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Activity
Road Cycling
Destination
California
Tour Length
6 days, 5 nights
Accomodations
Lodge-Based
Guide Type
Self Guided
Difficulty
Easy

The climate and topography of California’s Napa Valley are perfect for producing world-class wines, and are equally inviting for bike-loving wine enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in a land stitched together by stubborn farmers and captured by storytelling giants like Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson. Self-guided travel is about building memories while the heavy lifting is done for you, allowing you to build your own adventure from the seat of your bicycle. This itinerary allows you to get the full experience of biking in Napa, with time allotted for wine country tours – so make this trip your own!

Available May 1 – October 31.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Pre-travel preparation via detailed trip packet
  • Assistance in planning pre- and post-trip travel
  • Personal orientation on Day 1 with expert staff to go over your route book, bike set up and cover the days ahead
  • All luggage transfers with each hotel change
  • 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)
  • Gloves, helmet, clipless pedals upon request (with bike rental)
  • Local wine country guide book
  • Detailed route book with maps, cue sheets, suggestions for stops, water, restaurants and more
  • Telephone support throughout the trip

Not Included ​​​​​​​

Upgrades + Additions

Solo Accommodations Upgrade – $810 pp

All accommodations are shared occupancy by default. Purchase this upgrade to have a room to yourself.

Gear Rental

Bike rental is available through AOA.

Rent A Bike For Your Trip

Other Additions

  • Bike building/packing/tuning ($125) when you ship to AOA – Find out more
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Rates

2018 Rates

  • 2 participants $ 1,499 pp 1,499 pp
  • 4 participants $ 1,345 pp 1,345 pp
  • 6 participants $ 1,299 pp 1,299 pp

*We cannot accommodate solo travelers on self-guided trips. Prices are based on your trip starting on Sunday. Possible increased costs for trips that start on other days of the week.

*We cannot accommodate solo travelers on self-guided trips. Prices are based on your trip starting on Sunday. Possible increased costs for trips that start on other days of the week.

Do you have five minutes to save $25? Use the promo code 25for5 at checkout and get $25 per person off your trip price when you take 5 minutes to complete your guest profile and sign your waiver! Profiles and waivers are due no later than 1 week after booking to cash in on this promotion!

See our Promos & Discounts page for a list of multi-day trip promotions that may apply!

Dates

1572480000

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May 1-October 31

This trip is available May 1 – October 31 upon request.

How to reserve your self-guided trip:

One of the benefits of going self-guided is that your travel dates are dependent only on you. We are able to offer this trip at your convenience during the specified season. Please discuss your preferred travel dates with our staff upon inquiry.

Cyclists bike California road on Napa self-guided tour

4:00pm | Upon arrival at the Calistoga Hotel in Napa Valley, one of our travel experts will meet you in the lobby and prepare you for the trip ahead! You will review the provided Route Book and all hotel reservations in detail. After getting to know you and the Napa bike rides you are looking for, our staff may suggest customized routes or activities to enhance your week. Next, they will provide a brief check over your bike to ensure you have a good understanding of the equipment and that it is set to fit you appropriately. If time and daylight allows, they’ll send you out on a short warm-up ride through the charming town of Calistoga.

Cycling

7.5 miles; +189 ft elevation

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner on your own

Lodging

Mount View Hotel and Spa (upgrade: Solage Calistoga)

Cyclists bike California road on Napa self-guided tour

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. 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 intimate Franz Valley for a climb back over the hills into Napa Valley and then enjoy a gradual descent to downtown Calistoga. Wine tasting? Calistoga offers numerous local tasting stops to choose from. Fees for tasting usually start at $10 and go up to $25/$35 per person.

Cycling

19.2 miles; +1,233 ft elevation

Meals

Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Lodging

Mount View Hotel and Spa (upgrade: Solage Calistoga)

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 minimal traffic. You will pass many incredible wineries and should have time to visit some on this leg of your journey. Your Route Book will provide suggestions on some of AOA’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 to shake out the past two full days of cycling.

Cycling

30.2 miles; +835 ft elevation

Meals

Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Lodging

Inn on First (upgrade: Napa Valley Inn)

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. As you cruise 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.

Cycling

25-26 miles; +1,757 feet elevation

Meals

Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Lodging

Inn on First (upgrade: Napa Valley Inn)

The wine country bike tour continues! 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.

Cycling

11-19 miles

  • Short Ride Option: 11 miles; +651 feet elevation
  • Long Ride Option: 18.8 miles; +680 feet elevation

Meals

Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Lodging

El Dorado Hotel (upgrade: Inn at Sonoma)

Today you venture north through Sonoma Valley. Also known as Valley of the Moon, Sonoma was romanticized by famous author 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, ride instead 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.

Cycling

17-34 miles

  • Short Ride Option: 17.3 miles; +878 feet elevation
  • Long Ride Option: 33.9 miles; +1,688 feet elevation

Meals

Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own

Lodging

El Dorado Hotel (upgrade: Inn at Sonoma)

End of tour services upon conclusion of the ride. You can add an extra night here tonight, but 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.