Great trip - Richard was a great tour conductor and the driver was excellent!
This tour was sensational. Our tour guide Richard was friendly, accomodating and very informative. I highly recommend this tour. Great day out.
Tour was really Good, Tour Guide and Driver were excellent but transportation was too cramped and time at one place was too limited. I would opt to spend more time in Solvang and have lunch there instead of at the Castle.
Tour guide a great guy, very informative but I would have preferred less time at Solvang and more
time at Hearst castle
Our guide and driver were very professional. Be prepared for a very long day. The highlight was definitely Hearst Castle. I would have loved a lot more time there, as the guided tour took most of the allotted time and left no time for wondering around the Castle. However well worth the experience.
Beautiful scenery, lots of opportunities for photos, Tour guide Mark was fun, pleasant and accommodating.
Would have liked more time in Carmel and Solvang. Suggest Hearst Castle be optional. Tour somewhat pricey as no meals were included.
Very long day and unfortunately the driver/guide wasn't very knowledgeable about the tour. He was nice but wanted to get in and out of every town and castle fast
This was a great day trip. While it starts early, you cover so much ground. After quickly touring Santa Barbara, you stop in the adorable town of Solvang which was perfect timing to get breakfast from one of the local pastry shops in town. Hearst Castle was so impressive and docent guides really painted a picture of what life was like there with William.
Wonderful day out with the family. Even though the day was long, we saw so much!
Lovely day trip and our guide Richard was amazing.
Hearst Castle was amazing and definitely the highlight of the day.
I don't drive but I want to take a road trip from SF down to LA, so choosing this tour is a very easy decision. And it's one hell of a great decision. Adam contacted me long before the start day to confirm pick up location. And I appreciated him for that. For many wrong reasons, I ended up changing my pick up location 3 times and he was ever patient with me and it helped to easy my mind a lot. The day the tour started, he arrived early so we can have a good start. There were only 3 passengers me and a nice couple from Australia and the car was super comfortable for us. Adam is a very careful driver and knowledgeable guide, he made many stops along the way so we could take as many photos of the picturesque coastline as we wanted.
On the first day, because of good traffic and early start, we even had time to make a stop at the redwood forest. All the towns we made a stop were nice, charming and made me feel like I was travelling back to the past. The Monterey Aquarium is much more interesting than I expected. And the hotel in Monterey is just great, big room, very stylish. The wine and cheese reception is a nice surprise. On second day, the 17-mile drive is up to expectation. The fog came down heavy so we couldn't have a good view from Nepenthe cafe but we still had nice view on the road and Adam made more stops a long the way for us ladies to take pictures again and again. Hearst Castle is really something. Hotel in Cambria is nothing special but comfortable and quite charming in looking department. On the third day, we arrived at Solvang quite early, before the big bus tour arrived so we almost had the whole town for our own to take as much picture as we wanted. The train trip from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles was quite nice. I could take in the nice beach view from the train big window.
Tips: You have to try the cakes at Nepenthe cafe. If you travel as a couple, spend a bit more for the Superior Lodging and you will have a nice surprise.
An amazing trip with a very knowledgable guide. Loved the small group and getting to know others from around the world. Fabulous scenery at a lovely pace with plenty of time for all activities. Loved every minute of the trip
Fantastic trip which covered great places of interest in the day. really whetted our appetite to re-visit San Diego. Brilliant overview in the given time. Thanks so much for many happy memories
Doing what: San Diego Day Trip from Los Angeles
Is not as I expected.
First rate guide Richard provided us all with a most enjoyable day. Hearst Castle was amazing. Would have appreciated a time set aside for dinner since the day was very long. All in all, however, splended!
I'm very much enjoy the spectacular views on this tours.
Apart from the very early beginning I know, that it is necessary in order to get the whole program through I loved this tour. Richard the tour guide is very knowledgeable and has a lot of funny and interesting stories to share. Jakob the driver brought us safely to all our destinations. It is a packed day with a lot of beautiful views and memories. As it is not always guided you have time to explore Huntington Beach, Queen Mary, Venice and Santa Monica on your on as well. Absolutely recommended.
Again a tour I would highly recommend. Also a very early beginning, but as you have a lot driving to get from one place to the other, you have also a chance to nap a bit. Richard a very friendly, knowledgeable and funny tour guide had a lot of interesting stories to share. And Jakob the driver, took us safely from one spot to the other. He had to deal with a flat tyre and did that in a short time and very professional so we did not miss any of the sites on our tour. Would book this tour if you want to see a bit of the costal side up north.
Mark was an excellent driver and knowledgeable guide. We really enjoyed the trip and would definately recommend it to others who prefer not to drive themselves. It is much more relaxing and great to see everything this way.
The tour was really amazing. I enjoyed every second of it. Richard, the tour guide, was very kind, full of information and professional. His stories are entertaining and interesting.
I highly recommend it.
This was a very good tour. The coastal scenery and wildlife was above our expectations. The hotels were very good and places chosen to stop were ideal. Highlights were the Monterey aquarium sea otters, the elephant seals and the Heasrt castle.
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Hearst Castle. It's an awesome place.
a fantastic day, would have liked to have done both tours of the Hearst Castle, not just the big house.
Tour operator was very informative
Was SO looking forward to this 3 day trip, but it was a disappointment in so many ways! Main annoyance was the state of the van we travelled in - outside was dirty when we were picked up and it got dirtier over the next days! The tour guide never washed it and the windscreen was covered with splattered bugs and when the sun was on the windows, you could hardly see out! I even mentioned maybe he could wash the window, but got no reply! This was a magnificent drive and so spoiled by that! The guide was a nice guy, but not really what I would call a tour guide! He was always on his phone think for travel purposes but - e.g. when on the 17mile drive - he got brochures from the park attendant and only gave them to us when one of the travelers asked for them and then we found out we had just passed point 16 on the brochure and didn't get a chance to see 1-15!
His commentary was not the best and two of us in the back had to ask him to repeat things because he talked to the front passenger mainly - he would raise his voice if we asked him to repeat himself, but it wasn't professional.
He didn't know the times of Hearst Castle tours and consequently we didn't get a chance to walk around after the inside tour because he told us to be back at a certain time, and he thought the movie was only 15mins and it was 45mins. When we told him we wanted to see the film he was fine with that, but WE had to confront him - he SHOULD have checked up on all of this beforehand. Made me think he was a fill-in tour guide for Explore California! He missed the turnoff to Solvang and had to go back - all these things shouldn't happen if he'd done his homework! It COULD have been so much more for us, but I'm sorry, I thought the whole trip was very expensive and not worth the money we paid and would not recommend this to anyone!
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