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Robin B

Robin B

United Kingdom

Seasoned traveller -mainly Europe and North America. Love cities, architecture, beaches, harbours, wildlife and wines.

Sep292013

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San Francisco Departure Transfer: from Hotels

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The Blue Super Shuttle was a fast and inexpensive way to get between the airport and the hotel. Very efficient and safe drivers. I can thoroughly recommend this way to transfer to and from the airport in San Francisco and avoid expensive taxi fares. I will definitely use this service again when I am back in the city. Book in advance online recommended.

Sep202013

Tour/Activity

Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a great tour and the experience of seeing Coastal Redwoods and Giant Sequoias was superb. The driver was very knowledgeable about the history of Muir Woods and Sausalito and his narration added to the experience greatly. For both Muir Woods and Sausalito you cross the Golden Gate Bridge from San Fransisco which is a tourist thrill in itself. For any travellers worried about the degree of any walking involved, this is entirely at your own discretion. Boardwalk footpaths run through the woods, so you can walk as far or not as you wish and you have about an hour and a half in the woods which we found was plenty of time. Benches and a refreshment and gift shop is also available. The second half of the tour is in Sausalito, where you get about an hour to see small independent artistic shops, cafe's, and boutiques. The bay is always close by for fantastic views across the Sausilito harbour and to watch sea traffic come and go. The tour picks up from city centre hotels in the morning and returns you to the hotel doorstep later, which made the tour easy to access. I can thoroughly recommend this tour and think it provides good value for money.

My Photos

  • The bay area at Sausalito
  • The age of the Redwoods by key dates in our history
  • The boardwalk through Muir Woods

Sep182013

Tour/Activity

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour is excellent and was a memorable experience for us. We had 80 degrees of heat inland that day in September, but were perfectly comfortable on the air conditioned coach. The route to Sonoma and Napa takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge so plenty of chance to see San Francisco cityscape from the coach. At the first vineyard visited in Sonoma, we tasted two "flights" (tastings) a red and white wine served outside in the garden area by a small lake. This vineyard had put it's best wines for competition entry and had won many prizes. A delightful location and access was available to all areas of the ranch here, which was great. The second vineyard, Madonna, was where they made organic wines and is the second oldest family vineyard in the Sonoma area. Here we had a tour of the winery and saw the oak casks storage area where Maurice presented the history of the vineyard, how wine is made here and a beginners guide to tasting. He was superb and his experiences and verbal presentation made the visit here very memorable. Three flights tasted here and the quality of this wine was excellent. Buy your bottles here to drink on your holiday or take home. They cost a little more than supermarket table wines, but they are organic and unique to taste. They are some of the best wines available in the area, and they deliver cases in USA too. Then the tour takes you on to Napa Valley where we stopped for lunch in a great small town, then onto Sutter Hill Estate where we tasted two special reserve flights and then had the opportunity for three more flights from a selection of about 8 different wines! A well stocked gift shop gives you the opportunity to buy souvenirs and more wine, of course, some of which is not available in the high street supermarkets carrying the Sutter Hill brand. So 10 flights (tastings) included, 3 vineyards visited, time for lunch, wine and souvenirs. One of the highlights of our trip, if you love wine, take the tour!

My Photos

  • Maurice's presentation at the Madonna Estate cask room
  • The award winning wines at Nicholson Ranch
  • The first tasting session

Sep152013

Tour/Activity

San Francisco Arrival Transfer: to Hotels

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The Blue Super Shuttle was a fast and inexpensive way to get between the airport and the hotel. Very efficient and safe drivers. I can thoroughly recommend this way to transfer to and from the airport in San Francisco and avoid expensive taxi fares. I will definitely use this service again when I am back in the city. Book in advance online recommended.

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