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Monterey & Carmel Tour Reviews


After carefully researching for a tour company for Monterrey/Carmel, we decided on the Golden Horizon Tours. We picked correctly. First class all-the-way. Adam, our guide (who is absolutely the most fun, entertaining, accommodating, and hospitable man) was punctual and very knowledgeable. He made this trip extra special for us and also customized it to our wants/needs. I can't remember the last time we laughed so much and had so much fun. We highly recommend this tour and ADAM. We would do it again! Do yourself a favor and BOOK THIS TOUR WITH ADAM!! Thank you again! The Trowbridge/Kubes Families.

Monterey & Carmel California Private SUV Tour Review

After researching online for the best tour and tour guide for over a month, we decided on Golden Horizon Tours. We checked this company out with the BBB and read all the reviews we could find. We realized this company appeared to be the best. Thus, we were not disappointed at all with the Golden Horizon Tour for Monterey/Carmel. They were the best! After talking to other patrons of our hotel about their bus tour to Monterey/Carmel, we were once again assured we had the best {Golden Horizon Travel}!

Our tour guide, Adam, treated us with utmost respect and gave us "royal treatment"! He took great photos with our camera of us as a family enjoying this tour. We felt safe and felt that with Adam we didn't meet a stranger but a friend. Adam's humor and personality made our trip so much more enjoyable. He stopped frequently for us to take photos and for us to enjoy the view up close and personal and not just from the SUV. He gave us so much valuable information about this area and knew his subject well.

The 17 mile scenic drive along the Pacific Coast was worth it all with such beautiful scenery. Carmel was awesome, and the view at our restaurant in Monterey was great. We got to see Pebble Beach Golf course and club house as they were busy in preparations getting ready for the US opening for the week of June 14.

This tour was worth every penny that we paid. Thank you Adam and Golden Horizon for the great service that you gave us for this tour.

For those of you, you who are uncertain about which tour company to take, look up Golden Horizon and with all confidence book them and know that you booked the best in San Francisco. We got great service!

Again, thank you Adam and Golden Horizon for all the wonderful memories that you have given us.
So very much appreciative,
Heather, Debbie, and Tyler

Monterey & Carmel One Day Tour

Dear Adam,

My boy friend and I took your Monterey private SUV tour to tour Monterey-Carmel and the Monterey 17 Miles Drive. Your Monterey private tour took us to Monterey Bay on an amazing drive on California coast highway 1 on the way to Monterey Cannery Row. The private SUV was pretty comfortable and the tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We spent quality time in Monterey Cannery Row shopping and walking in the old Monterey Fisherman's Wharf. My sister recommended Your Monterey private SUV tour .She actually went on you Yosemite Private SUV tour with her family .They loved it! We enjoyed touring Monterey 17 Mile Drive on the SUV. Your Monterey SUV tours offered us many photos stops along Monterey 17 Miles Drive.The photo stops are breathtaking. We saw whales and seals along the Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay is definitely much bigger that we expected. Carmel and Pebble Beach are not as old as Monterey Cannery Row.However, they are amazing! Pebble Beach Golf course is pretty fancy and awesome. If we have to rate your Monterey Carmel SUV tour, we would simply say that your Monterey Private SUV Tour is Excellent!
Elena Gomez and Juan Santos

Monterey tour review- Carmel Tour Review

My mother recently had her 80th birthday. Having lost her husband, my father, 6 months ago, my sister and I decided to take my mother on a trip to refresh her mind and body. She is recovering from a stroke. She had never traveled to California before. We live on the East Coast. We wanted to see the redwoods in Muir Woods , to tour the pacific ocean ,travel to the wine country, the golden gate, the city and all the wonders found in the Bay area. We only had 4 days to see all these things....what to do? How do we make sure my mother is safe, comfortable, relaxed and enjoying these sights? Luck led to meet Adam at golden horizon I spoke with Adam by phone, he understood our needs, and we arranged a two-day private tour. My family can not say enough good things about Golden Horizon Travel. Adam, the tour guide, was kind, protective, proactive, knowledgeable from history to horticulture, multi-lingual, musical, humorous, interesting, a safe driver, great company with Excellent Vehicles and NEW SUVs, polite, a great teacher.... and the list can continue until all superlatives in the English language are exhausted. We loved touring Monterey and Carmel. Carmel tour was unique. My mother is still talking about the our Monterey tours and Muir Woods wine country tour. Our trip was perfect despite the recent fires. Adam knew how to outsmart the smoke and the traffic. We saw everything we hoped for, and more without the trip being hectic or exhausting. The pace was comfortable and we learned and experienced with joy. The tour was customized to us and our unique situation. Adam did everything to be at my mother's arm at every door step and incline. He even borrowed a golf cart from a golfer at Pebble Beach in order to give my mother a ride, sparing her a steep, outside staircase. We did not need to ask...he intuitively knew how to help and be "present" to our needs. If you are considering a tour with Adam and Golden Horizon , I hope you will make a reservation. You will not be disappointed and I happy to be a reference. Thank you all at Golden Horizon Travel , Adam. My mother is still boasting to all about you.
Happy Travels
M. dePaulis-Hawn
PA-USA-May 2008

Monterey bus tour review and Carmel tour review

We loved your website and certified tour reviews. We booked your Monterey tours from Australia. Your Monterey bus tours was awesome. The bus tour to Monterey was almost empty, it was a small group from all over the world, we had fun and made good friends on the bus tour to Monterey. Carmel by-the-sea tour was awesome too! Small group tours are more friendly .I hope I will come back to try your Monterey-Carmel and hearts castle tour!
Maya and Ryan
10.08.2004 - Melbourne australia

Monterey Tour Reviews-Carmel Tour Review

Bonjour a tous,

Nous avons bien aime votre Monterey Tour. Le voyage a Monterey fut fort agreable et pleasant. Je perefere le van tour plutot que le bus tour.Petit group sympa .Votre guide, Adam nous bien fait plaisir. On a visite Monterey Cannery Row,Monterey 17 Mile Drive.Le centre ville de Carmel est bien interesant. Merci a vous tous a Golden Horizon Travel.
08.22.2008 by Cedric et Stephnie
Lons-le-saunier, Jura, France

Monterey Tour Reviews-Carmel Tour Review

El mejor servicio: detalles que hacen esta agencia la Mejor! gracias‎

Nuestra familia contrato los servicios de Golden Horizon Travel no solo para un tour sino para tres!! El primero de nuestros tours fue en San Francisco, Muir Woods y Sausalito, mi esposo y mis hijos nunca habian estado en San Francisco antes y les encanto ver que en esta ciudad hay tantos lugares que ver y visitar. Pudimos bajar en el Puente de Golden Gate Y tomarle fotos desde todos los angulos, desde Fort Mason, luego desde el vista point , luego desde Marin Headlands, estuvimos encantados porque ninguna agencia de viajes lo hace, solo te llevan a un solo sitio para que tomes las fotos 5 a 10 minutos y eso seria todo.Nos fuimos luego a Yosemite Nacional Park el tour privado de un dia fue excepcional y fabuloso. Nuestro guia nos llevo a ver los arboles de Sequioa gigantes, luego fuimos al mirador de Glacier Point y por supuesto paseamos a ver las cataratas cercas al Valle, pero como lamentablemente ahora estan bajo de caudal, nuestro guia no quiso desanimarnos y nos llevo al Glacier Point, realmente un lugar magico, con vistas de otras cascadas como Nevada Falls y Vernal Falls , realmente estos lugares se visitan en los tours de dos dias pero nuestro Guia quiso que conocieramos mas. Realmente nuestro tour de 12 horas demando 17 horas pero no nos cobraron las horas adicionales. Otro dia tomamos el tour privado en SUV para conocer Monterey, mis hijos querian ir al acuario y a ver las ballenas, asi que adaptamos nuestro tour para ellos, la idea de ver a las ballenas en pleno mar los tenia super emocionados, aunque no pudimos lograr ver a las ballenas al menos se contentaron con haber visto las nutrias y las medusas en el acuario. Lo que mas nos agrado es que el SUV que nos asignaron era de lo mas comodo y espacioso e incluso contaba con dvd para ver o escuchar musica, Nelly una de las guias, compro peliculas en espanol para que mis hijos pudieran ver y entretenerse durante el camino, realmente a mi esposo y a mi nos parecio fascinante este detalle. Esta empresa no solo ofrece un servicio unico sino que sus detalles y su amabilidad nos hacen sentir parte de una familia. Realmente les recomiendo a tomar sus tours con esta agencia de viajes!
Gabriela Martini
Argentina. Abril 2008

Monterey! We mean California Monterey and Carmel valley where lie Carmel By -the –Sea offered my family and I the best photos of our life time. Monterey bay, Monterey Park, Monterey city and country Monterey have a lot to offer. California Monterey vacation and travel can't be done with a stop at the cannery row in the city of  Monterey by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey bay  fisherman's wharf  is picturesque where seals and sea otters lie along the Monterey bay .The Area around Monterey bay, park and Monterey city is full of cypress trees. The Monterey lighthouse is pretty old. We enjoyed watching the monarch butterfly traveling along Monterey Bay and in the Monterey Park. The Country Country side that leads to the 17 miles drive offers us great snapshot of Monterey Bay and the 17 miles drive. The Monterey Park and golf courses are lined along the Monterey bay in such way that we wished we could play golf there to enjoy the serenity of Monterey bay. The 17 miles drive is awesome! Your tour guide offered us more stop along the Monterey-Carmel 17 miles drive where we enjoyed picturing the Monterey bay and the seals along the 17 miles drive. Lone cypress and pebble beach were our favorite photos stop on Monterey-Carmel 17 miles drive until we  arrived  to Carmel by the sea. California Carmel city down town architecture and shopping stores are charming. Carmel by the sea offered us great views over pebble beach and Carmel Valley. California Carmel and caramel valley required more time to enjoy the Carmel & Monterey to travel and explore more areas such Carmel Missions, Carmel Valley and Carmel-Monterey back road/.We hope we will have more time on  our next vacation to California Monterey & Carmel bay area. The post card we sent you is from Venice beach in Florida not as charming as Carmel-Monterey scenic beaches. Many thanks from all of us.
Bob,Jef,Jessica & Tod Cortez
St. Petersburg, Fl .
March 30,2008

Monterey, Carmel,17 miles drive Carmel valley. These are the words that comes to our mind on our last trip to Monterey-Carmel bay area. We had such a good time in Monterey-Carmel and the 17 mile drive that decided to come back next year with our friends. We love Gold. We wanted to thank for the extra time you offered us at Pebble  beach golf course by Carmel City. California Monterey and Carmel valley exceeded our expectations. Also, Carmel By -the –Sea and the views that profile from Carmel beach over Carmel Valley and the Carmel 17 miles drive was a great stop for all of us .
We learned a lot about the history of  Monterey bay, Monterey Park, Monterey city and countryside of  Monterey and Camel thanks to you knowledgeable tour guide.
Vacation and travel to California  can't be completed with a day or two in Monterey   & Carmel area. The cannery row in the city of  Monterey & the Monterey Bay Aquarium by the  Monterey  fisherman's wharf  is so picturesque picturesque .We enjoyed a the seafood restaurant in the Cannery Row overlooking the Monterey bay shoreline where seals and sea otters lie  . Monterey bay and parks are Monterey best assets .The Monterey light house  is interesting as were driving towards Monterey-Carmel 17 miles drive . The 17 miles drive spectacular, the flowers, the beach the flora and the fauna makes Monterey-Carmel Bay Shore line unique.  The Monterey parks and golf courses are lined up along the 17 miles drive on the way down to Camel. We wish we could have a house long Monterey-Carmel    17 miles drive .We loved the photos stop along  Monterey-Carmel 17 miles drive-Lone cypress ,seal rock and pebble beach are awesome. We had a walk at Carmel beach in Carmel city . Carmel is probably California best coastal cities. We also had 30 minutes to visit Carmel mission in Carmel valley. Carmel mission so old and has an interesting history. You tour guide offered us an extra hour to enjoy the steakhouse in Carmel Valley. It seems that Clint Eastwood live Carmel Valley. We wish he would show up there! Golden Horizon Travel has really exceeded our expectations!
Erika & Mark Harris
October 10,2008

Nuestro tour a Monterey fue de lo más divertido, no solo tuvimos oportunidad de ir a conocer el Acuario de Monterey, también pudimos pasearnos por la ciudad y el Puerto nuevo y antiguo.  Lo que más le gusto a mi familia es que pudiéramos hacer todo lo que estaba previsto en nuestro itinerario, nuestro tour era privado, no tuvimos que esperar a otros pasajeros si se demoraban o no en llegar porque éramos nosotros mismos, el guía estaba enteramente a disposición nuestra y sobre todo íbamos a donde queríamos y podíamos permanecer en ella el tiempo que quisiéramos. Lo que hizo que nuestro tour fuera más flexible y enteramente a nuestro gusto.  Definitivamente la mejor manera de viajar es en tour privado!
Familia Gonzales Montes
Puebla Mexico

My boy friend and I took the trip to Monterey-Carmel tour. We booked your bus tour however, we ended up going on a small group van tour with other friendly people from New Zealand, Australia, and Norway. We made some good friends during the trip. We loved the scenery on scenic highway 1 in Monterey Bay and on the 17 miles drive. We spend almost three hours at the cannery row walking and shopping after visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Carmel Down town by-the-sea stop was also interesting. We had a pleasant walk along the beach overlooking Pebble beach golf course. We did not have time to visit the mission of Carmel. We hope we will do it on our next trip to California.
Cristina Rosales Cantabria –Spain

Our Monterey tour on 10/16/08 with Golden Horizon Travel was an awesome tour! We were looking for a Monterey Carmel Bus tour online, we found too many tour operators in San Francisco who run tours to Monterey, we got confused. However, my wife landed on a page with great reviews about Golden Horizon Travel .We booked our Monterey Carmel tour with them and we loved the tour, The tour to Monterey and Carmel was informative , fun and hilarious thanks to the tour guide. I have a friend who went on a Monterey bus tour last year with a famous tour operator in San Francisco, he was very disappointed and did even like Monterey. When I shared my photos we took in Monterey and Carmel, he didn't even recognize these locations.! We really like the way Golden Horizon Travel conduct their Monterey Tours. The tour guide decided to go to Carmel first to avoid the crowd in Monterey by noon and then we ended the tour in Monterey Cannery Row when the crowd was gone on the 17Mile Drive to Carmel by the Sea.
Rob and Marie Garcia Albuquerque, NM

Monterey bus charter review by Sarah Cohen My group of 52 business travelers who came to San Francisco for business purposes charged me to book a group tour to Monterey and Carmel. I looked over and over the charter bus tour to Monterey-Carmel and couldn't decide until I read some interesting tour reviews about Monterey tours by Golden Horizon Travel. I always check out the tour reviews when I travel with my family and group to California and San Francisco in particular. I finally booked the Monterey Carmel bus charter tour with Golden Horizon Travel. I decided to post this tour review because my clients loved the Monterey Carmel tour with Golden Horizon Travel. They were offered extra time at each photo stop on the 17 Mile Drive, Pebble beach and in Carmel by the Sea. In addition, 2 extra hours were offered to them for no extra charge. I have to say that a state certified knowledgeable tour guide make the difference! Golden Horizon Travel also included lunch on our Monterey Carmel tour . My group had a great time and I wish all tours I organize would be as fun and interesting as the Monterey bus tour. Many thanks to Nelly and Golden Horizon Travel's staff who does a terrific job!
Sarah Cohen