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

“Dreams are best shared.”  ~William Randolph Hearst




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  • 5 star ratingGeorgia family My 15 year old twin grandsons and I had a wonderful tour of Carmel & Big Sur with Dave. He knew all the most interesting places to stop and many places we would never have seen without him. He kept the boys engaged and entertained. The scenery was gorgeous and he knew of some awesome places for boys to get out and explore.We all would certainly recommend his tours!

    Frankie C

    5 star ratingBig Sur, Monterey-Carmel, and the 17 mile drive Dave of Big Sur Tours My husband, daughter and I went on the Big Sur tour with Dave in July, 2019 It was one of the best highlights of our 14 day stay driving through California. Dave picked us up at our Monterey Hotel. Dave took us to such beautiful places. We went along the Big Sur, Carmel and the 17 mile drive while Dave was very informative and made sure we would not miss any of those most beautiful places. He took such nice pictures of us and knew where the best places were for us to take pictures. He offered us snacks drinks, He is well prepared to show you a beautiful day. Dave was so friendly, pleasant, and funny, He made sure that we had a great experience along the Monterey, Carmel by the sea, pacific coast and 7 mile drive. We had a great day. I would look no further than Dave if we return again.

    Joann B

    5 star ratingABSOLUTELY AMAZING TOUR!! When my husband and I decided on Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur for our 26th Anniversary trip, choosing a Big Sur tour was our #1 priority! After Reading several reviews on trip advisor, we decided on Big Sur Tours & More with Dave Engleberg! Dave definitely lived up to his reputation as an expert on not only Big Sur but the BEATLES as well! While enjoying the majestic views of Big Sur, we listened to Dave's commentary along with the Beatles Classics! We highly recommend Dave as an expert tour guide and very safe driver on your tours of Big Sur, Carmel, Pebble Beach & Monterey!

  • 5 star ratingBig Sur in Little Time! Dave took us on a private tour through Big Sur. Had lunch at a beautiful spot on the Ocean and meandered our way back. Great knowledge of the area (and traffic flows), entertaining and fun!
    If you want to see the area - call Dave! He will detail your tour to you!
    Enjoyed our tour greatly, fit us like a glove....you're next!
    See ya next time Dave - thank you!


    5 star ratingBeautiful California coastal scenery . . . must visit. Along Hwy 1 on California coastline, the amazing beautiful natural scenery happened in front of your eyes turn by turn . . . Big Sur region has many State parks for sight seeing and camping, The $10 daily parking fee upon enter one park can be use on all other parks in the area. Couple general stores and gas station available for your needs.

    Sammy F

    5 star ratingHighlight of our trip, I felt like I knew Dave before we met. He gave us a personalized tour which included Big Sur and the 17 mile road. Dave is not only knowledgeable, he is funny and entertaining. We learned a lot from him plus had a great time. We liked his attitude that it is “your tour - not mine.” He stopped at places we wouldn’t have even known about plus gave wonderful recommendations for the rest of our stay. Well worth your money and time.

“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