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Wine Train Culinary Sojourn

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$1,495 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
3 days | 2 nights

Unique Culinary Journey Through Napa Valley

During your unique Culinary Getaway in California’s Wine Country, you will experience the heart of California’s Wine Country as you’ve never experienced it before. From a hands-on cooking class with a well-trained and experienced chef to a wine tour in a classic train, along with a farm-to-table dinner at a renowned restaurant, this will be a trip you won’t soon forget. Because Napa Valley is known for its wine but loved for its blend of hand-crafted wines and delicious culinary treats, you will enjoy the perfect blend of food, wine, and history in one of California’s most beautiful settings.

Wine Train Culinary Sojourn

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
2 Nights Deluxe Accommodations
Sweetie Pie's Breakfast
Hands-On Cooking Class
Dinner at Completion of Class
Wine Train Dining & Tour
Farm-to-Table Dinner
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
Year-Round Based on Your Travel Schedule
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Check into Hotel Welcome to Napa! Check into the only locally-owned luxury boutique hotel in historic downtown Napa, ideally situated in the Historic Napa Mill, a National Registered Landmark built in 1884. The Napa River Inn provides guests with gracious accommodations and friendly, personalized service in a unique two-and-a-half acre riverfront setting.
Gourmet Farm-to-Table Dinner at Bottega In its first year, Bottega has garnered local and national critical acclaim. The restaurant has quickly become a coveted reservation for diners who want to experience the bounty of Napa Valley through Chef Michael Chiarello's bold yet refined Italian flavors. The menu highlights the bounty of artisanal and house-made ingredients as well as local produce. Chef Chiarello is acclaimed chef, Emmy-winning host of Food Network's Easy Entertaining, tastemaker behind NapaStyle and proprietor of Chiarello Family Vineyards.
Day 2
Sweetie Pies Bakery Breakfast You will start each morning with breakfast on your balcony from Sweetie Pies Bakery. The view from your terrace overlooks the river and the gardens, which soften the mood, and set the stage for your first meal of the day. Start with fresh squeezed juice and then enjoy scrumptious freshly baked scones and pastries. If you prefer to wander over to Sweetie Pie's Bakery with your breakfast voucher, you may purchase a delicious array of egg creations, oatmeals, breakfast meats, and espressos and cappuccinos.
Wine Train Tour with Lunch Climb on the Napa Valley Wine Train and get ready to start a unique Napa-style adventure with a tour of the Grgich Hills Estate. This winery is owned and operated by a family dedicated to making wine in a sustainable yet artistic manner. Owner Miljenko (Mike) has recently been introduced into the Vintner Hall of Fame and, while on this tour, you may actually get a chance to meet the legendary wine maker. The Wine Train will welcome you with two tastes of wines in the Wine Train station prior to departure. Then on your way to the tour, you will be served a three course, gourmet lunch (or dinner) prepared onboard! Lunch or Dinner service is determined by your dates of travel, and custom itinerary created just for you.
Hands-on Cooking Class with Dinner At this culinary learning center created to celebrate the coming together of the local agricultural bounty with culinary talents from the region and around the world, you will learn new skills at the hands of these culinary masters. Offering a wide range of cooking skills and featuring ethnic cuisines and famous chefs' seasonal menus, every home cook will find classes to meet their skill level and unique culinary interests. Includes an elegant sit-down meal at the conclusion of instruction. Most classes conclude with dinner, but depending up on the dates you travel, and available culinary instruction, your meal may be served as a lunch rather than dinner.
Day 3
Sweetie Pies Bakery Breakfast You will start each morning with breakfast on your balcony from Sweetie Pies Bakery. The view from your terrace overlooks the river and the gardens, which soften the mood, and set the stage for your first meal of the day. Start with fresh squeezed juice and then enjoy scrumptious freshly baked scones pastries. If you prefer to wander over to Sweetie Pie's Bakery, you may purchase a delicious array of egg creations, oatmeals, breakfast meats, and espressos and cappuccinos.
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, culinary oasis. Remember, you can always extend your stay based on availability. Should you desire an extension, please let your culinary travel specialist know prior to check-in. May your future travels come from sweet dreams, and create tasty memories!
Napa River Inn
Napa River Inn is the only locally-owned luxury boutique hotel in historic downtown Napa, ideally situated in the Historic Napa Mill, a National Registered Landmark built in 1884. The Napa River Inn provides guests with gracious accommodations and friendly, personalized service in a unique two-and-a-half-acre riverfront setting. The Napa River Inn, distinguished by its location, is a Napa Valley waterfront landmark that artfully blends historic ambiance with Napa’s fun and vibrant downtown atmosphere.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Generally, you may cancel any tour or getaway package within 30 days of making a reservation, and receive a full refund of any deposit or payments made, as long as the cancellation is made at least 31 days in advance of departure for domestic tours or 61 days in advance of departure for international tours. Cancellations made after 30 days incur a 10% cancellation fee (10% of the deposit amount paid, not the full price of the tour package). Cancellations made 30 days or less in advance of departure for domestic packages (60 days or less for international packages) cannot be refunded due to loss of inventory.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
We had a terrific time on this excursion. The Napa River Inn was beautiful, the Wine Train, cooking class, and everything else made this a terrific experience. Already we are talking about exploring other tours like this. We made somewhat of a late decision on this one, and you really came through with a gem.
Richard & Christine - October 2018
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