THE ORIGINAL HEARST CASTLE & PASO ROBLES WINE TOUR
Since our top priority is the health and safety of our guests, employees, and Paso Robles community, we have discontinued this tour and all our public group tours for the time-being. Please get in touch to book your customized Private Tours of Paso Robles Wine Country. We’re looking forward to Toasting with you again soon!
An Authentic and Truly Memorable Group Experience
Book the Original Hearst Castle & Paso Robles Wine Tour to enjoy California’s Central Coast to the fullest and experience all the best highlights, with a passionate local guide.
This family friendly small-group tour will pick you up in either Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo or Pismo Beach. You’ll be making your way over the coastal mountains to the infamous California Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) for a short drive up to the ornate and luxurious Hearst Castle.
Start your visit with the Grand Rooms tour of the main house, recommended for first-time visitors, with time to leisurely stroll the castle property after the tour & enjoy the awe-inspiring views.
Afterwards, you’ll head to the coastal town of Cambria, where you can grab a delicious lunch and browse the many art galleries, boutique shops and more. After lunch, we’ll drive back to Paso Robles wine country where you’ll visit one Paso Robles winery (tasting fees included).
We’ll finish the day in Tin City, Paso Robles’ hippest wine destination, where you will get to choose between exciting boutique wineries, breweries, a cider house, distilleries, sheep’s’ milk ice cream and more. (There’s so much to choose from, we didn’t want to do it for you! So time here is at your own expense.)
Please make tour reservations as early as possible, as this popular tour books early and is subject to ticket availability at Hearst Castle.
- Breathtaking drive through the mountains and along Route 1 to the magnificent Hearst Castle
- A guided tour of the Grand Rooms of Hearst Castle with some free time to explore the property at your leisure
- Time to explore, shop and eat in the charming seaside town of Cambria
- Visit a Paso Robles winery
- Visit Tin City, Paso Robles hippest tasting destination, featuring boutique wineries, breweries, distilleries, a cider house, sheep’s’ milk ice cream and more
- Knowledgeable, friendly and experienced local guide
- Family Friendly
- Small intimate tour sizes
- Wine shipping boxes available for purchase to get your wine home!
Your tour guide / driver will pick you up between 7:45 – 8:45 in the morning and will engage you with fascinating tidbits about local history and point out interesting landmarks as you enjoy your drive over the pristine and rugged Santa Lucia Mountains. Along the way you’ll take in beautiful views of the fog blanketed mountain peaks and the rocky shoreline of the Pacific Ocean as we make our way to William Randolph Hearst’s extravagant vacation home on the ‘Enchanted Hill’.
At Hearst Castle, your guide will pick up your tickets and you’ll hop on a shuttle which takes you up the mountain to the castle. Once up there, you will begin your guided Grand Rooms Tour, allowing you to enjoy the splendor of the Castle as Hearst and his guests would have.
On the Hearst Castle tour, you’ll visit Hearst’s opulent social rooms on the ground floor of the castle where each evening W.R. Hearst would gather his guests – consisting of the Hollywood elite of the time, influential politicians, famous authors and artists, and other notable figures – for lavish meals and socializing all through the night.
The guided portion of the tour will last approximately 1-hour, after which you will have time to stroll through the gardens and around the Neptune and Roman pools before taking the shuttle back to the visitor’s center, where your Toast Tours guide will pick you up to continue on your adventure!
After departing Hearst Castle, we’ll make our way to the charming seaside town of Cambria, where you’ll have time to walk through the historic East Village, do some boutique and antique shopping, as well as grab a delicious lunch at one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants.
After a satisfying lunch, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views as we make our way to a Paso Robles winery on the west side of Paso Robles Wine Country.
Sit back and savor each winery as they offer their own distinctive blend of enchanting wines, friendly locals and authentic countryside vistas.
Finally, we’ll finish the day in Paso Robles hippest tasting destination – Tin City. This industrial estate boasts some of the most innovative boutique producers in the area and includes the option to taste small-batch wines, beers, cider, distilled spirits, sheep’s’ milk ice cream, pasta and more.
- Hearst Castle Grand Rooms Tour Ticket
- Visit a Paso Robles winery (tasting fees included)
- Visit Tin City (There’s so much to choose from, we didn’t want to do it for you! So your time here is at your own expense.)
- Pick-up approximately from Paso Robles (8:30am), San Luis Obispo (8:00am) & Pismo Beach (7:45am)
- Return approximately to Paso Robles (5:15pm), San Luis Obispo (5:45pm) & Pismo Beach (6:00pm)
- Complimentary bottled water on the bus
- Safe and spacious wine storage on vehicle
- Purchases in Tin City (you can choose between enjoying delicious wine, beer, cider, distilled spirits, ice cream and more! With so much to choose from – we didn’t want to choose for you!)
- Gratuity for your guide
Children of all ages are welcome on the tour though drinking alcohol is not permitted for those under the age of 21. This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 8 years old. Please bring a valid photo ID.
Wear comfortable shoes and bring layers as the weather is subject to sudden changes. Often, the coastal weather can be cool with some fog and the afternoons can be much warmer with lots of sunshine. It’s also a good idea to bring sunscreen.
This tour offers pick-ups in Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo as well as Paso Robles.
If you are being picked up in Pismo Beach and we have pick-ups in each town on the day of your tour it could mean approximately one hour of pickups before the tour begins.
For our public Hearst Castle & Wine group tours a full refund will be given for cancellations made more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time.
Any cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will not be entitled to any refunds.
Reviews from Our Guests
We had a GREAT time We had a GREAT time.
Kristina was more than accommodating with our requests. She made recommendations based on our preferences of wine and went above and beyond to help he have a great time.
We even had our fluffy goldendoodle in tour and she had all our stops dog friendly without a worry for us! She even went above and beyond to give us restaurant recommendations as well!We'll be back!Rebecca P.Yelp
Great tour with a boutique company This tour was a blast! Lars was so knowledgeable about wine, and the history of the art, as well as the history of Hearst castle! He was so friendly, and we felt in really good hands. After our tour of the castle was done, he took us to Cambria, where he pointed us in the direction of the best places to eat. Then we headed back to wine country, where we were able to visit 2 wonderful wineries, one of which took us out on an ATV and an actual tour of the winery! Then when we were back on the lovely air conditioned bus, he had a beautiful assortment of cheeses for us to snack on, that totally hit the spot. Then he took us to Tin city, and pointed us in the direction of great winery tasting rooms, as well as this delicious creamery! This tour not only met my expectations, it hit a home run out of the ballpark! I also LOVE that it is a small, privately owned company with a beautiful family atmosphere. You will NOT be disappointed!!!TierraYelp
Private Hearst Castle & Wine tour We arrived in Paso Robles seeking a special experience that would give us a true taste of wine country. Our Toast Tour exceeded our high expectations. Lars (our tour guide) shared his knowledge of the Hearst Castle, the history of the area, and wine in a way that captivated our interest. In addition to the Hearst Castle, our group of eight visited two distinct wineries and squeezed in an olive oil tasting. We also lunched by the sea, enjoying local delicacies from an excellent food truck. The vineyards we visited were thoughtfully selected by Lars and his wife, with the intention of helping us experience the distinct vineyard varieties of the area. Both were fabulous. In fact, our entire tour was fabulous.
We are grateful to Toast Tours for helping make our trip one we will all remember -- with smiles -- for years to come.ErinYelp
Frequently Asked Questions
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.