Tours & activities by JRL Enterprises from Viator

  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
From USD $223.99

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Enjoy wine and food galore on this Napa and Sonoma wine country tour, which gives you an exclusive insider's look at the culinary forces behind the famous Napa Valley Wine Train. On this exclusive Viator tour, available nowhere else, travel by luxury limo van from San Francisco to Sonoma for a private sparkling wine tasting at Gloria Ferrer winery and free time to explore historic downtown Sonoma. Gain special access to the Napa Valley Wine Train Culinary Arts Center – not open to the public – for a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour with the executive chef, and be the first to board the train to tour the onboard kitchen. Then, sit down to a gourmet lunch or dinner as you travel through gorgeous wine country.

Highlights

  • All-inclusive tour
  • Dinner included
  • Editor's Pick
  • Exclusive to Viator
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Small-group tour
This exclusive tour includes comfortable, carefree round-trip transport by luxury limo van from San Francisco to Napa and Sonoma, letting you skip the hassle of driving, taking the ferry or public transportation.

Depending on the time of year, you'll enjoy a gourmet lunch or dinner aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Both experiences are identical, simply with reverse itineraries and different time frames. Throughout your tour, your friendly, professional driver/guide will offer personalized service and provide commentary about the places you see.

See Itinerary for details of lunch and dinner tours and menus.

Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from San Francisco hotels
Departure Time:

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

Duration:
8 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

Pricing information

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Lunch Train
Code: LUNCH

Departs San Francisco at 8:30am

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USD $223.99
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Dinner Train
Code: DINNER

Departs San Francisco at 2pm

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USD $223.99
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Viator Exclusive: Private Napa Valley Wine Train Culinary Experience from San Francisco

Wine Train

Inclusions:
  • Glass of sparkling wine at Gloria Ferrer winery
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Napa Valley Wine Train and the Culinary Arts Center
  • Champagne, wine and appetizers during tour
  • 5-course dinner or 3-course lunch with wine on train (depending on season)
  • Transport by luxury limo van
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions:
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
Itinerary:
Dinner and Lunch Trains

Note, lunch includes a gourmet lunch instead of dinner, but the tour components are the same — just in reverse order of the example below.

Your first stop is Gloria Ferrer, a famous winery that specializes in sparkling wines as well as pinot noir and chardonnay. In fact, this celebrated winery was the first sparkling wine producer in Sonoma’s Carneros region. You'll be greeted by a private host with a glass of sparkling wine. Soak up the views of Sonoma's rolling hills and vineyards from the veranda as you sip this winery's signature bubbly. Hop back in your limo van and head to downtown Sonoma for an hour of free time to explore this charming, historic city at your leisure. Spend time popping into quaint boutiques and cafes, and don't miss Sonoma State Historic Park — the site of the northernmost Franciscan Mission in California and the birthplace of the California State Bear Flag. Or you can simply grab a coffee and sit at a picnic bench under a tree in Sonoma Square to soak up the atmosphere.

Afterward, you're taken to the Napa Valley Wine Train Culinary Arts Center, located in the train yard. This place is not open to the general public, but you'll get the exclusive opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen where all the train’s gourmet meals are prepared.

Entering a room with beautiful views of the Napa River and downtown Napa, you’ll be greeted by executive chef Donald Young (or the sous chef on the rare occasion Donald is not available) and taken on a tour of the kitchen to witness the hard work, creativity and skill that goes into every dish served on the train. Enjoy a glass of California sparkling wine and seasonal appetizers as you watch talented chefs working their magic — this experience has usually been reserved only for high-profile celebrities and executives!

You’ll be the first to board the Napa Valley Wine Train after your kitchen tour. Feel like a VIP as you're ushered to your seat with a taste of wine before the train departs and picks up the rest of general public at the standard boarding time.

Enjoy personalized service from your wait staff as you savor your multi-course meal. Large picture windows offer expansive views of the gorgeous hillsides and vineyards of California wine country.

When your train returns to the train depot you’re taken on a relaxing limo van ride back to San Francisco. You’ll be rewarded with views of the glittering city lights sweeping across the skyline as you travel over the Golden Gate Bridge, arriving back at your hotel at night.

Dinner Sample Menu

Appetizer
  • Cured meats, artisan cheeses and olives
First Course
  • Baby lettuce salad with candied walnuts and smoked goat cheese in a honey-cider vinaigrette
Intermezzo
  • Harlequin sorbet

Main Course (choose one)
  • Roasted beef tenderloin on black truffle potato cake with onion and cambozola cheese
  • Grilled salmon on fingerling potatoes and sautéed baby spinach in a coconut curry broth topped with a calamari salad
  • Mediterranean-style grilled lamp chop with fennel, spinach and sautéed potatoes in a red wine reduction sauce topped with an olive tapenade
  • Winter squash polenta with a spinach-ricotta portabella and yam-stuffed pepper in a tomato-basil coulis
  • Special of the Day (ask your waiter for seasonal specialties)
Dessert
  • Changes daily
Drinks
  • Coffee and tea (included)
  • Espresso, cappuccino, soft drinks, juices and mineral water (additional cost)
Lunch Sample Menu

First Course (choose one)
  • Baby lettuce salad with candied walnuts and smoked goat cheese in a honey-cider vinaigrette
  • Soup du jour
Main Course (choose one)
  • Roasted beef tenderloin on a black truffle potato cake with onion and cambozola cheese
  • Grilled pork tenderloin stuffed with wild mushroom polenta on vegetables in a truffle port reduction sauce
  • Coriander chicken breast in a wild mushroom pappardelle pasta with pesto
  • Grilled salmon on fingerling potatoes and sautéed baby spinach in a coconut curry broth topped with a calamari salad
  • Winter squash polenta with a spinach-ricotta portabella and yam-stuffed pepper in a tomato-basil coulis
Dessert
  • Changes daily
Drinks
  • Coffee and tea (included)
  • Espresso, cappuccino, soft drinks, juices and mineral water (additional cost)
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Robert H, USA, June 2014

This tour is over the top. One of the best experiences we ever had. It started being picked up by Bob our driver for the day in a Mercedes Luxury Bus as we headed to a wonderful winery specializing in Sparkling wines then from there on to downtown Sonoma for some shopping and sightiseeing. From there off to the Wine train commissary for a private tour with Chef Kelly McDonald, his assistant Robert and a waiter who has been with the train for 25 years. Being in the food business myself this was a thrilling experience with special orders prepared for us, crab cakes, salmom, ect. while our waiter was very attentive in pouring sparkling wine and keeping the chef on time. Chef also presented the four of us with a special bottle of wine that he autographed. We toured the preparation areas and then did a tour of the kitchen area on board the train. This is all done at the facilily that is blocks from the train station. We had a private boarding there and had a great time with the waiter assigned to us on board who gave us a variety of wines to taste. Now we started our 5 course dinner that was to die for, no kidding this was 5 star and after touring the facilities and seeing the ingredients used I knew why. Can you tell we really enjoyed it. Upon completing the approx. 3 hour train ride through the wine country we were greeted by our driver Bob for our private ride back to San Francisco. Altough it was a 10 hour day it was just amazing. It was worth every penney.
Bob H., Lisa, Melissa, John

Reviewed by: Usha M, December 2013

It was great. Just a few ideas. Sonoma stop was only 20 mins, wish it was a bit longer. The Wine train tour was the best. The food was amazing. Will do it again!