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Enjoy San Francisco’s most popular activities with this 2-day tour that combines admission to Alcatraz, a ferry ride on San Francisco Bay, a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and a Napa and Sonoma wine tour. The first day, explore the former prison on Alcatraz Island, listening to true inmate stories via the audio walking tour and get all-day access to the Aquarium of the Bay. The next day, head to wine country on a minicoach tour that includes tastings at four to six wineries and an open-air tram tour of the biodynamic vineyards at Benziger Family Winery. Lunch is included on Day 2.

Highlights

  • Alcatraz admission with full-day Napa and Sonoma wine tour from San Francisco the next day.
  • Visit four to six Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries, and taste award-winning varietals with an informative guide
  • Take a scenic tram tour at Benziger Family Winery and discover the science of biodynamic winemaking
  • Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at a local winery or Sonoma Plaza
  • Cruise across San Francisco Bay by ferry to Alcatraz, and admire views of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Learn about Alcatraz’s notorious prison inmates on an audio walking tour

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What You Can Expect

Vine to Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip plus Alcatraz Tour and Aquarium Access

Vine to Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip plus Alcatraz Tour

Explore the best of the San Francisco Bay Area by ferry, minicoach and vineyard tram on this 2-day combo tour that gets you out on the water, in the hills and onto the grounds of an award-winning winery. What more could you want out of a stay in San Francisco?

Alcatraz tour and Aquarium of the Bay (Day 1):
At Pier 33 on the Embarcadero, board the Alcatraz ferry for the 15-minute ride across San Francisco Bay to ‘the Rock,’ the former federal penitentiary that’s now a National Historic Landmark District. When you arrive on the island, listen to a quick overview, and then walk inside the cellblock to receive your provided headset that allows you to explore the prison independently via the acclaimed audio tour, ‘Doing Time.’

Wander through the cellblock and around the grounds, listening to commentary from former inmates and staff. You’ll learn about notorious criminals like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly, and enjoy views of San Francisco across the water. Most visitors spend about 2.5 hours at Alcatraz; you can stay as long as you like before getting back on the ferry to return to the city (ferries depart about every 30 minutes).

Then, head over to the Aquarium of the Bay and use your all-day access pass.

Napa and Sonoma Day Trip (Day 2):
This 10-hour tour from San Francisco to Sonoma and Napa begins with hotel pickup by biodiesel minicoach. Travel north toward wine country, exiting the city by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Look out at the Pacific Ocean on one side and San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz on the other before moving into the Marin Headlands, near Mt Tamalpais.

As you enter Sonoma County, admire rolling vineyards and hills while your guide tells you about this renowned viticulture region and its different varietals of wine. Your first stop is Benziger Family Winery, where you’ll take a 45-minute tour by open-air tram. Traverse the property’s biodynamic vineyards, see the fermentation center and crush pad, and walk into the cool barrel cave. You’ll learn about Benziger’s winemaking philosophy and practices, from the growing of pesticide-free organic grapes to the aging process to the bottle.

Visit the tasting room for a sample of wines, and then sit down to a picnic lunch, which includes a deli sandwich (ham, turkey, roast beef or vegetarian), pasta salad, fruit and a cookie.  Afterward, return to your minicoach for the drive through more of wine country’s picturesque terrain, making your way into Napa County. Visit three to five wineries and tasting rooms in the towns of Oakville, Yountville or Napa.

Your day trip ends with the return journey to San Francisco; make a photo stop at a viewpoint above the Golden Gate Bridge before hotel drop-off in the city.

Customer Reviews

Fabian N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was a great experience.

Robert T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The whole experience was more than I would have expected. Mitch your guide for our NAPA/Sonoma day trip was very knowledgeable and made our day very enjoyable. Our trip to Alcatraz was amazing and the ease of picking up our tickets and getting to Alcatraz made it that much enjoyable.
I would definitely recommend this Tour to all my friends. Thank you for making this a memorable experience

adrianne t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful tour with Marie as our guide. She was full of knowledge and able to answer all our questions. Very fun and entertaining tour!

Sara G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Both tours were great. Special mention for Chris - tour guide on the Napa Valley and Sonama tour. What a nice young man and so informative and intelligent. He really made the tour a great experience - nothing was too much trouble. He obviously enjoys his job. Even great CD tape!!

Ivkovic Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Hi,
I loved both tours. Alcatraz was informative and interesting. Wine tour was great, we had very nice weather. Our tour guide was young but friendly. She picked us up on time and van was fairly new and comfortable. Lunch was also great, roast beef sandwich with an apple. The only thing i would suggest is water, or something else to drink with it.
Wineries were great choice. I am not too much into wines but my husband had a blast. Our kids were bored but they are teenagers so its expected. My favorite winery was Jacuzzi, beautiful property and I also liked olive oil tasting. All in all, I had great time and I took tons of pictures. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Andrew L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The best part of our trip . Loved Napa and Sonoma. Alcatraz was awesome. Great tour guides.

Mary k

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2016

The trip was good.

Michael H

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2015

The Alcatraz tour was great...and glad we booked early as the day we were there tickets were sold out with next available being two weeks away. The reason we chose the Vine to Wine tour was not only you get to go both to Sonoma and Napa, but also the inclusion of the stop on the way back to see the Golden Gate from the hills above. However, traffic was heavy on the way back due to leaving late so we never got to stop and see the bridge----this tour was a bit more expensive, but thought it was worth it because the others did not include this stop, and then we didn't get it anyway. So that was disappointing. Also expected the bus to be two seats on each side down the aisle. But it was a smaller van type bus, and my wife and I were the last on the pick up, so we didn't get to sit together....as was the same for another couple since they were bench seats for three. The first winery was nice and people very friendly. Tasting was complementary. Second one was the tour of the grounds and a tasting. Complementary, but a little heavy on trying to sell you bottles and light on the amount served. Sonoma square was a nice little area. Tasting very limited, and cheese and chocolate tasting not what it was hyped up to be. The last two stops were in Napa, nothing complementary offered. First was a dud, and the second nice but pricey---but great views. Driver said we could stop at specific wineries if we wanted, and several were mentioned, but we did not go to even one those. so not sure why he asked So, pluses were that it was a smaller group, the driver friendly, and saw both Sonoma and Napa. Minus was not getting to see all we paid to see, not being able to sit with spouse, and maybe better choices for the Napa wineries. tour description should be better about what you should expect to pay for, and what is complementary---and there were only two wineries in the afternoon as opposed to 3-5 stop at Golden Gate in the description

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