Napa Valley

Indulge your senses as you enjoy the aromas & flavors of fine wines & gourmet foods. Awaken your spirit & relax in the serene landscape found only in Napa Valley, CA.

Napa Valley, Sonoma, Calistoga…wine country.

Join us on this trip to CA’s wine country. We’ll tour renowned vineyards, sample exquisite wines in the Napa region, & then relax in the world-class spas of Calistoga.

 4 Days/3 Nights
$1150+ Air/Per Person, Based on Double Occupancy
Deposit: $250 (Non-refundable unless tour is cancelled by Thompson Travel Tours)

Itinerary:
Day 1:
Fly to San Francisco, CA & travel through the beautiful, rolling hills of Northern CA to reach the acclaimed Napa Valley area.   Check in to to our hotel, the AVIA Napa, a Hyatt Hotel.  This 141-room boutique hotel is located in downtown Napa & provides an excellent location to explore all that the region has to offer.  The hotel is within minutes of many gourmet dining options, galleries, shops & 15 local tasting rooms featuring some of the finest regional wines.  (See complete accommodation details by clicking here!)

Our hotel in Napa

Guest Room at the Avia

Spend the evening relaxing by the fire…

Freshen up at the hotel & then indulge in our first gourmet meal of the trip at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone, Wine Spectator Restaurant.  We will watch our chef prepare a 4-course meal for us at the historic & beautiful castle which was once home to the Christian Brothers Winery.  No other destination in wine country offers a richer food & wine experience in one location than this!  (Culinary Institute of America, Greystone website)

Greystone

Terrace at Culinary Institute of Am., Greystone

Day 2:
We’ll have a VERY EARLY morning as we experience an incredible hot-air balloon ride over Napa Valley.  Included in this adventure is a pre-flight continental breakfast, brief orientation, transportation to launch-site, 1-hour balloon ride, post-flight champagne brunch, & certificate of ascension.
Click here for Napa Valley Balloons website!
Click here for link to Hot Air Balloon Tour Info!

Thrill of a lifetime…soaring over Napa

Following our post-flight champagne brunch, we’ll tour the winery of Domaine Chandon.  Take in the beautiful scenery, sculpted grounds with art displays & Napa’s only winery to boast a fine-dining restaurant, Etoile.
Click here for Domaine Chandon Website!

Domaine Chandon Winery

Next on our winery tour will be the historic & beautiful Beringer Vineyards with a tour, private tasting and time to wander the shops & estate.
Click here for Beringer Website! 

Beringer Brothers Mansion

Our final stop on our winery tour today will take us to the Darioush Winery.  The Visitor Center boasts a state of the art facility offering a unique one-on-one experience to taste the complete line of signature wines with options for indoor and outdoor seating. Six outdoor water features with fountains and one indoor rolling wall of water comprise some of the sights and sounds of the guest experience. Lush and varied landscaping creates a sequence of continuous gardens, which lead the visitors to the winery.  Visitors will be stunned by the beauty of this winery as the architecture transports you back in time to Persia.
Click here for Darioush Website!

Darioush Winery

VIsitor Center at Darioush Winery

We’ll end our evening where our day began…back at Domaine Chandon.  We’ll enjoy a gourmet meal at the only fine-dining restaurant at a winery in Napa, Etoile.  Afterwards, you can enjoy some quiet, leisure time at the hotel or simply drift off to sleep dreaming of your adventure-filled day.
Click here for complete Etoile Dining info!

Etoile Restaurant

Day 3:

Spend the morning at your leisure exploring the quaint surroundings of Napa, enjoy lunch at the hotel or stroll through the Oxbow Market, complete with their specialty merchants & culinary treasures (Click here for complete Oxbow Market website!) & then begin our drive to the beautiful  & quaint, Calistoga, where we’ll take an aerial tram to the Sterling Vineyard.  Sterling Vineyards offers fine wines, attractive tasting rooms, and warm hospitality, as well as a self-paced tour. There are no large group tours and no tight schedules—just a leisurely, pleasurable experience that includes the compelling southern vistas off the Sterling View Terrace, and, in winter months, the warmth of a huge fieldstone fireplace in the main tasting room.
Click here for Sterling Vineyards Website! 

Aerial Tram to Winery

Sterling Vineyards

Following our time at the vineyard, traveler’s will have free-time in Calistoga to take part in the activities that interest you most.  You can choose between relaxing in the famed hot springs and spas for which Calistoga is known world-wide (spa treatments can include massage, mud-baths, seaweed body wraps, etc.), simply enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee at one of the local Inn’s, wandering the shops of Calistoga, or taking in another winery (Castello di Amorosa, the Calistoga Castle! Click here for Castello di Amorosa Website!).  We will regroup for our final evening meal at Bottega, famed restaurant owned by Michael Chiarello, of Food Network & Next Iron Chef, Super Chefs fame. (Click here for Botegga’s Website!)

Calistoga Spa

Castello di Amorosa Winery

Chef Michael Chiarello

Day 4:
You’ll have time for one last walk through downtown Napa or purchasing last-minute souvenirs before driving back to San Francisco for our departure to Minneapolis.  We hope you are not only bringing back some favorite CA wines, but also memories that will last a lifetime!

Trip Price Includes:

  • 4 Days / 3 nights Accommodations at AVIA Napa, a Hyatt Hotel 
  • Transportation from San Francisco Airport to/from Napa
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride (including pre-flight continental breakfast, post-flight Champagne brunch)
  • Transportation to all vineyards/wineries on itinerary
  • Admission, Tour & Tasting at  Beringer, Domaine Chandon, Darioush & Sterling Wineries


Does NOT Include:

  • Airfare to San Francisco
  • Meals
  • Spa Services at Calistoga
  • Castello di Amarosa tour/tasting
  •  Personal Spending Money, Personal Purchases of wine

 

Space is limited so sign up today!  Register Here! 

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