Wine Tasting

11 Day Sample Itinerary

San Francisco, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Santa Barbara Multi Centre

Food and wine heaven

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Explore some of the highlights of golden California. Begin in historic San Francisco, where you can jump on an iconic cable car to ride through the historic sites. Then head inland to California's wine country and experience the vineyards of Napa Valley, before journeying south past idyllic Lake Tahoe, through the beauty of Yosemite National Park before arriving at the coastal town of Santa Barbara.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Try local clam chowder while strolling along Fisherman's Wharf
  • Ride Napa Valley's Wine Train through the beautiful countryside
  • Paddle board on Lake Tahoe
  • Surround yourself in nature in Yosemite National Park
  • Relax on the golden sands of Santa Barbara

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
11 days
Guide Price
£2,359 per person
Price based on
11 November 18 from London Heathrow flying Virgin Atlantic, staying for 3 nights in a King Room (San Francisco), 2 nights in a Double Room (Napa Valley), 2 nights in a Superior Room (Lake Tahoe), 2 nights in a Premium Room (Yosemite) & 2 nights in a City View Room (Santa Barbara) including car.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for an itinerary like this. The price will vary based on many elements including exchange rates, and your choice of accommodation, duration, departure date, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
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Private basis, Self-Guided
  • San Francisco

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Board the Golden Gate Bay Cruise
    • Walk the crooked Lombard Street Hill
    • Catch a Giants game at AT&T Park
    • Visit Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf
  • Napa Valley

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Travel in style on the Napa Valley Wine Train
    • Visit in the fall during 'crush' to see the vineyards in action
    • See Mendochino, one of the prettiest and least crowded regions
    • Sparkling wines at Domaine Carneros
  • Lake Tahoe

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Hike hidden waterfalls and alpine meadows
    • Visit Emerald Bay State Park
    • Paddle board, water ski and kayak on the lake
    • In winter, try ski, snowboard and dog sledding
  • Yosemite National Park

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Mariposa Grove's towering seqoias
    • Backpacking along Tioga Pass
    • Hike Half Dome peak
    • See El Capitan rock formation
  • Santa Barbara

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Stroll Stearns Wharf
    • Take a boat trip to the Channel Islands
    • Spend a few hours in the botanical gardens
    • Spectacular Santa Barbara County Courthouse
San Francisco

Exploring the lively San Francisco is easy with so many transport options.  Climb aboard the famous cable cars, or hire a bike and cycle across the Golden Gate bridge like the locals. Then stop off in one of the many local food trucks, offering everything from burgers to curry to cookies.  Make sure you take a trip over to Alcatraz and learn the history of this old prison.

Napa Valley

Leave all your troubles behind as you arrive into the beautiful Napa Valley. Surrounded by rolling hills all covered in grapevines, you'll be spoilt for choice of which vineyard to explore and tasting rooms to visit.  Take a ride on the historic Napa Valley Wine Train to taste some delicious wines as you watch the scenery go by.

Lake Tahoe

You'll be desperate to get in the water the second you arrive at the edge of the glittering, blue topaz Lake Tahoe.  Climb into a kayak or test your balance on a stand up paddle board, then take a stroll around the lake front towns that dot the shoreline.

Yosemite National Park

Don your hiking boots and head out on to one of Yosemite National Park's stunning trails. Submerse yourself in the natural beuaty as you wind though the towering sequoia's and ancient landscape. 

Santa Barbara

Finish off this exciting tour of California with a relaxing stay in the beautiful coastal town of Santa Barbara.  If the beach isn't your thing, stroll down the leafy streets lined with designer boutiques, delicious restaurants and waterfront busy with yachts, kayaks and stand up paddle boarders.