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Customized Tours to See Monterey Bay

When there's so much to see, but limited time, you need a tour guide that knows how to take you around the city to the most profound locations first. Most of Gael Gallagher's Monterey Tours originate from your hotel or the tour site. If necessary, we will help you arrange the transportation. All walking tours are customized to satisfy your interests and schedule. Hourly, half-day, and whole-day rates are available for individuals, families, and groups starting at $250.

A sampling of tours

This is just a partial listing— Gael can customize and combine tours to accomodate any audience on any schedule.
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Tour (1.5 - 2 Hours)

A guided tour of this state-of-the-art "regional" aquarium introduces you to the unique and diverse marine life of the rich Monterey Bay. Discover what a scuba diver would see without getting wet!

Cannery Row Walking Tour (1 - 1.5 Hours)

Take a leisurely stroll along the street that was immortalized by famous author John Steinbeck. Through candid commentary, selected readings, and period photographs, relive the antics of Mack and the boys, Doc, and the "institutions of commercialized love."

Cannery Row Walking Tour

Point Lobos Nature Walk (1 Hour - All Day)

A guided nature walk at this living museum is a must see during your visit to the Monterey Peninsula. As you walk you'll view the spectacular ocean vistas that make Point Lobos the "greatest meeting of land and sea in the world." A high-powered spotting scope allows you to turn your attention from the Cypress forests and dramatic rock formations to sea otters, sea lions, and harbor seals in their natural habitat.

Point Lobos Nature Walk


Redwood Rendezvous

Pacific Grove...a Paradise (1 - 2 Hours)

Experience the Victorian past of this quaint "last home town" as we stroll along its splendid waterfront. Enjoy beautiful gardens, cottages, and Victorian homes as you learn why this former Methodist retreat is known as the butterfly capital of the world.

Redwood Rendezvous (2 - 3 Hours)

Explore the coastal ridge of the Santa Lucia Mountains as you meander through coastal scrub and chaparral high above magnificent ocean vistas. You'll leave the coastal bluffs through a beautiful canyon trail through prickly pear cactus and creekside willows before you enter a majestic redwood forest.

Historic Monterey Adobes & Gardens

Historic Monterey Adobes & Gardens (1.5 - 2 Hours)

Relive the Spanish/Mexican days of padres, vaqueros, and banditos on this highly entertaining walk into the past. Timeless adobes and beautiful gardens are highlights of this tour.


Carmel Walks (1.5 - 2 Hours)

Since the turn-of-the-century Bohemian movement and the reign of its most famous mayor, Clint Eastwood, Carmel's lanes, courtyards, and passageways have enticed and intrigued. You will enter into a fairytale world past storybook cottages, hidden paths, and gorgeous gardens while learning Carmel's extraordinary and entertaining history. Extended tours are available.

Carmel Walks

17 Mile Drive/Scenic Highlights Tour (2 - 4 Hours)

Enjoy this most requested tour through the eyes of an enthusiastic naturalist and historian. We will acquaint you with Monterey, the most historic city in California; "New Monterey" or Cannery Row, an area immortalized by John Steinbeck; Pacific Grove, the butterfly capital of the world; Pebble Beach's famous 17 Mile Drive, and the charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Monterey Tour Guide Gael Gallagher's extensive knowledge of the natural, historic, and cultural influences, as well as legendary tales of these very distinctive communities will enhance your enjoyment of spectacular ocean vistas and scenic stops. Why not enjoy the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel Mission, P.G. Light House, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary (seasonal), wine tasting, and lunch as well?

17 Mile DriveScenic Highlights Tour

Wonders of Big Sur

Wonders of Big Sur (4 - 5 Hours)

Travel along a magnificent segment of the California coastline that stretches from the crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains to the mesmerizing Pacific. Exceptionally scenic stops and captivating commentary complement this journey along one of the most beautiful highways in the world. Possible additional activities may include a nature walk along beautiful coastal bluffs or redwood canyons and a picnic, wine tasting, or lunch at local Big Sur restaurants.

Wine Country (1/2 & Full Day)

Become a wine connoisseur for the day. Sample the award-winning wines of Monterey County, the second largest grape growing region in US, on wine tasting tours at local wineries. Several options are a short picturesque drive from the Peninsula. Enjoy interesting narration about the area's history, agriculture, and wine industry blended with the writings of famed local author John Steinbeck.

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle (All Day)

Travel 90 miles along Big Sur, one of the most beautiful highways in the world, en route to a millionaire's masterpiece that is nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains overlooking the Pacific. This magnificent estate includes 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools, and walkways. Its rooms were furnished with an impressive collection of Spanish and Italian antiques and art. Its name is La Cuesta Encantada - "The Enchanted Hill." You will enjoy lunch or a picnic nearby before returning via the Salinas Valley/Steinbeck Country.