Hearst Castle Private one day Tour
Hearst Castle tour Highlights
- Full day adventure to Hearst Castle from SF
- Highway 101 via Silicon Valley, Salinas & Paso Robles
- Optional wine tasting in Salinas Valley or Paso Robles Wine Country
- Breaks & Photo stops along the way to Hearst Castle
- Lunch at one of the Oceanside restaurants in Cambria or San Simeon
- Guided tour within Hearst with a State tour guide
- Travel to the Elephant Seals Park to view them...
- 7:30 PM- Back to San Francisco via highway 101
Hearst Castle one day Tour Description
Departs: 8: AM – Return 7:30 PM
"Choose Quality over Quantity"
A thrilling full day adventure to marvel at the mysterious and world famous Hearst Castle. Travel with us and choose quality over the quantity as we customize your private tour to your own itinerary and preferences to meet and exceed your expectations!
Our Hearst Castle Tour departs at 8 am and returns to San Francisco around 7:30 pm. Other pick up locations are available within the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey County.
Hearst Castle Tour Details:8: AM: Today, our tour guide will pick you up at 8 am at your hotel in San Francisco Bay Area, and drive you on highway 101 heading south to San Simeon to visit the majestic Hearst Castle. This trip will last four hours each way. You will drive through the famous Silicon Valley, Gilroy; the capital of garlic, Salinas Valley considered as the birthplace of John Steinbeck and Paso Robles, famous for its wine country.
10: AM: You will also enjoy great photo stops along the way including a break in Salinas' agricultural valley or Paso Robles wine country. An optional stop may also take place in Gilroy to taste garlic ice-cream or garlic wine. Gilroy is also famous for its outlet and shopping boutiques. Please refer to the below detailed tour itinerary for more information regarding this exciting trip to Hearst Castle.
12 PM: Lunch Break will take place in Cambria or in San Simeon, located south of Big Sur on California scenic highway 1. There are great restaurants with exotic gardens and landscapes where you can enjoy your lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean's rugged coastline. While you enjoy your indoor or outdoor lunch, capture the scenic coastline views and wonders where you may see some sea otters, seals or even whales swimming by.
Lunch may also take place at Hearst Castle Restaurant or by San Simeon's old ranch where wine tasting is available offering spectacular views over the Ocean and Hearst Castle.
After lunch, your tour guide will drive you on California's spectacular scenic highway 1 to Piedras Blancas; a wonderful vista point offering you a unique opportunity to picture an army of Giant Sea Elephants lying on the beach. These Elephant seals come ashore and form colonies for only few months every year to give birth, breed, and molt. The rest of the year the colonies disperse individually and spend most of their time in pursuit of food, a quest that involves swimming thousands of miles and diving to great depths.
Bring your camera and picture some 3000 pound Elephant Seals playing, flipping sand on their backs and fighting other males to protect their territory and dominate their group. Friendly volunteers have emerged to guard the seals from obstreperous humans, and to educate the curious tourists about their history and behavior. Humpback and Blue whales may swim by Big Sur coastline along California scenic highway one, on the way to Baja California or on the way back to Alaska.
As we leave Piedras Blancas to San Simeon where Hearst Castle lies above the hills, you can see the castle from highway 1 standing atop of scenic hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
1: 30 PM: Inside Hearst Castle property: you will be escorted on a private shuttle with a small group to the scenic hills where lies the imposing Hearst Castle. A state professional tour guide will be expecting you to embark with the other customers on a walking tour within Hearst Castle. These tour guides will open the secret doors of this spectacular and mysterious monument to satisfy your curiosity and answer your questions. Photos are allowed within Hearst Castle. Please note that you will be required to go up and downstairs on this walking tour. If you can't walk, please let us know so we assist you in the best way. Unfortunately, our vehicles are not equipped for transporting handicapped persons but Hearst Castle offers a personalized service for seniors who can't walk up and downstairs.
Hearst Castle's visitor center offers you 5 different tours. Tour number one is recommended for first time visitors but the choice is yours. Please let us know which tour you would be interested in when you book your tour on our website. We leave you the liberty and the choice to pick your favorite tour from Hearst Castle's official website: http://www.hearstcastle.org/content/hearst-castle-tours
After this escorted and narrated tour within Hearst Castle, you will have time to explore the visitor center and the gift shop or have a snack in their backyard. We also offer you the chance to watch the giant screen in the movie theater to learn more about Hearst Castle and William Randolph Hearst's project called "Building the dream" (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951). He was an American newspaper magnate and leading newspaper publisher.
Afterwards, we leave San Simeon back to San Francisco on highway 101. We will get back to San Francisco between 7 and 8 PM. This will depend on traffic and weather conditions. Please note that this trip last 4 hours each way and does not include Monterey Bay nor Big Sur for time considerations. However, if you wish to visit all the above, please sign up for our two day tour to Hearst Castle.
Hearst Castle One Day Tour Prices By 4X4 SUV:
For our Private SUV Tours: We require 2 persons minimum to run this private SUV tour
Semi-Private SUV Tours: 3 persons minimum are required per each single reservation to run this semi-private tour. The below discounted prices are applied based on the number of participants in your party per each single reservation but these discounts can't be applied when you share the vehicle with others customers. You basically pay the required price based on the number of persons in your party as described below. If you wish to be on the waiting list to share the SUV with others, that's possible but doesn't guarantee your tour departure until we get the 3 participants or money back.
|Tour Prices:||Totally Private Price per person||Semi-Private Price
Entrance Fees+ Guided Tour + Tax included
|Charter For 100% privacy||$1399.00||$1399.00||Not Included|
**Note** : Our decreased and/or discounted prices noted above are based on the number of participants in your own party on these Semi-Private tours. No discount or refund will apply when sharing the SUV or the VAN with other parties who may sign up for the same tour.
By booking a semi-private SUV or VAN tour, you agree to share the required vehicle with other customers. Also you understand that this guided tour might be narrated in two or more foreign languages in addition to English. Nevertheless, we guarantee your tour even if no other participants sign up for that tour as long as the minimum number of participants is acquired.
You may wish to consider our Private Tours if you need more privacy, comfort and flexibility and do not wish to share the trip with other customers.
|Tour Prices:||Regular Price
|1 - 4 Guests||$253.00||$24.00||$229.00|
|5 - 7 Guests||$247.00||$38.00||$209.00|
|Charter For 100% privacy||$1083.00||For 1 to 4 people
|Charter For 100% privacy||$1676.00||For 5 to 7 people
|Charter For 100% privacy||$2619.00||For 8 to 14 people
- 4 persons minimum is required to run this tour or charter to enjoy 100% As described above.This is not a public tour!
For any group of 15 persons or more and for all bus Charter tours, Please contact us or send us a travel request. Please note that this is not a public tour!
- Duration: 12 hours
- Departure: Daily Tour Departure for all private and semi-private tours.
- Private Tour: 2 Persons minimum is required for all private SUV Tours
- Semi- Private Tour: 3 Persons minimum is required to run a semi-private SUV tour. This tour will be cancelled if we don't acquire the required minimum number of 3 participants. Full refund will be credited back to your credit card if this tour is cancelled due the lack of participants or upgrade to a private SUV tour and add the required additional fees.
- Van Tours: 4 Persons minimum is required per each single reservation! All van reservations will be cancelled if the required number of 4 persons is not acquired per reservation! We don't provide public tours but private and semi-private tours only!
- For all private groups and charter tours, please send us a Travel Request so we assist you in the best way with your reservation and discounted group rates. This is not a public tour you can join!
- Hearst Castle Tickets: We are not responsible if we can't honor your tour when Hearst Castle Tickets are sold out! Please plan your Hearst Castle Tour several weeks or months in advance.
- Included: Hearst Castle entrance fees and Tickets are now included within our private and semi private SUV tours as shown above. Please plan your trip wisely as Hearst Castle tickets are sold out ahead of time.
- Highway tolls, fuel surcharge, tax, guided tours and narration are also included
- Not Included: Food, wine tasting fees and driver's gratuity.
- Select your tour: Hearst Castle's visitor center offers you 5 different tours. Tour One is recommended for first time visitors. We leave you the liberty and the choice to pick-up your favorite tour from Hearst Castle Official website: http://www.hearstcastle.org/content/hearst-castle-tours
HOW TO BOOK MY TOUR?
You can book your tour online by visiting our reservation secure page (click here to book now) and scroll down to the "tour information" section. Choose your tour from the "select tour" drop down menu to select your Hearst Castle Private or semi-private SUV Tour. If you have a special request or a large group, please Contact us or send us a Travel Request so we assist you with your tour reservation. After booking your tour, you will get a receipt from our merchant account and then a tour voucher from us confirming your tour and pick up time.
Hearst Castle One Day Tour Itinerary
8:00 AM - Pick Up
Complimentary pick up at your hotel in downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf
8: AM: Today, our tour guide will pick you up at 8 am at your hotel or home and drive you on highway 101 heading south through Silicon Valley on the way to Hearst Castle, located in San Simeon (in San Luis Obispo County).
10: AM: A break will take place in Gilroy, the capital of garlic or in the agricultural Salinas Valley, the birthplace of John Steinbeck. Your tour guide may stop at one of the local farms to share with you the story of this fertile and famous agricultural region that expends between Gilroy and Paso Robles along highway 101.
You will also enjoy a break for wine tasting at one of Salinas Valley's wineries or in Paso Robles wine country.
Did you know that this highway 101 was once El Camino Real ( King of Spain Highway) referring to California's Mission Trail that extends from San Diego where the first mission was built, and all the way north to Sonoma where the last mission was completed. This mission trail links to 4 presidios and several pueblos stretching from Mission San Diego de Alcalá in the south of California to Mission San Francisco Solano , in the north. Today, most of this mission trail is called U.S. Route 101 that takes us to Hearst Castle. Along this highway, you can picture the green agricultural valleys of Salinas, Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, King City, San Lucas, San Ardo, San Miguel, Paso Robles and the green valley road (46) that takes us from 101 to San Simeon located on highway 1. You can also admire the contrast between the flat green valleys and the surrounding volcanic peaks along the Gabilan Mountains where the spectacular volcanic Pinnacles National monoliths and spires rise out of the horizon. Optional photo stops, breaks and a wine tasting experience may take place along the highway.
11:30:AM-1:00 PM - Lunch may take place in Cambria or in San Simeon. Afterwards, you will visit Piedras Blancas vista point located a few miles north of San Simeon where lies Hearst Castle. It offers you a unique opportunity to picture some giant Sea Elephants lying on the beach. Elephant seals come ashore and form colonies for only a few months of each year to give birth, breed, and molt. The rest of the year the colonies disperse and spend most of their time in pursuit of food, a quest that involves swimming thousands of miles and diving to great depths.
Enjoy watching some 3000 pound Elephant Seals playing and flipping sand on their backs. Friendly volunteers have emerged to guard the seals from obstreperous humans, and to educate the curious tourists about their history and behavior. Humpback and Blue whales may swim by the Big Sur coastline on the way to Baja California and back to Alaska. You can also enjoy watching surfers and kitesurfers racing and speeding along San Simeon's beaches.
1:00 PM -3:30 PM: Guided Tour in Hearst Castle
Arriving to Hearst Castle for a private tour. You will be escorted on a private Shuttle that takes you up to Hearst Castle on a scenic road overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A state tour guide will greet you and escort you for a discovery walking tour through the mysterious and eclectic Hearst Castle to marvel at its priceless treasures.
You will see most of the below sites of interest within the majestic Hearst Castle including one or more of the following :Casa del Sol - one of the three guest houses on the hill, Casa Grande – the main house, the Assembly Room, the Refectory, the Morning Room, the Billiard Room, the Theater, the outdoor Neptune Pool, the indoor Roman Pool, Large screen movie about W. R. Hearst and "Hearst Castle – Building the Dream", Gardens and Grounds, Casa del Mar, the Doges Suite, The Cloisters, the Library, the Gothic Suit. Casa Del Monte, the North Terrace, one of the three guest houses, North Wing of Casa Grande, Video of construction using film and photographs from the 1920s and 1930s.
After the tour, you can explore the gift shop or watch the movie "Building the Dream" that tells the story of Hearst Castle.
3:30 PM - It's time to drive you back to San Francisco via Cambria and Paso Robles wine country , and then up to highway 101 heading north to San Francisco. A break will take place in Salinas Valley , located between the Gabilan Ranges and the Santa Lucia Ranges, about 175 miles south of San Francisco. We will get back to San Francisco around 8 PM (depending on traffic conditions).