Explore the stunning California coast on this enchanting tour. Visit attractive Santa Barbara with its lovely harbor and beaches and appreciate why so many wealthy live there. Also, visit the extraordinary Castle built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and see the opulent surroundings in which he entertained his celebrity friends.
Depart from the spectacular California Coast to Santa Barbara, originally home to the Chumash Native Americans and then one of the earliest Spanish settlements in this part of the Americas. Visit Mission Santa Barbara, often called the ‘Queen of the Missions’ and look for clues to the cultural diversity of Santa Barbara in the names and backgrounds of those buried in the cemetery.
Continue north to Solvang, founded by Danish educators in 1911 and find bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many buildings follows the traditional Danish style. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, as well as a bust of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.
From Solvang, head to Hearst Castle, situated on the top of a hill. Hearst devoted nearly 30 years and about US $10 million on this opulent estate. The Castle architecture is a mix of Italian, Spanish, Moorish and French styles. Your guide will take you around the Castle buildings. Inside, you will find a phenomenal collection of antiques and priceless treasures including Greek vases dating from 800 BC, rare oriental carpets, and countless works of art.
About the Supplier: Amadeo Travel Service is an award-winning travel company and is one of the premier tour operators in the United States. They offer a range of unique tours and experiences across the country with expert guides and bus transport.
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