slot an itinerary around what guests would like to do. The Monterey Bay Aquarium, which has a regional focus on the critters of Monterey Bay, is a popular stop; Cannery Row, a stretch of repurposed sardine canning factories, is a close second. Guests also can explore Carmel, where they can linger, stroll cobblestone streets past gnarled Cypress trees, and explore boutiques. Golf fanatics often insist on experiencing 17-Mile Drive, a scenic road that winds around the world-famous Pebble Beach golf course. Guides usually also book lunch reservations at a quiet restaurant in Pebble Beach.
Because our guides are all local to the San Francisco Bay Area, they have first-hand knowledge about the most authentic places to stop throughout the day. Guides also can arrange wine-tasting excursions at some of the wineries in the Carmel Valley, or whale-watching excursions into Monterey Bay to get up-close perspectives on blue whales, the largest mammals in the world.
In addition to these activities, many of our Carmel & Monterey tours also include jaunts down to Big Sur, some of the wildest and most untamed coastline in all of California. Here the curvy Pacific Coast Highway hugs the side of the bluffs, providing guests with unobstructed and panoramic views of the churning Pacific Ocean. Particularly on clear days, the views are almost too spectacular to believe. Our guides are happy to linger and allow guests to soak up the scenery. Bin 415 drivers also are skilled at snapping photos destined for social media or holiday cards.
Depending on guest wishes, private Carmel & Monterey tours from Bin 415 can be extended to include more sightseeing, an intimate dinner, or other attractions along the way. Multi-day experiences through Santa Barbara and even to Los Angeles and San Diego also are available upon request.