Answers To Your Toast Tour Questions

  • General FAQ
  • Private Tour FAQ
  • Hearst Castle FAQ
  • Toast Together FAQ
  • Central Coast FAQ

No set time. Some winery experiences take longer than others.

The average is about 75 minutes at each winery. We’ll spend a little longer at whichever of the wineries we enjoy lunch or if there is a tour.

For private tours we can visit any winery that’s best suited for your group.

Whenever we’re selecting the wineries on your behalf, we take the following into consideration:

  • Smaller, non-touristy locations
  • Warm & friendly service
  • Quality wines that represent what Paso Robles does best
  • Extra perks and experiences whenever possible


We try our best not to visit wineries whose tasting fees exceed $30 per person, though this is not always possible.

Maybe! California has a strict DUI policy. After a day of wine tasting it is likely you will not legally be able to drive.

It takes the average person approximately 1 hour to metabolize one alcoholic beverage.

Even with tasting sizes being smaller than a glass, they add up quickly!

We advise people who drive in for the day to arrange other transportation home, or better yet, to stay at a local inn or B&B.

Check out our recommended Places to Stay.

Yes. Chilled, bottled water is served on the bus and also with the picnic lunch.

Yes, if enjoyed responsibly.

However, please keep in mind that tasting rooms can refuse to serve intoxicated guests (even if you do have a driver), and that wouldn’t be a lot of fun!

Additionally, if a guest does become too intoxicated, they may need to be removed from the tour early, at their own expense.

Ultimately, we want to ensure that each tour is successful, with all the guests having a great experience!

Yes. Most wineries will provide the option of purchasing wine by the bottle or glass to enjoy with your meal.

No taxes and no additional fees. The price you see is the price you pay.

No. You should expect to pay tasting fees at the wineries.

These fees are charged by the wineries, compensating them for the wines they pour for guests, and typically run about $15 – $30 per person, per winery.

Most wineries will waive these fees with wine purchase or wine club signup.

These are fees charged by the winery compensating them for the wine they pour guests.

Wineries are in the business of selling their wine, not tastings – so if you find a wine or winery you like, we strongly encourage you to buy some bottles or join their wine-club!

Not only will you be supporting a local business, but most of the wineries are small, boutique wineries that don’t distribute their wines and only offer them for sale directly through their tasting room. So this is your only chance to bring them home to enjoy later.

Yes. Most of the wineries on our tours will waive tasting fees for those guests who purchase their wine or join their wine club. It’s not always the case, so be sure and ask at each winery.

Yes. Almost any of the wineries we visit will allow our guests to share a tasting.

You are not required to taste at the wineries, and you will not be required to pay tasting fees for wineries at which you do not taste. There are a couple of wineries that are exceptions to this rule, so if this is your intention, be sure to ask your guide.

Yes! Our vehicle has plenty of safe storage space for holding your wine and other purchases.

Yes! We sell insulated, Styrofoam padded wine shipping boxes that hold a case (12 bottles) of wine and can be safely checked on the airplane as a checked bag.

*Please check with your airline for specific baggage requirements and restrictions.

We love dogs, but unfortunately, can’t allow them on our shared group tours, unless it is a service animal.

We do welcome well-behaved dogs on our private tours, and are happy to work with you to build your perfect dog-friendly wine country day.
Check out our Private Tour FAQ to learn more about bringing your pooch out on tour!

Toast Tours is not responsible for any items lost or stolen on our tour or in the wineries.

Please take care to collect all of your belongings when you leave, including any wine or merchandise purchased throughout the day.

Any items left behind which are found can be returned to the guests at their request and expense.

Yes. We are registered, regulated, and licensed by the State of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

The CPUC requires insurance and vehicle inspections as a condition of licensing.

Our license # is TCP38039A.

Please feel free to ask!

Each situation is different, and we will try to pick you up at your preferred location whenever possible. However, in some cases we may not be able to confirm this until the evening before your tour.

Absolutely! With our Private Tours, we’re completely flexible on where the tour goes and what you do.

We can organize a number of itineraries that incorporate not only great local wineries, but also distilleries, breweries, olive oil, farm tours and more!

We can also combine some tasting with a fun activity – such as Zip-Lining in Santa Margarita, a private Hearst Castle experience, kayaking in Morro Bay, horseback riding and so much more!

Get in touch with us to discuss what you’re looking for, and we’ll help build your customized itinerary and perfect day.

Yes! We take care of all your itinerary planning and will make any necessary reservations and appointments for your group at no extra charge, so you can just sit back and relax.

Please submit a Private Tour Quote Request. We’ll check and confirm availability and provide a price quote promptly.

There is no set length of time. Saturdays and holiday weekends tend to fill up faster. Fall is our busiest season, followed closely by Summer.

Get your Private Tour Quote now, then book your tour as soon as you decide to go for it.

We are happy to pick you up from your hotel or accommodation anywhere within a 100 mile radius of Paso Robles.

There is an additional fee for pickups over 15 miles from downtown Paso Robles.

If you have a request for pickup outside of San Luis Obispo County, please submit a Private Tour Quote Request to determine what is possible.

Your tour cost will be determined by such factors as the tour length, distance traveled, vehicle size, included activities (i.e. Hearst Castle entry, etc.) and the day and season of your tour.

Lunch is an additional expense, as are wine tasting or activity fees. Gratuity is added on at a rate of 18%.

Please note: For a charter or private tour a $200.00 or 20% deposit, whichever is greater, will be charged upon confirmation of the booking. As long as we have not received the deposit, the charter or tour is not confirmed and your requested date will not be held.

Lunch is not automatically included in your private tour, but we can provide you with a variety of lunch options to best suit your group.

When wine tasting, some of our favorite options include enjoying one of the high-quality winery restaurants, or enjoying a picnic lunch at a winery after your tasting.

You’re welcome to bring your own picnic items, or we can provide a delicious deli boxed lunch for $18pp. You can view the menu here .

Tour group sizes often fluctuate. Give us your best guess. We are happy to work with you as best we can to establish a range of likely attendees and price the tour with that range in mind.

Depending on the day of the week and group size the hourly rate may change.

It’s a good idea to bring layers, since the coastal weather at San Simeon and Cambria can be much cooler than Paso Robles and there may be some fog in the mornings.

By the time we return to Paso Robles it can be very sunny and hot, with extreme temperature swings. So it’s also a good idea to bring sunscreen.

Wear comfortable shoes, as The Grand Rooms Tour is 60 minutes long and includes approximately 160 steps, both up and down, and a 2/3-mile walk.

Sorry, no. This tour includes The Grand Rooms tour of Hearst Castle since it is the best option for first-time visitors and provides a great introduction to the Castle and William Randolph Hearst.

The tour walks you through the stunning grounds before entering the main building, called Casa Grande, where you visit the Assembly Room, Refectory, Morning Room, Billiard Room and Theater.

If you would prefer to do a different Hearst Castle Tour, please contact us regarding a Private Tour and we can work to put together your ideal itinerary.

Sorry, no. In order to have enough time to visit the charming town of Cambria, visit a winery in Paso Robles and Tin City throughout the day we have to limit our time at Hearst Castle to the tour itself.

They have copies of the video available for sale at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center if you wish to view the documentary at a later date.

That’s up to you! We allow approximately 1 – 1.5 hours in the charming town of Cambria so you can find your perfect lunch option, and still have some time to explore the town.

Your lunch is not included with the tour, but your guide will make local recommendations for great places to eat and explore.

Read our blog post When Will Hearst Castle Re-Open for more information.

Whatever you order! Upon confirming your booking, you will select your lunch options for the day. Be sure to mention if you have any dietary restrictions so we can make certain they are accommodated.

You can view our picnic lunch menu here .

If no lunch options are selected, the default option will be the ‘Vegetarian Wrap’ option.

Yes, if enjoyed responsibly.

However, please keep in mind that tasting rooms can refuse to serve intoxicated guests (even if you do have a driver), and that wouldn’t be a lot of fun!

Additionally, if a guest does become too intoxicated, they may need to be removed from the tour early, at their own expense.

Ultimately, we want to ensure that each tour is successful, with all the guests having a great experience!

  • Smaller, non-touristy locations
  • Warm & friendly service
  • Quality wines that represent what Paso Robles does best
  • Extra perks and experiences whenever possible
  • We try our best not to visit wineries whose tasting fees exceed $30 per person, though this is not always possible.

If you want to pick the specific wineries we visit then we recommend
booking a private tour.

If you are sharing the bus with others, we will take responsibility for planning the best tour day possible for the entire group.

We try to avoid taking people to places they may have already visited, so be sure to let us know if this is the case.

  • Round-Trip LA:
    • Day 1: Depart 10:10 from Los Angeles
    • Day 1: Arrive 4:37pm in Paso Robles
    • Day 3: Depart 1:38pm from Paso Robles
    • Day 3: Arrive 9:00pm in Los Angeles

  • Round-Trip SF:
    • Day 1: Depart 8:50am from Oakland, Jack London Square
    • Day 1: Arrive 1:38pm in Paso Robles
    • Day 3: Depart 4:37pm from Paso Robles
    • Day 3: Arrive 9:24pm in Oakland, Jack London Square

  • San Francisco to Paso Robles to Los Angeles:
    • Day 1: Depart 8:50am from Oakland, Jack London Square
    • Day 1: Arrive 1:38pm in Paso Robles
    • Day 3: Depart 1:38pm from Paso Robles
    • Day 3: Arrive 9:00pm in Los Angeles

  • Los Angeles to Paso Robles to San Francisco:
    • Day 1: Depart 10:10 from Los Angeles
    • Day 1: Arrive 4:37pm in Paso Robles
    • Day 3: Depart 4:37pm from Paso Robles
    • Day 3: Arrive 9:24pm in Oakland, Jack London Square


We recommend arriving to the train station 30 minutes to 1 hour before your scheduled departure time.
Please keep in mind, the Coast Starlight is a grand West Coast Train Adventure, en route daily between Los Angeles and Seattle and is frequently subject to delays. If your train is delayed, you will leave or arrive later, but it should not affect your guided Hearst Castle & Wine tour which is on Day 2 of the trip.

Paso Robles is halfway in between San Francisco and Los Angeles, but depending on the direction and the leg travel time is different.

You can expect the following travel times:

  • The travel time between Oakland (San Francisco) and Paso Robles by train is about 5 hours (Coast Starlight Train 11).
  • The travel time between Paso Robles and Los Angeles is about 7.5 hours (Coast Starlight Train 11).
  • The travel time between Los Angeles and Paso Robles is about 6.5 hours (Coast Starlight Train 14).
  • The travel time between Paso Robles and Oakland (San Francisco) is about 5 hours (Coast Starlight Train 14).

All connections are direct.

On the Amtrak Train luggage is limited to 2 personal items, 14x11x7 inches (35 x 28 x 18 cm) / 25lbs (11 kg) per item, and 2 bags, 28x22x14 inches (71 x 56 x 36 cm) / 50lbs (23 kg) per bag, per passenger.

You may be charged a baggage fee or denied boarding if your items exceed these limitations.

The Amtrak website has specific carry-on baggage information.

Please note: There is no checked bag service at the Paso Robles train station, so you must carry your bags onto the train with you.

The Coast Starlight is a grand West Coast Train Adventure, en route daily between Los Angeles and Seattle and is frequently subject to delays.

If your train is delayed, you will arrive later at your destination, but it should not affect your tour which is on Day 2 of the trip.

Be sure to check updated train information and plan accordingly. You can check the train status at: traintracker.toasttours.com.

For the most accurate time, you may also download the Amtrak App.

In the event of a severe delay or train cancellation, please contact us immediately and we will work to find an alternative solution.

No. Seats are not assigned and you will be able to choose your seat upon boarding the train. Amtrak cannot guarantee that you will be able to sit with other members in your party, unless you are traveling with a child.

You will have a seat reserved in Coach Class, unless you choose to upgrade to the Business Class seat option.

With business class seats you will be seated in a dedicated Business Class train car, with more spacious legroom.

Upon boarding, you will receive a complimentary bottle of water and an on-board credit which may be redeemed in the dining or lounge cars.

In Los Angeles, you will have access to the Metropolitan Lounge (Hours of Operation: 5:00am – 10:00pm) located on the second floor, above the ticket office.

Amenities in the lounge include comfortable, quiet lounge seating, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and free WiFi.

Yes. The café car is always available for to enjoy a snack or to grab items for takeaway.

Seated dining is also a fun and memorable option on the train and is available by reservation for lunch or dinner. You can make reservations ON THE TRAIN only for seated dining in the dining car.

Breakfast is available without a reservation.

You can check the Amtrak Website for more information and hours offered.

No, there is no WiFi available in the train or our mini-bus. There is free WiFi in your hotel room.

Hotel check-in time is at 4:00 pm. Your luggage can be stored prior to 4:00pm. Hotel check-out time is 11:00 am. Arrangements may be made for late check-out, depending on availability.

Breakfast is included with your hotel stay and is available in the hotel starting at 6:00am Monday – Friday and 7:00am on Saturday & Sunday.

It is a good idea to bring layers and sunscreen. The coastal weather at San Simeon and Cambria can be very cool and foggy, and Paso Robles can be much warmer with sunny hot weather in the summer.

There are extreme temperature swings from day to night, so mornings and evenings can be much colder as well, with a possible 40F degree temperature swing between day and night.

Wear comfortable shoes, as The Grand Rooms Tour is 60 minutes long and includes approximately 160 steps, both up and down, and a 2/3 mile walk.

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