“My lifelong dream was to move to the Monterey Coast.”~Dave Engelberg

“Dreams are best shared.”  ~William Randolph Hearst




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      We had no idea what a treat we were in for when Jon from Golden Horizon Tours collected us from our hotel for a 2 day exploration of Big Sur and Hearst Castle. Every mile of the way was interesting made even more so by...More

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      My husband and I had a great time with Dave on our tour of Big Sur and Hearst Castle . Dave is very sweet and fun guy to be around . The drive was beautiful and worth the money . If you do plan to...More

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      I had a great experience touring Big Sur with Dave as my guide. Dave is such a cool guy. He knew all the right spots to take me. This is a great way to see Big Sur without the stress of driving. Dave is very...More

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      If there was a “Superguide” badge on TripAdvisor, Dave would have it. It’s been an absolute pleasure touring with Big Sur Tours & More. Dave has been very friendly to be speak with ahead of our travels. He was informative and communicated well. I booked...More

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      Dave took us on a very nice tour. We agreed to 4 hours, with the understanding that we would pay extra if we went over on time. We had a lovely drive of the Bug Sur coast and breakfast at the River Inn. Loved Carmel,...More

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      Thank You Dave for such an amazing tour. My Husband and I would not have been able to enjoy the breathtaking and spectacular views of Big Sur had we tried to explore it on our own. Your Professionalism, Knowledge, and engagement with us exceeded our...More

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      Dave picked us up in his car that was very clean and comfortable. It was a wonderful tour of the Big Sur coast! Dave knew the best places along the highway to stop - many of which we would have missed, if we had been...More

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      Lovely gallery featuring many interesting paintings, sculptures, furniture and accessories. The owner who greeted us was a warm and lovely lady, and we enjoyed talking to her very much. Highly recommend that you stopover if you're in the vicinity.

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“For first time travelers and those on tight schedules, BigSurToursandMore is perfect. So much more of our beautiful area can be seen with Dave. He knows and appreciates Monterey County and its uniqueness. The Big Sur coast is sure to be a highlight of their trip”.
Lisa Budlong , Carmel Chamber of Commerce

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“Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.”

‘Never had the chance to read the book, still busy writing it.’ Dave Engelberg

L.A. native, traveled Highway 1 since 1969, Monterey resident since 2004.

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Most Tours are 4 hour minimum. Peninsula Tours for 2 or 3 hours are available (Click here for rates

I’m a one-man show. I take responsibility for your enjoyment. I’m not looking to expand, and I’m a people pleaser.

It’s all about you! I’m behind the wheel but this is YOUR tour. I take the time to know you through conversations and email. You make the choices.

I don’t put groups together. Ideal for two or three people. Tours are conversational, unscripted, and the landscape exciting.

Let me share with you our local galleries, restaurants and points of interest…VentanaBixby Bridge,  the River Inn and Bakery, Nepenthe, the Hawthorne Gallery, the Big Sur Spirit Garden, or McWay Falls.
It will be a day that will never leave you! Service is door to door. Let me assist you in planning your Northern California adventure.

My idea of a good vacation is where you go places you normally don’t go, do things you normally don’t do, and learn something new.


“Hi Dave! Just to let you know how much we enjoyed the Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur-San Luis Obispo tour with you. Sitting on the wooden chairs with our feet in the river was definitely our idea of a good time. I salute you for the very smooth ride at Big Sur. You handled those treacherous curves with the quiet confidence of a pro.
Thank you for the extra surprises along the way – Morro Rock, Nit Wit Ridge, San Simeon, Cambria, the elephant seals, and the healthy snacks you brought along.
The September 3 2009 trip with you was one for the family archives. “

Take care and best regards,

Lea Higgins | San Diego

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Tours from San Francisco, and all the way to Morro Bay. Overnight trips as well as airport service.

Dear Dave, Traveling up the California coast (from L.A. to Hearst Castle and Big Sur) with you as guide, friend, and driver were the two top days of our visit to California. Unbeatable as a way to see the sights without being herded into a big package tour or driving yourself and losing out on all the beauty that surrounds you. A great memory.
Barbara M. Paris France

“Our family wanted to see Big Sur but my husband did not want to make the drive. He heard it was dangerous and he would miss much if he were driving. Our day with Dave was a highlight of our summer vacation. We got to relax and enjoy the ride. Dave knew places “off the beaten path” we never would have gotten to see without him. We were having such a great time we extended the hours from what we originally planned. We will call Dave again on future visits.”

The Furman Family - Scottsdale, AZ