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Grayline Monterey and Carmel trip

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Grayline Monterey and Carmel trip

Can't find much up to date feedback about this 11 hour coach trip. Does anyone have any or can they recommend or warn me against any other companies? Want to go Sat 21st Nov. We do not want to drive a hire car on holiday as we commute 50 miles a day roundtrip for work.

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1. Re: Grayline Monterey and Carmel trip

Can't say anything about Grayline - we took the Great Pacific Tour to Montery and Carmel and enjoyed it very much. It's a small 12 passenger bus and we have great people with us on the tour. They also include lunch at Carmel at a very nice restaurant and you will get to meet the other tourists.

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We went on this Grayline Tour and it was great. The driver/guide was funny, helpful, and gave a good commentary. It was a full sized coach and we stopped for morning tea, lunch and at various scenic places. Not rushed but at a good pace. Would recommend it to you.

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I recently went on a 2 day Grayline trip to Yosemite, so not the tour you were asking about but I can definately recommend them as a company. Everything was very well organised and the drivers were informative, amusing and helpful.

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We took the Grayline tour from SF to Monterey & Carmel a few days ago so have experience of this exact tour. Before booking I wanted to ensure we booked a tour that allowed adequate time at the Monterey Aquarium-this was one of the better tours as we were able to purchase the Aquarium ticket as part of the tour-I think it was $81 per person (Tour inc Aquarium). We really enjoyed the tour, it was a full size coach and the driver was also the guide, commentating as we passed through places and sharing his knowledge of the areas as we travelled. We drove along Highway 1 via Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz and Watsonville and arrived in Monterey at 1pm. The coach stopped at the Aquarium and everyone got off for a 2 hour stop, allowing people to go along Cannery Row or to the Aquarium as desired. We loved the Aquarium, and although we could have used a longer stay, 2 hours was sufficient to see the main features including the Great White shark! We even had enough time to grab a delicious sandwich and cake at Augustinos on Cannery Row before getting back on the coach. The trip then took us along 17 Mile Drive stopping at the Lone Cypress and a stop at the Pebble Beach Golf Resort. We then went on to Carmel where we stayed for another hour or so allowing people to grab something to eat if they wanted to. We got back to SF around 8.45pm so not too late and well worth 11 hours out of SF. I would recommend Grayline, we also went on their Muir Woods/Sausilito tour and the Wine Country tour both of which were comprehensive, well organised and enjoyable. Enjoy your trip!

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5. Re: Grayline Monterey and Carmel trip

Grayline is an established tour company here in California. You should have an expectation for a good tour, as those who have used it say above.

However, do keep in mind that there is the chance for rain in late November. California's rainy season doesn't usually start until December or even January, but consider waiting to book your trip until much closer to the day of departure.

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