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From San Francisco: Muir Woods Wine Tour with Napa & Sonoma

1. From San Francisco: Muir Woods Wine Tour with Napa & Sonoma

On this full-day guided wine tasting and nature tour, explore the towering coastal redwoods in Muir Woods before indulging your more sophisticated side with wine tasting in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. Take an eco-friendly bus ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Muir Woods National Monument. Upon arrival, enjoy an hour-long hike, with fresh forest air. Arrive at historic Sonoma Plaza to grab some lunch (price not included). Continue to Napa and Sonoma Valley to taste red, white, and dessert wines from renowned producers such as the Larson Family, Cline Cellars, and Robledo Family wineries. Finally, stop at the Golden Gate Bridge for photos — fog permitting.

San Francisco: Muir Woods Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

2. San Francisco: Muir Woods Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

See the giant sequoia trees at Muir Woods National Monument and discover California's Wine Country on this San Francisco day trip with pickup. Walk in the shadows of the world's tallest trees before enjoying wine tastings at 3 wineries in the Sonoma and Napa valleys. Begin your morning with a convenient pickup at most San Francisco hotels. Take the the scenic drive to California's premier wine country as the tour crosses the Golden Gate Bridge on its way to a unique experience. Walk under and admire giant sequoia trees at Muir Woods National Park. Enjoy a comfortable ride to your first winery experience. Witness the golden scenery as your tour guide shares stories from the region's early winemaking history and prepares you for day that includes touring, tasting, and relaxing at three boutique wineries with characters representative of Napa and Sonoma valleys. Visit three wineries that have been carefully selected to include welcoming presentations by winemakers and educators about their vineyard, winemaking process, and unique features of their wines - most of which are only available for purchase at the winery. At midday, enjoy a generous lunch break and explore the boutique shops, history, and restaurants that surround the charming Sonoma Plaza. Finish the trip together with a memory making photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge before being dropped off at your San Francisco hotel. Select the lunch options, and please specify your choice of one item per course during the booking process. All courses are paired with wine. First Course - paired with Sparkling Wine, 3 oz • Petite cheese plate with Vella’s Mezzo Secco, Double Cream French Brie, Gruyere and fresh fruit Second Course - paired with Sauvignon Blanc, 3 oz (choose one) • White bean and vegetable soup topped with almond-arugula pesto  • Classic Caesar Salad romaine hearts with the Bistro’s home-made Caesar Dressing Main Course - paired with Pinot Noir, 3 oz (choose one) • Rigatoni Bolognese braised ground beef and pork in a house-made marinara sauce • Fusilli Pasta* tossed almond-arugula pesto and parmesan cheese • Chicken Piccata with mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach and caper butter sauce • Grilled Vegetable Sandwich fresh mozzarella and pesto spread on focaccia with a side of baby mixed greens tossed with citrus vinaigrette

From San Francisco: Napa & Sonoma Valley Full-Day Wine Trip

3. From San Francisco: Napa & Sonoma Valley Full-Day Wine Trip

Indulge yourself in luxury on this full-day tour of California’s wine regions from San Francisco. Visit 3 different wineries for tasting and a tour, and enjoy a stop at historic Downtown Sonoma Square. Take in panoramic views of California on the way toward Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, 2 of Northern California’s famous wine regions. Enjoy the services as a professional guide for a tour featuring wine tastings at 3 of the local partner's favorite wineries. At each winery, learn about wine-making techniques on a tour of the estate, and enjoy extraordinary wines at your tastings. In addition to visiting wineries, your professional guide will take you to see other famous sites in California’s wine country, including a lunch stop at the historic Downtown Sonoma Square. Here, enjoy eclectic dining options and boutique shopping during your lunch break. You also have the option to book this trip to include lunch at a local restaurant in the middle of the historic Square in Downtown Sonoma. Enjoy items from a variety of Californian-inspired dishes with appetizer, entree, beverage, tax, and gratuities all included.

San Francisco: Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

4. San Francisco: Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

Discover the secrets of winemaking on a guided day trip to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys from San Francisco. All tasting fees are included at 3 wineries, giving you the opportunity to sample local wines at each location. Board the air-conditioned bus. Admire the landscape of rolling hills and vineyards as you drive out of the city. Enjoy guided visits to three different wineries in the area. Learn the region's history, from Spanish missionaries who brought grapevines from Europe, to the Forty-Niners who served wines in their saloons. See how the grapes are picked, crushed, blended, and bottled. Walk through the beautiful vineyards and get the chance to taste the finished product, with wine tasting fees included at each location. During the tour, you’ll stop for lunch (at your own expense) in the historic Sonoma Plaza, or The Marketplace in the heart of Napa.  Lastly, after all these activities head on back to San Francisco, where you’ll be dropped off at the local partner’s office.

San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

5. San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

Discover Sonoma Valley and some of its best wines on this small-group, full-day tour. Learn about the history and traditions of winemaking in the region from your expert guide and taste wines from 3 wineries. Your adventure begins with a pick-up from your hotel/accommodation in downtown San Francisco. Get to know your travel companions for the day as you head out of town and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Learn about the region from your friendly and knowledgeable guide and sample many of the delicious wines that have made Northern California a world-renowned wine-producing region. Travel with a small group (limited to 13 people) to three of Sonoma's finest boutique wineries and spend approximately one hour at each winery. This journey also includes a stop in scenic Sausalito, a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge, and a lunch stop (lunch not included) in the historic town of Sonoma where you can select from one of the many fantastic restaurants on the square. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk into the past at Mission San Francisco Solano. After the final winery stop of the day, relax as your guide drives you back to your accommodation in San Francisco.

Sonoma County: Half-Day Wine Tour

6. Sonoma County: Half-Day Wine Tour

In just half a day, discover the best of Sonoma County, California’s famous wine county, on this guided group tour from San Francisco. Taste the best wines of the region, enjoy the Sonoma Valley scenery, and learn about the county’s history. Starting with pickup in San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge where the San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean and stop at the Marin County Vista Point for magnificent views. From the vista point, see the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Berkeley (home of the first UC campus), and the Bay Bridge which connects them to San Francisco. Continue the journey by passing above the hillside houses and yacht marinas of Sausalito and traveling north through the rolling hills of Marin County. Just 35 minutes from the bridge begins beautiful Sonoma Valley, the site of the first winery of California. Today, Sonoma Valley is a world-famous producer of fine wines, cheeses, and olive oils. Visit two wineries (typically one small, one large) chosen by your knowledgeable guides with your enjoyment and the diversity of wines in mind. Enjoy an included tasting at one of the two wineries and an optional second tasting at the other. Lunch is available for purchase at a winery or during a visit to downtown Sonoma Plaza, a park surrounded by historic buildings including the last Franciscan Mission, restaurants, cafes, shops, and wine tasting rooms. This experience concludes with drop-off back to your hotel.

Guided Private Wine Tour to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country

7. Guided Private Wine Tour to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country

Embark on a wine tasting adventure with a local, expert guide on a one-of-a-kind private wine tour to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country. Enjoy the exclusivity of having a tour guide and vehicle all to yourself and your group. Enjoy the convenience of getting picked up at your accommodation or a location in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma or Napa. Your experienced tour guide will work with you to create a customized itinerary (see sample itinerary) that suits your exact interests and preferences as well as your budget. Typically, you and your group will visit 3-4 wineries depending on travel time, where you would like to go, and how much time you would like to spend at each location. With over 1000 wineries to choose from, your group will not be short on options. Explore endless possibilities from family-run operations with rustic tasting rooms or a larger winery with gorgeous landscaped gardens. You can even do a cave tour for an additional cost and elevate your wine country adventure. Discover the many scenic towns in Napa or Sonoma or both that offer lunch options to satisfy all tastes and preferences.  Relax and reflect on your day as you get dropped off at your preferred drop-off point in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, or San Francisco.

San Francisco City & Wine tour

8. San Francisco City & Wine tour

The Half-Day Wine Country Tour is a pleasure for anyone who enjoys a good glass of wine or for those just wanting to experience the beautiful scenery of California's wine region, but have limited time. It gives you the opportunity to explore Downtown San Francisco, the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, and Golden Gate Park with unlimited hop-on hop-off use for 24 hours The tour departs from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco at midday and heads north, across the Golden Gate Bridge, through Marin County into the world famous Carneros Wine Region and to the charming town of Sonoma. Included on the tour are visits to 2-3 wineries in beautiful Sonoma County, spanning from mass production vineyards to smaller boutique wineries. This fun and informative Wine Country tour not only offers a taste of superb wineries in the region, but it also offers a chance to enjoy the splendor of the beautiful vineyards and picturesque Sonoma County as your guide escorts you from winery to winery. You travel in a minibus and group sizes are rather small. Wine tasting fees are included at 2 wineries, and there will be some free time to enjoy historic Sonoma Plaza. In addition, you receive a 1 Day Hop-on Hop-off Pass for the Official City tour. It gives you the opportunity to explore Downtown San Francisco, the world famous Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park with unlimited hop-on hop-off use for 24 hours. You can explore San Francisco in the morning before the start of your wine tour, or simply use your 1-Day Pass the next day for hoping on and off the bus at any of the designated Sightseeing stops to explore the all major sights of San Francisco at your own pace. Children are permitted on wine tasting tours, but you must be 21 or older to sample wines.

From San Francisco: Napa & Sonoma Wine Country Private Tour

9. From San Francisco: Napa & Sonoma Wine Country Private Tour

Embark on a private day tour to Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley and discover the best of Californian wine country. Explore the beautiful region with guided wine tastings at renowned local wine producers. Start with pickup from your hotel in central San Francisco. Get to know your private guide and travel by luxury bus to Napa and Sonoma Valley, famous for their fine wine and beautiful scenery. Visit 3 selected wineries, a mix of boutique and large-scale producers, as you drive through the region. You will visit 3 of the following: Madonna State Winery, Roche Winery, BR Cohn Winery, Muscardini Winery, or the Ru Vango winery. During your visits, see how grapes are picked, crushed, blended, and bottled. Walk through beautiful vineyards with your tour guide and then taste the finished product. Learn about the area’s history of winemaking, from the early Spanish missionaries who brought grapevines from Europe to the Forty-Niners who served wines in their saloons. Discover more about winemaking techniques, and shop for souvenirs in local shops. Enjoy some time to purchase some lunch or shop in Yountville or Sonoma Square Plaza, depending on traffic and time. After your day tour, relax on your scenic journey back to San Francisco, with a photo stop at the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge.

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What people are saying about Sonoma Plaza

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,306 reviews

Our Tour Guide Mitch was great, we had a blast! Would definitely recommend this tour. Doing Muir woods prior to wine country was a treat. Muir woods was very cool. We had lunch at Girl and the Fig in Somona Plaza for lunch and it was excellent. Cute restaurant with lots of charm and great food.

Everything since the reception to our drop off was a great experience! Our tour guide Gorge was amazing! He explained everything in 3 different languages! The tastings were amazing! And the food at the restaurant in downtown was delicious!

We had a good time. Our guide was knowledgeable in so many things, giving us plenty of info nuggets throughout the trip. All 3 wineries visited had their good points, and the hosts were welcoming.

I went with my family including my mom and dad. They had a great time. It was their first time at Napa and they want to go back. Excellent.

Excellent tour with an excellent guide! J was amazing!