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San Francisco and Wine Country Delights - A Trafalgar Escorted Tour
This laid-back journey from San Francisco to Sonoma and Napa explores all the sights and tastes along the way, including the fruits of the world-renowned wine country.You'll enjoy Insider moments like... savouring Baja-style fish tacos and handmade chocolate at the San Francisco Ferry Building's famous farmers' market. And blending your own wine at a family owned-winery, before enjoying lunch with your hosts.
Early booking offers available for 2017 departures - please call Bon Voyage for further details.
Solo Traveller? Offers available, please call for details.
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What’s Included in your Traflalgar escorted holiday:
Flights from the UK to San Francisco, California
UK Private door to door airport transfers and transfers in the USA
6 nights accommodation in superior hotels in sought-after locations
Meals: 6 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Included sights: city tour of both San Francisco and Sonoma, visit Nicholson Ranch Winery, Sullivan Vineyards in Rutherford, scenic drives along Caneros Highway and Silverado Trail through Sonoma and Napa Valleys.
Insider Experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Travel in luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and on-board restroom
The services of professional Tour Directors throughout your holiday
All hotel service charges, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Audio headsets for all guided visits and included sightseeing
FREE DOOR TO DOOR UK TRANSFERS
We believe your holiday should be a relaxing and hassle free experience from start to finish. This is why we include complimentary private UK airport transfers with every trip.
You will be collected from your home by a private chauffeur-driven car and taken to your departure airport. At the end of your holiday, you will be met at the airport upon arrival for a relaxing journey home.
No worries. No hassle.
2017: June 16; July 7; August 4; September 1; October 20
Day 1 : Arrive San Francisco (3 nights)
Welcome to San Francisco and the beginning of your wine country adventure. After checking in at your hotel, feel free to start your discovery of San Francisco and get a preview of the many sites you will visit in the coming days. At 6 p.m., gather at a local restaurant with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Day 2 : San Francisco Sightseeing
After a leisurely breakfast, begin your day with a visit to San Francisco's famous Saturday morning Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market for a food-tasting adventure with a Local Specialist. After some time on your own for lunch at Fisherman's Wharf, set out for a real insider's experience of Haight-Ashbury, ground zero for the hippie generation in the ‘60s. Join Local Specialists for a guided walk in the footsteps of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Grateful Dead to learn about the impact of the alternative rock culture on San Francisco and the world. Explore a Cultural Insight, the Cable Car Museum, a celebration of San Francisco's rail transit history, focused on exploring the positive impact streetcars and cable cars have made on the quality of urban life in this great city.
This evening, join your Travel Director on a walking tour through Chinatown, exploring the neighbourhood's fascinating history. Inhale the fragrant scents of the tea and herbal shops, admire the Chinese-style buildings, and enjoy a Cultural Insight during a stop at the Golden Gate Cookie Factory to watch how fortune cookies are made. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Full Breakfast is also included.
Day 3 : San Francisco At Leisure
Take the entire day to explore glorious, exciting, eccentric San Francisco on your own. Ride the cable cars, shop Union Square, or visit the museums and gardens of Golden Gate Park. You can also venture further away on optional trips to Carmel and Monterey, Muir Woods National Monument or Yosemite National Park. Your Travel Director will be happy to help you make any arrangements.Full Breakfast
Day 4 : San Francisco – Sonoma (3 nights)
Leave your heart in San Francisco as you set out in search of Bacchus in California's world-renowned wine country. Enjoy lunch journeying through the countryside sampling wine aboard the vintage rail cars of the Napa Valley Wine Train. Your evening is free, perhaps take in one of the delicious restaurants on historic Sonoma Plaza. Full Breakfast and Regional Meal included.
Hotel: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Day 5 : Napa Valley Excursion
Enjoy a visit to an olive press in Sonoma where you take a tour and learn about the harvesting process and the making of olive oil with a Local Specialist. Stroll historic Sonoma Plaza, flanked by the Presidio and Mission San Francisco de Solano—the last California mission built—and browse the unique gift shops where you will have lunch on your own. Then retreat to a private blending lab at Ravenswood Winery with a Local Specialist—create, taste and bottle your own perfect combination of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. This evening, the tables are turned, as you join a hands-on cooking class at a famous culinary school. You'll group into teams with your fellow travellers and prepare a delicious four-course gourmet meal alongside top chef instructors. When finished, toast your efforts with hors d'oeuvres and a glass of champagne before enjoying the fruits of your labour with local wines. Full Breakfast and Regional Meal included.
Day 6 : Calistoga Excursion
Starting with a visit to downtown Napa and the Oxbow Public Market, today is a day devoted to tasting the savoury, sweet, salty and spicy flavours of California wine country. Sample creamy, delicate, locally-produced salami and specialty sausages, and sate your sweet tooth with a tasting of decadent chocolate. After travelling the stunning Silverado Trail, lunch is on your own in downtown Calistoga, noted for its hot springs and geyser. Continue on to Sullivan Vineyards where you will enjoy a tour with tastings straight from the barrel, conclude with four wine tastings, paired with artisan cheeses. This evening in Sonoma, celebrate wine country with a Be My Guest Farewell dinner at a local winery where you'll enjoy a private tour and sample estate-produced wines. Full Breakfast and Be My Guest Dining included.
Day 7 : Napa – Depart San Francisco
Before you know it, it will be time to say one last ‘cheers' in California—take your transfer to San Francisco International Airport, or to the Hyatt Regency San Francisco if you are extending your stay. Full Breakfast.
Want to extend your escorted tour?
Bon Voyage can suggest and pre-book many interesting and unusual pre and post tour options for you. How about time on the beach? A rail journey? A cruise? Or city stopover?
Please do call the North American experts at Bon Voyage to discuss the choices available to you.
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