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Tour wine country by bicycle and enjoy admission to Alcatraz on this multi-day combination tour of San Francisco's sightseeing highlights. On day one, head to the Russian River Valley, the Dry Creek Valley or the Napa Valley for a leisurely bike tour of four local wineries with a local guide. Eat a provided picnic lunch among the vineyards halfway through your day of wine tasting and learning about the region's winemaking history.
In wine country, the bike ride is a low-key way to explore. You'll pedal about 10–15 miles (16–24 km) at a relaxed pace. If you get tired, there's a shuttle ready to pick you up whenever you need a rest (or when you want to stash any wine purchases you make.)
Day 1: Wine country bike tour
Meet your guide at San Francisco's Civic Center for the ride up to Napa Valley, Dry Creek Valley, or Russian River Valley, depending on the day. The Napa Valley is home to many different excellent varietals, the Dry Creek Valley is known for its zinfandel, and the Russian River Valley produces distinctive chardonnay and pinot noir.
Once you reach your destination, climb aboard your bicycle and follow your guide along scenic country roads, stopping at 4 different wineries with your small group. Purchase a tasting (own expense) at each winery, then learn about the different wines and how they are made from your host. At lunchtime, stop among the vineyards for a gourmet picnic (see sample menu in the Itinerary section.) Pedal between wineries at a relaxed pace, covering about 10-15 miles (16-24 km) throughout the day. A shuttle will follow behind the group to carry any wine purchases or cyclists who want to take a break.
At the end of your full wine tasting day, enjoy transportation back to San Francisco.
Day 2: Alcatraz Tour
Arrive at Pier 33 in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf to board the ferry to Alcatraz. Bring your camera for photo ops of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline on the 15-minute ferry ride out to the island.
Listen to a short history of the island, then don your headphones for the 2.5-hour audiotour, available in ten different languages. Learn about famous prisoners like Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone, and hear about the various escape schemes prisoners attempted over the years. Explore 'the Rock' at your leisure, then board the ferry, which departs every 30 minutes, to return to Pier 33.
Great combo!! Alcatraz is a must see! and the bike tour was fabulous. 4 wineries total and lots of beautiful views of Napa from your bike. Best 2 days of our stay in the San Francisco area! Highly recommend!
Bike Naoa was absolutely stunning!
Great experience riding through beautiful country. Picnic lunch was delicious. Alcatraz was a neat experience. Just be prepared to spend a lot of money if you plan to taste any wine.
EXELENT TRIP!! Very friendly and the group ad the guides were VEEERY FRIENDLY btoh of them super cool...HIGHLY RECOMENDED
Alcatraz was a unique experience to ponder its history.
The Wine/Bike tour was friendly and well organized. The wineries were interesting to visit and the lunch was really nice too.
We, and all of the other people in our group bar one, bought this tour because we were too slow to get Alcatraz tickets directly from NPS.
In saying that though, we all enjoyed the tour and it was fun to ride around the Napa valley getting blotto on wine tastings. It was good to get out of the SF and it's terrible summer cloud / wind, and overall the tour was run well.
I would highly recommend it if you're staying around the area for more than just a few days. Just remember to take MARKET STREET to the Civic Centre meeting spot, do not walk through Tenderloins.
Booked this tour for Alcatraz as it was sold out. The Wine Country Bike Tour was good, though expensive. Ad says that excluded from the price is $10-$15pp tasting at ea winery, but no winery on our tour was less than $20 for a tasting. (You could share 1 tasting btwn 2 ppl though)
The supplier of this tour was horrible (Gears and Grapes). They dont answer their phone, cancel on you prior to trip with out letting you know, and blame everyone and everything under the sun other than them. Viator has been very helpful throughout this ordeal. STAY AWAY from Gears and Grapes.
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