Go back to nature in a beautiful forest and sample some of the finest fruits of the Earth on this wonderful day out from San Francisco.
First visit the Californian Redwood grove at Muir Woods. Stroll among the towering giants, most of them at least 45 times taller than you are, and soak up the fresh air and green tranquility.
Then head to the Northern California wine country. Travel through a landscape of rolling hills laced with rows of wine grapes and see beautiful valleys that have supplied the world with some fantastic wines for over 60 years.
Sample the delicious products of three to four wineries, carefully chosen to demonstrate the variety that comes from this famous region.
For your exciting Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour from San Francisco, you will be picked up from your hotel in a bio-diesel mini-coach. An English-speaking guide will go with you.
At around 9:00am you will head north across Golden Gate Bridge and stop at look-out points for views of the Bridge, San Francisco Bay, the City skyline, Alcatraz and Marin Headlands (depending on the fog!).
In the Marin Headlands you will wind your way through the coastal mountains and pass Mt. Tamalpais (the highest point in the North Bay region) on the way to Muir Woods National Monument.
Muir Woods is a forest of old-growth Coastal Redwoods situated in an inaccessibly steep ravine, and was thus spared from the chain-saws that destroyed similar woods elsewhere on the US west coast. The Redwood that grows in this cherished nature reserve is the tallest tree species in the world, reaching heights of over 300 feet (92 meters). These ancient trees, many over 1000 years old, only thrive in Northern California and Oregon, due to the thick fog that blankets the west coast in the summer months.
In 1908 Senator William Kent and his wife donated their land to the state and President Theodore Roosevelt designated it as a federally protected area. Muir Woods is the only surviving stand of old growth forest in the Bay Area today. In Muir Woods you will have 1 ½ hours to wander amongst these towering giants. The sights, sounds, and smells of this living museum will reconnect you with a natural world that was almost lost.
The group will reunite before noon and travel to the wine country where you will spend the afternoon sampling fine Sonoma County wines. Taste a variety of white, red, and dessert wines at wineries such as Homewood, Cline Cellars, and Benziger Family among others (tasting fees may apply).
Sonoma County has a number of micro-climates, which are reflected in specific appellations for the wines it produces. These include the Carneros, the Sonoma Valley, the Russian River Valley, the Alexander Valley, the Dry Creek Valley and the Knight's Valley regions as well as other smaller regions. The primary grapes grown in the Sonoma Wine Country are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
A stop for lunch (payable direct) will be incorporated into the itinerary, either at a winery or in the historic Sonoma town square. In the town square you may have the chance to visit the Mission San Francisco de Solano (Time permitting), the northernmost California Mission, taste cheese samples at the Sonoma Jack Cheese Factory and peruse the boutique shops that surround this center of commerce.
At around 4:30pm you will start the journey back to town. If it was too foggy to see the views of San Francisco from the Marin Headlands on the way out, you can stop to take in the breath-taking panoramas on the way back. The tour will end with a hotel drop-off at around 6:00pm.
This tour was a great value. We were originally thinking to rent a car and do the trip ourselves but are glad we didn't. The tour guide knew to get ahead of the crowds and... Danette F Tritch
just the right variety of experiences and time spent at each... Del D Andrews
Start time: 8:00am – 9:15am
Duration: 9 hours
Your hotel in San Francisco. (Downtown and Fisherman’s Wharf)
(We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
Your hotel in San Francisco
Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring warm layers as it can be quite cool, especially at Muir Woods. Bring a water bottle and sun protection. From November to April it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella or rain gear as it may be wet.
Please call the activity operator at least 72 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm your pick up details
The activity operator reserves the right to modify or cancel tours due to lack of participation, vehicle breakdowns, or weather or road conditions.
Additional wine tasting fees may apply at some of the wineries visited.
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