Tours of Monterey CA – Most tours originate from your hotel or the tour site. If necessary, Gael will help you arrange the transportation. Tour times listed below are suggestions only.
All tours are customized – to satisfy your interests & schedule. Hourly, 1/2 day & whole day rates are available for individuals, families, and groups.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Tour (1.5-2 hours)
A guided tour of this state-of-the-art “regional” aquarium introduces you to the unique and diverse marine life of the rich Monterey Bay. Discover what a scuba diver would see without getting wet!
Cannery Row Walking Tour (1-1.5 hours)
Take a leisurely walk along the street that was immortalized by John Steinbeck. Through candid commentary, selected readings and period photographs relive the antics of Mack and the boys, Doc and the “Institutions of Commercialized Love.”
Point Lobos Nature Walk (1 hour-all day)
A guided nature walk at this living museum is a must see during your visit to the Monterey Peninsula. As you walk you’ll view the spectacular ocean vistas that make Point Lobos the “greatest meeting of land and sea in the world.” A high-powered spotting scope allows you to turn your attention from the Cypress forests and dramatic rock formations to sea otters, sea lions, and harbor seals in their natural habitat.
Pacific Grove…a Paradise (1-2 hours)
Experience the Victorian past of this quaint “last home town” as we stroll along it’s splendid waterfront. Enjoy beautiful gardens, cottages and Victorian homes, as you learn why this former Methodist retreat is known as the “Butterfly Capitol of the World.”
Redwood Rendezvous (2-3 hours)
Explore the coastal ridge of the Santa Lucia Mountains as you meander through coastal scrub and chaparral high above magnificent ocean vistas. Then leave the coastal bluffs via a beautiful canyon trail through prickly pear cactus and creekside willows before you enter the majesty of a redwood forest.
Historic Monterey Adobes & Gardens (1.5-2 hours)
Relive the Spanish/Mexican days of padres, vaqueros, and banditos on this highly entertaining walk into the past. Timeless adobes and beautiful gardens are highlights of this tour.
Carmel Walks (1.5-2 hours)
Since the turn of the century Bohemian movement, through the reign of it’s most famous mayor, Clint Eastwood, Carmel’s lanes, courtyards and passageways have enticed and intrigued. You will enter into a fairy tale world past story book cottages, hidden paths and gorgeous gardens while learning Carmel’s unordinary and entertaining history.
17 Mile Drive/Scenic Highlights Tour (2-4 hours)
Enjoy this most requested tour through the eyes of an enthusiastic naturalist and historian. Gael acquaints you with Monterey, the most historic city in California; “New Monterey” or Cannery Row, an area immortalized by John Steinbeck; Pacific Grove, the Butterfly capitol of the world; Pebble Beach’s famous 17 Mile Drive, and the charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Gael’s extensive knowledge of the natural, historic and cultural influences, as well as legendary tales of these very distinctive communities enhance your enjoyment of spectacular ocean vistas and scenic stops. Why not enjoy the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel Mission, P.G. Light House, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary (seasonal), wine tasting & lunch as well?
Wonders of Big Sur (4-5 hours)
Travel along a magnificent segment of the California coastline that stretches from the crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains to the mesmerizing Pacific. Exceptionally scenic stops and captivating commentary complements this journey along “one of the most beautiful highways in the world.” Possible add-ons: Nature walk along beautiful coastal bluffs or redwood canyons.Picnic or lunch at local Big Sur restaurants. Wine Tasting….
Wine Country (1/2 & full day)
Become a connoisseur for the day! Sample the award winning wines of Monterey County ( second largest grape growing region in US) while touring the renowned wineries. Several options are a short picturesque drive from the Peninsula. Enjoy interesting narration about the area’s history, agriculture and wine industry blended with the writings of famed local author John Steinbeck.
Hearst Castle (all day)
Travel 90 miles along one of the most beautiful highways (Big Sur) in the world in route to a millionaire’s masterpiece that is nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains overlooking the Pacific. This magnificent estate includes 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways. It’s rooms were furnished with an impressive collection of Spanish and italian antiques and art. It’s name is La Cuesta Encantada – “The Enchanted Hill.” You will enjoy lunch or a picnic nearby before returning via the Salinas Valley/Steinbeck Country.