California Wine Country

2 nights self-drive tour

Price from: £349pp

Napa Valley or Sonoma 2 nights

Day 1 San Francisco/California Wine Country: Collect your hire car and head north for about an hour to the Napa Valley, long considered California’s most famous wine region, or Sonoma for a more intimate experience. Boasting acres of sun-soaked vineyards with hundreds of wineries from rustic to regal, quaint towns, outdoor activities aplenty, shopping, fine food, music and nightlife, there’s much to see and do.

Day 2 California Wine Country: When it comes to wine tasting you’re more than spoiled for choice, with more than  800 wineries across both Napa and Sonoma. Why not hire a bike and pedal between a winery or two, alternatively the Napa Valley Wine Train runs from downtown Napa to St Helena and back, serving meals and wine on the trip. There are also several museums for exploring local history, art walks in the city of Napa and Yountville, championship golf courses and hiking trails through stunning state parks. Let’s not forget the culinary scene either, with everything from edible pleasures at the lively food hall of Oxbow Public Market to chef-driven restaurants with Michelin stars.

Day 3 California Wine Country/San Francisco: Before leaving, why not book a hot air balloon ride. It’s a unique and inspiring way to appreciate the valley’s lush, rolling hills and gorgeous coastline. Most launch just after dawn and float up in the air as the golden Californian sunshine spreads across the valley. Return to San Francisco where your tour concludes. Alternatively, carry on to Yosemite or down the Pacific Coast Highway?

What you need to know

Departures: Daily.

Accommodation: At a choice of River Terrace Inn, Napa Valley; Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa Valley; or Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma Wine Country.

Meals: Room only.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 3 days fully inclusive 4 door compact car hire, and your choice of accommodation as stated.

4* River Terrace Inn, Napa Valley

Step into this refreshing oasis to find the perfect balance of downtown city hotel and serene wine country getaway. Within easy walking distance to Napa Valley's various tasting rooms, restaurants, The Culinary Institute of America, Oxbow Public Market, the Napa Valley Wine Train, as well as various nightlife options, River Terrace Inn is the perfect location to enjoy the best of Napa. Or venture just a bit further and discover lush vineyards and hundreds of Americas best wineries, all within a short drive.

2 nights from £349pp

4* Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa Valley

Perfectly blending world-class luxury with exceptional hospitality, the Meritage offers the ultimate Napa Valley resort experience. From culinary excellence to exemplary facilities and nine acres of stunning vineyards with hiking trails, you can enjoy the very best of Napa Valley without ever leaving the resort. The beautifully-appointed accommodation features custom furnishings and a warm Tuscan-inspired decor.

2 nights from £549pp

5* Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma Wine Country

This highly-acclaimed resort provides an impeccable setting to embrace the enviable Sonoma lifestyle. You’ll live in harmony with nature through vast open spaces, beautifully landscaped grounds, majestic redwood trees and inspiring sunsets. Add in a spa, golf, award-wining dining and its own source of thermal mineral water, and you may find it difficult to tear yourself away in order to explore the region!

2 nights from £399pp

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