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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 Take pampering to the next level at award-winning spas Pedal past neatly manicured vineyards, old barns and picturesque farmhouses in the Carneros region Taste robust zinfandels at a winery just off Sonoma Plaza Our first of many delectable meals awaits at Michelin-starred Santé at the historic Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.
Day 2 Bike to Bodega Bay on the dramatic Pacific Coast Shade dances with sunlight as you move from groves of eucalyptus to rolling pastures and wide-open cattle-grazing country.
Day 3 A Michelin star, local vintages and fresh California ingredients at Madrona Manor, plus a vintner who shares his insight (and wine!) over dinner Spin past Pacific Coast beaches Turning inland along the Russian River, ride to Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve for a picnic beneath the majestic trees.
Day 4 Pedal and sip your way into the world-famous Napa Valley Explore little-known Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys en route to the Napa spa town of Calistoga.
Days 5-6 Abundant opportunities for tasting: hundreds of wineries line our routes After pedaling the Silverado Trail, rejuvenate at the pool and spa of our luxurious hotel or indulge in some shopping Head to Yountville, wine country's "culinary capital," for your chance to savor the region's best dining Ascend Oakville Grade, featured in the Tour of California.
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
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 (1 night) An Andrew Harper Grand Award winner, this elegant Victorian mansion is surrounded by acres of lawns, woods, orchards and gardens, and is the proud recipient of a Michelin star. (pool)
Villagio Inn & Spa
Yountville (2 nights) 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)
California: Alexander Valley Biking
In California's Alexander & Dry Creek Valleys
California: Monterey to Santa Barbara Wine Country Biking
Waves, Wine and Two Wheels Along California's Pacific Coast
California: Santa Barbara Wine Country Biking New!
Santa Ynez Wineries & Pedal-Perfect Countryside
California Winter Fit New!
From the Sierras to Wine Country & San Francisco
California: Yosemite Multisport New!
Nature's Glorious Spectacle in the Sierra Nevada
Washington: San Juan Islands Biking
Island to Island in the Pacific Northwest
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