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Cycling California Wine Country

From vines to waves and back again, join us for a trek through California’s famous Napa and Sonoma counties.   You’ll get a taste of some of the best wine, beer and cycling routes California has to offer, as you embark on a multi-day adventure.  From pastoral country roads under millennia old redwoods to climbing rocky coastal cliffs, the diverse beauty of Northern California’s Wine Country is a true treat to behold. 

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ACN/209267
  • Starts: Napa, Germany
  • Finishes: Napa, Germany
You will Visit
  • Napa
  • Sonoma
  • Bodega Bay
  • Healdsburg
  • Calistoga

Itinerary

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Day 1: Napa - Sonoma

Starting/meeting point: 10am at the Best Western Inn at the Vines in Napa Welcome to Northern California’s Wine Country, home to nearly 1000 Vineyards and some of the best beer in the country! Join your group in Napa for a pre tour briefing, cycle fitting, and picnic lunch with your cycling professional and support staff as you prepare to set off on your journey. You’ll start things off with a 30 mile ride to the city of Sonoma, with a taste of the hills to come. Spend the evening getting to know the city, and its historic colonial era Sonoma Plaza, which features numerous art galleries, restaurants and shopping options. Route: via Glen EllenDistance: 30 miles (48km) Elevation gain: 900m

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch included

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Day 2: Sonoma - Bodega Bay

Today is not for the birds, but the night may be as we finish our ride in Bodega Bay, the filming location for Alfred Hitchcock’s “the birds”. Today you will have 2 route options, as you can choose to push yourself to conquer the Marshall Wall, or enjoy a more level ride through pastoral Petaluma. With a total elevation gain of 4429ft, the Marshall Wall is considered by locals to be the best climb in the county. Grab some oysters or seafood fresh from the pacific, and head out to any of the incredible local beaches such as Bodega Head State Park, or Doran Beach to soak in the sun. But save room as you’ll rejoin your group to share stories of the climb, and prepare for tomorrows adventure with an included dinner. Main route: Via Petaluma and TomalesDistance: 48 miles (77km) Elevation gain: 750m Burner route: Via Petaluma and The Marshall WallDistance: 58 miles (93km) Elevation gain: 1367m

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner included

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Day 3: Bodega Bay - Healdsburg

Today’s ride will bring you through Sonoma Coast State Park, before following the Russian River back inland to the heart of Sonoma’s Wine Country. Enjoy your supported nutrition stop in the shade of the awe inspiring, millennia old Redwood trees in Armstrong State Park. The next two nights you’ll be staying in the quintessential wine town of Healdsburg, which serves as the hub of Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley. Spend the night exploring fashionable boutiques, art galleries, and some of the best restaurants in Wine Country. Main route: Via Jenner, Duncan Mills, and GuernevilleDistance: 40 miles (64km) Elevation gain: 632m Burner route: Via Jenner and Willow Creek (dirt road), OccidentalDistance: 51 miles (82km) Elevation gain: 1391m

Meals Included: Breakfast included

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Day 4: Healdsburg

Explore more of the surrounding valleys, and vineyards with the option of two routes. You’ll be exposed to the ashy remnants of volcanic activity in Chalk Hill, and the world’s largest geothermal field known as the Geysers before returning to Dry Creek for a free afternoon of wine tasting or relaxation. One of the best, and most classic Sonoma County rides, The Geyser provide a challenging, remote ride, seeing a 2330ft elevation gain over 24 miles. Return to town down Dry Creek road, home, home to 50 unique and renowned wineries, which produce some of the best Zinfandel in the world. Stop by the historic Dry Creek General Store for an incredible selection of lunch options before enjoying a free afternoon to explore these local institutions. Main route: Via Chalk Hill and West Dry CreekDistance: 40 miles (64km) Elevation gain: 402m Burner route: Via Geysers LoopDistance: 54 miles (87km) Elevation gain: 1332m

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner included

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Day 5: Healdsburg - Calistoga

Today’s ride will see us leave Sonoma County for a return into the more rural northern section of the Napa Valley. En route you’ll stop for a supported nutrition stop at the quirky Jimtown Store, a true Sonoma County Landmark. If you’re still feeling strong, ride an additional 25 miles, with 5000ft of elevation gain through Middletown before returning for your night stop in Calistoga. Noted for its geothermal activity and geyser known as the “Old Faitful of California”, Calistoga is the perfect place to recover in comfort with an included hot spring spa and massage treatment. Main route: Via JimtownDistance: 25 miles (40km) Elevation gain: 297m Burner route: Jimtown and MiddletownDistance: 50 miles (80km) Elevation gain: 1773m

Meals Included: Breakfast included

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Day 6: Calistoga - Napa

All good things must come to an end, as we begin a leisurely ride back down the Napa Valley. Celebrate your successful journey with an included sendoff lunch at Stone Brewery. Accommodation for the night in Napa is available upon request.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch included

Inclusions:
  • Services of a cycling specialist and 'on the road' support staff
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel: 5
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Tour Highlights:
  • Point to point rides with specialist cycling guide
  • Custom fitting on a 2018 specialised Diverge Comp Cycle
  • Luggage Transfer each day
  • Recovery hot spring spa and massage treatment in Calistoga
  • Send off lunch at craft beer favorite Stone Brewing restaurant
  • Cycle through verdant wine lands in iconic Napa Valley and Sonoma County
  • Experience geothermal activity in Calistoga and incredible millennia old redwoods at Armstrong State Park