TOP WINE TOUR

Redwoods and California Wine Country Tour with Optional Lunch

TOUR DESCRIPTION

On this award-winning tour, be doubly delighted by a morning stroll through an ancient redwood forest and an afternoon of exclusive winery experiences in California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. Relax and enjoy spirited education and demonstrations by experts. Guaranteed daily departures to the wine country from San Francisco. All tasting fees included.

Tour Length - 10 hours approximately

Stroll through Coastal Redwood forest
Three tastings in Sonoma and Napa valley
Lunch break in historic Sonoma Plaza
Expert live narration (English)
8 foreign language audios (on request)
Guaranteed daily departures
Convenient SF hotel pickup and drop off
Free Wi-Fi on board
Entry to Muir Woods
Meals (unless lunch booked)
Guide gratuity: recommended
HIGHLIGHTS
MORE INFORMATION

Start your Redwoods and Wine Country tour by visiting an old-growth California Redwoods forest in Muir Woods National Monument (or in another park) ahead of the crowds. Spot morning fog lifting from the Coastal Redwood canopy that soars for hundreds of feet above your head. Stroll along pristine nature trails and look out for native coastal ferns, clover, squirrels, foxes, and even deer.

Next, your expert wine guide will lead you to sip the good life on this Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley tour. The three wineries you visit will be delightful in their own unique ways. At each exclusively arranged experience, you’ll enjoy a friendly wine country welcome and breathtaking scenery while learning the stories behind the wineries.

The wines you enjoy will have been selected by the winemakers themselves. Be ready to add to your wine cellar - most of the wines are not sold in retail stores. If you would like to learn more about some of the wineries we visit on Extranomical wine country tours click here.

Spend your lunch break exploring Sonoma Plaza’s many restaurants, boutique shops, and wine tasting rooms. Upgrade your California wine country tour with a food and wine pairing experience where you’ll be treated to California cuisine along with a collection of local wines. Check out the seasonally updated menu.

The afternoon portion of your redwoods and wine country tour will include exploring Napa Valley and Instagram-worthy experiences at two more boutique wineries. Get to know the winemakers and unique features of their wine offerings.

On the journey back to San Francisco (weather permitting) we’ll make one final 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 where you can take some fabulous photos while reflecting upon the amazing day that you have had!

Exact destinations and itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide’s discretion.

For international guests, please be aware that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years of age.

For the rare event that commercial parking is not available at Muir Woods, we reserve the right to arrange an alternative destination for experiencing Giant Coast Redwoods during this tour.

TOUR ITINERARY

08:00 AM to 09:00 AM

  • Cross the Golden Gate Bridge on your way to Muir Woods
  • Learn the colorful history of the Marin Headlands
  • Hear from your guide why Coastal Redwoods are so special

09:00 AM to 10:15 AM

  • Walk in the shadows of the 200-foot ancient growth Redwoods
  • Explore nature trails as you observe giant ferns and moss-lined creeks

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

  • Head to the first tasting stop in Sonoma county
  • Drink in the stunning California Wine Country landscapes.
  • Get tips from your guide on how to taste wines like a real sommelier

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Stroll the grounds and take photos among the vines at the first winery
  • Learn how wine is made by industry experts
  • Try several wines—add your favourites to your collection

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

  • Relax and enjoy lunch in the picturesque Sonoma wine country plaza
  • Browse dozens of quaint shops and historic buildings
  • Enjoy gourmet food and wine pairing lunch (if option selected)

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

  • Enjoy visits to two more family-owned boutique wineries
  • Tour their vineyards, taste their wines
  • Select a bottle to uncork at dinner tonight

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

  • Start the journey back to San Francisco.
  • Photo stop with the Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Ocean, and city skyline (weather permitting)
  • Conclude the tour at your pickup location

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Golden Gate National Recreation Area now requires advance reservations for private vehicles wishing to utilize the parking areas at Muir Woods National Monument. We offer daily departures - book your San Francisco Redwoods Tour with us and secure your spot to see the Redwoods.

Have a group of 5 or more? We invite you to consider the added flexibility and safety of a private tour. Get a quote here.

Important Information

Does this tour operate every day?

Yes, this tour operates daily except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day

How long is the tour?

This tour takes about 11 hours

Is admission included?

Unless otherwise stated, the tour price does not include the Muir Woods entrance fee, which is $15 per person and must be paid when you reach the entrance of the park (cash or card accepted).

How much time do we spend in Muir Woods?

We will spend about an hour at Muir Woods National Monument. Times may vary due to the timed entry and limitations at Muir Woods.

Which wineries are we going to visit?

We visit three (3) wineries, located in Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley. Each winery stop ranges from 40-45 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 will vary depending on the day.

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?

Yes, all wine tasting fees at the three (3) winery stops are included on this tour. If you want to join additional wine tasting, please feel free to do so. This can be done at the winery or at our lunch stop in Sonoma Plaza. The wine tasting fees range from $10 to $20.

What happens if I don’t have or forget to bring a valid ID?

In the U.S. it is important to have a valid ID if you want to consume alcohol. If you forget to bring your valid ID, you will not be allowed for wine tasting.

Do we stop at Golden Gate Bridge?

Yes, there will be a photo stop opportunity at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (weather permitting).

What is the advantage of this combination tour compared to the tours separately?

The Redwoods & Wine Country Tour combines two of California's top attractions. You get the chance to see the Coastal 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.

I only want to go to the Wine Country

If you prefer to go straight to the Wine Country you may want to try our Small Group Napa Reserve Wine tour see here, Sonoma, Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys Wine Tasting see here or Wine Country Discovery see here.

Is this tour suitable for children?

We do not recommend bringing children under 6 years old on this tour. Drinking alcohol is not permitted for those under the age of 21. Please bring a valid photo ID.

I'm travelling with a child

Please note that for your child's safety, we require you to bring a child safety seat or booster seat for all children under 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height, as dictated by California State Law. You will be required to bring your own child seat on all motor vehicle tours. Failure to provide a seat for your child will result in forfeit of your seats on the tour without a refund. Please also note that any children 12 years and older must have an adult ticket as they do not qualify for a child-priced ticket.

Do you offer this tour in different languages?

The tour is narrated in English but we offer complimentary recorded audio guides in 8 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, and Portuguese. If an audio guide is required, please specify when booking.

Do you pick up outside of San Francisco?

We only pick-up from hotels located in Downtown San Francisco including Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf.

Is this a guided tour?

Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. There will also be time on your own during the stops.

What is the average temperature?

Wine Country weather varies depending on the season. Average temperature data is below.

SUMMER MONTHS (JUNE, JULY, AUGUST):
Average High temperature: 83°F / 28°C
Average Low temperature: 55°F / 13°C

WINTER MONTHS (DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY):
Average High temperature: 58°F / 14°C
Average Low temperature: 40°F / 4°C

What should I wear?

Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day in the Bay Area, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpectedly climbing or falling temperatures. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. However, we realize that everyone is acclimated to different weather and thus trust you to make your own judgement. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn on the tour, but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

What should I bring?

Park entrance fee (cash or cards accepted)
Valid Government-Issued ID
Comfortable shoes for walking
Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
Camera
Water bottle
Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket (during the winter months)
Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)

Are meals included? Can I buy or bring my own?

Meals are not included unless you selected the optional lunch upgrade. We will make a stop for about an hour where you can purchase lunch, there is also a cafe in Muir Woods to purchase snacks. Eating and drinking are allowed on our vehicles, and you can also bring your own food if you do not feel comfortable purchasing it on the trip.

How accurate are the times on the itinerary?

Times listed are approximates only. Traffic and other unforeseen issues can cause delays or changes in these times, which are out of our control. Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for and will not be providing any compensation for missed flights or appointments.

How will we recognize the vehicle?

As we have several different vehicles, we don’t know until the morning of your tour which vehicle will be hosting your tour as well as the name of your Expedition Leader. Please feel free to call us in the morning of your tour if you like. Regardless of which vehicle will come to your location, it should say “Extranomical Tours” on it.

Are there restrooms on board the vehicles?

Our vehicles at this time do not have any restroom facilities. We do, however, make several stops throughout the tours and there will be opportunities for you to use the restroom.

Do I need to call to reconfirm my tour?

Yes, we request that you reach out to us at least a day in advance to confirm your tour and pick up details. You can contact us via our live chat function or by calling our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or +1-415-357-0700 (internationally) during office hours. You can call us from your hotel’s phone if you do not have a working mobile phone while you are in the area.

Can I bring a suitcase or large item?

We ask that you do not bring anything on tour larger than 22”x14”x9”, or 56cmx36cmx23cm.

Can I bring a wheelchair?

We do have wheelchair-capable vehicles available – subject to availability. Please notify us at time of booking if you are bringing a wheelchair on the tour so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Please note that due to limitations we are unable to guarantee an ADA vehicle.

Do you have a lost and found?

Yes, items left in the vehicle are stored in a lost and found area for 30 days. If you left something on one of our tours, please give us a call office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700 to see if it has been found. Once you have confirmed with us that your item has been found by our staff and you are still in town, you can come by our office to pick up your item. Otherwise, we will ship almost any item to any destination within the U.S. for a flat fee of $25. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for lost or stolen items

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Redwoods and California Wine Country Tour with Optional Lunch

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