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$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.

$165 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.

$231 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Napa Valley Wine Train, Lunch, Transport from San Francisco

On the morning of your tour, head to the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Depending on the day you select, you’ll take the ferry (Mon-Fri) or a bus (Sat-Sun) from here to Vallejo, where you’ll then board a shuttle and head north to beautiful Napa Valley wine country. When you arrive in Napa, hop aboard the famous Napa Valley Wine Train! You'll be directed to your seat and welcomed with a taste of wine. Then, simply sit back and soak in impeccable views of Napa’s stunning 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, you’re encouraged to explore this unique train during your journey – you may even visit the kitchen car to watch the chefs prepare your gourmet meal.You’ll sit in your choice of the first or second seating section, depending on when you’d like to enjoy your lunch (see Schedule & Pricing for details). Choose from a fresh, seasonal menu, and enjoy a delicious meal prepared to your specifications (see Itinerary below 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. Your Napa Valley Wine Train experience will end in the early evening, when you'll board the shuttle for your return trip to Vallejo. You’ll then hop on the 5:15pm ferry to return to San Francisco.

$139 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Napa Valley Wine Trolley and Castle Tour with Tasting

After pickup from your designated meeting point in Yountville, your Napa Valley Wine Trolley tour takes you north on Highway 29, the scenic St Helena Highway. Make yourself comfortable in the open-air motorized trolley, and listen to commentary from your guide as you enjoy the fresh air and vineyard views during the drive up to the St Helena and Calistoga areas. After about 30 minutes, you’ll reach your first of three wineries, Castello di Amorosa.Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery, including the medieval-style Tuscan castle, and then enjoy a wine tasting of varietals like pinot noir, sangiovese or award-winning chardonnay. (Note: This tasting ONLY is included.) Next, head to Clos Pegase Estate, a "must visit" destination for those seeking a tranquil environment to enjoy renowned architecture and world-class wine. The winery design was completed by acclaimed architect Michael Graves 1987 and includes the iconic building, the idyllic grounds, and unique caves. Midday, you will enjoy lunch catered by French-bistro The Girl & the Fig in one of the various areas at the winery. Savor a buffet of sandwiches, side salads, and desserts, served family style so you can pick and choose among tasty offerings. After a delicious wine tasting and lunch, hop back on the trolley for one more stop at another Napa valley winery.  Since there are so many wineries in Napa, we keep this winery as an every changing rotation of the many eclectic wineries and tasting rooms that Napa has to offer.  Your tour ends with the trolley ride back down valley.

$149 Day Trips & Excursions

Napa, Sonoma Wine-Tasting, Organic Winery Tour with Lunch

After pickup from your San Francisco hotel, relax on a comfortable drive north to wine country. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the city skyline. Wind through the coastal mountains of the Marin Headlands and along the base of Mt Tamalpais, leaving the rush of the city behind and setting the pace for a relaxing day out in the country. Get ready for a day of wine tastings in Sonoma and Napa Valley!Once in Sonoma County, admire the rolling hills and beautiful valleys that have supplied the world with fantastic wines for more than 60 years. Your professional guide will describe the region and its wine in detail so that you can truly appreciate your experience.Your first stop is Benziger Family Winery, where you'll hop on a 45-minute tram tour to enjoy up-close views of the biodynamic vineyards, fermentation facility and crush pad. This intimate tram tour lets you follow the winemaking process from the roots to the glass and see how wine is made, bottled, aged and distributed. Back in the tasting room, you can enjoy the fruits of these labors! Enjoy a special tasting of the winery's award-winning wines and walk through the barrel caves. You'll learn all about the art of biodynamic viticulture, an increasingly popular process that uses organic methods of farming without the use of pesticides and other artificial chemicals. For lunch, you'll settle down at Benziger Family Winery and picnic on a deli lunch. You'll have the option to indulge on a turkey, roast beef, ham, or vegetarian sandwich, accompanied by a pasta salad, piece of fruit, and cookie.In the afternoon, travel over to Napa County to continue wine tasting in Oakville, Yountville or in the city of Napa itself. The landscape of rolling hills laced with rows of wine grapes is truly awe-inspiring, and provides a romantic backdrop for memorable photos. On your return trip, make one more photo stop above the Golden Gate Bridge -- a must-do for first-time visitors! You'll arrive back at your San Francisco hotel in the evening.

$235 Day Trips & Excursions

Vine to Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip plus Alcatraz Tour and Aquarium Access

Day 1: Alcatraz tour Make your own way to Pier 33 in San Francisco for the 15-minute ferry ride across the bay to Alcatraz Island. When you land on ‘the Rock,’ receive a brief history of Alcatraz, and then head into the cellblock to learn about the former federal prison, now a national park. Via the provided audio tour 'Doing Time,' you'll hear interviews from former inmates such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly. Expect to spend up to 2.5 hours on the self-guided audio tour; you can explore the prison grounds and stay as long as you wish before hopping back on the ferry to return to Pier 33. (Ferry departs approximately every 30 minutes.)Then, head over to the Aquarium of the Bay and use your all-day access pass.Day 2: Wine country tourYour 10-hour day trip starts with hotel pickup in San Francisco. Head out of town with your guide aboard a biodiesel minibus. As you cross the Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and the city skyline.Making your way north to wine country, travel past Mt Tamalpais before arriving in Sonoma County, a region of vineyards planted along rolling hills and valleys that supply the world with renowned wines. Your first stop is Benziger Family Winery, where you'll hop on a tram for up-close views of the vineyards, fermentation facility and crush pad. This 45-minute tram tour allows you to follow the winemaking process from roots to glass while you learn how wine is aged, bottled and distributed.Back in the tasting room, enjoy the fruits of these labors with a tasting of Benziger's award-winning wines, and then take a walk through the barrel caves to learn about biodynamic viticulture, an increasingly popular process that uses organic methods of farming without the use of pesticides and other artificial chemicals.Before you leave, you'll settle down to a deli lunch on a private picnic area. You'll have the option to indulge on a turkey, roast beef, ham, or vegetarian sandwich, accompanied by a pasta salad, piece of fruit, and cookie. In the afternoon, travel over to neighboring Napa County to continue wine tasting at three to five more wineries in Oakville, Yountville or in the city of Napa itself. During the drive, admire the landscape of gentle hills laced with rows of grapevines — the perfect backdrop for photos.On trip back to San Francisco, make a photo stop in the Marin Headlands above the Golden Gate Bridge before ending your day trip with hotel drop-off.

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