Experience our Muir Woods and Wine Country Combo Tour
Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour Description: We are an innovative Tour Operator specializing in private and small group custom tours. We focus on providing creative and exclusive tours, offering customers the most diverse and rich touring experiences possible. Our five star reviews on TripAdvisor speak for themselves. We will do our best to meet and exceed your expectations. This Muir Woods and California wine country combo tour is suitable for the whole family, as there is so much more than wine tasting. All taxes, Muir Woods park entrance fees are included. You will have free time for lunch on the historic Sonoma Town Plaza, site of the last Spanish Mission, the northernmost Mexican army garrison (both now museums), and the birthplace of the California state flag in the Bear Flag Revolt. The Plaza offers a wide variety of restaurants and delis to choose from, and among the many shops you can find complimentary samples of olive oil, chocolate, cheese – and even more wine tasting. This is the perfect tour for those who want a full day of activity experiencing Marin and Sonoma counties. Leave the planning to us; you will be in good hands.
In Muir Woods National Park: Our tour guide will pick you up at 09:00 and drive you to Muir Woods National Monument. You will travel via the iconic Golden Gate Bridge following our new itinerary that will take you through the small charming town of Mill Valley, characterized by its scenic views, marshlands and wooded canyons. Mill Valley is also known for being a village with a strong artistic heritage where many present and former musicians, authors and actors lived or stayed including John Lennon, Sammy Hagar, Janis Joplin, Jack London, Kathleen Quinlan, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Eve Arden and Mariel Hemingway. You will also drive by Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley where notable figures studied including Joe DeMaestri, Daniel Caldwell, Signy Coleman, and Actress Kathleen Quinlan who also figures in the movie ‘American Graffiti’, partially filmed in this high school. Take in the beautiful views over San Francisco Bay as we wind our way up the spectacular and scenic back roads of Marin County.
This panoramic highway will take us to Muir Woods National Monument where you have more than one hour to marvel and roam through the giant redwoods, the tallest trees on earth. You can walk along Kent Creek to admire the serenity and beauty of these majestic redwood trees and native fauna and flora. Did you know that these redwoods are so tall that three of them would equal the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The park offers numerous easy hiking trails along the creek, a gift-coffee shop and public restrooms.
Your park entrance fees are included – your tickets will be provided by your tour guide to save you from standing in the queue at the cashier… No other Private Tour providers cover entrance fees to Muir Woods National Monument.
Although it is prohibited for our guides to accompany tourists as guides, we will explain everything about the trail to you beforehand, and then leave you some time to contemplate the serenity of the valley yourself… After this, you will visit Muir Beach overlook, a beautiful cliff view off the famous California scenic Highway 1 offering breathtaking views over San Francisco beaches and Marin County's rugged coastline.
Then we will wind our way up Highway 1 heading towards the wine country. It is on this section of the California scenic Highway 1 where Michael Douglas was chasing Sharon Stone in ‘Basic Instinct’.
In the wine country:around noon, we will get to California Wine Country to visit small, charming wineries located off-the-beaten-path to taste some local favorite wines. Our tour guide will explain some of the history and differences between wine cultivars of the region. There are several hundred wineries in Sonoma County alone; our job is to ensure that you will enjoy quality time in two or three wineries away from the large commercial wineries. You wine tasting in each winery is offered by a wine expert or sommelier who will guide you through the experience. We will visit two wineries in Sonoma (tasting fees are not included) – and we can even drive you to Napa Valley (wine tasting is not included in Napa). After the first or second wine tasting experience, we will escort you to the historic Sonoma town plaza, the birthplace of the statehood of California where you can choose your a restaurant. There are fine French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Mexican and Californian restaurants on the plaza, as well as other local, casual and affordable restaurants, including the cheese factory, that offers delicious BBQs including our regional tri-tip BBQ specialty.
On this historic downtown plaza, there are a couple of local restaurants for vegetarians where customers can enjoy their lunch out in the gardens and backyards. For fine dining and gourmet cuisine lovers, our tour guides recommend the Italian restaurant called Della Santina's, the famous French restaurant The Girl and the Fig (reservation required), and the El Dorado Kitchen, famous for its California fine cuisine. On opposite side of the Plaza. Don't miss the cheese factory where you can sample as many cheeses as you want. The tour guide will also offer you a guided tour through Sonoma historic downtown, where you can visit one of the oldest missions in California, the old Mexican barracks, or the charming Mexican and Spanish style courtyards for shopping and dining.
After lunch, you will be escorted to one or two more wineries to enjoy spectacular views and tasting wines in beautiful estate wineries. We will also offer you a guided tour within picturesque vineyards where you may meet with wine growers. Unlike Napa, wine growers and wine makers in Sonoma are more accessible and friendly. They enjoy sharing their viticulture backgrounds and experience with our customers. An optional guided tour may also take you to visit one of the wine caves to learn more about wine aging. This may include a photo stop at one of the oldest wineries in California where you can photograph the biggest wine barrels in the world. Your guide will also offer you a scenic drive through Sonoma Valley back roads to experience the countryside.
After a relaxing day in the wine country, you will return to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. On the wau your tour guide will drive you up to Marin Headlands overlook to capture breathtaking views over San Francisco bay area and the Pacific Ocean rugged coastline. You may also ask your tour guide to drop you off in downtown Sausalito where you can enjoy dinner and return to San Francisco on the ferry (tickets are not included).
Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour Itinerary
- 09:00 – Pick Up
- Mill Valley and Tamalpais High School
- Roam through Muir Woods ancient forest of Redwoods
- Visit Muir Beach overlook
- Noon (approx.) – Wine Tasting
- Lunch in downtown Sonoma
- More wine tasting in Sonoma or Napa Valley
- Around 4:30 p.m. back to San Francisco via Sausalito
- Short visit to Sausalito – A Mediterranean-style coastal town
- Golden Gate Bridge overlook
- 5 p.m. drop off
Pick up from your hotel or home in downtown San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, Marina, Chinatown, North Beach, Japantown, Pacific Heights, or anywhere within San Francisco south and north of Geary Blvd, or in Sausalito and Marin County along highway 101. Your tour guide will greet you with a sign displaying your first and last name and you will travel along the iconic Golden Bride on the way to Muir Woods National Monument.Mill Valley and Tamalpais High School Back to Top
Mill Valley was inhabited by the Coast Miwok for over 10,000 years, before explorers from Spain and Mexico settled in. This charming community is 5 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County and is characterized by scenic views, marshlands, and wooded canyons. It is a village with a strong artistic heritage, where present and former musicians, authors, actors, and poets lived or traveled through, including John Lennon, Sammy Hagar, Janis Joplin, Jack London, Kathleen Quinlan, Michael Tucker, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Eve Arden, and Mariel Hemingway. It's also home to the Mill Valley Film Festival and was immortalized by the song "Mill Valley" (recorded in 1970).
In July 2005, CNN ranked Mill Valley tenth on its list of the 100 best places to live. We’ll pass by Tamalpais High School where notable students included Joe DeMaestri, Daniel Caldwell, Signy Coleman, and actress Kathleen Quinlan who was in the movie "American Graffiti," which was partially filmed there. You’ll admire beautiful views over San Francisco Bay as we make our way up the spectacular and scenic back roads of Marin County on the way to Muir Woods.
You will arrive at Muir Woods National Monument around 9:45 a.m., where your guided will take you to the entrance of this ancient forest of redwoods give you a map, show you the best places to visit, and then allow you to capture the serenity, fauna, and flora of this ancient forest of giant redwoods on your own. The park offers numerous smooth hiking trails along the creek, a gift and coffee shop, and public restrooms. Don't miss the Cathedral and Bohemian groves,Visit Muir Beach Overlook Back to Top
After an exciting adventure in Muir Woods, your guide will drive you through Kent Canyon to beautiful Muir Beach Overlook. Muir Beach Overlook is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This breathtaking vista point overlooks a picturesque quiet cove, a hidden beach, and beautiful lagoons. You’ll take a short hike through a cliff-side park, to a rocky point on the Pacific Ocean. This short but breathtaking overlook trail follows a narrow crest of a coastal promontory where the land sheers off dramatically on both sides down to the ocean about a hundred feet below. On clear days, you can see not only San Francisco, but as far as the Farallon Islands. That's why Muir Beach Overlook is a meeting place for nature and whale lovers to watch giant marine mammals swimming by during winter migration. It's also a bird-watching point, including red-tailed hawks, osprey, ravens, turkey vultures, and seals lying on the rocks. Thousands of migratory monarch butterflies are seen here during autumn. Visitors may not know, but this scenic overlook is furnished with bunkers! Clear views from this high coastal bluff led the U.S. Army to build these bunkers during World War II, immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when many Californians in San Francisco and Los Angeles feared they would be the next target. A few miles away, on scenic highway 1, you can see the infamous Slide Ranch on the ocean side.Amazing Tasting Experience in the Wine Country Back to Top
As we drive north on highway 101 toward Wine Country, you can see the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, a 1956 double-decker span that measures 5.4 miles and ends just by San Quentin State Prison. A few miles away, you will be see Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece and national monument: Marin County Civic Center, an eclectic landmark crowned by circular domes, symbolizing galaxies and infinity. It was the perfect setting for a number of science fiction movies including Star Wars, Gattaca, and THX.Around 1:00 p.m. - Lunch in downtown Sonoma Back to Top
Lunch in historic Sonoma’s downtown Plaza. Next, you’ll visit historic Sonoma town plaza, the birthplace of the statehood of California. You’ll have many options for dining at French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Mexican, and Californian restaurants on the plaza, or even trying the regional favorite tri-tip barbecue at the famous Sonoma Cheese Shop, or enjoying your lunch in a garden. For vegetarians, there are many options, and fine dining and gourmet cuisine lovers, can try the Italian restaurant Della Santina's, the famous The Girl and the Fig (reservation required), and El Dorado Kitchen.More Wine Tasting in Sonoma or Napa ValleyBack to Top
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tasting wine or champagne in Sonoma or Napa Valley. Your experience will consist of tasting several different varietals in each winery, offered by a wine sommelier who will guide you through a relaxing experience.Around 4:30 p.m. back to San Francisco via Sausalito Back to Top
After such a relaxing day in wine country, you’ll travel back to San Francisco via a visit to Sausalito, and then to the Golden Gate Bridge. Your guide will take you up to Marin Headlands overlook to capture breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean's rugged coastline. You may also ask your guide to drop you off in downtown Sausalito where you can enjoy dinner and get back to San Francisco on the ferry (tickets are not included).Optional side trip to Sausalito: A Mediterranean-style coastal town Back to Top
You can ask your guide to drop you off in Sausalito to enjoy dinner and return to San Francisco on your own by ferry (Tickets not included). Sausalito downtown is a beautiful Mediterranean-style coastal town, filled with history, culture, and waterfront shops, restaurants, and houseboats.Golden Gate Bridge Overlook Back to Top
Return to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge where a photo stop is scheduled at the Marin Headlands (weather permitting). This site offers a breathtaking vista point of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Thanks to its astonishingly colossal dimensions, and stunning design, the Golden Gate Bridge has become the most photographed bridge in the world. Spectacular and sweeping views over the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay from the Marin Headlands attract millions of tourists worldwide.5:00 p.m. drop Off Back to Top
Your tour guide will drive you back to your hotel, with an optional side trip through Pacific Heights, the most expensive district in San Francisco home to celebrities including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Danielle Steel, Nancy Pelosi, Francis Ford Coppola, Lars Ulrich, and more. It is also home to movie locations, including “Mrs. Doubtfire.”
This SUV tour is totally private and the price is per person.
This VAN tour is totally private and not available for public
or individual reservations. The price is per party and not per person.
|Tour Prices:||Price per group|
|1 - 5 Guests||$1,299.00|
|6 - 7 Guests||$1,369.00|
|8 - 10 Guests||$1,569.00|
|11 - 12 Guests||$1,669.00|
|13 - 14 Guests||$1,759.00|
Included: Pick-up and drop off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’ Wharf, all applicable taxes, Muir Woods park entrance fees, a private 8-hour guided tour from 9 am to 5 pm.
Not included: The price does not include meals, driver’s gratuity, overtime, wine tasting fees and optional activities or features.