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Napa - Sonoma ride

Summary

Napa-Sonoma 2

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
7 days
300 km / 186 mi
$ 2,790.-
  • 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 $250 each way.
  • Deposit for this tour is 25%

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
7 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
Self-Guided
Daily distance
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
300 km / 186 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, room & breakfast
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
01 Jun 2020 - 31 Oct 2020
Tour starts any date during this period
Start
Santa Rosa (09.00)
Finish
Santa Rosa (15.00)
Transfer
San Francisco Center

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,790.-
roadbike
$ 150.-
Optional
premium roadbike
$ 250.-
Optional
transfer from San Fransisco to Santa Rosa
Transfer is $2250 up to 3 people.
$ 250.-
Optional
transfer from Santa Rosa to San Fransisco
Transfer is $250 up to 3 people.
$ 250.-
Optional
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.
$ 1,670.-

Itinerary

Day 1: Napa to Calistoga

The Intermediate ride starts with a van transfer to the town of Napa from where you meander
up the gently-rolling Napa Valley. Much of today’s riding is along the Silverado Trail with a winery every mile or so: from the world-renowned Stags Leap to the art-laden Clos Pegase. Along the way you have opportunities for lunch in Yountville, Oakville, or at a winery. With the easy terrain and numerous wineries to stop at, this route provides a gentle introduction to your tour.
Leisure riders will be transferred to Yountville or Rutherford, a little further along the route described above.
Leisure: 20 miles with 900 feet of climbing
Intermediate 30 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing
Challenge 50 miles with 4,400 feet of climbing
Leisure riders will be transferred to Yountville or Rutherford, a little further along the route described above.

Day 2: Calistoga to Healdsburg

The Intermediate route takes you through a series of valleys where you cycle past mixed-tree woodland and fertile vineyards. Most of the wineries you pass are in the Alexander Valley. Even if you are not planning to taste, these oases are great places to enjoy a picnic or simply rest in the shade of an oak tree. From here, it’s an easy cruise across into the Dry Creek Valley and onto Healdsburg - your final destination.
Leisure riders will take a van transfer over the first two climbs of the day to join the route described
above at the start of the Alexander Valley.
Challenge riders follow the Intermediate route to the Alexander Valley but add on a fun in-and-out
climb up the badly-named Pine Flat Road - a local classic.
The Epic route also follows the Intermediate route to the Alexander Valley from where it heads into the mountains for a roller-coaster ride along Geysers Rd to Cloverdale. You are rewarded with some of the best advanced cycling in California: tough climbing, impressive panoramas, and very little traffic.
Leisure 10 miles with 210 feet of climbing
Intermediate 30 miles with 1,275 feet of climbing
Challenge 50 miles 4,800 feet of climbing
Epic 70 miles 5,500 feet of climbing


Day 3: Healdsburg Loops (A)

Today’s Intermediate route takes you into the Dry Creek Valley. 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. Many guests collect a picnic lunch at the Dry Creek General Store to enjoy with a tasting in the gardens of one of the many vineyards. If you buy a bottle or two, let us know and we will collect them for you.
Challenge riders head across to the Alexander Valley and then into the mountains following a
classic route for local riders past active geysers to Cloverdale and then back through the Dry Creek
Valley. Healdsburg is a prosperous but relaxed town centered on a shady plaza complete with a bandstand. The plaza hosts regular concerts and a farmers market. The town also has several bookstores, antique stores , and tasting rooms as well as many great restaurants.
The Epic route follows the intermediate route to the end of the Dry Creek Valley but rather than turning around it continues along remote roads deep into the Coast Range. The route returns to Healdsburg alongside the Russian River.

Leisure 15 miles with 500 feet of climbing
Intermediate 30 miles with 1,150 feet of climbing
Challenge 55 miles 4,600 feet of climbing
Epic 100 miles 8,800 feet of climbing
Leisure riders do a slightly shorter version of the Dry Creek loop described above - focusing on the
southern portion.


Day 4: Healdsburg to Guerneville

The Intermediate route has 30 miles of fantastic wine country riding on scenic lanes that meander
through the vineyards of the Dry Creek Valley before heading over a low pass into the Russian River Valley. Here you experience cycling in the shade of giant redwoods before arriving at the hippie town of Guerneville. This is a good day to do some wine tasting - maybe taking a picnic to enjoy at one of the many wineries.
Leisure riders follow the above route except for cutting off the initial loop through the Dry Creek
Valley.
Challenge riders also follow the Intermediate route above but add in a hilly detour that tests the legs with steep climbs high above the valleys on car free roads with stunning views across high, alpine meadows.
The Epic route heads into the Dry Creek Valley from where it continues along remote roads deep
into the Coast Range. Here, you ride for almost 50 miles without seeing cars, towns or any other sign of civilization.
Leisure 20 miles with 800 feet of climbing
Intermediate 30 miles with 1,275 feet of climbing
Challenge 40 miles 2,300 feet of climbing
Epic 85 miles 8,100 feet of climbing

Day 5: Guerneville Loops

The Intermediate route loops between Guerneville and Occidental - and back again. Most of the riding is on gentle back roads in the shade of the forest but there are also a number of short-steep sections - just to help build up a healthy appetite for lunch!
Leisure riders will head straight to the Armstrong Woods State Reserve to ride and hike in the shade of 1400-year-old redwood trees.
Challenge riders follow the Intermediate route to Occidental and then push into the Coast Mountains and down to the ocean. The route follows one of the classic climbs of the Tour of California bike race with views down to the Pacific Ocean.
Leisure 10 miles with 150 feet of climbing
Intermediate 25 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing
Challenge 40 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing

Day 6: Guerneville to Bodega Bay - Last Day

The Intermediate route starts with a gentle descent alongside the Russian River before taking a scenic detour through the Redwoods to the small town of Cazadero: “The Heart of the Redwoods.” A short descent from here brings you to the Pacific Ocean where families of seals bask in the sun. After lunch in Jenner, you enjoy some classic Californian coastal riding south to Bodega Bay. Typically, the wind is at your back as you cycle past mile after mile of pristine coastline; all under the protection of the Sonoma Coast State Beach. Your tour ends in Bodega Bay overlooking the small fishing port. Leisure riders will follow the Intermediate route to the Pacific Ocean where their tour ends in the small town of Jenner. There is also a shorter option available for those with less time.
Challenge riders follow the Intermediate route to Cazadero from where they head into the Coast
Range before emerging from the trees, high above the Pacific Ocean. From here, you have stunning
views down the coast and a fast sweeping descent into Jenner – where you rejoin the Intermediate
route.
Leisure 20 miles 750 feet 15 miles 500 feet (short option)
Intermediate 35 miles with1, 800 feet of climbing
Challenge 45 miles with 3,700 feet of climbing

Map & Routes

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