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Overview

Ride the Napa Valley Wine Train, enjoy a gourmet lunch, and tour a vineyard on this tour from San Francisco. Travel through scenic wine country on this antique train, passing through Yountville, Rutherford, Oakville and St Helena as you dig in to a 3-course meal. Disembark at Grgich Hills Estate, Charles Krug Winery or Raymond Vineyards to receive a guided tour and taste the wines for which Napa is famous.
  • Napa Valley Wine Train and winery tour from San Francisco
  • Take a relaxing, scenic 2-hour ride on the famous Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Enjoy picturesque views as you travel through St Helena, Oakville, Rutherford and Yountville
  • Sit down to a gourmet 3-course lunch on board
  • Visit one or two Napa wineries for a guided vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • All tastings, tours, lunch and ferry/shuttle transport included

Make your way to the San Francisco Ferry Building and catch a ferry (weekdays) or a bus (weekends) across the bay to Vallejo. From here, climb aboard a shuttle and drive up to Napa.

Once you reach downtown Napa, board the Napa Valley Wine Train and get settled in your seat as it chugs forth into the scenic countryside. Watch out the window as the hilly vineyards roll by or spend some time exploring the interior of the painstakingly-restored antique train.

Enjoy lunch from the critically-acclaimed restaurant onboard, which uses fresh, seasonal ingredients that are locally-sourced. (See below for sample menu.)

Pick from three different itineraries, listed below. All transfers and tastings are included in this tour, and you must check in a half hour prior to your departure.

At the end of your 5-hour train ride and wine tasting excursion in Napa, you will return to San Francisco.

Itinerary

Valley First Tour: Board a coach in downtown Napa at 10am and head straight to Raymond Vineyards for a 1.5-hour winery tour and tasting. On the way, enjoy views of Napa Valley’s less-developed east side as you travel along the Silverado Trail.
Arriving at the winery, begin with an introduction to the winery's history and organic farming practices, and then take a guided stroll between the rows of vines while learning about the biodynamic grapes -- those grown without the use of pesticides and artificial chemicals.
Sip a variety of wines in the tasting room while chatting with the sommelier, and then explore the extensive production space to see the machinery and facilities involved in the crushing, fermentation, bottling and storage of wine. You'll have an opportunity to purchase some of Raymond's wines if you wish.
You'll be taken to the train station in the afternoon. Sit back and relax with a complimentary glass of wine and enjoy the views as you ride north to the quaint town of St Helena. Savor your 3-course meal in the dining car and enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine from the bar (own expense) as you pass through Oakville, Rutherford and Yountville, home to The French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s highly acclaimed restaurant. Arrive back in Napa in the afternoon.
Grgich Hills Tour: After boarding the train at 10:50am, you'll be served your meal in the Petite Gourmet Car. Admire views of Napa Valley as you enjoy your appetizer and main course.
Travel north to Rutherford and disembark at Grgich Hills Estate for a 1-hour private tour and tasting. This award-winning family-owned winery also grows biodynamic grapes, which you'll learn about on your guided walk around the vineyards. Then, get a behind-the-scenes look at the cellar and enjoy a private tasting with a wine educator. You may even get to meet Mike Grgich himself!
After your tour, hop on the train again and head to the lounge car for dessert and coffee. The remaining hour of your trip can be spent relaxing with your fellow travelers or exploring the rest of the train. Arrive in downtown Napa around 2:30pm.
Ambassador Tour: Before you board the train around 11am, begin with an educational wine seminar at the Napa train station. Learn about wine culture in Napa Valley from a wine educator, who'll answer any questions you have. Enjoy lunch in the Petite Gourmet Car right after you board. As you eat, marvel at the beautiful western side of Napa Valley and then head to the lounge car for coffee and dessert.
Hop off the train in ST. Helena and then board a luxury coach for a ride to Charles Krug Winery Napa Valley's oldest winery, Charles Krug Winery, owned by Peter Mondavi and family. Charles Krug has beautiful grounds and a history dating back to 1861.
After they visit Krug Winery, Guests will enjoy an additional 1-hour tour and tasting. Raymond Vineyards, where you'll take a 1-hour winery tour followed by a tasting. Explore Raymond's winemaking facilities and taste wine directly from the barrel. End with an exclusive tasting of select Raymond Reserve and Small Lot series red and white wines. 

Sample Menu
Appetizer (choose one)
  • Baby lettuce salad with candied walnuts and smoked goat cheese in a honey cider vinaigrette
  • Soup du jour
Main Course (choose one)
  • Roasted beef tenderloin on a black truffle potato cake with onion and cambozola cheese
  • Grilled pork tenderloin stuffed with wild mushroom polenta on vegetables in a truffle port reduction sauce
  • Coriander chicken breast in a wild mushroom pappardelle pasta with pesto
  • Grilled salmon on fingerling potatoes and sautéed baby spinach in a coconut curry broth topped with a calamari salad
  • Winter squash polenta with a spinach-ricotta portabella and yam-stuffed pepper in a tomato-basil coulis
Dessert
  • Changes daily
Drinks
  • One glass of wine (Valley First option only)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Espresso, cappuccino, soft drinks, juices and mineral water (additional cost)

Reviews

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P
, Sep 2018

Sitting around the train station both coming and going to the winery took up more time than the tour of the winery. Lunch on the train was fine but rushed.This time( our second) was not as good a tour of the winery and the guide spent the most time trying to sell wine rather than give an informative tour....kind of sad.

S
, Aug 2018

We had a blast! Every single part of this tour was amazing. We took a ferry from San Francisco, and then were picked up in a beautiful luxury van for the trip to the train station. Our driver showed us some of the sites, and when we arrived at the train station, we checked in with the extremely friendly staff, and had a beautiful, comfortable and roomy lounge to wait for our train. Being from the east coast, we aren't used to such unending courtesy, but it felt wonderful! The train is magnificently restored, and beautiful, so our ride was wonderful. We were pleasantly surprised at how delicious the food was too, and our Ambassador tour gave us a tasting at two wineries. We toured Krug and Raymond, which was a great choice since it gave us the historic and the modern, and we had a blast. Plus, tasting all that wine didn't hurt, but this was a beautiful day, and we were treated so wonderfully, like were were old friends coming for a visit. This is a must do and we had a great time!

F
, Jul 2018

The train was great. The food was excellent. BUT THE SERVER? About as 5 star as it gets. What GREAT service. Made the entire trip and well spent time. Should have done this sooner.

G
, Jun 2018

The core part of the tour which was the Vineyard tour and the Train tour was wonderful. The transportation to Napa and the transportation back to San Francisco was confusing because of the Holiday. The problems were due to the fact that this tour was on a Holiday Monday. Our written instructions differed from the way it actually went because the Ferry schedules were on Holiday hours, but virtually nobody on the tour knew that. In fact, we nearly missed the last Ferry to SF at the end of the tour because our bus driver gave us the wrong departure time. Only by observation and word of mouth kept us from being stranded in in Vallejo. The to/from SF logistics for Holidays need some work! Take this tour on a regular day and you will probably be fine.

p
, May 2018

Wonderful experience!

T
, Jan 2018

This was such a wonderful tour for my bday! The train, the food and amazing staff. Then the winery ...wow. Amazing vino and grounds.
Excellent from beginning to end. Our bus driver made the tour...the fires broke out that evening so sad as he was from Santa Rosa..hope he and the family were fine.

S
, Dec 2017

amazing excursion there is nothing we would change great crew on train and informative

R
, Dec 2017

This was a good trip but not one that I would recommend.
We waited at the Napa train for 1 1/2 hours after our train ride and tour of Raymond vineyards. The tour and tasting was informative. At the station we asked repeatedly if we could access the shuttle to the ferry earlier because we did not want to shop in Vallejo which is a small town. We were told we had to wait until other tours arrived.
About 15 minutes before the 4:00PM scheduled shuttle departure I went outside and saw the shuttle. About 5 minutes later one of the reservation persons came out and said there are no other guests and we could have left earlier. The shuttle attendant had been there for over an hour!
Certainly not well coordinated.
The train ride was fine. Food excellent. Just a lot of ferrying, shuttling, waiting. I think a bus tour would have been easier and a more efficient way to accomplish this tour.

L
, Dec 2017

Excellent! I am glad I did not miss it.

t
, Oct 2017

A must if staying in San Francisco the trains just beutliful


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