Like the bouquet of a spicy Zinfandel, the wine country of California, north of San Francisco, opens up to reveal many delights and pleasures. Napa Valley and Sonoma County are synonymous with great wine and fine food and dining. By bike, discover shady back lanes, towering redwood groves, a surprising Russian history and delightful pedaling – past vineyards and wine chateaus of every conceivable design. The 10 day trip begins in Napa and includes two days along the California coast, finishing in Sonoma.
Napa, CA, United States
St Helena, CA, United States
Calistoga, CA, United States
Healdsburg, CA, United States
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
7 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and map
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits
April, May, September, October are best months
ARRIVE / DEPART
Casual/B&B Accommodation: US$2150
Classic Accommodation: US$2550
Single Supplement: US$640
Luxe Accommodation: US$3350
Single Supplement: US$840
Our 10-day trip starts in Napa and we recommend you arrive anytime late afternoon. Start with a stroll of the Napa riverfront, with its cafes and tasting rooms including our favourite –Carpe Diem Wine Bar serving over 60 wines by the glass, from small production wines to prominent world-class vintners. We provide suggestions for dinner- Napa is filled with award-winning restaurants.
There are options for an easy-going and more challenging ride on this day. The easier ride passes by the former wine estate of Rene di Rosa, which boasts more than 2000 works by more than 800 California emerging artists that Rene collected. After visiting, have lunch at the Boon Fly Cafe, located along the route. There is also a challenging loop to Sonoma where lunch at The Girl and a Fig would be a reward for the effort. Back in Napa, we provide lots of dinner options, including Morimotos acclaimed restaurant that opened on the river front in 2010.
Ride Distance: 31 km, elevation gain 134 m or 84 km, gain 1005 m.*
Ride north out of Napa along quiet roads and bike paths to Yountville, home to 4 Michelin-starred restaurants, not bad for a town of less than 3,000 people! Stroll the streets of this lovely village and then continue north, passing tasting opportunities at Opus and PlumpJack wineries en-route to St. Helena. If you want more riding, we also provide add-on options to ride through more of the valley, visiting Bale’s Grist Mill, which was a focal point for the valley’s settlement during the first half of the 19th century. You will want to stop in at the St. Helena Olive Oil Company, to learn about locally produced olive oil and to taste the other famous liquid that the valley produces.
Ride Distance: 39 km, elevation gain 137 m.*
Spend a full day in the St. Helena area, with many choices. Ride up into the hills above the valley, past forests of California redwoods to high altitude vineyards, which are gradually encroaching on old ranch lands. Then sweep back down the Pope Valley into St. Helena. Or meander through the Napa Valley, visiting Bale’s Grist Mill, which was a focal point for the valley’s settlement during the first half of the 19th century. Cross the Napa River, ride on the lower slope of Howell Mountain and into a rain forest. Whichever option you choose, you’ll enjoy gorgeous scenery.
Ride Distance: 58 km, elevation gain 836 m or 32 km, gain 548 m.*
Today’s destination is Calistoga, known for its thermal spas and mud baths. You have many options to dial in the mileage of your choice. Take a shorter route in order to have more time to visit some of the historic vineyards in the region, including those that first put California on the oenological map. On the longer ride, you will have the opportunity to watch Old Faithful spout off, as well as to cycle to the historic Chateau Montelena winery, and simply enjoy more of the amazing diversity of this stunning California countryside.
Ride Distance: 18 km, elevation gain 211 m or 31 km, gain 399 m.*
Continue north into the Alexander Valley and then over the Mayacamas Ridge to leave Napa Valley and enter the Sonoma Valley. Pedal through the pretty valley of the Maacama Creek and onto the flat lands of the Russian River Valley. Explore extensive vineyards along the edge ofo the Geysers, the world’s largest geothermal field. Discovered in 1847, these amazing hot spots soon gave rise to the California Spa tradition. Is a massage that far off? Your day ends in the delightful town of Healdsburg.
Ride Distance: 45 km, elevation gain 334 m or 63 km, gain 451 m.*
A full day in the Healdsburg area lets you explore the unique Russian history of this American enclave. Uncover the wineries of the Russian River Valley, and the unexpected hops industry as well. If you are feeling adventurous, take a side trip into the wild country along Porter Creek. Be sure to leave time to visit Healdsburg, a town with the best qualities of turn-of-the century America, yet with the ambiance of a European countryside. Discover its Spanish-style plaza, numerous museums and excellent antique shops before settling down to a scrumptious final dinner.
Ride Distance: 48 km, elevation gain 382 m.*
Spend a few final moments enjoying your time in California’s wine country before bidding it a fond farewell, to head off on your next adventure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
This inn has modern, comfortable rooms and a swimming pool on the property.
This Hotel is a small (12 rooms only) boutique hotel which opened in 2011. It is a chic, modern, and hip boutique hotel with large, comfortable rooms, friendly and attentive staff and a great location steps from great restaurants and cafes.
Calistoga Inn is a charming, European-style inn with fir floors in all of the rooms and a unique charm. We love this hotel, but due to the historic building, note the bathrooms are communal.
H2H Hotel is described as an ‘eco-chic’ hotel, built with reclaimed wood and concrete that combine with airiness and eco-inspired art to create a light-flooded space. This property was built to LEED Gold Green building certification and it shows!
This hotel is located on the now-bustling river front, walking distance to over 20 tasting rooms and wine bars. Acclaimed restaurants, such as Morimotos, are steps away. Breakfast is delivered to your room. Recommended by NY Times, among others.
The Wydown Hotel is a small (12 rooms only) boutique hotel which opened in 2011 in downtown St. Helena. It is a chic yet hip boutique hotel with large, comfortable rooms, friendly and attentive staff and a great location steps from great restaurants and cafes.
We love this hotel for its location, attentive staff, and amenities. It has everything we look for in a well-managed hotel property. The spa, lounges, lobby bar and swimming pool and jacuzzi are a treat. Note: The Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn is also an option, if you prefer (no additional charge). Just note on the registration form if you prefer this hotel.
This is one of our favourite hotels in the Napa Valley with a smart contemporary décor, beautiful pool and spa and the popular Dry Creek Kitchen Restaurant. Awards - Conde Nast Traveler Gold List and Travel & Leisure World’s Best Hotels.
NY Times writes: “a hotel for the unrepentant urbanite…” This is Napa’s latest luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown Napa also. The Andaz boasts all amenities you would expect of a hotel in this class.
Auberge du Soleil offers the epitome of luxury and boasts sumptuous guest rooms, decadent spa and upscale dining in its renowned restaurant. Rated by Travel & Leisure as one of the top 500 hotels in the world, the hotel is also a member of Relais & Chateaux. You won’t want to leave!
Solage Resort boasts sophisticated private accommodations, beautiful large swimming pool, award-winning spa Solage and Michelin Star-rated Solbar (we can vouch for it- this was our favourite meal on a recent trip to Napa).
Le Mars is a boutique hotel with just 16 rooms. A member of Relais & Chateau, this hotel is located downtown St. Helena. “The place oozes luxury, from the 17th-century Flemish tapestry to the hand-carved walnut panels and leather-bound books that line the library.” Michelin Guide