With this San Francisco combo tour, visit Alcatraz Island by ferry, and take an audio walking tour of the infamous former prison and get all-day access to the Aquarium of the Bay. The next morning, head for the hills of Napa and Sonoma for a full day of wine tasting. In tranquil wine country, you’ll taste award-winning Sonoma and Napa Valley varietals at a hand-picked selection of award-winning wineries, plus enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch. This day trip by biofueled minicoach also includes a vineyard tram tour at Benziger Family Winery to learn about biodynamic winemaking and explore their wine caves.
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.