Hi, looking for some fairly specific advice. Here's our route for a single day of our upcoming trip:
Starting from Morrow Bay (after a two nights, so a full day to explore around there), we are driving up to Marina (where we will be based for another two nights and plan to spend the intervening day seeing Carmel and Monteray). I want to book for Hearst Castle on that day.
Lets assume we get packed up and away by 10 am. Its 1 hr to HC, then about 2.75 to Marina. In theory, we could be at HC by 11. However, what I don't know is if I can anticipate making more stops before or after the stop at HC. Do I want to get to HC early so that we have lots of time for the drive up through Big Sur and related stops? Or do I want to leave some time to see San Simeon etc prior to going to HC and then book for a 1 pm tour at HC?
I'm not too worried about what time we get to Marina and I don't need time for Carmel/Monteray as we'll have the following day for that. (and lets just see what the availability is on those tours too, because if I've left this too late and things are booking out, then the decision will have been made for me!)
Thanks for any advice!