If you haven’t been to Napa Valley or are a budding wine lover then you cannot pass up the chance to have your first wine tour near San Francisco. The “City by the Bay” is a good starting point for visiting neighboring areas such as the Napa Valley.
As a first-timer you most likely will want guided tours, especially if you do not have a fixed or planned itinerary of your own. If you also want some adventure on your first Napa wine tour, a sunrise hot air balloon ride would be a fantastic idea. Once you choose to include a hot air balloon adventure to your list, choose a hot air balloon operator with a wealth of experience, quality service, amazing wine tour packages, and great reputation with clients. These are some of the reasons why Balloons Above the Valley (BATV) has been chosen as the top hot air balloon operator for a lot of first-time visitors to Napa Valley who wish to include a hot air balloon ride with wine tours.
If you’re staying in San Francisco but would also like to visit the Wine Country, BATV has the San Francisco Balloon & Wine Tour Package. For only $836 per two passengers, experience the best wines and the best hot air balloon experience for two days!
Day one of this package consists of visits to two wineries in Napa and two in Sonoma. In the morning, a limo bus service courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Country Tours will arrive in San Francisco’s downtown to pick you and the other guests up. Then they’ll take you on your Wine Country journey! As you leave the city, enjoy on board-breakfast with a mimosa, as well as a stop-over at a vista point of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Discover the delectable differences between the Napa and Sonoma wines. Enjoy the chance for an olive oil tasting. Please yourself with a picnic-style lunch set against an idyllic country setting.
Day two will be the hot air balloon ride adventure! Before you actually take the flight, a wonderful breakfast consists of freshly baked pastries and Starbucks coffee awaits you and the other guests, at the lobby of the Napa Valley Marriott. A brief orientation from the hospitality staff follows, and after that you’ll be driven to the launch site!
As you arrive at the hot air balloon launch site, you might still be able to watch as the balloons are inflated. Once the preparations are done and you are comfortably settled in the spacious wicker basket, you are now ready to have the ride of your life!
Once the balloon leaves the ground you will gradually get to see the Napa Valley from a bird’s eye view. Be amazed by the immaculately-planted rows of the lush vineyards. Hills that look majestic from the ground now seem like little green mounds when viewed from the sky. Observe the angular roofs of the houses, hotels, and estates among the endless rows of vineyards. Don’t forget to bring your DSLR camera or your smartphone to snap up amazing pictures of the beautiful country surrounding Napa Valley.
After the one-hour balloon flight, you and your guests will celebrate the successful journey with a champagne brunch.
And that’s not the end! If you wish to do some shopping or sightseeing after the champagne brunch, our chauffeur will drop you off at either the Oxbow Public Market or The Napa Valley Premium Outlets, before being driven to the Ferry Terminal in Vallejo to take you back to San Francisco. You may also want to be transported directly to the ferry terminal after the brunch.
If you’re going to have a first wine tour near San Francisco, you might as well make it more special! Choose Balloons Above the Valley for your eventful and memorable first Napa Valley experience.