Carmel-by-the-Sea's Fairytale Houses: A Self-guided Audio Tour

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Location: Monterey
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 30.0 - 60.0 minutes
Trip difficulty: Easy
Max Group Size:
Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/Los_Angeles
Highlights Bruno's Market
Devendorf Park
Carmel Plaza
Hansel and Gretel Houses
Doll's House
Discover the beautiful and unique fairy-tale houses of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Explore the Historic Hill District of Carmel-by-the-Sea and enjoy a self-paced, self-guided audio tour of Carmel’s famous Comstock Fairy Tale cottages. This walking tour will lead you past eleven of the more famous fairy tale style homes in Carmel. You will learn about the history behind these homes, the architectural style and the builder, Hugh Comstock.

This walking tour, which offers numerous photo opportunities, is less than one mile and will take under one hour to walk.

The tour begins and ends at the Carmel Plaza on Ocean Avenue and Junipero Street, where you will find the Carmel Visitor’s Center, an ATM, a public restroom, numerous unique shopping options, restaurants, as well as three wine tasting rooms.

So start the tour, put your phone in your pocket, and let us direct you on this adventure of the Fairy Tale Homes of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The tour plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smart phone’s GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app works offline.

Please note: Gretel is currently undergoing renovation, so unfortunately for the time being, the view of both Hansel and Gretel is blocked by fencing.

Commentary English: Audio
Included Lifetime access to this self-guided tour in English
VoiceMap App for Android and iOS
Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
Excluded Smartphone
Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
Know before you book This is a self-guided audio tour.
Entrance fees to all attractions mentioned on the tour are excluded from the price.
Know before you go Install the VoiceMap app beforehand and use the code included with your ticket to download the tour.
Remember your headphones, unless you've booked a driving tour.
Charge your phone's battery. The way VoiceMap uses GPS to play audio automatically can be battery intensive.
Additional Information
Not wheelchair accessible
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
  1. All of VoiceMap's audio tours are self-guided and users must bring their own smartphone and headphones to take the tour. We urge all our users to wear facemasks and carry hand sanitizer with them to ensure they're own protection and the protection of others.

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Operating Info

Booking Cut-off No booking cut-off applies
Valid From date booked


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 36.555096, -121.9195057
Address: The Getaway, Junipero St, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93923, US
Directions: Start from Carmel Plaza at the southwest corner of Junipero and Ocean Avenue directly across from Devendorf Park. Carefully cross Ocean Avenue and then Junipero Street and arrive at the blue and white “The Getaway” hotel where you will start your tour.
End Location Address Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93923
Start Location Notes The Getaway, Junipero St, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93923, US
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 36.5551031, -121.9209599
Address: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93923
End Location Address Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93923
Start Location Notes The Getaway, Junipero St, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, 93923, US


Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund


Tour Download Voucher 6-120 years $4.99 Available on request


Option Name Tour Download Voucher
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If this is your first VoiceMap tour, please take a moment to read the important notes below.

1. Install VoiceMap from the Apple App Store or Google Play
2. Create an account
3. Select Tour Codes from the menu, then select Enter Codes
4. Enter the code below then select Download Now
This code can be used by every member of your party. If you have booked for three people, for example, three people can download this tour using the same code. Codes are not case sensitive.

• You can download the tour at any time, before or after your booking date.
• It’s best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point.
• When the download completes, you’ll see a screen with a photo of the starting point and directions to it. The red start button will become active when your are at the starting point.
• The download should only take a few minutes to complete. If it takes longer, please cancel the download, go to Account, select Purchased and download the tour from there.
• Remember to bring your own headphones, unless you have booked a driving tour.

For technical support and other queries, please email [email protected]

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