San Francisco - Monterey - Carmel - San Jose (175 miles)
Today we will leave San Francisco and head to the Monterey Bay and Fisherman's Warf. Then we will drive along the 17-Mile Drive and stop at the Pebble Beach where top golfers from all of the world come to play. Afterwards we will continue to visit the nearby village of Carmel and enjoy some of the best specialty shops and art galleries that Carmel has to offer. We will spend the night in the San Jose area.
Monterey was the capital of Alta California under both Spain and Mexico. It was the only port of entry for taxable goods in California. In 1846 the U.S. flag was raised over the Customs House, and California became part of the United States after the ensuing Mexican-American War.
This breathtaking stretch of coastline along California's Monterey Peninsula takes visitors through a maze of beautiful scenery, unique wildlife, and amazing mansions. Enjoy shopping and dining along the way in addition to taking in the vistas.
The famous Californian Monterey Bay is world-renown for its beauty and wildlife. In addition to the scenic routes that huge the bay's shorelines, visitors can see animals like otters, bottlenose dolphins, and if they're lucky, even humpback whales.
Old Fisherman's Wharf
This historic area in Monterey was a fish market until the 1960s. Nowadays, it is packed with fine seafood restaurants and is accessible only to pedestrians. Whale watches and other cruises depart from these docks.
Standard Hotel: Best Western Grosvenor, Red Roof Inn, Radisson Hotel SF Airport Bay Front or similar
Santa Cruz - Gilroy - San Francisco (121 miles)
Motor high to Santa Cruz, on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, to see the Municipal Wharf. We will later continue to Bear Mountain and stop where we can visit the Roaring Camp and stroll among Redwood trees. Next, we will visit the Gilroy Premium Outlets.
After the tour, we will transfer you to the San Francisco airport.
** Please arrange your air-ticket departure from San Francisco (SFO) airport after 10:30pm.
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz is situated on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about 32 mi (51 km) south of San Jose and 75 mi (120 km) south of San Francisco. It is known for its moderate climate, natural environment, coastline, redwood forests, alternative community lifestyles and socially liberal leanings.
Roaring Camp Steam Train
The steam trains that run along Roaring Camp Railroads' lines are authentic, dating back to 1867 and the protection of an area of redwoods known as the "Big Trees." The railway was established in 1875 to carry tourists there.
Admission (Optional): Adult $33; Child (2-12 yrs) $25
Gilroy is the southernmost city in Santa Clara County, California. Gilroy is well known for its garlic crop and for the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, featuring various garlicky foods, including garlic ice cream.
The Gilroy Premium Outlets
The Gilroy Premium Outlets in Gilroy, California offer designer wares at bargain prices. Stores at the outdoor complex include Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren, Eddie Bauer, Brooks Brothers, Anne Taylor, Banana Republic, and many more, with more to come.