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Our most recommended San Francisco Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

  • From San Francisco: Napa & Sonoma Valley Full-Day Wine Trip

    1. From San Francisco: Napa & Sonoma Valley Full-Day Wine Trip

    Indulge yourself in luxury on this full-day tour of California’s wine regions from San Francisco. You will enjoy panoramic views of California on the way toward Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, 2 of Northern California’s famous wine regions. This tour features wine tastings at 3 of the local partner's favorite wineries. At each winery, learn about wine-making techniques on a tour of the estate, and enjoy extraordinary wines at your tastings. In addition to visiting wineries, your professional guide will take you to see other famous sites in California’s wine country, including a lunch stop at the historic Downtown Sonoma Square. Here, enjoy eclectic dining options and boutique shopping during your lunch break. You also have the option to book this trip to include lunch at a local restaurant in the middle of the historic Square in Downtown Sonoma. Enjoy items from a variety of Califor...

    My experience was very enjoyable, the driver was very informative and all of the places I went made me feel comfortable being there

  • San Francisco: Muir Woods Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

    2. San Francisco: Muir Woods Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

    See the giant sequoia trees at Muir Woods National Monument and discover California’s Wine Country on this San Francisco day trip with pickup. Walk in the shadows of the world’s tallest trees, before enjoying wine tastings at 3 wineries in the Sonoma and Napa valleys.

    After a pickup from your San Francisco hotel, your first stop is Muir Woods National Monument (entry tickets not included). Spend 1 hour hiking through the old-growth forest here to admire the famous coastal redwood trees. 

    Next up, continue onto Glen Ellen in the Sonoma Valley for your first wine tasting session. Learn all about the history and craft of winemaking as you tour the vineyard. Afterward, enjoy some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in Sonoma Plaza.

    In the afternoon you’ll savor 2 more tasting sessions at wineries in Napa and Schellvil...

    Our tour guide/driver was Kimmy and she was awesome! Energetic, funny, and helpful, especially with taking pictures. She actually gave us a lot more information than the people at the wineries. One problem: the air conditioning on the bus didn't work well, so we were all sweating on the ride back to SF. The winery in Napa was ehh, but the 2 in Sonoma were good. Would've liked to spend an extra 15 minutes in Muir woods though.

  • San Francisco: Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings

    3. San Francisco: Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings

    Start your day in the afternoon, as you head north to the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy a scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and marvel at the San Francisco skyline in the distance. Next, drive through the beautiful town of Sausalito, a seaside Mediterranean-like village harbored across the San Francisco Bay and famous for its sweeping views. As the vine-covered hillsides come into view, you will visit 2 favorite wineries of the region for wine tastings and an exclusive estate tour. Experience the inner workings of the wineries and their family history in Napa and Sonoma Valley as an expert wine host walks you through the fermentation process, barrel-aging, bottling, and, of course, tastings of some award-winning varietals. At each winery, enjoy up to 3-5 tastings of their signature blends. Your day concludes with a scenic drive back over the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco...

    We think that the difference of this tour was our guide George! He is definitely the best guide you can have for a tour like this. He has the ability to get attention of the complete group and his explanation of San Francisco is the best you can have. George is for sure the best and makes all The difference for this tour. I think because of him, that this tour was above expectations.

  • San Francisco: Muir Woods with Napa and Sonoma Wine Tour

    4. San Francisco: Muir Woods with Napa and Sonoma Wine Tour

    On this full-day wine tasting and nature tour you'll get to explore the towering coastal redwoods in Muir Woods before indulging your more sophisticated side with wine tasting in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. Your eco-friendly bus will take you across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the Muir Woods National Monument. As you wind your way through the coastal mountains, indulge your nature-loving side. When you arrive in Muir Woods, you'll enjoy an hour-long hike on various paths, breathing in the fresh air of this protected forest area. Head into wine country for a stop in historic Sonoma Plaza to grab some lunch. Afterwards, you'll make stops in both Napa and Sonoma Valley to taste red, white, and dessert wines from renowned producers such as the Larson Family, Cline Cellars, and Robledo Family wineries. Before returning to San Francisco, you’ll stop at the Golden Gate Bridge for pho...

    Very relaxed pace, wonderful day. The choice of wineries was fantastic. A beautiful day all around.

  • San Francisco: Small-Group Napa Valley Tour for Wine Lovers

    5. San Francisco: Small-Group Napa Valley Tour for Wine Lovers

    Take a small group tour from San Francisco to some of the Napa Valley's finest wineries. See superb scenery, and taste some truly great wines, on this enjoyable day trip.

    Cross the Bay Bridge with its skyline views and head for Castello di Amorosa, a medieval-style Tuscan castle winery constructed using European materials and furnishings. Make a photo op at the Napa Valley Welcome sign, and enjoy a lunch break in charming Calistoga. Next, get ready for a visit to the unique Tamber Bey Winery and equestrian ranch. From the tasting courtyard, take in stunning views of Mount St. Helena and spot Arabian horses while enjoying the winemaker’s selection of estate-grown Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay wines. Conclude your Napa experience overlooking a sun-soaked Carneros vineyard that has been cultivated for over 100 years. Cooled each evening by breezes from San Pablo ...

    Just WOW! Napa was lovely and we enjoyed the day, but we were blown away by our tour guide, Randall. He was incredibly personable and informative. By the end of the day, he felt like a true friend. This day wouldn’t have been the same without him. He was the very best, such a special person with a passion for wine which contributed to our tour immensely. I would recommend this tour and look forward to coming back!

  • San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

    6. San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

    The beautiful Sonoma Valley is your destination on this laid back, fun-filled, all-day tour. Your adventure begins with a pick-up from your hotel/accommodation in downtown San Francisco. Get to know your travel companions for the day as you head out of town and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Learn about the region from your friendly and knowledgeable guide and sample many of the delicious wines that have made Northern California a world-renowned wine-producing region. Travel with a small group (limited to 13 people) to three of Sonoma's finest boutique wineries and spend approximately one hour at each winery. This journey also includes a stop in scenic Sausalito, a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge and a lunch stop in the historic town of Sonoma where you can select from one of the many fantastic restaurants on the square. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk into the past at Missio...

    Anthony was such a great tour guide! So funny and knowledgeable- took us to three great wineries and Sausalito too. He had first hand knowledge of a lot of wine country experience and had us laughing the whole day. Highly recommend the Sonoma wine tour with Anthony!

  • San Francisco: Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

    7. San Francisco: Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

    Discover the secrets of winemaking on a guided day trip to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys from San Francisco. All tasting fees are included at 3 wineries, giving you the opportunity to sample local wines at each location. Board the air-conditioned bus. Admire the landscape of rolling hills and vineyards as you drive out of the city. Enjoy guided visits to three different wineries in the area. Learn the region's history, from Spanish missionaries who brought grapevines from Europe, to the Forty-Niners who served wines in their saloons. See how the grapes are picked, crushed, blended, and bottled. Walk through the beautiful vineyards and get the chance to taste the finished product, with wine tasting fees included at each location. During the tour, you’ll stop for lunch (at your own expense) in the historic Sonoma Plaza, or The Marketplace in the heart of Napa.  Lastly, after all these a...

    Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of San Francisco, which enriched the experience. The wineries we visited were excellent.

  • San Francisco: Wine Tasting on the Bay

    8. San Francisco: Wine Tasting on the Bay

    Marvel the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Start at Pier 39 and glide towards the Golden Gate Bridge, up close to the infamous Alcatraz, down the San Francisco city front, and past many other famous landmarks and attractions. Experience San Francisco from unique perspectives and take iconic photos of the world-famous skyline and wildlife from a 360-degree walkway around the boat. Enjoy personalized treatment and a large selection of local wines. Beverages are available for purchase during your tour.

    Such a great way to experience San Francisco bay! Beautiful views of the city and golden gate bridge. We were surprised at how close we got to Alcatraz! We even got to see a bunch of porpoises in the water. Enjoyed the casual setting and wine selection!

  • San Francisco: Redwood & Wine Country Tour with Lunch & Wine

    9. San Francisco: Redwood & Wine Country Tour with Lunch & Wine

    On this full-day tour you will spend 1-hour walking in the shadows of the world's tallest trees before learning about the history, craft, and science of winemaking in California’s lovely wine country. The art of wine tasting is very much on the agenda as you explore the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. Winemaking began here in California's wine country more than 100 years ago. Visit a vineyard, included as part of the day’s excursion, and enjoy a guided tour through a boutique winery, dependent on availability. Afterwards, visit Napa Valley for even more tastings. The 3 wineries you will visit on this trip represent a variety of grapes, specialties, winemaking styles, and size of operation, giving you a well-rounded wine country experience and lots of new favorite wines to add to your shopping list.  Your lunch will be a gourmet sit-down meal. Please specify your choice of one item per course...

    Kimmy is an excellent tour guide. The wineries chosen were very good and overall the trip has unbeatable value for the price.

  • San Francisco: Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Wine Country Tour

    10. San Francisco: Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Wine Country Tour

    Your day starts with a scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees. Arrive at Muir Woods National Monument and immerse yourself in the forest's peaceful tranquility. Stroll through the cool, moist air, as you admire 1000-year-old trees towering 260 feet tall. As you wander in and out of Mother Nature's redwood alleyways, experience the awe and mystery of the forest surrounded by Northern California’s signature fog. Next, enjoy a 1-hour lunch break in Sausalito, the seaside Mediterranean-style village across the San Francisco Bay. Sausalito is famous for its sweeping views, timeless sophistication, local boutiques, and cafes, and your tour guide will offer a list of popular local eateries for you to grab a bite to eat. Don’t forget to snap a few panoramic shots of the picturesque San Francisco skyline in the distance before the...

Frequently asked questions about San Francisco

What top attractions are a must-see in San Francisco?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days?

    Some would say for as long as you can, so bear in mind that it's a big and busy city with plenty to see and do. First-timers should consider spending at least a week there if possible, though even that might not be enough!

  • Where to stay?

    Which of San Francisco's neighborhoods is best for you depends on the nature of your trip. Fisherman's Wharf will meet all the immediate needs of a fleeting visit, though Union Square is a more neutral and relaxed jumping-off point for tourists. Other neighborhoods each have their own personality so it's worth putting in the research, but high-crime areas to avoid include Bayview, Hunter's Point, Sunnydale, and Visitation Valley.

  • How to get around?

    "San Francisco has one of the world's most unique public transport systems. As well as buses and trains, the city is mostly mobilized by its historic cable-car network. Although newer trams do operate, visitors may want to ride one of the older ones for the novelty. Be warned though, notable routes such as the F-Market & Wharves line tend to get very crowded!
    The city is also very bike-friendly,with extensive bicycle lanes and even bike lockers!"

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Summer, Fall

Insider tips: Planning a trip to San Francisco

There's good reason so many people have left their hearts in San Francisco. The stunning views, rolling hills, historic culture, and more make the city one of the most exciting to visit in the United States. To help you make the most of your time in San Francisco, we've enlisted help from travel expert Cathy from Mummy Travels. Read the tips below for your next visit.

What should I do on my first trip to San Francisco?

Start by soaking up San Francisco's atmosphere - you can't miss a look at the Golden Gate Bridge, but it's fun wandering around Pier 39 to spot the sea lions, browsing at the Ferry Building, eating and enjoying street arts in the Mission District - or hop on a cable car to beat those famous hills.

What are some hidden gems to see in San Francisco?

Head out towards the yacht harbor for a unique performance as the wave organ transforms the sound of the tide into music - it's easy to wander along to the beach by Crissy Field and get great views of the bridge too. Set aside plenty of time to explore the Golden Gate Park - it's huge and you can spot everything from American bison to windmills, a Japanese garden, 19th-century Conservatory of Flowers, the San Francisco botanical gardens, a classic carousel, lake, and several museums.

How much time should I spend in San Francisco?

Set aside at least three days to see your top sights and do some exploring, but if you're determined to pack as much in as possible, you can happily fill a week. Realistically, it's not possible to fit everything into one trip but if you break the city down into districts, you can make the most of your time. Allow half a day for Alcatraz alone, and for any of the major attractions, but leave time to wander along the beaches, soak in the views, browse the shops and try some of the city's great food rather than filling every minute of your itinerary.

What food is San Francisco known for?

You could happily eat your way around San Francisco with great artisan food and local producers - make sure you stop for some fresh seafood at Fisherman's Wharf and try a Mission Burrito in the Mission District, as well as checking out the treats in the Ferry Building. If you're craving Chinese, Japanese and Italian food, you'll be spoiled for choice in Chinatown, Japantown, and North Beach.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit San Francisco?

You'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to places to stay, so it's worth considering how much you're happy to travel. Union Square is a great central spot for hotels, and if you're traveling with younger kids, Fisherman's Wharf is touristy but close to a lot of attractions. For more budget accommodation and self-catering, look at the neighborhoods outside the center but make sure they have good transport links - Noe Valley is another great option for families, as it's easy to explore from but makes a chilled out base.

What is the best way to get around San Francisco? 

San Francisco is one city where you'll find yourself using most transport to get around - there's a great public transport network, which is easiest to get across the center (and the cable cars are attractions in their own right) but if you're trying to pack a lot in, a car will come in very handy. Only the very fit would fancy cycling up the city's hills, but a bike tour over the Golden Gate Bridge is a fantastic experience. Once you've got from A to B, walking is the best way to soak up the sights and the atmosphere though.

What are the best months to visit San Francisco?

San Francisco is best in spring and autumn (fall) - May-June and September-October usually have good weather without the crowds (though the famous fog is usually around in June too) and you'll miss the worst of the rain. 

What are the best things to do with kids in San Francisco?

San Francisco is a fantastic city for families - there are quirky spots to discover like the golden fire hydrant, Seward Street and Bernal slides, and the 16th Avenue mosaic steps, along with fun sights including the twisty Lombard Street and sea lions at Pier 39. Even the tours have a unique touch: a fire truck city tour beats a bus hands down. You could climb onboard a submarine or a 19th-century ship, there are two aquariums and zoos, plus some fabulous interactive museums to explore. And that's all before you hit the beach.

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What people are saying about San Francisco

Overall rating

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based on 12,245 reviews

My experience was very enjoyable, the driver was very informative and all of the places I went made me feel comfortable being there

It was great. I was provided with the proper information I needed. I will surely use this again when I return.

Our guide was great! We got to see Muir Woods without having to worry about driving or making reservations.

it was awesome - the gps takes you everywhere - and driving the car is too cool

Started off slow, but as the tour progressed it was fantastic!