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Napa and the Sonoma Coast

Summary

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From vines, to waves and back again, join us for a ride through California’s famous Napa and Sonoma counties. Your multi-day adventure will give you a taste of some of the best wine, beer, and cycling routes California has to offer! Remote country roads past millennia old redwoods, rocky coastal cliffs, and Northern California’s famous vineyards will leave you breathless – if the hills don’t beat them to it!

Road bike
6 days
377 km / 234 mi
$ 2,599.-
  • 10% discount for start date October 7.
  • Cycling Expert and ‘on the road’ support staff and vehicle
  • Custom Fitting on 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp Cycle
  • 5 nights’ accommodation 3 and 4 star hotels
  • Supported Rest/Lunch stops, Snacks/Drinks for Ride
  • Luggage Transfer each day
  • Dinner in Bodega, Dinner in Healdsburg, 2 Included Breakfasts
  • Massage and Spa Entrance
  • Use of Garmin GPS Unit
  • Stone Brewing Send Off

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
Total distance
377 km / 234 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, no meals
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
07 Oct 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
04 Nov 2018 - 09 Oct 2018
21 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019
28 Apr 2019 - 03 May 2019
05 May 2019 - 10 May 2019
12 May 2019 - 17 May 2019
09 Jun 2019 - 14 Jun 2019
16 Jun 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
23 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
28 Jul 2019 - 02 Aug 2019
2019 Start date: August 4.
Start
Napa (10.00 AM)
Finish
Napa
Airport at start
San Fransisco
Airport at finish
San Fransisco

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,599.-
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 889.-

Itinerary

Day 1 – Napa to Sonoma via Glen Ellen

(30 miles; 2956ft)
Starting/meeting point: 10 am at the Best Western Inn at the Vines in Napa
Welcome to Northern California’s Wine Country, home to nearly 1,000 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 to get a taste of the hills to come. Spend the evening getting to know the city, and its historic colonial era Sonoma Plaza featuring numerous art galleries, restaurants, and shopping options.

Day 2 – Sonoma to Bodega Bay

Route 1: via Petaluma and The Marshall Wall (58 miles; 4488ft)
Route 2: via Petaluma and Tomales (48 miles; 2641ft)
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.” You will have two route options this morning; 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 the local beaches at Bodega Head State Park or Doran Beach to soak in the sun. But save some room as you’ll rejoin your group to share stories of the climb and prepare for tomorrow’s adventure with an included dinner.

Day 3 – Bodega to Healdsburg

Route 1: Via Jenner and Willow Creek (dirt road), Occidental (51 miles; 4564ft)
Route 2: Via Jenner, Duncan Mills, and Guerneville (40 miles; 2075ft)
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 included lunch break 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.

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

Route 1: Via Chalk Hill and West Dry Creek (40 miles; 1319ft)
Route 2: Via Geysers Loop (54 miles; 4373ft)
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 power 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 Geysers provide a challenging 2330ft gain along 24 miles of remote mountain roads. Return to town down Dry Creek Rd and explore the area’s 50 unique wineries world renowned for their Zinfandel. 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.

Day 5 - Healdsburg to Calistoga

Route 1: Via Jimtown (25 miles; 975ft)
Route 2: Via Jimtown and Middletown (50 miles; 5817ft)
Today’s ride takes us out of Sonoma County for a return into the more rural northern section of the Napa Valley. En route you’ll stop for an included lunch 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 Faithful of California,” Calistoga is the perfect place to recover in comfort with an included hot spring spa and massage treatment.

Day 6 – Calistoga to Napa

(30 miles; 528ft)
All good things must end as we begin a leisurely ride back down the Napa Valley. Celebrate your successful journey with an included sendoff lunch at Stone Brewery. Accommodation for the night in Napa is available upon request.

Map & Routes

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Bicycle

T Specialized-Diverge 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp Cycle.
The Specialized Diverge is not quite a cross bike and not completely a road bike. The Diverge is the perfect bike for this tour.
With clearance for up to 42 mm tires and a Future Shock that is geared specifically to riding smoothly over harsh terrain, Specialized notes that: “Sure, some have tried to make their cross bikes more road-capable and others have made their road bikes more adventure-ready, but we created one bike that makes no compromises between the two.”
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