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6 Days Road Bike Tour in California, USA
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Mount View Hotel & Spa Napa Valley, 1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, Napa County, California 94515, USA

Guided Bike Tour in USA

Escape Adventures invites you to take part in their road bike tour in California, USA. This lowland tour covers the rolling vineyards of Sonoma and Napa Valleys, Redwoods State Preserve, and the beautiful California coastline. With easy riding in the mornings and many stops at local wineries, this ride is a great intro to road cycling!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Paved road
  • Starts in: Santa Rosa
  • Ends in: Santa Rosa
  • Type of bike: Road bike (250 USD)
  • E-bike: Available to rent (300 USD)

Highlights

  • 5 days of biking
  • Services of 2 trained trip leaders
  • Bike maintenance service for participants
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks
  • 4-wheel drive support vehicle
  • 5 nights' accommodation

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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated at various inns. Escape Adventures chooses charming inns with local personalities, such as friendly bed and breakfasts and delightful cabins. Lodging amenities may include spas, pools, local restaurants, and more.

On your first night, you will stay at Mount View Hotel & Spa Napa Valley. On your second and third nights, you will stay in Healdsburg. Then, you will stay at Geyserville Inn on your fourth night. Lastly, on your fifth night, you will stay at Bodega Coast Inn & Suites.

Mount View Hotel & Spa Napa Valley

From the intricate Art Deco interiors to the on-site spa blissfully offering elevated services to the three eateries providing a mouthwatering brunch to a perfect cup of coffee, Mount View Hotel & Spa Napa Valley will be your home away from home where your comfort is paramount.

Geyserville Inn

This AAA-rated inn blends all the comfort and elegance of a contemporary boutique hotel with the intimacy, warmth, and unhurried ambiance of a rustic bed and breakfast. The Geyserville Inn boasts 38 luxury guestrooms and three king suites with views of the pool or neighboring vineyards. All accommodations have either a balcony or fireplace along with sophisticated furnishings, complimentary wireless internet access, and daily housekeeping.

Bodega Coast Inn & Suites

Nestled along the beautiful shores of the Pacific Coast in Sonoma County, this friendly hotel features comfortable rooms and suites with water vistas along with perks like free Wi-Fi and complimentary continental breakfast. Guests have beach access at the boutique inn and are within easy reach of outdoor fun like fishing, whale watching, golf, and horseback riding. It also offers pet-friendly accommodations for four-legged friends and flexible meeting facilities with panoramic bay views.

Program

Just north of San Francisco, the winding Russian River meets the dramatic Pacific coastline, shaping if not, sheltering a world all its own. This cycling tour experiences this romantic landscape. It is quilted with a colorful patchwork of old-growth redwoods, fruitful vineyards, historic towns, and beautiful gardens. From Napa to Sonoma, the old wine country ways and grace are still very much the lay of the land.

The richness of the region will be all around you as you roll over orchard-covered hills and wind through giant redwood forests. A mild maritime breeze carries with it the fruitful aroma of the vineyards where the freshest organic produce is grown for your dinner table. You will sample the distinctive flavors of the county’s diverse regions at charming multi-generational family vineyards and farms and unwind at old world-style hotel and spas.

You can customize your cycling experience on tour, but whether you choose to move at a relaxing pace to rejuvenate your senses or athletic pace and additional miles to challenge your muscles, this tour will satisfy your inner hunger, while fantastic lodging and meals exceed your expectations.

Bike

If you would like to rent a bicycle for your trip, Escape Adventures will fit you with a high-quality, durable, and safe ride. All bicycle rentals are equipped with flat pedals, a tire repair kit and pump, and a complimentary water bottle. Helmet, gloves, seat pack, and Shimano Pedaling Dynamics (SPD) pedals are available upon request and are included in the rental price. Please specify your individual needs when confirming your reservation.

If you are leaving a familiar bicycle at home, Escape Adventures highly recommends bringing your saddle and pedals. Your guides will be happy to install them for you during the orientation. You can rent Specialized Roubaix or Specialized Tarmac bikes. Specialized has perfected the road bike. Ride confidently and comfortably for longer distances on any of Escape Adventures' trips around the world. All of the bikes are equipped with the latest components and their 2019 models include disc brakes.

Specialized Tarmac

If you want to go fast, like go fast everywhere, this is the bike. This is the bike that's made for everything from Grand Tours to your local fondo. And, with a ground-up redesign, a heavy dose of aero wizardry, and of course, disc brakes, this most complete race bike is, well, even more complete.

Bringing your own bike

Bringing your bike on the plane can be quite costly and will require you to assemble your bike in your hotel room before the tour. Most hotels will let you store your bike container for the duration of the tour. Due to space constraints, Escape Adventures cannot take your bike box on the tour van.

GPS

All of Escape Adventures' road bike trips include a Garmin GPS device to help you navigate through each day safely and smoothly. You’ll know how far, fast, and high you’ve ridden on the flats or climbs or on your way through each day. It includes navigation with turn prompts that will even show you how to get back to start. Simply turn it on and start riding. No paper maps needed!

Preparing for your road tour

For optimal physical preparation, Escape Adventures recommends that you ride at least several hours per week during the month preceding the tour. During the tour, you will be on your bike every day and they can assure you that an unprepared bottom is a sore one! If you can’t ride your bike or don’t own one, take a spin class at your local gym a few times a week. Your level of fitness does affect how much you enjoy your tour. Check your specific itinerary for an idea of your average daily mileage and level of strenuousness - then train appropriately.

Fitness level

The fitness level for this tour is one to two. This means that the total elevation is 1,000 feet and customers will ride 10-20 miles per day.

Support vehicle

For more than a decade, Escape Adventures has been designing their custom fleet of 4x4 trucks, vans, and trailers with rack systems made exclusively for backcountry adventure touring. The support vehicle and driver becomes your own personal support system, bringing you food and drink, carrying your gear safely through the mountains, and lending a bench for a soft ride at your convenience. Their exclusive fleet is custom-built to go further in the backcountry, so you can see places you never knew existed.

Itinerary

Day 1-2: Santa Rosa - Calistoga

You will meet in Santa Rosa, 55 miles north of San Francisco; wine country’s urban hub. You will cycle through the graceful Napa Valley park, which is amidst mixed chaparral and woodlands that shade Lake Hennessey, as well as its adjacent Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.

Sweeping past numerous picturesque vineyards and wineries, the Silverado Trail shadows a stagecoach route built in 1852 to service nearby cinnabar mines. Then, you will retire to a thoughtfully-preserved vision of early wine country culture, Calistoga, where you are welcomed by its famous hot springs.

Day 2: Calistoga - Healdsburg

On the following day, you will mount up for Healdsburg, with a stop to marvel, or spritz, at Old Faithful Geyser of California. Reaching Healdsburg, which is continually cited as one of America’s top ten small towns, you will explore Pine Flat Road. Exquisitely scenic, the Pine Flat Road reaches into the Mayacamas Mountains, a subrange of the Northern Inner Coast mountains, the high point in this rich riparian area.

Day 3-4: Healdsburg

From your lodgings in Healdsburg, shoot west from lowlands alongside the Russian River into northern Sonoma County. You will ride along Lake Sonoma and choose to test your lungs on the optional out-and-back ride up Rock Creek Road with stunning view finding of the big, green-gold landscape.

Day 4: Healdsburg - Geyserville

On your fourth day, you will be leaving Healdsburg and cycle on the famous Westside Road to Geyserville. Enroute, you’ll dismount to stroll the most inviting vineyards, as well as cross a historic bridge. Dismounting in Geyserville, you will tread into the nearby 805-acre Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. You will be hiking amongst / marveling at the giants who reign over this temperate rainforest, where you will meet the tallest tree, the 310-foot tall Parson Jones. Then, you will pay respects to the elder statesman, the 1400-year old Colonel Armstrong.

Day 5-6: Geyserville - Bodega Bay

From Geyserville, you will drop toward the enormous and raucous Pacific. A brisk and exhilarating wind, the ocean’s churning, plus a chorus of barking seals lend the ride a high-spirited ambient. From upland marine prairie layered above coastal bluffs and terraces, you will revel in near-coast sea stacks. Wrapping up in frothy romantic Bodega Bay, you will enjoy the best farm-to-table cuisine and locally caught, or harvested seafood / shellfish.

Day 6: Bodega Bay - Bodega - Santa Rosa

Today, you will wake up to crashing ocean waves before ascending Bay Hill. Set along the rugged, rolling Sonoma Coast, and the rich grey whale habitat, you roll into Bodega: the location for Alfred Hitchcock’s "The Birds". After visiting the legendary "Birds" house, you will gently finish your tour in Freestone, a 19th-century stone quarry and logging town. Here, in the town’s handsome historic district, you will enjoy some of the best home-baked bread anywhere. Then, you will shuttle back to Santa Rosa.

Location

This bike tour will take place in California, USA. Starting from Santa Rosa, the route will cover places such as Calistoga, Healdsburg, Geyserville, Bodega Bay, Bodega, and back to Santa Rosa.

Food

On this tour, the guides will prepare fresh and delicious lunches each day. Most dinners and breakfasts will be at local restaurants. The guides lovingly prepare meals for the trip with an emphasis on fresh, local, and organic foods, ensuring you have the fuel you need to ride and a delicious meal at the same time - including dessert! Expect to eat only freshly-prepared foods at each meal.

You will eat three meals a day and always have fresh vegetables and fruit available. They will serve all meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day, along with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, except for dinner on the fifth day, which will be on your own.

Breakfast favorites include blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros, and crepes. Lunches include delicacies such as Greek salad, veggie-feta wraps, and pasta. Appetizers, like bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and crudité compliment elaborate salads and pastries.

Dinner entreés, such as polenta lasagna, steak, salmon, and deep-dish pizza are delicious when baked in a Dutch oven or grilled over an open fire. Desserts range from pineapple upside down cake to chocolate fondue. If you have special diet requirements, Escape Adventures can accommodate with prior notice. Vegans and vegetarians are no problem.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 days of guided road biking
  • 2 professionally-trained trip leaders
  • First aid kit
  • Bike maintenance
  • Community gear
  • 4-wheel drive support vehicle
  • Souvenir shirt
  • Use of group kitchen supplies
  • Internal land expenses and services
  • Backcountry permits, licenses, park fees, and reservations
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the departure point
  • Lodging before or after the tour
  • Gratuities to Escape Adventures guides (based on the quality of your experience: 10-20% of your trip cost to be divided between the guides)
  • Personal items
  • Taxes and other fees

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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