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Redwood & Wine Rendezvous: A Tailored Journey through Muir Woods & Wine Country Magic

The Perfect Getaway – An Epic Day Trip to Muir Woods & California Wine Country Entrance Fees & Wine Tasting Included

Trip Highlights

  • Free pick-up and drop-off at your in San Francisco downtown
  • 100% customized private tour
  • Venture over the Golden Gate Bridge with many of photo stops
  • Wine tasting fees and Muir Woods parking reservation included
  • Journey through Tennessee and Mill Valleys in Marin County
  • Check out Muir Woods National Monument
  • Be amazed by Muir Woods’ giant redwoods from the ancient past
  • Cruise on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway 1 and explore Muir Beach overlook
  • See California wine country, including the laid-back Sonoma Valley
  • Explore Sonoma’s historic downtown—the Birthplace of California statehood
  • Enjoy a private seated wine tasting experience (up to five wines included)
  • Savor delicious red and white wine while taking in the majestic scenery of Sonoma Valley
  • Check out Carneros wine region—the land of chardonnay and pinot noir
  • Partake in Sonoma Plaza’s international cuisine, a four-seasons culinary destination
  • Discover Sonoma Plaza’s olive oil, cheese, and chocolate tasting rooms and saloons
  • Shop at Sonoma Downtown Plaza, a Spanish-style premier shopping destination
  • Side trip to Sausalito, a one-of-a-kind Mediterranean-style coastal town, and take the ferry back to San Francisco (optional)
  • Conclude this exciting adventure with a drop-off right at your hotel!

What are the top reasons why booking this exclusive full-day combo tour is an excellent choice?

Why fret about winery bookings, packed Muir Woods lots, or ticket hassles? Our exclusive private tour covers Muir Woods permits, fees, and delightful wine tasting—ensuring an effortlessly thrilling full day private adventure! We take the wheel, manage every detail, and guarantee a stress-free journey, saving your time and money. Unwind, let loose, and allow us to curate an unforgettable, joy-filled excursion just for you! While it might seem a tad pricier, consider the soaring costs of Muir Woods and wine tastings lately. Embrace the value: taxes, parking—all included in this extraordinary full-day private tour. No shared costs, only sheer exclusivity—because your experience matters!

Exclusive Experience: Enjoy a private and personalized journey tailored specifically to your preferences, ensuring an exclusive and intimate exploration.
Worry-Free Arrangements: Leave the logistics to us! We handle all reservations, including Muir Woods permits, wine tasting fees, and parking, saving you time and eliminating stress.
Expert Guidance: Benefit from a knowledgeable guide providing insights and anecdotes about Muir Woods' history, winemaking, and local culture, enhancing your overall experience.
Customizable Itinerary: Tailor the tour to your liking. Whether it's spending more time among the ancient redwoods or indulging in specific wineries, it's your day, your way.
Hassle-Free Transportation: Sit back and relax as we take care of driving through scenic routes, ensuring a comfortable and safe journey.
Value for Money: Despite the initial cost, the tour covers Muir Woods and wine tasting fees—expenses that have risen considerably—making it a cost-effective option.
Exclusive Attention: Unlike shared tours, this private experience grants undivided attention from your guide, providing in-depth information and answering all your queries.
No Crowds, No Rush: Enjoy the freedom to explore at your pace, avoiding crowded buses or rushed schedules, maximizing your enjoyment of each stop.
Memorable and Unique: Create lasting memories with a tailored adventure combining the awe-inspiring nature of Muir Woods with the elegance of California's wine country.
Absolute Privacy: Travel only with your group, ensuring privacy and a more intimate experience ideal for families, couples, or close friends.
Booking this private tour guarantees a hassle-free, personalized, and unforgettable journey, making the most of your visit to Muir Woods and the California wine region.

Private Tour Description

Embark on a tailored adventure blending nature's marvels and wine country enchantment! Our Redwood Rendezvous is your key to an epic day trip. Picture this: a seamless start with hotel pickup, cruising over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and exploring Muir Woods' ancient redwoods. Discover Muir Woods' ancient giants—trees over 1,200 years old! Amidst this verdant paradise, Bridge 1 awaits, guiding your exploration. Your private guide ensures a treasure trove of stories and tips, uncovering Muir Woods' history and trails. Prepare to be amazed, as the magic of these ancient woods captivates you.

But that's just the beginning! This exclusive journey seamlessly transitions to California's celebrated wine country. Discover Sonoma Valley's laid-back charm and historic downtown, the Birthplace of California Statehood. Sip on exquisite wines during a private tasting, taking in the breathtaking valley views. Indulge in international cuisine at Sonoma Plaza, a culinary haven. Explore tasting rooms offering olive oil, cheese, and chocolate delights. A shopping spree at Spanish-style Plaza is the perfect finale!

We've got you covered—all-inclusive with pickup, Muir Woods reservations, wine tasting, and tax. Experience this tailored journey, ensuring a relaxed, guided tour at every stop. Say goodbye to the hassle of crowded tours. Join us on this unforgettable day adventure, ending with a drop-off right at your hotel, making memories that last a lifetime!

Trip Itinerary

Looking for an unforgettable day out in California? Our full-day private tour is tailor-made for nature enthusiasts, wine aficionados, and families. Ditch the overwhelm of planning and dive into an authentic experience of California's top spots. Explore the ancient Muir Woods National Monument and soak up the charm of California’s renowned wine country, hassle-free.

This tour offers the ideal day out for nature enthusiasts, wine lovers, and foodies—and even families with kids. If you’re seeking a quality over quantity and want to enjoy a true authentic experience of some of California’s key highlights, join us on this full-day private tour. You’ll experience a personalized and relaxed journey to Muir Woods National Monument coupled with a visit to California’s famous wine country.

California wine country is a must-see on many visitors’ lists, however it can be an overwhelming prospect for first-time visitors, due to the hundreds of wineries and attractions on offer. For this reason, we present this private and personalized trip itinerary to make your wine country tour both memorable and hassle-free. We will take care of Muir Woods Park reservations, parking, and entrance fees as well as booking the best winery for you in Sonoma Valley with tasting included.

Skip the commercial wineries and crowded bus tours and instead take a private combo tour designed to suit your needs. Unlike on group and public bus tours, you’ll enjoy a guided tour at every stop in each wine region and town—so you won’t miss a thing!

Note: Included in this combo tour are all applicable taxes; Muir Woods National Monument parking reservation and your wine tasting fees; free pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in downtown San Francisco or Fisherman’s Wharf ; and a private custom tour with a local passionate tour guide in a luxury vehicle.

8:40 a.m.: Pickup and drive from San Francisco to Muir Woods. Your private tour starts with a meet and greet at your hotel in San Francisco. Your driver will then take you across the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to Muir Woods National Monument, located 30 minutes’ drive away.

9:30 a.m.: Upon arrival at Muir Woods National Monument, your private tour guide will assist you to purchase tickets (at the Main Entrance, see the Travel Tips below for more information). Then your guide will take you inside the Muir Woods ancient forest to Bridge 1. Along the way, your guide will provide useful recommendations, all kinds of information, plus some handy tips about Muir Woods’ history, hikes, and loops. You’ll have everything you need to know to decide what to see and do in the park.

What to see and do at Muir Woods National Monument? Once in Muir Woods, you’ll see thousand-year-old, resplendent, and breathtaking trees. The deep, verdant, and unspoiled old growth of redwood forest will leave you feeling amazed. This is one of the last ancient redwood forests remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area. Made up of 558 acres, the woods contain redwood trees that are over 1,200 years old!

On this tour, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Muir Woods National Monument. Your tour guide will accompany you to at least to Bridge 1. Along the way, your guide will explain everything you need to know about the history of this attraction, plus your options for walking trails and loops. Most of the options are easy and self-explanatory. You’ll also receive a free detailed map of the woods with your ticket. The main entrance is located next to Bridge 1. A gift shop, café (food court), and restroom facilities are open to the public.

Hiking/Walking: There are 6 miles of trails within Muir Woods National Monument. There’s an option for all ages and abilities, from an easy half-mile to one mile, or two miles. All can be completed within one hour depending on your pace:

The 1/2-hour accessible flat loop is an easy option to get an overview of the best redwoods in the park.
There’s also a 1-hour loop.
The longest loop on the Muir Woods Main Trail is 2 miles long, with a minor elevation gain of 90 feet. It journeys past Cathedral Grove and up to Bridge 4, where you can cross over and trek uphill to the Hillside Trail, which brings you back to Bridge 2.
Note: This loop contains rugged dirt paths and goes up and down hills.
There is no cell signal or Wi-Fi available in Muir Woods.

Most recommended loop in Muir Woods: The most popular Muir Woods trail and the one we recommend is the main trail. This is a paved boardwalk between Bridge 1 and Bridge 3, and it takes under an hour at a slow pace. The trail loops around the redwood creek and returns to the main entrance and parking lot, so you can easily meet back up with your tour guide there.

What makes the redwoods so special? California’s coastal redwood trees date back as far as 65 million years ago—yes, that’s when some of the last dinosaurs roamed the earth! These are the world’s tallest trees. Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area are the only places in the world you can see these trees. As John Steinbeck portrayed so perfectly: “The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. They are ambassadors from another time.”

11:30 a.m.: Drive to Muir Beach Overlook along California's Pacific Coast Highway. This jaw-dropping cliffside trail and lookout allows you to take in Muir Beach, the Pacific Ocean, and Marin County’s imposing coastline. Your tour guide will take you on a short walk to a hanging cliff vista point to see the very best views
(Note: This walk is optional, and time and weather permitting).

12:45 p.m.: After approximately 70 minutes’ drive from Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County, you’ll arrive at Sonoma Valley Wine Country. We’ll head to the historic. Sonoma Plaza —the birthplace of the statehood of California and known as “the happiest place in California”!
Sonoma Plaza is located at the heart of Sonoma wine country, and it’s a prominent high-end shopping and four seasons culinary destination. This historic shopping district comprises charming adobe storefronts, monuments, a Spanish mission, meandering alleyways (paseos), sunlit courtyards, significant landmarks, tasting rooms, cafes, jewelry stores, gift shops, artisan boutiques, and galleries, plus an astonishing array of local and international restaurants.
Taste your way through the plaza—there’ll be samples of cheese, chocolate, and olive oil on offer. For wine and beer lovers, there are over a dozen wine tasting rooms and a distillery, breweries, and saloons just waiting for you to come are try their wares.

Lunch Break: All options are covered at Sonoma Plaza, from a quick and simple bite to delis and fine dining. Note: Prior booking is not required as 99% of the restaurants and wine tasting rooms allow walk-in guests. We do not work on commission and leave our clients full freedom to choose their favorite cuisine and restaurants.

Some of the top restaurants on the plaza include:
Della Santina's Trattoria—authentic Italian
El Dorado Kitchen—California farm produce
La Salette—contemporary Portuguese
Maya or La Casa—Mexican
The Girl and the Fig—fine French-California cuisine (Advance booking required; please book for 1:15 p.m.)

Some other lunch options: The French Basque Boulangerie & Café (sandwiches and pastries); the Taste of the Himalayas (Tibetan, Nepali, and Indian); The Swiss Hotel Restaurant (Italian and American, plus old-world bar); Sunflower Café (salads, sandwiches, and many vegetarian options); The Sonoma Cheese Factory (casual barbecue, sandwiches, cheese, gelato, and has a gift shop) Your private tour guide can offer additional lunch options as needed. Perhaps you’d like to visit a hilltop winery in Sonoma Valley where you select your favorite food from their marketplace and enjoy your meal outdoors? In the summer, some of the wineries we work with allow our clients to visit their luxury winery and enjoy delicious pizzas fresh from wood-fired ovens.

2:45 p.m.: After your lunch break at Sonoma Plaza, you’ll visit an authentic winery and enjoy a private, seated wine tasting experience. You’ll be presented with an array of premium local red and white wines. As you sip, take in the glorious views of Sonoma Valley vineyards and gorgeous rolling hills. Note: Wine tasting fees are included in the tour price.

3:45 p.m.: Leave the winery and return to San Francisco. Complimentary drop-off at your San Francisco hotel at around 5:00 p.m. is included in the tour package. We also offer an optional stop at Sausalito, a Mediterranean-style coastal town located just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco in Marin County. A relaxing stroll in this charming coastal town is the perfect way to cap up your fun-filled day. Replete with history, culture, and quaint waterfront storefronts, seafood eateries, and wine tasting rooms, there’s plenty to see and do. You can stay an hour or enjoy the rest of the day—perhaps ending with a romantic meal by the water.

We don’t drive through Sausalito unless you wish to stop there to take the ferry back to San Francisco. If you do choose to enjoy the optional stop in Sausalito, you will need to arrange your own transport back to your hotel. There are plenty of choices. You may return on your own to San Francisco by ferry. Alternatively, you can take a cab or Uber.

Note: Ferry tickets, cab or Uber costs are not included in the tour package once we drop you off. We highly recommend adding overtime hours at discounted rates to enjoy more quality time in the wine country and the stop at Sausalito.

FAQs &Travel Tips:

Unraveling Wine Country: Your Perfect Tasting Journey Awaits!

Welcome to a tasting experience unlike any other! Immerse yourself in 3 to 5 delectable wines, set in a private or semi-private ambiance. With our all-inclusive package covering reservations, taxes, and tasting fees, indulge worry-free in a remarkable wine adventure!
In today's dynamic winery landscape, securing your spot is essential. Pandemic adjustments mean wineries sell out weeks ahead and tasting fees have soared. But fear not! We've got your back—your tasting fees are on us!
Dive into Sonoma Valley, the heart of California's history, away from bustling Napa. Enjoy more quality moments in our 8-hour tour, spending a blissful hour at a winery and another exploring the charming downtown—perfect for culinary explorers and wine connoisseurs.
Discover authentic downtown eateries welcoming walk-ins, offering flexibility around your tasting escapades. And guess what? Most boutique wineries at Sonoma Plaza embrace impromptu visitors for added tasting pleasures.
Worry less, taste more! Our expertly curated tour often finds the first winery experience ample for most guests. Trust our planning process as we navigate famous wineries like Buena Vista, Gundlach Bundschu, and many more.
For your tour, we’ll select the best option based on winery availability and location. Our aim is to maximize your quality time inside a winery instead of spending too much time driving. Get the very best out of your wine tasting adventure by trusting us to take care of all the details for a worry-free and fun getaway.
There is no bad time to visit Muir Woods, as the weather is usually stable there—never too hot and never too cold! It can be cool and foggy in the summer, though, so dress warmly and layer up. Winter is the rainy season (late October – early April) and during this period we recommend a rain jacket (windbreaker), sneakers or hiking shoes for the trails, and an umbrella just in case.
Regarding Muir Woods National Monument and entrance tickets. The National Park service charges $15 per person and the cost keeps going up, don’t you worry that’s included as well in this full day private tour.
Important: Please book your Muir Woods tour in advance (weeks or months). Muir Woods became one of the first national parks to require advance booking of commercial and parking permits to enter this area. Note that this refers to parking permits organized by the tour company, not entrance tickets. Booking early assists us to organize these permits in advance.
The itinerary may shift based on your pick-up time, road, or weather conditions. When it is rainy or foggy, we may have to skip some areas/places due to safety considerations, lack of visibility, or because of park and/or road closure.
Many sites, attractions, and neighborhoods on this tour restrict access to large vehicles and vans, including locations like Muir Beach and Muir Beach Overlook. Tours like this one often offer the only access for groups to visit these places.
Unfortunately, our vehicles are not pet-friendly and are not equipped to accommodate passengers with disabilities or wheelchair needs.
Smoking is not allowed in our vehicles.
Most visitors who add a second winery end up skipping it. This is typically due to lack of time or because they’re satisfied with the wine varietals enjoyed at the first winery—i.e., the wine starts tasting the same on their palate or perhaps they feel a bit too tipsy. We recommend you consider this likelihood when thinking of adding a second tasting.
All wineries require booking weeks and months in advance (no walk-ins, especially in the summer). Book your tour with us ASAP so we can secure the best time slot and winery for you. The pandemic has led to restrictions on visitor numbers as well as staff shortages, plus significant price increases (double or even triple, depending on the winery), with wine tasting fees now ranging between $40 to $150 per person and per winery.

Tour Prices

This custom tour is conducted by luxury SUV with a professional tour guide
The trip is totally private and the price is per person.

Tour by Luxury SUV 1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons
$938 $469 $369 $309 $279 $259 $229

This tour is totally private and conducted luxury van (deluxe minibus).
The price is per party (per group) and not per person (this is not a public tour you can join)

1 to 5 persons 6 to 7 persons 8 to 10 persons 11 to 12 persons 13 to 14 persons By VAN (minibus)
$1,749.00 $1,999.00 $2,329.00 $2,419.00 $2,599.00

Included: Pick-up and drop off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf or Sausalito, all applicable taxes, a private 8-hour guided combo tour of Muir Woods Napa or Sonoma Valley from 9 am to 5 pm (and totally customizable).

Not included: The price does not include wine tasting fees, Muir Woods tickets, meals, driver’s gratuity (it’s customary to tip the tour guide 15% in the US) overtime and all optional activities or entrance fees.

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