Take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train, including lunch, during this full-day tour from San Francisco. After transportation via ferry and shuttle from San Francisco, climb aboard the restored antique train to enjoy a gourmet, locally-sourced lunch and wine pairing. Travel through the Napa Valley's rolling vineyards for towards the charming town of St. Helena.
Enjoy a unique, scenic dining experience aboard the famous Napa Valley Wine Train
Ride a restored antique train through gorgeous Napa Valley
Enjoy a freshly prepared gourmet lunch and a glass of wine
Admire gorgeous views of rolling vineyards on your ride to St. Helena
Arrive at the Ferry Building in San Francisco to board a ferry (Monday-Friday) or bus (weekends) to Vallejo. In Vallejo, transfer to a shuttle that will take you to the starting point of the Napa Valley Wine Train. Climb aboard the antique restored train, where you'll be shown to your seat and poured a welcome glass of wine. Relax and enjoy the views out of the train's large glass windows as it travels north through Yountville, Oakville, and Rutherford on the route to St. Helena. Take a break from the gazing at the scenery to explore the antique train. Visit the kitchen car to watch your gourmet lunch being prepared or stop by the lounge car to enjoy a cocktail or another glass of wine (own expense.) Choose the first or second lunch seating (see Schedule & Pricing below for details.) The menu is seasonal, and features fresh, in-season ingredients (see Itinerary below for a sample menu.) The highly-acclaimed restaurant uses sustainable meat and produce that are locally sourced from within the Napa Valley whenever possible. Hop off the Wine Train in St. Helena in the early evening to board the shuttle for Vallejo, and take the ferry or bus back to San Francisco.
We started our trip at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. The bus was waiting there as described. The trip to the train station was comfortable and without issue. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the train station, there was a 2 hour wait to board the train. The actual ride on the train, as well as the scenery were nice. The meal was great and the service on the train was outstanding. We were offered a small glass of wine while enjoying appetizers. For the meal itself, we were tasked to buy any additional wine. At the conclusion of the train ride, we had yet another hour and a half wait for the bus back to San Francisco. I understand that transportation was provided from many different areas however, it would be much preferred to stage the train trip closer to the arrival time. We spent 3 and a half hours waiting for a 3 hour train ride. I am not sure I would recommend this unless you were driving yourself so that arrival and departure times could be controlled a bit better. The bus dropped us off at the ferry station. We had only our vouchers to show the ferry agent. Fortunately, there were very few passengers headed back into San Francisco. He simply shook his head and let us board. The bus driver didn't know what the process entailed, so we were left to somewhat fend for ourselves with the ferry. A ferry ticket would have been helpful as well.
This was a great experience and exactly as described when you book. The bus to Napa we went on a Saturday was good, the driver was informative and entertaining. The train ride was outstanding. We ate lunch in the second seating they tell you when you get there if you are first or second seating. The scenery was great. It was a a cold, rainy day. At this time of year the vineyards are bare, but the hills were green and the fruit trees were in bloom. The food and drink on the train was excellent. In our party we had the salmon, steak and chicken and everyone was very happy with their food. There was about an hour of free time before and an hour and a half after the train ride in downtown Napa. The ferry ride back to SF was fine. We didn't know there were two stops - you can get off at Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf or at the Ferry Building where the tour started.
I really had a wonderful day on this tour, I got two wine tasting boards so I drank five glasses of different wines whilst relaxing in the lounge on the first half of the tour and then the next whilst having a superb lunch in the restaurant. What a marvelous tour, relaxing, excellent service and very tasty food with some good wines from the Napa valley that your traveling through.
Highly recommend this tour.
The train and lunch was fabulous. Great food and beautiful scenery. Explored the length of the train, all the way to the engine. One disappointment - the dome car was out for refurbishment and not there to see. Also, if you are taking the tour on Saturday or Sunday - you will have the bus to the wine train, but you are taking the ferry back to SF - this was not clear in the paperwork. Also, left SF at 8:15 and returned at 6:00pm - allow more than the stated 7 hours. All in all, a must see and do!
For me this tour was just ok.
You need to be at the Ferry Building at approx 8 to get the ferry which takes approx 1 hour. Then a bus is waiting for you off the ferry and you travel for approx 45 minutes to get to the train.I did this tour with my husband and our 19 month old daughter. Even though our daughter was included in the booking there was no high chair at our table. We asked our server for a high chair and while he said yes we did not get it until the main course was out.The meal on the train was nice, nothing amazing and printed on the menu was a suggestion of 10-15 dollars per head for tip. At the price of these tickets you would think tip would be included. Not only that but you move to a different carriage on the train after your main course for dessert where again you are expected to tip your server. Overall you spend approx 3 hours on the train. When you return you can view the picture that were taken before you got on the train-picture was 35 dollars. After which you have approx and hour to explore the town before your bus collects you for your ferry back to San Francisco.
I would not recommend this tour, it was most definitely not worth the price.
The wine train experience was nice. The problem we had was with the transportation from San Francisco to the train station.
We were not picked up and had to find our own transportation there or miss the day trip. This ended up costing us 100.00 extra dollars.