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Tour Big Sur, our Spectacular Coast (South of San Francisco)

bigsurLet's go to Big Sur!

the famously beautiful stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. We include stops in Monterey & Carmel—they're en route. To feast one's eyes on a great panoramic view of the Big Sur coast, you can take a strenuous hike in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park...or enjoy lunch on the terrace of the legendary Nepenthe restaurant or at the Post Ranch Inn, one of Zagat's highest rated. For a somewhat shorter itinerary we can stop at vista points before and after the iconic Bixby Bridge --its ten-story arch is the one you've seen in nature calendars and sportscar ads. If you're a devotee of rare phenomena, you may choose to spend an additional hour or so traveling to see the little known yet spectacular! McWay Falls waterfall, which uniquely shoots out from a cliff and drops 80 feet to the beach below.

Back in Carmel or Monterey—having stopped several times along the way to enjoy incomparable vistas—you can peruse some of a hundred art galleries, visit the beautiful 1770 mission church built for New Spain, Steinbeck's (tarted up) Cannery Row, Clint Eastwood's B&B or a world-class Aquarium. Unlike with other companies, if the fog is thick and unrelenting, you won't spend hours peering through a gray mist--we'll seek out other activities for your enjoyment. We also can feature a winery visit or arrange for a walking tour by a local expert. No one lucky enough to see the Big Sur coast on a clear day fails to say "Wow!"

What will it COST?

Because each tour is designed to fit your interests, our fees vary. Basically you pay by the number of hours in your itinerary. We do not add the fuel surcharges, "license fees," "tax" and mandatory gratuities that many other companies do.


(1-3 People)


(4-6 People)

Average Duration Additional Costs
(paid to vendors)
Gratuity Add'l Hours Minimum Duration
$750* $780* 11-12h


Admission to Mission or Aquarium (if included)

** $60 ea 11h

We usually add $60 to your total if: we go to McWay Falls and,or the actual village called Big Sur, or return to San Francisco via the Pacific Coast Highway (between Monterey and Pacifica) as these destinations/routes can add more than an hour to the day. These options can be discussed over lunch so as to adjust our afternoon schedule if needed; also if there's heavy fog, there may be nothing notable to see.

  * Not  per-person.  See also our FEES  page.

  * These fees are for couples, groups of up to 6 people, or solo travelers. For groups of 7 to 25 (whereby we charter a minibus), please ask for a quote.

** A gratuity is customary and will be appreciated, but is not required.  Please note that if you are being referred by a Travel Agent, s/he may add a commission (fee for finding and making arrangements with us) to your total.

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