Luxury California: San Francisco to Napa Valley with the wine train

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Duration (in days): 7

From: San Francisco, USA

To: San Francisco, USA



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Explore the both the city and the lush vineyards of California with this San Francisco to Napa Valley luxury getaway. Start by spending a few days in San Francisco, taking in the history of the city at Alcatraz Prison and in the Mission District before riding the cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf and indulging in fresh seafood by the water’s edge. The green vineyards of Napa will tempt you east for a few nights – hop between wineries, tasting the famous Cabernet Sauvignon with a gourmet meal next to the vines. You’ll take a trip on the Wine Train, a luxury restored train that will give you views of the lush Napa Valley – this trip is the best way to experience California as you combine an exciting city with the relaxed pace of vineyard life.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, so please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream American road trip.


    • Explore local history at the island prison of Alcatraz
    • Ride the trams from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf
    • Hop between vineyards as you explore Napa and Sonoma
    • Take a trip on the luxury Wine Train through the Napa valley



    Itinerary in brief:

    • 3 nights San Francisco
    • 3 nights Napa Valley


    Day 1: Arrive San Francisco

    On arrival you will make your own way into the city and check into your hotel for 3 nights.

    Day 2 & 3: San Francisco

    Take your time exploring San Francisco – start by exploring Union Square where you’ll find designer shops and restaurants before hopping on the cable car down towards Fisherman’s Wharf where you can eat clam chowder on the harbour front overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. We’ve included a trip over to Alcatraz where you can learn about the history of the island before using the hop on hop off bus service to further explore the city – you can stroll through the Mission district searching for the best burrito, check out the Palace of Fine Arts near the marina, wiggle your way down Lombard Street or soak in the Beat Poetry at City Lights Books. Finish your time with a dim sum dinner in Chinatown before driving over the bridge for evening views back towards the city.y.

    Day 4: Drive to Napa Valley 

    Today you will collect your rental car and drive to Napa Valley. It’s only an hour’s drive to Napa so you can either today enjoying San Francisco and head over in the afternoon or you can could head north and visit Point Reyes National Seashore, where you’ll find windswept beaches and beautiful views over the Pacific Ocean. Whatever time you arrive in Napa, you’ll check into your hotel for 3 nights and get ready for a few days of wine tasting!

    Day 5 & 6: Napa Valley 

    Spend your 2 days here exploring the vineyards and learning about the viticulture in Napa Valley and neighbouring Sonoma, one of the most famous wine regions in the world. We’ve included a trip on the luxury Wine Train, a restored locomotive that snakes through the valley giving you spectacular views over the vines as you enjoy a gourmet meal. Napa Valley is also famous for its food – local chefs raid the farmers markets for the best produce, resulting in some of the finest restaurants in the USA; a restaurant in Napa called French Laundry has twice been voted best restaurant in the world.

    Day 7: Depart San Francisco   

    Today is your final day in California – take one final stroll round your favourite vineyard and pick up any last minute purchases before driving back to San Francisco Airport and dropping off your rental car in time to catch your onwards flight.



    San Francisco sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean giving it a changeable climate, where you can experience summer and winter in the same day. Coastal breezes keep the city cool and huge fog drifts can sweep over the Golden Gate Bridge during the summer meaning winter is usually more reliable with clear days and moderate temperatures. Napa Valley enjoys Mediterranean weather making it a wonderful year-round destination. Warm autumns sit alongside the red and gold trees, while very warm summers and mild winters that bring regular refreshing showers but also long periods of sunshine.

    This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you

    What's included: 

    • Accommodation
    • Rental car
    • Alcatraz and Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
    • Vista Dome Wine Train Tour

    Not included: 

    • Fuel
    • Meals
    • Anything not mentioned above


    6 nights in 4* standard accommodation.

    Hotels in this category include:

    • The Marker Hotel Union Square
    • River Terrace Inn, Napa Valley



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