Sonoma, a charming wine region located just a few hour’s drive from San Francisco, offers visitors much more than fabulous food and wine.
Discover tree-lined town plazas, historic missions, and the area’s military history as you cycle through Sonoma and the Napa Valley and explore some of California’s prettiest wine country. Keep your camera handy as you’ll want to capture the soft purple of the lavender fields, rolling green hills, and vineyards draping the slopes in vibrant hues of red and burnished gold during the autumn months. A walking adventure in Sonoma and the Napa Valley is another great way to surround yourself with fresh air and scenic beauty as you stroll from one scenic cellar door to the next. If you want to combine great food and wine with fantastic Pacific Coast scenery and surround yourself with the best of Northern California including more than 400 wineries, Sonoma is your dream destination.
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Everyone traveling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage.
All travelers are required to produce:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
- If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.
The closest major airport to Sonoma is Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport. Sonoma is less than an hour's drive from downtown San Francisco by car. A coach service is available from San Francisco to Sonoma or you can catch a train and connect to a local bus line to reach Sonoma.
The easiest way to get around Sonoma is by car or with a private tour group. There is a local bus service but it is not particularly useful for tourists as it does not visit the wineries. Apart from the coaches in and out of the Sonoma region, there is no public transport. It's difficult to travel around to the wineries and other attractions if you don’t have some form of transport.
Any time is a good time to visit Sonoma. Summer can be warm and occasionally the mornings can be a little foggy but the weather is perfect for walking and other outdoor pursuits. Autumn brings with it crisp mornings and nights. It's also harvest season so the vineyards are filled with vibrant autumn colours. Winter is perfect for snuggling up in front of a fire with a glass of wine. Spring is often wet but the landscape is lush and green with many of the vineyards covered in new growth.
What you pack will depend on the time of year you are visiting, but you can't go wrong with clothes you can layer plus a jumper or jacket and wet weather gear. One or two smart casual outfits should be more than enough for dining out unless you're planning on visiting a lot of high-end restaurants or wineries.
There is good mobile coverage in Sonoma's major tourist areas. If you are visiting some of the more remote rural areas, you may experience short periods of time with no mobile signal.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.