Optional Excursions

2015 Optional Tours – Big Sur International Marathon


WALKING TOUR OF CARMEL – April 27th – 10:30am
Discover the special charms of Carmel-By-The-Sea on a 2-hour walking tour through secret pathways, hidden courtyards, award-winning gardens. Walk by enchanting fairytale cottages and the homes and haunts of famous artists, writers and movie stars. Since the turn of the century Bohemian movement, through the reign of its most famous mayor, Clint Eastwood, Carmel’s extraordinary and entertaining history has enticed and intrigued locals and visitors alike. Learn about the spirit, characters and customs that make Carmel both charming and unique.


Price: $53

Limit: 24 people

Duration: 3 hours


CIMA COLLINA – April 27th – 11:30am

“Local flavors are as diverse as the Monterey County landscape. From the rugged Big Sur coastline to the prairie lands of Arroyo Seco, every vineyard develops its own set of diverse flavors. It is our passion to discover these local flavors and produce unfined, unfiltered wines that reflect a sense of place. Our meticulous, artisan approach preserves and enhances these local flavors from the finest Monterey County vineyards. You’re invited to taste our award winning wines at our Carmel Valley tasting room.”

Annette Hoff, Winemaker
Producing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet blends

Cima Collina is located in Carmel Valley Village which is surrounded by the bucolic Santa Lucia hills, warm weather and charming village ambiance with boutique restaurants and shops along with 14 tasting rooms.  Just beyond the village (.5 miles) is Hilltop Ranch & Vineyards where Cima Collina grows it's estate pinot noir.  Your guests will enjoy a bountiful lunch set on the hilltop surrounded by the vineyard and with an amazing view of the bucolic hills of Santa Lucia.  As the motor coach winds its way up past our lower vineyards Annette (our winemaker) will greet them with taste of wine. After a brief welcome she will walk  with them up around the pond to the uppervineyard where lunch will be served and a personalized pinot tasting.  Together with Annette and our local chef the guests will get to experience the delicacies that CV has to offer.  Both Annette and Chef will engage with everyone in a very informal family style.  After lunch the guests can  enjoy the property and if Mr. Lumpkin (family owner of the estate) is around he would be happy to share some fun historical stories of the ranch.  As they leave the ranch a quick stop at the tasting room would be fun before leaving for Santa Cruz. Depart: 11:30am. 


Price: $125.00

Limit: 45 people

Duration: 4.5 hours


REFUGE SPA – April 27th – 10:00am

Heat Up  for 5 to 10 minutes in the Vast co-ed cedar sauna with eucalyptus Steam bath and six sparkling, UV cleansed, thermal mineral pools.  Then cool down for 10 to 60 seconds in two cool plunge pools the temperature of the Pacific Ocean and two cold plunge pools the temperature of an icy river.  Finally relax for 10 to 15 minutes at our two acres of serene, silent, indoor & outdoor relaxation overlooking the Santa Lucia Preserve.   Complimentary robe rental (value $17) provided for all Marathon Tours guests.  Massages can be booked directly with the spa during your time here.  Upon confirmation of the tour we will provide you with information on how to book a massage.  Massage limit: 16 people.


Price: $69.00

Limit 45 people

Duration:  4 hours