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Santa Fe – Taos bike tour

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Flame-red chiles; golden adobe; snow-whitw peaks and sapphire sky: Ansel Adems, Thomas Wolfe and Georgia O’Keeffe were all smitten with New Mexico’s intensity. Enjoy a multitude of options for cycling, hiking, culture and history – and feast richly on the region’s phenomenal cuisine. Ride the stunning High Road to Taos and the Enchanted Circle. Spend a half-day rafting the Rio Grande River; explore ancient dwellings in Bandeller and Taos pueblo, and still have time to wander Santa Fe’s renowned art district.

Road bike
6 days
$ 3,398.-
  • Taos Pueblo and Santa Fe
  • Stunning High Road to Taos
  • Bandeller National Monument
  • Half day rafting the Rio Grande River
  • Deposit 25%

    A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot.

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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
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, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
12 Sep 2021 - 17 Sep 2021
19 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021
15 May 2022 - 20 May 2022
11 Sep 2022 - 16 Sep 2022
18 Sep 2022 - 23 Sep 2022
2021 tours are guaranteed
2022 tour price: $3498.-pp
Start
Santa Fe
Finish
Santa Fe
Airport at start
Albuquerque airport
Airport at finish
Albuquerque airport

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 3,398.-
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.
$ 918.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1:

EXPLORE ART GALLERIES AND THE GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM. RIDE INTO THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.
Meet us in Santa Fe (public shuttle available from/to Albuquerque). Santa Fe boasts the third-largest fine art market in the United States, and it’s one of the greatest cities in the world for dining!  Galleries and museums abound on the famous Canyon Road; local artists peddle their jewelry and crafts in the city’s plaza. Go for a morning bicycle ride on the outskirts of Santa Fe.  Explore the town’s rich culture this afternoon. Stay tonight at the Inn of the Governors, in the heart of downtown. Savor one of the city’s fabulous restaurants for tonight’s dinner.
Meals:Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Inn of the Governors
Distance: 20 miles Elevation:+1392 ft / – 891 ft

Day 2:

PORE OVER MYSTERIOUS BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT. RIDE TO CHIMAYO.
Head to Bandelier National Monument. Stroll through ancient cliff dwellings carved high on the canyon walls, where Ancestral Pueblo people made their home nearly 1,000 years ago. Ride north after lunch – through mesas and red hills to the town of Chimayo, famous for its weavings and its church.  Spend tonight at the intimate Casa Escondida, with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountain ranges.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Casa Escondida
Distance: 22 miles Elevation:+2019 ft / – 1541 ft.

Day 3:

RIDE THE HIGH ROAD TO TAOS SCENIC BYWAY, WITH ITS TINY SPANISH TOWNS AND EXPANSIVE VIEWS.
Bicycle the scenic High Road to Taos today, through endless panoramas of pine forests, snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountain range, and remote cottonwood-filled valleys. Stop along the way for a weaving demonstration by local artisans. Spend the next three nights at Casa Benavides in Taos, a beautiful adobe inn ranked by Sunset Magazine as one of the best in the Southwest.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Casa Benavides
Distance: 42 miles Elevation:+2978 ft / – 4082 ft.

Day 4:

RAFT THE RIO GRANDE. PERUSE TAOS
Raft the Rio Grande Canyon this morning! Paddle Class II and III rapids carved through the desert rock, with the help of local guides and instructors.  Visit storied Taos Pueblo this afternoon. This is the largest existing multi-storied Pueblo structure in the United States, and home to Taos Native Americans for more than 1,000 years. Hankering for some downtime? Explore Taos’ shops and artists’ galleries, or get a massage.
Meals: Breakfast. Lodging: Casa Benavides


Day 5:

RIDE THE ENCHANTED CIRCLE SCENIC BYWAY.
Ride the Enchanted Circle, a view-crammed loop north of Taos circling the highest peak in New Mexico: Wheeler Peak. The landscape is quite diverse: alpine forests, open range, cattle country, lakes, and fascinating small towns. The eastern half of the Enchanted Circle features long, gradual downhills through peaceful valleys of pasture and forest as it winds back to Taos. Bicycle 62 miles of this amazing loop (with boost options for the climbs) or the whole 85 miles.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Casa Benavides
Distance: 62 (or 85) miles Elevation:+3986 ft / – 4370 ft. (or +5669 ft / -5671 ft.)

Day 5:

RIDE TO PICTURESQUE ARROYO SECO BEFORE HEADING BACK TO OUR FINISH IN SANTA FE AND ALBUQUERQUE.
Choose from two options today: Pedal your bicycle down a quiet side road beside a creek, into beautiful Arroyo Seco valley, or challenge yourself with a ride up to Taos Ski Valley. Visit storied Taos Pueblo this afternoon. This is the largest existing multi-storied Pueblo structure in the United States, and home to Taos Native Americans for more than 1,000 years. Want to stay in Santa Fe after the tour? It’s just a short ride there – on your bike or in the van. Need to fly home? We’ll miss you. But we’re happy to take you onward to Albuquerque and the airport.
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch.
Distance: 13 ( or 26) miles Elevation:+418 ft / –961 ft. (or +2162 ft / -2705 ft)

Included

Lodging
Bicycles
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners, except one lunch and one dinner on your own.
Hiking & river rafting
Bandeller National Monument

Not included

Flights from and to the tour
Nights before and after the tour
One lunch and one dinner
Gratuity guides

Lodging:

Inn of the Governors
Casa Escondida
Casa Benavides

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price,
E-bikes
are available for an extra fee.

Giant Defy ADV 3

Choose the longer route. Climb higher mountains. This all-new endurance road bike is purpose-built to help you tackle long-distance road rides in all types of conditions. It’s smooth, it’s efficient, and it’s fast.
Ride farther and faster with an all-new composite frameset that’s engineered with endurance geometry and built-in compliance. Handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite material, it’s engineered with tube shapes that are optimized to absorb road shocks and vibrations. And the frame is still stiff in all the ways that matter—for pedaling efficiency as well as steering and cornering precision. It’s made with a specific carbon layup to give it just the right feel. And for added control, it features integrated disc brakes with flat mounts and 12mm thru-axles. The D-Fuse Seatpost and handlebar system also help reduce road vibrations, adding to its smooth, compliant feel on the road.
Components: Giant Conduct disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra groupset, 50/34 cranks, 11 x 34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless wheelset 700x28c

Fastroad SL 1

So smooth, so efficient, it feels like flying. This lightweight flyer combines the sporty feel of a road bike with the added confidence and control of a flat handlebar.
The perfect balance of road bike speed and city bike versatility. Built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, this new flat-bar road bike puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s smooth and efficient. The fast-rolling 700c wheels and vibration-absorbing composite D-Fuse Seatpost help smooth out rough roads. The fast-rolling 700c wheels can accommodate large tires up to 32c, perfect for tackling rough roads with confidence and control, while integrated ergo bar ends keep your hands comfortable on longer adventures. Powerful disc brakes give you added control in all types of weather, and easy-to-use rack mounts make FastRoad SL a smart choice for commuting, fitness riding, and weekend adventures.
Components: Advanced-Grade composite fork, TRP Flat mount disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra 2×10 with 11×34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless, wheelset 700x28c

E-bike fastroad E+ EX Pro

E-bikes
available for an extra fee.
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