While visiting Carmel, one should absolutely explore and attempt to visit all of the hidden pathways and charming courtyards. Of course it is endless fun to wander through town and find great shops on your own; however, taking a tour will ensure that you encounter many of Carmel's hidden gems that one might have missed. Whether the tour is self-guided or in a group, you will be sure to find all of the must see spots of Carmel By The Sea.
There are tours offered for the food and wine connoisseur as well as tours for visitors who enjoy learning about the history and culture of a town. Carmel is celebrating its centennial this year and the celebration makes learning about the rich history of the village even more interesting.
Brief descriptions of some great self guided tours follow:
Wine Walk By The Sea
What's better than a darling village full of wine tasting rooms? Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is a self-guided stroll along Ocean Avenue and the surrounding blocks. One may purchase a wine passport from our front desk staff that entitles the buyer to one $10 flight at 9 different wine tasting rooms of your choosing. These passports can be used in one day, or enjoyed over a long weekend or even a few months.
Carmel's Historic Walking Tour
This self-guided tour suggests various interesting and notable historic homes and buildings to see. We are able to provide maps for this enlightening stroll upon request.
If you prefer to be guided along by a knowledgeable local, consider any of these guided tours:
Love food but don't know where to begin? The guided Gourmet Food Tour visits seven food tasting locations within the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. These locally-owned tasting stops are only the tip of the iceberg, as Carmel is truly a perfect town for foodies.
Enjoy a leisurely 2-hour guided walk through Carmel’s secret pathways, hidden courtyards, award-winning gardens, and by enchanting storybook cottages. This company also offers guided tours within Point Lobos. Point Lobos is one of the gems of the State Park System with gorgeous views of land and sea.
Perhaps a day enjoying art is more your style; if so, consider a 90 minute guided walking tour of local galleries.
Take a wine tasting tour in Carmel Valley!
Big Sur is a beautiful area not to be missed! Join Dave, a local guide, on a customized tour of Big Sur. Dave also offers tours of beautiful 17 Mile Drive and transportation to Hearst Castle.