October 31-November 6, 2021
SUN, Oct 31: Arrive Napa Valley; Free Time; Tour Orientation; Welcome Dinner (Meals: D)
Arrive in San Francisco, Oakland or Sacramento today and transfer to Napa Valley. Take the afternoon to settle in at the hotel. In the early evening, join the group in the hotel for a Tour Orientation and to meet your fellow travelers. Afterward, dine at one of Napa’s best-loved Italian restaurants.
MON, Nov 1: Napa Wine Tour; Free Evening (Meals: B, L)
Enjoy a day of visiting three estate vineyards – Stags’ Leap Winery, Round Pond Estate Winery & Far Niente Winery. Learn about the process of winemaking and why Napa Valley provides such excellent terroir for growing grapes. Wine educators will introduce the history of the estates, their winemaking processes and wine selections with seated tastings. Enjoy the beautiful grounds and see the wine caves at Stags Leap. Visit Round Pond Estate Vineyards for a tour of their culinary gardens and olive oil grove with tastings of their artisan olive oils & vinegars. Stop at the iconic Oakville Grocery, a Napa landmark, for a casual lunch. The evening will be at leisure.
TUES, Nov 2: Oxbow Market Tour; Afternoon Hike with Picnic; Free Evening (Meals: B, L)
In the later morning, take a guided walking tour of Napa’s Oxbow Market. The tour leaders will introduce you to Napa’s local produce, spices and artisan foods. Enjoy food tastings at Oxbow while ingredients for a picnic are gathered. Afterward, take a hike (moderate) in the foothills of Napa Valley ending with a gourmet picnic. This hike rewards you with beautiful views of the city and valley. Finish the day in with visiting the shops and boutiques in Napa. The evening will be at leisure.
WED, Nov 3: Russian River Guided Kayak Trip; Sonoma City Walking Tour, Free Evening (Meals: B, L, D)
Drive to Jenner this morning, at the mouth of the Russian River & Paciﬁc Ocean. Spend 2-3 hours on a fun and relaxing guided kayak tour on the (calm) Russian River. All skill levels are welcome. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, blue herons, cormorants and seals. Then, ditch the kayaks and head over the sand to watch the waves crash on a secluded stretch of ocean. In the afternoon, visit the town of Sonoma for a casual city walking tour. Stop at the Sonoma Plaza, check out the boutiques, culinary shops and enjoy an early dinner in Sonoma. Return to Napa. The evening will be at leisure.
THUR, Nov 4: St. Helena Wine Tour; Visit to Yountville; Lunch (Meals: B ,L)
Start the day at Raymond Vineyards to enjoy a visit to their organic biodynamic vineyards and gardens accompanied by tastings of their wines. Raymond is an artsy and whimsical winery ready to be explored. Then on to Hall Wine, St. Helena. Avid contemporary art collectors and winemakers, Craig and Kathryn Hall, welcome guests to enjoy their collection of contemporary art and world-class wines. Enjoy an architecture and art tour followed by tastings of Hall wines while looking out on the Mayacama Mountains. It’s pure heaven! Enjoy lunch in Yountville – a town in the heart of Napa Valley that’s a luxurious getaway with small-town charm. Yountville has sublime culinary oﬀerings, artsy boutiques, the Yountville Art Walk and many wine shops. Wander town, drop into the shops, visit galleries, follow the Art Walk or stop for treats from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. That evening will be at leisure.
FRI, Nov 5: Free Day; Farewell Dinner (B, D)
Take the day to relax at the pool, enjoy a walk, shop, rent bikes, visit more wineries (or any other number of things to can do in the wine country). You choose what you want to do today and join other guests, as you wish. (Note: We would like to celebrate with a grape stomp in the late afternoon, but it will depend on COVID-19 restrictions that are in place at the time.) That evening, dine at one of Napa’s iconic restaurants for the tour Farewell Dinner.
SAT, Nov 6: Transfer to the Airport; Fly Home (Meals: B)
Today, you will transfer to the airport for your ﬂight home.
NOTE: This is the planned itinerary. However, it is subject to change due to ongoing revisions to California’s COVID-19 restrictions. If necessary, we will find an alternative should we need to do so.