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See two of the most popular destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area on a full-day tour that visits Muir Woods National Monument, and the wine country of Sonoma. Take a scenic drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to the redwoods, then continue further north to visit premium wineries in northern California. Your guide shares informative commentary with your small-group tour, providing a comprehensive introduction to this part of northern California.
After morning pickup from centrally located hotels near Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf, your small-group tour leaves San Francisco via the Presidio and Golden Gate Bridge.
Wind through the hills of Marin to reach Muir Woods where you can see one of the Bay Area's few remaining old-growth redwood forests. Hear about this national monument, which was a favorite location of the famous conservationist John Muir. Have free time to take a stroll among the towering trees, and perhaps spot deer, owls or blue herons during your early morning visit, the best time to visit before the afternoon crowds arrive.
Continue to Sonoma to visit three local wineries for tastings. You might sample a California Zinfandel, cool-climate Chardonnay, a full-bodied Cabernet or other varietals. Take in views of the vineyard-covered hills and hear from the winery staff about the wine-making process.
After your first wine tasting, stop for lunch at the historic Sonoma Square where you can choose from a range of restaurants (own expense). Your final two tastings take place in the afternoon.
The return drive to San Francisco includes a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge. Your tour ends with drop-off at your starting point near Fisherman’s Wharf or Union Square.
Great day! The woods are amazing and Sonoma is not to be missed. So nice to have a driver so you can sit back and just enjoy!
Great tour with very knowledgeable guide Ben. Highly recommend,
relaxing and instructive I will do it again.
This was an excellent tour and well worth the money. Even though The started out rainy we were able to walk through the Muir Woods and see the beautiful trees. By the time we left the the sun broke iand it was a great ride to Sonoma. We fit in three Different style wineries in and had plenty of time to stroll through The town of Sonoma and have lunch. Brian our tour guide was excellent!! Very knowledgeable, friendly and could not do enough for us. He really caters to the needs of his guests!!
We enjoyed the entire trip with Brian, our energetic and thoughtful guide and able driver. He made the day run on time, was always thinking of ways to enrich our understanding of history, geography, economy, traffic, weather, plant and animal life, wine making, and took special efforts to give us vantage points we otherwise would miss. He really was exquisite. The trip into Muir Woods was sublime and peaceful, other-worldly. A must-see! We were given about 75 minutes to walk the wood-planked trails, and had just enough time to get to the highlights in the redwood forest. Wear sensible shoes! Then, off to wine country where we enjoyed private tastings with three fun experts at Cline, Homewood and Jacuzzi wineries. I bought specially-priced cased wine which will ship for free to my home. Amazing selections and prices. We also enjoyed time at each vineyard to enjoy the local ambience, had an hour and twenty minutes for lunch on our own with special tips from Brian which were superb. A free bonus wine tasting, chocolate tasting, cheese tasting, and ice cream tasting also happened during the lunch recess, thanks to Brian. Sonoma was pastoral, peaceful and sunny. We enjoyed a sunny day once we left the fog of morning in San Francisco. Brian tried with some driving heroics to get us a photo op of the Golden Gate above the fog line, but mother nature had the last say. He is an expert driver, brought us to some steep streets to view SF landmarks and treasures, and was a superb local ambassador, as well as a fun designated driver for our group of 12. A classy day all around, and a highlight of my time in SF.
Really great guide. He was so focused on our comfort. Loved all the wineries. Perfect day.
Amazing tour! Our guide was awesome and informative.
Our driver, Brian, was excellent! He was funny, friendly and extremely knowledgeable about a variety of subjects. The only improvement I would make would be more time spent in Muir Woods. The park was very beautiful and I wanted to spend more time there. Other than that, I would highly recommend this tour! Well worth the money!
Tour guide was energetic, highly knowledgeable regarding historical facts about the area, and went above and beyond to make sure we had a pleasant time. Muir woods was beautiful, but I could have stayed there for hours. The wine tasting was wonderful. We ended up buying tons of cheese, pear vinegar, and blood orange olive oil.
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