(San Francisco, Napa Valley)
Start your journey by arriving to San Francisco, a city of contrasts; with its hilltops and coast, with downtown skyscrapers and victorian style houses, not to mention the marvellous quasi-wonder Golden Gate Bridge and the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. From San Francisco, take a trip to experience the wine region of Sonoma Valley with a private driver-guide, where you can excite your tastebuds with the bittersweet fragrances of the many great wines produced in Sonoma, visiting two prime vineyards for wine tasting excursions, subsequently overnighting in nearby Napa Valley. Commence the proceeding day by going Hot Air Ballooning over the meadows of the flourishing Napa Valley, followed by a private transfer to the first-class Spa Solage in Calistoga, where you can enjoy a custom mud cocktail and geo thermal mineral water bath. Afterward, enjoy World-Class wine tasting at one of the finest restaurants in Napa or Sonoma, with their very own on-location winery. The next day, choose from five different World-Class wineries to go vertical wine tasting. Then tour the Napa Valley region, again with the presence of a private driver-guide. Return to San Francisco, where you will receive a private city tour, followed by a cable car ride where you can catch a boat to The Rock, for an independent visit of the world famous Alcatraz prison.
Meet your professional driver for an airport transfer with private vehicle.
Meet your private driver-guide and transportation at your hotel this morning for a full-day transfer to Napa Valley, with designated time en route for exploring renowned wine area Sonoma Valley for some winery visits and tastings. Sample Winery and Tastings Schedule (not included in pricing - to be customized to group size and preferences):Your first winery visit will be Jacuzzi or B.R. Cohn, where you will have a tasting of some wonderful Sonoma wines, and olive oils. After your winery visit, you'll be taken to the historic Sonoma Square where you'll have free time for lunch. Afterward, you'll be taken to your second tasting of the day, with a visit to Nicholson Ranch or Benzinger winery. After tastings of select wines, you'll drive for a photo stop at the Artesa winery, often considered one of the most scenic areas in Sonoma, with a wonderful panoramic view of the Carneros District. Conclude your day with a drop-off at your Napa Valley hotel.
Enchantment, romance, and excitement fill every colorful moment of this graceful adventure. Arrive at your pre-dawn check-in spot and enjoy a continental breakfast of coffee, pastries, cereal, fruit and juice. After a brief pilot orientation you are taken to your launch site. At the launch site you are greeted by a bustle of activity, the hum of the inflator fans, the lively colors of our state-of-the-art balloons and the roar of the burners. The well trained and skilled staff will ensure a safe and comfortable launch. You are in safe hands with your FAA certified pilot and aircraft, a professional staff and an impeccable safety record with thousands of satisfied adventurers experiencing the pleasure of hot air ballooning. Enjoy your one hour hot air balloon flight and get a bird's eye view of this beautiful land! When earthbound, your flight is celebrated with Napa Valley’s finest sparkling wines as you enjoy a champagne brunch. You will also have the opportunity to have a document of your hot air balloon flight by purchasing a photo of yourself in the basket hundreds of feet above the ground!
Enjoy the flexibility of having a private vehicle and driver available to you for 6 hours today, as you embark on a foray of the senses.Sample Spa & Winery Schedule (not included in pricing - to be customized to group size and preferences):
Depart your hotel for the Spa Solange in Calistoga, where you can enjoy a spa treatment which includes custom mud cocktail and private geo thermal mineral water bath. By the mid-afternoon go for a private tasting tour at one of the best wineries in the region, either Opus One or Fleury winery. Afterward, return to your hotel with your private driver.
This morning, meet your private driver-guide and transportation at your hotel for a full-day transfer to San Francisco, with designated time en route for exploring the magnificent Napa Valley for some winery visits and tastings. Sample Winery and Tastings Schedule (not included in pricing - to be customized to group size and preferences):
The first winery will be Mumm or Sterling, where you'll enjoy a tour of the winery, as well as wine tasting. You'll be given some free time mid-day for lunch at your leisure in Yountville Downtown or St. Helena. Afterward, you'll drive to a private tasting and visit of the Fluery or Schweiger winery. Your day will conclude with a transfer to your San Francisco hotel.
Enjoy a private guided city sightseeing tour in a private vehicle with a professional driver-guide. You will be met at your hotel and whisked away to see what amazing San Francisco has to offer. Highlights during the tour include the Civic Center, Opera House, Mission Dolores, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Bridge, Alamo Square, Cliff House, Fisherman Wharf, China Town and Union Square may be seen. After the tour, you will be dropped back off at your hotel.
Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud helped to establish the island's notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons.
Many people, though, are unaware of the wealth of other stories to be learned on the island. Alcatraz is now home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousands of roosting and nesting sea birds. Civil War-era buildings dotting the island give insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed, highlighting an important milestone in the American Indian rights movement.
Come experience the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz on the San Francisco Bay. You'll be astounded by what you learn and see.
Located atop San Francisco's Nob Hill, the landmark Fairmont hotel is at the city's only spot where all three cable car lines meet, offering easy access to the Financial District, Union Square, and Fisherman's Wharf. The iconic hotel is known for its opulent lobby, domed Laurel Court restaurant, and tiki-themed Tonga Room and Hurricane bar, which has been a social hub since it opened in 1947. Guestrooms and suites at The Fairmont San Francisco feature marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, iPod stations, and pillowtop beds with Frette Italian linens.
Napa River Inn is the only locally-owned luxury boutique hotel in historic downtown Napa, ideally situated in the Historic Napa Mill, a National Registered Landmark built in 1884. The Napa River Inn provides guests with gracious accommodations and friendly, personalized service in a unique two-and-a-half acre riverfront setting. The Napa River Inn, distinguished by its location, is a Napa Valley waterfront landmark that artfully blends historic ambiance with Napas fun and vibrant downtown atmosphere. An urban destination perfect for any Napa Valley occasion, Napa River Inn is surrounded by world-class restaurants, cafes, art galleries, shopping and nightlife, including Silos, Napa Valleys premier jazz club.
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