NAPA VALLEY IN STYLE
3 Nights / 4 Days
- Enjoy a foodie tour around some of the best local farms of Sonoma County, and a behind-the-scenes visit of an Oyster farm
- A boutique winery tasting tour with an expert guide, customised to your wine preferences
- View the valley from a hot air balloon followed by a champagne brunch
Day 1: Arrive into either Sonoma County or San Francisco airport, where your vehicle and driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Napa Valley, the beautiful Carneros Inn. Depending on timings, you might like to grab some complimentary bikes and explore the estate on two wheels, perhaps packing a picnic for some sustenance along the way. Settle in and take some time to recharge in the spa before enjoying dinner either at The Farm restaurant or in the comfort of your home, with appropriate wine pairings of course.
Day 2: Today you have the choice to indulge in either a gastronomic experience or a wine tasting journey:
For foodies, journey to Point Reyes for an insider foodie experience at some of the farms that supply local chefs with premium artisanal ingredients. From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes National Seashore is a stunning preserve located in Western Sonoma County. Your driver and expert guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a flavourful adventure, stopping to visit a number of local farms and taste their sustainably-produced cheeses and baked goods. Enjoy a gourmet lunch, featuring grass fed burgers from one of Marin’s famous cattle ranches. Then, delight in a digestif tasting of a unique Champagne-style mead made from fermented honey. Learn about bee keeping as you tour the meadery’s apiary and bee gardens. The last stop of the day, your guide will lead you on a behind-the-scenes look at an elite oyster farm. Delve into the world of sustainable aquaculture, followed by a delectable tasting on the shores of beautiful Tomales Bay. You will return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
For wine lovers, experience the essence of the Napa Valley during a boutique winery tasting tour with an expert guide. If you provide your wine profile in advance of your trip, a customized tour based on your palate will be created for a tailored journey through wine country you won’t soon forget. Otherwise, a curated wine tour will be offered to engage your senses and delight your taste buds. Your guide will whisk you through picturesque rolling hills through vineyards to private estates featuring prized wines. You’ll go beyond the mass tasting rooms and gain unique perspectives from owners and vintners while enjoying spectacular views during this insider experience. The itinerary is balanced with interesting, off-the-beaten track wineries not normally open to the public, and includes a delicious lunch. Possible vineyards to visit include Donum Estate – with vineyards decorated in large scale contemporary sculptures, art and gastronomy interconnect at this modern estate highly acclaimed for its pinot noir and chardonnay quality; Lokoya – nestled within the undulating hills, this breathtaking estate showcases Cabernet Sauvignon from it’s four distinct mountain lots surrounded by lush Redwood and Ponderosa pines.
Day 3: An early start today for a memorable hot air balloon adventure. Upon arrival at the launch site, choose from a selection of various beverages, fruit and pastries, while watching your balloon being prepared for take-off (an experience in itself!). Sail with the early morning breeze as your balloon peacefully carries you above corridors of grapevines and between the rolling hills of one of the most magnificent valleys on Earth. Your experienced and knowledgeable pilot will act as your guide, welcoming questions and pointing out local points of interest and beauty of the Valley. After this thrilling flight, revel in a delicious champagne brunch, then return to the Carneros Inn – your driver will be waiting to whisk you back to the airport at the appropriate time ahead of your flight home.
DAY 4: Return by private car to the airport for your onward flight.
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Carneros Inn: Situated in California’s picturesque wine country, only an hour from San Francisco, The Carneros Resort and Spa is the ideal setting for a romantic getaway. A luxurious Napa Valley retreat, the resort was designed to provide an intimate atmosphere that seamlessly blends into its pristine natural surroundings. Nestled among 28 acres of seemingly endless rows of grape vines, bucolic Napa farmland and scenic apple orchards, Carneros Resort and Spa’s design takes cues from the local countryside – including barns, silos and ranchers’ cottages – combined with stylish resort accommodations and modern interiors to capture the region’s distinct charm.