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The Napa Valley Wine Train is by and far one of Napa Valley's most interesting and convenient attractions for visitors. The train not only offers car-less visitors the opportunity to zip through 36 miles of scenic, vineyard-lined terrain, but it also acts as a restaurant, serving up gourmet meals paired with some of Napa's signature wine selections. And don't worry, this experience is in no way akin to modern Amtrak train travel. Here, you'll find restored, hundreds-year-old train cars that feature seductive, old-fashioned interiors including tufted velvet seating, mahogany paneling and etched glass partitions throughout. Plus there isn't one set seating area but a variety of lounges and dining rooms, including the Champagne Vista Dome, a dining car that features arched windows with panoramic views of the valley. 

Where you end up on the train and for how long is all dependent on what kind of tour you book. The Napa Valley Wine Train offers loads of tours that range from just a ride on the train to a full day trip with stops at multiple vineyards. There's also a twilight tour and even a "Murder On the Orient Express"-inspired Murder Mystery dinner theatre package. Travelers tend to book train rides with no stops or packages that included stops at vineyards. Overall, recent passengers of the Napa Valley Wine Train reported loving their experience. While admittedly pricey, visitors found the food to be fantastic, service excellent and the views of the vineyards from the train simply breathtaking. Others, however, found the price to be too high for the amount of wine included in a package, so be prepared to shell out a little bit more if you're wanting multiple glasses of wine on the train. 

Guests can choose between three different dining packages before they board the refurbished vintage cars. And although the trip's three-hour tour doesn't change, the pricing varies depending on your food selection. Expect to pay anywhere from $149 to $272 per person for meals and wheels. There are also themed meal services, like Murder Mystery Dinner Theater and combination deals that include a vineyard tour with the train journey. The lunch train check in starts at 10:30 a.m. and the dinner train at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested and recent visitors highly suggest booking early. For more pricing and schedule information, check out the train's website.

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