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Wine Country Bike Tour

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  • Ride through five valleys of world-famous vineyards
  • Abundant opportunities for wine tasting: hundreds of wineries line our cycling route
  • 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

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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. Gourmet meals that live up to the wines. World-class spas that relax and rejuvenate. 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 through the quaint towns of Calistoga and St. Helena  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.

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  Towering redwood trees set the stage for a memorable picnic  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 adds a flourish to an unforgettable week. 

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Villagio Inn & Spa
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
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Sonoma (1 night) A posh 1920s replica of a California mission renowned for its natural mineral hot springs. (pool, spa, golf)

Bodega Bay Lodge
Bodega Bay Lodge

Bodega Bay (1 night) Overlooking Doran Beach State Park, a coastal retreat with sweeping bay views. (pool, spa)

Hotel Healdsburg
Hotel Healdsburg

Healdsburg (2 nights) Sleek and sophisticated, this hotel on the town plaza gets rave reviews for its contemporary interior and plush amenities. (pool, spa)

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.
Brenda Posey - 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.
Ted Walsh - 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!
Elaine Diamond - Atlanta, GA

Trip Dates & Prices

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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.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 27 1000
2 25* 1700 43 2200 52 2900
3 28* 1000 35* 2000 48* 3000 56 3500
59 4500
4 25* 1800 33* 2100 47 2700 57 4000
69 6400
5 21* 800 33* 1500 45 1900 66 5400
6 14* 700 27 1000
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Crank it down While this trip is best for ratings 2-5, you'll find that you can still have a great time on this trip even if you're looking for an easier ride and fewer miles than your traveling companions. For instance, you might want to shuttle to a point closer to the next hotel, or even take the day off on a layover day. Please understand that your room may not be ready for your early arrival, but you can always use the spa or pool facilities.

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 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. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

2 - 3 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.

2015

2 - 3 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the California tour experts. See our award-winning USA biking tours, USA walking and hiking tours and USA multisport tours.

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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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