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Cycling California Wine Country

from $2,109.00

Explore one of the world’s most famous wine regions on two wheels

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    4 - 12
All about the Cycling California Wine Country.

From vines to waves, and back again, join us for a ride through California’s famous Napa and Sonoma counties. You’ll get a taste of some of the best wine, beer and cycling routes California has to offer as you embark on a multi-day adventure. From pastoral country roads under millennia old redwoods, to climbing rocky coastal cliffs, the diverse beauty of Northern California’s Wine Country will leave you breathless if the route doesn’t.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
* All accommodation ( 5 hotel nights)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout

Specialized Diverge bike included

What is not included in this tour?

Highlights

  • Point to point rides with specialist cycling guide
  • Cycle through verdant wine lands in iconic Napa Valley and Sonoma County
  • Experience geothermal activity in Calistoga
  • Recovery hot spring spa and massage treatment
  1. Day 1 Napa to Sonoma

    Starting/meeting point: 10am at the Best Western Inn at the Vines in NapaWelcome to Northern California’s Wine Country, home to nearly 1000 Vineyards and some of the best beer in the country! Join your group in Napa for a pre tour briefing, cycle fitting, and picnic lunch with your cycling professional and support staff as you prepare to set off on your journey. You’ll start things off with a 30 mile ride to the city of Sonoma, with a taste of the hills to come. Spend the evening getting to know the city, and its historic colonial era Sonoma Plaza, which features numerous art galleries, restaurants and shopping options.*Route:* via Glen Ellen*Distance:* 30 miles (48km)*Elevation gain:* 900m*Accommodation:* Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn (or similar)

  2. Day 2 Sonoma to Bodega Bay

    Today is not for the birds, but the night may be as we finish our ride in Bodega Bay, the filming location for Alfred Hitchcock’s “the birds”. Today you will have 2 route options, as you can choose to push yourself to conquer the Marshall Wall, or enjoy a more level ride through pastoral Petaluma. With a total elevation gain of 4429ft, the Marshall Wall is considered by locals to be the best climb in the county. Grab some oysters or seafood fresh from the pacific, and head out to any of the incredible local beaches such as Bodega Head State Park, or Doran Beach to soak in the sun. But save room as you’ll rejoin your group to share stories of the climb, and prepare for tomorrows adventure with an included dinner.*Main route:* Via Petaluma and Tomales*Distance:* 48 miles (77km)*Elevation gain:* 750m*Burner route:* Via Petaluma and The Marshall Wall*Distance:* 58 miles (93km)*Elevation gain:* 1367m*Accommodation:* Inn at the Tides (or similar)

  3. Day 3 Bodega to Healdsburg

    Today’s ride will bring you through Sonoma Coast State Park, before following the Russian River back inland to the heart of Sonoma’s Wine Country. Enjoy your supported nutrition stop in the shade of the awe inspiring, millennia old Redwood trees in Armstrong State Park. The next two nights you’ll be staying in the quintessential wine town of Healdsburg, which serves as the hub of Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley. Spend the night exploring fashionable boutiques, art galleries, and some of the best restaurants in Wine Country.*Main route:* Via Jenner, Duncan Mills, and Guerneville*Distance:* 40 miles (64km)*Elevation gain:* 632m*Burner route:* Via Jenner and Willow Creek (dirt road), Occidental*Distance:* 51 miles (82km)*Elevation gain:* 1391m*Accommodation:* Best Western Dry Creek (or similar)

  4. Day 4 Healdsburg Loop Dry Creek/ Chalk Hill / The Geysers

    Explore more of the surrounding valleys, and vineyards with the option of two routes. You’ll be exposed to the ashy remnants of volcanic activity in Chalk Hill, and the world’s largest geothermal field known as the Geysers before returning to Dry Creek for a free afternoon of wine tasting or relaxation. One of the best, and most classic Sonoma County rides, The Geyser provide a challenging, remote ride, seeing a 2330ft elevation gain over 24 miles. Return to town down Dry Creek road, home, home to 50 unique and renowned wineries, which produce some of the best Zinfandel in the world. Stop by the historic Dry Creek General Store for an incredible selection of lunch options before enjoying a free afternoon to explore these local institutions.*Main route:* Via Chalk Hill and West Dry Creek*Distance:* 40 miles (64km)*Elevation gain:* 402m*Burner route:* Via Geysers Loop*Distance:* 54 miles (87km)*Elevation gain:* 1332m*Accommodation:* Best Western Dry Creek (or similar)

  5. Day 5 Healdsburg to Calistoga

    Today’s ride will see us leave Sonoma County for a return into the more rural northern section of the Napa Valley. En route you’ll stop for a supported nutrition stop at the quirky Jimtown Store, a true Sonoma County Landmark. If you’re still feeling strong, ride an additional 25 miles, with 5000ft of elevation gain through Middletown before returning for your night stop in Calistoga. Noted for its geothermal activity and geyser known as the “Old Faitful of California”, Calistoga is the perfect place to recover in comfort with an included hot spring spa and massage treatment.*Main route:* Via Jimtown*Distance:* 25 miles (40km)*Elevation gain:* 297m*Burner route:* Jimtown and Middletown*Distance:* 50 miles (80km)*Elevation gain:* 1773m*Accommodation:* Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa (or similar)

  6. Day 6 Calistoga to Napa

    All good things must come to an end as you begin a leisurely ride back down Napa Valley. Celebrate your successful journey with an included send off lunch at Stone Brewery.Your tour will end after the included lunch on Friday, which will be around 14:00 hrs. At this time, your support staff will be able to transfer you to the shuttle pick office at Evans Transportation for your return journey to San Francisco, or back to the Starting point hotel in case you have booked additional nights after the trip or other onward travel plans.

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Where you stay

Hotels

Hotel accommodation has been chosen to bring the flavor of the areas to life. They are in close proximity to the highlights of the region. You will be roomed with a fellow passenger of the same sex on a twin share basis (two people per room) unless you are travelling as a couple.

Each hotel used is listed within the itinerary to ensure you are comfortable with the standard at the time of booking. They are subject to change for a similar style/standard , although we endeavor to stick to the advertised itinerary as closely as possible.

Eating and Drinking

On this tour, you will typically eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for your meals on average lunches can cost from US12-15 and dinners from US$25-35; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately US$7 per glass and beer US$5-6 per pint. Please also be aware that a tip of approximately 15%-17% is added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices.

Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of North America certain food types can be limited.

You’ll get the opportunity to ride with a specialist cycling guide on routes carefully crafted to showcase the very best of California’s biking scene. That being said, we also offer a lot of flexibility for you to control your own ride, pace, etc. As a state renowned for generous wine lands, gentle mountains and a glistening pacific coast shoreline, this tour focuses on the foundations of the sport, and experiencing the thrill of the open road on two wheels. We use top-of the-range 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp bikes and equipment that are perfectly suited to the diverse terrain of California’s familiar and unfamiliar landscapes. Point to point rides not only allow you to get a truly unique sense of adventure, but they also take you into the lesser known parts of California whether you take the main route or the burner route. You’ll be able to engage with local communities and encounter legacies of the Tour of California, among other routes that make these areas a hot spot for cycle enthusiasts the world over. We provide you with a group support vehicle, riding jersey and your own water bottle, with a support staff member to assist with repairs, hydration and nutritional boosts to keep you going.

This active tour is suitable for people of most levels of experience and fitness. It is recommended to engage in some physical preparation and cycling for this trip. Our cycling tours are as much about the sport as they are about the destination. Aside from our dedicated daily routes, we also provide the option of burner routes and bonus miles and with our provided Garmin Edge 1000, you have the flexibility to take it as slow as you like or aim to really challenge yourself.

Although this tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

There are a few opportunities for optional activities during your tour. Your tour leader will organise these on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed above under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

THE BIKES

The Specialized Diverge is the perfect bike for balancing long days on the road and in the saddle with days off the road- or on the too often poorly maintained country roads. Not quite a cross bike and not completely a road bike the Diverge is the perfect bike for our tours. With clearance for up to 42 mm tires and a Future Shock that’s geared specifically to riding smoothly over harsh terrain.

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