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San Francisco & Wine Country Delights

Napa Valley, California
7 Days from $2,215 per person

This laid-back journey from San Francisco to Sonoma and Napa explores all the sights and tastes along the way, including the fruits of world-renowned wine country.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... sampling the fine art of wine-blending under the deft guidance of Peter at Ravenswood Winery. Smell the acids from the Carignan wine and taste the fruit infused Zinfandel, before creating your own special blend to take home and share with friends.

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  1. Welcome to San Francisco and the beginning of your wine country adventure. After checking in to your hotel, feel free to start your discovery of San Francisco and preview the many sites you will visit in the coming days. At 6 p.m., gather at a local restaurant with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:Hyatt Regency San Francisco
  2. After a leisurely breakfast, begin your day with a visit to San Francisco's famous Saturday morning Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market for a food-tasting adventure with a Local Specialist. After some time on your own for lunch at Fisherman's Wharf, set out for a real insider's experience of Haight-Ashbury, ground zero for the hippie generation in the '60s. Join Local Specialists for a guided walk in the footsteps of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Grateful Dead to learn about the impact of the alternative rock culture on San Francisco and the world. This evening, join your Travel Director on a walking tour through Chinatown, exploring the neighborhood's fascinating history. Inhale the fragrant scents of the tea and herbal shops, admire the Chinese-style buildings, and enjoy a Cultural Insight during a stop at the Golden Gate Cookie Factory to watch how fortune cookies are made. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
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  3. Take the entire day to explore glorious, exciting, eccentric San Francisco on your own. Ride the cable cars, shop Union Square, or visit the museums and gardens of Golden Gate Park. You can also venture further away on optional trips to Carmel and Monterey, Muir Woods National Monument or Yosemite National Park. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you make any arrangements.
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  4. Leave your heart in San Francisco as you set out in search of Bacchus in California's world-renowned wine country. Enjoy a Regional Meal lunch as you journey through the countryside sampling wine aboard the vintage rail cars of the Napa Valley Wine Train. Proudly continuing the railroad traditions of yore, the train offers a truly unique and memorable experience. The evening is yours to spend any way you like. Perhaps dine at one of the delicious restaurants on historic Sonoma Plaza.
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    hotel:Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Authentic Accommodations
  5. Enjoy a visit to an olive press in Sonoma where you take a tour to learn about the harvesting process and the making of olive oil with a Local Specialist. Stroll historic Sonoma Plaza where you will have lunch on your own. Planked by the Presidio and Mission San Francisco de Solano—the last California mission built—browse the unique gift shops that line the square. Then retreat to a private blending lab at Ravenswood Winery with a Local Specialist—create, taste and bottle your own perfect combination of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Enjoy an evening at leisure to spend as you please.
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  6. Starting with a visit to downtown Napa and the Oxbow Public Market, today is a day devoted to tasting the savory, sweet, salty and spicy flavours of California wine country. Sample creamy, delicate, locally-produced salami and specialty sausages, and sate your sweet tooth with a tasting of decadent chocolate. After traveling the stunning Silverado Trail, lunch is on your own in downtown Calistoga, noted for its hot springs and geyser. Continue on to a vineyard where you will enjoy a tour with tastings straight from the barrel, concluding with four wine tastings, paired with artisan cheeses. This evening in Sonoma, celebrate wine country with a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at a local winery where you'll enjoy a private tour and sample estate-produced wines.
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  7. Before you know it, it will be time to say one last 'cheers' in California. Take your transfer to San Francisco International Airport, or to the Hyatt Regency San Francisco if you are extending your stay.
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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
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  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

6 nights' accommodations, 6 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Taste and learn about fortune cookies in San Francisco.

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy dinner at a Napa Valley winery.

Authentic Accommodations

  • Stay at the luxurious Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.

Local Specialist

  • Visit the local farmer's market in San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury, learn about olive pressing in Sonoma and at a private blending lab at Ravenswood Winery.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of San Francisco and Sonoma
  • Visit Nicholson Ranch and Ravenswood Winery in Sonoma and the Oxbow Public Market in Napa
  • See Napa Valley while riding aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Scenic drives along the Carneros Highway and Silverado Trail

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Sonoma

Napa Valley Hot Air Ballooning (from Sonoma Valley area)

Adult Price: $274.00 | Child Price: $254.00

Rise early for the experience of a lifetime! Your hot air balloon flight begins at sunrise in the most scenic areas of the Upper Napa Valley – Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena, Calistoga, Capay Valley – as determined by the winds. Soar peacefully in colorful hot air balloons and float silently above the trees and fields, lush vineyards and orchards and world-renown wineries. The sensation of ballooning is very gentle and its calming effect seems to put the world below into perspective. Your pilots are all experienced, professional and FAA commercially rated. They are familiar with the valley and dedicated to ensuring that your ballooning experience is safe, informative, memorable and fun! Subject to weather conditions.

San Francisco

Excursion to Yosemite National Park

Adult Price: $161.00 | Child Price: $133.00

Your journey begins with a drive through San Joaquin Valley before arriving at the Sierra Foothills where Forty-Niners once panned for Gold. Next, you will follow the beautiful Merced River through the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains where you will witness the majesty of Yosemite National Park. After a one-hour guided bus tour, enjoy free time exploring the park or take some time to tour the Visitor Center to learn about the history of the land and the people who once lived here. Up to 3 hours free time inside Yosemite Valley. 

San Francisco

Excursion to Muir Woods and Sausalito

Adult Price: $62.00 | Child Price: $34.00

Travel north across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument, one of the few remaining groves of Virgin Coastal Redwoods which are among the oldest and tallest trees in the world reaching heights of up to 258 feet and averaging 500-800 years of age. Explore the trails leading you into the heart of its cathedral-like grove. On your way back to the city, stop in Sausalito, an alluring village of art galleries, quaint shops and waterfront restaurants with views of San Francisco across the bay. Its cliff-hanging cottages and houseboat community create a Mediterranean ambience, but the locals you will see are pure “California.”

San Francisco

Excursion to Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Coast

Adult Price: $84.00 | Child Price: $52.00

Marvel at one spectacular view after another as you travel down California’s rugged central coast on fabled Highway 1 (road conditions permitting) through the seaside town of Santa Cruz to the Monterey Peninsula. Stops include Steinbeck’s Cannery Row in Monterey, points along scenic 17 Mile Drive around Monterey Bay, and the art gallery/restaurant district of picturesque Carmel. Crossing from the historic to the futuristic, your tour returns through the Silicon Valley, the high tech capital of the United States.

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20 Oct 17 26 Oct 17 $2,395$2,215pp Early PaymentPay by Feb 28
$2,395 $2,215 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,125.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $85 per person.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
San Francisco & Wine Country Delights
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : This trip was more than we imagined could happen on a guided tour.
Vacation : We enjoyed all the activities that would allow us to go where most people would not see on their own.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
San Francisco & Wine Country Delights
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : We actually were under the Trafalgar umbrella and they were excellent. Our tour guide Korie was very organized, patient, and well informed.
Vacation : This is a week full of wonderful things to do. We blended our own wine,walked into the grape fields, rode the Napa Valley wine train,walked through Haight Ashbury, and saw Chinese fortune cookies being made among the many activities organized for us. Highly recommend this tour.

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