The routes take you through the Napa Valley and into Sonoma County. These areas have some of the best cycling in the world; with riding for all levels. All on quiet country lanes and with California’s great weather. Ride from the pristine wine valleys to the ruggedly beautiful Pacific Coast.
Recreational, Road bike
300 km / 186 mi
This tour is a custom made tour, ask for an exact quote for pricing.
Luxurious accommodations with a local character.
Option to shorten or extend the daily distances.
Concierge assistance for dining, spa, or winery reservations.
Hybrid bicycle included.
E-bike rent possible.
GPS units, cycling maps, directions and a custom guidebook; one set per couple.
Guide available via phone 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
On-call roadside assistance 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for mechanical issues.
transfer from and to San Fransisco possible for $225 each way.
Recreational, Road bike
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition Challenging = experienced, well trained
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
300 km / 186 mi
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
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.
20mi/32km or 35mi/56km
Arrival in Santa Rosa. Today you will meander up the flat-to-gently rolling Napa Valley. Much of the riding is along the Silverado Trail There are options to extend the ride. A 10-mile side loop up Howell Mountain includes a tough-but-scenic climb up a car-free lane. Your reward is an outstanding view across the Napa Valley.
20mi/32km or 30mi/48km
Another day with options. Option 1: The Pope Valley ride stars with 6 miles of practically car-free climbing up Howell Mountain. A fast descent takes you into the lush Pope Valley – a world of peaceful farms and flower filled meadows. The route continues along the shores of Lake Hennessy before descending back into the Napa Valley.
Option 2: For something that’s rewarding but not too strenuous cruise around the northern Napa Valley. Both Calistoga and St Helena have some great lunch options including the majestic Culinary Institute of America.
20mi/32km to 42mi/67km
There are two great options for riding today either over gently rolling terrain or into the mountains. The easiest riding is in the valleys where you’ll cycle through mixed-tree woodland and past fertile vineyards where the rows of vines head off to the mountain-framed horizon. If you want to avoid the first two climbs, take a van transfer part of the way to make this a nice easy day. If you are looking for more of a challenge, you will head into the mountains for a rollercoaster ride with climbs and descents as well as some very impressive panoramas. Your reward is some of the best cycling in California with very little traffic. You stay overnight in Healdsburg; a prosperous but relaxed town centered on a shady plaza with a bandstand, great restaurants, bookstores and an antiques store.
30mi/48km tor 50mi/80km
Where you ride may depend on what route you plan to take tomorrow. The gentler route takes you into the Dry Creek Valley: out along the east side of the valley and returning along the west. From here you look out across acres of vines with the Mayacamas Mountains framing the scene. In short, you will enjoy some truly classic wine country riding on back roads that snake past small farms and family-run wineries. For the determined, there are several epic rides. Whichever you choose you will be climbing on twisting mountain roads that are virtually car free. One option takes you deep into the Mayacamas Mountains where natural geysers are tapped for their energy. Another takes you over to the Sonoma-Valley town of Glen Ellen. Finally, there’s Pine Flat Rd that, paradoxically, climbs 2900 feet! You again stay overnight in the town of Healdsburg.
25mi/40km or 45mi/72km
The gentle route today offers another 20 miles of fantastic wine country riding on quiet lanes. The day starts in the Dry Creek Valley on rolling terrain before you head over a low pass into the Russian River where you have your first experience of cycling in the shade of giant redwoods. This is a good day to take it easy and do some wine tasting en route. However, there are plenty of opportunities to take challenging “short-cuts,” if you are looking to test your legs. The reward for this effort is getting high above the valleys on car free roads with stunning views across high meadows. For many, the highlight of the day is a side trip to the Armstrong Redwood State Reserve – a beautifully preserved redwood grove with some trees over 1,400 years old. You stay overnight in Guerneville; an old logging town on the banks of the Russian River.
25mi/40km to 37mi/59km
Start with a gentle descent alongside the Russian River down towards the ocean. Then you have a choice. Those looking for the shortest route will head straight to Jenner where a large sand spit forms a lagoon that is home to families of seals. After lunch in Jenner, you will enjoy some classic Californian coastal riding south to Bodega Bay. A more challenging option is to head into the Coastal Range along a single-lane route through the towering redwood groves. This is one of our favorite roads and you will climb gently up to the small town of Cazadero, known as “The Heart of the Redwoods.” The easier option from Cazadero is to enjoy a long, gradual descent down to Jenner on the coast. However, your reward at the top of the climb is a stunning view down the coast and a fast sweeping descent into Jenner. Your final destination is Bodega Bay; a working fishing port with a large fleet catching salmon, crab and shrimp.
17mi/32km or 35mi/56km
You start your day climbing up from the coast towards Valley Ford. From here, there are some scenic back roads across rolling hills and open pastureland. The small, well-preserved village of Tomales makes for a great lunch stop. The major hills are now behind you and you enjoy an easy cruise alongside Tomales Bay. At the end of the Bay you arrive at Point Reyes Station. You will finish this tour in Tomales mid afternoon.
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