California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast
Rolling vineyards glistening with ripening grapes are a testament to the Napa Valley and Sonoma County’s reputation as premier sources of California wine. But sipping some of these wines yourself is only one way that you’ll get a taste of the region. You’ll cycle through carefree beach culture along the Pacific Coast, view landscapes that inspired Jack London and Alfred Hitchcock, browse the arts and crafts scene of Healdsburg, admire sweeping views from your inn at Bodega Bay, enjoy a farm-to-table picnic under a canopy of giant redwoods and so much more.
- Cycle through carefree beach culture along the Pacific Coast
- Taste big California reds at Madonna Estate Winery in Carneros
- Ride through amber hills and coastal plains along San Pablo Bay
- Experience West Coast hospitality at leading edge inns with cinematic views
- Learn why Alfred Hitchcock chose Bodega Bay as his film setting for The Birds
- Enjoy plenty of leisure time to pursue more wineries and other activities
- Pedal through a patchwork of pinot noir vineyards in Alexander Valley
- Follow in the footsteps of Jack London through the “Valley of the Moon “
- Enjoy a farm-to-table picnic under a canopy of giant redwoods
- Trace the history of Gold Rush pioneers & red Zins cycling through Dry Creek Valley
- Browse the contemporary arts-and-crafts scene in dog-friendly Healdsburg
What to Expect
This tour offers mostly easy terrain with the occasional rolling hill and the opportunity for longer rides. The VBT van support shuttle is always available.
Average Daily Mileage: 18 – 44 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2 – 4 1/2 hours
Average High/Low Temperature (°F) – Napa
Apr 70°/42° May 73°/44° Jun 78°/47° Jul 82°/50° Aug 79°/49° Sep 80°/47° Oct 76°/46° Nov 65°/44°
Average Precipitation (in.) – Napa
Apr 1.5 May 1 Jun 0 Jul 0 Aug 0 Sep 0 Oct 1.5 Nov 2.6
E-Bikes Available on this tour.
Limited quantities — first come, first serve. Learn more.
- 5 nights in superb Californian inns
- 11 meals – 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet — New E-Bikes available
- Service of two VBT Trip Leaders
- FULL VAN SUPPORT
- Daily route directions and maps
- Welcome reception
- Sightseeing and cultural activities
- Tour and tasting at a local olive oil press
- Two included wine tastings at local vineyards
- 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation. See details.
- Good Buy Plan
- The option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extension:
Pre-trip: San Francisco – 2 nights from only $495-$545*
Fuji Gran Fondo
For more info see our VBT Bikes page.
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