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Vintage Christmas at Hearst Castle

Vintage Christmas at Hearst Castle

Come along on a special 3-day excursion to Hearst Castle and experience the magnificence of this legendary mansion fully decorated for the holidays.

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Come along on a special 3-day excursion to Hearst Castle and experience the magnificence of this legendary mansion fully decorated for the holidays as it would have been in the 1920s and '30s, taking you back to the Castle's heyday. Embark on a guided tour of the mansion and marvel at the opulent surroundings, including the two 18-foot-tall Christmas trees in the Assembly Room and the massive Dining Room decked out in holiday splendor. You'll also have time to browse the Visitor Center and see the IMAX movie Building the Dream. Spend two nights in San Luis Obispo at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Your excursion offers five meals including a welcome dinner at the elegant yet whimsical Madonna Inn, as well as visits to Santa Barbara, the artisan village of Cambria, and the Danish village of Solvang, known for its unique Christmas shopping and traditional architecture.


Tour Fare:

$975 per person double occupancy

$1165 per person single occupancy


Today we journey north along California’s beautiful coast en route to Santa Barbara where you’ll have time for a photo stop at the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara and enjoy lunch on your own in the bustling coastal town. This afternoon we continue north to San Luis Obispo, checking in for a two-night stay at San Luis Obispo's Hampton Inn & Suites. This evening, you'll get to know your fellow travelers during our included welcome dinner at the eclectic Madonna Inn, known for its unique themed rooms and elaborate architectural adornments.



Your day begins with an included breakfast at the hotel. You'll take a brief guided city tour of San Luis Obispo and visit the SLO Mission, stop in the magical little town of Harmony with its population of only 18, and visit the quaint seaside artisan town of Cambria for lunch on your own. The pine-covered hills and rugged shoreline of Cambria are a magnet for artists, boasting dozens of galleries and specialty boutiques. Afterward head down to Moonstone Beach, where you'll have an opportunity to marvel at beautiful shells, California jade, beach glass, and milky-white Moonstones. Next, we'll travel to the Hearst Castle Visitor Center to shop for souvenirs and see the IMAX movie Building the Dream before continuing to the San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill for an included dinner. Following your meal, return to Hearst Castle where you'll experience the magnificence of the castle fully decorated just as it might have been for the holidays in the 1920s and ‘30s. You'll embark on a guided tour* of the mansion and marvel at the opulent surroundings, including the two 18-foot tall Christmas trees in the Assembly room.

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This morning we begin our return southbound, stopping to visit the Danish village of Solvang. Founded by a small group of Danish settlers in 1911, Solvang today is known as the Danish Capital of America and blends charming Old World architectural styles with flower-lined streets to create a delightfully walkable village. Millions of decorations and twinkling Christmas lights adorn the village as the aroma of chocolate, baked goods and coffee fill the quaint streets. Enjoy a tasty included lunch before continuing on to San Diego with new acquaintances and colorful memories of a Vintage Christmas at Hearst Castle.

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3-day Excursion

All times and routing are approximate and subject to change without notice.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Manager:  12/7 - Christina Koohmarey*  12/10 - Bobbi Lona*   12/17 - Mark Jacobson*


Activity Level: High

Considerable walking is involved at most locations visited including some areas with uneven or unpaved surfaces and inclines. This tour does not visit high elevations. Please see the physical requirements below for the Hearst Castle tour.


Holiday Twilight Tour Pysical Requirements:

The Holiday Twilight Tour is 75 minutes in length and includes approximately 190 steps each way, up and down, and a 2/3-mile walk. An accessibly-designed Holiday Twilight Tour is available for disabled guests who have difficulty climbing stairs or standing and walking for extended periods of time, but only two are available for each date and must be selected during the booking process, if shown as available (please call us if the ADA tour is showing as unavailable and we can put you on the wait list). Hearst Castle provides loaner wheelchairs if needed for the accessible tour. Single and multiple-pronged canes are allowed as long as they have rubber tips. Seat canes are not allowed. Single canes are available for guests to borrow at the castle.


The Holiday Twilight Tour Description

Discover why the holiday season was an exceptionally festive time for Mr. Hearst and his guests. Share in the splendor as you wind your way through the grounds, Casa del Sol-guest house, and the grand social rooms of Casa Grande. This special seasonal tour showcases abundant holiday decorations with numerous Christmas trees, including two towering trees. View Mr. Hearst’s celebrated art collection in the warm glow of thousands of holiday lights. Your knowledgeable guide will share stories of holiday festivities during the estate’s heyday.


What's Included in the Tour Fare

  • Round-trip luxury motor coach transportation

  • Professional Tour Manager throughout the trip

  • Complimentary bottled water and snacks on the coach

  • Visit Santa Barbara with a photo stop at Old Mission Santa Barbara

  • Two-night accommodations at Hampton Inn & Suites San Luis Obispo

  • Welcome dinner at Madonna Inn

  • Time on own in Cambria

  • Holiday twilight walking tour of Hearst Castle

  • Visit San Luis Obispo with photo stop at Bubblegum Alley

  • Time for shopping and included lunch in Solvang

  • 5 meals including 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners


What's Not Included in the Tour Fare

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary

  • Travel insurance

  • Room incidentals

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Gratuities for the Tour Manager & Driver


How to Book Your Reservation

Booking your reservation is easy. Simply click the Book Now button above to select your date and confirm your space online, 24/7. You can also speak to a live agent through the DayTripper reservations department during regular business hours Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at (619) 334-3394


Deposit and Final Payment

A deposit of $150 per person is required to secure your booking, with the final balance due 45 days prior to departure.



Although not necessary to fully enjoy your trip, a personal smartphone and personal headset can greatly enhance your tour experience. Take high-quality photos, share your experience on social media in real time, search for nearby restaurants and topics of interest, set reminders, and more.


45-Day Cancellation Deadline

You may cancel your booking forty-five (45) or more days prior to the tour’s departure date to receive a refund, less a $100 per person cancellation fee. Alternatively, when you cancel your booking forty-five (45) or more days prior to the departure date, we can waive the cancellation fee and transfer the full amount to another tour or a non-refundable voucher, which can be applied to any future excursion booked within one year of the original tour date.

Passenger name changes, deviations, or other changes made by the passenger after the final payment deadline has passed will be assessed a $50 per person change fee plus any fees incurred by the service providers. No refunds, transfers or credits can be issued for any reason on bookings canceled after the cancellation deadline. Travel insurance is available through Travelex during the booking process.


Protect Your Investment with Travel Insurance

At DayTripper Tours, we recommend you purchase insurance to help protect against unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss, or even sudden sickness or injury, all of which could impact your excursion. In today’s ever-changing travel environment, you can relax and enjoy your trip with the security of knowing you have coverage by a travel protection plan for those unexpected circumstances. You can purchase travel insurance from any company you choose; however, for your convenience we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services (CA Agency License #0D10209). For more information and to receive a quote for this tour Click Here. Please note: your policy must be purchased on or before the date you submit your final payment for the tour in order to be eligible for the pre-existing medical condition exclusion waiver.


*Tour Manager is subject to change without notice.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Times
Carlsbad La Costa Avenue Park & Ride
East side of I-5, at 710 La Costa Ave, 92024.
La Mesa Grossmont Park & Ride - 6385 Murray Dr, 91942
Narrow Park & Ride EAST of Red Lobster's lot
Lake Forest Arby's, 23862 Bridger Rd. 92630
Bus picks up curbside in front of Arby's
Mission Valley Sidewalk at red curb, west side of In-N-Out Burger
Street parking only
University City 6245 Kantor Street, San Diego, CA 92122
Street parking only. Do not enter parking lot.
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