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Discover majestic Hearst Castle on this one-day trip from San Francisco

(Price includes round-trip from San Francisco and Hearst Castle entrance tickets)

Trip Overview:

Discover majestic Hearst Castle in California, and visit one of the property’s four mansions: La Casa Grande, Casa del sol, Casa Del Monte, and La Casa del Mar. The castle is home to 165 rooms and 127 acres of lush gardens, beautiful terraces, amazing pools and walkways, all built to Hearst’s specifications to showcase his legendary art collection and eclectic architectural tastes.
Join us and explore Hearst’s personal collection of ancient art, sculptures, furniture, and relics, a collection that still rivals museums today, and used almost every square inch of the hilltop estate to showcase it.

Your guide will check you in and redeem your tour voucher at the castle visitor center and then a shuttle will take you up to the castle where a state park guide will begin your 45-minute guided tour. Complimentary tickets to a 40-minute screening of the “Building the Dream” IMAX movie about the construction of the castle, is included in the tour price.

Golden Horizon Travel is the only tour company that offers this new and exclusive tour to Hearst Castle from San Francisco. This is a 12-hour round-trip that takes you on California highway 101 through Silicon Valley, Salinas, Greenfield, San Miguel, and Paso Robles wine country, rather than on the longer route traveling along scenic California State Route 1. You will spend 2-3 hours on the Hearst Castle property (a one-hour fully guided tour inside the castle, a 40-minute round trip ride from the visitor center to the castle, and a 40-minute IMAX film screening to learn about the construction of this masterpiece). The ride up to the castle from the visitor center will follow a scenic drive until you reach ‘The Enchanted Hill.’ This winding road offers dramatic views of San Simeon and the Pacific Ocean and countless photo opportunities. Your guide will greet you for your 1-hour guided walking tour among the following options (let us know ahead of time so we may book the correct tour for you):

  • Grand Rooms Tour (recommended by Hearst Castle staff for first-time visitors)
  • Upstairs Suites Tour (involves more walking upstairs and downstairs with no access to elevators)
  • Cottages and Kitchen Tour
  • Designing the Dream
  • Evening Tours (available only on the 2-day tour package)

The 1-day tour price includes tax, a full-day private guided tour in an SUV, entrance fees to Hearst Castle and the IMAX movie theater at the visitor center.

We recommend adding an additional 2-hours to your tour (at a rate of $109/hour instead of our usual $139/hour), so you can schedule a second tour to see more than one wing of the castle. We highly suggest choosing the Upstairs Suites tour (tickets are not included in the tour price), please refer to the detailed tour itinerary below for more information.


Hearst Castle One-Day Tour Itinerary

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    Agricultural-valleys8 a.m.: Join our thrilling full-day custom tour to marvel at world famous Hearst Castle. Travel with us and choose quality over quantity as we customize your private tour according to your preferences, to meet your travel needs and expectations! The tour will return to San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Other pick-up locations are available within the San Francisco Bay Area including South San Francisco, SFO, San Jose, and Monterey County.

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    Agricultural-valleysAfter complimentary pick-up at your hotel, your passionate guide will drive you on highway 101 heading south to San Simeon to visit majestic Hearst Castle. This trip will last for about four hours or more (each way). You will drive through Silicon Valley, Gilroy (“The Garlic Capital of the World” ), Salinas (John Steinbeck's birthplace), and Paso Robles wine country you head toward Cambria.

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    Agriculture-valleys-CaliforniaDid you know Highway 101 was originally known as "El Camino Real" (the King Highway), when it was California's Mission Trail founded by Spanish explorers in the 17th-century. This historic roadway trail links four presidios, 21 missions, and several pueblos stretching from Mission San Diego de Alcalá in southern of California to Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma County. Along this highway, you will drive through Salinas, Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, King City, San Lucas, San Ardo, San Miguel, and Paso Robles wine country. Admire the contrast between flat green valleys and surrounding volcanic peaks along the Gabilan Mountains, where the spectacular volcanic Pinnacles National monoliths and spires rise above the clouds.

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    hearst-castleEnjoy lunch in Cambria or San Simeon, which is just south of Hearst Castle. There are many restaurants with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and its rugged coastline.

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    elephants sealsAfter lunch and if time permits, your guide will drive you to Piedras Blancas, an epic vista point, and the ideal spot to take photos of giant elephant seals sunbathing on the beach. These seals rest ashore and form colonies a few months out of the year to breed and molt. The rest of the year they disperse from each other in search of food: A quest that involves swimming thousands of miles and diving to great depths.

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    hearst-castleYour personal tour guide will check you in and redeem your tour voucher at the Hearst Castle visitor center, and then a shuttle will take you up to the castle for a 45-minute guided tour with a state park guide. Complimentary tickets to the 40 minute “Building the Dream” IMAX movie, screened at the visitor center, are included in the tour price.

    While on the 45-minute guided tour, your guide will share the history of Hearst Castle, and answer any questions that you might have along the way. Visitors will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the property, which boasts 90,000 square feet!

    Fun Fact: In 1957, the Hearst Corporation donated the entire Hearst Castle property to the State of California to be maintained as a California State Park.

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    Hearst CastleTravel back in time as you tour this world famous castle and imagine you are a privileged guest of the “Enchanted Hill’s Casa Grande,” among the likes of Cary Grant and Winston Churchill.

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    Hearst CastleThe castle’s "Casa Grande" features 56 bedrooms, 19 sitting rooms, 61 bathrooms, 127 acres of lush gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a movie theater, an airfield, and at one time had the world's largest private zoo (which you can still view today!). Some of the priceless treasures you will see on this walking tour may include the luxurious Neptune Pool, the library, Temple Garden, and Upstairs Suites.

    Other famous landmarks include la Casa del Sol (one of the three guest houses on the hill), Casa Grande (he main house), the Assembly Room, the Refectory, the Morning Room, the Billiard Room, the theater, the outdoor Neptune Pool, the indoor Roman Pool, gardens and grounds, Casa del Mar, the Doges Suite, the Cloisters, the library, the Gothic Suite, La Casa Del Monte, and the North Terrace (one of the three guest houses).

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    Hearst CastleAfter this escorted and narrated walking tour of Hearst Castle, you will have time to explore the visitor center and gift shop, or have a snack in the backyard. Also included in the tour price are tickets to the IMAX movie “Building the Dream,” a biographical film about William Randolph Hearst and the construction of Hearst Castle.

    Afterward, we will head back to San Francisco on Highway 101, and depending on traffic, should return between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.

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    BigSur CaliforniaPlease note that you will be walking up and down stairs at the castle unless you choose an accessible tour. Please let us know if you have specific mobility issues before booking a tour.

    We recommended booking the one or two-day tour as soon as possible so we can reserve your Hearst Castle tickets. Please contact us if you have questions regarding additional tours, or specific itineraries, and book your tour on our secure website.


This SUV tour is totally private and the price is per person.

Tour Prices
per person
Tax &
Hearst Castle
tickets included
Totally Private
1 $998.00
2 $499.00
3 $339.00
4 $309.00
5 $279.00
6 $259.00
7 $239.00

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This VAN tour is totally private and not available for public
or individual reservations. The price is per party and not per person.

Totally Private
The price is
per party.
Private 1-day
Van Tour tax
1 - 5 Guests $1,899.00
6 - 7 Guests $2,259.00
8 - 10 Guests $2,499.00
11 - 12 Guests $2,789.00
13 - 14 Guests $2,999.00
Charter our Luxury
15 passenger VAN
Totally private

By Van



Included: Pick-up and drop off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf, all applicable taxes, Hearst Castle entrance fees , tickets and guided tour , a private 12-hour roundtrip from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm approximately.

Not included: The price does not include meals, driver’s gratuity, overtime, Big Sur, and optional activities or features.

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