Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Level: Novice / Intermediate
Terrain: Rolling / Hilly
With great weather, breathtaking scenery and over 500 vineyards, Sonoma and Napa Valley are a cyclist’s paradise. You’ll find terrain suitable for all abilities, just one of the reasons Bicycling Magazine described pedaling here as “the perfect cycling vacation.” Off the bike you’ll be treated to wine tastings, world-class cuisine and delightful accommodations. Our Sonoma & Napa Valley Bike Tour gives you the best of both worlds in California’s world-renowned wine region.
Day 1: Biking to Bodega Bay (31 miles)
After pickup in San Francisco, you’ll be shuttled to the pastoral, ranching part of Sonoma County near the coast. After a brief orientation, you pedal along a favorite route past an incredible local bakery known for their delectable bready treats (don’t worry, celiacs, they have two kinds of gluten-free scones, so you can enjoy too). The reward today is a sweet climb and descent along Coleman Valley Road, which on sunny days offers an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. We’ll end up at our hotel for the night and the first of many great meals together. Meals included: Dinner
Day 2: Biking among Redwoods (25, 45 or 60 miles, Hiking – 2 miles)
After breakfast you’ll head up along the rugged Pacific Coast and along the Russian River into the heart of the redwoods. You’ll savor a visit to a state park that includes 1,400-year-old trees that tower over 300 feet, creating an enchanting ambience. If you choose to cycle after lunch, you’ll continue up the Russian River to Healdsburg. En route, you’ll pass many wineries on quiet roads. Today’s itinerary includes a wine tasting at one of the area’s best wineries. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3: Biking Dry Creek (22 or 55 miles)
How much you cycle today is – as always – up to you. You may choose to spend more time exploring the charming town of Healdsburg, but if you’d rather, you can spend more time riding the Dry Creek Valley. From here you’ll look out across acres of vines with the Mayacamas Mountains framing the scene. In short, you’ll enjoy some truly classic wine country riding on lightly trafficked roads where there seems to be a winery every half mile. Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 4: Biking Alexander Valley (21 or 47 miles)
Today you’ll bike the Alexander Valley, Knights Valley and Northern Napa. You’ll find many opportunities to visit famous wineries along the way. Indeed, you’ll savor a gourmet picnic lunch overlooking the vineyards of one such oasis before touring the winery. You’ll stay the next two nights in the quaint Napa County town of Calistoga known for its boutique shops and excellent restaurants.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 5: Biking Napa Valley (40 or 71 miles)
This morning you’ll take to the Silverado Trail which affords a great view across the Napa Valley as well as being home to some of the best known wineries in the area. You’re welcome to continue on a more extensive ride, but we encourage you to relax with an optional spa treatment for which Calistoga is famous. Choose from massage, hydrotherapy, mud baths, facials and more. Tonight, you’ll enjoy recalling the stories of the week with the rest of the group over your farewell dinner. Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 6: Biking Crystal Springs Loop (18 miles)
Today’s ride is a short loop past some of the smaller wineries of Napa. Of course, you can choose to sleep in and relax or enjoy another chance to explore town. Either way you’ll have some time to get ready and pack up before being shuttled back across the Golden Gate Bridge to downtown San Francisco. Meals included: Breakfast
Bodega Bay Lodge – 1 night
Poised atop a tranquil bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Bodega Bay Lodge reflects the wild beauty of this romantic region and offers an array of incredible things to do in Sonoma. Watch the fishermen ply the bay for the day’s catch. Spot migrating whales in the waves. Scout for rare birds in a location prized by the Audubon Society and Alfred Hitchcock.
h2hotel – 2 nights
Glimpse the undulating “Green Roof” of h2hotel and you’ll know you’ve arrived to the charming historic town of Healdsburg, where h2hotel is rooted. To the heart of Northern Sonoma Wine Country, which unfolds just outside its doors. To one of our 36 eco-chic rooms – all with private balconies or patios; a simple, organic aesthetic; and creative amenities – that’s just waiting for you.
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa – 2 nights
Every great journey needs a worthy destination. Welcome to the hoteliers’. They fell in love with a 1940’s roadside motel (formerly the Sunburst Calistoga) perfectly placed at the head of the Silverado Trail, in the heart of California’s most scenic wine region. They cleaned her up and gave her new life as the Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa – an epic ode to the Great American Road Trip of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Framed by vineyards and bike trails, and with pools fed by geothermal waters flowing underneath their grounds, their stylish Mid-Century Modern digs are the perfect foundation for those looking to find their next great adventure from the perfect home base. Whether it’s backroad wine country or a relaxing mineral bath, their backyard can be your backyard, and it’s anything but ordinary.
PRICING & INCLUSIONS
- Lodging as outlined in lodging section above based on double occupancy
- Meals as noted in itinerary above
- Non-optional activities as outlined in itinerary above
- Ride-friendly snacks and beverages throughout each day
- Hybrid or alloy road bike rental – carbon road bike or E-bike available for an upgrade fee
- Services of professional trip leader(s)
- Van support during the trip & porterage service
- Black Sheep Adventures reusable water bottle, wool (baaaah) socks & luggage tags
TRIP PRICE EXCLUDES:
- Pre & post tour travel
- Alcoholic beverages
- Optional activities such as spa treatments
- Gratuities for your BSA guides
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