Big Sur Monterey Scenes Tour – California Coast 2 days
2 days Big Sur Monterey – California Coast 2 days
- Scenic Monterey & Carmel By The Sea
- Big Sur, Coastal Redwoods and Bixby Bridge California Coast
- 2 Days / 1 Night
- Round trip from San Jose or Monterey and Carmel
- Option to go on to Los Angeles on second day.
- From San Francisco or Oakland at additional cost.
- This is also available from Los Angeles in reverse
Big Sur is one of the ten most scenic shore lines in the U.S. Along the California Pacific Coast Highway One south of Monterey is the iconic Bixby Bridge, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, The Coastal Redwoods at Pfeiffer State Park and the fabled Nepenthe. You may recognize some of the places from old Hollywood films such as The Sandpiper with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Currently some of the scenery can be seen on Big Little Lies on HBO. You can visit this unique area and see Monterey on a one-day trip or even stay a night.
Day 1: San Jose to Santa Cruz to Monterey. 154 miles
Driver guide will pick you up at San Jose Diridon Station at about 9:30 a.m. Driving through Silicon Valley and The Redwoods you reach the coast at Santa Cruz. Along Highway 1 you go through Aptos, Capitola, and agricultural area to Elkhorn Slough and Moss Beach. Soon you are in Castroville driving through miles of artichoke and strawberry fields. Along the coast you see sand dunes on the west and Salinas Valley with the coastal mountain range to the east. Salinas River empties into Monterey Bay. Past California State University of Monterey in what used to be Fort Ord through Marina and Seaside you reach Monterey and Carmel by 11:30. Continue on Highway One through Point Lobos to Bixby Bridge.
Further south you can wander in the Redwoods, have lunch at The River Inn or at Nepenthe or ask the driver to take you to any special place you want to see. By about 3:30 you return to Monterey. Time permitting you can take an alternate drive through 17 Mile Drive and see Pebble Beach. Check in to stay the night.
CHOICE OF HOTELS:
Casa Munras Hotel, 700 Munras Avenue – historic downtown Monterey location.
Spindrift Inn, 652 Cannery Row – on Monterey Bay
The Monterey Hotel, 407 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940
La Playa Hotel and many other hotels and inns in Carmel
Day 2 – Free time in Monterey:
Choice of many activities. Rent a bike or walk and enjoy many paths in the historic town, The Cannery Row area and Pacific Grove. Drive or get a chauffeur driven car for a tour of Pebble Beach, 17 Mile Drive and Carmel by the Sea. Go Whale watching on Monterey Bay. www.montereywhalewatching.com Go Scuba diving or paddle renting a kayak. http://www.mbdcscuba.com/ www.adventuresbythesea.com Or just walk around the historic area and Fisherman’s Wharf and see museums, etc. www.seemonterey.com/resources/visitors-center Spend the day in Carmel by the Sea. www.carmelcalifornia.com/visitor-center.htm
Return to San Jose. 120 miles:
Around 3:30 the return trip goes to Prunedale and then Highway 101 crossing San Andreas Fault and Morgan Hill and Gilroy. The rural land gives way to the urban sprawl of San Jose, reaching Diridon station around 5:30.
Option to go to Los Angeles on day 2. 356 miles.
On Monday, Wednesday or Friday transfer to Salinas to board Coast Starlight train leaving at 11:48. Going through agricultural area of Monterey County you go via Paso Robles to San Luis Obispo. Continue via the beautiful coast through Santa Barbara arriving in Los Angeles by 9:00 p.m.
Conditions: A) Subject to hotel room availability. B) 17 Mile Drive and certain areas closed for various special events.
Points of Interest:
Silicon Valley *Santa Cruz *Capitola * Gilroy – San Andreas Fault * Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing where Salinas River empties in to Monterey Bay * Strawberry and artichoke farms stretching miles. * Bixby Bridge * Big Sur whose famous residents include Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac. * Giant Coastal Redwoods. *Historic Monterey. *Carmel by the Sea. *Pebble Beach.
Rates : Big Sur Monterey 2 days Tour – Tour Code: SM1M
Available all year: Almost daily. Round Trip Transportation and Big Sur trip:
$596 single person. $696 for two. $100 for each additional person. Maximum 4 persons. To continue to Los Angeles add $50 per person. (updated August 3rd, 2021)
*Plus hotel rooms from $200 to $500. Cost depends on availability and the prevailing rate at the hotel of your choice.
* Cost from Monterey or Carmel is $100 less than above
Big Sur Monterey California Coast 2 days Tour includes:
Transportation from San Jose or Monterey and Carmel by experienced driver-guided tours of Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Highway #1, Bixby Bridge, Coastal Redwoods, Nepenthe, Fuel charge, Tax. Additional costs payable direct are driver’s gratuity and other personal expenses.
Note: This trip requires some flexibility and acceptance of minor changes and delays.
Transportation is provided by companies under contract to us. They are fully licensed by California Public Utility Commission. They carry required insurance and comply with USDOT and CHP safety requirements.