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Experience the incredible exotic variety of the Northern stretch of California’s famous Pacific Coast Highway on this 7 day North Coast Redwoods and Wine Country self-drive expedition.

First, get to to know San Francisco like a local, scratching the surface of her quirky ’hoods, cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge, and taking a sunset cruise on the Bay. Then, spend three days exploring the rugged Pacific Coast and its humbling, majestic Giant Redwood Groves, the world’s only temperate rainforest.

Top it all off with a couple of days drinking in everything the picturesque Wine Country has to offer. Soar over serene rolling hills spotted with vineyards on a sunrise hot air balloon ride, and top it off with visits to some of the finest estates in Napa and Sonoma, or a tour of the region’s world-class craft breweries.

Book With Confidence

We are committed to helping you change your plans if you need to and we pledge the utmost flexibility to adjust your trip dates if required.

Private Socially Distanced Tours

Privately guided tours are more essential than ever, allowing you to freely explore remote destinations with your family. With SA you will ride in your own spacious, sanitised vehicles and visit attractions at strategic times, steering clear of any crowds.

Good to know

  • Private tour accompanied by an expert driver-guide
  • Flexible bookings: no cost rebookings & itinerary adjustments
  • Carefully-selected boutique accommodations
  • All itineraries & activities tailored for you

What's included

  • Included Accommodation
  • Included Guided excursions
  • Included Some meals
  • Included Support
Days

7

Starting from

$3,290 pp

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Destinations
Western USA
Activity
Active, Walking, Biking, Road Trips, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Culture, Cities, Culinary, Wine
Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour

Journey highlights

Key moments and experiences on this trip

Napa Valley sunrise balloon flight
Napa Valley

Napa Valley sunrise balloon flight

Enjoy a dreamy sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Napa Valley. Watch the mists rise over rows of vines from this magical vantage point before taking a tour of the world-famous wineries with a private sommelier.

Walk through giant redwood groves
Muir Woods

Walk through giant redwood groves

Marvel at the sheer majesty of California’s towering Redwood trees with visits to Mendocino, the Muir Woods National Monument, and Big Hendy Grove.

Wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma Valleys
Napa Valley

Wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Get familiar with California’s famous wine country, including well-known Napa and the up-and-coming Sonoma scene.

Scenic drive up California’s coastal highway
Jenner

Scenic drive up California’s coastal highway

Take in charming coastal towns along California’s Pacific Coast Highway, brimming with local cuisine, artisan workshops, and plenty of history and lore.

Private tour of San Francisco
San Francisco

Private tour of San Francisco

Explore one of the West Coast’s true gems, San Francisco, from the city’s most iconic neighborhoods, to its famously steep streets, to the bright red Golden Gate Bridge.

Detailed itinerary

What you'll see and do

This is a customisable trip

Use the following itinerary for inspiration. Remember: all days, hotels and activities can be altered to suit your requirements. A SA Expeditions travel specialist will be happy to advise.

Arrival in San Francisco

Welcome to California! Today is a transit day. After your plane glides in over the waters of the San Francisco Bay, you will take a shuttle to claim your rental car before driving into the City by the Bay. Take the afternoon to explore or relax in your iconic SF Hotel. After a delicious dinner, rest up for the adventure to come or hit the town to experience some of San Francisco’s famous nightlife.

Included meals: Dinner

Featured Accommodation
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The Fairmont
Superior

The Fairmont

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Westin Union Square
Superior

Westin Union Square

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AC Hotel Waterfront
Superior

AC Hotel Waterfront

San Francisco Tour

Today you will enjoy a guided exploration of evocative San Francisco, beginning with a tour of the city’s iconic neighbourhoods like Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Marina, via a combination of walking the city's notorious hills and private vehicle. You may also visit Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park, Fishermans Wharf, the Mission District and Haight Ashbury. After lunch, walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and take as many pictures as your camera has room for before returning to the city for an unforgettable sunset cruise across the bay. After the cruise return to your hotel for an evening at your leisure.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Featured Accommodation
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AC Hotel Waterfront
Superior

AC Hotel Waterfront

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Westin Union Square
Superior

Westin Union Square

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The Fairmont
Superior

The Fairmont

Pacific Coast Highway to Jenner

Today you’ll embark upon your exploration of the famous Highway 1 along the Pacific Coast. After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, we recommend pausing for a photo at the Marin Headlands which enjoy timeless views across the bridge of the San Francisco Bay. Next, check out the Muir Woods for your first glimpse of California’s famous Giant Redwood trees. Continuing up the coast arrive to Hog Island Oyster Company where we suggest indulging in a fresh seafood lunch. Enjoy an optional tour of the farm or continue to explore the charming town of Jenner by the Sea. Top it all off with a world-class dining experience at the famous River’s End, boasting views of both the Russian River and the Pacific Ocean.

Included meals: Breakfast

Featured Accommodation
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River’s End
Boutique

River’s End

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Albion River Inn
Superior

Albion River Inn

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Inn at the Tides
Superior

Inn at the Tides

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Little River Inn
Boutique

Little River Inn

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The Heritage House
Superior

The Heritage House

Jenner to Mendocino

After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely drive along the secluded coastal highway north of Bodega Bay, surrounded on all sides by the towering redwoods of Mendocino. Upon arrival at Mendocino’s windswept, ocean-facing bluffs, you’ll meet with a local guide and chef who will treat you to an organic picnic meal on the sea cliffs. Next you'll embark upon a short walking tour through town, featuring the area's local history ranging from lumberjacks and fishermen through to 60's counterculture and modern-day artisans. For the remainder of the afternoon and evening, take a relaxing walk along the coast, or enjoy a spa treatment in your beautiful seaside hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Featured Accommodation
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The Heritage House
Superior

The Heritage House

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Little River Inn
Boutique

Little River Inn

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Inn at the Tides
Superior

Inn at the Tides

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Albion River Inn
Superior

Albion River Inn

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River’s End
Boutique

River’s End

Mendocino to Wine Country

Today you’ll bid the Pacific coast farewell, passing through the redwoods along rural Highway 128. We suggest a stop at Big Hendy Grove, an accessible and little-visited old-growth redwood grove just off the highway. Continue to Sonoma County, home to many of California’s famous wineries and craft breweries. Enjoy a private tour at any of our boutique family wineries or local craft breweries before retiring to one of Sonoma County’s intimate locally run bed and breakfasts.

Included meals: Breakfast

Featured Accommodation
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H2Hotel
Superior

H2Hotel

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Healdsburg Inn
Boutique

Healdsburg Inn

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Milliken Creek Inn
Boutique

Milliken Creek Inn

Napa Valley wine tour and balloon ride

Today begins with a dreamy sunrise ride in a hot air balloon, watching the mists rise over the rows of vines. After touchdown, your local sommelier docent will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Napa Valley’s world-famous wineries. Begin with a ride aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train (complete with a gourmet lunch) before enjoying private tastings at whichever boutique wineries take your fancy. Private vehicles with drivers are available to allow you to fully enjoy the best of California wine worry-free. End the day at a boutique bed and breakfast where we highly recommend enjoying a farm-to-fork dining experience that highlights the best flavors of wine country.

Included meals: Breakfast

Featured Accommodation
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Milliken Creek Inn
Boutique

Milliken Creek Inn

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Healdsburg Inn
Boutique

Healdsburg Inn

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H2Hotel
Superior

H2Hotel

Return to San Francisco

Enjoy a relaxing morning in wine country before heading back to San Francisco to depart. Alternatively, extend your adventure by making the drive into the Sierra Foothills for an old-time adventure through the saloons and stagecoaches of Gold Country!

Included meals: Breakfast

  • San Francisco

    San Francisco

    California's greatest city
    Crammed into less than 50 square miles and with a population of less than a million, small San Francisco packs a mighty punch...
  • San Francisco

    San Francisco

    California's greatest city
    Crammed into less than 50 square miles and with a population of less than a million, small San Francisco packs a mighty punch...
  • Jenner

    Jenner

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  • Mendocino

    Mendocino

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  • Sonoma

    Sonoma

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  • Napa Valley

    Napa Valley

    Napa Valley is filled with lush vineyards that can be visited on foot or with the vintage railcars of the Napa Valley Wine Train which covers 36 miles...
  • San Francisco

    San Francisco

    California's greatest city
    Crammed into less than 50 square miles and with a population of less than a million, small San Francisco packs a mighty punch...

Speak to a Western USA specialist about this trip

SA Expeditions

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Where to stay

Some of our sample accommodation.

Accommodation is included and our destination experts will help you chose the perfect hotels.

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H2Hotel
Superior

H2Hotel

The H2Hotel in the charming, historic town of Healdsburg is one of SA Expedition’s perennial favourites...

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The Heritage House
Superior

The Heritage House

The Heritage House on the rugged Mendocino coast is truly the “Jewel of the Coast,” designed to soothe and inspire...

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Little River Inn
Boutique

Little River Inn

The historic Little River Inn is a family and crowd favorite, combining a relaxing stay with plenty of activities – you’ll be steps away from over 10 miles of gentle hiking trails, not to mention the on-site golf course and tennis courts...

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Albion River Inn
Superior

Albion River Inn

The Albion River Inn is a romantic getaway where each room features dramatic ocean views...

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River’s End
Boutique

River’s End

Pioneering the “Luxe Unplugged” style of romantic accommodation, the River’s End cabins are idyllic escapes from the hustle and bustle of modern life...

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The Fairmont
Superior

The Fairmont

The luxury Fairmont hotel, located atop iconic Nob Hill in San Francisco, provides all the “services one would expect of a luxury hotel in a world-class city...

Reviews

What people are saying about SA Expeditions

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Melinda
09/09/2021

I went to Ecuador on the Galapagos trip. It was my first trip with SA Expeditions so I had no idea why to expect. They definitely impressed. Every detail was organized and planned for me. The hotels exceeded my expectations. The tours were exactly what they described. My guides were fun, knowledgeable and flexible to adjust to what I felt like doing. I travelled alone as a single woman and felt completely safe the entire time. I knew they were just a phone call away. I'll be booking the trip to the salt flats for December!

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Mendiola
28/08/2021

We had a great trip to Peru booked through SA Expeditions! Everything ran smoothly from start to finish. We had great accommodations and we especially liked our guide Silver! I was nervous at first about booking with a company I found on the web and had no experience with but Dan, who made all arrangements, was very patient with me and but me at ease. I would highly recommend SA Expeditions!

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Kevin
25/08/2021

My daughter and I went with SA Expeditions to coordinate our trip to Peru to Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain and Lake Titicaca. The accommodations that SA scheduled were fantastic. Beautiful settings, delicious food and friendly staff.

Our guides were extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. We had to make some last minute changes to our hike. Our guide Marco rolled with the changes and made it a memorable experience.

We enjoyed the knowledge that the guides had regarding Incan and pre-Incan societies. We left the vacation more knowledgeable that when we started.

Can't recommend enough.

How to book

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Price guide

This itinerary would cost from $3,290 pp.

Pricing may vary by accommodation choice, group size and time of year.

What's included

Included Accommodation

Customise your trip, choosing from recommended hotels.

Included Guided excursions

You'll be shown around each destination by a local expert (we call them ‘docents’) who knows the place inside out and enjoy private excursions.

Included Some meals

Select meals are included.

Included Support

We'll greet you at the airport and be by your side every step of the way, making room for spontaneity as you go, with 24 hour support.

How to book

Trip Date Flexibility

We are committed to helping you change your plans if you need to. While every trip SA Expeditions designs is unique, we pledge the utmost flexibility to adjust your trip dates, working closely with our partners across the Americas with personalized and informed assistance throughout.

Private Socially Distanced Tours

Privately guided tours are more essential than ever, allowing you to freely explore remote destinations with your family. With SA you will ride in your own spacious, sanitized vehicles and visit attractions at strategic times, steering clear of any crowds.

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