California Wine Country Culinary Tours
Backroads California Wine Country Active Culinary Walking Tour
Active Culinary Tour, California Wine Country
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Backroads Wine Country Active Culinary Walking Tours – Mission San Fransisco Solano
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Napa Valley & Sonoma Active Culinary Walking & Hiking Tour

Vineyards & Farm-to-Table Delights

From oak-studded mountains to vineyard-laced hills. From exhilarating hikes to exclusive tastings of wine, cheese and olive oil. Experience a delicious slice of the place we call the Wine Country, as seen through the eyes of local vintners, chefs and artisans. A memorable epicurean experience awaits. Enjoy every taste! 

THIS ITINERARY: 5 days, 4 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $3,599 - $3,749 pp dbl occ
($750 - $970 for sgl occ)

California

Start San Francisco / End San Francisco 

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Taste the valley's best vintages, connect with local winemakers and see a locally-inspired cooking demonstration 
  • Stroll (and sample!) in the famed The French Laundry's idyllic garden, where Thomas Keller draws inspiration for his culinary creations 
  • Enjoy seasonal produce, a multitude of cheeses, fresh-baked breads, olive oil, honey... the local bounty is virtually endless 
  • Hike among towering long-lived coastal redwoods that stand as a testament to the wonders of the natural world
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Wind through an oak- and manzanita-covered hillside, landing at a spectacular lookout with sweeping views of Sonoma Valley | Stroll past historic Mission San Francisco Solano and gather for lunch in downtown's historic Sonoma Square | Splurge at one of Sonoma Plaza's shops or wine-tasting rooms | Unwind in healing mineral waters during a Bathing Ritual treatment at the Fairmont's well-known spa.

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
​Sonoma
| Premiere Hotel

A posh 1920s replica of a California mission renowned for its natural mineral hot springs. (pool, spa) 

Day 2

Hike in the rugged Mayacamas Mountains through several ecosystems, from oak woodland to conifer forest | Enjoy stellar views during a hillside picnic and wine tasting | Learn about the craft of olive oil making with a tasting from a local expert | Explore the quaint town of Healdsburg and relax at the hotel, grabbing a cocktail at the hotel's farm-to-bar concept.

H2Hotel
H2Hotel
Healdsburg​
| Premiere Hotel

A hip eco-friendly hotel praised by the New York Times for its living roof, solar heating and cool aesthetic. (pool)  

Days 3-5

Ancient coastal redwoods provide a majestic backdrop for our hike in Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve | Savor a fresh lunch at an organic farm | Play bocce ball or enjoy a glass of rosé before we dine in style at Solbar restaurant in Calistoga | Hike along a historic mining trail in the shadow of dramatic lava pinnacles | Borrow a bike from our hotel and check out Calistoga's boutiques and galleries | Visit the majestic Culinary Institute of America at Greystone for cooking demonstration | Tour the garden at The French Laundry, Thomas Keller's landmark restaurant, followed by lunch at one of his acclaimed bistros.  

Solage Calistoga
Solage Calistoga
Calistoga​
| Premiere Hotel

Set on 22 acres surrounded by the Mayacamas and Palisades Mountains, Solage offers a blend of urban chic and Wine Country casual. Pamper yourself at Spa Solage, followed by a delicious meal at Solbar. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa) 

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Other
Olive Oil Tasting Tour (1 hour)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 3 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Other
Farm Fresh Lunch (2 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 9 miles | 1900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 12 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Other
Culinary Institute of America Cooking School (2.5 hours)
Day 5
Other
The French Laundry Garden Tour (30 minutes)

Note: The terrain on this trip includes rolling hills and forest paths, and vineyard, farm and historic site walks, with occasional rocky and uneven sections.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 3 dinners, 4 lunches
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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