Treat yourself to a private helicopter tour from San Diego to Temecula Valley Wine Country. This 3.5-hour tour includes a winery lunch and wine tasting at Thornton Winery, with a 1-hour round-trip scenic flight from San Diego. Enjoy spectacular views of California while flying over the coast from La Jolla Shores to Solana Beach, where beaches stretch for miles and the Pacific Ocean teems with marine life. Then head inland to Temecula Valley and land at an award-winning winery for a gourmet lunch and wine tasting.
Private Tour: San Diego Helicopter Flight and Temecula Winery Lunch
Make your own way to Montgomery Field to begin your private 3.5-hour tour.
Your pilot meets you at the heliport and welcomes you aboard the state-of-the-art helicopter. Receive an orientation and safety briefing, then slip the radio headset on so that you can enjoy 2-way communications with your pilot during the scenic 1-hour round-trip flight.
Relax as your chopper soars along the coast to the north of San Diego. Enjoy epic views of the ocean and beaches, taking it all in from a vantage point that few people experience.
If you're lucky, you may spot dolphins, seals or pelicans below. Your pilot points out the landmarks that you pass and shares informative commentary en route. After traveling up the coast, head inland over rugged mountains to Temecula Valley.
Your pilot gently lands at the private helipad at Thornton Winery, situated in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country. Walk into Cafe Champagne, the winery's top-rated restaurant, to enjoy a delicious lunch. Choose from dishes such as rock shrimp linguine, classic seafood cioppino, grilled chicken sandwich, fresh seasonal salads and more.
After lunch, enjoy a wine tasting of the coveted Winemaker's Flight, which features four reserve wines or California sparkling wines. This part of Southern California is known for varietals such as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel. If you would like to bring some bottles of fine Temecula wine home with you, wines are available for purchase.
Relax during the approximately two hours that you have at the winery. When finished with your lunch and wine tasting, reboard your helicopter for the 30-minute return flight to San Diego. See new sights as your pilot follows a lesser-known but equally beautiful inland route back to Montgomery Field.