Napa Valley’s 6 Best Wine Tours | Travel

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A guided tour of Napa Valley will not only provide you with an experienced guide and knowledge of the region, but also a safe and easy way to explore while tasting the region’s finest wine. These tours, determined by US News to be among the best available based on expert feedback and tourist opinion, use a variety of transportation methods, from vans and trains to bicycles and hot air balloons. Whichever method you choose, you’re sure to see the best Napa has to offer. Plan to make it a day to drink it all, and remember that attendees must be 21 or older to visit.

Napa Valley Wine Trolley – Classic Tour

The Napa Valley Wine Trolley uses replicas of California’s iconic open-air cable cars to transport wine lovers through Napa Valley. Its classic six-hour tour stops at three wineries in the lower half of the valley; specific wineries vary from day to day. Drivers also serve as guides and provide information about the region and its most well-known product, and customers generally find them both very informative and entertaining. Tour departs from the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa at 10:00 AM daily, with select hotel pickups beginning earlier. Tickets are around $115 and include transportation and a packed lunch, but exclude winery tasting fees, which range from $20 to $30 per person.

Platypus Wine Tours – Napa Valley Joint Wine Tour

Platypus Wine Tours takes tourists to three wineries in the region for approximately 6.5 hours. Wineries visited are subject to availability and change from tour to tour, although they tend to be small, family-owned operations. Drivers/guides receive rave reviews for their expertise, professionalism and friendliness. Tours typically depart from a central Napa location (for those driving into Napa), but pickups from nearby hotels are also available. Group sizes vary from eight to 12 participants. Tickets start at $119 and include a picnic lunch at one of the stops as well as bottled water on board the bus. Tasting fees, which tend to cost around $15 at each winery, are not covered. Platypus also offers Sonoma Valley tours and private tours.

Experience the best of Napa’s scenery by bike, and taste delicious wine along the way, with a guided excursion from Napa Valley Bike Tours.(Courtesy of Napa Valley Bike Tours)

Napa Valley Bike Tours – Napa Valley Wine Tasting Bike Tour

Cycle through two different wineries on this 12-15 mile ride. Along the route, guides share information about the region and winemaking, and they are widely considered knowledgeable and helpful. If you’re not an experienced cyclist, take the advice of reviewers and upgrade to an e-bike. The outings, limited to 12 participants, begin each day at 9:30 a.m. and end around 3:30 p.m.; this includes bike assembly and riding instructions. Tickets start at $189 and include use of a bike and helmet and lunch, but not winery tasting fees, which can range from $30 to $40. E-bikes are available at an additional cost. Napa Valley Bike Tours also offers tours that include a hot air balloon ride.

Napa Valley Wine Country Tours – Join Napa Daily Wine Tours from Napa

You’ll visit three wineries, ranging from well-known vineyards to small, family-owned establishments, on this six-hour outing. Drivers, who generally prove to be both friendly and accommodating, provide insider information about the region on trips between wineries. In addition to drivers, travelers also enjoy selected wineries for the tour. Buses pick up tourists from Napa-area hotels between 10-11 a.m. and tours typically end around 4 p.m. Tickets cost around $120 and include a picnic lunch at one of the stops. tasting fees are not covered. Private tours are also available.

Napa Native Tours – Private Wine Tour

A lifelong Napa Valley resident organizes and leads this 6-hour private tour. You’ll visit three to four small wineries, communicating your preferences to the company during the booking process. Guides share winemaking information along the way, which tourists tend to find exceptionally insightful. Tours cost around $500 for a group of up to six people. Tours start at 10am daily and include a break for lunch. Napa Native Tours also offers tours for large groups.

Napa has more to offer than its famous vineyards; Check out its downtown dining scene.(Getty Images)

Laces & Limos – Private Safari for Two

Couples rave about their experiences with Laces & Limos. They say they loved riding between the vines and the guides are friendly. The company’s private tour for two will take you to little-known vineyards for tastings. You will also have a picnic lunch complete with charcuterie, cheeses and small bites. Transportation is provided in the company’s white Jeep or tuk-tuk; you can choose your vehicle. Tickets cost around $495 for two people. Winery tasting fees and gratuity are not included. Outings take place several times a week from around 11.30am, but specific times may vary depending on the season. Laces & Limos also offers private tours for up to four people.

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