Product ID: 13713

Hearst Castle and Central Coast Tour

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Visit the historic Hearst Castle and walk in the footsteps of the ghosts of the past. Discover the history and stories of this American Castle, and enjoy lunch and a wine tasting before returning to your own hotel.
About this activity
Duration 6 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live guide
English

Pick-up service

Pick-up available from any Paso Robles, Cambria or San Simeon hotel.
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore America's Castle
  • Enjoy lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean
  • Learn interesting facts about the castle and its guests from your expert guide
  • Visit the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery
  • Stop off at a winery or some shopping before returning to your hotel
Full description
Created between 1919 and 1947 for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Hearst Castle was donated to the state of California in 1957. Since that time it has been maintained as a state historic park, where the estate and its considerable collection of art and antiques is open for public tours. Today, you can explore the castle and the grand social rooms with an expert guide.

This tour is best for first time visitors and has the fewest stairs to climb. You begin in the National Geographic Theatre, where you can watch a film about the building of the castle and its historic relics. Then, you set off to explore the Grand Rooms of the house.

Once you're in the house, your guide will share stories and anecdotes of Hearst's guests and friends, who graced these halls with their presence. On the ground floor of the Casa Grande, you can imagine what it must have been like to be invited here in the 1920s and 30s.

After the tour, you will be treated to a gourmet deli lunch before heading back to your lodging. If you have time, you can stop at a local winery or shop in downtown Cambria before returning. It's up to you.
Includes
  • Tickets for the Grand Room tour
  • Lunch & bottled water
  • Knowledgeable tour guides
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Wine tasting fees, if applicable

When you get there

Know before you go
Please wear comfortable clothing and light layers.

Please provide ages of children at time of booking.

Wheelchairs are allowed on all touring vehicles; however, we do not have a lift or a ramp available. Please let us know at the time of booking if you will be bringing a wheelchair.

Wheelchairs up to 28 inches in width can be accommodated at the Hearst Castle.

Service animals are allowed on all tours. If you plan to bring a service animal, please provide this information at the time of booking.