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Discover the majestic Hearst Castle on the One-Day
Trip from San Francisco

(Price includes roundtrip from San Francisco and entrance tickets to the Castle)


Discover the majestic Hearst Castle in Central California. Visit one of Hearst Castle’s 4 major mansions: La Casa Grande, Casa del sol, Casa Del Monte, and La Casa del Mar. The castle houses 165 rooms and 127 acres of lush gardens, beautiful terraces, amazing pools and walkways - all built to Hearst’s specifications and showcases his legendary art collection. Hearst Castle showcases a wide variety of stunning masterpieces of art and eclectic architecture.
Join us and explore Hearst’s personal collection of ancient art, sculptures, furniture and relics; Hearst amassed a collection that still rivals museums today, and used almost every square inch of the hilltop California estate castle to showcase it all.

Your personal tour guide will check you in and redeem your tour voucher at the visitor center of the castle, and then a shuttle will take you all the way up to the castle where a state professional tour guide will meet you and other customers and start this 45-minute guided tour. Complimentary tickets to the 40 minute “Building the Dream” IMAX movie located by the gift shop at the visitor center are included in the tour price.

Tour Suggestion: Before you book the one day trip which includes 10 hours of driving out of a 12-hour day tour, consider booking the 2-day travel package and discover northern and central California’s best-kept secrets, sights and tourist attractions which include Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, the 17-Mile Drive, Big Sur stunning wonders, scenic highway 1 spectacular sights, Paso Robles wine country and the majestic Hearst Castle all in one 2-day tour package. The 2-day trip will cover a lot of sites not seen on the one day tour and you will be able to stay at an Oceanside resort in the vicinity so you can start your second day of the tour bright and early which saves you time and money!

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 roundtrip that takes you on California highway 101 through Silicon Valley, Salinas, Greenfields, San Miguel and Paso Robles wine country(not on highway pacific 1) . You will spend 2-3 hours inside Hearst Castle Mansion (a one hour fully guided tour inside the castle, a 40 minute round trip from visitor center to castle and a 40 minutes in the IMAX theater to watch the fantastic biographical film about William Randolph Hearst titled “Building the Dream”). You will take a fully guided shuttle bus tour that will take you up on a scenic drive through the rolling hills to Hearst Castle atop ‘The Enchanted Hill’. This winding road offers dramatic views of San Simeon and the Pacific Ocean and there will be countless photo opportunities. As you step out of the vehicle, a local tour guide will greet you and take you on a 1-hour guided walking tour to your favorite destination within the castle; you may choose one of the following walking tours and we will book it 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.

The 2-day tour to Hearst Castle is highly recommended because it will give you more time to see all these wonderful sights. The one day trip is a 10-hour roundtrip drive from San Francisco so booking the 2-day tour instead will exceed your expectations.
However, if you only have one day, we recommend adding an additional 2 hours to your tour so you can schedule a second guided walking tour to see a different wing within the Hearst Castle. We highly suggest choosing the Upstairs Suites tour (tickets are not included in the tour price) and we will charge you an additional $89/hour which is a big discount off of the price of $139/hour. Please refer to the detailed tour itinerary below for more information.

Hearst Castle One Day Tour Itinerary

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Agricultural-valleys8 AM: Join our thrilling full day custom tour 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 preference to meet your travel needs and expectations! Our Hearst Castle Tour starts at 8 am and returns to San Francisco around 7:30 pm or 8 pm. Other pick-up locations are available within the San Francisco Bay Area including South San Francisco, SFO, San Jose, and in Monterey County.

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Agricultural-valleysAfter a complimentary pick-up at your hotel, your passionate tour guide will drive you on highway 101 heading south to San Simeon to visit the majestic Hearst Castle. This trip will last for about four hours or more (each way). You will drive through the famous Silicon Valley, Gilroy; the capital of garlic, Salinas (John Steinbeck's Birthplace) and Paso Robles wine country as we head west to Cambria from highway 101.

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Agriculture-valleys-CaliforniaDid you know that highway 101 was once called "El Camino Real" (the King Highway) referring to California's Mission Trail founded by the Spaniards back in the 17th century. This mission trail links to 4 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 the flat green valleys and the 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 in San Simeon which is just south of Hearst Castle. There are a number of restaurants that have stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and its rugged coastline.

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elephants sealsAfter lunch and if time permits, your tour guide will drive you to Piedras Blancas, an epic vista point, the ideal spot to take picture-perfect photos of giant Elephant seals sunbathing on the beach. These giant seals rest ashore and form colonies a few months out of the year to breed and molt. The rest of the year is spent dispersed from each other and is the time to pursue 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 visitor center of the castle, and then a shuttle will take you all the way up to the castle where a state professional tour guide will meet you and other customers and start this 45-minute guided tour. Complimentary tickets to the 40 minute “Building the Dream” IMAX movie located by the gift shop at the visitor center are included in the tour price.

While on the 45-minute guided tour, the state-certified tour guide will open to the doors to this monumental site 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 property to the State of California to be maintained a California historic park.

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Hearst CastleTravel back in time as you tour the insides of this world famous castle and experience what it must have been like to be a privileged guest of the “Enchanted Hill Casa Grande”. Famous and notable guests of Hearst Castle have included Cary Grant and Winston Churchill.

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Hearst CastleThe Castle "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, the "Temple Garden", the Upstairs Suites (an additional tour that can be added).

Other famous landmarks include la 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, Gardens and Grounds, Casa del Mar, the Doges Suite, the Cloisters, the Library, the Gothic Suite, La Casa Del Monte, 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 the 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 creation of Hearst Castle.

Afterwards, we will start heading back to San Francisco on Highway 101, and depending on traffic, you should arrive back in San Francisco between 7:00 and 8:00 PM.

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BigSur CaliforniaPlease note that you will be walking up and down stairs so if you are not able to do this, please let us know immediately. Please note that Golden Horizon Travel’s vehicle are unfortunately unable to accommodate guests who are handicapped but Hearst Castle offers a personalized service for handicapped persons who are unable to walk up and down stairs.

We recommended booking the one-day or 2-day tour as soon as possible so we can reserve the right tickets for you and tour. You can contact Golden Horizon Travel if you have any questions in regards to additional tours or time that you want to add to the tour, or save time and money and book on our secure website now.


Hearst Castle One Day Tour Prices by SUV

SUV Tour
Tour Prices per person
Tax & Hearst Castle tickets included
Totally Private Semi-Private
Private (sharing the vehicle with other clients)
1 $398.00 $289.00
2 $398.00 $289.00
3 $329.00 $289.00
4 $299.00 $249.00
5 $269.00 $199.00
6 $249.00 $189.00
7 $229.00 $179.00

Hearst Castle One Day Tour Prices by Van

Van Tour
Tour Prices per person
Tax & Hearst Castle tickets are included
Private (sharing the vehicle with other clients)
1 - 4 Guests (each) $229.00
5 - 7 Guests(per person) $209.00
8-14 Guests(each) $179.00
Charter For 100% privacy for 1 to 7 guests. Tax & Tickets are not include when chartering our van $995.00
Charter For 100% privacy for 8 to 14 guests. Tax & Tickets are not include when chartering our van $2499.00

**NOTE** :

  • A minimum of 4 participants is required per each single reservation to run this tour by Van or charter our luxury van to enjoy 100% as described above. No single or individual reservations is available as we don't work with any hotel in San Francisco, we specialize in Private Tours unlike all other tour companies.
  • Our policy regarding semiprivate (shared tours): Our decreased and discounted prices noted above are based on the number of participants in your own party and not on the number of attendees who may share the vehicle with you. No discount or refund will apply when sharing the vehicle with other parties who may sign up for the same tour. Also, by booking a semi-private tour, you agree to share the required vehicle with other customers which maybe narrated in several 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 Tour if you need more privacy, comfort and flexibility and do not wish to share the trip with other customers. Our Private tour is the only way to go!
  • Duration and Frequency: This is a 12 hour roundtrip from San Francisco to San Simeon in California.
  • 1 Ticket per person is included to visit Hearst Castle. All reservations we receive are subject to availability and that is out of our hands as it depends on Hearst Castle Tickets availability. The sooner you book the better!
  • Included: Hearst Castle entrance fees and tickets (1 each), tax, complimentary pick-up/drop off and a full day private or semi-private guided tour.
  • Not Included: Meals, driver's gratuity, overtime, and optional features or tickets
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