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Let’s meet in Denver for a guided tour of the incredible craft beer scene with a special guest, a local expert on Denver’s famous craft beers. Then we’ll board Amtrak’s California Zephyr for a ride across the Rockies to San Francisco in First Class sleeper accommodations. On the way we’ll have tastings and group lessons on the art of wine led by another special guest, a renowned wine expert with connections to the best exclusive wineries in Napa Valley where we’ll have tastings. Once we arrive in San Francisco, we’ll explore this magnificent city’s cultural highlights in our private van and driver. Before heading to wine country we’ll enjoy a visit to Muir Woods. Then on to Napa, with an overnight stay at a luxury boutique hotel in downtown Napa. We’re going in August during Crush Season so we can experience the region during harvest and grape processing!
Experienced travelers say the Amtrak California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. As you climb through the heart of the Rockies, and further west through the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, you’ll understand why. The Zephyr runs between Chicago and San Francisco, but we’ll be onboard through the most scenic part, starting in Denver! We’ll spend our first day upon arrival in Denver exploring the hip districts of LoDo to RiNo, checking out the cool art, craft brews, and eclectic cafes and shops. The next full day in Denver we’ll take a private van with local tour guide/driver to explore the scenic vistas at foothills of the Rockies, and maybe even get to see a concert at Red Rocks Ampitheater (pending future concert schedules TBD). Since Denver is considered the Napa Valley of craft beer, we’ll fit in a microbrewery tour, and beer tastings at several places of course, led by our beer expert! We’ll get onboard the Zephyr early the next morning for a 33-hour train ride to San Francisco. We’ll have private room with sleeping berths, and access to bathroom with showers in our car. We can roam around the Zephyr, enjoying the views of the majestic Rockies and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges in the observation deck, or go to the lounges to enjoy beverages. All meals will be provided on the Zephyr with first class service! We’ll even get some wine tastings and wine education while on the train, led by our wine expert, to prepare us for Napa! We’ll arrive in San Francisco the next day, at 4 in the afternoon, ready for our San Francisco and Napa Valley adventures.
In San Francisco we’ll spend 2 nights in the city, exploring main city attractions such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, and ChinaTown. Then we’ll go in our private van with a driver to Napa Valley (stopping on the way at the Golden Gate Bridge and Muir Woods for a short hike). We’ll check into our lovely Napa Valley inn for 1 night and have the afternoon and following day to enjoy private tastings of wines at exclusive vineyards, led by our renowned wine expert Brad Morley (see the More About Brad tab for his bio). Brad has curated some amazing tastings we’ll be able to do these 2 days we’re in Napa, wineries/vineyards that aren’t on the standard Napa Wine Tasting track. We’ll have our farewell dinner in Napa Valley, then be transported back to San Francisco to check into our airport hotel to board our flights home the next day.
If you’re looking for a unique travel experience that offers breathtaking views of some of North America’s most beautiful landscapes, starting with Rocky Mountain Brews and ending with Napa Valley Wines, then this Zephyr trip is for you!
- Denver hip districts of LoDo and RiNo for brews, arts, and eclectic cafes and shops, with optional bike tour
- Scenic Foothills of the Rockies private half day tour
- Possible Red Rocks Ampitheater concert depending on TBD schedule
- Amtrak Zephyr Train Ride from Denver to San Franscisco, with private rooms with sleeping berths, access to bathrooms with showers, and all meals with first class service
- San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
- Alcatraz Tour
- Muir Woods Hike
- Napa Valley private van with driver
- Napa Valley private tastings in 6 or more exclusive vineyards