Wine Country Biking
- Ride through five valleys of world-famous vineyards
- Abundant opportunities for wine tasting: hundreds of wineries line our cycling routes
- Seriously good food, inspired by local vintages and fresh California ingredients
- Bike to Bodega Bay on the dramatic Pacific Coast
- Take pampering to the next level at award-winning spas
A Quintessential Bike Trip through Napa & Sonoma Vineyards, Redwoods & Coast
Valleys of world-famous vineyards. Forests of soaring redwoods. Quiet pastoral landscapes. And the dramatic Pacific Coast. They could be four separate adventures, but they're not. This is Northern California. For some it's like a pilgrimage. For others, a retreat. For you it's a remarkable week and an incredible ride. Off-route tastings that enlighten your palate. Appreciating complex flavors. Gourmet meals that live up to the wines. And above all else, breathtaking sights in a remarkable place simply known as wine country.
Day 1 Swirl, sniff, sip and cycle your way through Napa Valley Pedal in the undiscovered Pope Valley and past Lake Hennessey - a favorite route among local cyclists Taste world-class vintages at wineries along the Silverado Trail, including Frog's Leap, Silver Oak and PlumpJack Soak up some glorious California sunshine at the pool or indulge in a spa treatment in Yountville.
Day 2 Take pampering to the next level at award-winning spas Kick into high gear with a climb up the famous Oakville Grade A canyon descent leads to the Carneros Region Enjoy the delicate pinot noirs of Carneros before pedaling to Sonoma, the realm of big bold zinfandels Have a look around Sonoma Plaza, then bliss out during the Roman bathing ritual at the Sonoma Mission Inn An exquisite Michelin-starred meal awaits at Santé.
Day 3 Vineyards give way to eucalyptus groves and wide-open cattle grazing country as you pedal toward the Pacific Visit galleries, markets and tasting rooms in the vibrant towns dotting Western Sonoma County Bike through windswept headlands to Bodega Bay, set dramatically on the coast.
Day 4 Spin past rugged Pacific beaches before heading inland along the Russian River Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve sets the stage for a memorable picnic amid the giants Wander through charming Healdsburg, where tasting rooms and restaurants tempt you to stay awhile.
Days 5-6 Tasting opportunities abound in Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys: dozens of wineries line our route Enjoy an undulating ride past neatly manicured vineyards, or tackle the well-known climb on Pine Flat Road A special farewell dinner at acclaimed Dry Creek Kitchen.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
I just came back from the most wonderful trip of my life. I have traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world and never been on a trip as beautifully planned and executed as your Backroads California Wine Country Trip.- Prospect Heights, IL
Lots of fun. Wonderful experience. Completely exceeded our expectations. I loved learning about the Napa/Sonoma region, tasting great wines, seeing the change in the countryside and riding some challenging hills.- Buffalo, NY
I must say this was one of my life-changing experiences. The itinerary was great, and I felt as though I was able to do as much or as little as I wanted. The routes offered both challenging and exciting rides, and the support was outstanding!- Atlanta, GA
Villagio Inn & Spa
Yountville (1 night) In the heart of Napa Valley, an Italian-style property recommended by the Wine Spectator. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List; Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Sonoma (1 night) A sprawling 1927 replica of a California mission with a Michelin-starred restaurant that Condé Nast Traveler said is "worth a special trip just to eat here." (pool, spa)
Bodega Bay Lodge
Bodega Bay (1 night) Overlooking Doran Beach State Park, a coastal retreat with sweeping bay views. (pool, spa)
Healdsburg (2 nights) Sleek and sophisticated, this hotel on the town plaza gets rave reviews for its contemporary interior and plush amenities. (pool, spa)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips
|2 - 3 guests $4,698 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $4,098 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $3,798 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $2,898 pp dbl. occ.|
This Trip Is Rated Level 2-5
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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* Includes a shuttle