See California Wine Country from a new perspective. This must-do attraction is a once-in-a-lifetime experience: Ride a hot-air balloon over the lush vineyards of Napa Valley. This 8-hour guided tour includes a Napa Valley hot-air balloon adventure followed by a guided tour of several wineries (of your choice) in Napa Valley Wine Country.
Whether you are a San Francisco Bay area local or visiting for business or leisure, this hot-air balloon ride is highly recommended if you are looking for an unforgettable fun ride across the beautiful Napa Valley and its vineyards. The hot-air balloon and winery experience can also be purchased as a gift for friends and family or as a unique gift for any special occasion.
See California Wine Country from a new perspective, This must-see attraction is a once-in-a-lifetime experience: Ride a hot-air balloon over the lush vineyards of Napa Valley,
This 8-hour guided tour includes a Napa Valley hot-air balloon adventure followed by a guided tour of several wineries (of your choice) in Napa Valley Wine Country.
Whether you are a San Francisco Bay area local or visiting for business or leisure, this hot-air balloon ride is highly recommended if you are looking for an unforgettable fun ride across the beautiful Napa Valley and its vineyards. This hot-air balloon and winery experience can also be purchased as a gift for your friends and family as a unique gift for any special occasion.
Your tour guide will pick you up at approximately 06:45 in San Francisco or 06:00am (depending on the month), if you are in Napa or Sonoma Valley (location TBD). It’s an early start but stunning and tranquil views of the early morning sunrise awaits you on your drive over. (Pick-up time will vary depending on the season and the sunrise schedule.)
Cancellation due to unforeseen weather conditions:
Your hot-air balloon ride will be scheduled dependent on weather conditions. Your safety is our #1 priority. Our hot-air balloon rides take place before sunrise and depending on such weather conditions, some rides may launch out of other sites: Lake County, Yolo County, Pope Valley or other surrounding counties. Please note that the hot-air balloon crew will not be able to determine whether it is safe or not to launch until a couple of hours prior to take-off. Our pilot wakes up around 05:00 to analyze the wind and weather conditions and, because safety is our #1 priority, we may cancel balloon rides at any time if weather conditions don’t permit to launch safely.
Typically, due to weather conditions, there is a 50% chance that the balloon ride would have to be cancelled. Our office staff will notify you around 07:00 the day prior to your hot-air balloon adventure and give you an update on the weather forecasted for the following day. If you decide to cancel with our office staff the night prior, your tour guide will pick you up at 09:00 and proceed with the wine tour as scheduled because the wine tour portion of this travel package is not refundable. If, however, you wish to proceed and take your chances, your tour guide will pick you up as scheduled (04:45 in San Francisco). Please keep in mind that we have reserved this day just for you. Only the hot-air balloon ride portion of the package is refundable, and you will receive a $190 refund per person, which will be credited back to you within 7 business days.
We are extremely transparent about these unforeseen weather conditions that are, unfortunately, beyond our control. We do not profit from the hot-air balloon adventure itself - our goal is to stand out from the crowd as part of our philosophy to offer our valuable clients unique experiences. However, we have to cover the required extra fees to pay the pilot, our amazing team and staff who wake up early to follow up with your hot-air balloon crew, even if the balloon ride is cancelled. In addition, the tour guides who volunteer for this very early departure have to wake around 03:00 and remain on duty until the pilot calls them to confirm or cancel the balloon ride. Please do not be disappointed if we are required to cancel the balloon ride at the last minute: your safety is our main concern.
Regardless of when and where we meet with the pilot and his crew to launch, the hot-air balloon flight is a truly memorable and unique wine country experience. Learn all about how we inflate the hot-air balloon with cold air from gas-powered fans before you take to the skies. Experience the thrills of the balloon ride as it rises up giving you a bird's eye view of the picturesque mountains, the sunrise and changing lights over California Wine Country’s rolling hills and lush vineyards.
Book your private SUV tour today and choose the wineries you want to experience following the hot-air balloon ride. A private SUV tour allows you to combine the balloon excursion with any destination of your choice afterwards which can include a trip to Muir Woods National Monument – home of the giant redwood trees, a zip line adventure, a visit to the Jelly Belly Beans factory, a wild animal Safari Park in Sonoma County, a visit to the Old Faithful Geyser that erupts regularly located next to Calistoga petrified forest, an afternoon shopping at the Napa premium outlet, a visit to a cheese factory and/or an olive oil press in the historic Sonoma town plaza. You may also take a tram-guided tour through vineyards and visit a wine cave in one of Napa or Sonoma’s famous wineries. Another option and suggestion, following your hot-air balloon ride, would be to travel to the coastal town of Sausalito or Tiburon and then take the ferry across the Bay back to San Francisco or schedule a tour to Alcatraz Island. These sights and additional attractions can be added onto your tour if you are not interested in wine tasting.
Finally, please don't forget to sign the hot-air balloon waiver form and hand it over to your driver.
The tour package is a full 8-hour trip door-to-door from San Francisco, from approximately 04:30am to 12:30 pm or 05:00am to 13:00pm.
04:00AM – Early Morning pick-up
Complimentary pick-up from your hotel in San Francisco downtown, Fisherman's Wharf or anywhere in Marin County along Highway 101, or in Napa or Sonoma Valley. Your tour guide will drive you from your pick-up location across the Golden Gate Bridge or the Bay Bridge through Marin County or Solano County to Napa Valley.
05:00 – Drive through Napa Valley to the launch site
Imagine an early morning of clear fresh air while watching the sun rise as you are being taken to your launch site. You’ll be driven through Napa Valley’s picture-perfect back roads and vineyards. Your tour guide may make a quick stop at a local coffee shop for a last-minute coffee or pastries before arriving at your launch site with your hot-air balloon crew.
After the hot-air balloon ride
After the hot-air balloon ride, enjoy a complimentary breakfast in Yountville, the most elegant town in Napa Valley. The friendly pilot and his/her crew will join you and the other hot-air balloon riders for breakfast, which is a unique opportunity to interact with them and ask any questions you may have.
After breakfast, you can choose to visit any wine region and wineries of your choice (wine tasting fees are not included) in Napa or Sonoma Valley or both. Do not worry about planning the logistics to the winery - your tour guide will be in charge of the schedule.
If you prefer to do something different than tour a winery, your tour guide can also take you on a sightseeing drive through the back roads and rolling hills of Napa Valley Wine Country. These are optional attractions that you can add to your tour – please note that all required entrance and activity fees are not included.
13:00 – Arrive at your drop-off location
Your Tour Guide will drive you back to San Francisco after a full morning of adventures and new experiences. You also have the option of going to Sausalito on your way back or be returned to your hotel by your tour guide. Or you can choose to stay in Sausalito and then take the ferry back to San Francisco (tickets are not included).
We often take a photo stop at the breathtaking Marin Headlands overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay Area, at the end of the day. The Golden Gate Bridge is San Francisco's most colorful and iconic monument. Because of its astonishing gigantic dimensions, the Golden Gate Bridge is the most photographed bridge in the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have never flown on a hot-air balloon before, we highly recommend reading our frequently asked questions. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible about this new experience. Be assured that we are very experienced with the whole process, and we understand that you might be nervous about it.
Brief History: Did you know that the hot-air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology and is a subset of balloon aircraft? It was invented and created back in 1783, in the city of Paris when the first manned flight was made by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes. The French called it ‘Montgolfier’ after the Montgolfier brother’s invention of what would become the hot-air balloon.
What is a hot-air balloon made of?
A balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that can hold heated air. Suspended beneath is the gondola/ basket made from the most hardwearing and durable material. Inside the basket, you will find the fuel system which consists of the ‘LPG’, liquid propane gas, which supplies the burner the required power to heat the air in the envelope.
Unlike gas balloons, the envelope does not have to be sealed at the bottom since the air near the bottom of the envelope is at the same pressure as the surrounding air. In today's sport balloons, the envelope is generally made from nylon fabric and the mouth of the balloon (closest to the burner flame) is made from fire resistant material such as Nomex.
Why do I have to fly so early in the morning? Although we need some wind to fly the hot-air balloon, we cannot fly if there is too much wind either. We fly early in the morning because that is when the winds are at their calmest. In addition, a lower ambient temperature means that it is easier to get the balloon off the ground and keep it in the air because we wouldn’t have to heat it to a high temperature. This, in turn, means we will not use as much gas and can fly for longer time and even fly over other valleys and mountains away from Napa. An additional benefit to flying early in the morning is that you get to see the beautiful sun rise over Napa Valley.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Due to the early start, the early morning briskness might require a few layers. Please bring warm clothes or layers, gloves and a hat to protect your hair from the warm air coming from the burner. Please wear sturdy shoes as well. You can leave your extra layers and belongings in the car while you take your hot-air balloon flight.
How do you fly and steer the hot-air balloon? The pilot maintains the balloon's altitude and steers it in the same direction as the wind. The pilot is able to steer and maneuver the balloon when it is in the air by venting. This allows the hot air to be released from the envelope (balloon), allowing it to descend (lower) and ascend (rise) when the pilot turns the burner heat up.
When the air in the balloon is warmer than the air outside, it rises up because the hot air inside the balloon is lighter than cool air outside. The balloon then travels slowly in the same direction of the wind, and this factor (the wind) determines the launching and landing site (location). You will either land in the middle of a vineyard or anywhere within California wine country. A typical landing spot is clear of crops, livestock, small trees, power lines or other obstructions. The pilot will be on-hand to guide you through this process, he or she will also point out sights and wineries as you fly over the lush vineyards of California wine country.
How high do you fly and how fast the balloon can go? On an average flight, the balloon will reach tree-top level up to the top of the surrounding peaks in California wine country.
An average balloon usually travels 4 to 8 miles per hour (MPH) with the wind. Speed and landing will be determined by the pilot and his crew based on weather and wind conditions. The length of a balloon flight is usually determined by many factors, including the temperature and the weight carried in the basket. For this reason, customers are required to provide their exact weight. On a cold day, with only one person flying, a longer flight is possible which can last about 30 minutes or more.
How do you inflate the hot-air balloon?
We begin by laying the basket on its side and then laying out the envelope (the balloon bit) and attaching both sides with strong wires. Then we inflate the balloon with cold air using a portable petrol-powered fan. When the envelope is almost completely inflated with cold air, we turn on the burners and begin to heat the air inside the envelope. This will help the balloon rise to an up-right position. The inflation of the envelope (balloon) usually takes about 20 minutes before it gets off the ground to an upright position. Then we just keep heating the air until it is hot enough inside to take us up for a ride, slowly and gently.
How long does it take to inflate and deflate the balloon?
Once the envelope has been laid-out and the cables attached to the basket, a portable (gasoline powered) fan pushes air into the envelope. When the envelope is almost filled with cold air, the propane burner is ignited and the air inside is heated enough for the balloon to rise to an upright position. With a small amount of additional heat the balloon will become buoyant. The inflation usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes and it takes about the same amount of time to deflate and pack up the balloon after the flight.
How big is a balloon?
There are many different sizes of balloons, ranging from small balloons that are meant for one person to very large ones that can carry 20+ persons. Sports balloons average size is between 65,000 and 105,000 cubic feet and carry three to six people. When inflated, these balloons can vary in height from eighteen to twenty-seven meters and are between thirteen and eighteen meters in diameter.
Do you fly in the rain? No, it is not very pleasant to fly in the rain. The rain cools the balloon down, adds a lot of extra weight to the balloon and due to the curved shape of the balloon, the water does not drip off, but gathers in the load tapes and runs down the sides and you get covered in a hot dirty shower.
How many people can the hot-air balloon carry?
Our largest balloon is licensed to carry up to sixteen passengers plus the pilot, but it is also dependent on the total weight. Our mid-size balloon can hold up to 11 passengers and our smallest can hold up to five passengers plus the pilot. It is extremely important that you provide your exact weight for safety purposes.
We can understand how you might feel if this is your first time on a hot-air balloon, as we have all been there. Please be assured that our team is well-trained and very experienced with hot-air balloon flying - we have been conducting balloon rides for over 20 years. Our pilots are licensed professionals and will take all safety precautions to ensure that the balloon ride runs smoothly and safely.
Private Tour by Luxury SUV
This SUV tour is totally private and the price is per person.
|Price per person||1 Guest||2 Guests||3 Guests||4 Guests||5 Guests||6 Guests||7 Guests|
|Hotel Accommodation Excluded||$1049.11111||$649||$579||$569||$519||$489||$479|
|Price per person||1 Guest||2 Guests||3 Guests||4 Guests||5 Guests||6 Guests||7 Guests|
|Hotel Accommodation Excluded||$1049.11111||$649||$579||$569||$519||$489||$479|
This VAN tour is totally private and not available for public or individual reservations. The price is per party and not per person.
|Price per group||1-5 Guests||6-7 Guests||8-10 Guests||11-12 Guests||13-14 Guests|
|Hotel Accommodation Excluded||$2745.1111||$3709||$4589||$5389||$5969|
|Price per group||1-5 Guests||6-7 Guests||8-10 Guests||11-12 Guests||13-14 Guests|
|Hotel Accommodation Excluded||$2745.1111||$3709||$4589||$5389||$5969|
Included: Pick-up and drop-off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf, hot-air balloon ride, complimentary breakfast, all applicable taxes, and a private 8-hour tour door-to-door.
Not included: The price does not include meals, driver’s gratuity, overtime, wine tasting fees and all optional activities or features, overtime .
Term & Refund Policy
-91% of the total amount will be refunded to your credit card if you cancel your trip at least 15 business days prior to the scheduled tour (or the date of the tour or service). The remaining 9% covers the required transaction fees; that’s 4.5 % per each transaction (booking is one transaction and refunding is a second transaction for which we get charged as well). (weekends and holidays don’t count).
-50% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 7 business days prior to the scheduled tour date or service. (weekends and holidays don’t count).
-15% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled date of the tour (weekends and holidays don’t count).
-0% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled 4 business days, or less, prior to the day of the scheduled tour or service. This includes no-shows. (weekends and holidays don’t count)
Please note that all refunds are subject to credit card and merchant’s fees imposed on us by credit cards companies and merchant banks or providers. The average amount of credit cards and merchant’s transactions fees may range between 3.9 % to 9.8% of the total amount of your purchase (transaction) based on the type of credit card you use when booking this tour, the credit card issuer, country and conversion fees we are subject per transaction. Many foreign countries apply additional origination and conversions fees.
Important: Please note that we reserve the date(s) you requested and booked on our website for you and we decline taking other tours for these date(s) to honor yours. We keep a tour guide and a luxury vehicle on hold and make all required reservations and arrangements for you and your party, so please don’t change the date or cancel at the last minute as we have other customers and tours to honor.
– Reservation and Confirmation: As soon as you book online, a merchant receipt is generated automatically and sent to you via email. We will also confirm your reservation by email and send you a tour voucher or email confirming your booking date, tour and pick-up time. This tour confirmation or voucher is only valid for the specific date(s) you reserved on our website, and only valid for the names listed on the booking. You can’t transfer the names or ask for a different date(s), as we have other tours to honor. You may not change the tour date within 15 days from the date of the scheduled tour you booked, and there will be no alternative days offered.
In an effort to honor all tours, we reserve the right to partner with other tour operators, freelancers, and/or our sister companies. The exact name and contact information of your tour operator will be stated on your tour voucher and the trip confirmation will be issued especially for you after we received your approved transaction.
-All tours are subject to availability as we may get several tour requests at the same time. Approved payment transactions do not guarantee your tour unless it has been confirmed via email.
Please note that when transactions are declined, we do not receive any information in this regard, so do not expect your reservation to be in place unless you received written confirmation. Please contact us asap, but do not expect us to honor your tour without an email confirmation and tour voucher from us.
If your booking was declined by your own bank, this is often due to a mismatch between your bank information (such as the names on the credit card, zip/postal code or billing address) compared to the bank information you provided on our website when placed your order. Sometimes, transactions are declined due to insufficient funds as well. Your tour(s) will not be confirmed until your new transaction is approved by your own bank. We apologize for the inconvenience, but your own bank did so to prevent fraud and protect your credit card information or due one of the above factors.
All our tours are subject to availability even when the transactions are approved. We will get back to you as soon as possible and let you know if the required tour(s) and date(s) still available. Also, all our tours are conducted in English unless otherwise stated in the email or tour voucher confirmation we will send you soon, once your transaction is approved.
We reserve the right to offer you suitable substitutes or changes to your itinerary, tours or services due to special events, weather conditions, road closures, vehicle breakdowns, unpredictable circumstances, unavailability and/or due to last minute reservations. We assume no responsibility for delays caused by accidents, breakdowns, unforeseen accidents or events, road, weather conditions and/or all other circumstances beyond our control. We do not guarantee to arrive to, or depart from, any point at a specific time for the same above considerations. However, we will do our very best to honor your tour itinerary and schedule accordingly.
Other terms and information
Wheelchair and Handicap Accessibility issues: We apologize but our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access. There is no room for a wheelchair in our vehicles unless it’s a very small and foldable wheelchair. However, the main concern is the customers’ ability to get it in and out of the vehicles for liability issues. When kids, seniors, and wheelchairs are part of the tour, this will slow down the trip, and requires overtime. $179 will be charged to your credit card for each additional hour added to the tour after 12 hours by van, and $129 per hour when touring by SUV.
Pets: Pets are not allowed in our vehicles out of respect for those who have allergies to pets.
Smoking: Our vehicles are also non-smoking.
Clothing: Please be prepared for cold weather, slippery roads and hiking trails, so have comfortable waterproof hiking shoes to walk on the snow in winter and spring. This long day-tour is hard on kids and seniors, we therefore recommend the overnight tour package.
Parks, Attractions and Site’s Closures: We are not responsible, nor liable, for road and weather conditions. State and national parks’ closure can happen at any time and without a prior notice, due to bad road and weather considerations. No refund will be issued, regardless the reasons for which the trip may not reach its destination. If you cancel or stop the tour for personal or medical reasons, there will be no refund or change of tour or dates offered either.
Guided tours in foreign languages: All tours in foreign languages are subject to extra fees to cover tour guides or freelancers we may hire to honor your tour in the required language.
Travel Agents: Travel agents are liable for 20% gratuity when their customer does not tip the driver or tour guides. We require customers’ full name and contact information from all travel agent or the tour will be cancelled. Travel agent are also liable for all overtime when their clients do not pay for, and a credit card will be needed on file. Due to high cost of conducting business in California, we barely cover our business expenses and wages, therefore, all our tours are non-commissionable rates.
Gratuity: 15 to 20% gratuity is required and customary in the USA. Generally, a tip may vary between 15% to 20% of the total purchase amount, or it can be a flat amount that is near the appropriate percent. It really depends upon the situation, and your generosity because without gratuity tour guides can’t thrive in this expensive state of California, and without tour guides, we can’t run this business. Thank you for your generosity and understanding.
Muir Woods National Monument new regulations: Once in Muir Woods National Monument, you’ll find out that it has become less crowded and even very peaceful because Muir Woods has become the first national park to require reservations in advance with special commercial and parking permits. This extra cost and in addition to the complicated reservations process turn off manty visors and tour companies from visiting Muir Woods. No one can visit or access Muir Woods anymore without prior reservations and permits. But don’t worry, thanks to our private tours and small group custom trips, we will take care of all the required arrangements and offer you a worry-free tour package, we do reserve and pay for your parking and Muir Woods permits, however, your Muir Woods tickets are not included in the tour price and will be at your charge ($10 per person, but may go up again).
Please note that tour guides are not allowed to conduct guided tours to Alcatraz or Muir Woods. Your Alcatraz and Muir Woods are self-guided tours as stated on our website (an audio self-guided tour on your own for Alcatraz prison). Also, in order to keep the cost down, we therefore do not include a drop-off at your hotel after you visit Alcatraz, so you don’t pay overtime or have a driver waiting for you while visiting Alcatraz Island. The Fisherman’s Wharf hotels are walking distance from Alcatraz landing. Public transportation is very affordable and available everywhere.
Alcatraz tours and tickets and the use of our online calendar: The only online calendar available on our website is extremely hard to manage and update on daily basis. This calendar governs all our tours and available in over 10 different languages which multiplies the number of tour options by 10! When Alcatraz tickets are sold out, we cannot simply block the calendar for these particular date(s) because this will prevent all other clients from booking any of our tours in 10 different languages, this would put us all out of business! Alcatraz represents only 1% of our tours and it’s extremely impossible to block the calendar each time Alcatraz is sold out. For that reason, we have amended these terms and conditions on our website stating clearly unequivocally the following terms regarding Alcatraz tour and tickets:
-All our tours including Alcatraz are subject to availability even if the transaction is approved. We do reserve the right to void or refund your transaction when Alcatraz tickets are sold out, this is totally out of our hands as the only provider of Alcatraz tickets and tours are governed by the U.S. National Park Service.
-We do require 8 business weeks in advance when booking our Alcatraz tour during the peaks season, holidays and week-ends. The peak season refers to the period of April to the end of October.
-We reserve the right to offer you alternative tours when Alcatraz is sold out, if you decline our offer, we simply and fully refund your transaction which takes about 10 business days before your funds are available to you as stated above under section “voided and refunded transactions” clause.
Common mistake some customers do: When Alcatraz tickets are sold out, customers rush desperately to book directly Alcatraz tour on our website without taking the time to review our terms and conditions in this regard, we are not to blame in this case as we made it extremely clear that we have no control over Alcatraz tickets when they are sold out, for that reason we do require at least 8 business weeks booking in advance!
The misconception about private tours: There a misconception about private tours. Yes, public large bus group tours are more cost-effective for the operator, than private tours. In essence, the input cost of private tours and public tours are roughly the same - both provide one driver or a tour guide, one vehicle, same trip length whilst both companies assume the same business expenses and commercial insurance liability. However, private tour operators (like ours) make 90% less profit than public group tours, because all our resources are dedicated to a small group (couples or families), whilst the pubic tour operators make 10 times more profits thanks to the volume(quantity)! We, on the other hand, focus on quality as we never share our private tours with other customers. Yet, although we provide a higher quality tour service, and incur even greater expenses in many cases, the profit margins are limited. This makes some of our private tours barely profitable due to the increasing cost and liability of conducting business in California.
Additional Terms & Tips for visitors and hikers
– If you are subject to car or motion sickness, please consider asking your doctor for recommended medication. Some visitors underestimate this aspect and end up visiting only 50% of the tour as they suffer from this or altitude sickness and make an excessive number of stops along the way. Please consult your doctor and ensure you have the appropriate medication in advance.
– Consider leaving unnecessary luggage at your hotel and travel light so you have more room in the vehicle.
– Wear clothes and shoes suitable for walking and hiking (Snow shoes in winter are recommended, and a swimsuit to enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool and hot tub).
– Bring sunscreen, bug spray, extra memory cards, and batteries for your camera (if applicable).
– Warm layers for cooler weather and a raincoat for summer showers.
– Drink lots of water due to the high altitude and don’t hike alone, as we offer fully-guided tours.
– We are not responsible for injuries or accidents that may occur during this trip, in or out of Yosemite National Park. Please read our < href="https://www.goldenhorizontravel.net/terms-conditions">terms and conditions for more information.
-Expect rugged terrain with narrow, steep, and very curvy hiking trails to the sequoias. Also, be prepared for a downhill hike and then back uphill to the parking lot. The trail is very steep right at the beginning on the way back up but mellows out as you get closer to the parking lot. It depends on the grove your driver will choose for you, but they all require hiking. The elevation at the trail head of both top groves is about 6,200 feet (1,860 meters). The most popular is the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, the distance is about 2.5 miles (4 km) round trip and takes about 1.5 – 2 hours of hiking, and recommended for everybody who can hike including kids.
-California Gold Country: When Tioga Pass road (located between Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra where a major highway leads to Tahoe) is closed due to heavy snow that may start as early as October until about June or July, we will drive through the infamous, yet legendary, California Gold Country on day 2 and day 3 of your adventure.
-Please note that we may start in Lake Tahoe first, and then head to Yosemite National Park or vice versa. This will depend on the hotels’ availability, the season, the weather and road conditions. We do not work on commission, so you are welcome to book your own hotel, but if you don’t want to deal with these details, we can take care of that on your behalf when you choose the option ‘hotel included’ from our shopping cart.
Hotel Reservation: To keep costs down, we charge each guest only about $100 per night, for a three-star hotel in and around Yosemite Valley area, based on availability. However, if you have high expectations of the hotel accommodation, and wish to upgrade, we recommend that you choose your own hotel and book it directly with the required resort or hotel. The Majestic hotel (the former Awhanhee) is the only 4-star hotel in the Yosemite Valley where a suite may go from $600 to $1200 per night based on availability and the season. Please note that there are a very limited number of hotels in Yosemite, and they are often sold out 6 to 12 months in advance, so the sooner you book the better. However, we often manage to get a hotel reservation nearby Yosemite Valley, in one of the small resort or motel style hotels in the area, for reservations closer to the tour date.
More Terms and Miscellaneous
Foreign Languages: Our tours are conducted in English unless otherwise indicated on your tour voucher. Some foreign languages are subject to additional fees. For all foreign languages, you must book a Private Tour and not a semi-private tour to enjoy the tour in the required language (subject to availability). Additional fees may apply on any additional foreign languages. All semi-private tours are conducted in English and can be shared with other clients. Semi-private tours will no longer be available on our website. Please book your private tour asap as our tour bilingual tour guides are booked up months in advance.
Miscellaneous: Meals and tour guide/driver gratuities are not included in our tour price unless indicated on your tour voucher or email confirmation.
Tour prices do not include additional fees including wine tasting, accommodations, and entry fees to see attractions and sites, winery tours, unless otherwise indicated on your tour voucher or email confirmation.
-All vehicles operated by Golden Horizon Travel Inc are non-smoking according to state and federal laws.
-Golden Horizon Travel Inc reserves the right to hire independent tour guide/drivers, subcontractors and/or contractors to facilitate our tours, shuttle services and travel packages.
-In the event that we are unable to facilitate your tour due to weather and/or road conditions, we will attempt to reach each location, site and destination using alternative routes, but we are not liable nor responsible for these unforeseen weather/traffic conditions. No refunds will be available.
-All photos or videos taken by our staff of our customers or passengers, during the capacity of the tour, trip or transfer, may be included on our website. Customers hereby agree to the use of these photos and videos and under no circumstances can customers dispute.
-No substitution or refunds for any unused part of the tour(s) will be issued. All sales are final.
-No refunds will be issued for a no-show or unused portion of the tour.
-All refund and/or voided transactions paid on our website by credit or debit cards or via PayPal may take up to 2 weeks before you receive the funds (refunds) back into your account.
Our hot-air balloon rides are no guaranteed to depart and arrive back in Napa Valley and subject to last-minute cancelation for weather considerations. Golden Horizon Travel inc reserves the right to fly anywhere within 80-mile radius of Napa Valley dependent on the weather conditions.
-We reserve the right to refuse service to any person or business who may refuse to comply with our safety instructions, our tour itinerary, or to anyone who may pose a threat to our customers and/or our tour guide-drivers. Screaming at or insulting tour guide-drivers or fellow passengers or third-party businesses and subcontractors is not acceptable under any circumstances and will terminate and cancel your tour without any refund. Discrimination against a customer or a tour guide–driver for any reason is not acceptable either under any circumstance.
Cancellation due to unforeseen weather conditions: Weather/Unforeseen Circumstances like fires, landslide, road closure, vehicle breakdown, employees or driver’s medical emergency or due other weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances; we revere the right to offer you alternative tours, destinations for the same amount of time.
Impressive! Their Ability of organization, understanding , customizing , entertaining , educating - make them the best at what they do. What unforgettable experience with Buddy!
Natasha C Calgary, Canada
We went on two Golden Horizon Tours during our week in San Francisco. The tours were definitely highlighting of our trip to San Francisco . We scheduled the Muir Woods/Point Reyes and also the Napa Valley tour. We were very fortunate to have Adam as our tour guide during both trips. He was an amazing tour guide and greatly exceeded our expectations ! We would highly recommend Golden Horizon Tours, and especially Adam, to anyone visiting the area.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Stop reading reviews and book with Golden Horizons. .... we highly recommend this tour company, their tour guides are passionate, fun and very knowledgeable. San Francisco is amazing city and Muir Woods is so beautiful and enjoyable. We also visited Larson and Sebastiani wineries in Sonoma Valley.
Unfortunately, we were not able to get same day tickets to Alcatraz Island, but our tour guide managed to get us night tickets to Alcatraz prison the next day. We were so lucky and grateful - we even booked 2 more tours with this company – they are the best! Alcatraz at night is a must-see attraction for all visitors. The rangers’ talk and the audio-walking guided tour complete each other.
Our Bucket List Overflowed, a wonderful day in an amazing park with the perfect tour guide!
Katheryn Kennedy - London, UK
Breathtaking adventure in Yosemite wonderland , and a great private tour of San Francisco combined with Alcatraz. We found this company on Trip Advisor & we were not disappointed!
The Jamesons. Sydney, Australia
A wonderful tour package in Yosemite National Park and Alcatraz with Adam. This tour has totally exceeded expectations! The best experience ever!
Erin M. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Unforgettable & Fantastic! trust their reviews and believe what you read on Trip Advisor; they are consumed professionals.
Chris G., Dallas, Texas
5-stars to our tour guide Adam, he made this journey unforgettable. He is an expert photographer too!
M. Hachadourian. Greenwich Village, New York
10 Stars! Fun, informative, flexible, indulgent, patient,& very professional guides in a warm & engaging manner.
Jarmila Sramkova. Prague, Czech Republic
Believe every good thing you read about this tour company; you will not be disappointed!
Mike and Jane - Nashville
Treated like King & Queen! OUTSTANDING and A MUST See!! Without any hesitation, 5 stars!
Loreena’s family Madrid, Spain
They are consummate professionals who really care a lot for their customers' wellbeing and experience- a must do!
Rob & Marhta Baton Rouge
I've run out of superlatives to describe this unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime experience ...10 STARS + & Highly Recommended
Holly Millard- Holly Millard, IN
5-Star TripAdvisor Review
You won't be disappointed if you use Golden Horizon for all your tours! Top notch service! Susan.S- McAllen, Texas
5-Star TripAdvisor Review
A 6-star experience! Their tag line is to “exceed expectations” and they certainly delivered. From the moment of making a booking to the actual tours - Superb!
“I wouldn't tour Wine Country without them!”
My experiences in Wine Country have been greatly enhanced because I hired the experts from Golden Horizon Tours. Prior to my first dealing with GHT, I was asked about our group's wine likes and dislikes so they could get a handle on where to bring us. They listened and put together two days of visiting vineyards that were right up our alley. Many of our visits were appointments that GHT set up and we seemed to get extra attention from the wineries that we visited. This tells me that Golden Horizon Tours is well respected in Wine Country.
I recently got back from another great tour in Wine Country. Even though there were four years between visits, Adam and his group at Golden Horizon set up another incredible two days of winery visits. The amazing thing is they remembered our tastes from our previous visit and planned our trip accordingly! Patricia was the driver of our immaculate SUV and she even acted as our own personal photographer, picking up our camera numerous times getting those candid pictures that you don't even know about until you're going through the shots. She even gave us an impromptu ride through some Redwoods.
I could go on forever singing the praises of this company...the special little touches, the knowledge of Wine Country and the overall professionalism. Just do yourself a favor...hire Golden Horizon Tours to get the most out of your wine tasting experience!
Rexford, New York
5-Star TripAdvisor Review
We went on two Golden Horizon Tours during our week in San Francisco. The tours were definitely highlighting of our trip to San Francisco . We scheduled the Muir Woods/Point Reyes and also the Napa Valley tour. We were very fortunate to have Adam as our tour guide during both trips. He was an amazing tour guide and greatly exceeded our expectations for the tour. He always took his time with us and made every effort to show us unique qualities about the places we visited.
He was also extremely generous with his time and worked hours over the scheduled end time for the tour. Our two girls, ages five and six, also loved spending time with him. He made the tours, including the Napa Valley tour, fun for the girls. We would highly recommend Golden Horizon Tours, and especially Adam, to anyone visiting the area.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Just returned from a great experience in Napa with Golden Horizon, and it was nothing short of awesome! Very attentive and personable. Great details on the tour and recommendations of the wineries were spot on for our request. Tour vehicle was impressive and stocked with water. Very safe and comfortable ride. My money was well spent here, and I was very satisfied with their efforts.
One of the hardest things to do when trying to book excursions from overseas is being able to trust unknown companies. Despite investigating many options, the costs and reading reviews a selection is given to a firm trusted over many years. We booked two incredible and separate excursions with this company based upon older reviews. One to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco with a drink stop at the famous Iron Door Salon in Groveland. The other to Muir Woods and the wine producing areas of Sonoma and Napa Valley. The two wineries visited were Jacuzzi Family Wines in Sonoma and Domaine Carneros in Napa. In between we had lunch and wine at the 'perfecto' Della Santina's Restaurant.
I truly believe that a really good tour is not complete unless you are provided a passionate and skilled driver. On both occasions we had fantastic drivers. Both Buddy and later John (a former Kiwi) were knowledgeable, energetic, polite and passionate about the history and sights of the areas they covered. Both these guys seemed to know everything about anything - and I mean everything! Both drivers were interesting to listen too which made the time between highlights enjoyable and entertaining. GREAT WORK - very professional.
So if you are thinking of using Golden Horizon Tours look no further - you should not be disappointed.
Brisbane Region, Australia
We had a fantastic day with our guide, Patricia. Like most tourists we intended to make our way to Napa but after a chat with Patricia she recommended we make our way to Napa via Sonoma. It was a great decision and we were having such a wonderful time in Sonoma that we quickly decided to give Napa a miss. Patricia took us to a variety of vineyards, big and small ( we very much preferred the smaller, family ones) and even kept our 12-year-old son entertained with games and fruit picking whilst we busied ourselves with the wine tasting. It was one of our best days of the holiday and it was all down to Patricia taking time to understand our likes and dislikes and tailoring the day. Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious, she always made sure we got the best service at each stop and she is a genuine and caring person, it was like having another family member showing us around.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
What a wonderful experience we had in Sonoma and Napa Valley thanks to Adam, our tour guide, and Golden Horizon Tours. We were 8 women travelling from Canada to San Francisco for a 4-day girls’ weekend. Our day of touring around California wine country in a limo with Adam was, by far, the highlight of our trip!! We would absolutely do it again.
Adam was informative, accommodating and very entertaining (we laughed the entire day) and he went above and beyond to make this a wonderful day for us. The limo picked us up at our hotel in San Francisco. We stopped at the Golden Gate bridge for a photo op on the way up to Sonoma, and Adam graciously offered to play photographer for the group then, and many more times throughout the day.
He tailored our tour to give us a good overview of different wines and the different types of wineries in the area. He gave us a tour of each winery we visited, as well as the surrounding properties, providing information about the history and various functions of each place. We learned about the process of wine making, the types of grapes used, how the grapes are grown and harvested, and much more. We visited Cline Winery, Viansa (our collective favorite),stopped for lunch in Sonoma, and then we were off to Artesa Winery in Napa.
We had private wine tastings at 2 of the 3 wineries which was a real treat. The money we spent for the tour was offset by the discounts and savings we got at the various wineries thanks to Adam's connections. We had so much fun that we even extended our tour an extra 2 hours!
Without a doubt, this was well worth the money and made for one of the most memorable experiences of our trip. I would highly recommend Golden Horizon's tour services and of course, Adam! I only hope that Adam had as much fun with us, as we did with him!
Had a wonderful SUV tour through Sonoma and Napa with our tour guide, Mary. She was so knowledgeable, and it felt like a great day out with a close friend. She tailored the experience to our needs/wants and it was just wonderful. Ask for Mary on your next tour - we will definitely seek her and Golden Horizon tours out again on our next visit to San Francisco.
We were greeted by Patricia promptly at 9 am at our hotel and off we went to Sonoma. Patricia has connections with some of the wineries we stopped at. This led to everyone bending over backwards to make sure we were enjoying ourselves as well as some discounts on the wine/olive oils. Patricia was incredibly knowledgeable about San Francisco, Sonoma, the wineries, and the winemaking process. We stopped at a larger winery (Jacuzzi) as well as two small wineries (Homewood and Larson Family Winery). Jacuzzi was wonderful and the gentleman who helped us with the tasting let us try 12-15 wines (we lost count!). Larson Family Winery was wonderful. The views and pups were great. Try the Organic Chardonnay. We loved Homewood and hope you get Maggie to assist in the wine tasting as she is a HOOT. Patricia was wonderful and made sure we were properly hydrated the whole time. Patricia let us have about an hour and a half in the town of Sonoma so that we could eat lunch ( We highly recommend The Girl and The Fig – AMAZING – book early!). After all of the wine tastings, Patricia took us up to the Headlands to get a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and took us on a nice tour of some of the beautiful houses in San Francisco. The day flew by! It was a wonderful trip and I highly recommend Gold Horizon Tours and Patricia! She made the trip! Thank you!
On this our first trip to Napa, my wife and I booked with this company to provide a guide to direct us to some of the wineries. Also, we were interested in a balloon trip. They provided both to us at a reasonable cost.
We had a great time. Our guide, Albert, was excellent and fun to be with. He took us to outstanding wineries that we would otherwise have not visited.
The balloon trip was the perfect way to view the valley as we floated a mere 100 feet above some vineyards (the balloon had an altimeter on board) and as high as 2700 feet for a view of the entire valley and distant San Francisco. We enjoyed being in the small basket without a lot of other people. Terry (our pilot) was very experienced and offered explanations of the flight as we went. We ended up landing in a school parking lot and many of the neighbors came out to enjoy the balloon, too. It was nice to be able to meet some locals in this way.
Baron and Lisa Ma
We booked the Private Full-Day Sonoma Wine Tour with Golden Horizon Tours. We were greeted by Patricia promptly at 9 am at our hotel and off we went to Sonoma. Patricia has connections with some of the wineries we stopped at. This led to everyone bending over backwards to make sure we were enjoying ourselves as well as some discounts on the wine/olive oils. Patricia was incredibly knowledgeable about San Francisco, Sonoma wine country, the wineries, and the winemaking process. ...AMAZING – book early!). After all of the wine tastings...the day flew by! It was a wonderful trip and I highly recommend Gold Horizon Tours and Patricia!
Jaclyn and Travis Righter- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Trip Advisor Tour Reviews Contributor
This was a wonderful way to experience a wide variety of wines and wineries without having to worry about driving or directions, we had a most wonderful day. Each winery was so different and handpicked to fulfill a different need. Thank you, Adam, you’re an amazing tour guide.
Seven of us (all family members and women ranging in age from 30 to 80) went to San Francisco as a surprise for my mother’s 80th birthday. We decided on the Muir Woods and Sausalito half day and an all-day Sonoma Valley Wine Tour. Since there were seven of us, it was a private tour in a luxury SUV with our wonderful tour guide Patricia who picked us up directly from our accommodation in the Mission district of San Francisco. We were lucky enough to have Patricia for both tours and we couldn't be happier as she went above and beyond our expectations to make our visit to San Francisco even more awesome. We opted to do a Sonoma Valley Wine Tour as we were more interested in visiting the smaller wineries and we were not disappointed... We would definitely recommend Golden Horizon Tours and Patricia. Thanks so much.
I read reviews on Golden Horizon Tours and decided to go with them. This was the best decision that I could have made! I booked two private tours; BOTH were awesome because we moved at our own pace through the tours. ...I would HIGHLY recommend Golden Horizon Tours to anyone who wants personalized and custom tours to wine country (while avoiding the crowded buses!).
Thank you, Adam for our SUV guided tour of the wine country, It takes a special man to drive 6 crazy women through Sonoma and Napa valleys! Each one of us had a fabulous day. Within a few minutes of our tour you had us laughing so hard! It was so awesome to be able to relax and enjoy ourselves. We also really appreciated the knowledge that you shared with us about San Francisco and the wine country. Adam, you went above and beyond to make our trip a very memorable one. Thank you! I would highly recommend Golden Horizon Tours and if I'm ever in San Francisco again, this company is the first one I'd call for any and all tours. You should too!
Last year, GHT provided a tour through Napa including a hot-air balloon ride. That was so much fun, this year we booked a private tour through Sonoma. Adam was our tour guide and was excellent. He took us to some off-the- path wineries (where he seemed to know everyone) that were very nice, as well as less expensive. We also went by an olive press to get oils. Adam recommended a wonderful Italian restaurant in Sonoma that we would never have located ourselves. At the end of the day, he took us by UPS to ship some of the wine back, before dropping us at the hotel. We highly recommend GHT for wine country tours and Adam.
Mary arrived promptly at our hotel and we headed out to see redwoods. Amazing redwoods and Mary shared a lot of info we would not have otherwise known. A short visit to the gift shop then on to a lovely lunch in a town square then on to wine country. We loved Jacuzzi and the story behind their success. Mary instinctively knows how to deliver information in a pleasant way, makes you want to know more about the area!! We traveled in a new Lincoln Navigator, very clean, water provided. We didn't feel the need to watch the road as Mary is a careful and considerate driver. Wouldn't hesitate to go on another tour next time we're in California!!
Fort Worth, Texas
We have traveled with San Francisco tour SF twice now. The first time with a very elderly relative and the second trip was more romantic with my husband. I cannot imagine there was any stone left unturned regarding the ability of this organization to listen, understand, customize, entertain, educate and create an unforgettable memory. Nope...not getting paid to write this...all true.
Trust every word- Have Fun!
My Aunt and I went to Napa for the day with Adam and had a fantastic time. The Lincoln Navigator was so comfortable and elegant. I loved nearly all the wineries we visited, and Adam was careful not to take us to large commercialized wineries overrun with tour buses. He is very knowledgeable and experienced, and this came across throughout the day. More importantly, he is great fun and has a big personality which really makes the tour so enjoyable. He offered us almost 2 hours for overtime for free! I would thoroughly recommend Golden Horizon Tours (and Adam!) to anyone thinking of using their services. Highly Recommended!
Carina R- Vice President Aircraft Trading
New York City, New York
It's not easy coordinating tours (Napa Valley and Carmel-Monterey) from another country thousands of miles away with a 15-hour time differential. It's a constant struggle not to get paranoid that there will be a miscommunication somewhere that will ruin everything. But, Golden Horizon, thru Nelly, made it seem like I was talking to someone who was there for me 24-7. All my queries were not only immediately answered but answered clearly and patiently.
Moreover, with a little over a week to one of our tours (Napa Valley), we experienced a death in the family where the memorial service schedule conflicted with the tour date. Even with the very short notice and the confirmed schedules of the other tours during that period, Golden Horizon found a way to accommodate our request to move our tour to a later date.
As for the actual tours to Napa Valley and Carmel-Monterey, Golden Horizon, thru our tour guide Mary, made the experience of our group (4 adults and 5 children) truly memorable. Even with our seemingly cramped requested itinerary, Mary made sure we saw the best sites and ate in restaurants that served delicious food. Also, despite the long hours and the distances she was driving, she never once showed a drop in her energy level.
Thank you Golden Horizon, Nelly, and Mary!
My girlfriends surprised me with a birthday trip san fran! We were referred to golden horizon travel by friends who traveled with this tour company before; their tour guides are highly regarded. Adam was our tour guide and he was different from other guides, it was not about knowledge but more about: savoir-fair”, Adam knew exactly which wineries to pick for our group in Napa Valley based our particular wine tasting and palate. Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Quintessa, and Beringer winery in St Helena were the perfect estate wineries for us; I recommend these wineries for cab aficionados. Our guide booked these wineries on our behalf and we were not disappointed. The day went too fast, was fun and awesome. Picking-up the right guide and company makes the difference indeed.
Reservamos este tour de viñedos en Muir Woods y Napa Valley con una compañía de viajes diferente en San
Francisco, pero cancelaron nuestro viaje al menos un minuto, el servicio del parque nacional ahora requiere
nuevos permisos y tarifas adicionales para visitar los bosques de muir. Nos alegramos de haber encontrado Golden
Horizon Travel en Trip Advisor. Su vehículo era muy limpio y cómodo, el guía turístico / conductor, era muy
eficiente, servicial y súper amable. Una vez en el parque de secuoyas de Muir Woods, nos dieron tiempo de sobra
para visitar Muir Woods y la playa de Muir, y no nos sentimos apresurados en absoluto. Ese fue uno de los
beneficios de esta gira privada, pudimos ir a donde quisiéramos, cubrimos una lista más amplia de lugares y sitios
que visitar. El costo de la visita privada fue prácticamente el mismo que el recorrido público ya que teníamos una
gran familia, y mis hermanas y sobrinos vinieron con nosotros en este viaje. El guía Buddy ofreció a nuestras
familias más tiempo, más flexibilidad y personalizó el itinerario del viaje a nuestro gusto, y agregó más paradas
para adaptar el paseo a nuestra gran familia y niños pequeños. Las bodegas que visitamos eran agradables para
los niños, el jacuzzi y los viñedos de Castelo di amorosa en Napa y los valles de Sonoma eran exactamente lo que
necesitábamos, una visita guiada muy educativa y familiar.
Recomendamos encarecidamente este viaje combinado a Muir Woods y Napa para familias con niños pequeños
Buenos Aires Argentina
I chose to go with a private tour for two reasons. First, all the group tours met very early and we were coming off a cruise ship and worried about getting off late and missing the tour. The second reason was being on our own schedule and being able to customize our tour. Jon met us right outside the cruise terminal on time. We were able to plan our day and started out for Muir Woods. We got there before the bus loads and were leaving as the crowds arrived. Jon was very knowledgeable about the wine region and we valued his input on which wineries to visit. For anyone not wanting to deal with bus tour and wanting to have input on the itinerary I highly recommend this company.
my family and i had an excellent tour with Jon, he was absolutely top class, very kind and customer focused..knows a lot about the places visited , he gave us enough time on our own so we wouldnt feel any time pressure, he made sure we were relaxed and had as good a tour as possible.
Just came back from another amazing experience in wine country with Golden Horizon Tours as our guide for the second time visiting! Their attention to detail was amazing. We used Adam and his team at GHT four years ago and they did not disappoint! They remembered our tastes and personalities and set us up with amazing tastings, some private, to ensure the best experience for us. Using GHT enabled us to see a lot more of wine country in two days and meet some wonderful people. Looking forward to our next visit and wouldn't do it without Golden Horizon Tours!
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Jon was indeed a wonderful and experienced guide, the best we had in our 2 weeks that we spent in the States. This was our first time in the States and doing a wine tour, so we had no idea what would be good and he gave excellent recommendations. Jon is very knowledgeable in a lot of things and shared very useful information for our Vegas and LA leg of the trip.
He was also flexible and accommodating to our requests and it was indeed a relaxing tour that we had with him. We hope to have an opportunity to go back to San Francisco soon and have a chance to take up another tour with Jon.
This has been, and foreseeably will be the highlight of our adventure. What a fantastic day! It was invaluable being escorted by a professional as his connections and friendships at the various wineries gave us a much more enjoyable and efficient experience. A scenic drive to our first destination, wineries in the morning, lunch in Sonoma, wineries in the afternoon and a leisurely snack and stroll in Sausalito finished off by the ferry ride back to SF....What a fantastic day. This will be a staple for any and all future visits to San Francisco or the surrounding valleys.
We never write reviews, but this tour was worthy of the time. The private tour of Sonoma with Adam exceeded all expectations. His VIP treatment was second to none. While we know little about wine, we do know service, and Adam's got it dialed in. Well done Adam, well done.
Jon was indeed a wonderful and experienced guide, the best we had in our 2 weeks that we spent in the States. This was our first time in the States and doing a wine tour, so we had no idea what would be good, and he gave excellent recommendations. Jon is very knowledgeable in a lot of things and shared very useful information for our
He was also flexible and accommodating to our requests and it was indeed a relaxing tour that we had with him. We hope to have an opportunity to go back to San Francisco soon and have a chance to take up another tour with Jon.
We wanted to see wine country, but we certainly didn't want to go around on a big bus full of other tourists and nobody wanted to be the designated driver. Golden Horizon Tours' private tour option was the perfect compromise. Not only did we not have to drive, but our tour guide/ driver (Jon) was very knowledgeable and adapted the tour to suit our interests. I definitely recommend.
Just returned from a great tour experience in Napa Valley with Golden Horizon and it was nothing short of awesome! Very attentive and personable and the tour vehicle was impressive and stocked with beverage. Very safe and comfortable ride and my money was well spent here, and I was very satisfied with their efforts.
San Francisco, C A
Tom was by far our favorite tour guide of all the tours we took in California. At every step, he went far beyond our expectations. He took great photos of us. He loaned me (Phyllis) his sweater vest for the balloon ride. He sought out a wine cooling bag and glasses for the complimentary champagne that we received from the balloon captain. He was flexible but well organized in planning our stops. He had lots of interesting information to share about the area. I would also mention that the SUV was much more comfortable than the small touring buses and luxury. An overall- a great and unique experience. We would highly recommend Tom and this Golden Horizon Tour. The balloon flight is a must!
Panama City Beach, FL
On this our first trip to Napa, my wife and I booked with this company to provide a guide to direct us to some of the wineries. Also, we were interested in a balloon trip. They provided both to us at a reasonable cost. We had a great time. Our guide, Albert, was excellent and fun to be with. He took us to outstanding wineries that we would otherwise have not visited. The balloon ride was the perfect way to view the lush valley as we floated a mere 100 feet above some picturesque vineyards (the balloon had an altimeter on board) and as high as 2700 feet for a view of the entire valley and distant San Francisco (breathtaking!) We enjoyed being in the small basket without a lot of other people. Terry (our pilot) was very experienced and offered explanations of the balloon flight as we went.
My husband and I and our three daughters booked the hot air balloon ride in Napa Valley through golden horizon tours. We were concerned about safety because this was our first balloon experience. I got to say, the early ride went very well. We were so excited when we took off in Yountville over Napa Valley. Our tour guide suggested few wineries after our balloon ride... and had lunch at auberge du soleil where! That that was the best location and cuisine in Napa! we can't thank you Adam enough for your outstanding job and excellent customer service ! 5 stars for you and golden horizon tours!
Maria Dolores. V
Albuquerque, New Mexico
I am not keen on writing review but Adam, our tour guide to Nap valley made our trip unique and fabulous! He really read our mind without talking and executed this private tour by SUV exactly the way we wanted it- worth every penny we spent! This is a top-notch tour operator with high standards customer service.
My girlfriends surprised me with a birthday trip san fran! We were referred to golden horizon travel by friends who traveled with this tour company before; their tour guides are highly regarded in Napa wine country...
I chose golden horizon due to the ratings on trip advisor and they did not disappoint. We had three couples in our group and chose the Napa Valley private group tour. Booking was easy too. Mary what a wonderful tour guide, she tailored the Napa tour to our needs! ...Thanks for such a great day we all really enjoyed it VERY MUCH! If you are looking for a something a little more special and tailored for your needs or simply just a great tour, I would definitely recommend you consider this company.
My wife and I spent a fantastic day with Jon (from NZ) wine tasting at four small and interesting vineyards. After picking us up at the hotel, we headed across the Golden Gate Bridge for the short drive to Sonoma. Jon introduced us to the owner of Homewood Vineyards as we tried some wonderful reds. The day only got better from there. Jon took us to a great bistro for lunch in Sonoma Square... The afternoon was complete as we enjoyed wonderful cabs at two more Napa wineries. It was very enjoyable being driven around while we enjoyed many wonderful wines from smaller family wineries. Jon's local knowledge added to our enjoyment of the day. Definitely worth it and highly recommended.
Saint Louis, Missouri
Our group of couples did a Sonoma / Napa wine tour. Our guide was Patricia. We had a wonderful time. Of course, wine country is gorgeous and we enjoyed the tastings. It was tough selecting a tour company since there are so many. We didn't want to just blindly follow the TA ratings. But after days of comparisons it was clear that most are comparable price wise so it was down to Service so we selected Golden Horizons because no other companies provide such personalized and high quality custom services...The overall service of Golden Horizon Tours was top notch. Highly, highly recommend them. My last tip is - don't be fooled by what look like great deals!!! Our costs were close or the same as the so-called deals and we had fantastic service and worth every cent!
We took the Golden Horizon Discover Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Country Tour. The driver, Jonathan, was tremendous. He was polite, courteous and very knowledgeable of the area and of the vineyards. He took us over the Golden Gate Bridge and then stopped on the other side at an old military base for photos. Then, off to Sonoma and Napa Valleys. The scenery is beautiful, and he was full of knowledge regarding the area and the wineries, as well as, both valleys. We had very interesting conversations pertaining to the area and his scope of wisdom in the different varieties of grapes and what wines they made. He was a sommelier, in my opinion. Additionally, he was skilled at both wines and his driving abilities. After the great tour, we had some extra time and we drove through the Presidio. Then sadness, the tour was over, and we were back at our hotel. When we return to the area, we will surely request Jonathan and do the tour again, obviously, choosing different wineries. We did this tour as a couple and certainly had a great day. We cannot give enough praise to the company and Jonathan for a truly memorable experience. Not meaning to sound snobby, the tour as a couple was great as we didn’t have to worry about others and what they wanted to do, it was catered to us. Wow, a tremendous experience. We highly recommend this tour and company.
Amazing tour to Sonoma & Napa Valle with a great and well-versed tour guide in the history and viticulture of the area and the wineries, plus excellent photographer...recommended 100%
Our family had a Sonoma, Napa tour with Mary. She picked us up at our hotel right on time. Heading out in a roomy SUV, she gave us some info about our tour plus some facts about the area that we were heading to. Along the way, we stopped at the Golden Gate bridge for a "look-see". We had 2 wine tastings at smaller wineries in the morning, very small groups at each and we were given lots of attention. Mary recommended Mustards Grill restaurant for lunch and she was on target, great food. Then we headed to Napa and set our sights for the bigger wineries. All in all, we loved the tour, thank you!
Had a wonderful SUV tour through Sonoma and Napa with our tour guide, Mary tailored the experience to our needs/wants and it was just wonderful. Ask for Mary on your next tour - we will definitely seek her and Golden Horizon tours out again on our next visit to San Francisco. 5 STARS!
Reviews Top Contributor
Hey Adam! Thanks again for a wonderful day to Napa and a great wine tour experience! We all thoroughly enjoyed our wine limousine tour with you. It was by far the highlight of our vacation! I just posted a review on tripadvisor so you should see it in the next day or so. :-)
We had so much fun that we've already talked about visiting Sonoma/Napa valleys again.
This was an amazing tour around the valley, and Luis our host was the best option to had a great time, he was very patient with all of us, helpful in all time, he also is a great photographer, making a good job during the visit, and also he knows a lot about the region and wine he really make us have a wonderful trip
Gomez Palacio, Mexico
Luis is the best host that we could have to visit Napa & Sonoma Valleys. He knows very well every vineyard there and about history of place. Besides he was very nice and helpful taking pictures for the group. Thanks Golden Horizon Tours for your excellent services and the best tourist guide "Luis".
We can't thank you all enough for this fantastic wine country private tour-totally exceeded our expectations!
I can't say enough good things about our tour with Golden Horizon and our tour guide, Adam. The tour was my favorite part of a wonderful trip to the bay area...we went to three wineries in Sonoma. Adam was very familiar with each of the wineries and we got incredible service at all of them. Each of the wineries was willing to waive their tasting fees because they knew Adam and Golden Horizons. Each of the wineries was different, but the grounds were beautiful at all three and we really enjoyed tasting all the different wines. We also stopped for a delicious lunch in historic downtown Sonoma.
This was a top-notch tour, and the highlight of our trip to San Francisco! GO GOLDEN HORIZON!
We had an excellent Napa Valley Private Wine Guided Tour from San Francisco with Adam and Cesar. They took us to small wineries off the beaten path and in Sonoma Valley and then to the historic Sonoma downtown plaza for lunch. The Italian restaurant where we had lunch in Sonoma was good. Afterward, we traveled to Napa valley and visited a picturesque winery up in the hills called Arteza. The views are spectacular up there and the wines are excellent.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you regarding our first trip to California with your company. I am not keen on writing review ,but Adam, our amazing tour guide to Nap valley made our trip unique and fabulous! He really read our mind without talking and executed this private tour by SUV exactly the way we wanted it. This napa wine tour completely worth every penny we spent! This is a top-notch tour operator with high standards and more customizable way of touring. We have booked a couple of tours to Muir Woods national park and San Francisco combined with alcatraz with a different tour company, but nothing like that! We thoroughly enjoyed all the small wineries we visited in Calistoga and Napa Valley.
I chose golden horizon due to the ratings on trip advisor and they did not disappoint. We had three couples in our group and chose the Napa Valley private group tour. Booking was easy too. Mary what a wonderful tour guide she showed us parts of San Fran there is no way you would see on a standard tour and tailored the Napa tour to our needs! Her knowledge and attention to detail throughout the trip was superb and we learnt so much about the region, wine and San Fran in general. A few of our group travelled Europe last year and we were of the opinion she was the best guide we have had for our tours.
Thanks for such a great day we all really enjoyed it! If you are looking for a something a little more special and tailored for your needs or simply just a great tour, I would definitely recommend you consider this company.
My husband and in laws enjoyed a wonderful private 1-day tour with Mary from Golden Horizons to Napa Valley. We had booked the trip before leaving to SF from Norway without any previous knowledge of the firm, and Golden Horizons called and emailed us in advance to confirm the booking and to agree the exact pick-up location. Mary greeted us right on time in the hotel lobby with a name sign and big smile. The SUV was nice and clean, and with water bottles for everyone. Before heading off to Napa, we had a quick tour of the Pacific Heights neighborhood in SF, with amazing houses - as a special treat, we got to see a large 18-wheeler moving truck that had gotten itself stuck on one of the very steepest hills in SF:). Mary also suggested we stop on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge for a photo op, which gave really good views of SF city and of course the bridge. As far as Napa is concerned, we really had no prior knowledge of the area. We were very pleased with her suggested wineries to stop at. Mary was very cheerful and certainly knowledgeable about the history of Napa and managed the art of sharing this without overwhelming us - perfect tour guide, and one that we would certainly recommend! She also suggested a very nice restaurant for lunch in Yountville. We had a wonderful and day in Napa thanks to Mary, Holden Horizons and the California sunshine - again, thank you!!
Many thanks to Golden Horizon Travel tour guides for the excellent organization of our group wine tasting tour in Napa Valley! We have been very demanding, and you guys have been there for us every step of the way . That was a very well-organized group day trip with lunch included ! I can say with no hesitation: this tour deserves 5 Stars.
All the best from all of us!
Jessi, Joe and the team
We enjoyed the smaller wineries away from the big crowds. thank you so much. we'll highly recommend your wine tour to anyone who wants a spend relaxing day in California wine country.
I learned a lot from my wine country tour, my private tour to Napa and Sonoma allowed me to meet some winemakers who explained the process of wine making, it was interesting! Never imagine that it is so complex. then I had the chance to taste red wines, white wines, dessert wines and zinfandel thank you for the free complementary tasting you offered me. I will highly recommend your WINE COUNTRY TOUR to all my friends.
Napa and Sonoma combo tour is awesome and recommended for first-time visitors. We loved it! We got to see Napa and Sonoma in one day trip, we didn’t feel rushed and managed to see all 5 wineries we had on our list.
Thank you, Golden Horizon Travel, for offering such great wine country tour
Herbert & Patt Markinns
Golden Horizon Travel’s wine country tour to Napa Valley has really exceeded our expectations! Napa Valley tour is not only about wine but also, about cuisine, ,landscape, architecture....
Awesome tour, thank you all
Ana & Jytte Olsen
My mother and I want to thank you for the great wine country tour you provided ! We loved the wine country. Pinot Noir was our favorite varietal. Thank you all at Golden Horizon Travel. Good Job!
Excelente el servicio brindado por Buddy, nos explicó a detalle todo de San Francisco, habla muy bien el español
La camioneta muy cómoda y limpia
Mexico City, Mexico
Estuvimos encantados de estar con Buddy, fue un excelente guía en el camino a los viñedos de Napa y Sonoma. También nos guió un poco en partes de San francisco mostrando profesionalismo, interés y carisma. Apreciamos por su experiencia y conocimientos sobre este bello lugar en nuestro idioma español. Gracias Buddy y al equipo de Golden Horizon Tours.
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My friend and I decided to shell out a bit more for a private tour of Napa wineries instead of being crammed on a bus with 20-30 strangers and herded around like cattle. So, we booked with Golden Horizon. We were picked up at our hotel in a luxury SUV by Leo, our guide for the day. He had cold bottles of water for us to drink all day so we wouldn't get dehydrated or suffer later on if we had too much wine. The vehicle also had charging ports for our phones, and Leo also had extra cables if we needed them. In short: he was prepared for us to have as easy and carefree a day as possible.
From there, Leo drove us expertly through San Francisco traffic out to Napa to begin our tour. Along the way we came to the Petrified Forest and I asked to stop to have a look. This is one of the benefits of a private tour--you're the boss! So, we stopped, and I had wandered around a bit before we got back on the road. After that we toured the beautiful Castello di Amorosa and had our first wine tastings there. Leo drove us to two more wineries, which were smaller and more off-the-beaten path than the ones all the buses stop off at. Each winery was wonderful and we enjoyed the tastings at them all.
We only had time for 3 wineries because the tour at Castello di Amorosa ate up a good chunk of our time that day, but we enjoyed our day all the same because it was tailored to what WE wanted to do. We were even late getting back into SF, mostly due to some heavy traffic, but Leo didn't fuss about it nor were we charged extra. As we started back across the Bay on the Oakland Bay Bridge he played a variety of San Francisco-themed songs for us as a pleasant way to end the trip. Leo was a consummate professional all day, and he kept us on "schedule" although we never, ever felt rushed or like we were being herded around.
We had a fabulous time, and I would book with this company again without hesitation.
We had an absolute blast with Adam! He made our day in Napa Valley. We drink more beer than wine at home-our tour guide understood that very well, he first drove us to Oxbow market in downtown Napa where we had small bites with cheese and beer tasting. This place is awesome, they totally have rotating drafts that are sure to please us, snack and bites kept coming, so yummy.
My wife loved the cave tour at castello di amorosa winery, the caves are spectacular and impressive, the wine didn’t appeal much to me personally, but the castle is a must-see.
Great tour! good job Adam
My wife and I were on a cruise that overnighted in San Francisco. We took the opportunity to book a day trip to Sonoma wine country. Prior to the trip we contacted Golden Horizon to arrange a tour. Mary picked us up at he cruise port as planned. Mary highlighted the sights as we drove by adding insights from having grown up in San Francisco. The tour in Sonoma was everything and more than we had expected. Mary was very knowledgeable and clearly knew her way around the wineries. As we returned we were treated to even more highlights of San Francisco. All in all it was the highlight of our trip and Mary is @ very special and talented guide!
Dave was our tour guide for a tour through Sonoma and he was AMAZING! He engaged in conversation with us and gave us GREAT recommendations. He suggested Gloria Ferrar because I had told him I wanted to find a nice champagne. It did NOT disappoint. We also wanted to learn more about the wine making process. Not only was he EXTREMELY knowledgeable and willing to share, but he took us to Benziger for an awesome and educational tour. He then recommended a deli for a quick lunch (as that is what we were looking for) and that too was incredible! We closed out the day visiting Sebastiani (a personal favorite of mine) and then he graciously dropped us off at Seaplane adventures for the ride we had scheduled at the end of the day! It was such a pleasure to spend the day with him. He arrived on time and got us to our end destination on time without making us feel like we were rushed. My husband rented a motorcycle the following day and Dave gave him a recommendation for where to ride. Apparently, Dave's recommendation was a good one because the hubby can't stop talking about how awesome the ride was. The price was right for the wine tour experience alone, but a STEAL considering all of the other benefits we got from being able to hang out with Dave. AWESOME. AWESOME. AWESOME!!!
We used this group twice in San Fran, once for a 5hr city tour and once for Muir Woods/Sonoma wine tasting tour. Mary was our tour guide during the 5hr city tour, she is born and raised in SF and has so much knowledge of the city. She will specify to what you are interested in knowing more about. To not deal with parking and driving is a dream. For our Muir Woods/Sonoma tour, we did not have to worry about making any of the arrangements. Would highly recommend this service to anyone!
We did the private tour with David. And Let me tell you the experience was better than we could of ever imagined. After telling David what type of things we wanted to do, he knew exactly where to take us. Off the beaten path wineries, a champagne resort, and great site seeing. The best part was going to Hopper Creek Winery, what an awesome time. Dan runs the place and he opened up just for us. Was a laid back atmosphere and informative as well. Dan could be the coolest guy in the valley. Also, David took the liberty of setting us up with the lunch of a lifetime a Bottega, the short ribs alone were worth the trip to Napa. After drinking wine, eating amazing food and hanging with great people, David swung thru the Golden Gate Bridge for us to take pictures and then even took us down Lumbard street for an unreal ending to the day. With that said, we would recommend this tour to anyone looking for a great time in Napa. Ask for David, and you will be in for one of the best days of your life. Incredible experience!
WOW is the first word that comes to mind. Adam absolutely made our trip. He as knowledgeable, personable, courteous, professional and most important hilarious and patient. I was travelling with my mother and my daughter so he had a huge age difference to contend with and was able to make this one of the best trips the three of us have had together with an added bonus of photos along the way. We did not have to think of anything. Adam and I spoke prior to our arriving, I gave him an idea on what i wanted for my mother and daughter and he took care of everything. Pleasing the vast ages is no easy task and he far surpassed our expectations. His choices were perfection for us well into the evening -- 12.5 hours to be exact!!! We enjoyed his company so much we insisted he join us for lunch and on all of our tours. There was so much that Adam gave us above and beyond what would have been expected that it would be too much to write. I can't imagine that this trip would have been as spectacular as it was without him.