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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 $2,560
Start Location
Healdsburg, United States of America
End Location
United States of America
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
2 to 10
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
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.