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Enjoy San Francisco & the California Winelands

11 Nights Self-Drive Tour from £1,489 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

A perfect holiday for a honeymoon, special occasion or just when you deserve a little indulgence. Fly into San Francisco for a few days to explore all that this charming and fun city has to offer. Whether it’s careering around the streets in a two-seater GoCar, sampling the local tastes on a Foodie Tour or cruising the bay on a champagne sunset cruise, you can choose just what you want to do. Then you’ll head north over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge into Wine Country.

We’ve planned a couple of days in Sonoma, with its beautiful historic centre, and a couple of days in Napa, arguably the wine capital of the world, but we can amend this if you’d rather base yourself in just one location. There’s plenty to do in both places, combining outdoor pursuits with sampling the local produce. And there’s a great selection of hotels to choose from, depending on your budget.

Highlights

  • Ride a street car in San Francisco, take a Segway tour or take the boat out to the prison island of Alcatraz
  •  Hire a bike in Sonoma to explore the wineries and historical heart of the city
  • Take the Napa Valley Wine Train, renowned for its wonderful food and extensive wine list, as it winds through the Californian vineyards

Itinerary Overview

Fly into San Francisco stay 3 nights - Sonoma 2 nights - Napa 2 nights - return flight from San Francisco

Details

Day 1

Fly to San Francisco

Arrive into The City by the Bay and either pick up your hire car or get a cab to your chosen hotel. We suggest that you don’t pick up your hire car until you’re ready to leave the city as there are so many better ways to get around.

Day 2

San Francisco

You have a couple of full days to explore this exciting city and you might want to start with its number one attraction – the prison island of Alcatraz. You will need to book your tickets well in advance as this tour sells out on a daily basis. The trams are a great way to get around the city, and once you’ve worked out where each of the three lines go to, it’s simple to navigate. Each journey will cost $7 or you can buy a day pass for $21. This evening you can explore one of the lively districts such as Union Square or Chinatown.

Day 3

San Francisco

There are several different choices for touring San Francisco, bus, bike, Segway or perhaps you might want to do a Foodie Walking Tour. But the most exhilarating way to explore the city is the GoCar – two-seater mini-cars that you can zip around it with the help of a Sat Nav to show you around. We can book any of these options for you before you start your holiday.

Day 4

San Francisco to Sonoma – 44 miles

Pick up your hire car in the morning, then head over the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s only a short drive to Sonoma so there’s plenty of time to call in to the charming town of Sausilto, just over the bridge, where you find cute boutique shops and swanky mansions. Also worth a visit en route to the Sonoma Valley are the John Muir Woods – here you can marvel at the sheer size of the giant redwood trees. Once you arrive in Sonoma, you’ll want to ditch the car so that you can crack on with tasting the wonderful and varied wines of the area.

Day 5

Sonoma

This is a gorgeous town with a historic heart, and so you can have a wonderful day just exploring on foot. Sonoma Plaza is surrounded by colonial buildings including the Mission San Francisco and the Sonoma Barracks dating back to the city’s Mexican colonial past. There is a lovely walking trail around this district, which also takes in various wineries and shops offering cheese and local produce, so you can break up your stroll to sample the best of the region.

Day 6

Sonoma to Napa – 15 miles

After a relaxed start, take the short drive to Napa. You could spend the afternoon cycling the country lines – either just admiring the scenery or taking a guided tour to small family owned wineries. Or you could hire kayaks to paddle the Napa River. You’ll find myriad restaurants and wine rooms in this charming town – one of our favourite hotels, the Andaz Napa, has twenty wineries within walking distance. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Day 7

Napa

Today you should take the Napa Valley Wine Train. Board the vintage railcars and travel through 36 miles of beautiful wine country. The train is famed for its cuisine as well as the wine selections, so just sit back and enjoy three hours of indulgence as you travel through the western side of the Napa Valley.

Day 8

Napa to San Francisco International Airport – 58 miles

You will have your flights home from San Francisco this afternoon, but it should only take an hour and a half to the airport, so you’ll have time to buy a few souvenirs of your holiday before heading off.

Our suggested hotels for this itinerary are:

San Francisco

 

Sonoma

 

Napa

  • Prices shown include 3* – 4 * hotels for the duration of the itinerary based on two people sharing on a room only basis
  • International flights
  • Fully inclusive car hire
  • Personalised Roadbook

What’s Not Included

  • Resort fees and parking fees where applicable
  • Excursions
  • Road tolls

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel  

3 Nights Room Only

 - Enjoy San Francisco & the California Winelands

The historic Sir Francis Drake Hotel is a landmark boutique hotel located at Union Square in downtown San Francisco, just steps away from the best shopping in the city, theatres and some of the finest dining in California.

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Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn  

2 Nights Room Only

 - Enjoy San Francisco & the California Winelands

BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonoma Valley Inn provides comfort and convenience to wine country visitors seeking hotel accommodations close to Napa area wineries, shopping and fine dining.

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Andaz Napa  

2 Nights Room Only

 - Enjoy San Francisco & the California Winelands

A wonderful location in the lively West End district within walking distance of over 20 wine tasting rooms. The Andaz Napa is beautifully designed, with restful décor and comfortable bedrooms. The complimentary WiFi and parking are an added bonus.

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