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Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley Including Lunch

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Sonoma, United States
Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley Including Lunch

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icon4 to 5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Embark on a unique wine country experience with a trip aboard the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley. Modeled after the famed cable cars of San Francisco, the trolley shuttles you through Sonoma’s picturesque winemaking region with stops at three different wineries. Taste regional varietals at each estate, and enjoy a delicious lunch from local winery VJB Cellars. Learn about the history of Sonoma from your spirited guide as you roll past a handful of historic landmarks throughout the day.
  • Full-day wine country tour from downtown Sonoma
  • Ride in a replica of a historic San Francisco cable car
  • Enjoy the trolley's narration by your driver
  • Visit three family-owned wineries or tasting rooms
  • Admire the scenery of vineyards and hills from the trolley
  • Pickup and drop-off from downtown Sonoma
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Lunch
Charter Fee and taxes (Gratuity not included)
Pick-up from San Francisco is NOT included
Gratuities
Alcoholic drinks (Wine is available to purchase at each winery)
Tasting fees are not included. Fees range from $30-$40 per person per stop.
453 1st St E , 453 1st St E, Sonoma, CA 95476, USA

Meet at in the circular driveway in front of the Town Hall - Stone Building between 10:00 am and 10:15 am. Trolley Departs at 10:15 sharp. Parking can be found behind the Presidio of Sonoma at 98 E Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476.

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Skip the stress of driving and navigating among dozens of different wineries, and let the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley whisk you through the vineyards. Make your way to the historic Sonoma Plaza midmorning, where you’ll meet your guide and climb aboard the beautiful trolley — a lovingly created replica of a vintage San Francisco cable car. Take a seat and enjoy the fresh valley air streaming through the windows as you cruise through Sonoma’s rolling hills and renowned vineyards.

Stop at three different wineries hand-picked for their welcoming atmosphere and excellent wines, and sample classic California varietals like chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and merlot (tasting fees not included). Winery hosts will be on hand to provide tasting notes and background on the wines you enjoy.

Midday, stop for a picnic lunch catered by a local favorite VJB Cellars. Savor a gourmet spread of sandwiches, side salads and desserts, served family style so you can pick and choose among the tasty offerings.

Throughout the day, your lively host provides commentary on passing attractions and brings to life fascinating chapters of California history. Learn about Sonoma’s past as a Spanish mission and hear local folklore as you roll past historic landmarks including the Mission San Francisco Solano, the Bear Flag Monument, General Vallejo's Soldier Barracks, the Sonoma and Swiss hotels and the charming town of Glen Ellen.

Your fun and historic tour concludes back at Sonoma Plaza.

Please note: This tour is for those 21 years or older.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sonoma Valley
Your day in California wine country starts as you hop aboard the Sonoma Wine Trolley, modeled after the famous historical cable cars of San Francisco. Enjoy the breeze as your knowledgeable tour guide whisks you off to four outstanding Sonoma-area wineries, known for both their wines and their hospitality. Each wine tasting takes place at the winery and a representatives at each winery will explain the different varietals you’ll sample and the background of the wineries (wine tasting fees are not included and you can expect fees of $30 to $40). There will be wonderful photo opportunities on this tour and your friendly guide will be happy to take a photo or two of your group so you can document your memorable day in wine country.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. Jackets and rain protection are recommended in the winter months.
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • MUST advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • No consumption of alcoholic beverage is allowed on the trolley
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley Including Lunch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley Including Lunch.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley Including Lunch?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley Including Lunch.

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  • "I highly recommend taking this tour if you are in the Sonoma Valley area." See review
  • "We would definitely recommend this tour and think the cost was reasonable." See review
  • "This was a tad more than advertised, would probably cost less if we drove around ourselves." See review

Reviews

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star-5
We had a great time! I...
Barb_E
, May 2022
We had a great time! I highly recommend it! Great winery choices! DELICIOUS wine, informative staff.
star-5
The house was perfect!...
Erfitz
, May 2022
The house was perfect! Very close to downtown Sonoma and close enough to Napa if you plan to head out that way for a day trip. We thoroughly enjoyed all the amenities the house had to offer. Only downside is that the bedrooms could use some darkening shades - it got really bright early in the morning… Otherwise, amazing house! I’d highly recommend!!
star-4
Sonoma Trolley Tour
Judy_M
, May 2022
Jose was a great trolley driver. Good vineyard visits, but little info given on the details of the wines besides written notes. 23 on the tour was too many. Group of 10 family members had 2 loud and eventually drunk ladies. Not much involvement to know others which as a solo traveler, was important.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for the review. As a solo traveler a larger group can seem a bit frustration. our tours get comments all the time about groups that meet each other on the trolley.
star-4
Fun trolley tour
Cynthia_H
, May 2022
The trolley tour was a fun way to spend the day with three interesting wine tastings and a nice lunch at the second winery. We got to learn a lot about Sonoma and the wine growing region. It is open air, so on a cool day bring a jacket
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Trolley tour
Crystal_R
, Apr 2022
We had a great time. Lexi, our trolley driver was amazing. She was fun and really wanted to make sure we had a terrific experience
star-5
Solo Birthday Trip
Trinitius_W
, Apr 2022
I really enjoyed this tour! Jim was great and very professional. Next time I’m in town, I will definitely book this tour again.
star-4
A fun day
tjcmitchell
, Apr 2022
Paul, our tour guide was AWESOME. He was knowledgeable and made the trip so much fun. The mix of wineries was good. The lunch was delicious, especially the gelato and it was a fun experience.
star-5
Unique and Wonderful Experience
Chad_S
, Mar 2022
Paul was an informative and fun guide. The wineries visited were friendly and each had their own character. The experience was unique and wonderful, and we will definitely recommend to those wanting a unique wine tour.
star-4
Affordable Sonoma experience
Laura_S
, Mar 2022
Paul, the tour operator, was super fun and knowledgeable. He’s very good at his job. The old trolley was cute and easy to ride on. There is an inside area and an outside area, depending on the weather. The wineries were good, but expect a no frills approach to the tastings. Each tasting is only $25-$30, which is likely why there is no “above and beyond”. The best part of this experience is getting to meet people from all over North America who are also taking part in the tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for the review. We try and keep the tasting cost down for our guests but dont expect a no frills approach. I will have to have a work with them.
star-5
Very enjoyable trip with...
Angela_G
, Mar 2022
Very enjoyable trip with my girlfriends and will do it again. The driver was awesome to his visitors and would recommend to someone
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for the great review.
star-5
Sonoma Sam
Matt_K
, Mar 2022
Tour Guide Paul was the absolute best! This was an incredible tour and a great value! This was our favorite activity while staying in Sonoma! I highly recommend this tour for the convenience and fun!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you Matt. We always appreciate positive feedback.
star-5
Great Sonoma trip
Beth_H
, Mar 2022
Jimmy was great guide!! The information when signing up could have explained tasting fees not included more clearly.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Sorry if you missed the Wine Tasting Not Included notes but happy you had a great time and enjoyed Jimmy, he is our new Rockstar.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly recommend
Mikah_M
, Jan 2022
Went with a group of 7. Paul was an amazing tour guide. The ride was cold in the morning so bring a coat but otherwise great weather and fun to all be together in a trolley. I would definitely do this again!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We love small groups. It makes the party that much more fun.
star-4
Great day!
Ashlee_A
, Jan 2022
Paul was a great host and gave us a good mix of history and fun! Loved that they switched us to a bus with the dreary weather outside; much appreciated. The only thing we didn’t enjoy was the last winery; Mayo. All other wines and experiences were great!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for another great review.
star-3
Disappointing
Karen_B
, Dec 2021
Not worth the cost. Lunch was a bag of chips and a ham panini. Pours at first place were very small for 25.00 pp and four wines. Views at other places were non existent since they were right on the road. Would not recommend.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hmmmm. VJB's Lunch is pannini, potato salad, green salad and gelato for dessert. BR Cohn is in the hills, and mayo is in a courtyard that you cant see the road. Are you sure it was the wine trolley?
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Disappointed
Michelle_L
, Nov 2021
Number one: site stars if inclement weather we would have luxury bus, weather was cold and rainy, still had trolley. Number 2: The wine tasting we went to were NOT like any others we have visited the week, below scale. And for a tasting host to talk down about a Napa wine is totally uncalled for. Not one winery in Napa did they talk down about Sonoma Valley. So much more professional in Napa Valley. Overall not the quality experience we were hoping for when we signed up. Disappointed, and won’t recommend. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Very sorry about your disappointment. Its is not ok to talk down about another valley.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Jimmy was the best!
Christina_Q
, Nov 2021
Jimmy was an incredible tour guide! Super friendly and knowledgeable of the area and select wineries that we went to! We would gladly take the tour many times over!
star-5
Great fun
Symphony_O
, Oct 2021
We were taken to smaller, boutique wineries, and really enjoyed ourselves. Our driver/guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a good sense of the Sonoma community.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Perfect Experience
James_M
, Oct 2021
Good group of fellow trolley travelers, Richard was a wonderful guide, the wineries were nice, the wine delicious. A perfect experience in Sonoma County wineries.
star-5
Paul is an excellent...
Sharon_S
, Oct 2021
Paul is an excellent guide and kept us on task and always laughing Great fun was had by all. We loved our tour group

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