San Francisco & The Californian Winelands
San Francisco & The Californian Winelands
Sonoma Valley
Sonoma Valley
Napa Valley
Napa Valley

Enjoy San Francisco & the California Winelands Self-Drive

7 nights from €1,699 per person Including Flights


A perfect holiday for a honeymoon, special occasion or just when you deserve a little indulgence. Fly into San Francisco for a few days to explore all that this charming and fun city has to offer. Whether it’s careering around the streets in a two-seater GoCar, sampling the local tastes on a Foodie Tour or cruising the bay on a champagne sunset cruise, you can choose just what you want to do. Then you’ll head north over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge into Wine Country.

We’ve planned a couple of days in Sonoma, with its beautiful historic centre, and a couple of days in Napa, arguably the wine capital of the world, but we can amend this if you’d rather base yourself in just one location. There’s plenty to do in both places, combining outdoor pursuits with sampling the local produce. And there’s a great selection of hotels to choose from, depending on your budget. (TM/ 613235)


  • Ride a street car in San Francisco, take a Segway tour or take the boat out to the prison island of Alcatraz
  •  Hire a bike in Sonoma to explore the wineries and historical heart of the city
  • Take the Napa Valley Wine Train, renowned for its wonderful food and extensive wine list, as it winds through the Californian vineyards

Itinerary Overview

Fly into San Francisco stay 3 nights - Sonoma 2 nights - Napa 2 nights - return flight from San Francisco

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  • CAR licensed & bonded
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Day 1

Fly to San Francisco

Arrive into The City by the Bay and either pick up your hire car or get a cab to your chosen hotel. We suggest that you don’t pick up your hire car until you’re ready to leave the city as there are so many better ways to get around.

Day 2

San Francisco

You have a couple of full days to explore this exciting city and you might want to start with its number one attraction – the prison island of Alcatraz. You will need to book your tickets well in advance as this tour sells out on a daily basis. The trams are a great way to get around the city, and once you’ve worked out where each of the three lines go to, it’s simple to navigate. Each journey will cost $7 or you can buy a day pass for $21. This evening you can explore one of the lively districts such as Union Square or Chinatown.

Day 3

San Francisco

There are several different choices for touring San Francisco, bus, bike, Segway or perhaps you might want to do a Foodie Walking Tour. But the most exhilarating way to explore the city is the GoCar – two-seater mini-cars that you can zip around it with the help of a Sat Nav to show you around. We can book any of these options for you before you start your holiday.

Day 4

San Francisco to Sonoma – 44 miles

Pick up your hire car in the morning, then head over the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s only a short drive to Sonoma so there’s plenty of time to call in to the charming town of Sausilto, just over the bridge, where you find cute boutique shops and swanky mansions. Also worth a visit en route to the Sonoma Valley are the John Muir Woods – here you can marvel at the sheer size of the giant redwood trees. Once you arrive in Sonoma, you’ll want to ditch the car so that you can crack on with tasting the wonderful and varied wines of the area.

Day 5


This is a gorgeous town with a historic heart, and so you can have a wonderful day just exploring on foot. Sonoma Plaza is surrounded by colonial buildings including the Mission San Francisco and the Sonoma Barracks dating back to the city’s Mexican colonial past. There is a lovely walking trail around this district, which also takes in various wineries and shops offering cheese and local produce, so you can break up your stroll to sample the best of the region.

Day 6

Sonoma to Napa – 15 miles

After a relaxed start, take the short drive to Napa. You could spend the afternoon cycling the country lines – either just admiring the scenery or taking a guided tour to small family owned wineries. Or you could hire kayaks to paddle the Napa River. You’ll find myriad restaurants and wine rooms in this charming town – one of our favourite hotels, the Andaz Napa, has twenty wineries within walking distance. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Day 7


Today you should take the Napa Valley Wine Train. Board the vintage railcars and travel through 36 miles of beautiful wine country. The train is famed for its cuisine as well as the wine selections, so just sit back and enjoy three hours of indulgence as you travel through the western side of the Napa Valley.

Day 8

Napa to San Francisco International Airport – 58 miles

You will have your flights home from San Francisco this afternoon, but it should only take an hour and a half to the airport, so you’ll have time to buy a few souvenirs of your holiday before heading off.

  • Prices shown include 3* – 4 * hotels for the duration of the itinerary based on two people sharing on a room only basis
  • International flights
  • Fully inclusive car hire
  • Electronic Roadbook

What’s Not Included

  • Resort fees and parking fees where applicable
  • Excursions and activities
  • Road tolls

The Handlery Union Square Hotel

San Francisco

Right in the heart of downtown San Francisco sits The Handlery Union Square, a welcoming hotel offering comfortable suites and delicious food for when you want to relax from the liveliness of the city.

Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco

The Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf is set in the heart of one of San Francisco's most popular regions. Known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood and spectacular sights, this is a must for any visitor.

Fairmont San Francisco

San Francisco

Steeped in historic charm, elegant decor and fantastic service, the Fairmont San Francisco hotel offers a sophisticated experience for your holiday where you'll be treated to a truly memorable stay.

Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn

Sonoma Valley

Best Western Plus Sonoma Valley Inn provides comfort and convenience to wine country visitors seeking hotel accommodations close to Napa area wineries, shopping and fine dining.

Farmhouse Inn Sonoma

Sonoma Valley

A beautiful, rustic country-chic hotel nestled along Russian River Valley, offering incredible moments including warming up by your own fireplace, drinking decadent wine on sommelier-led tours, dining al fresco under the stars, and relaxing with friends by the firepit.

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

Sonoma Valley

A luxurious resort, in the heart of Sonoma Valley, you will love championship golf course, extensive spa and fabulous choice of restaurants. With daily wine-tasting and daily guided-hikes, you still need to find time to relax by the pool with a cocktail from the Water Tower Bar.

Andaz Napa

Napa Valley

A wonderful location in the lively West End district within walking distance of over 20 wine tasting rooms. The Andaz Napa is beautifully designed, with restful décor and comfortable bedrooms. The complimentary WiFi and parking are an added bonus.

River Terrace Inn

Napa Valley

River Terrace Inn is a tranquil retreat nestled along the River Trail and the Oxbow Park Preserve of the Napa Valley Wine Country. Discover a relaxing sanctuary among Oxbow Park Preserve.

Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa

Napa Valley

Experience the charm and beauty of California's world-famous wine country, in this elegant spa hotel in the centre of Napa, located a few miles from the Napa Valley Wine Train, and scores of wineries.

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