California: Napa & Sonoma Valleys
6 Day Inn Tour
We go to the heart of American winemaking with our newest tour to California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys. We cycle gently rolling terrain through seemingly endless vineyards, stopping at wineries along the way. We end the week with a stay on the California coast. With sunny skies, delicious dining, beautiful biking and wonderful wine, this tour is not to be missed!
Rolling hills with two longer climbs that can be skipped with a shuttle. Moderate cycling level.
5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 3 picnic and sack lunches, 4 dinners, snacks, two hosted wine tastings, cue sheets, van support and trained guides.
Fly in and out of the San Francisco or Oakland airports. Then take the 90-min Evans Airporter shuttle to Napa. We will provide a shuttle from Napa at 2:00pm. You can also fly to the Sonoma County airport and take a taxi to the tour. If driving, leave your car at our starting hotel for the week. At the end of the tour, we will shuttle you back to Napa by 2:30pm and Calistoga by 3:30pm.
DAY 1: We meet in the charming town of Calistoga, famous since the 19th century for its hot springs. Centrally located in Napa Valley, it’s also the perfect jumping off place for our wine country tour. Our lodging is just a block away from the lively main street, so take a stroll before we meet for our rental bike fitting at 3:00pm, orientation at 5:00pm and then dinner at 6:30pm. 0 miles.
DAY 2: After a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin our cycling with a loop through Napa Valley. If you’ve come on this tour for the wine, you’ll love today’s ride through one of the world’s premier wine regions. You can stop at as many wineries as you like, or visit the quaint town of St. Helena for some shopping. Once back at our hotel, soak in the mineral hot tub or make an appointment for a mud bath. We’ll enjoy our own special wine tasting this evening. 46 miles.
DAY 3: We say good-bye to Napa Valley today and head over to Sonoma Valley. The ride is gently rolling with one longer climb as we cross the Mayacamas Range. With Sonoma Valley’s wide variety of distinct microclimates, more than 50 different grape varieties are planted here. At most intersections, you’ll see tall white signs pointing the way to the myriad of wineries. Sonoma has a different feel to it than Napa, so you can decide which you prefer. If you have the energy, you can cycle an extra loop from our hotel in Healdsburg. Or you may just decide to take it easy and relax in one of the four outdoor pools and hot tubs. 28, 35 or 40 miles.
DAY 4: If you’ve come on the tour for the cycling, then you’ll love today’s ride through the wine regions of Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys, made famous by the Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon produced there. The roads are gentle, quiet and lined with rose bushes, vineyards and oak trees draped in Spanish moss.
We’ll stop for a picnic lunch by the Lake Sonoma dam, and then head back toward town. Along the way, be sure to stop at the general store established in 1881. You can sit on a horse saddle at the bar or sip a soda on the wide front porch overlooking the vineyard-filled valley below. 46 miles.
DAY 5: Today’s ride takes us through the Russian River Valley, the region known for white wine such as Chardonnay, due to its cooler climate. The gently rolling route takes us to the coast but not before a short climb to the cute town of Occidental. Lunch is on your own today and you’ll have many choices, including a café at the top of the climb, or a deli at the bottom in the small town of Freestone.
We’ll overnight in a beautiful resort on Bodega Bay. You’ll have time to look out over the ocean for migrating whales or walk along the beach to search for shells before a wine tasting and dinner tonight. Afterwards, you can take a dip in the infinity pool and dry off by the outdoor fire pit. 37 miles.
DAY 6: We conclude the tour with a beautiful ride up the Pacific Coast Highway. The views of the ocean, cliffs and wildflowers are unforgettable. If you’d prefer a leisurely hike down to the beach, there are trails directly from our resort. After our last picnic lunch together, we’ll take you back to the Napa shuttle terminal by 2:30pm in time for the trip to the airport, and then to our starting hotel in Calistoga by 3:30pm. 19 miles.