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The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Combine two Bay Area attractions on a full-day tour of the Sonoma wine country and Alcatraz Island. Travel by comfortable coach across the Golden Gate Bridge, stopping at a vista point before wine tastings at two vineyards, including Cline Cellars. Returning to San Francisco, ride a ferry past the city skyline to Alcatraz for an award-winning audio tour of the infamous former prison. The Sonoma portion of the tour is limited to 13 people, ensuring a small-group experience with your informative guide.
  • Sip varietals like pinot noir and chardonnay at Cline Cellars and Homewood Winery
  • Enjoy free time at Fisherman’s Wharf to buy lunch and sightsee
  • Cross San Francisco Bay on a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island
  • Explore the prison on an independent audio tour that features commentary by real prisoners

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour leaves about two hours of free time at Fisherman’s Wharf between stops.
Start your full-day combo tour at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, where you’ll meet your guide and small group for the drive to Sonoma Valley. Board your minibus and head north across the Golden Gate Bridge, listening to a brief overview of the day’s itinerary. You’ll stop at a vista point for photo ops of the shimmering — or fog-shrouded — bridge, city skyline and Marin Headlands.

On arrival at the picturesque hilltop location of Cline Cellars, a winery established by Sonoma’s Sebastiani family, enjoy a tasting of wines such as chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese. Continue up the road to the Homewood Winery for your second tasting.

Sample varietals like malbec, pinot noir or perhaps a sparkling rosé at this unpretentious venue; perhaps enjoy some bocce ball in the large outdoor space, located in the heart of the Carneros region.

Return to Fisherman’s Wharf, where your guide leaves you with your ticket to Alcatraz. You have about two hours of free time to spend on lunch and independent sightseeing (own expense) before checking in at Pier 33 and boarding the public Alcatraz ferry — just a 20-minute walk or a quick pedicab ride away.

View the Golden Gate Bridge and city skyline from the water during the scenic ferry crossing over San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island. On arrival, slip on a provided headset for an independent audio tour of the notorious penitentiary. Hear award-winning commentary from former inmates and prison guards as you learn about life inside the cell block.

Most visitors spend about two hours at Alcatraz, but you can take the ferry back to Pier 33 when you’re ready.

Please note: Winery/vineyard locations are subject to change.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Golden Gate Bridge
Photo stop and restrooms if needed
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay
Take in the views of the bay on your drive up to Sonoma
Stop At:  
Cline Cellars
Wine tasting
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Homewood Winery
Wine tasting
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sonoma Valley
Experience the wine and admire the landscape. ~45 minutes at each of the 2 wineries.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Alcatraz Island
Take the OFFICIAL tour to Alcatraz Island. Ferry ride and audio tour included.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Fisherman's Wharf
Free time for lunch and exploration
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour.

Reviews

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Great Day!
pg212019
, Nov 2019
I bought this as a birthday present for my boyfriend as we never had gone wine tasting before or seen Alcatraz and thought it would make for a fun day and IT DID! The whole process was easy and enjoyable from being driven to Sonoma and the chosen wineries to being dropped off at Fisherman's Wharf for lunch to having tickets at will call for the ferry ride to Alcatraz. We thoroughly enjoyed our day because it didn't feel overly planned out and we were left to do what we wanted with loose structure
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Recommend!
Lauren Z
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide Heather was excellent and the wineries were great. The Alcatraz tour was really interesting. Definitely recommend!
star-5
Small group was great
mattkalis
, Aug 2019
This is a small group tour with a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. I definitely recommend this for first time visitors to the SF/Wine country area.
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great wine,great time
balber725
, Jul 2019
A great way to experience 3 of the bay areas pleasures in one day. We enjoyed both wineries.The larger property had a very interesting free California Missions museum to go through.The second winery-much smaller-was a pleasure because of an excellent hostess,Pat. She also let us sample a more expensive wine not on the normal list.The drive was pleasant because of our friendly tour guide(Stephanie,I hope I got that right!)who kept up a friendly banter the whole way.The stop at Fort Point to view the Golden Gate bridge was short-I wish that had been longer.We got dropped off near Fisherman's Wharf and had at least 2 hrs. to eat and browse before making our way to the Alcatraz Ferry for that leg of the trip. We had over 2 hrs. on the island which may or may not be enough time for some folks(arrive at 4:15,depart at 6:30,approx.).For us it was fine,we were exhausted from a full day(my phone said I had nearly 19K steps for the day! Highly recommend for those who can handle a lot of walking!
star-4
Perfect combo
jeniferrsnyder
, Jul 2019
Heather was a fantastic tour guide. I just wish there was a little more time at the wineries. Overall it was a great tour. Definitely worth the price.
star-3
Alcatraz too rushed
Donald N
, Jul 2019
Enjoyed the sites but was too rushed to enjoy Alcatraz. Ticket was scheduled the last ferry of the day. Driver was knowledgeable, but we were unfamiliar with area and we were dropped us off a good distance from ferry start location.
star-5
Excellent!!!
jadesigns
, Jul 2019
Jeffery was an awesome guide. This was a full day of fun. Well worth the cost. The wineries were wonderful.
star-5
A Tour To Recommend
promarshall
, Jun 2019
We had a wonderful experience from start to finish! Heather was our tour guide for the Sonoma Valley Wine Tour and she was truly exceptional! Knowledgeable, friendly, excellent driver and provided us a lovely time to and from the wineries as well as some extra scenic stops!
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Alcatraz and Sonoma Valley Wine Tour
Suzie U
, Oct 2018
The wine tour was great. The vineyards selected were both excellent, the driver was lovely and the presenters at the vineyards really knew a lot about wine. The only downfall was the drop off point from this part of the tour to the next part was a bit far to walk for an unfit person.Alcatraz is a bit stressful to get on and off the ferry as there are a lot of people. Alcatraz itself is fascinating but beware, a few very steep hills to walk.
star-5
Our driver Skip for the wine tour was...
21sportsfan
, Sep 2018
Our driver Skip for the wine tour was awesome, great combination tour

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