Wednesday, May 22
San Francisco & Napa Valley November 2013
A Culinary Adventure to San Francisco and the Napa Valley! November 3-8, 2013
San Francisco and the Napa Valley trip itineary
Arrivals in San Francisco
You are welcome to arrive a few days early, to explore San Francisco on your own before your culinary adventure begins. Our tour manager will provide you with a welcome package full of information, helpful documents and information for the rest of your week with Le Dolci and our sister company www.Foodie-Trips.com. A San Francisco Bay Area metro pass will be included in this package for you to hop on and off the easy to navigate public transportation system. Our tour manager will also be available to answer any questions or recommend places for your first days in San Francisco.
DAY 1 – Sunday – San Francisco
Check into our specially selected hotel right in the heart of downtown San Francisco. For the first evening, we welcome you to the Le Dolci culinary tour with an intimate dinner at a local downtown San Francisco restaurant. You will get to know your culinary adventure travel mates and talk about the exciting week ahead over gourmet delights and enticing Napa Valley wines. Welcome dinner and estate vineyard wine included. Accommodation: Hotel Rex -Union Square
DAY 2 – Monday – San Francisco
This morning we will begin with a food and tasting tour of one of the most celebrated food districts in the city – the Mission District. This lively neighborhood is a food lover’s paradise serving anything from delicate lavender and cardamom ice cream to authentic Argentinian empanadas and Baja style fish tacos. Our knowledgeable local guide will escort you through this beautiful neighborhood as we taste the many sweet and savory specialties of the area.In the afternoon, we will head off to a sourdough bread making class with a local artisanal bread company. This savory San Francisco food icon has been a part of northern California’s culture since the mid 1800′s. We will learn about the perfect sourdough starter and get hands on experience with dough handling, scoring and shaping. Learn the secrets of creating the perfect crusty loaf while maintaining that ever elusive buttery center. We will enjoy our fresh baked loaves after class or try out one of the Mission district’s delicious local taquerias.
The evening is free to explore the city on your own or join the Le Dolci hosts at a hidden local wine bar serving regional wines and cocktails.
Accommodation: Hotel Rex -Union Square
DAY 3 – Tuesday – San Francisco
The San Francisco Ferry Building was modeled after the famous Pike Place market in Seattle. It is where some of the best chocolate, bread and cheese shops are housed. And the delicious excitement is heightened with Tuesday’s Farmers Market which brings together local farmers and artisans in the area to create a one of a kind food experience. In the Ferry Building, we will have another fabulous food and tastings tour of local fare such as the chocolate tomboy cake from Miette, the soft Mt “Tam” cheese from Cowgirl Creamery & we’ll pop in to say hi to our friends at Acme Bread Company for more treats.In the afternoon we take the ferry across the bay to the charming village of Tiburon. There is an optional seaside bike ride to Paradise Cove where guests will see sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Island as well as the San Francisco skyline. You may choose to come bike on the trail with us or explore this lovely little village on you own by foot.
In the late afternoon, we will head back across the bay by ferry to explore one of SF’s best kept “down and dirty” culinary secrets. This will be an experience not to be missed.
Accommodation: Hotel Rex -Union Square
DAY 4 – Wednesday – San Francisco / Napa Valley
Hop aboard our luxury coach and spend the morning enjoying locally roasted coffee and scrumptious pastries with us while we travel to the gorgeous Napa Valley. Once there, we will enjoy a picnic lunch on a private estate vineyard taking in the scenery and enjoying some local wine. Once settled in, we will begin our tour and tastings at two amazing Napa Valley wineries. We will learn about the art of wine making as the grape travels from vine to bottle from some of the top wine makers in the region. We will then check into our hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif. In the early evening we will take a short stroll through charming downtown St. Helena. There is an optional dinner this evening at a family owned Napa Valley gem that features an authentic and creative farm-to-table menu highlighting local, seasonal and organic ingredients at their peak freshness.
Accommodation: Wydown Hotel, St. Helena
DAY 5 – Thursday
On our second day in the Napa Valley, we will attend an exclusive culinary class where we will get our aprons on and learn the secrets from the wine region’s most knowledgeable chefs at a wonderful cooking school. While being a chef in training for a day, you will be served fine wines like the delicate Pinot Noirs that this region is famous for. You will also get familiar with the crisp, clean tastes of Sauvignon Blanc and buttery french oak Chardonnays. Every great chef needs a little bit of vino while cooking, right?
Tonight we celebrate our new friends, our new found knowledge of food and wine and our last night in Napa. At our farewell dinner we take you to one of the top restaurants in the area and we have a feast fit for royalty.
Accommodation: Wydown Hotel, St. Helena
DAY 6 – Friday
On our last morning in Napa, we have time to explore some of St. Helena’s secret foodie spots after breakfast. We then head back to San Francisco aboard our luxury coach where you will have the afternoon free to explore San Francisco further and and finish up any last minute souvenir shopping. There will be an airport transfer en route back to San Francisco for any of our guests departing that evening. And, we have arranged for baggage to be held for any guests who wish to spend their afternoon exploring San Francisco before departures.
We are your personal travel Concierge
During your heavenly week of food tastings & experimentation in the kitchen with us you will have a full time Le Dolci ‘concierge’ with you. That’s what we like to call our guides as they are super friendly, knowledgeable about local culture, history and are truly entertaining; some are even known to tell some fine jokes and can help with every detail of your sojourn with us. The trip’s activities have been hand picked by a local expert and curated to make it a truly special, once in a lifetime foodie experience. Past Le Dolci trips have brought travelers from around the world together for a memorable and entertaining week where great friendships were made and many laughs were shared. We limit space to 10 guests to ensure an intimate and interactive experience.
Pricing includes accommodation for 3 nights at The Rex in San Francisco & 2 nights at Wydown Hotel in St. Helena, all tours, BART transit pass for the San Francisco Metro, return ferry transfers to Tiburon, select meals and drinks as listed on the itinerary, all transfers to and from the Napa Valley, airport transfer en route back from the Napa Valley, baggage storage on day 6, and a personal concierge service from your Le Dolci host before departure and during your entire journey with us. A souvenir CD of photos will be sent to each guest upon return to their home city.
Early bird OFFER book before August 15
- $2450.00 CDN per person, double occupancy (after 15 August, $2,600)
- $2700.00 CDN single occupancy (after 15th August, $2,850)
To book your space contact our dedicated travel expert:
Carl Henderson – 1-416.972.9688 or 1.877.972.2275
Travel Professionals International
4 Robert Speck Parkway, Suite 1500 Mississauga, ON L4Z 1S1 905.896.6948 TICO 1576226