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Napa Illuminated: The Famous Valley, at your Service

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  • Tastings at 2, 3 or 4 especially beautiful, historic wineries
  • An educational tour (with guided tasting), if desired, that explores how still and,or sparkling wines are made—by knowledgeable winery staff
  • Gourmet Lunch at a famous restaurant, excellent deli or the cooking school
  • Quaint towns: St. Helena, Calistoga, Yountville, Napa's Victorian neighborhood
  • Scenic Silverado Trail plus many panoramic vistas
  • Multi-Day Tour Option: Stay overnight in Wine Country, or travel daily from San Francisco/nearby for 2-3 consecutive days. This option allows for more visits to wineries, more great meals, a balloon ride, mud bath and massage, cooking class, bicycling along country lanes, hiking in redwood forests, exploring Napa, Sonoma, Healdsburg, Livermore...so many ways to re/create!

'Napa Illuminated' Itinerary

      We greet the morning sun smiling on the East Bay as we cross the Bay Bridge and move north through Napa (city) onto the Silverado Trail, which brings us into some of Napa Valley's most compelling scenery. We arrive mid-morning at Frog's Leap or Cakebread Cellars for our tour and tasting: their modern facility and excellent grape-to-bottle tour providing an excellent introduction to everything you wanted to learn about wine-making but were afraid to ask.

Afterglow or Regret?

      Choosing what to do with your limited time and resources is important and irreversible. Once back home either you live in the afterglow of a wonderful experience—reviewing your photos, remembering stunning panoramas and priceless moments. Or you regret that you wasted your time herded in a crowded bus, tired and frustrated in a rent-a-car or way over budget in a limo. Frankly, sightseeing in the San Francisco Bay Area is often expensive and while you may "save" $$ by opting for the cheaper alternative, you're sure to miss many hidden gems of the city, an unique winery, that truly memorable ocean vista.

     Make the mistake of choosing a big-bus tour and you pay the least per-person but must start the tour in a place convenient to them. Spend most of your time looking through a window, missing the smaller family-owned and literally off-the-beaten-path wineries that are off-limits to buses. Forget spontaneity as the itinerary cannot respond to your requests. Most big buses go to wineries where you're often in crowds and exhorted to hurry. You get what you pay for.

     Choose to rent a car and spend precious time picking it up then poring over maps and getting lost anyway. Even with GPS, you probably will not appreciate what you're driving by and you'll have no one to ask. You risk getting caught in traffic bottlenecks, missing the most scenic and interesting routes and off-road attractions, wasting time searching for gas stations…and if you're the driver, you can't take in the sights if you want to avoid an accident, and shouldn't drink and drive. If you're not careful about where you park, you'll spend a bundle on fines.

     Choose a limo and pay more—often a lot more with all their hidden fees—twist around in your seat since limos position you with your back to the scenery, experience a driver who's not necessarily an historian or knowledgeable about history or architecture, and forget about visiting many fascinating places where limos cannot physically go. And you won't enjoy limos if you have to be careful with your knees or back.

     Then there's the Wine Train--much more expensive than a stationary wine tasting, and you pass by better culinary options. We can show you the half of the Valley they can't, and wineries not packed with passengers.

     Come with us and we'll help you remember that you're on vacation...minimizing your stress, maximizing your pleasure.

There are more reasons why we're your best choice for a tour of our California Wine Country!

"Privileged treatment at every stop"

“We felt that we got privileged treatment at every stop, which you had very well chosen. We also appreciated the pace of the tour and the flexibility to make unscheduled stops or detours…a delightful and memorable tour.”

– Trish & Jean G.
 

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What will it COST?

Because each tour is designed to fit your interests, our fees vary. Basically you pay by the number of hours in your itinerary. We do not add the fuel surcharges, "license fees," "tax" and mandatory gratuities that many other companies do.

FEE

(1-3 People)

FEE

(4-6 People)

Average Duration Additional Costs
(paid to vendors)
Gratuity Add'l Hours Minimum Duration
$630* $660* 8-9h Tasting/Winery Tour Fees, Lunch ** $60 ea 7h

  * Not per-person. See also our FEES page.

  * These fees are for couples, groups of up to 6 people, or solo travelers. For groups of 7 to 25 (whereby we charter a minibus), please ask for a quote.

** A gratuity is customary and will be appreciated, but is not required. Please note that if you are being referred by a Travel Agent, s/he may add to your total a commission (fee for finding and making arrangements with us).

Connoisseurs' Choice: Specialized Tours Where You Select the Wineries

      For the connoisseur who knows exactly what s/he wants…you name the wineries you most want to see. Just be aware that few wineries open for business before 10 a.m., and most close between 4:30 and 5 p.m. year-round. ("Connoisseurs' Choice" tours are by definition "private" and are priced accordingly.) Would you like to venture out to the spectacular Alexander Valley or Anderson Valley regions, or south to Carmel Valley, or farther north to Mendocino…or even to stay overnight? Unleash your imagination.

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