Food & Wine: San Francisco & California Wine Country

6 days Food & Wine
California's culture comes alive on a trip through the state’s famous flavors and fare. Enjoy the bustle of world-class cities and the beauty of wine country. Sample local specialties in San Francisco and Berkeley. Indulge in rich wines, olive oils and cheeses in Napa and Sonoma. From a hands-on cooking class to savory tastings, you’ll experience the trends and traditions that define the region.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 15 - 28 travelers

Tour pace: This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 5 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • 4 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of California

San Francisco 2 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in San Francisco

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to California! Arrive in San Francisco and settle in to your hotel before getting to know your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of San Francisco

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today’s guided tour introduces you to the sights and tastes of San Francisco, the “City by the Bay.”

• Ride up Twin Peaks, the hills near the center of San Francisco, and take in spectacular panoramic vistas

• Enjoy tastings of local specialties in the trendy Mission District neighborhood

• Pass the iconic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, epicenter of the counter-cultural movement, and the posh neighborhoods of Pacific Heights and Nob Hill

• Visit Golden Gate Park and enjoy stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering 

• Stroll through Chinatown, the largest outside of Asia 

• Find fresh produce, cheeses and more in the neighborhood of North Beach and the Embarcadero Ferry Farmers’ Market 

Enjoy a free evening in San Francisco or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Alcatraz Island $49pp* Details

Embark on a short ferry ride from the Embarcadero Pier for an up-close look at the infamous “inescapable” federal penitentiary at Alcatraz Island. Enjoy a self-guided audio tour of this iconic American landmark and uncover its intriguing history, including details of the great 1962 escape.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Napa Valley 2 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Napa Valley via Tomales Bay & Sonoma Valley

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Travel north up the California coast to Tomales Bay, enjoying beautiful scenery along the way.

• Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to take in the scenery at the Marin Headlands,  famous for its panoramic views of San Francisco 

• Pass Mount Tamalpais State Park and Point Reyes National Seashore

• Saunter through the seaside town of Point Reyes Station before sampling fresh oysters at a local oyster farm 

This afternoon, travel to Sonoma Valley, home to some of California’s best vintages, where you’ll indulge in a wine and olive oil tasting. Then, head to Napa Valley and spend the evening admiring the region’s vineyards and rolling hills.

Day 4: Napa Valley wine tasting

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Spend a free morning in Napa Valley, soaking in the beautiful scenery, artistic spirit and rustic elegance. Then, enjoy the view as you drive through Napa Valley, stopping along the way at three local vineyards to savor regional wines and a cheese tasting.

Tonight, enjoy free time in Napa Valley to spend as you wish.

South Bay Region 1 night

Day 5: South Bay Region via Berkeley

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, travel to Berkeley, a bayside city renowned for its vibrant cultural scene. On the road, catch sight of San Pablo Bay, a National Wildlife Refuge and the home to several endangered species. When you arrive in Berkeley, discover the city’s sights and tastes on a guided tour.

• See the University of California, Berkeley campus, famous for its students’ contributions to science and social movements

• Sample Berkeley’s local specialties with tastings at shops throughout the city

• Try your hand at cooking gourmet fare in an immersive class and savor your creations during lunch

In the evening, journey to the South Bay region to toast your trip and fellow travelers at a farewell dinner

Day 6: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer back to the San Francisco airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • Valid government-issued identification is required for air travel within the United States.  * If you are not a U.S. citizen, please be sure to have additional required identification with you as well. 

Tour pace

* This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill. * If you have any mobility and/or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Relations Team at 800.597.0350 so that we can review all necessary information with you.

Transportation & arrival information

* Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from San Francisco. * When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and will escort you via private motor coach to your hotel. * Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. * If you did not book your flights through Go Ahead, airport transfers are available upon request and at an additional cost. Please call our Customer Relations Team at 1.800.597.0350 for additional information. * All included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

* Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Most domestic airlines impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage and you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight. * Go Ahead travelers are allowed only one suitcase per person One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  * Please note there may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage.  * Please label your baggage and pack valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & packing tips

* We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered.  * For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear.  * If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. 


* There are no major health risks associated with traveling in the United States. * Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at * Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our included walks, and we will make every effort to accommodate those who choose to stay behind.  * Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, motion sickness medication, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications. * If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered. * If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Relations Team.


* This tour is specifically designed to highlight the celebrated cuisine of California’s wine country and surrounding cities. Nevertheless, the itinerary also allows for plenty of free time for you to explore the local fare on your own. One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local foods—even if you’re not traveling abroad.  * In Northern California, French, Pacific Rim and Asian flavors feature in many meals.  * California remains a hub of healthy eating, and is famous as a vegetarian-friendly destination.  * Wineries in Napa and Sonoma Valley produce some of the worlds best-known wines. The region is especially famous for its chardonnay and cabernet varietals.  * Owing to the region’s warmer climate, many restaurants make use of fresher, locally sourced ingredients from nearby farms.  

Electricity & air conditioning

* All regions operate on the U.S. standard 110 volts. * The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning. * Hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances.


* Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.  * There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. * Please contact your cell phone provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zone

* Your tour will fall on Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is three hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST).  * When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 9am in California. 


* U.S. dollars will be the currency on this tour. 


* At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in your tour country’s currency. * We recommend tipping $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director.  * We recommend tipping $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver. * If applicable, we also recommend $2USD/ CAD per local guide.  * Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

I left my heart....

Quick tour, but well worth it. Ellen did a wonderful job. She had input into the itinerary, and she chose well--her culinary training was evident. Lots of good food and wine. Short time in San Francisco, but we accomplished a lot there. Napa hotel could have been better situated as it was not within walking distance for the 2 dinners on our own. The cooking class was really good.


Hello! We’re thrilled that you had a great time exploring San Francisco and surrounding wine country. We’re also pleased to learn that your Tour Director’s efforts made a positive impact on your experience. We appreciate your feedback regarding your hotel in Napa and will be sure to share it with our Operations team. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 19, 2016