Combine a relaxing 2-day tour from San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sonoma and Napa with a visit to Muir Woods National Monument, where California’s famed redwood trees grow tall in an ancient forest. With an experienced guide, you’ll check out interesting wineries, taste premium wines and learn about the winemaking process, from vine to bottle. Plus enjoy a night of included hotel accommodation in downtown Sonoma.
Lunch on Day 2 is included, but the rest of your meals are at your own expense, giving you the flexibility to eat what you wish—wine country is known for its culinary hotspots almost as much as its wine, so you won’t be lacking in restaurant options.
Day 1: San Francisco – Sonoma
Your 2-day wine-tasting adventure begins with morning pickup from your San Francisco hotel in an eco-friendly, biodiesel minicoach. Weather permitting, make a quick stop near the Presidio, a national park site, for a photo op of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Cross over the beloved bridge and travel through the Marin Headlands to Muir Woods National Monument (entrance fee not included). Spend 1.5 hours admiring the awe-inspiring redwoods and staggering array of plant and animal life in this dreamlike place, one of the last old-growth coastal redwood forests in the San Francisco area.
Next, head to Sonoma Valley, a tremendously rich wine-growing region with more than 30 types of grapes and 300 wineries and tasting rooms. Sample a variety of wines (some tasting fees may apply) before checking into your downtown hotel in late afternoon. Use your knowledgeable guide’s recommendations for restaurants, tasting rooms and boutiques to help plan the rest of your day. Overnight: Hotel in downtown SonomaDay 2: Sonoma – San Francisco (L)
Get an early start or sleep in this morning—the choice is yours. Continue to explore Sonoma on your own, nibbling samples at the Sonoma Cheese Factory, visiting the historic Mission San Francisco Solano or window shopping on Sonoma Square.
Meet up with your guide in the afternoon, and head to tiny Glen Ellen to continue wine tasting. Stop at Benziger Family Winery, and tour the vineyards, fermentation facility and crush pad by tram. Walk through the barrel caves, and sip the winery’s biodynamic and other award-winning wines.
Enjoy a picnic lunch on a shaded patio before heading to Imagery Estate Winery to taste more wine and view an impressive collection of contemporary art. Your tour then culminates in famous Napa Valley, where you'll spend the afternoon tasting wines in Oakville, Yountville or the town of Napa. Take pictures of seemingly endless rows of immaculately kept vines, and if time permits, stop for a glass of sparkling wine (own expense) before heading back to San Francisco. On the way, stop for an evening view of the Golden Gate Bridge, with the city illuminated in the background. Your 2-day wine country experience concludes with drop-off at your hotel in the evening.Boxed lunch options for Day 2
:Please make note of which lunch option you would prefer in the 'Special Requirements' field at time of bookingTurkey
- Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, mayo, mustard, tomato, lettuce, pickle, onion accompanied by pasta salad, piece of fruit, and cookie or brownie
- Roast beef sandwich on whole wheat bread, mayo, mustard, tomato, lettuce, pickle, onion accompanied by potato salad, piece of fruit, and cookie or brownie
- Ham sandwich on whole wheat bread, mayo, mustard, tomato, lettuce, pickle, onion accompanied by potato salad, piece of fruit, and cookie or brownie
- Vegetarian sandwich on whole wheat bread, mayo, mustard, tomato, lettuce, pickle, onion, olives, sprouts, pepperoncini, cucumber accompanied by coleslaw, piece of fruit, and cookie or brownie