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Napa Wine Region

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  • Napa Wine Region

    Sitting to the north of San Francisco, Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa Counties are home to a myriad of wineries, tempting visitors from across the globe to taste their award winning wines.

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    Boasting a near perfect climate, soil and water supply speciality chardonnays and zinfandels are produced to exemplary standards. In addition you will find locally grown produce and cheeses in the charming markets and a scattering of small towns with big personalities.

    Our top 5 winery recommendations for the California Wine Country region

    Jordan, Sonoma
    Explore the architectural splendour of the iconic Winery Chateau in Healdsburg that has defined Jordan for four decades. We recommend their Winery Tour & Library Tasting where you’ll walk the cobblestone terrace and enjoy the scenic views overlooking the Sonoma wine country garden and vineyards, explore the iconic Jordan chateau followed by a seated tasting in the wood panelled library, where you’ll sample Jordan wines, hors d’oeuvre pairings, their home pressed olive oil and more.

    Chalk Hill, Sonoma
    The true essence of Chalk Hill is its estate.  A unique corner of California wine country. Here, proprietor Bill Foley both preserves the nature of the land and honours it by producing wines reflecting its exceptional qualities. Sonoma County’s premier food & wine pairing experience! The ultimate experience is the Culinary Tour and Tasting.  Your adventure will begin by touring the estate’s private culinary garden, where organically-farmed produce is the inspiration for their Executive Chef’s culinary artistry. Following a brief excursion through the vineyards, you will arrive at a gorgeous setting — a conservatory overlooking the equestrian centre with panoramic views of the Chalk Hill valley. There, you will enjoy a sit-down tasting of our exquisite estate wines paired with culinary offerings from our Estate Chef. This tour makes any visit to California’s wine region something special.

    St Francis, Sonoma
    For more than four decades, St. Francis Winery has consistently produced luscious, elegant, fruit driven wines so whether you’re visiting Sonoma for the first time or you’ve been many times before, make sure you include the Wine & Food Pairing experience at St. Francis on your next visit. Enjoy small dishes paired with fabulous wines hosted by a wine expert. You won’t regret it!

    Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma
    Before Napa and Sonoma were household names and before there was a California wine world at all, there was Buena Vista. Founded in 1857, Buena Vista is California’s first premium winery, and its history is as colourful as it is proud. Just outside the town of Sonoma, the original winery is now a California Historic Landmark, and home to the winery, tasting room, and visitor’s centre. If you’re looking for a wine region experience with a difference, try their Be the Count Blending Experience.  You’ll be guided through the art of blending and create your own personalised bottle with your customised label. An experience that’s educational as well as fun!

    Trefethen Family Vineyards, Napa
    One of Napa’s classic wine estates, Trefethen is still a hidden gem. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the 19th-century redwood winery is still a working cellar, and along with the gracious staff it provides a warm, comfortable environment in which to sample their distinctive, award-winning wines. Try the Reserve Tasting and savour a selection of special, limited release wines as well as the occasional older vintages from the cellar.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Everyone should drive Highway 1 - the Pacific Coast Highway, but our tip is to do it from north to south. Whichever direction you take the scenery is stunning but you get a better view going south because you're on the ocean side of the road.

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      Hearst Castle is a must-see stop as you drive along the coast, taking you back to the early days of Hollywood.

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      Wine tasting tours are plentiful in Napa and Sonoma. Our favourites are Jordan's and Chalk Hill. Try the Library Tasting tour, a wine and cheese pairing at Jordan's and the Culinary Tour at Chalk Hill, a wine and food pairing prepared by Chef Didier. Both are exceptional experiences and amazing value.

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      Visit the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. On Thursdays, from 6pm, enjoy music, cocktails and entertainment whist experiencing world class exhibits and star gazing on the living roof.

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      San Francisco - where do you start? Visit North Beach for the cafe culture, take a tour to Alcatraz (we recommend you pre-book it), see Lombard Street, cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, take a sightseeing tour of the city on a fire engine, shop in Union Square.

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      For spectacular scenery, and to escape from the desert heat, take a ride on the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway. If you're in downtown Palm Springs on Thursdays, you'll enjoy VillageFest, offering live entertainment and an array of stalls selling food and gifts.

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      Yosemite National Park is one of California's great natural wonders. Stay for a couple of nights and include a guided horseback ride for a tour with a difference.

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      Follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive coastal route between Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove for stunning views of the Monterey Peninsula. There's a small fee to drive this route but it's worth it.

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      Rent a bike or rollerblades and enjoy people watching along the boardwalk at Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

    • Top Tip 10

      When visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, book the VIP ticket which allows you to jump the queues and includes behind-the-scenes access.

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  • Sample San Francisco & the Wine Region

    Begins in and ends in San Francisco, California

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated

     

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    Day 01

    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Hotel Zelos, which is your accommodation for the next 4 nights.

    Hotel: Hotel Zelos

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    San Francisco

    The next 3 days are at leisure to explore the 'city by the bay'. No trip to San Francisco is complete without a trip to Alcatraz, riding one of the trolley cars down the steep streets or seeing the sea lions down in the harbour at Fishermans Wharf. Your hotel in San Francisco is ideally located in Union Square, making it the perfect base for sightseeing and also shopping and dining.

    Hotel: Hotel Zelos

    46Mi/74Km

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    Napa Valley

    This morning you will collect your hire car from downtown San Francisco before driving out of the city and heading for the wine region of Napa Valley. Widely considered one of the best wine regions in the US, Napa boasts more than 400 wineries. During your stay in Napa, you will have chance to partake in wine tasting sessions at a variety of different wineries or maybe take a trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Your hotel in Napa, the River Terrace Inn, is located on banks of the Napa River and offers an idyllic setting for a relaxing stay.

    Hotel: River Terrace Inn

    59Mi/95Km

    Day 08

    Journey Home

    Enjoy time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before making your way to San Francisco Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1599 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Napa Valley Wine Train

    Napa Wine Region

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    Board the Napa Valley Wine Train and sail through the picture-postcard setting of Northern California's Napa Valley region. This three hour excursion, starting and terminating at Napa Valley Station, follows the historic train line built in 1847 by Samuel Brannan. The 36 mile journey takes you through famous wine valleys to the quaint town of St Helena, then loops back to Napa Valley.

    The vintage carriages, built between 1915 and 1952, have been lavishly restored to their original decor of a bygone era to enhance the experience. Napa Valley Wine Train has a choice of two excursion options, Gourmet Express or Champagne Vista Dome, for either lunch or dinner.

    Guests choosing Gourmet Express travel in the Pullman Lounge Car, enjoy picture windows, rich polished woods and custom designed fabrics.

    The epitome of elegance, those choosing the Vista Dome are treated to perfect views of the manicured vineyards and unique California architecture through the elevated dome windows. Passengers dine at their lavishly appointed tables with fine velveteen chairs, reminiscent of the early 1920's.

    Prices

    From £79 Gourmet Express (Lunch or dinner)
    From £99 Vista Dome (Lunch or dinner)
    Per person, round trip.