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6 Day Northern California & Wine Country Fly & Drive


Independent Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Chicago-San Francisco
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 5 nights accommodations (room only or room & breakfast)
    • 3 nights Sonoma
    • 2 nights San Francisco
  • Selected hotels - breakfast and parking - click here for details
  • 4 day car rental: Economy (Chevy Aveo or similar). Upgrade to other categories available
  • Car rental includes: Unlimited mileage, Roadside Assistance, all sales taxes, surcharges, and fees

Vehicle Options
Economy - Chevy Aveo or similar

Economy - Chevy Aveo or similar

  • 1-3 passengers
  • 2 Large Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Air Conditioning
Intermediate - Hyundai Elantra or similar

Intermediate - Hyundai Elantra or similar

  • 1-5 Passengers
  • 3 Large Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Air Conditioning
Full Size - Chevy Malibu or similar

Full Size - Chevy Malibu or similar

  • 1-5 Passengers
  • 4 Large Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Air Conditioning
Full Size SUV - Ford Explorer or similar

Full Size SUV - Ford Explorer or similar

  • 1-5 Passengers
  • 3 Large Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Air Conditioning

SAMPLE ITINERARY
The following are suggested sites that can be visited en route to your hotel.

DAY 1, Tuesday - Arrive in San Francisco, Drive to Wine Country
Welcome to San Francisco! Proceed to the Rental Car Center to pick up your car and begin your vacation in California. Drive north to the rolling golden hills of Sonoma, birthplace of wine in California, known for fragrant vineyards and landscapes of trellised grapevines. The scenic drive takes you through historic and picturesque towns like the culinary boomtown of Yountville, known for the famed French Laundry Restaurant, and the spa town of Calistoga Hot Springs, home to the legendary Old Faithful Geyser. Stop along the way at prestigious wineries and restaurants before your descent into the wine country with its spectacular views. Tonight, we suggest you experience some of the area’s fine cuisine coupled with excellent California wine
Drive Time: 1-2 hours*
Distance: 60 miles*
Overnight: Sonoma

DAY 2, Wednesday - Full day in Sonoma
A full day to enjoy all of the delights of this area. There are so many winery tours and wine tastings to choose from -- and so much to do. Now a food lover’s paradise, the area restaurants have introduced diverse tasting menus in all price ranges. Visit the historic attractions in Sonoma, rich with 19th century buildings. There is time to discover the many boutiques, gift shops, antique stores, galleries and the many seasonal farmers’ markets. The region is also known for its natural beauty with many outdoor activities such as canoeing on the Russian River, hiking along the rural roads, horseback riding, or bicycling along the scenic trails. In the evening, after a world-class dinner, delight in a performance at the Napa Opera House or take in some jazz and enjoy the lively downtown nightlife
Overnight: Sonoma

DAY 3, Thursday - Full day in Sonoma
Enjoy a second day to discover the wine lands of Sonoma. Be sure to make reservations at the more popular wineries for their tours or tastings and at the most popular restaurants. Consider a Hot Air Balloon ride affording breathtaking panoramic views, ending with a Champagne Brunch, or, visit the 400-acre wildlife sanctuary in an open-air jeep. If you want to turn the driving over to a train conductor then take the Napa Valley Wine Train, which runs a scenic route between Napa and St. Helena on restored railroad cars. In Sonoma, you can explore buildings from California’s Spanish and Mexican past and some wineries have cellars or tasting rooms dating back to the late 1800s. To learn more about Napa winemaking, visit the Rubicon Estate; walk through the old and charming ivy-covered château. Tonight, more wine and restaurant tastings await you
Overnight: Sonoma

DAY 4, Friday - Drive to San Francisco
Morning drive from the Sonoma Valley to San Francisco Airport. Perhaps try an alternate route. Return your vehicle and independently transfer to your hotel in San Francisco. This afternoon, begin your discovery of this beloved “City by the Bay.” The best way to see San Francisco is on foot combined with public transportation. This afternoon stroll around Union Square, complete with people watching, window-shopping and views of the astonishing architecture. Continue on to Chinatown, the largest of its kind in North America, with its open markets, storefront temples and hundreds of stores displaying Asian wares. Enjoy dinner tonight at one of the many restaurants or Dim-Sum shops
Drive Time: 1-2 hours*
Distance: 60 miles*
Overnight: San Francisco

DAY 5, Saturday - Full day in San Francisco
Explore unforgettable San Francisco today. The options are endless. Take a stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and watch the sea lions in the Bay. You can set sail and cruise to notorious Alcatraz, the maximum security prison in the Bay where you can walk the cell blocks where the Birdman of Alcatraz and Al Capone spent time. See the breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge before continuing to Golden Gate Park. Ride a Cable Car and enjoy the views and the steep hills…it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss. If you’re in the mood for delicious chocolates, then head to the early 20th century complex of Ghiradelli Square with its chocolate and souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. Other not-to-be-missed visits include the famous San Francisco Zoo, Haight-Ashbury and the Mission District. Tonight, your choice of fine restaurants, concerts and performances await all over the city. For live music try the cosmopolitan North Beach area
Overnight: San Francisco

DAY 6, Sunday - Return Home
Dependent on your schedule, enjoy more time at leisure in San Francisco or transfer independently to the airport for your return flight

*Please consider that the driving times and distances are estimated and that they can vary because of many circumstances, such as, specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    San Francisco Hop On/Hop Off Tour - 2 Day Pass

    Day #1 01 Aug 2013 - 31 Dec 2014         $44
    See San Francisco at your own pace on a two-day tour! From historical sites to modern San Francisco architecture, this tour uncovers the beauty and culture of the Bay Area. Complete with live narration, this is a fantastic and easy way to see all the sights San Francisco has to offer. This hop-on-hop-off tour is taken on the most modern, comfortable and environmentally friendly double-decker buses in the city and stops at all of the major attractions, including the towering Golden Gate Bridge, bustling Fisherman’s Wharf, coloful Haight Ashbury and the lively neighborhoods of Chinatown and North Beach.

    Tour departs every 20-30 minutes from Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden State Park, Chinatown Gate & Alcatraz Landing between 9am - 4pm. Ticket valid for 48 hours, tour runs on continuous loop. Drop off at any of the stops along the tour route.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    *Not Included:
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    Additional Information:
    Selected hotels - breakfast and parking - click here for details

    Plan B: Upgrades to the Doubletree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country and the Best Western Tuscan Inn are available.


    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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