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Easiest way to visit Hearst Castle?

Old Mar 27, 15, 8:52 am
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Easiest way to visit Hearst Castle?

We have to fly into CA. We'd like to visit the castle with as little as possible driving.

Amtrak it to San Luis Obispo? Are there overnight tours from LA?

Tours from Monterey?

We've been wanting to see this place forever, but the driving thing has always stopped us.

Any advice is welcome.
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Old Mar 27, 15, 10:13 am
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Originally Posted by tmorse6570 View Post
We have to fly into CA. We'd like to visit the castle with as little as possible driving.

Amtrak it to San Luis Obispo? Are there overnight tours from LA?

Tours from Monterey?

We've been wanting to see this place forever, but the driving thing has always stopped us.

Any advice is welcome.
There is a list of package tour operators on the Hearst Castle website.
American Star Tours: 805-481-4646
Breakaway Tours: 805-783-2929
California Parlor Car: 800-227-4250
The Wine Wrangler: 805-238-5700
Ride-On TMA: 805-543-7862
Santa Barbara Transportation: 805-549-0402
Silver Bay Tours: 805-772-3409
Quest Transportation: 805-545-8400
Key Holidays: 800-783-0783
Viator offers a day bus trip from Los Angeles that also includes Santa Barbara and Solvang.

Amtrak has a package that include transportation, hotel and castle tour.
Hearst Castle Package

Key Holidays' Hearst Castle Holiday includes Amtrak Coach Class aboard the Coast Starlight, transfers, narrated sightseeing tour, one night hotel in charming Paso Robles, admission and guided tour of Hearst Castle, souvenir book, deli style lunch and more. For an additional cost stay an extra night and enjoy an extra tour of the Castle or a 4 hour Escorted Regional Wine Tour.
The drive from Monterey to San Simeon on Highway 1 is spectacular, but the road is too winding for large tour buses.
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Old Mar 27, 15, 10:33 am
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It looks convoluted but you may be able to put together a bus trip from San Luis Obispo using the county's Rapid Transit Authority if you don't want a package tour. You would use bus 12 from SLO to Morro Bay and change there to bus 15, which goes to the Hearst Castle entrance station.

http://www.slorta.org/

Once there, you join the chosen tour. A bus then takes you up the hill to the actual castle. There are several different tours, for which you can make reservations via the website.

http://hearstcastle.org/tour-hearst-castle/daily-tours/

This all sounds like a rather tiring, all-day excursion so I'd think a couple of nights, or at least one night, at a hotel in SLO might be in order. I'd also make a call to the SLO RTA to verify the routes you need are still running at the time you wish to go.

Frankly, the AMTRAK tour listed above sounds a lot better, even if it might cost more.
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Old Mar 28, 15, 9:14 am
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Thank you very much!
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