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“A great way to visit the "wine country" of Napa and Sonoma”

Tower Tours - San Francisco Sightseeing Specialist
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The Ultimate Wine Experience Day Trip to Napa and Sonoma
Ranked #22 of 113 Food & Drink in San Francisco
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Tower Tours is your #1 Choice for Sightseeing in and around San Francisco! Choose from the Grand City Tour, Muir Woods Tour, Wine Country Tour, Monterey & Carmel Tour, Twilight Tour, Yosemite Tour and more! Tower Tours also offers tour packages to include Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bay Cruise, Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39, and the Exploratorium. Come by and book a tour today!
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

On a recent visit to SF, we decided to combine a little wine tasting with our visit sto AT&T Park for baseball. Since we had such a good time doing this a few years back with another tour company, our hopes were high for a second successful adventure.

Our driver picked us up at our hotel on time and we were surprised to see only one other couple on this very large bus. After making a few other stops we arrived at the bus depot near Fisherman's Wharf and joined a full busload of other wine enthusiasts from all over the world.

We did not know in advance which wineries we would visit, so we hoped to visit some of the 450 available that we had not seen. Luckily, two of the three stops were to new vineyards. We visited the area's only "all organic" Madonna Winery in Napa (the only repeat from our previous trip) and enjoyed our tour and tasting. The trip then continued to Sutter Home, followed by a lunch-time stop in Yountville. The final visit was to Sebastiani Winery in Sonoma, our favorite of the three.

Our driver was knowledgeable and courteous. He attempted to engage us in conversation throughout our travels but most found the moments in between to be more relaxing...especially after imbibing so many types of wine during the 8-hour trip!

The only negative experience was the trip back to the city to deposit all the passengers back to their hotels. I guess we should have been prepared since we were picked up early in the day, but we weren't expecting the 1 and 1/2 hour ordeal to get back to our downtown hotel near AT&T Park. The driver had a great deal of trouble navigating around the crowded city and was not always familiar with the quickest route to reach the myriad of hotels. We found ourselves circulating in the same neighborhoods numerous times.

Despite the above, we enjoyed our trip and have already recommended it to several of our friends planning to visit San Francisco.

Thank PhilsFans
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

Not enjoyable at all as we were let down by the bus driver/tour guide. As his English was poor it was difficult to follow his commentary. We quickly worked out that "fisherma war" was Fisherman's Wharf and "her-kwey" was earthquake but "famu dist" took longer to translate to "famous district". These are only examples but there were many others as part of his non-stop diatribe. Although we recognised many of the words as English, it was difficult to understand their context. Eventually we simply "tuned out" and watched the city glide by as did other customers who we spoke to.

Thank David_B_UK
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

Took the full day wine country tour to Napa and Sonoma. Booked through Guideyou.com, so the price was only $69 instead of $75. Their shuttle bus picked me up from my hotel on time, and after a few more pick ups took us to the Tower office, whcih was the departure point. I liked the way they kept the hotel pickup shuttle separate from the tour, as we all started out the tour together and it made getting to know fellow travelers easier. Our guide (Walter, I think...) was fantastic - he mixed his knowledge of the area with a bit of humour and made sure we knew where we were off to next, what would happen at each place, etc. He made the day a lot of fun (and the alcohol helped as well).

The tour visited three very different wineries, and stopped for lunch in Sonoma. Walter pointed out where there were more wine tastings available in town for those who wanted to use some of the time for that - in fact he pointed out options for different types of dining, shopping, wine tasting, etc as we came into town so the lunch break was as valuable as the rest of the tour.

Thanks for a great day - I was growing disillusioned with SF until I took this tour.

Thank Ozaqua
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

We went on the wine country and monterrery tours. In both tours I loved how they picked us up from our hotel in San Francisco.
Napa and sonoma tour: mediocre wineries, they took us to Madonna, Sutter Homes, and Sebastiani. Really bland flavors but we did get to taste a lot of wines at each one. Our tour guide was ok (all the tour guides say their name is "tour guide" so we cant name tour guides). I dont remember anything of interest that he said but I dont think he was bad either. Fairly heavy accent. They gave us an hour for lunch in a place were we had some choices to find something good.

Monterrey and Carmel by the Sea: This tour guide was very good and very knowledgeable. The weather was bad so the drive down wasnt that pretty. the fog was so heavy that you couldnt see much. We stopped in Castroville on the side of the road at a farmstand on the way down. This was great because we are big artichoke fans. We did not get much time in Monterrey and then got a little lost on the way back to the bus and were 7 minutes late (and not a second more). The bus was leaving without us and we only caught it because we overshot the bus location and flagged it down by the side of the road. Be sure to leave your phone number with the tour company before you leave so this doesnt happen to you. We stopped at Gilroy (Garlic capital of the world) on the way back which was a nice surprise stop.

Thank rachelia18
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

We signed up for a half day trip to Muir Woods and Sauasalito. We were picked up at our hotel on time in a nice bus. Arrived at the tour center for a quick sign up. Left on time with a wonderful guide- "CURLY". He's been doing this for 20 years. Very informative, even a poet of sorts! Tour stops were just as advertised.
All went well for us-trouble free and pleasant. Will use them again!

Thank lermndo
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