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California Wine Country Active Culinary Walking Tour

Vineyards & Farm-to-Table Delights in Napa & Sonoma

  • Chat and taste with local winemakers and enjoy an interactive cooking class
  • Stroll (and sample!) in The French Laundry's idyllic culinary garden
  • Seasonal produce, a multitude of cheeses, fresh-baked breads, olive oil, honey... the local bounty is virtually endless
  • Superb dining opportunities, including an unforgettable Michelin-starred dinner at Calistoga's acclaimed Solbar
  • Sink into the lap of luxury at a pair of chic Wine Country hotels

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!

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Itinerary

Day 1 Wind through oak- and manzanita-covered hillside, landing at a spectacular lookout with sweeping views of Sonoma Valley  Stroll through historic Mission San Francisco Solano and gather for lunch in downtown's historic Sonoma Square  In the quaint and bustling town, splurge at one of Sonoma Plaza's shops or wine tasting rooms  Dive in at Ramekins cooking school to prepare our meal for the evening.

Day 2 Hike in the rugged Mayacamas Mountains through several ecosystems, from oak woodland to conifer forest  Enjoy stellar views during a mountaintop picnic and wine tasting  Indulge in some spa time at the hotel or partake in an olive oil tasting before gathering for our evening hands-on cooking class.

Day 3 Ancient coastal redwoods provide a majestic backdrop for our hike in Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve  Learn a few secrets from the pros in our French galette baking class  Rest up with some leisurely bocce ball or a glass of rosé at Solage before we dine in Michelin star-studded style at chef Massimo Falsini's Solbar restaurant.

Days 4-5 Walk in lush forests of maples, oaks and stands of towering coastal redwoods  Treat yourself to some vinotherapy at our hotel's spa or rejuvenate with a Calistoga mud treatment—it's no ordinary soil  Or opt to borrow a bike from our hotel and pedal into Calistoga to check out the boutiques and galleries  Tour the garden at The French Laundry, Thomas Keller's landmark restaurant  Bid farewell to the Wine Country with a tour of the famous Culinary Institute of America before returning to San Francisco.

We've been sharing the secrets of Northern California's wine country since 1980, and it seemed only natural to create this itinerary as part of our new Active Gourmet Collection. It's been said that this region probably has more superb cuisine packed into fewer square miles than anywhere else in the world. From multi-course gourmet meals in the chicest surroundings to tasty homespun specialties in relaxed settings, you can experience seriously good food here, inspired not only by the region's wines but also its fresh, colorful, nutritious - and distinctly Californian - ingredients.
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A posh 1920s replica of a California mission renowned for its natural mineral hot springs. (pool, spa)

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Calistoga (2 nights)

With guest rooms that resemble high-ceilinged urban lofts, this laid-back hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant is "a hang-out for in-the-know locals," according to Forbes Travel Guide, which awarded it five stars in 2017. (pool, spa)

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We've been sharing the secrets of Northern California's wine country since 1980, and it seemed only natural to create this itinerary as part of our new Active Gourmet Collection. It's been said that this region probably has more superb cuisine packed into fewer square miles than anywhere else in the world. From multi-course gourmet meals in the chicest surroundings to tasty homespun specialties in relaxed settings, you can experience seriously good food here, inspired not only by the region's wines but also its fresh, colorful, nutritious - and distinctly Californian - ingredients.

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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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 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.

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1 4 400
2 5* 500 3 1400
3 2 0 3 600
4 3 400 5 800 8 1600
The French Laundry Garden Tour (30 Minutes)
5 Culinary Institute of America Tour (45 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.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in California Wine Country

Yours for the Tasting

This is the only walking trip that includes a stay at Solage, rated one of the top five resorts in Northern California by Condé Nast Traveler. It's a place that reflects the overall spirit of our unique Wine Country gourmet experience, crafted by wine and food lovers who are passionate about the extraordinary region right in our own backyard. And of course the daily route options, designed by an expert who's lived in the area for years, provide a rich menu of choices.

The Best Leaders in California Wine Country

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in California Wine Country, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our California Wine Country trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Only the Best Hotels

On this Premiere Inn trip, you can count on the best lodgings California Wine Country has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

We Were Born Here (in 1979)

Backroads has been inviting active travelers to explore our own backyard since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. We offer more trips than anyone else in California Wine Country, and we've spent more years finding the best ones. What keeps it real is having a consistent vision and the same passionately committed leadership for nearly four decades.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in California Wine Country live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,598 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,798 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,398 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,598 pp dbl occ

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