California Wine Country National Study Tour

February 17-22, 2019

Sunday February 17th
Fly from Omaha or Denver in the early AM to San Francisco, California. Upon arrival, meet at baggage claim and board the coach to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge for a Welcome to California group lunch in the beautiful artist community of Sausalito. After lunch we’ll visit Muir Woods and the Giant Redwoods before late afternoon hotel check in then the evening is at leisure.

Monday February 18th
Today visit the Napa Valley and start with a guided tour of the Long Meadow Ranch Rutherford Estate – home to their agricultural production with fruits, vegetables, beehives, egg-laying chickens and vineyards including group lunch on the property with items from the gardens and winery. In the afternoon we’ll visit Rutherford Hills Winery with the largest wine cave in the Napa Valley for a tour and wine tasting. This evening is at leisure.

Tuesday February 19th
Today we’ll explore the Russian River Valley with our first stop at Stemple Creek Ranch. At over 1,000 acres, Stemple Creek Ranch is creating a sustainable future for the fifth generation of family run farming and works to actively preserve sensitive wildlife habitat, maintain and restore natural watershed areas, utilize cutting edge solar and gravity flow technology, and practice an intensive schedule of rotational grazing. Today’s lunch stop (on own) enjoy free time to explore the quaint town of Petaluma. Next we’ll head to the Francis Ford Coppola Winery for a tour and a tavola. Meaning “to the table,” a tavola is a casual dining experience inspired by Francis’s favorite way of enjoying a meal. Instead of ordering from menus, the chef prepares a variety of dishes and sends them to our tables.

Wednesday February 20th
Today we visit a local winery in Sonoma (Likely it will be Parmelee Hill) and then lunch stop (on own) with free time in Historic Sonoma Square before late afternoon return to the hotel with the evening at leisure.

Thursday February 21st
Today’s first stop is Toluma Creamery – come and find out about the history of how this goat/sheep dairy and creamery came to be. Visit includes a tour and explanation of milking parlor, visit with the animals in the barn and hike up to the pastures to learn about their organic pasture management system then peek into the creamery with an explanation of how they make their cheese and, of course, cheese tasting! Then we’ll visit McEvoy Ranch olive farm starting with a group picnic lunch. Embark on an exclusive private walking tour of the ranch, stopping along the way to enjoy their world-renowned olive oil and tastes of their award-winning wines. Explore the orchards, vineyards, olive mill, gardens, and some of our most architecturally captivating structures, including their stunning Chinese pavilion

Friday February 22nd
Meet in the lobby for your return transfer to SFO and flight home or San Francisco Extension.

Package Includes – Roundtrip airfare from Omaha or Denver (not to exceed $400 per person) 5 nights at the Doubletree Hotel Rohnert Park including breakfast daily, baggage handling and taxes and resort fees, all transportation as shown plus meals, admissions and attractions as described and the services of an Authentic California Vacations host throughout.

Price Per Person Double Occupancy – $2775 /Single Occupancy – $3360
30 Passengers minimum – 50 Passengers Maximum
$250 per person deposit to confirm
2nd deposit of $150 due when airfare is locked in –
approximately June 1, 2018
Final payment due November 30, 2018


San Francisco Extension
February 22nd – February 24th, 2019

Explore San Francisco aboard the Hop On/Hop Off bus; Downtown San Francisco is synonymous with the city’s cosmopolitan culture with many cultural attractions and a brilliant shopping district. Some of the attractions include the Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and the SOMA District. You will have 24 hours unlimited use of the London-style open top red buses. Hop-off at a site which interests you and while on board the bus informative and engaging audio-commentary will make sure you don’t miss a thing. An optional excursion to Alcatraz can also be added for an additional fee.

Package Includes – 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Fisherman’s Wharf including breakfast daily, baggage handling and all taxes, 24 hours Hop On/Hop Off and a Super Shuttle return transfer to SFO.

Price Per Person Double Occupancy – $400 /Single Occupancy – $700
$50 per person deposit to confirm
Option add Alcatraz in San Francisco – $50 per person – paid at final payment
Final payment due November 30, 2018

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Custom Cruises & Travel
10914 Elm Street, Omaha, Nebraska
402-393-3436 or 877-393-3436
Susan Jasnoch or Elise Aust