Our Texas Hill Country bike tour offers a good ol’ time deep in the heart of Texas. Enjoy exceptional cycling on a web of country lanes through rolling terrain where you see more Texas Longhorns than vehicles.
Before your trip, you’ll arrive in San Antonio, where a vibrant music scene and cycling culture reigns. On the road, treat yourself to an authentic Texas BBQ at the Salt Lick and enjoy live music and two-step dancing at the state’s oldest dance hall all outside in the warm air.
Our Texas Hill Country bike tour will show you another side to the state you probably never thought existed; lush fields bursting with vibrant bluebonnets, evocative cypress forests and old world small town wineries. This journey around one of the Lone Star State’s most beautiful regions both surprises and delights.
563 km / 350 mi
5 Nights of exceptional lodging.
6 Days of meals including: all breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.
Daily gourmet lunch en route, a Texas BBQ lunch at the world famous Salt Lick.
Entrance fees included.
Shuttle and mechanical support.
Additional mileage options each day.
Night before and after the tour not included.
Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
The deposit for this tour is $950.-pp.
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
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
563 km / 350 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
Deluxe, full board
Daily luggage transfers
20 Oct 2019 - 25 Oct 2019 27 Oct 2019 - 01 Nov 2019 03 Nov 2019 - 08 Nov 2019 08 Mar 2020 - 13 Mar 2020 15 Mar 2020 - 20 Mar 2020 29 Mar 2020 - 03 Apr 2020 05 Apr 2020 - 10 Apr 2020 12 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020 22 Mar 2020 - 27 Mar 2020
Scott CR-1 and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components
Scott E-bike road bikes with straight bars
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.
Day 0: Arrival in San Antonio
You’re in Texas, so you need to start BIG! Could there possibly be a better way to start off a week long bike tour of Texas Hill Country than by spending an evening in downtown San Antonio? The San Antonio River Walk offers entertainment to suit all tastes – from music, to boat tours, to restaurants, to shopping – the River Walk has it all and more! Have fun, but don’t stay out too late because our cycling adventure begins early the following morning from the meeting hotel.
Day 1: Blanco, Texas to Boerne
40 Miles with 2,000 feet of climbing.
After travel and a possible busy night one may still be feeling the “buzz” from San Antonio. So today’s bike ride will have a casual start.
This first day’s route follows a lonely road from Blanco, Texas to Boerne. The 600-foot climb of Crabapple Hill serves as the major ascent on day 1.
Tonight’s stay in Boerne will be at the Ye Kendall Inn, one of the few remaining 19th century limestone resort hotels in Texas. It’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After settling in, you’ll enjoy a relaxing dinner while unwinding from the day’s ride. After dinner, stroll down the streets of this quaint Texas town.
Day 2: Boerne, Texas to Fredericksburg
43 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing
Day 2 takes cyclists across the heart of Texas Hill Country with a stop in Luckenbach, Texas, a modern ghost town with strong western roots, a rich music history and a population of 3, and then ending at the Four Point Wine to relax and sample the local wines.
The route offers a few short climbs at the start, then a longer one to Bat Cave State Park for lunch. After the visit to the winery, we shuttle a short distance to Fredericksburg,to check into the Hoffman Haus, our accommodations for the next two evenings. Sit back after a day of cycling in their serene and secluded enclave. Stroll a block to downtown for a hearty Texas sized dinner, live music and post ride camaraderie. This town with it’s deep German heritage is sure to offer something to everyone.
Day 3: Layover with Willow City Loop Ride
52 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing
Day 3 is a layover in Fredericksburg. In the morning, you’ll set off on this region’s signature ride, the Willow City Loop. This scenic route stops at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, an enormous dome of pink granite covering a full square mile and rising 425 feet above the surrounding countryside. Enjoy a lunch at the park. You’ll also have time to hike the 1-mile trail to the top.
On this day off from the road, explore this old West area. Visit one of the neighboring towns’ famous German biergartens and enjoy a Shiner Bock Lager. Visit The National Museum of the Pacific War, or explore the many stores that downtown has to offer. You’ll be on own to enjoy Fredericksburg’s many dining establishments this evening
Day 4: Fredericksburg, Texas to Blanco
46 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing.
On Wednesday we’ll take a meandering southeasterly route to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, homestead of the 36th U.S. President. A 4-mile paved interpretive bike tour of the working ranch serves as the park’s highlight. Next, visit the Johnsons’ private residence on a fascinating 45-minute tour.
During his presidency, Johnson and his wife Ladybird paved nearly every ranching road in the county. As a result, cycling in Hill Country has taken off.
Spend lunch under one of Hill Country’s iconic riverside Live Oak trees. Day 4 ends with pedaling into the town of Blanco and the Blanco Settlement.
In Blanco, we’ll enjoy a good-ol’ Texas barbecue, with live bluegrass music around the fireplace outside our cabins! Austin’s family owned Smokey Denmark caters tonight’s smoked sausages, brisket and fresh green salad. A local trio of musicians will entertain us during dinner.
Day 5: Blanco, Texas to Gruene
47 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing.
Day 5 is a two part ride with the first morning segment of 33 miles along remote Texas Hill Country roads past farms, ranches and pastures and through the near ghost town of Driftwood. But make sure to attack those rolling hills along the way to build up your appetite because we will have a feast of world famous Texas barbecue for lunch at The Salt Lick, a Hill Country legend!
After lunch we shuttle a short distance to the start of the amazing River Road, a cycling nirvana of 14 miles along the scenic Guadalupe River Road offering four wide river bridge crossings and ending in the small town of Gruene, Texas. The Gruene Mansion Inn is tonight’s destination for dining and dancing before our final day of riding.
Gruene is home to one of the finest, if not the finest, live music venues in the world, Gruene Hall, the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas. Yes, the place looks as if it is about to fall down on your head, yet it’s nothing short of amazing. So after a day of “dancing on the pedals”, save a little for some dancing at this legendary place.
Day 6: Guadalupe River
32 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing
On the final morning of the Texas Hill Country bike tour, we roll one more time into the heart of Hill Country for the final ride of the tour. We travel all morning along ranch roads to a secluded spot in a cypress forest along the Guadalupe River for lunch. Post ride we shuttle back to San Antonio. If one has the time, it is highly recommended that guests stay Friday night (post tour) in San Antonio to experience the town’s beautiful River Walk. Guests electing to stay in downtown San Antonio arrange for their own shuttle ($20) to the airport upon their departure from San Antoni
*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.
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