Adventure seekers who’d like to visit California wine country will find a number of tour operators offering opportunities that add elements of adventure, luxury, and convenience to the experience.
Float serenely above California’s wine country for a balloon tour just after sunrise. Views from the hot air balloon include the Pacific Coast, San Francisco’s skyline, the Redwood Forests, mountains, the Russian River and of course verdant vineyard.
Balloon tours vary depending on the tour operator, but include things like:
- Pre-flight continental breakfast
- Sunrise balloon flight
- Post Flight Champagne Breakfast
- Chauffeured limo wine tour
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off available if desired
Experience the vineyards from the seat of a bicycle. Bike tours can be self-guided or directed by a local guide depending on your preference. For a complete sensory experience, it’s a good idea to use a guide to enhance your knowledge of the vineyard-to-bottle process, and guides also ensure the bike you’re riding fits your body.
The emphasis of a bike tour is enjoying the scenery with the average distance between winery visits being around 3-6 miles. Bike tours offer plenty of fresh air, an up-close experience with the vineyards, and usually include a catered picnic lunch.
A number of train wine tours are available in California. It’s a great way to take in the scenery in comfort. All inclusive tours include accommodations for the night, the train ride, and a gourmet lunch or dinner for two, plus a tour of the wineries.
Saddle up for a wine-tasting tour and ride the open trail. You’ll learn about the rich history of California’s wine country and delectable wines at a variety of wineries. Private tours are available to those who want to customize their wine/ride times.
No matter how you choose to experience California’s wine country, it’s an adventure you’ll never forget.
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