Tours

 

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Overall Schedule

Thursday, September 5

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

1:00 pm–3:00 pm

1:00 pm–3:30 pm

1:00 pm–4:00 pm

Whale watching

Kayaking

Biking

Carmel-by-the-Sea Wine Walk

Friday, September 6

1:00 pm–3:00 pm

1:00 pm–3:30 pm

12:30 pm–4:00 pm

11:45 am–6:45 pm

2:00 pm–5:00 pm

Paddle Boarding

Biking

Hiking

Golf Tournament at Del Monte (max 50, $200/pp)

Mini-Links and Drinks (Pay on own onsite, no max)

Saturday, September 7

1:00 pm–5:00 pm

12:30 pm–4:00 pm

1:00 pm–4:00 pm

Wine Trolley

Hiking

Carmel Art Tour


 

Tour Descriptions

Whale Watching

The unique oceanographic features of the Monterey Bay attract many diverse marine mammals and sea birds that feed within the canyon and along its edge. Some of these animals include Risso’s dolphins, northern right whale dolphins, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and humpback whales.

Today, guests enjoy being part of a whale-watching tour on one of Monterey’s finest 100’ yachts. To make the day even more special, a marine biologist will accompany the group and narrate the tour.

Available Thursday, September 5
Noon–4:00 pm
$140/person


Carmel-by-the-Sea Wine Walk


Approximately 85 vintners and growers call Monterey Wine Country “home.” The Carmel-by-the-Sea Wine Walk allows guests to visit exclusive tasting rooms in Carmel, where they learn about the grape- growing process, all while tasting wines at each location. Guests will have the opportunity to sample local estate-grown still and sparkling wines.

Guests are given a map for this self-paced, self-guided stroll to multiple tasting rooms that are all within a few blocks of each other on Ocean Avenue in Carmel.

Guests receive a wine-tasting passport that entitles them to one flight of wine at four tasting rooms. There are 12 total tasting rooms to choose from!

Participating Wineries: Bernardus, Big Sur Vineyards, Bold Wine Co., Chesebro Wine, Cima Collina, I. Brand Family Tasting Room, Joullian Vineyards, Joyce Vineyards, Massa Estate Organic Vineyards, Mercy Vineyards, Rexford Vineyards, Windy Oaks Estate

Available Thursday, September 5
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$140/person


Biking the 17-Mile Drive


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Discovering Monterey by land has never been more fun! What better way to get out and see the sights than hopping on a bicycle and pedaling along the shoreline.

This easy to intermediate route begins at Cannery Row, where guests are fitted with their bikes and given a safety orientation.

Riders begin on the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail for about a mile before heading through Pacific Grove past scenic Point Piños and Asilomar State Beach and continuing on the famed 17-Mile Drive.

The ride continues along the Pacific Ocean past Point Joe, Seal Rock, and Cypress Point. The group may stop at any of these vistas to snap the perfect photo, stretch their legs, or scan the water for a peek at the harbor seals. Guests enjoy an easy workout while taking in the breathtaking views. Ride is approximately 2.5 hours and covers 10–15 miles.

Suggested Attire: Comfortable shoes, layered clothing, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Available Thursday, September 5, and Friday, September 6
1:00 pm–3:30 pm
$135/person


Kayaking

Along Cannery Row is the kelp forest canopy of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Today, guests have an opportunity to experience the ocean and see some of this sea life up close and personal. Kayakers are greeted by harbor seals swimming alongside them and soaring pelicans diving into the deep water. Experience a new perspective of California’s beautiful coastline when looking back onto the land from the water.

Suggested Attire: Comfortable clothing that can get wet. Swimsuit and layers recommended.

Available Friday, September 6
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
$135/person


Paddle Boarding


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See the Monterey Bay from a whole new perspective! Today’s latest “surf” craze is stand up paddle boards! If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at this true California sport, you now have the opportunity, along with a picturesque setting. Experience gliding on the water’s surface—this is as close as it gets to “walking on water.”

The paddle boarding experience involves standing up on a large long board and propelling yourself along with what is essentially a canoe paddle. Its origins lie with the beach boys of Waikiki in Hawaii, where it has experienced a recent resurgence since it first became popular in the 1960s. It has since been adopted by American surfers as an alternative offshoot of the real thing as well as a core fitness activity.

As guests arrive to the water, an instructor guides them in a 30-minute lesson. After everyone feels comfortable, guests have 1.5 hours to try it out on their own in the water.

Available Friday, September 6
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
$135/person


Hiking in Point Lobos

A nature walk at this living museum is a must see! Discover why Point Lobos is named the “greatest meeting of land and sea in the world.”

Here, each and every walk is a new adventure as nature always writes the script. The hiking trails offer fabulous views over headlands, across Carmel Bay to Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach, the home of the famous 17-Mile Drive. The reserve is a natural area of dramatic granite cliffs, unusual rock formations, caves, and beaches. It is geologically unique and contains rich and diverse plant and animal life both on shore and in the water.

Guests are led on the tour by a well-known naturalist, Monica Hudson, who provides a telescope to assist guests with spotting sea otters, seals, sea lions, and whales.

Suggested Attire: Comfortable clothing, closed-toed shoes. Guests are encouraged to bring their own camera.

Available Friday, September 6, and Saturday, September 7
12:30 pm–4:00 pm
$145/person


Carmel Art Tour


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Since the turn of the century bohemian movement, artists have been drawn to Carmel-by-the -Sea. Through secret pathways, award-winning gardens, and enchanting fairytale cottages, we will visit world-renowned galleries and perhaps even meet some artists on site.

Suggested Attire: Comfortable shoes, camera or phone, layered clothing, hat/sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Available Saturday, September 7
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$140/person


Wine Trolley

 
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Approximately 85 vintners and growers call Monterey Wine Country home. Today, visit some of these renowned wineries via wine trolley!

The tour travels over the Salinas Mountains for inspiring vistas as the trolley descends into Carmel Valley, where the group visits many of the region's finest tasting rooms in the Carmel Valley Village, including Bernardus Vineyards, Parsonage Vineyards, Chateau Sinnet, Heller Estate Organic Vineyards, and Boekenoogen Winery.

The tour guide offers an insider's perspective on the well-known producers and provides an introduction to the lesser known gems.

Available Saturday, September 7
1:00 pm–5:00 pm
$225/person