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California Sonoma Getaway

California Sonoma Getaway

From $ 3,130 AUD

Description

Make your way from San Francisco to Sonoma wine country and to the rugged Pacific Ocean coast. Along the way, you’ll find wine tastings, amazing cuisine, hikes through diverse landscapes – from coastal estuaries to epic redwood forests – and a wealth of history to experience. If you’re looking to combine wines, coastlines and relaxing times with the best of Northern California, then this is the Intrepid adventure for you.

Trip Name
California Sonoma Getaway
Last Updated
2021-04-13
Days
6
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Take in the iconic Golden Gate Bridge from all its best angles, from walking the bridge to soaking up the view from Sausalito.
  • Roll up your sleeves and shuck your own oysters – not only tasting the best shellfish in a beautiful picnic setting but also supporting sustainable farming and a fellow B-Corp and climate action champion.
  • Experience the majesty of nature as you walk among giant redwood trees and hike the rugged coastline in Point Reyes National Seashore, with a local leader to show you all the best trails.
  • Taste the history of Californian wine with a sampling session at the oldest winery in the state, and enjoy time to try some of the other fifty vineyards around Sonoma.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - San Francisco
This northern California adventure starts in San Francisco, the ‘City by the Bay’, that has a beautiful setting and a vibrant, multicultural heart. If you have time today you might like to check out the vintage stores along funky Haight Street, catch the tram down to the waterfront or take an Adventure Cat Bay Cruise. At 6 pm this evening there’ll be a group meeting where you’ll meet your leader and get an overview of the next couple of days. Wrap up the day with a welcome dinner – the perfect chance to get to know your group better.
Day 2 - Sonoma
After breakfast this morning make your way to one of America’s most iconic sights – the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll the time to take in the bridge from up-close – and the views it offers on all sides of the city, the bay, the Pacific Ocean and the Marin Headlands – as you walk across it towards Sausalito. Whether the day is clear or the city’s regular fog has rolled in, it’s a memorable sight. Grab a coffee in picturesque Sausalito – once a fishing community, now home to exclusive restaurants and expensive houses – and take in the views back over the city and the bridge. Continue north for the one-hour journey to the heart of the renowned winemaking region of the Sonoma Valley – a half-moon shaped stretched of land between mountain ranges covered in age-old oaks – and the historic town of Sonoma. After checking in to tonight’s accommodation, take a walk around town before your first taste of the local wine, starting at the oldest winery in California. Colonel Agostin Haraszthy planted grapes here in the 1850s and Buena Vista Winery still operates today – you’ll get to taste the history of Californian wine. End the day by choosing from the range of top-quality restaurants that line Sonoma’s tree-lined central town plaza – your leader will have the best suggestions.
Day 3 - Sonoma
Today is a free day to further explore Sonoma, and there a host of ways to do it. Got a taste for the local wine yesterday? There are almost fifty wineries scattered throughout the valley, some within walking distance of the plaza – but you might even rent a bike for a more leisurely way to get between tastings. If you’re feeling active speak to your leader about an optional hike to Gunsight Rock. The trail’s a bit challenging – almost 8 miles and some steep elevation gain – but the views of the valley and to San Francisco Bay one way and Santa Rosa the other are worth the effort. Otherwise soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Sonoma with its cafes, historic buildings, art galleries and stores filled with rare books. This evening choose to join your group again for dinner. There’s real variety and quality here, from the flavours of South Asia to the taste of Italy, seasonal Portuguese and bistro classics.
Day 4 - Tomales Bay
Leave Sonoma behind and make for the coast today, stopping for a morning coffee or drink in Guerneville along the way. The main town of the Russian River Valley, Guerneville is a time warp in looks and you can take in the eclectic mix of shops, galleries, and eateries that line the main street. After a stretch of the legs, make your way to Goat Rock and the Sonoma Coast State Park, then buy yourself some lunch at a spot on the cliffs of Highway 1 in Jenner that offers expansive views of the Russian River from the patio. From here you can talk a walk along a nearby beach to spot resting sea lions (if the season’s right) and admire the rugged coastline line, crashing waves, and precarious point lighthouse. Keep an eye out for migrating grey whales. There are quite a few beach walks and coastal trails, so the weather and the group’s appetite for activity will help decide which one to take. End the day by rolling up your sleeves and have a go at shucking your own oysters! Not only will you be tasting the best oysters in a beautiful picnic setting, you’ll also be supporting a fellow B Corp and climate action champion. Settle into tonight’s Cape Cod-style accommodation in Tomales Bay, the only property located on the bay inside the Point Reyes National Seashore Park.
Day 5 - Tomales Bay
Spend this morning hiking in park, the only national seashore on the West Coast. Your leader, the weather and the group will decide which of the endless trails you’ll take today. The trails can have you walking through thick redwood forest one minute, see deer grazing on open grassland the next, and finish up watching the ocean crash over the rocks. The park is filled with over 1,500 different types of plants and animals, and the great thing about having a local leader who knows the area so well is that you can just focus on enjoying the journey. Afterwards, head to the quaint town of Point Reyes Station and spend a relaxing afternoon looking into the shops down main street, maybe tasting some of the locally produced artisanal and organic foods (try the local creamery).
Day 6 - San Francisco
It’s time to head back to San Francisco, but not before one last chance to soak up some more of the area’s incredible scenery. Make your way to Muir woods National Monument and be dwarfed by the old-growth coast redwoods, the tallest living things in the world. Take a loop hike through a cathedral of giant trees before heading for your final meal with the group – lunch at the historic Pelican Inn, a slice of 16th century England here in California. Make your way back to the city, where this adventure comes to an end around 4 pm.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
05-06-202110-06-2021AUD $ 3,130-
03-07-202108-07-2021AUD $ 3,130-
14-08-202119-08-2021AUD $ 3,130-
04-09-202109-09-2021AUD $ 3,130-
02-10-202107-10-2021AUD $ 3,130-
06-11-202111-11-2021AUD $ 3,130-

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Transport

Private Van

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