Golden rolling hills. Rows and rows of grapevines, soaking up the sun. Chateaus of stone and timber. Wine caves carved into the living rock. Incredible food and some of the best wines in the world. You’d be forgiven if you thought we were describing Burgundy or Provence. This is the Napa Valley, and if you think you know it, you’ve got some surprises in store for you on our Napa Valley and Sonoma tours.
Your first surprise — how much more there is to Napa Valley than just the town of Napa. We’ll take you “up-valley,” as the locals say, to the small but stylish towns of Yountville and Calistoga. Don’t let the country village feel fool you - some of the world’s most adventurous chefs and dedicated winemakers work their magic here, and you’ll get an inside look at how they create culinary and oenological miracles. (It goes without saying that you’ll get to taste their creations as well!) Not to be outdone by their European counterparts, local olive oil producers and cheesemakers are producing some of the world’s best oils and cheeses - you’ll go behind the curtain with them, get a fascinating look at their craft… and yes, enjoy some tastings as well.
And lest you forget where you are, you’ll zip on over to the Pacific coast — it’s a lot closer than you think, and there’s nothing quite like it anywhere. The gateway to the American West, the launch point to the Pacific Rim, the bays and coves of northern California have inspired adventurers, sailors, artists and writers for generations. Jack London, whose home you’ll visit, epitomizes that romantic, questing spirit that you’ll feel when walking along the shores of Bodega Bay.
Speaking of bays, you’ll close out your Napa walking tour in the place where Tony Bennett left his heart. After some time in the idyllic town of Sonoma, you’ll head to San Francisco. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on foot is something that everyone should experience; from its heights, looking out at the modern skyline mingled with classic rowhouses, you’ll understand why Tony fell hard for The City (not San Fran, not Frisco, just The City to the Bay Area locals). And there’s nothing quite as invigorating as walking its streets, checking out the coffee shops, markets and local vendors. At the end of your culinary adventure, raising a glass of Napa champagne, you’ll already be planning your trip back.
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