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$164 Day Trips & Excursions

Wine Country Bike Tour and Picnic Lunch from San Francisco

Experience California Wine Country in a fun and exciting way – by bicycle! After complimentary pickup from the James Lick Memorial Statue , escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax on a scenic drive to Northern California’s famous wine-making region, where you’ll tour several wineries by bike and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Explore Napa Valley, Dry Creek Valley or Russian River Valley, depending on the day, and let your local sommelier guide teach you about the unique characteristics of the various regions. Dry Creek includes the town of Healdsburg and is known for its Zinfandel, while Russian River is near Santa Rosa and is known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Napa Valley includes the hot springs of Calistoga and is a world-renown region for producing several types of premium wines. Take a scenic bicycle tour of the beautiful area and visit hand-selected wineries known to produce some of the highest- quality wine in Northern California. At each winery, taste a variety of local wines and enjoy expert commentary from your sommelier guide. Follow charming roads and enjoy the breathtaking landscape of the California Wine Country as you cycle from winery to winery. Stop between wineries and indulge in a delicious picnic lunch (see itinerary section below for sample menu) among the vineyards. See the Itinerary section below for sample menu to whet your appetite! A shuttle will follow you to carry any wine purchases and assist any riders who would like to be driven. The total mileage ranges between 10 and 15 miles (16 and 20 km). Biking the whole way is optional and, at any point, guests may choose to ride in the shuttle.

$204 Day Trips & Excursions

2-Day Alcatraz Admission and Wine Country Bike Tour Combo

Day 1: Wine country bike tourYour 9-hour day trip starts with a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Northern California’s renowned wine country. Depending on the day of your tour, you'll explore the wine region of Napa Valley, Dry Creek Valley or Russian River Valley.Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County includes the town of Healdsburg and is known for its zinfandel; Russian River Valley, near Santa Rosa, boasts distinctive chardonnay and pinot noir; and the world-renowned region of Napa Valley, which includes the hot springs of Calistoga, produces many different high-end wines. By bicycle, follow your guide along scenic roads, stopping at four handpicked wineries known for their quality varietals. Hear about the unique characteristics of each glass you sip from your wine expert guide (tasting fees are at your own expense). Between wineries, pedal past rolling vineyards, and enjoy feeling no guilt about the wine you drink with all the calories you're burning. When your group is ready for lunch, take a break among the vineyards for a gourmet picnic. Your day trip ends with the drive back to San Francisco.Sample lunch menu: Cheese selection: French brie, local goat cheese and Spanish manchego Charcuterie selection: Prosciutto, salami, coppa Fresh locally baked bread Green salad: Wild arugula with fresh figs, roasted asparagus and pine nuts in a Meyer lemon vinaigrette Legume salad: Toasted garbanzo beans with roasted Brussels sprouts and wild mushrooms in a sun-dried tomato rémoulade Grain/starch salad: Arborio rice with roasted butternut squash, charred broccoli and dried cranberries served with shaved parmigiana Day 2: Alcatraz tourMake your own way to Alcatraz Landing at Pier 33 in San Francisco for the 15-minute ferry ride to ‘the Rock,’ aka Alcatraz Island. Snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline as you cruise across San Francisco Bay. When you arrive, listen to a brief history of Alcatraz and head into the cellblock to start your 2.5-hour audio tour ‘Doing Time.’ Through your provided headphones, hear about notorious gangsters such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly, and learn how several inmates attempted escape. Explore the prison grounds and stay as long as you wish before returning to Pier 33 (ferry departs about every 30 minutes).

$155 Water Sports

Guided Kayak Tour on Russian River

After a short instruction and safety talk at Memorial Beach, your guide will launch you into the Russian River and share information about the local history of the Healdsburg area. As you paddle, spot local wildlife such as snowy egrets and blue herons, and enjoy the picturesque scenery and surrounding flora. The tour covers approximately 9 miles (14 km), and along the way, stop at a small riverside beach for a picnic lunch and a quick dip in the water. The kayak tour concludes at Wholer Bridge, one of the oldest bridges in the Russian River Valley, where a driver will drive you back to the original departure point.

$99 Tours & Sightseeing

Sonoma County Segway Wine Tour at Russian River or Dry Creek

Meet your guide in Healdsburg for a 20-minute Segway training. A Segway tour combines the quick pace of a coach tour with the relaxing atmosphere and fresh air of a walking tour, allowing you to experience Sonoma wine country at its best. Once you feel comfortable on your Segway, follow your guide through one of the most scenic locations in the country, pausing to snap photos along the way.Choose to explore Dry Creek Valley or Russian River Valley, two epically beautiful wine regions in Sonoma County.Dry Creek ValleyDrive your Segway through various microclimates and into the historic Dry Creek Valley, a region famed for its zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc.With your guide, embark on a road less traveled, visiting three lesser-known wineries in the area: Ridge Vineyards, Mazzocco Winery and Quivira Vineyards. At these less-crowded wineries, enjoy wine tastings without fighting for space at the tasting counters. Before or after your visit to the wineries, stop for lunch or a snack -- outdoors, if possible -- to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.Russian River ValleyTravel through beautiful Russian River Valley, known for its chardonnays and pinot noirs. Feel free to ask your guide to take photos and videos of you and your family or friends with the rolling vineyards in the background -- these are included and will be sent to you via email after your tour. Visit Rodney Strong Vineyards and J Vineyards to explore the grounds and enjoy wine tastings. Stop for a snack before heading to your last destination, the vineyards of the oldest working winery in Sonoma, Foppiano Vineyards.

$189 Day Trips & Excursions

Sonoma, Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys 1-Day Wine Tasting Tour

Itinerary  Morning:  • Pickups at Fisherman’s Wharf, Financial District and Union Square hotels  • Get a wine tasting refresher course from your wine-enthusiast guide  • Stop for a coffee break in the historic Courthouse Square of Santa Rosa  • Enjoy a cellar tour and tasting at our first winery in Alexander Valley (fee included)  Early Afternoon:  • Visit the tiny but distinctive Dry Creek Valley AVA  • Tour and taste in the caves of a family-owned a Dry Creek winery (fee included)  • Linger over a picnic lunch in charming Healdsburg (included)   Late Afternoon:  • Experience the famously scenic Russian River Valley AVA  • Taste characteristic wines in a Russian River Valley winery (fee included)  • Cruise over to the Petaluma Gap AVA  • Enjoy a tasting in the cellars of a Sonoma Coast winery (fee included)  • Stop for selfies at the Golden Gate Bridge before returning to your San Francisco hotel  Included in the tour  • Luxury transportation  • Expert tour guide  • All premium wine and tasting fees  • Cave or barrel room tour  • Picnic lunch 

$795 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Sonoma and Napa Wine Country Private Full-Day Tour

Full Day 8 Hour Tour We typically visit one or two wineries before lunch, then another one or two after, depending on the driving distances and pace you choose. Some prefer to get four tastings in, others like a long lunch & enjoy a bottle and the views at just a couple of stops. It's up to you. If seeing a little bit of both valleys, I highly recommend visiting Napa before Sonoma to prevent afternoon traffic delays. A sit down restaurant lunch can be taken in a wine country town like Sonoma or Yountville. Picnicking is generally not permitted in Napa Valley but can be done at select locations in Sonoma Valley. Great food is available (dine in or to go) at various deli locations. 8 hour tour (Extra time is $100 per hour) Departure time is flexible. Contact with your preference after booking.  Drive times from SF to wine regions: 1 hour to Southern Sonoma Valley 1:15 Southern Napa Valley or Glen Ellen (mid Sonoma) 1:30 Northern Napa (Rutherford, Oakville, Yontville, St Helena, Calastoga) 1:30 Northern Sonoma (Healdsburg, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek) 1:45 Far North (Calistoga, Anderson Valley, Geyserville) Transportation for passengers is provided in an extended 2015 Ford Expedition EL XLT equipped with 4-wheel drive. Selected for its size, this comfortable vehicle has leather seats and a full 3rd row with 17% more leg room than other SUVs of its model year. This modern vehicle is clean and has working air conditioning and heating.

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