User Reviews and Ratings
  • Kim, Hanover, NH
    Posted Jul 11, 2019
    This tour was outstanding and worth every penny! The narration was excellent and well timed. The scenery spectacular and the perfect amount of time in each stop! I would highly recommend this tour if you have not been down this part of the Pacific coast line!

  • Nunzia, Horsham, West Sussex
    Posted Jun 15, 2019
    What a great day out! We were picked up promptly from our hotel and travelled to Monterey. The aquarium was the best, so glad we visited! The 17 mile scenic drive gave the most stunning scenery and we had numerous photo opportunities. Our driver Marco was very informative. We then travelled on to Carmel. I wished we had longer to explore; an hour was not enough and I wish it was clearer that was our last stop. Other than that the day was brilliant.

    Posted Apr 24, 2019
    I’m Jason from Seoul, South Korea. The Monterey and Carmel tours were awesome. I can see similar scenery in Korea, but its length and size were extraordinary. Everything is really big in America. I was lucky to see it. The local guide was very humorous and friendly I can go back with good memories. Thank you to See you the Napa winery tour this week!

  • Iaroslava, Kyiv City, -
    Posted Mar 9, 2019
    Amazing tour and a great guide! Enjoyed it to the fullest, especially in a lovely sunny weather.

  • Alan, Clayfield, Queensland
    Posted Feb 18, 2018
    We found this tour to be good quality and reasonable value. The guide/driver was good entertainment and the destination good. The day was too long for me, but we did know how long it would be and accepted the full day.

  • Ho, Hong kong, HK
    Posted Nov 22, 2017
    The driver & tour guide is excellent! He suggested the restaurant in Monterey is great! I felt the spending time in Carmel is too short. It would be great if I have 2-3 hours to staying there.

  • Linda, Nanoose Bay, British Columbia
    Posted Nov 18, 2017
    Enjoyed the tour. Our guide very knowledgeable. Small group, perfect.

  • David, Bedford, Nh
    Posted Sep 26, 2017

  • Patrick, Garland, Tx
    Posted Sep 19, 2017
    The best decision ever! Letting someone else do the driving so we could all see the sights! Patrick was a great guide! Monterey was our fav! This was a great place to eat!

  • Michael, streamwood, il
    Posted Sep 5, 2017
    Tour Guide was great and entertaining. Spent most of the time informing us of the history of the area which I enjoyed very much.

    Posted Aug 21, 2017
    Nice tour full of information

  • hu, San Francisco, Ca
    Posted Aug 12, 2017

  • Mary Ann, omaha, ne
    Posted Aug 10, 2017
    Wonderful trip. Good tour guide. Wanted more time in Carmel!

  • Rachel, St-Georges, Québec
    Posted Jun 27, 2017
    Interesting trip. It would have been nice to be able to stop in the morning on the road between San Francisco and Monterey to admire for a few minutes the different viewpoints that offered to us the sea. I do not have the impression of having seen the buildings sheltering various popular businesses Of the Silicone Valley. Has a different return path been chosen so that there is less traffic? I do not know.

  • Alan, Niagara Falls, Ontario
    Posted Jun 27, 2017
    Driver, Patrick, was very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. We had a great trip and would recommend this trip to others without hesitation.

  • Vivienne, Dunfemline, Fife
    Posted Nov 19, 2016
    Great day, wonderful scenery and interesting commentary from our driver George! Would highly recommend!

    Posted Aug 28, 2016
    Excellent tour thanks to our tour guide "George", maybe a bit too long, too much driving but it was worth it.

  • Nancy, Springfield, Virginia
    Posted Jun 30, 2016
    Tour was all we expected. Bus driver guide was very good and efficient.

    Posted Jun 12, 2016
    We didn't have a car and wanted to go to Monterey and Carmel. Found this tour in one of the guide books. Patrick was very knowledgeable in the history. Stopped and gave up plenty of photo opportunities. I would recommend the tour company

  • Craig, Illawong, New South Wales, Australia
    Posted Jun 11, 2016
    Very good day .Patrick the driver from Tower Tours was excellent.

    Posted Apr 3, 2016
    The tour , although very long. ... 8 am pickup to 8:30 drop-off... was very very professionally done... the dtour guide and driver was well acquAinted with both the history and the natural enviornment all the ay along the drive.... At each stop, ample time w given for photos, relaxations or refreshments.... it was worth evey penny and more!

  • JUDY, ALRESFORD, UK, United Kingdom
    Posted Mar 7, 2016
    An ideal way to spend a day especially if you are a solo traveller. A comfortable coach, a very-well-informed & entertaining driver, superb coastline, well-thought-out route and stops. The Aquarium at Monterey was the icing on the cake - amazing! I would advise anyone particularly interested in the aquarium to take a picnic lunch to eat on the coach then the hour-&-a-half in Monterey would be long enough. I personally wasn't interested in the golf course but there was an interesting shop and it sold take-away coffee which was allowed on the coach, and it had clean loos. The steep walk to the beach in Carmel was just what I needed in the middle of a day spent sitting down, and it was an unexpectedly lovely little town.

  • Anna, Erina, NSW, Australia
    Posted Jan 16, 2016
    Hi, we give your tour company a 5-star rating as the whole experience was wonderful. We were among 3 groups from Australia and it was seamless from start to finished. Well done guys....

  • Monica, D de caxias, Rj, Brazil
    Posted Jan 8, 2016
    I like the tour. It's great place. You could make more stops for photos.

  • Margarita María, daly city, California
    Posted Sep 17, 2015
    it was nice so much, it s beautiful, thanks

  • Suzanne, Royton, Oldham, United Kingdom
    Posted Sep 6, 2015
    Great trip, thoroughly enjoyable day, great way to explore when time is limited.

  • Camilla, Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
    Posted Aug 3, 2015
    We had a lovely day much due to the very professional and knowledgeable driver and guide Patrick. He shared lots of interesting information throughout the day. I can definitely recommend this tour.

  • Geoffrey,
    Posted Jul 2, 2015
    Great small tour. Our guide was fantastic. Very enjoyable day. Loved Pebble Beach and the beautiful 17 mile drive.

  • Typhaine, San Francisco, California
    Posted Jun 30, 2015

  • Amit,
    Posted Jun 13, 2015
    Good day tour with a good driver/guide. Disappointed that Silicon Valley was not shown as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • alexander,
    Posted Apr 9, 2015
    good trip but best of all was the driver /information rep well worth doing a good day out

  • MARY,
    Posted Nov 1, 2014
    We especially enjoyed our guide, Larry. He was very informative and kept everything fun.

  • Posted Oct 14, 2014
    My husband and I loved the driver. He was great!! Nice tour.

    Posted Oct 13, 2014
    We booked the tour to Monterrey (including the aquarium visit) and Carmel during September and found Tower Tours to be a very professional company. This was one of several tours we took during our vacation in San Francisco and Larry, our driver and tour guide on this trip, was definitely the best of the lot. From the moment the bus pulled out, he informed and he entertained us until we arrived back in San Fran. Although we were a small tour that day (13 people), he put 150% effort into ensuring that we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We stopped for a break at a café on the way down and then in Monterrey some people visited the aquarium which was an optional part of the tour. This was very worthwhile as it has an amazing selection of fish and sealife that we never knew existed. The only downside to having visited the aquarium was that we had little or no time afterwards to see Monterrey itself before hitting the road again. We travelled the very famous and scenic 17-Mile-Drive and visited Pebble Beach before finally reaching Carmel. It is a very exclusive and picturesque town and well worth a visit. On the way, Larry passed along books and showed films relating to the places we had visited and this was a novel idea and helped to pass the drive between stops. Overall this was a very enjoyable trip and if you get Larry, rest assured that you are in for a memorable and fun day!

  • LU,
    Posted Sep 17, 2014
    It was an satisfied memory. Especially the driver is a very good guy!

  • Suzie,
    Posted Sep 17, 2014
    Fabulous tour, driver was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. Muir woods was beautiful and made for a great photo opportunity, who needs roller coasters when you have that exhilarating drive, real butterfly material. We had a great afternoon and would definitely recommend it.

  • Loretta,
    Posted Aug 7, 2014
    George has the most pleasant voice to listen to. On an 11-hour tour, that's very important. We enjoyed everything, but would have liked to have stayed at Pebble Beach longer than 15 minutes and at the shopping center in Carmel for less time. We were all back waiting to get on the bus in Carmel long before it was time to depart. We could have stayed in Monterey even longer. There is lots to see and do.

  • Posted Jun 29, 2014
    Very well organized, They picked up us in our hotel, and at the end they returned us to it. Larry, the bus driver played also the role of a tourist guide. He was very kind and had an interesting speach. The places were really beautifull. We recommend these tour

  • Posted Jun 14, 2014
    Good tour. Everything as expected. Recommended.

  • Rosemary,
    Posted Apr 5, 2014
    wonderful trip - driver was very accommodating - the sights were interesting & beautiful

  • Posted Jan 25, 2014
    Knowledgeable driver/guide, and multiple bathroom stops. Not enough time in Carmel. Driver spoke in english and spanish fluently!

  • Posted Nov 19, 2013
    This tour was top class. Our driver/guide, John, was very entertaining and informative and was instrumental in making it a great day out. We would highly recommend this tour.

  • Kathryn,
    Posted Nov 14, 2013
    I liked everything about the tour. George was completely professional and informative. Best value that I had in California. Certainly five stars.

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    Posted Nov 12, 2013

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    Posted Nov 12, 2013

  • Robert,
    Posted Oct 31, 2013

  • Posted Oct 28, 2013
    We really enjoyed this trip, in particular the great tour guide.

  • Posted Oct 14, 2013
    Great views, relaxing day. Thanks.

  • Catherine,
    Posted Oct 14, 2013
    We enjoyed our day trip to Monterey/Carmel. We saw a lot of beautiful scenery, had a nice lunch in Monterey and enjoyed walking around in Carmel. The bus driver/tour guide was knowledgeable and filled us in on everything. The trip included the 17 mile drive and we stopped at Pebble Beach. I liked that the bus picked us up at our hotel.

  • Posted Sep 16, 2013
    Great trip. Had so much fun. We will be taking this trip again next time in San Francisco.

  • Lynne,
    Posted Sep 3, 2013
    The trip was excellent value for money and the driver's banter was most entertaining. His selection of music was also superb. Visually the views were stunning - all in all a good LONG day out.

  • Beverley,
    Posted Jul 28, 2013
    Wwe loved this tour ...more than 5 stars ! Doug gave over and above what was required...he did nit stop once giving us delightful stories and information the entire trip on all the wild life and coastal districts we visited. Easily the best tour we did in USA....

  • Adulis,
    Posted Jul 26, 2013

  • Tim,
    Posted Jan 4, 2013
    The tour guide gave us lots of interesting and detailed information along the way. A few more photo stops would have been nice.

  • Lori,
    Posted Dec 28, 2012
    The tour bus and driver (Wolfgang) were fabulous! The only thing I was disappointed in was that we did not see Big Sur and spent too much time in Carmel.
    Response from the Team
    Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately there really isn't enough time to see Big Sur on this tour.

  • Posted Nov 21, 2012
    It is a wonderful tour, The bus driver kept it very interesting and very knowledge guide, would highly recommend this tour group!(這是一個非常棒的行程,導遊兼司機非常專業,值得大大推薦,到舊山的旅客不要錯過這個行程!)

  • jean,
    Posted Nov 18, 2012
    Tour was very good. Wolfgang was an excellent driver, very informative and had a great personality. Would have preferred more time in Carmel and less in Monterrey.

  • Debbie,
    Posted Nov 1, 2012
    Our wine country tour was very nice. Our tour guide was very informative, and I was very impressed with how clean the bus was. We were given ample time to peruse the gift shops and were given plenty samples of wine at each stop.

  • NEVA,
    Posted Oct 30, 2012
    wonderful tour, very knowledge guide, would highly recommend this tour group

  • Posted Oct 25, 2012
    The tour was awesome and our tour guide was awesome !!! One tip though - sit on the RIGHT side of the bus !!! I loved Monterey (the aquarium is amazing) and would have liked to spend more time there and less time in Carmel. Check the weather for fog conditions. Was foggy as we started out - but then cleared up. My tour was in mid October so half of the drive back was in the dark. Picked me up and dropped me off right at my hotel out by the airport !!!! I travel on a budget and I thought that this tour was worth every penny.

    Posted Oct 12, 2012
    It was really nice way to see the national park. I loved big trees and magnificent nature there..

  • Bonita,
    Posted Oct 9, 2012
    It was a long day, but it was so worth it. Wolfgang, our bus driver and tour guide was so knowledgeable and courteous. Enjoyed the scenery and to learn all the interesting history behind them. Also went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Beautiful exhibits, especially the jelly fish and the seahorses. Tight on time though, since we were only in Monterey for 2 hours. Carmel I could have done without or if we went to the beach area would have been nicer. A nice one day vacation nonetheless.

    Posted Sep 29, 2012
    It was very good experience. our guide was so kind to explain those places a lot, so I could enjoy it better. Even if the time was limited, I could feel so many thing Thanks Guideyou tour

    Posted Sep 29, 2012
    Enjoyed the Tour . Our Driver/Guide (Peter Wilson) was very informative, witty and a perfect host. I will recommend this Tour to my friends and family. Rob T.

  • LOIS,
    Posted Sep 21, 2012
    I had the most wonderful and pleasant trip. It was relaxing and informative. The bus driver kept it very interesting. I am from the midwest and I had never been to California in my whole life. I plan to return and be a tourist again. Thanks for the memories!!!!!!

  • mikhail,
    Posted Aug 31, 2012
    The tour was great - the bus was clean and comfortable, the guide was very knowledgable and courteous and you must see the Monterey Aquarium! Tickets are cheaper if you buy them at the reservation time. 17 mile drive was wonderful, Carmel is a charming town, just plan your lunch before Carmel - service there is slow and we didn't have enough time to have lunch and see the town.

    Posted Oct 17, 2011

  • Holly Ann,
    Posted Nov 10, 2011
    George was an excellent guide! Very informative and very entertaining.

  • Julie,
    Posted Nov 6, 2011
    We had a wonderful time. Informative and enjoyable. A long day but a pleasant one. Beautiful views of the coastline.

  • Greg,
    Posted Oct 31, 2011
    The guide Jon was great, very informative the entire trip. He kept everyone moving and on time in a friendly, entertaining way. As a stop Carmel was a waste. Monterey and the 17 mile drive was great.

  • DAVID,
    Posted Oct 24, 2011
    We had a great time, enjoyed not only seeing the coasts and surf, but also the farm fields we drove past.

  • madelyn,
    Posted Oct 11, 2011
    We'd rate our tour as supurb. George, our driver was courteous, full of information and history with a great sense of humor to top it all off. We highly recommend this tour for everyone. The coastline scenery was amazing.

  • Desmond,
    Posted Oct 6, 2011
    A wonderful day and an extremely friendly, knowledgable and generous driver/guide who went out of his way to include sights that were not in the actual tour.
    Response from the Team
    Desmond - Nice photo!

  • Yolanda,
    Posted Dec 24, 2011

  • SCOTT,
    Posted Aug 24, 2011
    We had a great time! The tour was part of our vacation to the San Francisco area and the only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because it was pretty overcast that day. Other than that, it was a great trip and our tour guide was very relaxed and informative. We had lunch at Paradiso Trattoria which was very good and the scenery through Pacific grove and the 17 Mile Drive was beautiful!
    Response from the Team
    Hi Scott, Glad you enjoyed your tour! Sure wish we could control the weather, however many visitors from the warmer regions enjoy "nature's air conditioning".

  • murray,
    Posted Sep 5, 2011
    Quite good tour, but very long day. Spoiled by the 50min stop on the way home at Gilroy to pick up steak and sauce meal, for a few passengers. We could have easily not had this stop as no one would have gone hungry by missing the evening meal especially with all the food around Fishermans wharf and downtown San Fran. Driver seemed sure that we had to make this stop for food as he said passengers may miss out on their evening meal if we didn't stop there! On board toilet meant a toilet stop was not necessary there also.
    Response from the Team
    Thanks for your feedback. On the longer trips our tour guides try to be mindful of breaks for meals, restrooms and stretching. The tour typically returns guests to the hotel after 8pm.

  • D,
    Posted Sep 19, 2011
    Once again, I enjoy this remarkable tour of Monterey and Carmel! In 2010, my sister and I enjoyed the tour, and with the same fantastic tour guide/driver. Each year when I visit, I plan to take this same tour with your company, until I find a way to stay a few days in Monterey and Carmel and make my way back to the City! Thank you!

  • Thomas,
    Posted Aug 20, 2011
    Well organised, good timing and a well informed driver guide.

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