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Julia Morgan Tour


Northern California’s Julia Morgan quietly broke barriers and overcame obstacles. She was the first certified female architect in California and the first American woman to head her own architectural office, leading her to become one of America’s preeminent architects.  Her designs would grace private homes, college campuses, women’s clubs, religious houses, YWCAs, and, most famously, William Randolph Hearst’s legendary San Simeon estate.   The Julia Morgan tour takes an in-depth look at the life and career of this extraordinary woman. View rarely-seen areas of Hearst Castle that highlight her gift for design, and photographic displays of architectural drawings, family photos, and personal items that reveal the person she was.

TOUR RESERVATION CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICYReservations can be made, changed, or cancelled at ReserveCalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-4445. Changes to tour
date or time: no additional charge if made in advance. A non-refundable registration fee per ticket and a $7.00 per cart fee will be charged for cancellations.

Hearst and Hollywood Tour

The Hearst and Hollywood Tour is offered seasonally and is not available during the summer. Please look for the return of this tour in the fall.

From Hollywood’s Golden Age to the new era of international rock stars and computer-generated imagery, Hearst Castle and its charismatic creator have exerted an irresistible magnetism.  In its heyday, San Simeon was the destination of choice for Hollywood’s elite.  William Randolph Hearst and his companion, actress Marion Davies, extended coveted invitations to the time-honored greats of the movie industry: Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, Greta Garbo, Irving Thalberg, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, and many others.  On this semi-private tour, you will enjoy two hours at the Castle with a knowledgeable guide who focuses on Hearst and all things Hollywood.  Any area that is shown on any of the four regular daytime tours can be visited at the group’s request.  Come to experience the Enchanted Hill that inspired the gossip columnist Hedda Hopper to say, “A visit to the Hearst Ranch was a ticket to never-never land.  Never has there been such a place and never will we see its like again.”

The Hearst and Hollywood tour will not be run during our peak period from June 1st through September 30th. The tour will resume on October 1st, 2019.

TOUR RESERVATION CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICY
Reservations can be made, changed, or cancelled at ReserveCalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-4445. Changes to tour
date or time: no additional charge if made in advance. A non-refundable registration fee per ticket and a $7.00 per cart fee will be charged for cancellations.

Designing the Dream Tour

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For anyone who is passionate about architecture and interior design, this 75-minute tour offers a comprehensive itinerary to explore how Hearst’s astounding idea was realized. Collaborating for decades with Julia Morgan (1872-1957), the first woman to hold an architect’s license in California, Hearst created an environment that is unique in the USA. Design and construction of the Enchanted Hill took more than three decades, and the estate was never really finished. This tour features Casa del Sol (the most elaborate of the guest cottages), the dressing-rooms behind the Roman Pool, and the more “modern” Art Deco esthetic of the North Wing of Casa Grande, which was built and furnished in the late 1930s – early 1940s.

TOUR RESERVATION, CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICY
Reservations can be made, changed, or cancelled at ReserveCalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-4445. Changes to tour
date or time: no additional charge if made in advance. A non-refundable registration fee per ticket and a $7.00 per cart fee will be charged for cancellations.

Private Tour

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Enjoy a private guided tour.  This private tour can accommodate up to 6 people for a maximum of 4 hours.  The cost of the tour is $1000 for the entire group. This tour may access any of the areas of the estate available to the public on the other tours.  Private tours are offered during our normal daytime tour operation; however there is limited availability during some time periods. Visitors provide their own transportation from the Hearst Castle Visitor Center to the hilltop estate and return.  The driver must present a valid driver’s license on arrival.  RVs, buses, and motorcycles are not permitted.  Only bottled water may be brought on tour.

Please call the district office at Hearst Castle at (805) 927-2065 to arrange for this unique and personalized tour experience of Hearst Castle.

TOUR RESERVATION, CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICY
A minimum of one week’s notice is required to book private tours, and these tours can be reserved up to one month in advance. The cost for a private tour is $1000.00 for the entire group paid at the time of booking. MasterCard, Visa, and Discover cards are accepted. Reservations cancelled at least 72-hours in advance will allow for a partial refund. There are no refunds for cancellations of less than 72-hours notice. Please call the district office at Hearst Castle at (805)927-2065 to arrange for this unique and personalized tour experience of Hearst Castle.

Art of San Simeon Tour

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The Art of San Simeon Tour is offered seasonally and is not available during the summer. Please look for the return of this tour in the fall.

Hearst Castle is the only art museum operated by California State Parks and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. In conceiving his San Simeon estate, William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan created a unique showplace where old and new works of art were commingled to amuse and educate Hearst’s guests. More than 90% of the objects in Hearst Castle were purchased specifically for the estate. On this two-hour semi-private tour, your guide will focus on Hearst and how he acquired his paintings, tapestries, sculptures, antiquities and other fascinating works of art. In groups limited to eight participants, you will visit some rooms that are featured in the four standard daytime tours and continue to rooms in the Castle that have never before been included.

The Art of San Simeon tour will not be run during our peak period from June 1st through September 30th. The tour will resume on October 1st, 2019.

TOUR RESERVATION CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICY
Reservations can be made, changed, or cancelled at ReserveCalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-4445. Changes to tour
date or time: no additional charge if made in advance. A non-refundable registration fee per ticket and a $7.00 per cart fee will be charged for cancellations.

Accessibly Designed Holiday Twilight Tour

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This tour is wheelchair accessible.   Visitors who have difficulty climbing stairs, or who cannot stand or walk for extended periods, may also benefit from this tour. Accessible transportation is provided from the Visitor Center to all areas of the Holiday Twilight Tour. See Holiday Twilight Tour for a description.  Advanced reservations  are strongly recommended for this tour.   Call 866-712-2286 for additional information.

TOUR RESERVATION, CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICY
Reservations can be made, changed, or cancelled at ReserveCalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-4445. Changes to tour date or time: no additional charge if made in advance. A non-refundable registration fee per ticket and a $7.00 per cart fee will be charged for cancellations.

 

Holiday Twilight Tour

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.

The Holiday Twilight tour will be offered on select nights from November 29th through January 4th, 2020.

TOUR RESERVATION, CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICY
Reservations can be made, changed, or cancelled at ReserveCalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-4445. Changes to tour date or time: no additional charge if made in advance. A non-refundable registration fee per ticket and a $7.00 per cart fee will be charged for cancellations.

Accessibly Designed Evening Tour

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This tour is wheelchair accessible and is also designed for visitors who have difficulty climbing up and down stairs, or who cannot stand or walk for lengths of time. The Accessibly Designed Evening Tour takes guests back in time as Living History Docents in 1930s clothing appear along the tour route, adding life once again to the magnificent surroundings seen on tour.

Evening tours are available on most Friday and Saturday nights from March 1st through May 18th with additional dates in mid-week in April.  Reservations are strongly recommended for this tour.

TOUR RESERVATION, CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICY
Reservations can be made, changed, or cancelled at ReserveCalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-4445. Changes to tour date or time: no additional charge if made in advance. A non-refundable registration fee per ticket and a $7.00 per cart fee will be charged for cancellations.

Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour

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This tour is wheelchair accessible and is also designed for visitors who have difficulty climbing up and down stairs, or who cannot stand or walk for lengths of time. The Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour visits the estate’s most opulent social gathering rooms to reveal what it was like to be a guest at The Enchanted Hill—known today as Hearst Castle.

TOUR RESERVATION, CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICY
Reservations can be made, changed, or cancelled at ReserveCalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-4445. Changes to tour date or time: no additional charge if made in advance. A non-refundable registration fee per ticket and a $7.00 per cart fee will be charged for cancellations.

Evening Tour

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Offered seasonally, this special tour enables you to experience the Castle illuminated at night, and is longer than daytime tours (100 minutes). Docents in period dress bring 1930s history to life as they move silently through the sumptuous rooms of Casa Grande. A vintage newsreel in Hearst’s private theater rounds out the evening.

Evening tours will not be run through our peak period from June 1st through September 30th. The tours will return in October and will be held on most Friday and Saturday nights through November 23rd, 2019


TOUR RESERVATION CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICY

Reservations can be made, changed, or cancelled at ReserveCalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-4445. Changes to tour
date or time: no additional charge if made in advance. A non-refundable registration fee per ticket and a $7.00 per cart fee will be charged for cancellations.