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Cycle Sonoma & The Napa Valley

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,729

MODERATE | SMALL GROUP TOURING: Combine wine and some mesmerizing landscapes of Northern California as you cycle from stunning wine country to epic redwood forests and on to the rugged Pacific Ocean coast. With breathtaking scenery and over 500 vineyards, the valleys of Napa and Sonoma are a cyclist's paradise. Off the bike, you’ll find wine tastings, amazing cuisine, and a wealth of history to experience, and this cycling adventure takes in the best of it at a pace set to enjoy rather than race, making it a trip for every rider.


CYCLE SONOMA & THE NAPA VALLEY OVERVIEW

Cross 340 kilometers over 6-days on this cyclist’s fantasy trip from swinging San Francisco to the fragrant air of the California countryside in Sonoma, Russian River and Napa, for a perfectly balanced combination of riding past vineyards and tasting their results.
Clip in for a wow start; cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge to the flowing valleys and babied vineyards of Sonoma Valley for a scenic and relaxed beginning to ease you into your these distractingly beautiful surroundings. Food tastes better after a 50 km ride and it tastes even better in California’s enophile and foodie haven. Along the pretty tree-lined square of Sonoma, the menu changes weekly at the girl & the fig, with their hyper-seasonal approach to food, paired with a local wine, you may order two mains.

With your water bottles filled and your best socks donned, fly off to Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, the center of a 66,000-acre ranch stretching from Petaluma River to Sonoma Creek. Pose by the mystical adobe on site before pausing at a local creamery for a caloric treat. The air is sweet past the lavender fields on the road to scenic Santa Rosa where 60 km on the bike here goes far too quickly.

The snap of your shoes locking in is loud in the petrified forest where you begin your ride. Pedal into the heart of Napa Valley, Calistoga, and as you zoom past all those verdant vineyards, contemplate which grape you will sample at dinner tonight, which after 68 kms, will have you believe California wine is as it’s reputation precedes it; the best in America.
Your legs may be pumping but your posture is perfect as you propel your way north to the Russian River Valley, where spicy Cabernet Sauvignon, buttery Chardonnay or zesty Zinfandel are darlings that go down smooth as you put your feet up in romantic Healdsburg.

Pumping your legs beneath majestic redwoods, some the height of a football field, may be one of the most powerful cycling experiences of your life. The heady wood scent off these ancient trees, some which were growing when people thought the world was flat, is a magical experience. Follow the Russian River to the Pacific Ocean in the quaint town of Jenner where fat, adorable harbour seals may clap for your 67 kms efforts. A deep tissue massage in Healdsburg with products from the area is a totally doable end to your day.

The best climb is saved for last and as you tilt up and press down hard all the way to The Lake Sonoma Overlook, your legs are toned and your mental space wide open as you dismount, breathe deeply and take in the valleys beneath you. This land you have just conquered or become one with - depending on your cycling style, either way, will pleasantly stay with you long after your return home from San Francisco.

 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,729

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Day 1

San Francisco - Napa to Sonoma Cycling

Welcome to your California cycling adventure. Leave San Francisco and head north across the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge for the one-hour journey to the heart of the renowned Napa Valley winemaking region and the outskirts of Napa itself. Here you’ll be fitted to your bike and, after a short safety talk, start your first ride in Californian Wine Country, enjoying a gorgeous route through the pastoral beauty of the farms and vineyards. First stop of the day is the Artesa Vineyards & Winery in the foothills of Mt. Veeder – an iconic winery that blends perfectly into its environment – then continue riding this rolling vineyard-filled route towards the historic town of Sonoma, passing many stunning wineries along the way. Finish up your ride in Sonoma and drop into the tree-lined town plaza, visiting the historic Mission San Francisco Solano and the Sonoma Barracks. This is where the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt took place in a bid to separate California from Mexico. Refuel from your first ride tonight by choosing from the range of top-quality restaurants that line the square. Today’s riding distance is approximately 37kms/23 miles, undulating for the first 16kms /10 miles, then relatively flat, with approximately 310m/1025ft of elevation gain. It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be checking insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late, please let an Intrepid representative or your travel agent know. The meeting spot is at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown Soma at 9 am.  Overnight Sonoma

Duration1 Night
Day 2

Sonoma to Santa Rosa Cycling

After breakfast, saddle up and leave sleepy Sonoma behind, ride out through the rolling green hills and countless vineyards, passing the Jack London State Historic Village and Park as you begin the long but manageable tree-lined climb. Once the climbing is done it’s an enjoyable freewheeling descent all the way down into the Bennett Valley and the historic city of Santa Rosa, your home for the next two nights. While the largest city in California's Wine Country Santa Rosa still retains a small town vibe. Sadly the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed the entire downtown but rebuilt centre is still a great place to spend the evening exploring the many excellent bars, cafes and restaurants.  Today’s riding distance along 100% paved roads is approximately 45 kms/28 miles, slightly uphill then a long climb at around 21 kms/13 miles, before descending the last 13kms/8 miles. Approximately 520m/1720ft of elevation gain. Overnight Santa Rosa

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 3

Santa Rosa - Napa Valley Cycling

After breakfast, you’ll avoid a long climb up the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains by transferring by vehicle (approximately 30 minutes) into the Napa Valley proper and the small town of Calistoga, home to world-famous geothermal hot spring pools and some of the finest Napa wineries including the Chateau Montelena which has its place in wine history with its 1976 win of the Judgement of Paris that put California on the world stage for wine quality. From here ride back into Sonoma County via the Franz Valley and over Chalk Hill to return to Santa Rosa for the evening. Today’s riding distance is approximately 60 kms/37 miles, starts with an uphill then sharp descent, then undulating lightly downhill, with approximately 560m/ 1835ft of elevation gain. Please note due to ride timings it is not possible to visit the Chateau Montelena or the nearby Petrified Forest. Overnight Santa Rosa

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Cycle Santa Rosa to Healdsburg

Today leave Santa Rosa and pedal west along the picturesque and traffic-free Santa Rosa Creek Trail, a raised path with great views of the waterway, farms, vineyards, and mountains, then continue along mostly flat and quiet roads to the town of Sebastopol, once a prime apple-growing region now turned over into vineyards. Here, lining Florence Ave, you’ll be treated to the whimsical and slightly surreal sculptures made from scrap metal by a local artist couple. Then continue north on undulating roads to the Russian River Valley, one of the cooler wine-growing regions in northern California, specializing in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – you’re free to stop to taste along the way to Healdsburg. Tonight is free for you to explore the town of Healdsburg, and your leader will have a number of suggestions for you in a town that’s as much about food as wine.  Today’s riding distance is approximately 48kms/30 miles, mostly flat for the first 16 kms/10 miles, undulating for next 16kms/10 miles, then mostly flat again, with approximately 295m/970ft of elevation gain.  Overnight Healdsburg

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 5

Healdsburg - Redwoods & Russian River Cycling

Today is a true cycling highlight as you ride into the heart of Californian redwoods country at the Armstrong Redwoods State Park. It’s impossible not to marvel at the 1,400-year-old trees that tower over 300 feet high, so take some time to appreciate the majesty of nature. Then leave wine country behind and follow the Russian River through light forest all the way to the small coastal town of Jenner, where the river meets the Pacific Ocean. You’ll be able to take in the sight of harbor seals beached on the riverbank with the ocean waves crashing behind them. From here drive (approximately 1 hour) back to Healdsburg. This afternoon you’ll have some free time to simply relax. Or maybe consider enjoying the many tasting rooms in town or treating yourself to a massage at a nearby spa. Today’s riding distance is approximately 58kms/36 miles, undulating with approx. 430m/1420ft of elevation gain. Our cycling guide may give you the option to do this route ‘in reverse’ depending on the prevailing winds on the day. Overnight Healdsburg

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Dry Creek Valley Loop - San Francisco

The final ride of the week will include some truly classic wine country cycling as you spend the morning making your way from the Lake Sonoma Overlook (an amazing 360-degree hilltop view the across Lake Sonoma Bridge and the Russian River) downhill then along quiet back roads dotted with welcoming vineyards. At the end of the ride head back to the hotel, where you’ll have a chance to return to your room to freshen up and pack before departing Healdsburg. Take the drive back toward San Francisco, taking the leisurely route through the famed Napa Valley, visiting St Helena for lunch (and one last tasting) before arriving back at Fisherman’s Wharf around 3 pm.  Today’s riding distance is approximately 27kms/17miles, initially downhill then mostly flat, with approximately 130m/430 ft of elevation gain. The group will return to San Francisco via Sonoma, passing through Sonoma around 2 pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2023

May 28
June 4
August 13
September 17, 24
October 1, 15, 29

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights moderate hotel/motel accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Transport by Bicycle (e-bike option available, subject to availability), Support Vehicle
  • Sonoma Wine Country guided & vehicle supported cycling
  • Sonoma to Santa Rosa guided & vehicle supported cycling
  • Napa Valley guided & vehicle supported cycling
  • Santa Rosa to Healdsburg guided & vehicle supported cycling
  • Armstrong Redwoods State Park
  • Russian River guided & vehicle supported cycling
  • Napa Winery visit
  • Lake Sonoma to Healdsburg guided & vehicle supported cycling

 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Entrance fees to sites not explicitly listed as included
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

 

OTHER INFORMATION

Physical Preparation

  • There are regular rest breaks each day, however it is important to note that you will be riding over multiple and consecutive days in a climate and terrain that may be unfamiliar. While it can be tempting to start out riding as hard and fast as you can (we get it!) we recommend taking it easy on the first few days while your body gets used to the rides and the climate.
  • As a rule, the more preparation you can do for this type of trip, the more you will enjoy it. Prepare for the trip by doing aerobics type exercises before travelling - jogging or swimming are some options, though cycling is best. If possible, take some extended day rides before travelling, or spend time on exercise bikes in the gym. The more your muscles (and bottom) are prepared for the riding on this trip the more you will be able to enjoy the wonderful countryside and people you meet while riding. Note that an enthusiasm for bike riding and adventure is essential!
  • It is also important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle, both solo and in a group environment.

Cycling Distances

  • The information listed in the itinerary is a guide to the approximate distances and terrain cycled each day. However, this may vary depending on the physical capabilities of the group, and changes to local conditions. For safety reasons we only cycle during daylight hours, so there may be some early morning starts. We take regular rest breaks throughout cycling days.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • To complete this trip, it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 9am on Day 1 and finishes upon arrival in Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown Soma on Day 6 around 3pm.
  • Paid parking is available at the hotel or the nearby El Cerrito Park & Ride - see the Transport Section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.
  • A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
  • Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so we can organize a suitable sized bike.
  • The included bikes on this trip are a flat bar 'hybrid-style'. You have the option (at extra cost) of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) or a road bike on this trip - this must be requested at the time of booking.
  • Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
  • For groups of 6 or less clients we have a single leader that drives the support vehicle alongside the group. For larger groups, we have a separate driver, and the leader will cycle all routes. Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a backmarker.
  • Accommodation is not included on day 6 of this trip. If you require additional accommodation (or want to reserve your room for the main part of the day) please enquire at time of booking.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


29 Oct 2023
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