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Discover Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Country

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Visiting California Wine Country for the first time can be overwhelming, with hundreds of wineries and endless choices of culinary destinations. This Napa and Sonoma Discovery combo tour is the perfect introduction to California Wine Country designed for first-time visitors. Your personal tour guide will customize your journey to the wine country based on your preference, and ensure that your wine touring experience will be memorable and unique.

Your exciting journey to California Wine Country starts in San Francisco with your tour guide picking you up at your hotel. You will head north and drive across the colorful Golden Gate Bridge to the historic Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley wine regions, for a full day of wine tasting and sightseeing.

Delight your palate with Napa and Sonoma Valley premium estate wines and sparkling wines. Complimentary red and white wine tasting, cheese, olive oil or chocolate sampling will be offered to you in Sonoma Valley. You may also choose your own wineries in Napa Valley where additional tasting fees may apply.

Our experienced tour guides will be in charge of organizing and booking your favorite wineries and scheduling your wine tasting based on your taste and preference to ensure your journey to Sonoma and Napa Valleys will be an enjoyable, relaxing and memorable experience. Please note that some wineries require reservations prior to your tour and visit. Do not worry though because our professional tour guides know how to organize and manage your schedule so you will have plenty of quality time to relax in California wine country.

Organic, biodynamic and estate wineries may be available to set up a wine tasting (subject to additional fees). We can also organize private tours to visit wine caves and enjoy private or public barrel wine tasting, drive through vineyards and meet with grape growers or wine makers.

Sonoma Valley: The historic Sonoma Valley offers visitors a personal and custom wine tasting experience in charming wineries located off-the-beaten-path or on the main wine trail. Sonoma is a more casual community compared to Napa Valley and home to the oldest winery and vines in California. Did you know that Sonoma's historic town plaza is the birthplace of the California Statehood and the plaza offers visitors a variety of Californian cuisine and international dishes? You can walk around this historic Sonoma square and visit the historic Mexican barracks and one of California's oldest missions. You can also explore local boutique wineries, shop in charming courtyards and sample complimentary cheese, olive oil and chocolate.

Napa Valley is home to California's finest wines and sparkling (champagne) wines. Napa is known by its famous mansions, chateau wineries and fancy restaurants. The valley of Napa is divided into a number of designated wine regions called AVA (American Viticultural Area). These grape-growing regions include Calistoga, St. Helena, Oakville, Rutherford, Yountville, and other outlying areas. Wine aficionados can choose between elegant chateau wineries or small boutique wineries located off-the-beaten-path or a combination of both.

Why Golden Horizon Tours? We offer high quality customer service and make each step of the tour a unique and fun experience in order to meet and exceed your expectations. Wine tasting fees and taxes are included in the tour price in Carneros wine region, located in Napa and Sonoma Valley. The tour price also includes complimentary cheese and olive oil sampling, and a full-day guided tour in our top-of-the-range luxury SUVs or deluxe vans, conducted by local experienced tour guides. We offer different wine experiences, because we choose venues and locations away from the commercial wineries where you could have the opportunity to meet with the wine makers or wine growers. We customize your tours based on what you want to do and see, to ensure you have a relaxing and pleasant wine experience in Sonoma or and Napa Valley.

For families with kids or customers who do not drink wine, we can customize your wine tour itinerary to include stops at family-friendly wineries, kid-friendly parks, playgrounds, and attractions.

We guarantee to go where other tours don't or can’t go. We drive you off-the-beaten-path to visit hidden wineries and route on the back roads through Sonoma and Napa Valleys. During the harvest season, we drive you through the vineyards so you can see how grapes are manually picked. We can add cave and barrel tasting to your tour as well (additional fees apply). We offer private and custom guided tours in 12 foreign languages with real, experienced local tour guides. Our tour guides are skilled drivers, knowledgeable on Sonoma and Napa Valleys, photographers, entertainers and have earned hundreds of 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor.


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Tour Itinerary


hot-air-balloon 9:00 AM Pick UpBack to Top

Pick upYour very personal and passionate tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in San Francisco downtown, Fisherman's Wharf, Japan Town, Pacific Heights, Financial District, Chinatown, North Beach, Sausalito or in Napa Valley. If you are already in Sonoma or Napa Valley, your tour guide can pick you up from there as well. We can also customize your pick-up time depending on your schedule and pick-up location.

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Wine CountryWe will be driving on the iconic Golden Gate Bridge heading north on California State Highway 101 to Sausalito, the famous coastal town with its beautiful houseboats. Tiburon and Mill Valley will be visible on both sides of the highway and are dominated by the imposing Mountain Tamalpais.

Also along this drive, you will see the Richmond-San Rafael double Decker Bridge, which was built in a 1956. You can also see the famous San Quentin State prison towards the end of the bridge. A few miles away, you will be able to see Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece called ‘Marin County Civic Center’. This eclectic landmark is crowned by circular domes symbolizing galaxies and infinity, and featured in a number of science fiction movies. Your guide will switch to Highway 37 East and head toward Napa Valley passing Sonoma's famous Raceway located on Highway 12.

Wine CountryLos Carneros is an American Viticultural Area which includes parts of Sonoma Valley and Napa County. Because it is close to the cool fog and breezes that come from San Pablo Bay, the climate in Los Carneros is cooler and more moderate as compared to other wine regions you may find in Sonoma and Napa Valley. This cooler climate in Los Carneros allows for the cultivation of cooler climate cultivars like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Los Carneros is known to produce some of the best wines in the U.S.

Visit Sonoma Valley Wineries Back to Top

Sonoma ValleyYou will now arrive at Sonoma Valley and the picturesque rolling hills will be a dramatic yet beautiful backdrop as you spend time here enjoying your favorite wines. Our first wine tasting experience will take place in one of Los Carneros Wine Region’s wineries or anywhere you wish in Napa Valley. Our Sonoma and Napa private tours leave you the freedom to choose your own itinerary. Most wineries require appointments several days in advance, but we will take care of that so you can enjoy a relaxing day in the wine country. The sooner you book your wine tour, the better a chance you have to go to your top choice. Our private tours allow you to interact with most of the wine experts or wine makers, ask questions and enjoy your narrated and guided wine tasting tour. In addition our knowledgeable tour guides will offer you a comprehensive guided tour of Sonoma Valley, famous wine regions. We will leave the first winery around 11:00 to head to the second winery possibly within Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley. Please note that wine tasting fees and meals are not included in the tour price.

Visit the Second Winery in Sonoma ValleyBack to Top

Second WineryAt the second winery you will taste different wine cultivars. Wines will be presented by a wine expert or sommelier who will be dedicated to you during the duration of your visit. We choose the wineries in the same geographic wine growing region so the traveling distance between two wineries does not exceed 25 minutes. This allows you to have plenty of time to spend at each winery. Our tour itineraries are designed and written by our tour guides and our operations team to ensure your tour to California Wine Country will be successful and memorable.

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Lunch Time in Napa or Sonoma Valley

Delight yourself with International and California finest dishes

Lunch in Sonoma: Downtown Sonoma is known as Sonoma Historic Plaza and is considered as the birthplace of the Statehood of California. The square is a pure marvel of Spanish-Mexican architectural style with some western touch. Sonoma Plaza is the perfect mix of a rich historical tradition and modern sophistication. Located in the center of one of the most chic wine-growing regions, the city of Sonoma's historic town square manages to retain its small-town personality in the middle of a burgeoning wine empire. Sonoma downtown is home to the old barracks and Mission (the northernmost of the 21 historic California Missions). This town focal point is a true testament to the blend of old times and modernity that characterizes the whole of the Sonoma Valley. The plaza is home to the finest European and Californian cuisine. Our operations team and tour guides have jointly added the below section for you to choose your favorite restaurant prior to the trip. We will drive you to the restaurant to ensure you get the best table without a reservation (except with the ‘Girl and the Fig Restaurant’ that requires a reservation). Please note that we do not work on commission nor recommend any restaurant or winery in particular:

Della Santina's Trattoria Rated by our customers: ***** This is probably the best restaurant in term of quality and quantity on the square. Prices are reasonable and the food is delicious. You can enjoy lunch and dinner in the cozy atmosphere in the back patio, which is covered in grape vines and wisteria, and surrounded by balustrades that are planted with assorted flowers. Don't miss their enoteca wine tasting room. If you are looking for fine and traditional Italian cuisine and ambiance , this is your best shot! www.dellasantinas.com/

The Girl and the Fig: Rated by our customers: *****
The Girl and the Fig is an American restaurant that serves French-style cuisine. According to their reviews, this is a good place for dining but not easy to get a table for lunch without a reservation. The price seems reasonable for certain customers but pricy for others. http://www.thegirlandthefig.com/

 El Dorado Kitchen: Rated by our customers: ****
El Dorado Kitchen restaurant offers a stone courtyard for outside dining and a relaxing lounge with a fireplace for cocktails. El Dorado Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner daily. Executive Chef Armando Navarro describes his food as ‘farm driven’. The food is California cuisine with a French influence. http://www.eldoradosonoma.com/

Maya Restaurant offers Mexican cuisine. It is located in the heart of the Wine Country on the historic Sonoma Plaza. :
Rated by our customers: ****
They are within walking distance of stylish lodgings, wine tasting rooms, boutique shops and more.
www.mayarestaurant.com

La Salette- Contemporary Portuguese Cuisine. Rated by our customers: ***
This restaurant offers contemporary Portuguese cuisine. It is the realization of Chef Manuel Azevedo's dream to bring Portuguese cuisine throughout America and to California Wine Country.
http://www.lasalette-restaurant.com/

The Plaza Bistro:
Rated by our customers: **
The Plaza Bistro offers Italian–American mixture of casual and classic cuisine. http://theplazabistro.com. Service can be slow though in this restaurant.

Sonoma Cheese Factory:
Rated by our customers: ***
 Sonoma Cheese Factor offers casual BBQ, ribs, sandwiches, burgers, cheese, gelato, and a gift shop.
http://www.sonomscheesefactory.com/

Swiss Hotel Restaurant:
Rated by our customers: ****
Swiss Hotel Restaurant is a full-service restaurant featuring modern renditions of classical Italian fare as well as pizza from a wood burning oven. www.swisshotelsonoma.com

Sunflower Café:
Rated by our customers: **+
Sunflower Café offers salad, sandwiches and vegetarian food. This is a self-service and cozy restaurant. Customers can eat in the back patio on warm sunny days.
http://www.sonomasunflower.com/

 Basque Boulangerie:
Rated by our customers: ***
Basque Boulangerie Café offers sandwiches, subs and pastries.
Lunch may also take place anywhere in Sonoma Valley in one of the above restaurants or as a picnic lunch within a winery. Other restaurants are also available such as Taste of Himalayas, Murphy's Irish Pub among other restaurants available on the plaza.

vineyardsLunch in Napa Valley: Napa Valley is home to some of the most elegant restaurants and California's finest dishes and international cuisine. Yountville is one of Napa Valley's wine growing regions, and is home to the most famous restaurants where you may enjoy lunch. St Helena is also renowned for its local restaurants like the famous Culinary Institute of America among other fine local and international restaurants. There are also a number of casual and local restaurants in Napa Valley you may enjoy, in or outdoors.

Some of Napa Valley's Famous Restaurants includeBack to Top

Auberge du Soleil, Chandon Etoile, Bouchon, Hurley's restaurant, Rutherford Grill, Solage Calistoga, Press, Bistro Jeanty in Yountville, Allegria Napa, Napa Redd, the French Laundry, Mustards Grill, Go Fish, Bottega, and Bistro Giovanni. You can also enjoy a picnic lunch at a winery in Napa Valley. For more information about Napa restaurants, you may check out this link: http://www.goldenhorizontravel.com/napavalleyrestaurants.htm

Taste napa top premium wines Back to Top

Premium WinesAfter lunch, you can choose to go to a third winery in Napa Valley on the famous Wine Trail 29 or on the Silverado Wine Trail. You may also have your tour guide take you to visit a wine cave and you can learn about the aging process of wine. Optional guided tours are available to visit a sparkling (champagne) winery in Napa and enjoy cave and barrel tasting. You may also choose to simply relax and enjoy a glass of champagne or wine in a winery overlooking Napa Valley. We will escort and guide you to Napa Valley's most famous wineries, wine regions and boutique wineries based on your taste and expectations.

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Visit Elegant and Chateau Wineries in Napa Valley

Fourth WineryNapa Valley wineries are considered among the top wineries in the world thanks to its geographical location and rich and volcanic soil. The valley of Napa offers the perfect conditions ‘Terroir’ for wine growing where vines express themselves beautifully.

Fourth WineryYou can now choose between tasting more wine or sparkling wine (champagne) in a small winery located off-the-beaten- path or within castle wineries offering spectacular views over Napa Valley vineyards. You may also request a cave wine tasting experience on the beautiful Silverado Trail. Our tour guide will book it for you and will be in charge of organizing your schedule unless you prefer your own itinerary, and to visit your own wineries.

Fourth WineryIf time permits, we will offer you one more wine tasting with or without a tour within one of our favorite wineries in Napa Valley Wine Country. You can also add overtime to your tour. During the harvest season, your tour guides drive through Napa Valley vineyards and back roads for you to experience the grape picking. Our driver will begin heading back to your hotel unless you want to extend your trip and add overtime.

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Back to San Francisco Back to Top

San-FranciscoOur tour guide will now drive you back to San Francisco via Napa and Sonoma Valleys after an amazing wine experience in Sonoma and Napa Valley Wine Country. You can make an optional side trip to Sausalito where you can decide to either return to San Francisco with us after the side trip or enjoy the picturesque Sausalito and return on your own to San Francisco on the ferry (ferry tickets are not included). We often choose to make a last photo stop at Marin Headlands, a view point overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay Area.

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Drop OffYour tour guide will drive you back to your hotel with an optional side trip via the famous Pacific Heights, the most expensive district in San Francisco and California. The Pacific Heights is home to celebrities and their gorgeous mansions. This side trip will depend on where your hotel is located.
Thank you for choosing Golden Horizon Travel.

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This SUV tour is totally private and the price is per person.

Guests Totally Private
/person
1 $598.00
2 $299.00
3 $229.00
4 $198.00
5 $159.00
6 $149.00
7 $129.00

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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: Tour Prices per group
not per person
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

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Included: Pick-up and drop off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’ Wharf, all applicable taxes, and 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.


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