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10 Days the Best of California Cycling Holiday in USA

Sonoma, California, USA

USA Cycling Tour

Discover and enjoy the best of California! Ride along the epic route 101 on the Pacific coastline. Teide Cycling is proud to partner with Fabio Tours by Michelin-award winning Chef Fabio Flagiello to feature this 10-day tour which combines coaching from expert professional cycling coach Aldo Zini, more relaxed cycling, gourmet food from Chef Fabio, exclusive wine tastings from some of California’s best wineries, and of course least but definitely not last magnificent rides. Start the week by exploring the best cycling routes, vineyards, the most beautiful spots in the Napa-Sonoma Valley region of Northern California. Continue the week in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Carmel by the Sea. Complete your week in Cambria with stops in Big Sur and Paso Robles.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Paved road
  • Starts in: San Francisco
  • Ends in: Los Angeles
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 50-75 miles per day)
  • Type of bike: Road bike
  • 6 to 16 cyclists

Meet the instructors

Aldo
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Highlights

  • Opportunity to enjoy wine tasting
  • Ride through California's wine region
  • Enjoy beautiful scenery from your saddle
  • Private gourmet meal prepared by Chef Fabio
  • Transfers by car are included
  • 9 nights accommodation

Styles


9 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: San Francisco International Airport
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Accommodation

You’ll stay at a mix of fairly good high level private villas and three to four stars hotels as you make your way from Sonoma-Napa Valley to Los Angeles. All lodging has been handpicked by Fabio and Aldo and will accommodate private cooking all the times that is possible.

Program

Let yourself be guided by a professional cycling coach and enjoy stellar chef food. It’s one thing to go there alone or even in a group riding by yourselves not being sure where to go, what rides to do first and what to do last to have the perfect Californian experience.

2018 marks the third year in a row that Teide Cycling leads cycling tours in California so they have extensive knowledge on the rides and the best places. You will be guided by an award winning Chef and an accomplished cycling coach, both are from Italy so you’ll experience a blend of Italian and Californian adventures.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Pick up at San Francisco Airport

Afternoon/Evening - Arrive at Hotel

6.00pm - Welcome cocktail poolside and presentation of Tour

8.00pm - Dinner, possibly outside on the Veranda

Day 2:

8.00am - Breakfast and briefing by Aldo

9.00am - Ride of 50 miles around Napa and Sonoma, visit at Oakville Winery

1.00pm - Picnic lunch at Rutherford Winery

3.00pm - Back at the Hotel

5:00pm - Relaxing by the pool or short visit of Downtown Sonoma

7.00pm - Aperitivo of Prosecco and Stuzzichini

8.00pm - Dinner at the Figs Restaurant on Sonoma Square

Day 3:

8.00am - Breakfast and briefing by Aldo

9.00am - Ride of 60 miles around heading west through Sonoma and Petaluma County

1.00pm - Picnic lunch at Tomales, returning on Chileno Valley Road

3:00pm - Back at the Hotel for restful afternoon

7.00pm - Aperitivo and Stuzzichini

8.00pm - Wine Dinner at Gundlach Bundschu Winery

Day 4:

8.00am - Breakfast and briefing by Aldo

9.00am - Ride of 60 miles to San Francisco trough Sonoma and Marin County, on St Francis Drake, Bolinas Road and Mill Valley

2.00pm - Picnic lunch at The Marina in San Francisco

5:00pm - Van transfer and arrival in Palo Alto

7.30pm - Aperitivo and Dinner at famous Silicon Valley Italian Restaurant iTalico

Day 5:

8.00am - Breakfast and briefing by Aldo

9.00am - Ride of 50 to Big Sure, over the Santa Cruz Hills

12.00pm - Picnic lunch at Boulder Creek

3:00pm - Arrival at Santa Cruz, visit of the Pier

5.00pm - Transfer To Cambria

8.00pm - Arrival to Cambria at the Hotel for check in and dinner

Day 6:

9.00am - Breakfast

10.00am - Passeggiata in downtown Cambria

12.00am - Lunch in Town

2:00pm - Departure for Paso Robles DUAO Winery visit

5.00pm - Passeggiata in Paso Robles

8.00pm - Dinner in local restaurant

Day 7:

8.00am - Breakfast and briefing by Aldo

9.00am - Ride of 50 miles heading north on HWY 1 , trough the Central coast hills to Justin Winery

12.00pm - Arrival at Justin Winery for visit and picnic

4:00pm - Back to Cambria for easy afternoon

7.00pm - Aperitivo

8.00pm - Dinner by chef Fabio

Day 8:

8.00am - Breakfast and briefing by Aldo

9.00am - Ride of 75 miles (saving the best for last!) including the Eroica Course with some Strade Bianche (white gravel) in the mix

1.00pm - Lunch in Tampleton

4:00pm - Back in Cambria

7.00pm - Aperitivo

8.00pm - Dinner at Niner Wine Estate

Day 9:

9.00am - Breakfast

9.30am - Departure for Santa Monica

6:00pm - Arrival in Santa Monica

7.30pm - Aperitivo

8.00pm - Closing Dinner in downtown Santa Monica

Day 10:

Departure from Los Angeles Airport

Instructors

Aldo Zini

Location

This tour will bring you to various places in California, USA.

Food

Enjoy great fresh food, typical Californian cuisine and Italian recipes! The food is a key ingredient of this adventure. Reward yourself almost every night with a private gourmet meal prepared by Chef Fabio. If he’s not in the kitchen cooking, Fabio will select a one of his favorite restaurants. Lunches along the cycling route might include a gourmet picnic, a favorite restaurant handpicked by Fabio, or a wine and cheese tasting at a local winery.

In both villa and hotels all meals will feature locally-sourced fruits, vegetables, legumes, beef, fish and seafood bright with flavor. In addition to incredible food, you’ll drink wine that represents the history and personality of the region. Please let Teide Cycling team know if you have any dietary restrictions when discussing menus upon arrival.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • 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

  • 9 nights accommodation in high end villas and high-end 3-star hotels
  • Days of cycling: 8-9
  • Breakfast and lunch or picnic and dinner
  • Mechanical assistance
  • All transfers by car
  • Personalized coaching

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and all other services and products not mentioned in "What's Included"

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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