Robert Frost could have used a local guide when he decided to take the road less traveled, as he discovered only too late that it was a gully carved to redirect flowing lava. Stay on the right path with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $42 for a tour to outlet shops and a Napa Valley winery (up to an $84 value) on a Friday or Saturday
- $74 for a Yosemite winter tour, plus park admission (up to a $149 value)
On a Friday or Saturday, shoppers explore more than 120 stores at Vacaville Premium Outlets—including Coach, Nike, and Gucci—using a complimentary VIP coupon book. After lunch, guests head to a Napa Valley winery to sip sparkling or family-produced varietals and drink in views of rolling vineyards. Groups of up to 13 ride from destination to destination in sleek vans, which are used only for the shopping tour and are outfitted with leather captain's seats. Lunch and winetasting fees are not included with this deal.
Alternatively, the Sierra Nevada mountains and snow-covered scenery of Yosemite National Park inspire jaws to drop in the comfort of a minibus or multipassenger van. A guide narrates the journey past natural wonders such as the El Capitan rock formation, which rises more than 3,000 feet above the valley floor, and Yosemite Falls, one of the world's tallest waterfalls. Depending on the weather and trail conditions, the day trip may include an optional two-mile hike to the Tuolumne Grove of giant sequoias.
Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
Whether you want to sip a glass of chardonnay at a family-owned, boutique winery or to stand next to a 600-year-old redwood in Muir Woods, Extranomical Tours can make it happen. And the tour company’s smaller vehicles—minibuses and 13- to 15-passenger shuttle vans—render the journey a more intimate, flexible experience. What began as a single van and one man's determination to showcase the Bay Area to friends and tourists has grown into a fleet that leads acclaimed tours across northern California. Dawn Cuthbertson of the Huffington Post went on the Wine Country and Redwoods Escape tour, one of the company's many offerings "Get your camera ready as you wander through the fog-drenched forest," she suggested to future visitors, describing the "hundreds of shades of green" visible in the cool, emerald forests.
The company trains its guides individually, regularly testing them on local knowledge and tidbits such as how long it takes the fire department to rescue a cat from a giant sequoia. The team also offers tours of Alcatraz, Monterey, and Carmel, as well as ferry- or boat-based adventures and walking or biking tours.
“Tour guide Patrick, was very informative and entertaining . He was very considerate of all 12of his passengers. Certainly would take another tour with them.”
“Tour was awesome, worth the price! Tour guide was awesome! ”