Wine Country Vacations – Day Tours From San Francisco

If you're in San Francisco you simply must make time for a California Wine Country vacation. Just an hour across the Golden Gate Bridge, it's a spectacular place in the world, easily reached on day tours that take you there and back.

Whatever your taste (so to speak) there is a Wine Country vacation day trip to suit your preference. Since we love being treated special, we're partial to the exclusive VIP tours. But if you like adventure, how about a trip on the Wine Train, or even white-water rafting combined with wine tasting? Or combine a day sipping wine in Sonoma Valley with a cruise out to Alcatraz!


Classic Napa Valley Wine Tours

Classic Wine Country Day Tours

Get out to the wine valleys for a day on these quintessential tours that start in San Francisco. We've selected and recommend four Wine Country vacations that pick you up at your SF hotel and return you at the end of the day. One concentrates on Napa Valley, another also includes Sonoma Valley, and one is free with the GO San Francisco Card.

VIP Napa Vineyard Tours

VIP Wine Country Visits

We're always on the lookout for something unique, something that makes us feel special. And that's what we like about the next four day trips that explore the wine country in a noteworthy way. There are tours in a private limo with up to 8 of your closest friends. Or, get to the Wine Country by helicopter and land right in the vineyards. Or, learn how to blend and bottle your own wine. We tell it all in our article.

Small-Group Wine Country Tours

Small-Group Wine Tours

Another good way to visit the Wine Country is on a small-group tour from San Francisco. In these limited-size activities you travel in a luxury mini-bus from San Francisco, where you are picked up and returned to your hotel to bracket a day of fun wine activities. The number of people is limited to 13 or less to ensure hands-on, personal attention.


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Wine Country Adventures

Wine Country Adventures

Sure, so far these are all pleasant and interesting day trips to the Wine Country. But, if you're in the mood for something more vigorous, maybe even rambunctious, then these adventures might be just the thing for you.

Not that all adventures have to be physical. For instance, we like the relaxing Wine Country Train ride through the vineyards while eating a a gourmet dinner. But there are also bike tours and an exciting day of white water rafting.

Wine Country Plus

Wine-Country-Plus Activities

Napa Valley and Sonoma are close enough to San Francisco that it's easy to combine a wine visit with another iconic activity. It's like getting two activities in one.

We like the idea of hiking through giant redwoods and then spending the afternoon tasting wine. There's also a two-day trip that takes in Muir Woods and as many as six wineries. And then there's the classic combination of alcohol and prison — a Wine Country day trip followed by a visit to Alcatraz!

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