San Francisco Day Trip: American River Rafting Adventure and Wine Tour

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San Francisco Day Trip: American River Rafting Adventure and Wine Tour information and booking

12-13 hours
Departs from
Your San Francisco hotel
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
Between 6am and 7am
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Tour description provided by Viator

On this day trip from San Francisco, head to the Sierra Nevada mountains for a whitewater rafting adventure down the American River, followed by a relaxing a BBQ lunch. This is a fun, active way to experience California's Gold Country, and your tour ends with a relaxing wine-tasting session at one of the local wineries. Round-trip hotel transport is included, letting you sit back and enjoy the views.

You’ll be picked up from your San Francisco hotel in the early morning for a scenic ride to the Sierra Nevada mountains. Enjoy views of the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island as you cross the Bay Bridge into the East Bay and make your way up into the Central Valley, where you’ll stop for a cup of coffee or a quick morning snack (own expense).

Continue through the cattle and horse ranch foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains to the American River. Your driver will serve as a guide, sharing some interesting stories and facts along the way.

Class III whitewater rapids await you! When you arrive, you’ll receive a safety briefing before hopping in your raft for an exhilarating ride. Your guide will help you navigate through the Meatgrinder, Racehorse Bend, Rock Garden and Triple Threat, ending with a mad dash through the famed Troublemaker rapids.

Your journey on the water will last 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on the conditions. Back ashore, relax at camp as you are prepared a tasty BBQ lunch. If time permits after lunch, play some beach volleyball or simply lounge by the river.

After your American River adventure, switch gears and get ready for some wine tasting! Head to one of the local wineries and sip a glass of California wine (wine tasting fees not included) while learning about this region’s wine production.

Then, relax on the ride back to San Francisco.

This tour is seasonal and operates from May through September.

What's included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Rafting gear
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by biodiesel van

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Wine-tasting fees (approx. usd $5)