The Most Comprehensive Wine Country & Sequoia Redwoods Tour
What do I need to bring?
- Park entrance fee
- Valid ID
- Money for additional wine tasting at the Sonoma Plaza
- Sunscreen during summer months
- Bottled water
- Money for lunch
- Winter clothes during the winter months
- Solid shoes
What should I wear?
We recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads. Hiking sandals (rather than beach sandals) can be worn on the Redwoods & Wine Country Escape during the summer months. High heels, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes are not recommended.
Is the Muir Woods entrance fee included? And how long do we spend inside Muir Woods?
The tour price does not include the Muir Woods entrance fee, which is $10 per person (based on 2016) and must be paid when you reach the entrance of the park. You have about an hour on your own inside the Muir Woods National Monument.
Which wineries are we going to visit?
On our Redwoods & Wine Country Escape tour we visit 3 wineries, located in Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley. Each winery stop ranges from 30-45 minutes. We’ve narrowed the list of winery stops to those that offer the best California Wine Country experience for our clientele. We have preferred partner wineries that we like to visit but the wineries may depend on the day. Occasionally, a winery on our tour may be closed for a private event, so our tour guides may change the itinerary on the day of the trip.
Does this tour go to Napa?
Yes, we do. The itinerary of visiting Napa Valley AND Sonoma Valley in combination with Muir Woods National Monument is what makes this tour unique.
Are wine tasting included and how much money do I need for the additional wine tastings in Sonoma Plaza?
Yes, all wine tasting fees at the 3 winery stops are included on this tour. If you want to join additional wine tasting, please feel free to do that. The wine tasting fees range from $5 to $20.
What languages are available for this tour?
The tour is narrated in English but we offer complimentary audio guides in 8 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, and Portuguese. If an audio tour is required, please specify the languages needed in the comments section on the reservation page.
Is this tour suitable for children?
Yes, children of all ages are welcome on the tour though drinking alcohol is not permitted for those under the age of 21. Please bring a valid photo ID.
Do we stop at Golden Gate Bridge?
Yes, there will be about 15-minutes for a photo stop opportunity at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Can we buy food or do we have to bring our own lunch?
You are more than welcome to bring a bagged lunch though you will have time to pick up lunch or sit down at a casual eatery at the Historic Sonoma Plaza.
What is the advantage of this combination tour compared to the tours separately?
The Redwoods & Wine Country Escape combines two of California's top attractions. You get the chance to see the Giant Redwood trees and you will join several wine tastings in both Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley - all in just one day. There is also a huge saving by booking this combination tour rather than booking both trips separately.
Wine Country & Redwoods One-Day Tour - The most comprehensive Wine Country & Muir Woods Tour combines two of California’s top attractions: Redwoods and Wine Country!
Our Wine Country & Muir Woods tour is a cut above the rest, you'll get to Muir Woods before the crowds, maximizing your time in the park. In addition, you'll visit both Napa Valley & Sonoma Valley wineries (wine tasting fees included!).
You now have the option to take your wine country experience to the next level with a private seated gourmet food and wine pairing experience at a local restaurant in the heart of Sonoma Plaza. Here you’ll enjoy delicious food paired with a collection of local wines for only $40 (save $35 on lunch - approximate retail value $75.) Check out the menu - tasting fees, lunch, tax and gratuity all included! Make sure to add your meal choices into the comment box - Step 2- at check out.
Wineries Extranomical Visits – For more than a decade we’ve been providing quality Wine Country tours from San Francisco and we’ve narrowed the list of winery stops to those which offer the best California Wine Country experience for our clientele. Our select wineries run the gamut from family-owned and boutique to large and grand, but they always must have a friendly atmosphere, and provide beautiful scenery, quality wines and good value.
Extranomical Tours partners with a great combination of wineries in both Sonoma County and Napa Valley for our Muir Woods and Wine Country Escape tour. All wineries offer a variety of local wines and a personalized experience no matter what day you go on the tour. Wineries may change based on availability but you will always experience a warm wine country welcome at each stop! We make sure that the wineries provide a relaxing setting as you indulge in crisp and fine wines and take in the exceptional views of California Wine Country.
The Bartolucci family at Madonna Estate Winery has four generations of winemaking under their belt. Their vineyards are dry-farmed and 100% organic, producing a variety of hand-crafted wines: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dolcetto, Barbera, Riesling, Gerurztraminer and Muscat Canelli. Cline Cellars offers classically quaint California Wine Country style, indicative of Sonoma Valley’s earlier days. This family-owned winery specializes in Rhone varietals and sources fruit from Sonoma Valley and Contra Costa County. Mayo Family Winery was founded in 1993 and the family believes that single vineyards produce the highest quality and enjoyable wines.
Wine Country & Redwoods Tour Description - Start your morning exploring the Redwood Sequoia groves in Muir Woods National Monument (approximately 1 hour) before other tour groups reach the park. Muir Woods is home to some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. Enjoy California’s native coastal flora and fauna: Ferns, oak trees, clover, squirrels and an occasional deer can be spotted.
A short drive North and you’ll spend a relaxing afternoon wine tasting in California’s renowned wine country. We make 4 tasting stops: two wineries in Sonoma County, one at the historic Sonoma Plaza or Healdsburg Plaza and one more in Napa County, spending 45 minutes to 1 hour at each location. It is at the historic Sonoma Plaza, where our optional gourmet food and wine offering will take place. This gourmet food & wine pairing will truly bring your whole California wine country adventure together by giving you a chance to test your newly gained wine knowledge, and enhance your tasting experience to truly master the art of wine and food pairing. Make sure you book the Gourmet Upgrade for this experience!
All of the wine tastings at the wineries are complimentary and you will have a chance to try a variety of delicious wines. The Wine Country Plaza stop is a bit longer, so you’ll have a chance to grab a bite to eat and visit additional tasting rooms (fees may apply) located around the plaza or browse the boutique shops.
On the journey back to San Francisco we’ll make one last stop at a scenic look-out point with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz, and the Bay Bridge.
Click here for a list of the wineries that we visit on this tour
Wine Country & Redwoods One Day Tour - Times Approximate
(13-Passenger Van or 36-Passenger Minibus)
7:30 - 7:45 AM
Pick up from Extranomical San Francisco SOMA Office.
7:45 - 8:30 AM
Pick up for your Wine Country tour at your San Francisco hotel in downtown or Fisherman's Wharf area.
8:30 - 8:45 AM
Drive through the Marina neighborhood, past the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio, and head north across the Golden Gate Bridge
9:00 - 9:30 AM
Learn about California's coastal Redwoods while driving over the headlands into Redwood Valley to Muir Woods
9:30 - 10:30 AM
Muir Woods walk. Spend an hour in the shadows of the 250 foot Redwoods. Enjoy the ferns, moss-lined creeks and take in the fresh bay leaf scented air from the many Laurel trees. Criss cross the creeks by way of footbridges and return to where you began.
10:30 - 11:45 AM
Head north on U.S. 101 to the 1st Winery in the Carneros Region of Sonoma
County, the birthplace of California's wine industry.
11:45 - 12:30 PM
Arrive at your 1st winery where you'll indulge in a variety of elegant wines. Stroll the winery grounds and take photos among the vines.
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Drive to the lunch stop at a quaint wine country plaza. Here you can buy lunch, wine taste at the many tasting rooms around the plaza and browse the boutique shops. We’ll provide you with a wine tasting map guiding you to the best in the area.
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Continue on to the 2nd winery and enjoy complimentary tastings of a variety of California wines.
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Drive to the 3rd and last winery and indulge in a final wine tasting. Be sure to take some pictures of the views that Wine Country has to offer.
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Start the return and head back South to Marin County and San Francisco
5:30 - 5:45 PM
5:45 - 6:30 PM
Expected Days of Operation:
January 2 - December 31 Closed: New Years Day January 1st, and Christmas Day December 25th
Coastal Redwood Sequoias. Giant Evergreens were “discovered” by the Spaniards, along with the rest of the land known as California, back in the mid-1500’s soon after the discovery of the bay which gained the name Monterey (mountain of the king). Soon, they were commonly called Redwoods, both for the reddish brown bark, and the similarly colored heartwood; both due to a high concentration of a class of chemicals commonly called tannins. Their size and the environment in which they live, and to a large extent help to create, have been entrancing people privileged to see them for thousands of years. At first, builders thought them to be inferior to other construction softwoods, but eventually they realized that structures built from Redwood lasted much longer, and vast fortunes - and much of the state’s infrastructure and housing - were built using lumber cut from these huge trees. During this time, they were studied by scientists who discovered several unique properties. Counting the rings revealed trunk ages ranging to 2000 years, field measurements showed diameters up to 21 feet (7 meters) and heights ranging from 250 to 350 feet (80 to 110 meters) and gave them the scientific name Sequoia sempervirens (after a famous Native Chief and the Latin words for “always living”.) Millions of acres have been harvested by methods that were anything but sustainable. After inhabiting most of the earth’s continents and regions for most of the last 100 million years, a 50-mile wide strip of California coastline ranging about 400 miles from the Oregon border to south of Monterey is their only natural home today. They are fast growing trees, and there are many parks and other protected areas where they have been growing largely undisturbed since being logged over 100 years ago, but only about 5% of the original ancient forests remain untouched. Muir Woods is such a place.
Muir Woods. Even though it was only about 15 miles from the heart of the growing city of San Francisco the approaches were so steep, and Redwoods, so plentiful elsewhere, that the laws of economics allowed them to remain standing while forests much further away were decimated. The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 changed all that, because 250,000 people were suddenly homeless and shopping for lumber to rebuild. If not for the great fortune of William and Elizabeth Kent purchasing 295 acres just a few years earlier, and then fighting to keep the large timber companies and local governments from seizing their property, there would not be a Muir Wood today. After local courts had ruled against them, they found recourse in the Oval Office, as they donated the land to the Federal Government and President Theodore Roosevelt declared the land a National Monument in 1908, following the Kent’s wishes to name if after revered naturalist John Muir. Today it is one of the most-visited sites outside of San Francisco in the Bay Area, in the neighborhood of 800,000 visits per year.
Redwoods and Wine Country Escape℠
– Diana O. on 08/16/2016
It was a good tour, as we got to do a lot of stuff in a short period of time and get a good impression of both the Muir woods and wine country. Anthony was great and herded us along nicely, he had a good energy, even though we were up so early. We took the upgraded version with the gourmet lunch, but I really wish we would have had more time to enjoy our lunch (apparently we arrived 10 minutes late because of other guests being late, but even then it would have been a short lunch). Had I known this, I would have settled for a nice sandwich at the cheese factory! Nonetheless the food was good, the wines were tasty, and the whole experience was very interesting. I would recommend this to people who don't have much time to do it all, but still want to do it all. You get a good overview. I loved that we got to Muir woods BEFORE the big crowds!
– Jacqueline & Jorge L. on 08/15/2016
Our trip was absolutely wonderful! Steve Bloom was an outstanding guide. Very knowledgeable of San Francisco, its history and even recommended a few restaurants to try out while in town. He was prompt during pick ups and gave us plenty of time to explore. Steve is very professional, and you can tell he enjoys showing the beautiful city of San Francisco, Muir woods, and Wine country. We felt safe with him, especially the drive to Muir woods (because of winding roads). It was definitely a fantastic experience and would definitely recommend Steve to anyone looking to have a good time!Thank you Steve!
– Larry M. on 08/12/2016
Anthony was a great guide - went above and beyond to give a great tour and keep everyone laughing. I would highly recommend him.
– Tara W. on 08/08/2016
The tour was fantastic! When I was talking to family that lives in San Francisco, they were impressed by all the stops we made and the wineries that we visited.
– Erlinda S. on 08/07/2016
An excellent trip and an excellent tour guide.
– Robert F. on 08/04/2016
What a great trip. The driver was so good with all of us. He made the trip fun and informative. Great selection of wineries with Klein being my favorite.
– Mahesh T. on 08/04/2016
Travis has been an outstanding guide & adhered to timings perfectly without hurrying.
– christine p. on 07/13/2016
My husband and I had a fun, fantastic day on the tour. The redwoods part of the tour was relaxed with a peaceful walk through these great trees. Anthony was a great guide, very knowledgeable and friendly, giving us that extra piece of information somthat we got the most out of this tour. The timing and length all parts we spot on. We both especially enjoyed Anthony's choice of music on the way back, Johnny Cash as we passed San Quinten , a fun way to end the day
– Jude T. on 07/11/2016
He was professional as far as being punctual, safe and attentive to his driving and on top of that he was entertaining and funny. His insight in issues concerning nature and the forests and wine gave depth to what gifts and treasures we now enjoy and we can leave to the future generations.
Redwoods & Wine Country Escape with Gourmet Food & Wine Pairing Upgrade
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Redwoods and Wine Country Escape
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*The gourmet food and wine tour price for children does not include food.
- Gourmet food and wine upgrade - lunch,
tasting fees, taxes and gratuity all included
- Optional Gourmet lunch. Check out the Menu
- Wine tasting at THREE boutique wineries
- All wine tasting fees included
- Includes barrel room tour
- Lunch stop at the historic Sonoma plaza
- Save $35 off lunch (~$75 retail value)
- Visit Sonoma AND Napa Valley
- Additional wine tasting opportunities
- Beat the crowds and visit the tallest trees
- SF hotel pickup/drop off