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Napa Valley & Sonoma Active Culinary Family Walking & Hiking Tour - 20s & Beyond

Vineyards & Farm-to-Table Delights

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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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California

Start: San Francisco / End: San Francisco 

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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
California

Start: San Francisco / End: San Francisco 

Napa Valley & Sonoma Active Culinary Family Walking & Hiking Tour - 20s & Beyond map

Itinerary

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.

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 during a tasting from a local expert | Explore the quaint town of Healdsburg then relax at the hotel, grabbing a cocktail at the hotel's farm-to-bar concept.

Day 3 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. 

Days 4-5 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 a hands-on cooking class | Tour the garden at The French Laundry, Thomas Keller's landmark restaurant, followed by lunch at one of his acclaimed bistros.  

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.

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    Premiere Hotels

    Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, California
    Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

    ​Sonoma (1 night)

    H2Hotel, Healdsburg, California
    H2Hotel

    Healdsburg​ (1 night)

    Solage, Calistoga, California
    Solage Calistoga

    Calistoga​ (2 nights)

    Activity Level

    This trip is rated Levels 1-3

    What's Included

    Services and equipment are included.

    Why Backroads

    Why Travel with Backroads in California Wine Country

    More On This Trip

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    Premiere Hotels

    Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

    Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, California

    Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

    ​Sonoma (1 night)

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

    H2Hotel, Healdsburg, California

    H2Hotel

    Healdsburg​ (1 night)

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

    Solage, Calistoga, California

    Solage Calistoga

    Calistoga​ (2 nights)

    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) 

    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.

    Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

    Daily Route Options
    Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
    Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
    miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
    1 3 100
    3 400
    2 5 500
    Olive Oil Tasting Tour (1 Hour)
    3 3 100 3 500 6 1400
    Farm Fresh Lunch (2 Hours)
    4 6 1600 9 1900 12 2200
    Culinary Institute of America Cooking School (2.5 Hours)
    5 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.

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

    Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

    Meals

    All breakfasts, 3 dinners, 4 lunches

    Also Included

    • 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

    Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

    We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

    Why Travel with Backroads in California Wine Country

    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 trip featuring Premiere Hotels, 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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