Silicon Valley Monterey Big Sur Private Tour

SILICON VALLEY / MONTEREY / BIG SUR from San Francisco / Emeryville / Oakland / San Jose and nearby places.

10 to 12 hours private trip in an SUV, 1 to 6 persons.

Silicon Valley Monterey Big Sur Private Charter with a chauffeured car, you can go at your own pace and spend as much time as you like. There is no need to worry about which routes to take or drive around seeking parking or rest stops. These trips are not on a large vehicle with many participants and fixed timed stops. Just you and your family or friends. The driver guide can make stops at your convenience within ten hours time.

You have a choice of following two

1. BIG SUR / SILICON VALLEY

Big Sur / Silicon Valley Private Charter, you will see

1. META / Facebook, Menlo Park. Picture stop. 10 mins. 2. Stanford University, Palo Alto. Historic Campus. Walk around The Chapel etc. 30 mins. 3. APPLE, Cupertino for the futuristic spaceship campus from the terrace 45 mins. 4. Driving through Redwoods to Santa Cruz then to Castroville. 5. Garrapata State Park, Rocky Point. 6. Stop at Bixby Bridge 20 mins. 7. Hurricane Point, Point Sur Lighthouse. 8. Big Sur River Inn or stop for refreshments. 9. Nepenthe / Phoenix / Café Kevah overlooking Pacific Ocean, About an hour. 10. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park for about an hour walk in the Redwoods. 11. Return through Monterey, Prunedale, Gilroy and Morgan Hill.

2. SILICON VALLEY / MONTEREY CARMEL

MONTEREY / CARMEL / SILICON VALLEY you will see

1. META / Facebook, Menlo Park. Picture stop. 10 mins. 2. Stanford University, Palo Alto. Historic Campus. Walk around The Chapel etc. 30 mins. 3. APPLE, Cupertino for the futuristic spaceship campus from the terrace 45 mins. 4. Driving through Redwoods to Santa Cruz then to Castroville. 5. Through Fort Ord to historic Monterey and Fisherman’s Wharf 6. Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pacific Grove. 7. 17 Mile Drive, Cypress Point, Pebble Beach Golf Course etc 8. Carmel by the Sea – central area. 9. Carmel Mission 10. Return through Monterey, Prunedale, Gilroy and Morgan Hill.

*We can take you to wineries in Monterey and Carmel Valley instead of places mentioned above.

You can also spend whole 10 hours at one place.

Cost of 10-hour trip – from $875 plus $25 additional per person. Private trip in an SUV, 1 to 6 persons.

1 person $875 / 2 people $900 / 3 people $925 / 4 people $950 / 5 people $975 / 6 people $990. $95 each additional hours for more than 10 hours. It will take an additional two hours from San Francisco to see all three places, Silicon Valley, Monterey, and Big Sur.

San Francisco, San Jose, and other hotel, Airbnb, and private residence pickup and dropoff and tax are included. Gratuity for the driver is not included.

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Monterey Carmel Private Car Tours

MONTEREY CIRCLES Private Car Tours

Monterey – Big Sur – Hearst Castle Private Car Tours From San Francisco, San Jose, Monterey, Salinas, Carmel

These are individual private day trips in a town car or an SUV for your own party of one to six persons. You go to unusual places at your own pace spending the time you want. With a chauffeur driven car, no worry about which roads to take and spending time looking for suitable parking, rest stops etc. These trips are not on a large vehicle with many participants, fixed timed stops and narration. Just you with family or friends. An experienced local resident would be the driver for your personal requirements.

Cost is $95 an hour for a town car for 1 to 4 persons or 2 adults and 2 children. $125 an hour for Luxury Vehicle like Volvo or BMW. For 5 to 6 adults you would need an SUV at $125 an hour. Minimum 4 to 8 hours From Monterey area

*From San Francisco including hotel pick up and drop off for $950 for 1 to 4 people. 5 to 6 people is $1,250 including tax. Minimum 10 hours

Rates updated June 28th, 2022

Because this is a private tour, not a large bus tour, it is much easier to make stops as needed.

1. ESSELEN – Continent’s edge crashing into The Pacific at The Big Sur *option to add Hearst Castle. 6 to 9 hours.

The Big Sur along Pacific Coast Highway One is one of the most scenic and unforgettable places in North America. Main stops are the iconic Bixby Bridge, Big Sur River Inn, Pfeiffer Sate Park Coastal Redwoods and The Nepenthe for late lunch or refreshments and to gaze at the incredible Pacific Ocean. Other viewpoints are: Rocky Point, Hurricane Point and Point Sur Lighthouse, McWay Falls. *Option to add Hearst Castle.

2. OHLONE – Monterey San Juan Bautista Mission and Moss Landing, 4 to 5 Hours.

Along Fort Ord, California State University, Monterey Bay and Castroville drive through fields of artichokes, avocadoes, strawberries, and lettuce. At Prunedale turn north and go through the avenue of eucalyptus trees then turn east to San Juan Bautista. Walk around this small town located on the San Andreas Fault. Visit the Mission that was built in 1798. You may remember the Bell Tower in the movie VERTIGO by Alfred Hitchcock filmed during the 1960s. Then driving west on country roads and through small towns like Logan, Aromas and Pajaro reach Watsonville on Highway 1. Salinas river empties into Monterey Bay near Elkhorn Slough. With two giant chimneys of the power plant behind you gaze over the tranquil sea on the cusp of Monterey Canyon, nearly 12,000 feet (3,600 meters) one of the deepest ocean canyons on the West Coast. You may want to stop at Moss Landing Harbor for seafood at Phil’s Fish Market or one of other local places or wait for a unique meal at The Giant Artichoke in Castroville. Driving through fields and sand dunes head to Fort Ord, Marina on the way back to Monterey.

3. SALINAN – Monterey River, Mountains, Wine and Farms – 4 to 6 hours.

Going inland past the airport on River Road south in Salinas Valley with mountains of Santa Lucia to the west and Gabilan to the east drive along Salinas river that flows north irrigating The Salad Bowl of the World, about a quarter million acres of tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, wine grapes etc. and flower greenhouses.

Names like Tanimura and Matsui are from early 20th century Japanese immigrant farmers. For wine there are three distinct AVA areas – Arroyo Seco, Santa Lucia Highlands and Monterey producing some of the best wines in California. Stops will be made for wine tasting, at a vegetable packing shed and National Steinbeck Center (except on Mondays and Tuesdays) and for lunch at Main Street in Oldtown.

4. PORTOLA, CROCKER & Co. – Monterey. Del Monte, Pacific Grove, Asilomar, Pebble Beach, Carmel – 4 hours.

This drive starts where Monterey begins on Del Monte Avenue, next to the old Hotel Del Monte now the site of Naval Post Graduate School. Going through old town Monterey, by Fisherman’s Wharf, see The Cannery Row, then flower gardens of Pacific Grove. Past Asilomar Beach enter 17 Mile Drive to view the ocean crashing into the rocks, various mansions and manicured golf courses, The Lone Cypress and Pebble Beach. Next visit the idyllic small-town Carmel with its boutiques, art galleries and many restaurants. Driving by Carmel Mission you return to Monterey.

The names of these trips, OHLONE, SALINAN and ESSELEN are of the native tribes that were in this area for millenniums

Monterey Private Car Tours:

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2 days Big Sur Monterey Scenes

Big Sur Monterey Scenes Tour – California Coast 2 or 3 days – option to go Hearst Castle

Key Features:

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.

  • Scenic Monterey & Carmel By The Sea
  • Big Sur, Coastal Redwoods and Bixby Bridge California Coast
  • 2 Days / 1 Night
  • Can add extra nights
  • Round trip from San Jose or Monterey and Carmel
  • From San Francisco or Oakland at *additional cost.
  • Option to go down to Los Angeles on day 2
  • Option to add Hearst Castle at *additional cost.
  • This is also available from Los Angeles in reverse

See our Instagram post for 2 days San Francisco to Los Angeles via Big Sur Monterey.

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.

California Pacific Coast

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 from Monterey to San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco. 75 to 110 miles:

At about 5:00 p.m. car transfer to Salinas station for Coast Starlight Northbound train to San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco arriving at about 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Option to go to Los Angeles on day 2. 356 miles.

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.

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 or One Way Transportation and Big Sur Monterey trip:

Cost from San Jose hotels or Diridon Station at 9:30 a.m. The cost of the hotel in Monterey area is not included in the rate. From San Francisco or Oakland is additional $38 per person by train. Discount may be available. Please ask us for details

1  pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax
$648 $796 ($398)$894 ($298)$996 ($249)
(Cost per person in brackets) Tax included

Cost from Monterey or Carmel ( hotel pick up and drop off included )

1  pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax
$556$626 ($313) $702 ($228)$772 ($193)
(Cost per person in brackets) Tax included

Train fare is based on coach. Business class will be additional $50 to $70 Updated on May 18th, 2022

*Plus hotel room from $100 to $400+ in Monterey or Carmel or Salinas. Cost depends on availability and the prevailing rate at the hotel of your choice. We can reserve the room for you or you can book directly.

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, Train ticket down to Los Angeles or back to San Francisco or San Jose, Fuel charge, Tax. Additional costs payable direct are driver’s gratuity and other personal expenses.

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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.

To check availability or have any questions, please contact us or submit the following request form. We will get back to you within 24 hours on weekdays 48 hours on weekends. There is no need to provide credit card information at this time.

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Choose price rage if you would like us to book a hotel in Monterey or Carmel or Salinas
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Big Sur Monterey Tour – California Coast One Day

Big Sur Tour with Monterey California Coast One Day or 2 to 3 days. Trip from San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose / Monterey / Carmel

Also San Francisco Bay Area to Big Sur Monterey California Coast 2 or 3 Days OR Los Angeles to San Francisco California Coast Big Sur Monterey 2 or 3 Days

This trip will show you the most beautiful coastline of California in a day!

Google Map of Big Sur and Monterey

Map of Big Sur and California Coast

Key Features: 

Because this is a private tour, it is much easier to make stops as needed.

Big Sur, California Coast Redwoods, Monterey One Day Tour includes: Transportation by driver guide using full size sedan car or SUV. This is one of the most scenic coast ride in the U.S. The driver guide will stop at places you wish to enjoy in Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Bixby Bridge, River Inn, Pfeiffer State Park of Coastal Redwoods, Nepenthe and many other places.

Big Sur and Pacific Coast Highway

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 movies 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.

San Jose to Santa Cruz to Monterey:

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.

*Additional starting locations, times, and costs to go San Jose Diridon Station

  • San Francisco, 4th & King Station, 700 4th St at 8:00 a.m. ( Clipper card $21 round trip for Caltrain ) Powell Station to Berryessa / North San Jose Station by BART.
  • Emeryville, 5885 Horton Street at 8:10 a.m. ( $38 round trip for Capitol Corridor train )
  • Oakland, Jack London Square, 245 2nd St at 8:20 a.m. ( $38 round trip for Capitol Corridor train )

We can also pick up and drop off in San Francisco / Marin Country / East Bay / Mountain View / Palo Alto at additional cost.

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.

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.

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Big Sur – Redwoods – Monterey California Coast One Day Trip –  Tour Code SJBM From San Jose or Monterey, Carmel

Total Cost Based on Number in Party – lower or higher on certain days. Due to current COVID 19 conditions the trip is offered only to family members for each party.

Available Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Cost from San Jose Diridon Station at 9:30 a.m. Rate updated in May, 2022. Discount may be available. Please ask us for details

1  pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax
$638$698 ($349)$768 ($256)$800 ($200)
(Cost per person in brackets) Tax included

Cost from Monterey or Carmel by Lincoln Town car ( hotel pick up and drop off included )

1  pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax
$496$556 ($278) $615 ($205)$676 ($169)
(Cost per person in brackets) Tax included

Big Sur Redwoods Monterey California Coast One Day Tour includes: 

Private Round Trip Transportation by experienced driver-guided tour 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.

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. Updated on October 5th, 2021.

To make a reservation and check availability or have any questions, please contact us or submit the following request form. We will get back to you within 24 hours on weekdays 48 hours on weekends. There is no need to provide credit card information at this time.

Reservation Request Form