Food & wines, San Francisco & Napa Valley

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Day 1:  San Francisco for 3 nights
Pick up car at SFO airport
Accommodation at Hotel Drisco****
Built in 1903, Hotel Drisco boasts Edwardian architecture. Atop Pacific Heights on Pacific Avenue, this luxurious San Francisco hotel is only 5 minutes’ walk from Presidio National Park. Each guest room provides free WiFi.
Guest rooms at this hotel boast modern amenities such as a 42-inch flat-screen HDTV and a Blu-ray player. The en suite bathrooms feature luxury bath amenities and plush microfiber robes. Egyptian cotton sheets, goose down comforters and an adaptive sound sleep machine are provided. Fresh espresso can be brewed with the in-room coffee machine. Guests can enjoy 24-hour room service.
Hotel Drisco features a free gourmet continental breakfast and free evening wine and cheese reception with fresh fruit and hot hors d’oeuvres. Guests will also appreciate free weekday car service to Union Square, the Financial District and Presidio businesses.
After a cup of coffee in the sitting room, visitors can enjoy a workout in the on-site fitness centre or take advantage of free access to the nearby YMCA. With a 24-hour business centre, guests at the Drisco Hotel can always be productive.

Explore this beautiful city, climb the hills and ride the cable cars, admire the small colorful houses, cross the Golden Gate Bridge.
In San Francisco, everything is legendary, from the bridges to infamous Alcatraz and the winding Lombard Street. 
Sip a Cocktail in the Clouds: One of the greatest ways to view the city is from a top-floor lounge in hotels such as the Sir Francis Drake  or the InterContinental Mark Hopkins.

Day 2:
4 hour private guided Foodie Tour of San Francisco with a local chef
This food tour is uniquely designed and led by a local chef.
On this tour you’ll explore the variety of flavors only the Inner Richmond can offer. The Inner Richmond, situated between the Golden Gate Park and the Presidio, has a reputation for under-the-radar fantastic food and abundant of multicultural restaurants. It’s often called the “New Chinatown” but along the Chinese restaurants and Cantonese Dim Sum you can also find Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese, Russian, Japanese and Korean eateries across the main streets Clement and Geary. You’ll discover bake shops, restaurants, specialty markets and cool shops while sampling at least 15 (!!) different dishes and hearing tales of the food and the neighborhood.

Suggested lunch at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market

Stroll booth to booth sampling organic food, alongside several of the big name chefs of the Bay Area. People watch. It is always a party and always free. Held rain or shine every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, this is one of the most pleasurable ways to spend time in the city.

Priority access tickets to visit Alcatraz at nightfall.

Day 3:
Half day Private Chocolate tour with wine & cocktail pairing
This is a unique wine pairings and a craft cocktail pairing. Your tour begins in a contemporary downtown lounge where you’ll sample a spirits & chocolate pairing while learning about chocolate’s intriguing history.
We proudly feature locally made San Francisco chocolates and sweets on this tour.
Craft Cocktail Pairing, at an elegant downtown hotel bar
Unshelled Truffles, from a small, ground-breaking local chocolatier
Blind Chocolate Bar Tasting, at a specialty newsstand that carries 225 different bars form 15 different countries
Fleur de Sel Caramels, from a beloved local chocolatier who showcases fresh, farmer’s market ingredients
Single Origin Chocolate Tasting, and rich hot chocolate
Hazelnut & Chocolate Parisian Macarons, from San Francisco’s most charming pastry shop
Wine and Truffle Flight, at a hidden downtown French wine bar – 4 wines, 4 chocolates
Head to Boudin Bakery to try their famous sourdough bread bowl filled with clam chowder.
There is no better way to take the chill off a freezing July day in San Francisco!

Rest of the day at leisure to explore San Francisco on own

Dinner reservation at The Cliff House
Fog permitting, the restaurant offers the best view on the Pacific coastline. Perched high on a cliff above Ocean Beach, it offers an expansive scope of the crashing Pacific Ocean, sunsets, and sea lions out front on the rocks.

Day 4:  Napa Valley for 4 nights
Drive to Napa valley, just 55 miles north of San Francisco.
From San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and continue north on U.S. 101.
35-mile-long Napa Valley comprises a string of small towns surrounded by vineyards.
Things to see and do – Lunch or dinner at one of the region’s Michelin-starred tables – visit the home of writer Jack London at Glen Hellen, followed by a walk in the park that bears his name – a hike to Bald Mountain, north of Glen Hellen, for a superb view of the entire region – for amateurs, the visit of the Shulz Museum in Santa Rosa, the legendary creator of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and their band of Peanuts – treat yourself to a well-being break in Calistoga, the capital of spas and hot springs in the region.

Wine tasting and picnic lunch at Seghesio Family Vineyards for a taste of Italy
Established by Italian immigrants in 1895, Seghesio Family Vineyards produces fine, structured wines that honor the history of both the region and the family. With fruit sourced from over 300 acres throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys, the winery offers a remarkable collection of zinfandels and Italian varietals.
After your wine tasting, enjoy a picnic made of an antipasto platter that features house-cured salumi, local artisanal cheese, olives, tapenade, and crostini

Accommodation at Calistoga Ranch *****
Nestled on 157 acres in Napa Valley, Calistoga Ranch features an on-site pool and a restaurant that serves authentic regional dishes. An outdoor rain shower is featured in each guest room.
A fireplace is featured in each warmly decorated accommodation at Ranch Calistoga. Each luxurious bathroom includes spa quality toiletries. Select rooms feature an outdoor living area with a fireplace.
You can rejuvenate in the on-site fitness centre or explore the surroundings with a free bicycle hire. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings including yoga and hiking.

Day 5
Private Hot Air Balloon tour Napa Valley
Your morning will begin at the Vintner’s Golf Club in Yountville where you will be greeted with coffee, tea and an assortment of light bites. After a brief orientation, guests are driven to one of our launch sites where they are met by a bustle of activity, the hum of the inflation fans, lively colors and excitement as our hot air balloons gradually come to life.
From tree tops to magnificent panoramic views, enchantment, romance, and excitement fill every colorful moment of this graceful adventure.
After landing, we return you to Vintner’s Golf Club where you will join your pilot in celebrating your adventure with a sparkling wine toast!

Private tour of the Robert Mondavi winery, one of Napa Valley’s most renowned, followed by a wine tasting.
Frog’s Leaps
Don’t just taste the wine, get an inside look at the way it’s made—from the way they farm their land to where they make the wine, you’ll see it all on this intimate guided visit.
Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are must taste.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the spa at your hotel

Day 6:
Private driver at disposal to go for a very special cave wine tasting at Del Dotto
This historic property was one of Napa Valley’s first wineries dating back to 1885, and is where the barrel tasting experience was born. Dave and Yolanda Del Dotto restored the winery in the late ‘90s to age red wines in their caves. These cave-aged wines proved to be more voluptuous and opulent than those aged in modern facilities, and as such, the family continues to age wines in these historic caves to this day.
Napa Valley scenic Dome train ride with gourmet lunch
Take the exclusive Napa Valley dining experience to new heights. Fresh California cuisine and a beautiful three-hour journey aboard an elegant vintage train in our two-story Vista Dome, an elevated observation-style dining car with luxuriously plush booths, Honduran mahogany paneling, and lush views from practically every angle.
Cooking class
You won’t just be attending a Napa Valley cooking class, you’ll be attending a culinary experience. This hands-on adventure lasts 3 to 4 hours and is filled with fun, amazing food, and delicious wine. You will cook with seasonal produce harvested straight from their farm the day of your class.

Day 7:
Private driver at disposal for the day for cheese & wine tasting in Sonoma
Take a private Northern Sonoma wine tour.  Visit some different wineries in the friendly Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valley wine regions of Sonoma.
Throughout the day your wine educator will entertain you and talk about the long history of winemaking in Sonoma, and teach you everything from wine tasting to wine production and grape farming.
Conveniently located next door to the funky, stop-worthy Jimtown Store, Hawkes offers a Vineyard Tasting, where three cabernets, a chardonnay and a merlot are all served with a cheese board, olive oil and accoutrements.
You’ll often get to tour the wine production area of a larger brand name and see how grapes turn into wine, and if you are here during harvest you may even get to stomp on some grapes!
After one winery tour, it’s on to wine tasting and exploring the back road wine country with visits to “boutique” small production family wineries, the true hidden gems of Sonoma County wine country!

Day 8
Drop off car at SFO airport 



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