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Napa & Sonoma'S Culinary Treasures

North America , California, United States, North America

from $4,295* per person 6 Days May
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Classic Journeys 12 people max
  • San francisco international airport, california, united states
  • Culinary & Wine Travel trips
When we're in California's wine country, we always seem to have a moment when we nibble a handmade chocolate, sip a perfect Zin, and feel just a little sorry for the drive-by visitors who miss the whole point of this wonderful lifestyle. But that’s not you…not when you travel with us. Our culinary tour of the Napa and Sonoma valleys plugs you right into the local tempo. You’ll cook with amazing chefs and take home the secrets to meals that beg to be eaten at sunset…on the terrace…>overlooking the vineyard. For you, we’ll call on our relationships with great vintners for a balanced range of tasting experiences. And like the residents, you won’t be car-bound. Your guide scouts great trails through redwood groves, the crests that overlook the valley, and into a 1,200-acre estate. Of course, you’ll eat well, too, on seasonal specialties or at hard-to-score tables in our favorite restaurants…just like you were born to do.

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North America , California, United States, North America

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Itinerary

We gather in San Francisco and get a taste of the city's rich Victorian past. Into the country, our objective is the Carneros region, the grape-growing area on the southern edges of Sonoma and Napa Valleys. Here a picnic at a small winery nourishes us for a scenic warm-up walk.

Our lodgings in Yountville (2 nights) define wine country style, and it’s just a short walk to our favorite restaurant where an acclaimed chef prepares dinner. From here, we’ll make forays to a wine tasting…a cooking lesson using hand-harvested ingredients from the chef’s garden…and a walk among 60 different vineyards on a single estate.

We’ll also make the rounds of Sonoma County farms to shop for honey, jams and mustards before we settle into our inn in Sonoma (3 nights). We’ll visit Jack London’s Beauty Ranch where “The House of Happy Walls” sits in a redwood grove. After free time for a massage or a bike ride, a friend invites us on a private tour of Sonoma Mission.

A morning walk on the scenic Sonoma Overlook Trail is capped by an olive oil tasting. Then we’ll help create our own farewell dinner at one of the area’s finest culinary schools. As we return to San Francisco, we’ll take an exhilarating walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and explore the shops in the Ferry Building Marketplace.

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