Welcome to Sonoma

The crown jewel of the town is the plaza – the largest town square in all of California – and the historic mission and adobe buildings that flank it. You can legally drink on the plaza – a rarity in California parks – but only between 11:30am and sunset. As you radiate out from here, there are wonderful tree-lined blocks with Victorians and a few inns.

Around town, there's a number of excellent eateries and tasting rooms, as well as a hodge-podge of fun drinking establishments where locals mix with tourists, games of pool are won and lost, and plans are hatched for the next day's excursions into the nearby countryside.

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$134 Tours & Sightseeing

Muir Woods and Wine Country, Lunch Option from San Francisco

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhoto stopDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Marin County, CaliforniaThe primeval home to old growth Coastal Redwoods, some at least 1,200 years old. The tallest is 258 feet high. We optimize the time you spend on the trails of Coastal Redwoods by arriving before the crowds. You’ll spend just over an hour enjoying California’s native flora and fauna, taking in giant ferns, moss-lined creeks, fresh bay leaf-scented air from the many Laurel trees and squirrels, blue jays and deer if you’re lucky.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CaliforniaMonumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there.Stop At: Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, Sonoma County, CaliforniaLunch stopDuration: 1 hour

$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.

$167 Day Trips & Excursions

San Francisco Wine Country Small-Group Tour with Picnic Lunch

This semi private small group tour of Napa and Sonoma from San Francisco takes you to where America’s most famous wine labels originate. Visit boutique wineries not frequented by large group tours and get up close and personal with the winemakers. Your guide will consider requests for favorite wineries prior to the trip.Sample wines from famous grape-growing regions such as Oakville, Yountville, Los Carneros, Sonoma Valley and Kenwood and be entertained by your guide’s illuminating commentary on the science and art of wine making in between stops. You also have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic lunch at one of the wineries..Return to San Francisco after a fulfilling day of wine tasting and be dropped off at your hotel.

$119 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

Settle into your comfortable party bus or party limo, depending on the size of your tour group, and dig into a breakfast spread of croissants, bagels, cream cheese and fresh fruit accompanied by a mimosa (sparkling wine and orange juice). During the drive, you'll be entertained by your informative driver-guide, who points out sites of interest en route to wine country. At the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, stop at Vista Point for a panoramic view of Alcatraz, Angel Island, the San Francisco city skyline and the bayAt the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Then it’s onward to four Sonoma County and Napa County wineries that represent a cross-section of tastes to please any palate. Sip Italian varietals from sustainably grown grapes at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, a family-owned winery in the Carneros region of Sonoma. Or take a stroll through the dry-farmed vineyards at Madonna Estate Winery in Napa, and learn about organic wines handcrafted for four generations by the renowned Bartolucci family. Taste some of the 10 varietals, including chardonnay and pinot noir. (Note: tasting fees are not included, giving you the flexibility to decide what you want to try.) Additional wineries may include Hagafen Cellars in Napa, Roche Winery or Cline Cellars in Sonoma, or a tasting room on Sonoma Plaza. You'll also make a stop at the Olive Press, an award-winning producer of olive oil. Taste traditional varietals as well as oils infused with herbs and fruits. About halfway through the day, sit down to a winery picnic lunch. You'll also visit CornerStone Sonoma, a relaxing spot that's home to boutiques, wine rooms, food shops and gallery-style gardens designed by landscape architects. Your 8.5-hour day trip ends with return to select San Francisco drop-off points. Sample lunch menu (subject to change): • Turkey roll • Olive pasta • Mozzarella-basil (Caprese Salad) • Dolmas • Seasonal dessert

$399 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Sonoma and Napa Wine Tour from San Francisco

Our wine tour guide will arrive in a black on black luxury SUV at a predetermined location to pick up guests up to 7 people. We provide the option of guests enjoying a bottle of wine on us, at the beginning of the tour. Otherwise the bottle of wine we provide for the tour will be saved as a gift at the end of the tour. If you are unsure of which wineries to visit, there are predetermined lists of our top picks available, and we can accommodate your specific desired wine type. You may also provide us with their own list of preferred wineries to visit on the 8 hour tour although there may be additional tasting fees.Immediately from the pick up location we will begin our journey into Sonoma and Napa and stop at up to 5 wineries to enjoy tastings, foods, scenery and ambiance. At each winery, your chauffeur will drop guests off at the front door/entrance for as long as desired by the guest party.Once called upon via text or phone call, the chauffeur will pick up guests where they were dropped off, and move on to the next winery destination. At any point during the trip, guests may ask to stop for lunch or dinner, so long as it is done within the 8 hour time frame (including the pick up and drop off time duration). Guests will be safely transported either back to the original pick up location, or another location specified by the guest group.The guest group will also receive up to 2 bottles of red or white wine, as a gift!(Please note, free wine tastings are available from a tour providers winery list. If guests wish to have free wine tastings as a priority, guests must choose wineries from a select list provided to them. Please clarify after time of booking your group's preferences.)Below is list of just some of the wineries we may visit. • Frogs Leap • Jacuzzi  • Domaine Carneros • Gloria Ferrer • V. Sattui Winery • Peju Province Winery • Castello Di Amarosa • Caymus • Nickel & Nickel • Andretti Winery • Stag's Leap • Opus One Winery • Paraduxx • Chimney Rock Winery • Ram's Gate • Del Dotto • Far Niente • Sterling Winery • Cline Cellars • Gundlach & Bundschu • Ledson Winery • Benzinger Winery • Mumm Napa

$85 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Half-Day Wine Country Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California10 minutes pictures time on the Northern side of the Golden Gate BridgeDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, Sonoma County, CaliforniaVisit First Winery, drivers choice. comprehensive tour of the winery.Wine TastingDuration: 1 hour 15 minutesStop At: Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, Sonoma County, CaliforniaVisit Second winery. Wine Tasting. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, Sonoma County, CaliforniaLearn the history of Sonoma. Quick lunch or coffee shop.Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Union Square, San Francisco, CaliforniaReturn to your hotels.