Here’s what’s new at Hearst Castle:
Castle will offer new tours that will include self-guided access to the grounds beginning June 27, 2011. Visitors will be able to book one of three tours:
1. • The Grand Rooms Tour will take you through the ground floor of Casa Grande including the Assembly Room, Refectory and Billiard Room.
2. • The Upstairs Suites Tour will guide you into Mr. Hearst’s private suite as well as the Library and Guest Suites.
3. • The Cottages and Kitchen Tour will experience the wine cellar, kitchen and two guest houses.
At the conclusion of each tour, visitors will be able to stroll the gardens and terraces at their leisure, view the iconic Neptune and Roman Pools, and enjoy the views of the surrounding coast and mountains just as Mr. Hearst’s guests did.
The new tours will have a shorter guided portion than before, but will provide an opportunity to enjoy the grounds outside of the buildings without having to stay with a tour group. Visitors who want to take more than one tour will be able to do so without the need to return to the visitor center and will receive a 10% discount for the additional tour. Visitors will be able to purchase additional tour tickets at the visitor center or on the hilltop.
For more information and tour reservations, please call (800) 444 4445 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 444 4445 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.HearstCastle.com