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How to Spend 3 Days in Napa & Sonoma

How to Spend 3 Days in Napa & Sonoma

Enjoy a full Northern California wine country experience in just three days with a combination of tours and activities that highlight the wine, food, and natural attractions of Napa and Sonoma. Here are our favorite ways to create an itinerary that hits all the top wine country spots.

 

Day 1: Discover Napa Valley

Start the day with a sunrise hot-air balloon ride, which often includes a sparkling wine brunch afterward. Then take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Trolley or Napa Valley Wine Train for a fun way to explore the area scenery. The train passes by towns such as Oakville and Rutherford with some tours include winery stops, while the trolley (a replica of a San Francisco cable car) makes tasting stops at wineries. For a VIP-style wine tasting experience, opt for a private winery tour by limo that can be tailored to your wine preferences. Alternatively, get to know the gourmet town of Yountville, home to The French Laundry, on a food and wine tour.

If you didn’t ride the Wine Train earlier in the day, an evening option with dinner is available, or head to Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa to try food and drinks from an array of vendors that includes oysters, pizza, wine, coffee, cupcakes, and ice cream.

 

Day 2: Explore Sonoma County

Wine-tasting tours and other activities that introduce you to the delights of Sonoma County typically start midmorning and last through the afternoon. A small-group wine tour gives you the chance to visit wineries around Sonoma County without having to worry about driving yourself after tastings, or opt for a Segway tour to enjoy the scenery and fresh air as you travel past vineyards. You also have another chance for a trolley ride with the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley, or skip wine altogether and drink beer instead with a bike tour to the breweries of Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. Alternatively, learn more about a single town and its culinary scene with a food and wine walking tour of either Healdsburg or downtown Sonoma, both known for their attractive town squares and restaurants.

 

Day 3: Go Beyond the Wine

From rivers to redwoods, Sonoma County offers several ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Northern California. Popular activities include canoeing or kayaking down the Russian River, ziplining, exploring Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve by Segway, and learning about the Russian history of the area with a walking tour of Fort Ross State Historic Park, located on Sonoma’s Pacific coast. Or, discover a bit of Africa in Sonoma with a visit to Safari West, a wildlife preserve home to giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, and other animals—you can even spend the night in a safari tent from Botswana. In Napa Valley, watch the Old Faithful geyser erupt in Calistoga, or take a kayak tour down the Napa River to look for birds and learn about the area’s Native American heritage.

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Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch

Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch

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Roll through Northern California’s famous wine country on the renowned Napa Valley Wine Train. Pass charming towns like Rutherford and St. Helena, and soak up the scenery of rolling hills, vineyards, and estates through large picture windows on the trip. Explore the restored vintage train cars, and then take a seat for a gourmet lunch or dinner freshly prepared by the train’s acclaimed on-board restaurant.
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  • 3 hours
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Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride

Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride

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Experience world-famous wine country from the air on an early morning hot-air balloon ride. Start the day with a complimentary pick-up from local area hotel. Then climb into a comfortable basket to take to the skies as the valley below you awakens. Enjoy a bird’s-eye perspective of rolling hills, expansive vineyards, and elegant estates during your flight. Your pilot will offer insights on ballooning and the landscape as you float above it all! Post-flight we will return you to your Hotel with memories that will last a life-time. * Wine Country Hot-air balloon ride * Learn about the world famous Wine Country as your soar above it all * Complimentary pick-up & return from Local area hotel
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$275.00
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Napa Valley Open Air Wine Trolley Tour with Lunch

Napa Valley Open Air Wine Trolley Tour with Lunch

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Make your day in wine country memorable on a fun tour aboard the Napa Valley Wine Trolley. The open-air cable car is a replica of the historic trolleys seen in San Francisco and offers gorgeous views of the vineyards as you travel to four wineries to sample the local blends. An expert guide will accompany you along the way, providing entertaining and factual commentary about Napa’s rich history. Midday, stop for a picnic lunch catered by French-country bistro The Girl & the Fig, a local favorite. Savor a gourmet spread of sandwiches, side salads, and desserts, served family style so you can pick and choose among the tasty offerings.
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  • 6 hours
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Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley

Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley

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Embark on a unique wine country experience with a trip aboard the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley. Modeled after the famed cable cars of San Francisco, the trolley shuttles you through Sonoma’s picturesque winemaking region with stops at three different wineries. Taste regional varietals at each estate, and savor a gourmet picnic lunch catered by top-rated local bistro The Girl & the Fig. Learn about the history of Sonoma from your spirited guide as you roll past a handful of historic landmarks throughout the day.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Healdsburg Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour

Healdsburg Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour

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Sample the best of wine country on this food and wine tour of Healdsburg. Led by a local guide, stroll the charming town and progressively dine your way through several local establishments, including a highly acclaimed tapas bar, a farm-to-fork jewel, and a wine boutique. Learn about the sustainable methods of the chefs and winemakers and treat your taste buds along the way. This small-group tour is limited to eight people for a more intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$102.00
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#1 Small Group Sonoma Walking Food and Wine Tour

#1 Small Group Sonoma Walking Food and Wine Tour

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Savor the best of Sonoma’s cuisine on a food tour in the heart of California wine country. Sample locally-made wines and artisanal cheeses as you stroll Sonoma’s historic downtown with a foodie guide, then try fine chocolates and olive oil at chic, cutting-edge boutiques. Soak up the latest flavors at six curated tasting stops along a relaxed, route and get an insider’s perspective on Sonoma’s gourmet culture. Learn the stories behind the region’s culinary legends, thriving vineyards, and remarkable artisanal renaissance.
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  • 3 hours
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Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley

Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley

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Experience the Napa Valley’s natural beauty and fascinating history on a fun and memorable kayak tour. With an informative local guide leading the way, hop in a comfortable and beginner-friendly kayak, and paddle down the valley’s waterways. Identify birds, see rare animal species, learn about the first people to settle the area, and see historic buildings damaged in the 2014 earthquake.
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  • 2 hours
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$59.00
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Sonoma County Wine Segway Tour

Sonoma County Wine Segway Tour

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Visit the wineries of Sonoma on a half-day Segway tour, departing from the Sonoma Plaza. Once you’re comfortable on your 2-wheeled electric vehicle, motor along quiet country roads leading you to some of California’s oldest wineries; tasting fees not included. Stop for a provided picnic lunch of local goods. Numbers are limited to ensure a small-group experience with a professional guide.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Yountville Food and Wine Tour in Napa

Yountville Food and Wine Tour in Napa

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Treat yourself to a gourmet food and wine tour in Yountville, a small town in California's renowned Napa Valley. Yountville is home to a high concentration of Michelin–starred restaurants, and you stroll from one famous chef's restaurant to the next, tasting farm-to-table fare paired with delicious local wines. Includes 3-course lunch, food and wine tastings, and informative commentary from your guide. Group size is limited to six, ensuring an intimate and personalized experience.
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Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Dinner

Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Dinner

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Leave the designated driving to the train conductor during this dinner ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Sit back in your seat on the refurbished Pullman train car from 1915-1917 and dig in to a meal crafted by Executive Chef Donald Young at your private table. You'll get scenic views of Napa towns such as Yountville, Oakville, and Rutherford on the way to St. Helena.
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  • 2 hours
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Guided Kayak Tour on Russian River

Guided Kayak Tour on Russian River

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Paddle your way through California’s gorgeous wine country on a guided kayak tour. Paddle your way down the Russian River that winds through Sonoma County. Enjoy the leisurely pace that kayaking affords while soaking up the spectacular scenery. No experience is necessary, and you can choose to paddle in a single kayak or ride tandem with a friend or family member. The guided tour includes a gourmet picnic lunch.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Santa Rosa Bike 'n' Brew

Santa Rosa Bike 'n' Brew

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Discover a different side of California’s wine country with a bike tour of Sonoma County’s best breweries. Peddle down the charming streets and rolling vineyards of Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, stopping at different breweries along the way. A knowledgeable guide will accompany you to share a beer-lover’s Sonoma secrets and the history of brewing in the area. You might discover your new favorite beer along the ride!
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  • 5 hours
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