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US - Napa Valley Wine Country Hybrid Cycling Tour
The old-world landscape of Napa and Sonoma counties may sit on the movie-magic producing coast of the world, but these California miles open up to nothing less than the ideal setting for a classic adventure story. From the seat of your bicycle, immerse yourself in a land stitched together by stubborn farmers and captured by storytelling giants like Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson. Take a smile-inducing breath of fresh air first thing in the morning, sipping your coffee, your eyes falling on the storybook landscape that’s to be the back drop of your journey. The climate and topography, both perfect for producing world-class wines, are also perfect for fantastic biking routes that fill the pages of our days with epic climbs and journeys across famed valleys. From Calistoga you make your way towards the heart of Napa Valley and the famous Silverado Trail where cultural and culinary pleasures await. Take advantage of a soak in mineral-rich mud baths, taste world-renowned local fare, and enjoy the many styles of architecture displayed across these classic scenes. End your journey in Sonoma, CA, one of the best wine country destinations in Sonoma County with a downtown plaza surrounded by one-of-a-kind restaurants and shops.
A Self Guided Cycling Trip; this tour can depart any week starting Sunday-Friday. Note, this is to keep costs lower. Hotels raise their rates significantly on weekends. Weekend start dates are possible with a supplement.

From our blog: : CA Cycling Guide Ebook | Outside Magazine Award Best Cycling CA | Recommend Selects Pure CA Cycling |

+ Itinerary

 Day 1 – Arrival in Calistoga and Orientation

Day 1 – Arrival in Calistoga and Orientation

Your trip begins today in Calistoga, CA. Located at the northern end of the valley floor, pinched by the mountains to the east and famous in the west for its hot springs, and its name! Originally, Calistoga was intended to be named Saratoga but this announcement caught someone tongue-tied and instead of proclaiming it the Saratoga of California it came out as the Calistoga of Sarifornia. The name stuck. Upon your arrival, our local experts will meet you in the hotel lobby at 4pm to review the tour, your Route Book, and reservations. After getting to know you, they may suggest some customized rides or activities to enhance your week. Next they will provide a brief bike fit and, if time and daylight allows, send you on a short warm-up ride through the charming town of Calistoga. Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation: +189 / -189 ft Max Grade: 2.5% Hotel: Mount View Hotel and Spa (Upgrade: Solage Calistoga) For transportation to Calistoga ask us for information.  

Mount View Hotel & Spa

Calistoga CA

Mount View Hotel & SpaMount View Hotel & Spa Napa Valley is the premier boutique Calistoga hotel, celebrating over 100 years of hospitality. The historic Napa Valley hotel is a registered landmark with the National Registry of Historic Places. We invite you to experience the Art of Relaxation at the Mount View Hotel & Spa in downtown Calistoga, California. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner, Zagat-rated in Top U.S. Hotels & Spas and member of the Green Hotels Association, the property features luxury suites, private cottages and an award-winning spa to inspire romance, rejuvenation and relaxation in Legendary Napa Valley Wine Country.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 2 – Knight's Valley Loop Ride

Day 2 – Knight's Valley Loop Ride

Today is a loop ride that explores the gorgeous scenery of northern Napa Valley. Cycle along lovely Calistoga back roads before climbing over the hills that separate Napa Valley from Knights Valley. Bordering the Mayacamas mountain range that divides Sonoma and Napa Counties, this is the easternmost Sonoma County appellation. Known for its warm days and cool nights, this is the warmest viticultural region in the county. The valley’s beauty and mineral-rich volcanic rhyolitic soils are as prized today as they were in ancient times. Turn into the rather tiny Franz Valley for a climb back over the hills into Napa Valley and then enjoy a gradual descent to downtown Calistoga. Wine tasting? We suggest that upon your ride finish, back in Calistoga, you can choose from numerous local tasting stops. Fees for tasting usually start at $10 and go up to $25/$35 per person. Distance: 19.2 miles Elevation: +1233 / -1232 ft Max Grade: 9.7%  

Mount View Hotel & Spa

Calistoga CA

Mount View Hotel & SpaMount View Hotel & Spa Napa Valley is the premier boutique Calistoga hotel, celebrating over 100 years of hospitality. The historic Napa Valley hotel is a registered landmark with the National Registry of Historic Places. We invite you to experience the Art of Relaxation at the Mount View Hotel & Spa in downtown Calistoga, California. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner, Zagat-rated in Top U.S. Hotels & Spas and member of the Green Hotels Association, the property features luxury suites, private cottages and an award-winning spa to inspire romance, rejuvenation and relaxation in Legendary Napa Valley Wine Country.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 3 – Calistoga to Napa on the Silverado Trail

Day 3 – Calistoga to Napa on the Silverado Trail

Leave your luggage at the bell stand and ride the famed Silverado Trail. Explore, swirl, sniff, sip and cycle your way through Napa Valley, one of the most notable wine regions in the world. This road, which skirts along the east side of Napa Valley, has generous shoulders and much less traffic than Highway 29. You will pass many incredible wineries and should have time to visit some on this leg of your journey. Your Routebook will provide suggestions on some of Pure Adventure’s favorites but can also help you find details on any spots on your “must see” list. You will also find wine tasting, and much more, all within easy walking distance of your destination in historic downtown Napa. Explore the local nightlife or perhaps enjoy a massage after your first two full days of cycling. Distance: 30.2 miles Elevation: +835 / -1162 ft Max Grade: 7.2% Hotel: Inn on First (Upgrade: Napa River Inn)  

The Inn on First

Napa CA

The Inn on FirstAre you looking for a vacation in a beautiful landscape filled with wine, fine dining, and comfortable & luxurious lodging? Or are you searching for a romantic getaway in order to indulge in a new or developed romance? Or would you desire a bed and breakfast with deliciously unique food, everything made from scratch, and the chef’s selection of over 125 breakfast recipes to offer you a unique meal every time you visit? The rolling hills and beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley make it one of the most sought after destinations in the country. It is hard to deny the beauty of the landscape and the effect it can have on any travel or vacation you are seeking. It is with this backdrop that the Inn on First can be everything you’re looking for in a luxurious lodging experience.

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Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 4 – Day Loop from Napa (Mount Veeder and Dry Creek Road)

Day 4 – Day Loop from Napa (Mount Veeder and Dry Creek Road)

Escape to quiet mountain roads and ride Mount Veeder, a favorite loop for the Napa locals. The views from this road, and the light traffic, make for a spectacular and rewarding ride. After you reach the summit, it’s pretty much all downhill on Dry Creek Road back to Napa. Cruising along soak in views of small mountain vineyards and pass through shaded forests. If you prefer a shorter route today an out-and-back on Dry Creek Road is an excellent option. The road follows Dry Creek from the Napa Valley floor up a long narrow canyon into the mountains. Total climbing is a little over one-thousand feet on road that gets a lot of shade from the trees that line the sides of the road. Distance: 26.0 miles Elevation: +1757 / -1757 ft Max Grade: 10.7% Distance: 25.4 miles Elevation: +1159 / -1159 ft Max Grade: 7.5%  

The Inn on First

Napa CA

The Inn on FirstAre you looking for a vacation in a beautiful landscape filled with wine, fine dining, and comfortable & luxurious lodging? Or are you searching for a romantic getaway in order to indulge in a new or developed romance? Or would you desire a bed and breakfast with deliciously unique food, everything made from scratch, and the chef’s selection of over 125 breakfast recipes to offer you a unique meal every time you visit? The rolling hills and beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley make it one of the most sought after destinations in the country. It is hard to deny the beauty of the landscape and the effect it can have on any travel or vacation you are seeking. It is with this backdrop that the Inn on First can be everything you’re looking for in a luxurious lodging experience.

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Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 5 – Napa to Sonoma (Los Carneros)

Day 5 – Napa to Sonoma (Los Carneros)

  Sonoma is located on the opposite side of the Mayacama Mountains about six miles due west of Napa. Your route to get there curves around the southern end of these mountains through the Carneros region. The close proximity to San Pablo Bay brings in cool fog and breezes, making ideal conditions for cultivating the cooler climate varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Have a stop in at Artesa Vineyard or Domaine Carneros for a taste along the way to Sonoma. End the day at Sonoma Plaza with its collection of fine boutiques, festive wine tasting rooms, and award-winning restaurants for you to explore. For a little extra mileage and scenery the Lovall Valley loop is an easy out-and-back from Sonoma that can be added onto your ride from Napa. The climb up Lovall Valley Road is not difficult and the scenic loop within the small valley make this a must do ride. Distance: 18.8 miles Elevation: +680 / -614 ft Max Grade: 9.4% Distance: 11.0 miles Elevation: +651 / -650 ft Max Grade: 8.4% Hotel: El Dorado Hotel (Upgrade: Inn at Sonoma)

El Dorado Hotel Sonoma

Sonoma CA

El Dorado Hotel SonomaEl Dorado Hotel & Kitchen is centrally located in the heart of beautiful Sonoma, right on the corner of the lively and historic Sonoma Square. The bustling activity of the plaza and nearby shops, wine tasting rooms and art galleries is complemented by the buzzing atmosphere of our stylish restaurant and hotel. Sip wine while overlooking the farmers market or local bands performing in the square or perch above our restaurant courtyard on your private balcony and soak in the ambiance of a Sonoma evening.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 6 – Sonoma Loop (Sugarloaf Ridge and Jack London State Park); Departure

Day 6 – Sonoma Loop (Sugarloaf Ridge and Jack London State Park); Departure

Today you venture north through Sonoma Valley. Also known as Valley of the Moon it was romanticized by Jack London. From the seat of your bike you travel through lovely Glen Ellen, see where Jack London lived, and continue north through Kenwood for a climb to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. This gorgeous park contains the headwaters of Sonoma Creek. It runs through gorge and canyon, across the meadow floor, beneath scenic rock outcroppings, and is surrounded at times by redwoods and ferns. It’s worth stopping for a short walk along the creek to admire the scenery before you return back the way you came to Sonoma. If you are looking for something a little less ambitious today, instead ride to Jack London State Park near Glen Ellen. Perched high on Sonoma Mountain with over 1400 pristine acres and 26 miles of trails to explore, plus a rich, colorful, and well preserved history; Jack London State Park is an outdoor paradise. The climb on London Ranch Road is mostly gradual and along this road is the famous Benziger Family Winery, known for its bio-dynamic farming practices and fascinating history. Distance: 33.9 miles Elevation: +1688 / -1688 ft Max Grade: 13.8% Distance: 17.3 miles Elevation: +878 / -879 ft Max Grade: 9.5%

End of tour services upon conclusion of the ride. You can add an extra night here tonight, please book in advance. NOTE: because weekend rates are so high in the region, we allow you to travel on to nearby cities/villages. An extra night tonight here at the El Dorado range from $265-$485 depending on season and room.

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Prices

Napa Valley Wine Country Hybrid Bicycle Tour

Price Per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 2 participants:

US$1499/person

Price Per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 4 participants:

US$1345/person

Price Per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 6 participants:

US$1299/person

Single Supplement:

US$915


This self guided bicycle tour can depart any Sunday-Friday any week from May 1 to October 31. Note that weekend arrivals are possible for a significant supplement. Rates are based itinerary as shown. Customizing is possible for a fee.

Hybrid Bikes are not included with this tour price above. See details on bike options in the separate tab for Bikes & Gear.


+ What's Included?

- All luggage transfers with each hotel change
- Personal orientation on Day 1 with expert staff to go over your route book, bike set up and cover the days ahead
- 2 nights of superior lodging in Calistoga
- 2 nights of superior lodging in Napa Valley
- 1 night of superior lodging in Sonoma
- Breakfast daily (lunch and dinner on your own)
- Helmet, clipless pedals upon request (with supplemental bike rental)
- Local wine country guide book
- Detailed route book with maps, cue sheets, suggestions for stops, water, restaurants and more
- Pre-travel preparation via detailed trip packet
- Assistance in planning pre- and post-trip travel
- Telephone support throughout the trip

NOT INCLUDED IN COST:

- Bike Rental (See Bikes & Gear tab)
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Air transportation to and from San Francisco
- Airport or hotel transfers to Calistoga Inn
- Return transfers from Sonoma


Lodging

Night 1 & 2 Calistoga: Mount View Hotel and Spa (Upgrade possible: Solage Calistoga) The Mount View is a premier boutique hotel with over 100 years of hospitality in Calistoga.

Night 3 & 4 Napa: Inn on First (Upgrade: Napa River Inn) The Inn on First is a luxury B&B in the heart of Napa that pays particular attention to cuisine and their breakfast!

Night 5 & 6 Sonoma: El Dorado Hotel (Upgrade: Inn at Sonoma) The El Dorado is contemporary 27 room boutique hotel located right on the square in Sonoma.
 

+ Tour Highlights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:

- self guided cycling allows freedom of dates, no minimum group size

- wine country and the best American wines for exploration

- top quality lodging, leading edge cuisine choices, fun cycling itineraries


Need to Know:

- Sept & Oct are very high seasons - space is most difficult ; best is May-June. For best rates, tour must start on Sunday. Supplement required with other start days.

- wineries have fees for tastings; and most sites don't open before 11am

- the routes are commonly used by cyclists but are open to cars and on the famous Silverado trail it gets busy

- you ride on your own each day, telephone support available to local personnel

Dates: May 1 - October 31. This is Self Guided Hybrid Cycling Tour tour which offers freedom to travel any week with only the people in your party. Rates are from as few as 2 persons and go down with larger groups of 4 to 6 and more. Please contact us with questions about your group or departure date: Our Contact.

Level 2-3 with short and medium level ride itineraries. The routes are through rolling countryside; wine country enthusiasts can do shorter rides at an easier level; the longer riding is moderate for regular cyclists. This hybrid style tour is meant for people who want to ride for fun and enjoy local produce and sites. For cyclists seeking more challenge, see our Sonoma Road Tour.

Options

Ride options - longer/shorter on some days
San Francisco add ons
Custom tours for groups

Contact us for help and information on arriving and departing and the best way to travel.  

Local Coordinator

This self guided trip is supported for Pure Adventures' travelers by our local expert Denver from his bike shop in Sebastopol. As our local expert, Denver is passionate for cycling and has ridden all the routes and many more you find on offer in our tours here. He is very service oriented and looking forward to bringing out the bikes and meeting you before you start out on your self-guided adventure! He is available by phone throughout the trip if any questions or problems arise. Remember, you have to know how to fix your own flats.

+ Bikes & Gear
 
Bike rental options for this tour:

Hybrid Bike: Breezer Greenway Expert - $150US for the duration of the tour.

About the Breezer hybrid:
Light with hydroformed aluminum frames that never rust, and their wide range gearing mean they are ready for anything. On paved surfaces or unpaved, the Greenway is a safe, stable, and 'sure-footed' ride! These bikes are 27 speed; 3x9 Deore/Altus drivetrain, Shimano wheels and disk brakes. Bike rentals include: helmet, gloves, flat tire repair kit, lock, bike bags, 2 bottle cages and bottles, bike computer, and choice of pedals - or bring your own.

Road bikes are also possible on these routes. We offer the BH Quartz or Ridley Helium for $360 for the duration of the tour. Contact us for full road bike specs if interested.

Ebikes, kids bikes, gravel/touring bikes are also available - contact us for details.

 
 
 
 
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US - Napa Valley Wine Country Hybrid Cycling Tour

Tour Type: Self Guided Hybrid Cycling
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Distance: 17-35 miles per day
Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days
Availability: May-October
Cost: Starting at US$1299





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