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6 Days Epic Napa Bike Tour and Wine Holiday in California, USA

Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, Sonoma County, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

Luxury Bike Tour in USA

Come travel with Sonoma on a Bike at the speed of a bike, one mile at a time! During this tour, you will see the quaint side of wine country and explore what it means to take life one mile at a time. As Napa is widely regarded as the Mecca of California wine production, there is no better way to explore them than from the saddle and Sonoma on a Bike invites you to join them on an incredible Napa bike tour.

Key information

  • Trip Type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Rolling hills to flat, coastline roads
  • Difficulty Level: Challenging (Cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Vacation Type: Road cycling
  • Type of Bike: Road bike
  • E-bike: Available, no extra costs

Meet the instructors

Randy
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Highlights

  • 6-day guided bike tour
  • Wine tasting and hiking to see wildlife
  • Services of guide / host and support van
  • Baggage transfers between accommodations
  • Detailed maps, route suggestions, and water bottle
  • Specialized bike, handlebar bag, and helmet
  • Locally grown cuisine and wines
  • 5 nights' accommodation

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Accommodation

Hotel Healdsburg

Hotel Healdsburg is set on the western edge of Healdsburg’s historic town plaza and you can enjoy some of the world’s finest vineyards, restaurants, and shops within minutes of the front steps. Located 67 miles north of San Francisco, Hotel Healdsburg encompasses the Sonoma wine country’s simplicity and charm. Beautifully appointed guest rooms, country gardens, pool, and the luxurious spa provide a tranquil setting for you to relax within the hotel grounds. Dining is a highlight of the hotel where you can savor Sonoma County's bounty of extraordinary wines and fresh seasonal ingredients at acclaimed Chef Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen.

MacArthur Place

Nestled in the beautiful Sonoma Valley just four blocks from historic Sonoma Plaza, MacArthur Place is a boutique, 64-room luxury hotel and spa set in the midst of wineries, fine dining, shops, and galleries. The rich history and quaint charm of MacArthur Place make it the perfect destination for an unforgettable getaway to both Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley.

The property and buildings which comprise 29 E. MacArthur Street have a long and distinguished place in local history. Located in the middle of Sonoma, the former Burris-Good estate is comprised of beautiful gardens, majestic old trees, and historic architecture. The two-story Victorian house which dominates the property was built in the 1850s and is reported to be one of the oldest Victorian homes in Sonoma.

Bodega Bay Lodge

With its rugged shoreline and rolling countryside, the Sonoma Coast has its roots firmly planted in the land. Poised atop a tranquil bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Bodega Bay Lodge reflects the wild beauty of this romantic region and offers an array of incredible things to do in Sonoma. A beautiful hour’s drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bodega Bay Lodge is nestled on the rugged Sonoma Coast within reach of the Russian River Valley’s exclusive wine scene. A stay at this soulful retreat is a taste of life in tune with nature where every moment is unspoiled, unruffled, unplugged, and unexpected. With panoramic bay views, wine by the fire, and exclusive resort amenities, you can enjoy the custom comforts, explore the pristine coastline, and experience a unique Sonoma Coast adventure.

Program

Think of this bike tour as rolling theaters of wine country life that change with the seasons, rather than set point-to-point trips. Sonoma on a Bike offers a hands-on opportunity to discover all the hidden adventures, wine tastings at family-owned wineries, gourmet treats (think regionally inspired, the locally-grown cuisine at Michelin restaurants), and unique events that Napa County has to offer. All of that with none of the hassles.

You can expect an amazing itinerary of experiences while biking the region’s beautiful country roads. You might find yourself face-to-face with a herd of goats while sampling the artisan cheese maker’s wares. Or enjoying an elegant lunch with world-class wines, created by the chef at a hidden estate. Depending on the season, you might picnic under 1400-year-old redwoods or experience a crab fishing expedition up close and personally.

But it isn’t a tour for everyone. In fact, Sonoma on a Bike has limited seats. It’s designed for those who like to savor a bike tour with all their senses fully engaged. Sonoma on a Bike encourages you to take the time to come and breathe and take in the beauty they’ve found in the lush landscapes of Sonoma County with it’s vineyards, valleys, vistas, hills, mountains, parks, rocky coastline, crashing waves, farmland, and forests (including those majestic and magnificent redwoods). It’s a slow, sensual trip. And if that sounds somewhat provocative, and possibly a little self-indulgent, so be it. It’s a gift to be given and shared with someone you love, including yourself.

The epic tour contains routes of 50 to 90 miles per day that are rated “challenging” and cover many sections of The Amgen, Tour of California, and Levi Leipheimer’s Training Ride and Gran Fondo. For the serious rider, this is the ultimate cycling experience through beautiful Sonoma County.

The trips is entirely organized and operated by Sonoma County cyclists, foodies, and wine aficionados who are passionate about this particular spot of paradise that they call home In fact, every trip will be led by Randy and his most experienced guides. You can expect local wines to be served each night with your dinner. Finally, unlike most “point-to-point” bike trips, Sonoma on a Bike will change up the tour throughout the year, so you can experience the best each season has to offer.

Itinerary

Day 1

You’ll do your bike fitting and safety talk at the Sonoma on a Bike office, then hit the trail! You’ll head into beautiful Green Valley to enjoy wine tasting and a gourmet lunch. From there, you will ride north to the world famous Dry Creek Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area), all on quiet, meandering back country roads.

Day 2

After a restful night, it’s time for another day of tasting and cycling! You’ll taste old vine zinfandel before heading to Alexander Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) for spectacular scenery, lunch, and an optional challenging climb. Then, you will continue to Napa Valley to visit some off-the-beaten-path wineries.

Day 3

This day offers a challenging or relaxing cycling route. The challenging route will take you into neighboring Chiles Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) on the other side of towering Mount Saint Helena. The relaxing route will follow the Silverado Trail, traversing the best of the Napa Valley floor. Regardless of what you choose, a farm-to-table dinner awaits at the end of the day.

Day 4

Now, you head south to enjoy the Los Carneros AVA (American Viticultural Area) region of Napa Valley before going back in time at the historic square in downtown Sonoma. Relive history and visit the adobe barracks, or taste wine at any one of the nearby wineries.

Day 5

From Sonoma, you will make a quick trip to Petaluma and hop on bikes to get out to gorgeous West Marin County. You’ll trade bike shoes for hiking boots and go in search of wildlife at Point Reyes National Seashore. You will finish your day by a crackling fire in Bodega Bay overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Day 6

Your final day might include a visit to the filming location of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds or a quiet walk among towering giant redwoods. Whatever you choose, Sonoma on a Bike hopes to make your final experiences with them memorable before you depart for home.

Guide

There will be a guide biking along the route with you each day. In addition, a second guide in a van will be sweeping the route periodically to check on how everyone is doing. The van is available for transporting purchases and, if you desire, transporting you.

Luggage transfers

Once you give your luggage to your guides at the start of the trip and each morning when you are moving to a new hotel, the guides will ensure that your luggage is transported safely to your hotel.

Fitness level

People of all fitness levels can enjoy Sonoma on a Bike tour. If you can comfortably bike 20 - 30 miles each day, then you will be able to enjoy this trip. Sonoma on a Bike is about the journey, it is not a race. It is about experiencing what is special about Sonoma County.

Included excursions

  • A visit to some off-the-beaten-path wineries in Napa Valley
  • A visit to the adobe barracks or wine tasting at the nearby wineries
  • A visit to the Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds filming location or a quiet walk among towering giant redwoods
  • Hiking in search of wildlife at Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Old vine zinfandel tasting

Instructors

Randy Johnson

Location

This bike tour starts in Santa Rosa (Sonoma on a Bike's office), takes you to Healdsburg, Napa Valley, Sonoma city, and ends in Bodega Bay in USA. The route will cover Green Valley, Dry Creek Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area), Alexander Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area), Napa Valley, Chiles Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area), Los Carneros AVA (American Viticultural Area) region, and West Marin County.

Food

Any food can be provided to adhere to your diet and dietary restrictions

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Raw food
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can go on an optional challenging climb at Alexander Valley AVA.

What's included

  • 6-day guided bike tour
  • Wine tasting and visits to some wineries
  • Hiking in search of wildlife and visits to some interesting places
  • Sonoma on a Bike guide / host services and support van
  • Use of a Specialized bike, handlebar bag, and helmet
  • Detailed maps, route suggestions, and water bottle
  • Special events, private tours, local experts, and entrance fees
  • Baggage transportation between hotels
  • Transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts, 4 lunches, and dinners including wines

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 95 days before arrival.
6 days / 5 nights
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