Private Hearst Castle & Wine Tour

Book a private Hearst Castle & Wine Tour and enjoy California’s Central Coast to the fullest, while discovering its hidden-gems with a passionate local guide.

Also available as a hotel & tour package.

$200
Deposit
9.5
Hours
Daily
Experiences

A Discovery of California's Hidden-Gems

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 & 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 a winery (tasting fee not 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 (not private, guide provided by the State Park)
  • 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 8:30 – 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 the shuttle brings you 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.

  • 9.5 hours with a private vehicle and knowledgeable tour guide/driver
  • Hearst Castle Grand Rooms Tour Ticket
  • Complimentary chilled bottled water on the bus
  • We will make all appointments on your groups’ behalf
  • Knowledgeable, friendly, experienced, and professional local tour guide
  • Comfortable, spacious vehicle that you can stand in
  • By default we’ve included gratuity for your guide
  • Lunch
  • Tasting Fees
  • Purchases in Tin City
  • Extra time with vehicle

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.

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.

Although dogs are welcome on all our private tours, Hearst Castle does NOT allow dogs on their tour and therefor this package is not dog friendly.

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.

If you notify us of specific requests after an itinerary has been confirmed for your group, there may be an additional fee to modify the itinerary.

Additional fee applies for pick up and drop off over 15 miles from downtown Paso Robles.

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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.