Map of Walking in Sonoma and Napa Valley including United States Of America

Raise your glass to a California coastal getaway

Make your way from San Francisco to Sonoma wine country and to the rugged Pacific Ocean coast on this leisurely wine and walking tour. Along the way, you’ll find wine tastings, amazing cuisine, hikes through diverse landscapes – from coastal estuaries to epic redwood forests – and a wealth of history to experience. You’ll also visit two of the California’s most famous wine regions – Sonoma and the Napa Valley – in the one trip. If you’re looking to combine wines, coastlines and time to relax surrounded by the best of Northern California, this is the Intrepid adventure for you.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
San Francisco, United States
Finish
San Francisco, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
SIXN
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Make your way to Yountville, the heart of Napa Valley wine country, and enjoy a wine tasting at three cellar doors which are part of a network of small, boutique producers.

  • Take in the iconic Golden Gate Bridge from all its best angles, from walking the bridge to soaking up the view from Sausalito.

  • Explore Muir Woods, the first National Monument that was created solely because of a land donation from an individual.

  • Soak up the scenery on the Tomales Point Trail which offers spectacular views of Tomales Bay, Bodega Bay, and the Pacific Ocean.

  • Taste the history of Californian wine with a sampling session at the oldest winery in the state and enjoy time to try some of the other vineyards around Sonoma.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

  • The trip involves some leisurely hikes so be prepared with sturdy walking shoes, a water bottle and day pack.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

This northern California adventure starts in San Francisco, the ‘City by the Bay’, that has a beautiful setting and a vibrant, multicultural heart. If you have time today you might like to check out the vintage stores along funky Haight Street, catch the tram down to the waterfront or take an Adventure Cat Bay Cruise. At 6 pm this evening there’ll be a group meeting where you’ll meet your leader and get an overview of the next couple of days. Wrap up the day with a welcome dinner – the perfect chance to get to know your group better.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be checking insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late, please let an Intrepid representative or your travel agent know.
After breakfast,head for your first walk – a mighty Lands End hike, then see the Golden Gate Bridge from up-close – and the views it offers on all sides of the city, the bay, the Pacific Ocean and the Marin Headlands – as you walk across it towards Sausalito. Whether the day is clear or the city’s regular fog has rolled in, it’s a memorable sight. You’ll have time to grab lunch in picturesque Sausalito – once a fishing community, now home to exclusive restaurants and expensive houses – and take in the views. Continue north for the one-hour journey to the heart of the Sonoma Valley winemaking region, with its mountain ranges covered in age-old oaks and the historic town of Sonoma. After checking into tonight’s accommodation, take a walk around town and perhaps end the day by choosing from the range of restaurants lining Sonoma’s tree-lined town plaza – your leader will have the best suggestions.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sausalito - Leader led walk
  • San Francisco - Walk Across Golden Gate Bridge
  • San Francisco - Lands End hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is 11 kms (7 miles).
After breakfast, take in the scenery on the Tomales Point Trail which offers spectacular views of Tomales Bay, Bodega Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. If you got a taste for the local wine yesterday, you’re in luck as you won’t have to walk far this afternoon to taste some of Sonoma’s finest drops. Healdsburg, located alongside the Russian River, has plenty of cellar doors in walking distance of one another. Raise a glass and listen to vinyl records at Banshee Wines, sip pinot noir at Cartograph Wines, or sample Rhone-style wines at a family run vineyard and play a game of bocce. Along the way, you’ll enjoy an included lunch with your group. This evening you may like to head out for dinner as there’s real variety and quality here, from the flavours of South Asia to the taste of Italy, seasonal Portuguese and bistro classics.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sonoma - Healdsburg wine tasting
  • Sonoma - Tomales Bay hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is 16 kms (10 miles) with 359 metres (1,175 feet) of elevation.
Please note, the choice of specific vineries visited will be determined on the day.
Start your day with hearty breakfast before hitting the trail again, this time along Ritchey Canyon towards Coyote Peak. Volcanic ash cliffs provide a glimpse of the area’s ancient volcanic past as you keep an eye out for pretty wildflowers and animals such as squirrels, deer, foxes, and bobcats along the way. After the hike, we’ll enjoy lunch in nearby Napa, one of the smallest and also one of the most internationally renowned wine regions in the world. With its vibrant food and wine scene, natural thermal spas, thriving arts community and charming streetscapes, it’s the perfect place to spend the next two nights. After you’ve checked into the hotel, enjoy and afternoon and evening at leisure and explore Napa your way.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Napa - Ritchey Canyon Trail hike
  • Napa - Coyote Peak hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s total walking distance is 8 kms (5 miles) with an elevation gain of 310 metres (1,020 feet).
After breakfast, kick off your day with another hike, this time in the lower section of Skyline Wilderness Park. It’s hard to believe the superb views of San Pablo Bay, Lake Marie, and Marie Creek Canyon can be yours so close to downtown Napa. Afterwards, make your way to Yountville, the heart of Napa Valley Wine country, and enjoy a wine tasting at three different cellar doors which are part of a network of small, boutique wineries. With 15 tasting rooms within easy strolling distance, your leader will lead the way and take you to the best spots. After an included lunch, the rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Napa - Yountville Wine tasting (3 wineries)
  • Napa - Skyline Trail and Manzanita Trail hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is 6.4 kms (4 miles) with a 279 metre (915 feet) elevation.
After breakfast, it’s time to head back to San Francisco, but not before one last chance to soak up some more of the area’s incredible scenery. Make your way to Muir Woods National Monument and be dwarfed by the old-growth coast redwoods, the tallest living things in the world, as you take a loop hike through a cathedral of giant trees. From here, you’ll make your way back to the city, where your adventure comes to an end around 5 pm. If you would like to stay on in San Francisco, we would be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Included Activities
  • Muir Woods National Monument hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 1.5 hours. Today’s walking distance is approximately 1 km (0.6 miles) along flat terrain.

Meals

5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Sausalito - Leader led walk
  • San Francisco - Walk Across Golden Gate Bridge
  • San Francisco - Lands End hike
  • Sonoma - Healdsburg wine tasting
  • Sonoma - Tomales Bay hike
  • Napa - Ritchey Canyon Trail hike
  • Napa - Coyote Peak hike
  • Napa - Yountville Wine tasting (3 wineries)
  • Napa - Skyline Trail and Manzanita Trail hike
  • Muir Woods National Monument hike

Dates & availability

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please make your own way to the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.

2. On the final day you are expected to arrive back into San Francisco around 4pm. You will be dropped off at the same location as the joining point. There is no accommodation included on the last day in San Francisco. If you wish to spend more time in San Francisco, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information.

3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential trip information

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