This vacation traverses the heart of Napa Valley's wine country, from Yountville with its unparalleled fine dining, to chic St. Helena, to the quaint town of Calistoga. You will walk past vineyards and through towns, a state park, and on quiet country roads as you visit world famous wineries and taste the excellent vintages of this famous region. You will also be able to walk to any number of world class restaurants for incredible wine country dinners. If you have always dreamed of the perfect active wine and food vacation, this trek is for you.
- 5 days/4 nights
- Hiking 5 to 7 miles (8 to 11 km) daily
- Elevation gain up to 600 feet (180 m)
- 1 day hiking with wine tasting
- 2 days walking between wineries for wine tastings.
Day 1: Yountville. Your trek begins in the charming town of Yountville. Stroll through the village or relax on the private patio at your boutique inn before enjoying a fabulous wine country dinner. Yountville, although small, is home to several restaurants that have been recognised with stars in the Bay Area Michelin Guide, all of which are easy walking distance from your inn. Hiking today: No planned hikes. Your personal Trail Guide will suggest local walks and sights to see.
Day 2: Oakville Appellation Walk. Walk from your inn along a beautiful country lane and enjoy seeing the vineyards of rural Napa Valley. Along the way, pick up your lunch at a century old country store and deli. You will visit four wineries in the Oakville appellation, famous for Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Enjoy reserve tastings at these wineries, which range from world famous to intimate family owned. After your last winery visit, you will be transported to St. Helena, where you will stay in premiere lodging. Visit the chic downtown for shopping, relax by the pool, or enjoy a spa treatment at your lodging before another fabulous wine country dinner. Hiking today: 7 miles (11 km) walking between wineries with no elevation gain or loss.
Day 3: Bothe / Napa Valley State Park Hike. Your day will begin with a transport from your lodging to a private mountaintop winery estate for a reserve tasting. After your tasting, hike through Bothe / Napa Valley State Park, a beautiful and peaceful redwood and oak forest. You finish your hike at a world famous winery where sparkling wines are made in the traditional Methode Champenoise. After enjoying a cave tour and tasting, you will be transported to Calistoga. Your lodging is a charming inn just two blocks from downtown. Relax at the inn, enjoy a mud bath at a century old spa and mineral bath, or explore the quaint town of Calistoga before enjoying another wonderful wine country dinner. Hiking today: 5 miles (8 km) with 600 feet (180 m) elevation gain and 800 feet (250 m) elevation loss.
Day 4: Calistoga Winery Walk. Today you will walk from your inn through the historic town of Calistoga to country lanes on the outskirts of town and visit the first of three wineries. Your tasting may include a visit to the barrel room where you will taste young wines from the barrels. You will then walk to two more wineries, one historic and one new, for reserve tastings before being transported to your lodging for the evening, a luxurious modern resort and spa on the outskirts of town. Relax by the pool or take a spa treatment before enjoying your final delicious wine country dinner. Hiking today: 7 miles (11 km) walking between wineries with no elevation gain or loss.
Day 5: Trek Conclusion. Your wine country trek comes to an end.
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