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Napa Valley: Guided Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch

1. Napa Valley: Guided Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch

Explore the picturesque Napa Valley, the most celebrated wine region in North America, on a small guided group wine tour. Discover world-renowned wine and its unique scenic landscape. Visit boutique wineries that are hand-picked by your tour guide. Enjoy your guide’s stories and information about the wine-making process. Marvel at extraordinary views of Napa Valley. Eat a tasty picnic lunch served at a winery. Taste delicious wines (tasting fees not included), stroll through the wineries and have the picture-perfect day in Napa Valley.

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. Begin your morning with a convenient pickup at most San Francisco hotels. Take the the scenic drive to California's premier wine country as the tour crosses the Golden Gate Bridge on its way to a unique experience. Walk under and admire giant sequoia trees at Muir Woods National Park. Enjoy a comfortable ride to your first winery experience. Witness the golden scenery as your tour guide shares stories from the region's early winemaking history and prepares you for day that includes touring, tasting, and relaxing at three boutique wineries with characters representative of Napa and Sonoma valleys. Visit three wineries that have been carefully selected to include welcoming presentations by winemakers and educators about their vineyard, winemaking process, and unique features of their wines - most of which are only available for purchase at the winery. At midday, enjoy a generous lunch break and explore the boutique shops, history, and restaurants that surround the charming Sonoma Plaza. Finish the trip together with a memory making photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge before being dropped off at your San Francisco hotel. Select the lunch options, and please specify your choice of one item per course during the booking process. All courses are paired with wine. First Course - paired with Sparkling Wine, 3 oz • Petite cheese plate with Vella’s Mezzo Secco, Double Cream French Brie, Gruyere and fresh fruit Second Course - paired with Sauvignon Blanc, 3 oz (choose one) • White bean and vegetable soup topped with almond-arugula pesto  • Classic Caesar Salad romaine hearts with the Bistro’s home-made Caesar Dressing Main Course - paired with Pinot Noir, 3 oz (choose one) • Rigatoni Bolognese braised ground beef and pork in a house-made marinara sauce • Fusilli Pasta* tossed almond-arugula pesto and parmesan cheese • Chicken Piccata with mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach and caper butter sauce • Grilled Vegetable Sandwich fresh mozzarella and pesto spread on focaccia with a side of baby mixed greens tossed with citrus vinaigrette

Sonoma Valley: Guided Winery Tour with Picnic Lunch

3. Sonoma Valley: Guided Winery Tour with Picnic Lunch

Explore Sonoma Valley, a world-class wine region, on a small group guided tour. Enjoy the charm of the area as you learn about its history from your knowledgeable tour guide. As you journey through the Sonoma Valley, you'll visit three boutique wineries, many of which are still family-owned. Taste some delicious wines (winery tasting fees not included) and learn about local winemaking practices, history, and culture. You'll also get to see some of the production areas and get to enjoy a tasty picnic lunch served at one of the wineries.

San Francisco: Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

4. 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, stop for lunch (at your own expense) in the historic Sonoma Plaza. Lastly, after all these activities, head on back to San Francisco.

San Francisco: Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings

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

Discover some of San Francisco's best wines on this half-day outing. Visit 2 wineries and 3 to 5 tastings. Enjoy scenic views from your comfortable coach. 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 as the sun slowly starts to set into the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Rosa: Hot Air Balloon Flight Above Sonoma County

6. Santa Rosa: Hot Air Balloon Flight Above Sonoma County

Enjoy spectacular views and a unique and memorable experience with this hot air balloon ride. Feel the adrenaline of floating high in the air as you admire serene California countryside. Enjoy incredible views and landscapes in a mild climate ideal for ballooning. Gaze down on the region's many wineries and vineyards. Marvel at beautiful sights and the gently winding Russian River. On particularly spectacular days, you may even see the Pacific Ocean, the Napa Valley from afar, and San Francisco 60 miles away. Take part in a memorable experience where every flight is totally unique and no two flights are the same.

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

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

On this Napa Valley wine tasting tour from San Francisco, be delighted with the history, architecture, gardens, and memorable toasts. Your wine enthusiast guide will prepare you for touring and tasting reserve wines at the Castello di Amorosa and two other celebrated Napa Valley wineries. Your San Francisco wine tour to Napa Valley begins enjoying the views from the Bay Bridge. As you travel, learn how Napa’s microclimates and soil types combine to produce the world’s best winemaking grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Corks pop first at Castello di Amorosa, a medieval-styled Tuscan castle winery constructed with authentic 13th-century European materials and furnishings. On your way to vaulted wine cellars, check out the moat, drawbridge, towers, courtyards, and armory. Thankfully, Castello di Amorosa puts the same love and attention into its elegant, intensely flavored, and well-balanced wines. Next, your Napa wine tasting tour makes a fun photo stop at the Napa Valley Welcome Sign. Your lunch break is in charming Calistoga, California. Among its hot springs, elegant spas and yoga studios, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect lunch spot and perhaps sampling another locally crafted wine with your meal. V. Sattui is a family-owned business started by Vittorio Sattui in 1885. Nationally acclaimed winemaker, Brooks Painter, oversees a “vine to cork” blend of artistry, time-honored traditions, and innovation to consistently produce award-winning, small lot 90+ point wines for a wide range of tastes. The sprawling estate in St. Helena has beautiful manicured gardens and an underground wine cave for tastings by a friendly, knowledgeable staff. This quintessential Carneros AVA property, once cultivated by the Michael Mondavi Family Estate, is surrounded by rolling hills of planted vineyards. Ru Vango loosely translates to “Road to Art”. Fittingly, the winery’s tasting salon features a collection of Winn Slavin Fine Art. From a wrap-around porch overlooking a sun-soaked vineyard, enjoy a reserve flight of three complex wines made from grapes grown 2000 feet above sea level and in the pathway of cool San Pablo Bay breezes. On the journey back to San Francisco, we’ll make one last stop (weather permitting) at a scenic look-out point with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge for you to capture some keepsake photos of SF skyline.

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

8. 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. Visit 3 different wineries for tasting and a tour, and enjoy a stop at historic Downtown Sonoma Square. Take in panoramic views of California on the way toward Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, 2 of Northern California’s famous wine regions. Enjoy the services as a professional guide for a tour featuring 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 Californian-inspired dishes with appetizer, entree, beverage, tax, and gratuities all included.

San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

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

Discover Sonoma Valley and some of its best wines on this small-group, full-day tour. Learn about the history and traditions of winemaking in the region from your expert guide and taste wines from 3 wineries. 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 (lunch not included) 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 Mission San Francisco Solano. After the final winery stop of the day, relax as your guide drives you back to your accommodation in San Francisco.

Napa Valley: Wine Tasting Tour by Open Air Trolley & Lunch

10. Napa Valley: Wine Tasting Tour by Open Air Trolley & Lunch

Join a wine tasting tour in Napa Valley and learn all about the region's famous wines. Ride an open-air cable car between each winery and enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the charming locations. Meet by the Oxbow Public Market in Napa and set off on your journey to various wineries within the region. You will visit 3 of the following wineries: Whitehall Lane Winery, Cosentino Winery, Pestoni Winery, and Andretti Winery. Be enchanted by the fantastic scenery as you feel the cool winds and warm sun of Napa Valley’s Mediterranean climate while breathing in the fresh air. Your tour guide will provide light-hearted commentary during the journey. Learn more about wine in a relaxed and accessible atmosphere. Have a delicious lunch within a special scenic location at one of the wineries. After your journey through Napa Valley, head back to the Oxbow Public Market to finish the tour.

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Our Tour Guide Mitch was great, we had a blast! Would definitely recommend this tour. Doing Muir woods prior to wine country was a treat. Muir woods was very cool. We had lunch at Girl and the Fig in Somona Plaza for lunch and it was excellent. Cute restaurant with lots of charm and great food.

We actually had to be switched to the full day wine tour because there wasn’t enough people in the half day so they cancelled it. But the tour was great. We got to experience 3 different wineries and had lunch in Sonoma. Staff was friendly. The drive was scenic.

Everything since the reception to our drop off was a great experience! Our tour guide Gorge was amazing! He explained everything in 3 different languages! The tastings were amazing! And the food at the restaurant in downtown was delicious!

Our drivers were friendly, punctual, and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our time at Muir Woods as well as the wine tasting. Excellent tour.

Excellent tour with an excellent guide! J was amazing!