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Hearst Castle (Overnight) Tour
Hearst Castle was the home and resort of one of America's true tycoons—subject of Orson Welles' great and controversial film "Citizen Kane"—often visited by Hollywood stars of the era. There're also tons of treasures from Europe's historic castles, panoramic views, and Julia Morgan's ingenious design itself. It's an Enchanted Hill you won't forget.
From San Francisco or even San Jose, it's 4 to 5 hours' drive to the hamlet of San Simeon, below Hearst Castle. So in order to make the trip worthwhile, we only offer an overnight tour where we leave early the first day, stop for lunch in Big Sur, and arrive at the Hearst Castle Visitors' Center in time for the afternoon introductory tour. The unique, quaint town of Cambria is nearby so we suggest lodging there overnight to enjoy one of its excellent restaurants and maybe some window shopping.
On the second morning you'll probably want to take a second, different tour at the Castle. We lunch back in Cambria or in a town along the coast. If it's winter, we may come across a large colony of elephant seals hauled up on shore...the females to breed and rest, the dominant males to defend their harems against invaders. We can stop again in Monterey, Carmel or Santa Cruz for dinner, or proceed back to The City, arriving late in the evening. Or combine this tour with a third day visiting the Monterey Peninsula for a truly unforgettable experience.
What will it Cost?
Our fee for this tour is $1,700 (for 1-5 people) plus lodging, because we stay overnight near the Castle. In addition there is an entrance fee for each tour of the Castle, and you pay for all your meals and snacks. Please note that if you are being referred by a Travel Agent, s/he may add a commission (fee for finding and making arrangements with us) to your total.
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