Hearst Castle at Christmas – December 2017
Hearst Castle at Christmas
December 13 – 15
Featuring: Coastal California, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Cambria, Solvang, and Holiday Shopping
Day 1 This morning we depart for the Northern Coast of California with the Christmas Spirit in every place we visit. Our first stop will be downtown Santa Barbara where we can stretch our legs while seeing the town decorated for the holidays. Then we continue on to San Luis Obispo where the streets are lined with trees, historic buildings, charming shops, cafes and galleries. We will arrive in San Simeon for the next two nights.
Day 2 Breakfast. Today we spend some time exploring the northern coast of California. As we travel along the coast, we will see the rich vegetative hills meet the sea with scenic grandeur, allowing us to admire its natural beauty. We will make a stop at the Friends of the Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas. It is a truly amazing sight to see hundreds of seals and their babies on the beach. We will spend time in the unique town of Cambria where you will enjoy the festive ambiance as the village celebrates the season. Enjoy dinner here in Cambria.
CHRISTMAS AT HEARST CASTLE was one of William Randolph Hearst’s favorite holidays. This enchanted evening tour will show you the setting for entertaining on a grand scale. You will be shown the Christmas time setting of the The Assembly Room, The Refectory, and The Morning Room. They all contain lavish decorations of hand-made garlands, brilliant red poinsettias, and two 18-foot Christmas trees fully decorated with lights and traditional ornaments.
Day 3 Breakfast. We leave San Simeon and travel south until we arrive in Solvang. This is “The Danish Capital of America” and the town is decorated for their Winterfest Celebration. You will have some time to shop and have lunch on your own. We continue on to Ventura where will we stop for a break before heading home. With all the sights and sounds of this tour, you will surely have the Spirit of Christmas in your heart.
Double Occupancy – $599/person
Single Occupancy – $759/person