2 Days | Starting at $546
Coast Starlight train through agricultural Salinas Valley to the revived Wine Country of Central Coast at Paso Robles and Hearst Castle.
2 Days Paso & Castle – 2 Days / 1 night
• Single – $546
• Double – $872
• Triple – $1242
• Child (Age 5 to 11 – sharing a room with accompanying adult) – $370
– Round trip by AMTRAK Coast Starlight
– 1 night’s hotel, 1 picnic lunch,
– Room and meal tax and tips,
– Hearst Castle Tour
Note: Your booking is being sent to our partnered tour operator. Once the availability for this trip is confirmed, you will receive additional email confirmation. If there is no availability for your request, you will receive a full refund.
Day 1: San Francisco to Paso Robles, 215 miles.
Leave San Francisco at 7:55 AM on AMTRAK thruway bus to Jack London Square in Oakland to board The Coast Starlight train leaving at 8:50. Riding on the eastern shores of the Bay past the marshlands and salt flats through Silicon Valley and San Jose garlic and grapes grow alongside in Gilroy. Past San Andreas fault line through Salinas you see fields of lettuce, broccoli and acres of green-houses along the river with mountains on both sides. See the vistas from the dome car and enjoy lunch in the dining car. Past King City we go through small towns and miles of vineyards where just a few years ago there was only cattle pasture.
Around 1:38 the Wine Wrangler meets you at Paso Robles train station. You can take go with a small group on an optional tour of the local wine country and tasting at two or three wineries. (Cost about $54). The area has 26,000 vineyard acres producing wine grapes that came from Spain, Italy, France and the heritage variety Zinfandel. Or spend the afternoon in this delightful small town.
Hotel check-in by 5:30 PM. Paso Robles Inn http://www.pasorobleschamber.com/
Certain parts of this tour can be changed to fit your individual requirements or to avoid festivals, sold out rooms, etc.
Day 2: Monterey to Paso Robles – 98 miles.
Enjoy the scenic view as we make our journey over to the Enchanted Hill. You will visit the elephant seals at the Piedras Blancas Rookery before heading over to America’s castle. At the castle, you will be guided to the National Geographic Theater to view “Hearst Castle – Building the Dream” in large screen format before venturing up the hill to “Tour 1 – The Experience Tour”. This is a combination tour that makes the story of William Randolph Hearst a truly memorable experience! After the tour, you will enjoy a gourmet deli lunch at/near the Castle. Before heading back to your local lodging we will stop at a local winery or do some shopping in downtown Cambria. This is an all inclusive and all day adventure. Please wear comfortable clothing in light layers.
To go Los Angeles or Anaheim Board The Coast Starlight train at 3:20pm from San Luis Obispo station. Through Pismo Beach via Vandenberg Space station near Gaviota see some of the most scenic ocean views all the way through Santa Barbara to Oxnard. Turning inland around six the train goes past miles of orange groves then through Fillmore and Simi Valley to Glendale. At about 9:00 we arrive in the heart of the great metropolis of Los Angeles at the Union Station that you may recognize from many Hollywood films. Taxicabs to downtown locations cost about $20, twice as much to Hollywood, West Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills. To the Los Angeles International Airport Fly Away bus leaves every half hour, takes about 45 minutes cost only $7. Going further south Surfliner 596 reaches Anaheim at 10:51
All bookings must be made at least 3 working days in advance, but it is best to book as early as possible. These bookings are normally confirmed within 2 to 5 business days, but confirmation may take longer if the departure date is several weeks or months away.
On this tour dinner and breakfast is on your own at the hotel. Enjoy the evening at the Paso Robles Inn. Play golf, walk, ride bikes, go to the spa, go swimming or just relax. After the Hearst Castle tour you return to Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo to board the AMTRAK Coast Starlight returning to San Francisco or going on to Los Angeles.
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