Discover majestic Hearst Castle and Big Sur’s stunning natural wonders combined with a side trip to Monterey and Carmel
Choose between our one-day trip and overnight tour package
Option #1: The two-day travel package a must-do that should be on everyone's bucket list!
Book this once-in-a-lifetime two-day custom tour package, with ocean-front hotel accommodations included, and visit majestic Hearst Castle, Big Sur’s stunning natural wonders, Monterey Bay, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and the 17-Mile Drive.
On day 1, you will visit Monterey's famous Cannery Row or the Fisherman’s Wharf. You will explore this historic town’s restaurants, boutiques and gift shops, Monterey Bay Aquarium, museums, and wine tasting rooms. After touring Monterey, you will embark on the scenic 17-Mile Drive from Pacific Grove, all to the way to Pebble Beach and Carmel-by-the-Sea You will see the dramatic setting of the Lone Cypress and waves crashing gently against Pebble Beach Resort, home to a famous golf course. Then, you will be driven to Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you will experience sophisticated and quaint ambiance, and visit Ocean Avenue, filled with elegant shops, charming cottages, and delicious restaurants. Your guide will drive you through back roads so you can see secret and stunning views of grand mansions, one of which is Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch.
On day 2, experience the magic of Big Sur and its many natural wonders and unique sights. Considered to be America’s most scenic ride, California State Route 1 will have you transfixed on scenes from a postcard! Big Sur is home to natural yet striking sights and you will want to make sure your camera is ready to take many photos, including windy roads that take you to remote landscapes, vantage points, and coastal cliffs abundant with wild flowers and picturesque bridges! Along this beautiful coastal drive, you may see soaring California condors, migrating whales, sea otters, harbor seals, monarch butterflies, and giant elephant seals. This is the best driving destination in Northern California, and you will have the chance to experience it all with the help of your passionate and knowledgeable guide.
That’s not all! You will also discover legendary and majestic Hearst Castle in San Simeon just south of Big Sur. In 1947, newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst’s dream came true when architect Julia Morgan designed Hearst Castle: 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, beautiful terraces, amazing pools, and walkways—all built to Hearst’s specifications to showcase his legendary art collection. It is a masterpiece of art and stunning and eclectic architecture. Admire the stunning mansions within the castle like La Casa Grande, Casa Del Sol, Casa Del Monte, and Casa Del Mar and explore Hearst’s personal collection of ancient art, sculptures, furniture, relics and more. Hearst’s collection rivals that of museums today, and he used almost every square inch of his estate to showcase it More Details
Option #2: The one-day trip to Hearst Castle Before you book this long day trip which may take up to 10 or 11 hours, please consider our two-day travel package and discover Northern and Central California’s best-kept-secrets and natural wonders, including: Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, the 17-Mile Drive, Big Sur, California State Route 1, and Paso Robles wine country. It is more pleasant and affordable to stay at an oceanfront resort in San Simeon, than to drive back to San Francisco in one day, spending nearly two thirds of the day in the car. Don’t miss this new overnight custom tour package.
However, if you only have one day and wish to spend an hour or two in San Simeon, this long day trip to Hearst Castle is available as a private tour. More Details