Wine tours in San Francisco can make for either a quite fun side trip or a main vacation foray while you’re staying in the city. What could be a better way to spend a day of your holiday than at the outskirts of the city visiting to the beautiful Wine Country?
The twin valleys near San Francisco — Napa and Sonoma — are also both world-renowned wine regions in the United States. Needless to say, both are also popular tourist spots so if you’re staying in San Francisco you’ll want to make visits to the Wine Country one of the highlights of your trip. See the beautiful vineyards, visit wineries, enjoy wine-tasting, dine at some amazing restaurants, immerse yourself in the region’s local arts and culture, relax and get pampered at world-class spas, and do fun outdoor activities that range from biking to hiking to sunrise hot air balloon rides. There’s so much to do in the Wine Country than you can ever imagine.
If you choose hot air balloon rides, Balloons Above the Valley (BATV) should be your first choice. The pioneer company in providing hot air balloon rides, BATV is not just about hot air ballooning. It also offers wine tours in Napa and Sonoma and other perks that go along with them. Our tour packages are diverse and come in different itineraries and budget, which will leave you with more options!
Let’s explore three of BATV’s hot air balloon and wine tour packages:
1. Sunrise Balloon Flight and Champagne Brunch
This is the foundation upon which all other packages are created. Enjoy a pre-flight breakfast with freshly made Starbucks coffee and pastries to get you up and ready for what could be the ride of your life. Upon arriving at the hot air balloon site, hop into the basket and let the adventure unravel in front of your eyes!
Sure, you’ve seen spectacular views of the valleys when you’re on a hilltop at a winery, but seeing the vast expanse of the Napa Valley from up in the sky is truly incomparable. You will get to see the neat rows of grapevines that seem to form quilts or waves, the rolling hills and valleys, and majestic-looking mountains which may still be shrouded by clouds and fog. Hot air balloon flights are usually done in the early morning because the winds are more stable and gentle, and the air is cool which is suitable for this type of transportation.
Upon landing from the one-hour flight, you and the other guests will get to celebrate with a post-flight brunch consisting of delicious food and sparkling wine. You will be able to talk with the other guests about how amazing your flight was, to which they will definitely agree! It was such an awesome experience that you may want to do it again!
And best of all, enjoy the luxury at a price you can afford — only $209 per head — which will save you from spending on other attractions especially if you’re traveling to Napa on a budget.
2. Balloon and Wine Tour Package
This is like the Sunrise Balloon and Champagne Brunch, but wine tours are thrown in.
After the sunrise hot air balloon flight and the following brunch, you and the other guests will be transported to a wine tour. There, you will visit premium wineries and have the opportunity to taste their proprietary wines, and discover the process of winemaking from grapes to glass. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the wineries as well.
You have the option to either go on a wine tour immediately after the post-flight brunch, or do the wine tour the following day. The rate is only $608 per two guests.
3. San Francisco Balloon and Wine Tour Package
This package is especially tailored for visitors who spend their holidays in the San Francisco Bay Area. While staying in the city, they may want to explore the outskirts such as the wine regions in Napa and Sonoma. This is the perfect trip for honeymooning couples or a pair of friends who want to go on a getaway trip to the Wine Country.
This two-day package is priced at only $836 per two people — and with that rate you will get more than just exhilarating hot air balloon flights over the Napa Valley!
On the first day, you and the other guests will be transported to Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley for the wine tours. A limo bus which will take you to the Wine Country which offers luxury and comfort — not to mention an on-board breakfast with mimosa! Before leaving the country, the limo bus will first make a stop at the vista point of the Golden Gate Bridge where you will do some sightseeing and have a chance to take photos. Then the journey to and through the Napa and Sonoma valleys continue. Visit wineries, do wine-tastings and olive oil tastings, and enjoy a picnic-style lunch.
The hot air balloon flight takes place on the second day, along with the pre-flight breakfast and post-flight brunch. After the hot air balloon flight and the champagne brunch, you are given the option to do some last-minute shopping at the Oxbow Public Market or Napa Premium Outlets before being transported back to San Francisco via a ferry. Or you may prefer to be sent back to San Francisco by ferry immediately after the post-flight brunch.
No matter which of these three packages you choose, Balloons Above the Valley ensures that your wine tours in San Francisco will be extra fun and memorable.