American Experiences: Discover San Francisco and Wine Country

Road trip through Northern California


Zip across the Golden Gate Bridge along beautiful coastline as you discover the charm of California’s cultural hub. Enjoy phenomenal local wines and stunning vineyard landscapes while venturing through Napa and Sonoma.

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Each American Experiences trip is designed for you to craft and customize your own adventure. Pick your own date, add or remove nights, upgrade your car, reverse cities, add on activities, and more. Our team of adventure experts has curated suggestions to make your trip incredible and our team is standing by to assist you in creating your incredible adventure.

While crafting your road trip, be assured that your package includes centrally-located hotels, a Hertz car rental, breakfast daily, free hotel WiFi, hotel parking, and an adventure all your own.

 

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Day 1: Arrive in San Francisco

Cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid — San Francisco is a travelogue of iconic images. There's so much to see so don't wait to start exploring! After arriving and driving to your hotel, head out to Fisherman's Wharf  to check out its museums, restaurants, and to peruse local shops. Make sure to look for Boudin sourdough bread for which the city is well known in the baking world. After you've loaded up on local food, keep an eye out for all the barking sea lions on Pier 39! If you're up for some local exploration, join a North Beach Pub tour to meet everyone from hardened fishermen to karaoke kings in this eclectic neighborhood.

Day 2: San Francisco

Script your own adventure with a multitude of options to choose from! You may opt to discover the city hiking the hills through iconic neighborhoods and get your heart racing with a trek up Nob Hill. After working up an appetite, enjoy a well deserved lunch on a Chinatown Culinary Walking tour that showcases hard-to-find herbs and produce, tea, dim sum and more. Looking for something a little more hardcore? Visit Alcatraz, which was once a maximum security federal penitentiary. After, consider making your way back to the hotel on a cable car! However you spend the day, plan to end up at Ocean Beach to watch the sun set.

Day 3: San Francisco to Wine Country

A West Coast road trip isn't complete without a drive over the Golden Gate Bridge! Enjoy the views as you cross the historic bridge en route to Napa and Sonoma where lush vineyards await. Upon arrival, you'll find wineries of all kinds —whether it's an impressive castle, modern architectural wonder or small family-run shop, you’ll be warmly greeted by the local owners and sommeliers eager to explain their craft. Take your time and travel unscripted. Check into your hotel and relax or pick one of the many award-winning restaurants to enjoy dinner paired with a local Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon perhaps.

Day 4: Wine Country

Much of the great attraction of being in "wine country" is having the opportunity to simply relax and enjoy where you are. The area is chock full of incredible experiences, should you wish to delve in. Hop aboard the Napa Valley Wine train for a delicious meal as you roll through Northern California. Hone your craft during a private cooking class, or discover local flavors on a walking foodie tour. Wine not your thing? Join a behind the scenes brewery tour in Sonoma. The adventure is yours!

Day 5: Farewell

For your last day in Wine Country, an incredible way to end your adventure is a hot air balloon ride. Watch the day break over beautiful vineyards and expansive estates beneath you. Return to San Francisco today for the end of your great adventure.

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Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

Stroll the narrow streets and back alleys of San Francisco's Chinatown on this small-group walking tour. Stop by shops selling authentic Chinese crafts and pottery, as well as hard-to-find herbs and produce. A variety of tastings add up to a full lunch, including tea, fortune cookies, dim sum, and other treats. Listen to guided commentary and ask plenty of questions as you explore.
Starting at $69 per person

Teas, Temples & Beatniks

Come explore where east meets west, fortunes are told with more sincerity than your average cookie, and the legends of masters live on. Between the Beatniks of North Beach and San Francisco’s iconic Chinatown, it'll give you a taste of teas, temples, and culture, all with a local flare.
Starting at $66 per person

North Beach Pub

From Beatniks to Blues masters, drunken sailors, hardened fishermen, and karaoke kings, North Beach is full of colorful, local identities and fanciful folk heroes. Find out about them over an Anchor Steam ale on this San Francisco tour that will get you talking.
Starting at $58 per person

Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Napa Valley

Discover Napa Valley at a relaxed pace on a 6.5-hour small-group tour. Comfortable transportation collects you from your hotel and carries your group to four distinct wineries, where you can enjoy tastings at your own expense. Listen to live commentary and ask questions at any time. Your experience also includes a complimentary picnic lunch, complete with cheese plate, at a charming winery.
Starting at $130 per person

Half-Day Napa Valley Bike + Wine Tour

Experience the beauty of Napa Valley on a guided bike tour with stops at two local wineries for tastings. Your tour will finish in the early afternoon, leaving you free to explore Napa further on your own. Ride with an informative guide, proceeding at a relaxed pace.
Starting at $135 per person

Napa Valley Hot-Air-Balloon Ride with Sparkling Wine Toast

Experience Napa Valley's world-famous wine country from the air on a sunrise hot-air-balloon ride. Start the day off right with coffee and pastries and then climb into a comfortable basket to take to the skies as day breaks across the valley. Enjoy a bird’s-eye perspective of rolling hills, expansive vineyards, and elegant estates during your flight. Once back on solid ground enjoy a sparkling wine toast with your pilot.
Starting at $275 per person

Sonoma Food & Wine Private Group Tour

Explore the charming town of Sonoma in one afternoon with a small-group food and walking tour and optional inclusion of wine pairings. Visit the best restaurants, with a sit-down tasting experience at foodie highlights such as the girl & the fig, Delhi Belly, El Dorado Kitchen and La Bodega. Stop into museums and other specialty food shops for further delights and a full understanding of the region's cuisine.
Starting at $139 per person

Sonoma Redwoods Hiking Tour

Discover the coastal redwoods of Northern California on a hiking tour with transportation from Santa Rosa. With a guide, you'll drive past Sonoma County vineyards to reach a redwood grove, where you'll walk among some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. As you go, listen to commentary from your guide about the forest ecosystem and history.
Starting at $139 per person

Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley

Experience the Napa Valley’s natural beauty and fascinating history on a fun and memorable kayak tour. With an informative local guide leading the way, hop in a comfortable and beginner-friendly kayak, and paddle down the valley’s waterways. Identify birds, see rare animal species, learn about the first people to settle the area, and see historic buildings damaged in the 2014 earthquake.
Starting at $59 per person

Small Group Craft Brews & Bike Tour in San Francisco

This small-group beer and bike tour of San Francisco introduces you to a variety of unique neighborhoods, with stops at three local bars or breweries along the way. Enjoy craft brews (first pint included) and discover the cultural history of each characteristic area, including SOMA, SF's Arts District and the quirky Mission District.
Starting at $85 per person

Alcatraz Island & San Francisco Grand City Tour

Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this 2-in-1 tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Plus, enjoy time with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
Starting at $120 per person, this tour is non-refundable

Small Group Sonoma Walking Food & Wine Tour

Savor the best of Sonoma’s cuisine on a food tour in the heart of California wine country. Sample locally-made wines and artisanal cheeses as you stroll Sonoma’s historic downtown with a foodie guide, then try fine chocolates and olive oil at chic, cutting-edge boutiques. Soak up the latest flavors at six curated tasting stops along a relaxed, route and get an insider’s perspective on Sonoma’s gourmet culture. Learn the stories behind the region’s culinary legends, thriving vineyards, and remarkable artisanal renaissance.
Starting at $105 per person

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