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Best time to go: May to September
10 Nights | from £8,750pp
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- Take a VIP tour of San Francisco's thriving food scene, meeting the hottest chefs
- Explore the city's hippest neighbourhoods on a bespoke guided tour
- Taste the best vintages on exclusive visits to world-renowned wineries
- Pedal amid Sonoma Valley's gentle hills and neat vineyards
- Float above Napa Valley at dawn in a hot air balloon
Day 1 San Francisco
Welcome to sublime San Francisco, one of the world's most striking cities, and one of its most delicious –there's a well-established, thriving and diverse foodie scene here. From the luxurious St Regis, you're perfectly placed to taste it.
St Regis | Meals: Breakfast
Days 2 - 3 San Francisco
Delve straight in with an edible excursion along the Mission's Valencia corridor, a rapidly changing food landscape that's home to some of the trendiest new ventures. There'll be no queues, of course, and you'll meet the chefs and storeowners to gain the ultimate insider access. Take a tour of the city's many neighbourhoods too, from Lombard Street to Lincoln Park, Ocean Beach to Golden Gate Park, China Town to Fisherman's Wharf –it can be customised to suit your preferences and your palate.
St Regis | Meals: Breakfast
Days 4 - 6 Sonoma
Historic Sonoma, centered around a plaza built when this area was still part of Mexico, is at the heart of wine country. Head off from San Francisco –stopping for lunch at a lovely bistro en route –for a two-night stay at MacArthur Place, nestled amid the vines and vintners. Enjoy a private wine tour, visiting the vineyards of Repris and Kamen and the Donum Estate for exclusive tours and tastings. Then explore the leafy surrounds on a guided bike trip, learning some of Sonoma's history –and perhaps sampling more wines along the way.
MacArthur Place | Meals: Breakfast and wine tasting
Days 7 - 9 Yountville
Squeeze in private tours and tastings at two of the areas renowned estates, McKenzie Mueller Winery and Caldwell Vineyards, before continuing on to the foodie hub of Yountville. Your home here is the Bardessono Hotel, the self-proclaimed 'greenest luxury hotel in America', with an exciting restaurant and oodles of incredible design features. It's the perfect launchpad for a truly once-in-a-lifetime hot-air balloon flight –lift off at dawn to drift peacefully over the Napa Valley as the rising sun hits the vines below. After a revitalising brunch, explore Yountville on two wheels, cycling between the small inns and out into the fertile countryside beyond.
Bardessono | Meals: Breakfast
Day 10 San Francisco
Head back to San Francisco for your flight home –or extend your stay in the city.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 11 day suggested holiday will cost from £8,750 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights and private guiding throughout.
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At 38 times the size of the UK, there is always a part of the country having great weather. The peak season is from June to September.
British Airways fly to all the major cities in the States.
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