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Hearst Castle and Central Coast Tour

Product ID: 13713
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: 5.5 - 7.5 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Pickup from any Cambria or San Simeon hotels
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • 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.
  • Tickets for the Grand Room tour
  • Lunch & bottled water
  • Knowledgeable tour guides
  • Pickup at most accommodations in Paso Robles, Morro Bay, San Luis Obisbo, Pismo Beach, Cambria, or San Simeon depending on option booked
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Wine tasting fees, if applicable

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
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 indicate at booking if you require wheelchair access
• 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Jan was an excellent guide.

Jan picked us up on time from our hotel and gave us a lot of great information on the way to Hearst Castle. She set us up to watch the movie/video on the background of the building of the castle, (a must see) before going to the castle. She provided us with a wonderful lunch, (tablecloth included) before leaving the castle area. She took us to see the elephant seals on the beach, directed us to a knowlegdeable person at that beach and then took us to a wine tasting before returning us to our hotel. Very impressive.

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December 3, 2015

We both enjoyed the tour

The guide was exceptional!

August 27, 2017

Enjoyed our day with Tony

All good

July 29, 2017

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The Wine Wrangler - Day Tours

Product ID: 13713