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California Wine Route by Bike

Imagine an old world vineyard with row upon row of grape vines, and then (because you are in vast American countryside and not Europe) imagine that scene expanded throughout the hillsides beyond what the eye can see, with narrow roadways winding through vineyards for miles. This is California wine country. The mediterranean climate with warm, notoriously dry summers and the region's undulating terrain are supreme not only for producing some of the world's greatest wines, but also for a fun ride in the gently rolling hills with little concern of rain. Quiet backroads and smooth, paved shoulders allow the intermediate cyclist to travel through the heart of legendary Napa and Sonoma with countless opportunities to explore wineries in the form of chateaus, hillside caves, and even a 13th century castle. Luggage is moved ahead for you each day, so you can ride light (and have space for a wine bottle or two). In the evening, stay in comfortable, centrally-located inns and reward yourself with award-winning farm-to-table and Michelin-starred meals.

Inclusions

5 nights twin share hotel accommodation
5 breakfasts
Luggage transferred to each hotel
Orientation upon arrival (or Day 2)
Guidebook package with maps, turn-by-turn notes, and area information
emergency assistance
Hightlights
Experience stunning landscapes and smooth riding
Taste world-class wines of Sonoma and Napa
Explore the charming towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga, and Napa
Indulge in award-winning cuisine
Visit unique wineries in caves, castles, and chateaus
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
6
Price From
AUD $2,930
Start Location
Healdsburg, United States of America
End Location
United States of America
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 10
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
23 Jun 201928 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
30 Jun 201905 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
07 Jul 201912 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
14 Jul 201919 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
21 Jul 201926 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
28 Jul 201902 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
04 Aug 201909 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
11 Aug 201916 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
18 Aug 201923 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
25 Aug 201930 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
01 Sep 201906 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
08 Sep 201913 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
15 Sep 201920 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
22 Sep 201927 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
29 Sep 201904 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
06 Oct 201911 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
13 Oct 201918 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
20 Oct 201925 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
27 Oct 201901 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,930
03 May 202008 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
10 May 202015 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
17 May 202022 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
24 May 202029 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
31 May 202005 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
07 Jun 202012 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
14 Jun 202019 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
21 Jun 202026 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
28 Jun 202003 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
05 Jul 202010 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
12 Jul 202017 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
19 Jul 202024 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
26 Jul 202031 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
02 Aug 202007 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
09 Aug 202014 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
16 Aug 202021 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
23 Aug 202028 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
30 Aug 202004 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
06 Sep 202011 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
13 Sep 202018 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
20 Sep 202025 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
27 Sep 202002 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
04 Oct 202009 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
11 Oct 202016 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
18 Oct 202023 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
25 Oct 202030 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,990
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Make your way to the charming town of Healdsburg. If you have scheduled to arrive by 4pm today, your welcome briefing will take place at your accommodation this evening. In the heart of Northern Sonoma lies Healdsburg and at the heart of Healdsburg lies Healdsburg Plaza, an old-fashioned square where you'll find fashionable boutiques, art galleries, spas, and hip tasting rooms. In the immediate vicinity, are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bakeries. You'll find both locals and tourists enjoying this quaint wine town.
Day 2
Read through your ride options over breakfast this morning. If you're here for wine, then head north onto the Dry Creek Valley route - the shorter option with gentle, vineyard-covered hills and plenty of opportunity to stop and taste. For a longer, flatter ride, go south and explore the Russian River Valley where you'll still pass a number of vineyards, but it will be quieter than the northern route. Wine tasting in Northern Sonoma is far more affordable than in the Napa Valley, so we encourage wine lovers to take advantage today! Overnight Healdsburg.
Day 3
The ride today offers more opportunities for wine tasting as you roll through Alexander Valley and Knight's Valley, but it also takes you through the western ridge of the Mayacamas Mountains - A region known for the health benefits of its mineral-rich volcanic soils and mineral pools. A climb today takes you up and out of the Franz Valley before a fun ride takes you down into Calistoga. Opt for a short detour to the 'Old Faithful of California' before settling into your accommodation and potentially enjoying one of the therapeutic geothermal mud baths for which Calistoga is famous.
Day 4
There are so many options today for the discerning connoisseur. The direct route from Calistoga to Napa is approximately 50km, but you are likely to get sidetracked with all of the amazing wineries in the region. The main route is via the Silverado Trail, which is not actually a trail but a wide paved shoulder on a road that takes you directly to Napa with endless wineries along the way. The route was originally a wagon trail which linked mountain mines to San Francisco Bay. With the development of the wine industry, the Silverado Trail became an important trade route replete with stagecoaches and highway robbers, including the 'gentleman bandit', Black Bart. It is now the main route for wine touring through Napa Valley. Overnight Napa.
Day 5
Choose from two loop options from your base in Napa today. A favourite for the locals is a climb up Mt. Veeder where traffic is light, forests shade the way, and the views are spectacular. Or, make your way to the neighbouring town of Sonoma along a quiet, rolling route through Los Carneros district famous for its chateau and for wineries offering outstanding, sweeping vistas. Return to Napa for your final night.
Day 6
Services end after breakfast.