Napa Wine tour packages are highly recommended especially for first-time visitors. It’s because of their fixed price and itinerary. The set pricing will leave new tourists more room for adjusting their budget, and the established itinerary will bring them to the places that they’re meant to visit. Often, these tour packages come with tourist guides who will stand as a chaperon for the visitors.

Budding oenophiles (a connoisseur of wines) who are about to visit the Napa Valley often look out for special offers. Some hotel operators in the region offer vacation packages that include (but are not limited to) luxury transportation to pick the visitors up from the hotel, wine tours, gourmet picnic-style lunches, breakfasts/lunches/dinners, massage and spa, and other amenities apart from the stay at the suites.

The Napa Valley Wine Train has fabulously-restored 18th-century railroad cars which also serve as an upscale mobile restaurant. The operators offer wonderful special packages for guests who wish to board this antique train. These package range from round-trip transportation from San Francisco to Napa, accommodations to partner hotels and inns, wine tours, wine-tasting, and of course a gourmet lunch or dinner aboard the train.

Many hot air balloon operators also offering their own Napa wine tour packages to entice more customers. At Balloons Above the Valley (BATV), we have a line of sunrise hot air balloon and wine tour packages that are reasonably-priced for the average first-timer in Napa:

1. Sunrise Balloon Flight & Brunch ($209 per person)
The base package that’s perfect for every first-time tourist Napa (especially when visiting solo). It starts with a breakfast, then followed by the hot air balloon flight and ends with a celebration with delicious seasonal buffet-style brunch and a sparkling wine.

2. Sunrise Balloon Flight – Champagne Brunch – Wine Tour ($608 for two people)
It includes pre-flight breakfast, a sunrise hot air balloon flight, and post-flight brunch celebration.

After that, it will be followed by a six-hour wine tour. You could do the wine tours either immediately after the post-flight brunch or do them the second day.

3. San Francisco Balloon & Wine Tour Package ($836 for two passengers)
This two-day package is perfect especially if you’re staying in San Francisco and want to explore the outskirts. Itineraries on the first day include a 7-hour wine tour from San Francisco in a limo bus, onboard breakfast with mimosa, visits to two wineries in Napa and two in Sonoma, and gourmet picnic lunch at one of the wineries.

The second day will be devoted to the hot air balloon flight. After the balloon flight and post-flight brunch, guests will have the option whether to go shopping and sightseeing before taking the ferry to San Francisco, or to sail back to the city right away.

Aside from that, there are a lot of other things that you may have to consider: the type of wineries or restaurants you’d like to visit, and other activities you’d like to do or other events that you’d like to attend. It’s natural that there has been so much going on in your head when planning to visit the Wine Country for the first time.

However, the attractive Napa wine tour packages such as those from Balloons Above the Valley will be the most convenient option for newcomers. Balloons Above the Valley makes sure that their first-time experience will be a fun and memorable one — and may encourage another visit!