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Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour

Carmel-by-the-Sea, United States
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Explore the culinary delights of Carmel, just down the coast from Monterey, on this food and wine walking tour. With a knowledgeable foodie guide, you’ll learn about the history and gourmet culture of Carmel, an upscale enclave known for its charming architecture and cozy, small-town vibe, as you visit local eateries to sample locavore and ethnic dishes, chocolate, and wine. Limited to 16 people, this tour provides a small-group experience with personalized attention.
  • Walking tour of Carmel with gourmet food and wine tastings
  • Sample delicious chocolates, pasta, olive oils, wines, and farm-to-table preparations at popular local restaurants and boutique shops
  • Learn about Carmel’s history, culinary scene, culture and architecture from your enthusiastic insider guide
  • All food and wine tastings included
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people provides a more intimate experience
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3-hour food and wine tasting tour
All food samplings (enough for lunch)
All beverages
Professional foodie guide

Departure Point

Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA

The tour meets in the courtyard in front of the main entrance to Carmel's Sunset Cultural Center. The Sunset Center is located on San Carlos Street, and the entrance is at the intersection of 9th Avenue, across from the Carmel Woman's Club. The courtyard is located at the bottom of the stairs.

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Return Details

Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA

We end 2-3 blocks from the starting point, depending on the day's itinerary. Our guides are happy to give you specific return instructions, or walk you back if you're not comfortable with navigation.

Your walking tour starts at Camel’s Sunset Cultural Center, where you’ll meet your guide, a food lover with a wealth of knowledge to share about this coastal town and its history and culture as an artists’ colony and culinary destination. While you walk down hidden lanes and come across small plazas, admire the local architecture and listen to information from your guide.

You’ll make stops at restaurants, stylish watering holes and food shops to meet business owners and sample different food items. You may visit places like Casanova Restaurant, Trio Carmel, Anton & Michael, Terry’s Lounge at the Historic Cypress Inn, Lula’s Chocolates and Affina Food & Wine. Learn about the ‘locavore’ concept as you sample goodies such as gnocchi, olive oil, seasonal risotto, wine or cocktails, and locally made truffles and caramels. In general, the tastings add up to an average lunch. 

Finish up in the early afternoon, which leaves you plenty of time to continue exploring Carmel on your own. Total walking distance is just more than 1 mile and includes several tasting breaks; it’s suitable for adults of all fitness levels.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Comfortable shoes recommended
  • Please advise of any specific dietary requirements at time of booking; we are unable to provide substitutions without advance notice
  • Minimum age is 21 years for alcohol consumption.
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers age 4 and up; tour is geared towards adults but well behaved children are welcome
  • No children under the age of 4 allowed
  • ** We can accommodate vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten- and lactose-free diets with advance notice ONLY. Please inform us of any food allergies at time of booking. We are unable to provide substitutions without advance notice, so please note any special restrictions on your reservation.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Carmel Food Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    What is the policy on sanitization during Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour?
    A:The policy on sanitization is:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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    What is the social distancing policy during Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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    225 Reviews
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    This Tour is Well Worth It!
    , Jan 2022
    Brian was our tour guide. He was lots of fun and even remembered everyone's name (there were 14 of us). We tasted a variety of delicious food, desserts and wine. We learned a bit about the history of Carmel, location of lots of shops located down alley ways and were introduced to many of the shop owners we visited. Brian tells some funny jokes to keep us all smiling. Highly recommended and a great way to learn about Carmel.
    Tour de Brian
    , Dec 2021
    The food, drinks, the ambience, Brian’s knowledge and history of where we went. His outgoing personality and charisma made the whole tour. Excellent and memorable tour.
    Awesome experience
    , Nov 2021
    Brian was a great guide for our tour. He is funny and knowledgeable. Fun to have locals we passed on the street call out to him. I would highly recommend.
    Great and fun tour
    , Oct 2021
    Besides the great food and wine in downtown Carmel, what made our experience so great was our guide, Brian. From the very start, Brian was friendly, fun, and knowledgeable about Carmel and its history, telling numerous stories about the town, its early founders, wonderful architecture, and even showed us "secret" passageways through beautiful courtyards. We were a group of about 17 people, all very personable and fun as well, but it was Brian that kept us all centered on having a fun trek. We would recommend this tour to other Carmel visitors, and plan on taking another such tour next year when we visit again.
    Whole experience was...
    , Oct 2021
    Whole experience was great fun. Beautiful scenery and thrilling turns and dips! Five senior citizens having a ball. And we all felt safe the whole time. Driver was informative and very nice.
    Our tour guide, Bonnie,...
    , Sep 2021
    Our tour guide, Bonnie, was outstanding. We had a great time. Lots of fun stops. We'll worth the price. Easy walking tour, too.
    A fantastic afternoon touring the best of Carmel
    , Sep 2021
    The food tour was a wonderful family afternoon through the streets of Carmel with Brian our host. We loved the assortment of restaurants and stops on the way. The history, the bites and the stories - I didn't know most of the stuff the Brian the store owners told. It was timed beautifully and for vegetarians like us.. it was more than enough! I would book it again with guests in town - we live in the area and wanted to do something fun as a family and it didn't disappoint! Brian was a great storyteller and kept it running like a smooth operator! My only want was seeing the menu at each place but we just didn't have time..
    "Less talking, more walking"
    , Sep 2021
    We had a wonderful tour guide "Brian R." he was funny, accommodating and moved us right along with a "less talking, more walking" motivation. We especially liked his humor and his putting up with all of our quirkiness. It was a wonderfully warm day as well, which I think added to the fun. Would be happy to return and bring my family for some more Carmel fun.
    , Aug 2021
    Brian was so fun and informative. All the food was great! Learned really interesting facts about town.
    Yes! It’s worth it!
    , Jul 2021
    Our tour guide Brian was amazing! Funny, knowledgeable, and friendly! The food was delicious - my favorite by far was Pescadero we went back and had dinner there! Nice to walk the city and hear about its history! Would definitely recommend!

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