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San Francisco and Wine Country Delights 2014

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Nicholson Ranch in Napa Valley, USARavenswood Winery in Napa Valley, USARavenswood Winery in Napa Valley, USAPier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, USA
Nicholson Ranch in Napa Valley, USA
Ravenswood Winery in Napa Valley, USA
Ravenswood Winery in Napa Valley, USA
Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, USA
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: America and Canada 2014
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    At Leisure 2014
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  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: Experience a laid back lifestyle on this guided holiday through California. Discover the iconic sights of San Francisco from the Golden Gate Bridge to vibrant Chinatown before heading to the renowned picturesque California Wine Country. Explore the lush vineyards of the Napa Valley, sample fine wines and even blend your own bottle of wine on this exciting tour through this world-famous wine region.
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Trip Itinerary

  • 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 the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency San Francisco (MD)

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  • Day 2

    SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING

    After a leisurely breakfast, begin your day with a Small Group Sightseeing visit to San Francisco's famous Saturday morning Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market for a food-tasting Local Speciality adventure. 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 a Local Expert for a Small Group Sightseeing walk in the footsteps of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Grateful Dead and learn about the impact of the alternative rock culture on San Francisco and the world. 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 Local Speciality during a stop at the Golden Gate Cookie Factory to watch how fortune cookies are made. Tonight, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • 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. If you're a foodie, you can eat your way through San Francisco's eclectic neighbourhoods on an optional gourmet tasting tour. 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.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    SAN FRANCISCO – SONOMA (4 NIGHTS)

    Leave your hearts in San Francisco as you set out in search of Bacchus in California's world-renowned Wine Country. 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. Enjoy a Local Speciality during 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. This afternoon, retreat to a private blending lab at Ravenswood Winery for a Local Speciality—create, taste and bottle your own perfect combination of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn (MD)

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  • Day 5

    NAPA VALLEY 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 artisan cheeses; nibble on cured salami and speciality sausages; and sate your sweet tooth with a tasting of decadent chocolates. You'll have a chance to shop for your own treats before travelling on to the quaint town of St. Helena and the V. Sattui Winery. After touring the winery, prepare your palate for an outstanding selection of wine and then relax at a picnic Highlight Lunch on the beautiful grounds. This evening in Sonoma, celebrate a wonderful holiday with a Be My Guest dinner at a winery where you'll also enjoy a private tour and sample estate-produced wines


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Lunch / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 6

    NAPA AT LEISURE

    You have a free day to explore Napa on your own! Spend the day around town, enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the charming restaurants or shop for antiques and crafts. If you are feeling extra adventurous, join an optional sunrise balloon flight over the vineyards or a journey through the bucolic countryside with lunch aboard the vintage rail cars of the Napa Valley Wine Train.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    CALISTOGA EXCURSION

    Travel the scenic drive north to St. Helena. Then, join a guided private tour of Castello di Amorosa, a 107-room, Tuscan-style castle and winery. Learn the Local Speciality of the castle vintners who combine traditional wine making methods with modern technology to produce wines similar to the hand-crafted wines from Italy's Tuscany and Umbria regions. And, you'll enjoy a wine tasting, of course! Lunch is on your own in downtown Calistoga, noted for its hot springs and geyser. Continue on to Flora Springs where you will enjoy a tour with tastings straight from the barrel; conclude with four wine tastings, paired with artisan cheeses.  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 a glass of champagne and hors d'oeuvres before enjoying the fruits of your labour at a Farewell Dinner with a pairing of locally produced wines.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 8

    NAPA – DEPART SAN FRANCISCO

    Wrap up your Wine Country sojourn this morning with a tour of the beautiful chateau and vineyards of Domaine Carneros. Learn the Local Speciality secrets of sparkling wine production and toast your fellow travellers with a seated wine tasting of sparkling wines. Before you know it, it will be time to say one last ‘Cheers' in California—take your complimentary transfer to San Francisco International Airport, or to the Hyatt Regency San Francisco if you are extending your stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 3 p.m.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Be My Guest Enjoy a dinner and a private tour of a Sonoma winery.
  • Local Speciality Experience the local farmer's market in San Francisco.
  • Local Speciality Taste and learn about fortune cookies.
  • Local Speciality See the making of sparkling wine in Napa.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy a tour and tasting at an Olive Press in Sonoma.
  • Local Speciality Create and sample your own wine at a private blending lab at Ravenswood Winery.
  • Local Speciality See the production techniques of castle vintners in Calistoga.
  • Local Expert Tour San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighbourhood.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • San FranciscoEnjoy a city tour exploring the main attractions; take a guided walk through Chinatown.
  • Sonoma and Napa ValleyJourney along the scenic Valley of the Moon, Carneros Highway and Silverado Trail, dotted with wineries.
  • SonomaStroll historic Sonoma Plaza for some shopping at quaint boutiques.
  • St. HelenaEnjoy a tour and tasting followed by a picnic lunch at V. Sattui Winery; sample wine straight from the barrel on a tour at Flora Springs.
  • Castello di AmorosaEnjoy a private guided tour of the castle followed by a tasting of five wines.
  • Domaine CarnerosTour the winery, visit the beautiful chateau and enjoy a tasting of various sparkling wines.
  • Small Group SightseeingIn San Francisco, enjoy an expert guided tour of Haight Ashbury and the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience.

Dining

  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch:
    • Picnic Highlight Lunch with drinks at a winery in St. Helena
  • 4 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in San Francisco
    • Highlight Dinner in San Francisco
    • Be My Guest dinner with wine at a Sonoma Valley winery
    • Private cooking class and Farewell Dinner with wine in Sonoma

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 7 nights First Class accommodation

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