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Travel Tips

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Introduction

Tour Options

  • 🚜 Salinas Valley Agricultural Tour: Learn about vegetable field harvesting, packing, irrigation, and organic farming.
  • 🍷 Carmel Valley Wine Tasting Tour: Visit 2-3 tasting rooms, including Bernardus and Ingrid’s Vineyard, with optional cheese and chocolate pairings.
  • 🌊 Monterey Peninsula Sightseeing Tour: Explore Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Carmel with stops for local history and marine biology.
  • 🌲 Big Sur Sightseeing Tour: Enjoy a scenic drive along the Big Sur coast with stops at Bixby Creek Bridge, Hurricane Point, and more.
  • πŸ‡ Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Tasting Tour: Visit three wineries or tasting rooms, with options for vineyard walks and indoor/outdoor tastings.
  • πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Pezzini Farm Walk: A walking tour focusing on artichoke production, ending with a tasting of artichoke-themed treats.

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Pricing

  • πŸ’΅ Half-Day Tours: Prices range from $95/adult for walking tours to $160-170/adult for van tours.
  • πŸ‘Ά Child Rates: Reduced rates for children aged 5-16, typically around $70-85/child.
  • β›½ Fuel Fees: Additional $40 fuel fee for tours with less than 4 guests.
  • 🍽️ Optional Add-Ons: Cheese trays and chocolate truffles available for an additional $20/person on wine tours.
  • 🧁 Artichoke Treats: Add deep-fried artichoke hearts or an artichoke cupcake for $15/couple on agricultural tours.

Scheduling

  • πŸ“… Availability: Tours are available year-round, with specific times and days for different tours.
  • πŸ•— Tour Times: Walking tours typically run from 8:00 am - 9:30 am, while van tours have morning and afternoon options.
  • πŸ“ Meeting Points: Most tours depart from Pezzini Farms Artichokes in Castroville or local hotels in the Monterey Peninsula region.
  • πŸ“ž Booking: Schedule tours directly with Ag Venture Tours, as online booking is not available for all tours.
  • ⏳ Cancellation Policy: Tours may be canceled 48 hours in advance if the minimum guest requirement is not met.

Tour Highlights

  • 🌾 Salinas Valley: Known as the 'Salad Bowl of the World,' featuring over 40 different crops including lettuce, broccoli, and strawberries.
  • πŸ‡ Carmel Valley: Renowned for its wineries and vineyards, offering a rich wine tasting experience.
  • 🌊 Monterey Peninsula: Famous for its scenic beauty, marine life, and historical landmarks.
  • 🌲 Big Sur: Offers breathtaking coastal views and old-growth redwood forests.
  • πŸ“ Pezzini Farms: Specializes in artichokes and offers a unique farm walk experience.

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Customer Reviews

  • 🌟 Positive Feedback: Customers praise the knowledgeable guides and the educational value of the tours.
  • πŸ‘ Personalized Service: Many reviews highlight the personalized and flexible nature of the tours.
  • 🍷 Wine Tours: Guests appreciate the selection of wineries and the quality of the wine tasting experience.
  • 🌾 Agricultural Tours: Visitors find the agricultural tours informative and fascinating, especially the insights into crop cultivation and harvesting.
  • πŸ‘¨β€πŸ« Expert Guides: Evan Oakes, the owner, is frequently mentioned for his expertise and engaging tour style.

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Booking Information

  • πŸ“ž Contact: Schedule tours directly with Ag Venture Tours via phone or their website.
  • 🌐 Website: Visit https://agventuretours.com/ for more information and to view tour options.
  • πŸ“ Meeting Locations: Most tours depart from Pezzini Farms Artichokes or local hotels in the Monterey Peninsula region.
  • πŸ•’ Advance Booking: Recommended to book tours at least 48 hours in advance.
  • πŸ’Ό Group Tours: Customizable tours available for groups, with options for private tours if minimum guest requirements are met.

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