No matter what your interest, travel style, and time allotment are, Northern California is the place to be.  Its climate, landscape and culture are as diverse as its people. All tours are customized to your preferences.

The City

2015-01-13 07.50.46The City by the Bay has long been the muse for artists, musicians, poets, and architects; recently tech innovators have taken it to heart, along with world renown chefs and social advocates. From the famous to the infamous, and the must-see to the hidden gems, you can live and experience the city as you like it:

  • see it through the lens of a history buff
  • eat and drink like a local foodie
  • climb the hills for the best views like a professional photographer
  • shop the town like a global fashionista

What is your San Francisco story?

Pick your points of interest, and we will make it your day!

Top picks:  

Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park (M.H. de Young Museum, Academy of Science, Japanese Tea Garden), China Town, Fishermen’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Union Square, Twin Peaks, Lombard Street, Alamo Square, Mission Delores, Civic Center, North Beach, Cable car

Explore the neighborhoods: 

Haight Ashbury, The Mission, Pacific Heights, Russian Hills, Marina, Sea Cliff,     SOMA, The Castro.

Just for the fun of it:                                                                                                  

  • Play at the Exploratorium
  • Hike the Lands End Trail
  • Stroll along the Ocean Beach
  • Cruise Barbary Coast nights
  • Dress for a show in the Civic Center (Symphony, Jazz, Opera, and Ballet)
  • Forage at the Ferry Building
  • Taste the offerings from the Off the Grid food trucks

 

 

Marin

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Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin is a San Francisco experience not to be missed.  From afar, the City looks brilliant and welcoming on a flawless sunny morning; alluring and mysterious in a foggy afternoon.  If San Francisco is liken to be an elusive maiden, the Northern California Coast is like the girl next door: a natural beauty, warm and free-spirit; when the light hits just so, she glows with such enviable loveliness.

Romance finds a home in this idyllic coastal region, where the rugged cliffs shaped by the relentless crashing waves, ocean fog rolls in from the ocean to blanket hushed redwood forests, and whales spout offshore. It’s also a place where a new generation of farmers and winemakers focus on sustainable food and wine.

Points of interest:

Mount Tam

The breathtaking panorama from Mount Tamalpais’s 2,571-foot peak includes the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the snow-covered Sierra Nevada can be seen 150 miles away. The peak and its surrounding areas are the birthplace of mountain biking in the 1970’s, where early mountain bikers such as Gary Fisher, Charlie Kelley, and Joe Breeze were active.

Point Bonita Lighthouse

Situated on a rock formation away from the shore, a suspension bridge connects the walking trail to the lighthouse itself. Look down in the middle of the bridge and you’ll see lots of craggy rocks, crashing waves, and (possibly) your life flash before your eyes. Point Bonita is the only lighthouse in America that can be reached by a suspension bridge (which was rebuilt in April 2012, so we promise it is safe.)

Muir Woods & Muir Beach

Muir Woods was the first National Monument created to preserve a living species: the Coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), is the tallest tree species in the world, and those in the park average 600 to 800 years old, some are over 1000 years old and as tall as 25-story building.

Sausalito, Tiburon & Belvedere Island

Sausalito in Spanish means a small willow grove.  Originally the auxiliary port of San Francisco in the early 1850’s, once the home of Sally Stanford, the onetime mayor of Sausalito and San Francisco Madame, and the American Gangster, Baby Face Nelson, Sausalito has blossomed into a picturesque town with fine dining, unique shops and art galleries.

 

 

Napa Valley

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The Judgement of Paris is turning 40 — no, we are not talking about the Greek Mythology.  In California, the Judgement of Paris can only be referred in the history of vines.  Just 30 miles long and 5 miles wide with over 500 wineries dotting the picturesque valley, Napa Valley is the ultimate wine country.  Beyond wine, Napa Valley is a transformative utopia with gourmet dining, deluxe lodging, and modern culture. Welcome to wine country paradise!

From mountain reds to buttery chardonnays, as well as bold and unique blends, we are proud to create new and in-depth wine tasting experiences that encompass the spirit and life style of Napa. Visiting exclusive, and well regarded boutique and artisan wineries, some only produce only between 200 – 10,000 cases each year.  Each tour and tasting is private. And we can arrange a lunch with wine makers, meeting those who stay true and passionate to their craft, and is responsible to the delivery of beauty in each bottle.

The tasting style vary from in-depth to informal, both are relaxing and enjoyable with an opportunity to expand your knowledge, satisfy your curiosity, and leisurely explore your palate. An extremely knowledgeable host who is your personal assistant, photographer, guide, concierge and the designated driver, who will ensure your day in Napa worth writing home about!

Wineries visits are subject to adequate advance booking. The greater the lead time, the greater the availability of wineries. This is also true for dining accommodations.

Total Approximate Time: 8 hours minimum, Overnight stay available upon request.

 

Monterey & Carmel

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One of the most scenic roads in California is the coast-hugging Highway 1. Cruise past sea cliffs and windswept cypress trees, and ogle the coastal mansions of Pebble Beach on the iconic 17-Mile Drive.  The magnificent Monterey Peninsula has been called the greatest meeting of land, sea and sky.

There is plenty to explore here:  you can walk down Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, visit  the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and stroll through Carmel-by-the-Sea, an unique and charming European-style village with no high heels law, no street addresses, Client Eastwood once the mayor, and Doris Day helped make Carmel dog heaven on earth.

Total Approximate Time: 9 hours Minimum, Overnight stay available upon request. 

 

Yosemite

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“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ansel Adams

Yosemite National Park is a true California experience. Immerse yourself in the majestic granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoias groves, and biological diversity. Nearly 12000 square miles, over 800 miles (1,300 km) of trails are available to hikersanything from the easy stroll, to the grueling hikes up several park mountains, to multiple-day back packing.

Your visit to Yosemite can be completely customized to suite your time, interest, and activities: from a long and rewarding day trip, to a two day guided activities, with leisure time to explore the valley on your own, or go on a grueling multiple-day back packing through the high country, it will be an adventure of a life time.

Cathedral Falls, Yosemite Falls, Tuolumne Flats, view the entire valley floor from Inspiration point, and the Tuolumne River and Half Dome from Glacier Point are just a few majestic points in the park.

With a range of accommodations—from elegant hotels with exceptional service to simple canvas tent cabins—you’ll find the perfect place to settle in, surrounded by some of the most majestic natural wonders on earth.



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