Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Cycle the famous Napa

Napa and the Sonoma Coast

AmeriCan Cycling Adventures
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
6 days
From: $ 2,599 $ 433 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Healdsburg, which serves as the hub of Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley
  • Spend the night exploring fashionable boutiques, art galleries
  • Experience Volcanic activity in Chalk Hill and the world’s largest geothermal power field known as the Geysers
  • Explore Calistoga is the perfect place to recover in comfort with an included hot spring spa and massage treatment
  • Enjoy a more level ride through pastoral Petaluma

Short Description

From vines, to waves and back again, join us for a ride through California’s famous Napa and Sonoma counties. Your multi-day adventure will give you a taste of some of the best wine, beer, and cycling routes California has to offer! Remote country roads past millennia old redwoods, rocky coastal cliffs, and Northern California’s famous vineyards will leave you breathless – if the hills don’t beat them to it

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Napa, CA
End City Napa, CA

Trip Includes

  • Cycling Expert and ‘on the road’ support staff and vehicle
  • Custom Fitting on 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp Cycle
  • 5 nights’ accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Supported Rest/Lunch stops
  • Luggage Transfer each day
  • Snacks/Drinks for Ride
  • Dinner in Bodega
  • Dinner in Healdsburg
  • 2 Included Breakfasts
  • Massage and Spa Entrance
  • Use of Garmin GPS Unit
  • Stone Brewing Send Off
  • Featured rides
  • The Marshall Wall Climb
  • Willow Creek wilderness
  • West Dry Creek road
  • The Geysers Loop

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Itinerary

Day 1: Napa to Sonoma via Glen Ellen

Accommodation: Sonoma Valley Inn

Route: via Glen Ellen

Distance: 30 miles

Elevation: 2956ft

Starting/meeting point: 10 am at the Best Western Inn at the Vines in Napa

Welcome to Northern California’s Wine Country, home to nearly 1,000 vineyards and some of the best beer in the country! Join your group in Napa for a pre–tour briefing, cycle fitting, and picnic lunch with your cycling professional and support staff as you prepare to set off on your journey. You’ll start things off with a 30 mile ride to the city of Sonoma to get a taste of the hills to come. Spend the evening getting to know the city, and its historic colonial-era Sonoma Plaza featuring numerous art galleries, restaurants, and shopping options.

Day 2: Sonoma to Bodega Bay

Accommodation: Inn at the Tides

Route 1: via Petaluma and The Marshall Wall

Distance: 58 miles

Elevation: 4488ft

Route 2: via Petaluma and Tomales

Distance: 48 miles

Elevation: 2641ft

Today is not for the birds, but the night may be as we finish our ride in Bodega Bay, the filming location for Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” You will have two route options this morning, either push yourself to conquer the Marshall Wall or enjoy a more level ride through pastoral Petaluma. With a total elevation gain of 4429ft, the Marshall Wall is considered by locals to be the best climb in the county. This afternoon, grab some oysters or seafood fresh from the Pacific and head out to the local beaches at Bodega Head State Park or Doran Beach to soak in the sun. Save some room though, this evening you’ll be joining your group to share stories of the climb and prepare for tomorrow’s adventure with an included dinner.

Day 3: Bodega to Healdsburg

Accommodation: Dry Creek Inn

Route 1: via Jenner, Willow Creek (dirt road), and Occidental

Distance:51 miles

Elevation:4565ft

Route 2: via Jenner, Duncan Mills, and Guerneville

Distance: 40 miles

Elevation: 2075ft

Today’s ride will bring you through Sonoma Coast State Park before following the Russian River back inland to the heart of Sonoma’s Wine Country. Enjoy your included lunch break in the shade of the awe inspiring, millennia old Redwood trees in Armstrong State Park. The next two nights you’ll be staying in the quintessential wine town of Healdsburg, which serves as the hub of Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley. Spend the night exploring fashionable boutiques, art galleries, and some of the best restaurants in Wine Country.

Day 4: Healdsburg Loop Dry Creek / Chalk Hill / The Geysers

Accommodation: Dry Creek Inn

Route 1: via Chalk Hill and West Dry Creek

Distance:40 miles

Elevation:1320ft

Route 2: via Geysers Loop

Distance: 54 miles

Elevation: 4373ft

Explore more of the surrounding valleys and vineyards with the option of two routes. You’ll be exposed to the ashy remnants of volcanic activity in Chalk Hill and the world’s largest geothermal power field known as the Geysers before returning to Dry Creek for a free afternoon of wine tasting or relaxation. One of the best, and most classic Sonoma County rides, the Geysers provide a challenging 2330ft gain along 24 miles of remote mountain roads. Return to town down Dry Creek Rd and explore the area’s 50 unique wineries world renowned for their Zinfandel. Stop by the historic Dry Creek General Store for an incredible selection of lunch options before enjoying a free afternoon to explore these local institutions.

Day 5: Healdsburg to Calistoga

Accommodation: Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa

Route 1: via Jimtown

Distance: 25 miles

Elevation: 975ft

Route 2: via Jimtown and Middletown

Distance: 50 miles

Elevation: 5817ft

Today’s ride takes us out of Sonoma County for a return into the more rural northern section of the Napa Valley. En route you’ll stop for an included lunch at the quirky Jimtown Store, a true Sonoma County landmark. If you’re still feeling strong, ride an additional 25 miles, with 5000ft of elevation gain through Middletown, before returning for your night stop in Calistoga. Noted for its geothermal activity and geyser known as the “Old Faithful of California,” Calistoga is the perfect place to recover in comfort with an included hot spring spa and massage treatment.

Day 6: Calistoga to Napa

Starting/meeting point: 10 am at the Best Western Inn at the Vines in Napa

Route: via St. Helena

Distance: 30 miles

Elevation: 528ft

All good things must end as we begin a leisurely ride back down the Napa Valley. Celebrate your successful journey with an included send-off lunch at Stone Brewery. Accommodation for the night in Napa is available upon request.

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  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 595

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Napa and the Sonoma Coast

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Loved all the different scenery - rolling grassy hills, bayside towns, etc. The bikes were durable and smooth. Got some great speed!

Coastal Ride was Exceptional!

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The equipment was amazing. One of the best cycles I have ever rode. The rides were challenging but not over taxing. The Coastal ride was Exceptional!

Great Coastline!

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Saw great coastline! Fun ride with challenging terrain. Good stops along the coast added a fun local element exploring small towns and shops!

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Optional Activities

Explore local towns, galleries, local pubs, ride burner routes and visit wineries - Cost Varies

Physical Requirements

While you don’t need to be a high level athlete, our tours  are geared towards those with active lifestyles, and some  riding experience. Our routes average about 40-60 miles per  day, often at high elevations, and featuring a number of  climbs.   Many of our passengers look at these trips as great motivation to train for their vacation.

Culture Notes

The biggest culture shock may be that tipping in America is part of our culture. Bartender's, asseuse, local guides, etc often rely on tips as 50% or more of their salary

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 12

Cancellation Policy:

56 days or more prior to departure, we will  retain the deposit

Between 31 and 55 days prior to departure,  we will retain the deposit or 50% of the total

booking cost; whichever is greater, and Between 30 days and 15 days prior to departure, we will retain 75% paid by you in connection  with the booking.

Within 15 days of departure, we will retain  100% of the booking value.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 18

Additional Information:

Activities:

  • The Marshall Wall Climb, Willow Creek Wilderness,
  •  West Dry Creek Road, The Geysers Loop, Hot
  • Spring Spa and Massage Treatment

Trip ID#:

NapSonAme

Trip Excludes

  • Flights
  • Transfers to/from the starting point hotel (unless booked separately)
  • Other meals not listed in Trip Notes
  • Optional activities and all personal expenses
  • Trip leader gratuities

Meals Included:

  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Supported Nutritions stops
  • Snacks and Drinks for the ride
  • Dinner in Bodega
  • Dinner in Healdsburg

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