San Francisco & Napa, California: Wine and Food in the Golden State

Pop the cork wine lovers: this tour gives you a behind the scenes view of the horticulture and viticulture world of California. Special tastings, wine immersion experiences, and tours of famous vineyards, Farmer’s market visits and cooking demonstrations will make it easy for you to immerse new inspirations back home in your kitchen. Experience the valley’s intense, powerful grapes that aged for decades, creating the taste of lush black fruit - blackberry, cassis, dark cherry – allied with complex underpinnings of tannins that create an unforgettable wine and culinary  experience. Top off your gastronomic adventure with unparalleled touring to one of California’s most iconic little towns, known for being a foodie paradise!

 

Degree of Difficulty - Two Paws

Slightly Active. May involve some walking and climbing.

Day 1  

ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO

Your journey begins as you arrive in San Francisco and transfer to your hotel, where a welcome dinner awaits you. Your upscale hotel is situated at the base of Nob Hill, and within a few blocks of San Francisco’s most popular neighborhoods. SERRANO HOTEL. (D)

 

Day 2  

SAN FRANCISCO/NAPA

Embark on a walking tour of this charming city.  See Union Square, the ceremonial heart of the city, full of lovely boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants; Chinatown, North America’s oldest; established in the mid-19th century, boasting the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Stroll down the narrow bustling streets, passing by the many shops selling everything from jade to herbal remedies, the many temples and, of course, the vibrant people. Continue to North Beach with its unique painted house facades, decorated by present day “Michelangelos.” Though adjacent to Chinatown, there is a distinct Italian feel as the neighborhood has historically been home to a large Italian-American population. Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio even grew up here! You will have the afternoon at your leisure before ending this wonderful day by setting off on the Napa Valley Wine Train for dinner in the Vista Dome Car, where the meals will be prepared on board as you watch the landscape fly past. NAPA RIVER INN. (B,D)

 

Days 3

NAPA

Join the instructors at the Silverado Cooking School Napa this morning for a culinary experience of the highest order. Learn from professionally trained chefs, using only fresh and organic ingredients, how to prepare a gourmet dish using the flavors of Napa Valley. Prepare something incredible, which you will then enjoy for lunch with the rest of your group. After lunch, you are free to take a leisurely walk down to the town to explore or perhaps rent a bicycle or kayak for a more active and adventurous afternoon in the river or along the verdant hills in this scenic area. NAPA RIVER INN. (B,L)

 

Day 4 

NAPA/ ST. HELENA/CALISTOGA/HEALDSBURG

Start your day at Robert Mondavi vineyard, named for the winery operator who put tireless effort into publicizing Napa Valley and ensuring that it would be a recognized region on the global scale for the grapes and fine wines produced here. Enjoy a tour and tasting before heading by car to the CIA – no, not the government agency, the Culinary Institute of America. Delight in a truly incredible lunch here, prepared by some of the most talented culinary minds in the nation. Continue on to Calistoga to visit the Clos Pegaose winery which features its own private cave! You will tour the cave and of course, enjoy a wine tasting here before heading to your final winery for the day – the Francis Ford Coppola. End the evening in Healdsburg, considered one of the top ten small towns in America, where there are abundant options for you to plan your free evening. BEST WESTERN VINEYARD CREEK (B,L)

 

Day 5

HEALDSBURG

This morning, enjoy a guided stroll through the town and stop downtown to sample some of the food and drink available locally.  You’ll have time to photograph the unique sights of Healdsburg, considered one of the top “foodie” destinations in the USA. You will learn about the culture and history of this little town and what makes it such a delicious stop off for food lovers. You will have a free afternoon to use as you wish, which might involve renting a bicycle and heading out to the vineyards or visiting the tasting rooms in town. You might even opt to visit the Farmer’s market and buy some of the incredible local produce, wine, cheese, honey, olive oil, bread, and more sold in this open air setting. Keep your eye out for the perfect restaurant to visit for dinner during your free evening in Healdsburg. BEST WESTERN VINEYARD CREEK. (B,L)

 

Day 6

HEALDSBURG/SAN FRANCISCO

Today, you will be enjoy a tour and tasting at the Bohemian Cheese Factory, a luxurious experience; you can treat your taste buds to a variety of the creamy, crumbly, and supple cheeses served here. Finish off the delicious experience with the next stop at Korbel Winery, known for sparkling wines in addition to the standard reds and whites. Lunch will be picnic style at the sprawling Armstrong Redwood State Park, followed by a short hike around the grounds to get a good look at the giant redwood trees for which the park is named. Your drive back into San Francisco will cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, granting you an incredible view across San Francisco Bay. After checking into the hotel, enjoy some time to explore Fisherman’s Wharf before we set sail on the bay. Your farewell dinner will be one to remember as you sail around the glittering bay under the stars and moon.  SERRANO HOTEL (B,L,D)

 

Day 7

DEPART SAN FRANCISCO

Bid farewell to San Francisco and California after your amazing adventure and wine experience

Prices starting at $4,795. For further booking, date, and pricing info please contact info@classicescapes.

Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.