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Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour

Carmel-by-the-Sea, United States
Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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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What is the maximum group size during Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour.

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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!
A Totally Enjoyable, Delicious Tour
, Jul 2021
Fantastic tour! We live less than an hour from Carmel, so we go there several times each year (whenever we need a relaxing, fabulous 1-day get-away). Of course, we've tried many restaurants, but we had never been to any of these.....without exception, they were absolutely wonderful. We will definitely return to all! Our tour guide, Brian, was great fun and very knowledgeable - he kept the group moving and found time at each stop to give a lot of background information about the restaurant or business - very helpful! We have already recommended this tour to several friends and will continue to do so - it is a fantastic, delicious introduction to the unique world of Carmel!!
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Good food and wine.
, Jun 2021
Learning about the history of Carmel and some of the restaurants how they got there name. We had great weather.
Great food choices
, May 2021
Great experience. Love the idea that the food were prepared by local chefs/ entrepreneurs of the area. It’ll definitely help their businesses. The food were also really delicious but hoping to add coffee in the menu (I’m sure a lot of us would love a sip of coffee). Our guide was also great. Would definitely do it again.
Worth it
, May 2021
Tour guides were so knowledgeable and friendly . Wished we had red wine to taste. All in all. A great food experience!
, May 2021
We loved everything about the tour!! Every restaurant was charming! Mig and Brian did an excellent job!!
Best food and wine tour!
, Mar 2020
After many trips through out the years to Carmel we wanted to try something new and signed up for the food and wine walking tour! I also invited my son and his partner who have traveled all over the world, they said this was the best food and wine tour they have ever experienced! We enjoyed all the tastings and saw some parts of Carmel we never explored in past years. It was fun and educational and our tour guide Bonnie was so personable and knowledgeable! I was very happy we decided to try something new to celebrate my Birthday in Carmel!

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