Welcome to Napa Valley


The city of Napa anchors the valley, but the real work happens up-valley. And while Napa may not be as scenic as other stops, it has some noteworthy sights, among them Oxbow Public Market and the new cooking-school campus, CIA at Copia. The prettiest towns include St Helena, Yountville and Calistoga – the latter more famous for mud and water than wine.


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$126 Day Trips & Excursions

Muir Woods and Wine Country, Lunch Option from San Francisco

Get an early start at Muir Woods National Monument with hotel pickup in the morning. You’ll depart San Francisco, passing the Palace of Fine Arts and the Presidio, for a drive north across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Gaze at the city skyline and Alcatraz Island en route to the renowned wine country of Northern California.Enjoy early arrival at Muir Woods, before most other tour groups reach the park. This national monument is the site of a virgin forest of California Coast redwood trees, among the oldest and tallest on Earth. You'll have approximately one hour to admire the groves of giant sequoias. Behold the majestic redwoods as you take a leisurely nature walk with your informative guide, who points out native coastal flora and fauna including ferns, laurel trees and the occasional deer.Cross moss-lined creeks and stand in awe beneath trees that reach 250 feet (76 meters) skyward. Then re-board the vehicle to spend a leisurely afternoon wine tasting at three wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Typical stops include Madonna Estate Winery, Cline Cellars and Mayo Family Winery, but locations are subject to change, depending on availability.You’ll spend up to one hour at each selected winery, with the opportunity to try 3 to 5 delicious wines, enjoy a sparkling wine tasting, and purchase bottled wine to take home. All wine tastings are complimentary!Arrive at your first winery in the Carneros region of Sonoma County, where you'll indulge in a variety of elegant wines. Stroll the winery grounds, take scenic photos among the vines, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere as you enjoy a personalized experience.You have an hour of free time at the Sonoma Plaza to purchase lunch, browse the boutiques or enjoy additional wine tasting at the many tasting rooms (fees not included), before sipping more California varietals at your second and third winery, including Napa Valley.Then relax on the return journey over the Golden Gate Bridge, enjoying sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and seaside cliffs before hotel drop-off.Redwoods & Wine Country Escape with Gourmet Food & Wine Pairing UPGRADE Muir Woods National Monument, Sonoma & Napa Valley in 1 Day Enjoy an exclusive three course gourmet food and wine pairing! Lunch for children not included in rate and needs to get paid at the restaurant

$239 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Napa Valley Hot-Air-Balloon Ride with Sparkling Wine Brunch

Meet your guide inside Domaine Chandon Winery in the heart of Napa Valley, and start your sunrise hot-air-balloon experience with a pre-flight snack of coffee, tea, orange juice, and pastries. Then, head out to the launch field with your group to watch your brightly colored balloon inflate. Listen to a comprehensive safety briefing, and then step inside your balloon’s basket with your expert pilot. Each basket holds a maximum of 16 people, and there’s plenty of room for you to sightsee comfortably as you soar up and away.Have your camera ready to capture bird’s-eye views of Napa Valley’s rolling hills as you softly glide through the early morning skies. As you pass over pristine vineyards, your pilot talks to you about Napa’s captivating landscape. Hear how the vines change from emerald green to a rusty gold according to season, and learn about the different wineries in the area below you.After approximately an hour in the air, your pilot gives you instructions for a smooth landing. Once back on the ground, make your way back to Domaine Chandon Winery, and sit down inside its prestigious restaurant for your lavish breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, and cottage potatoes. Fruit salad and muffins, as well as coffee, tea, and orange juice are also included.Relax while enjoying this classic American buffet breakfast and, after receiving your souvenir photo, toast your group with a glass of sparkling Domain Chandon wine — it’s the perfect way to celebrate your Napa Valley balloon flight.

$169 Day Trips & Excursions

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Small-Group Tour with Lunch

After pickup from your San Francisco hotel, relax on the 1-hour ride north to beautiful Sonoma Valley. Aboard a luxury van, your experienced guide will show you the best of California wine country during your day trip.You'll visit at least two of Sonoma Valley's top wineries and sample vintage wine in their tasting rooms. Learn all about the art of wine making as you sip a variety of fine wines and mingle with your small group.At midday, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Plaza Bistro, a gourmet restaurant in Sonoma, before continuing to Napa Valley. A scenic ride to Domaine Chandon will offer stunning views of vineyard-studded hills. When you arrive, toast with a glass of bubbly at a specially reserved table and savor the last of your wine country tour. Wineries you may visit include Viansa Winery, Cline Cellars, Larson Family Winery, Homewood Winery and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. At the end of the day, sit back and relax on the ride back to San Francisco.Please see the Itinerary section below for a sample lunch menu.

$151 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Napa Valley Wine Train to St Helena with Gourmet Lunch

Meet in the vibrant Oxbow district of downtown Napa and hop aboard the famous Napa Valley Wine Train. This meticulously restored antique train takes you on a relaxing, scenic 3-hour round-trip ride through stunning Napa Valley. Sit back and soak in impeccable views of Napa’s gorgeous vineyards as you travel north to the quaint village of St Helena, passing the towns of Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford along the way. When your eyes aren't pasted to the large viewing windows offering stunning vistas, you’re encouraged to explore this unique train during your journey – you may even visit the kitchen car to watch the head chefs work their magic while preparing your gourmet meal.Choose from a fresh, seasonal menu, and enjoy a delicious meal prepared to your specifications (see Itinerary for a sample menu). This highly acclaimed restaurant prides itself in using fresh ingredients and sustainable produce, as well as humanely raised meats and line-caught or farmed fish. Before or after your meal, head to the lounge car to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine from the bar (own expense) and lounge on the loveseats.You will be placed in either first or second seating:First Seating Section. In this seating section, enjoy soup or salad followed by your choice of main course on your ride to St Helena. Top off your unique dining experience with coffee and dessert in one of the lounge cars during your return trip to Napa. Second Seating Section. In this seating section, you’ll be served appetizers on your ride up to St Helena; on your return trip, dine on soup or salad and then enjoy your choice of main course followed by dessert.

$211 Day Trips & Excursions

Napa Valley Wine Train with Wine Tasting, Lunch, Vineyard Tour

Board the Napa Valley Wine Train in Downtown Napa and travel north through gorgeous Napa Valley. As you admire views of wine country, you'll be served a gourmet 3-course meal prepared to your specifications. The highly acclaimed onboard restaurant prides itself in using fresh ingredients and sustainable produce, as well as humanely raised meats and line-caught or farmed fish (see below for a sample menu).You have the choice of three itinerary options, listed below. Please check in 30 minutes prior to boarding. All transfers and tastings are included.

$291 Day Trips & Excursions

Napa from San Francisco: Wine Tasting, Vineyard Tour, Lunch

Head to the Ferry Building in San Francisco on the morning of your tour. Depending on the day you select, you’ll take the ferry (Mon-Fri) or a bus (Sat-Sun) to Vallejo, where you’ll then hop on a shuttle and travel north to Napa.Board the Napa Valley Wine Train in downtown Napa and journey north through beautiful Napa Valley wine country. You'll be served a gourmet 3-course lunch prepared to your specifications from the highly acclaimed onboard restaurant, which uses fresh ingredients, sustainable produce, humanely raised meats and line-caught or farmed fish (see below for a sample menu).Choose from three different itineraries, listed below. Please check in 30 minutes prior to departure. All transfers and tastings are included. After your winery tour and train ride, you'll be taken back to San Francisco.

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