California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast

The dramatic coastline, towering redwoods, and vineyard-laden hills that dot our dreamy landscape beckon us to discover one of the world’s premier wine regions.

  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 18 - 44 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 4 1/2 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy / Moderate

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast

California’s renowned Sonoma and Napa counties are the perfect playground for cyclists and oenophiles alike, as we bike between charming towns and award-winning wineries with soothing Pacific breezes at our backs.  Taste the region’s agricultural bounty during wine and olive oil tastings before dining on fresh and flavorful Californian cuisine. After a rewarding day on the road, we’ll relax in luxurious hotels both on the coast and in historic centers of California’s Wine Country, Healdsburg and Sonoma.

Cultural Highlights

  • Taste some of the country’s best wine during included tours of prestigious vineyard estates
  • Cycle through an 800-acre preserve of coast redwoods—the tallest tree species on earth
  • Tour a local olive oil mill and enjoy a tasting
  • Discover the town of Healdsburg, the epicenter of the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley AVA’s
  • Take in stunning Pacific Coast views from the seat of your bike or the comfort of our inn overlooking Bodega Bay

What to Expect

This tour offers mostly easy terrain with the occasional rolling hill and the opportunity for some longer rides. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available throughout the trip.

Average Daily Mileage: 18 – 44 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2 – 4 1/2 hours

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Sonoma
Apr 72°  May 78°  Jun 86°  Jul 86°  Aug 89°  Sep 87°  Oct 80°  Nov 67°  Dec 59°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Sonoma
Apr 4.3  May 1.5  Jun 1  Jul 0  Aug 0  Sep 0  Oct 1.5  Nov 4  Dec 4

What’s Included:

  • 5 nights in superb Californian inns
  • 11 meals – 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • Transfers
  • Tour and tasting at a local olive oil press
  • Wine tasting and picnic at Madonna Estate Winery and wine tasting at Chateau St. Jean
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
  • The option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip or Post-trip: San Francisco – 2 nights for only $345
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Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Arrive in Sonoma

VBT Bike Tour guests: VBT will offer a shuttle from San Francisco International Airport to MacArthur Place in Sonoma, departing the airport at 1:00 pm. If you are arriving after this shuttle departs or your flight is delayed, you must make your own arrangements to reach MacArthur Place.

Please meet the shuttle at the San Francisco International Airport in Courtyard #1, outside of Terminal #1. There are signs in the baggage claim area that read “CHARTER BUSES.” Follow them to the extreme end of Terminal 1 (with your back to the baggage carousels and facing the exit doors, you will turn LEFT). Exit the building and continue in the same direction along the pavement until you see the “Courtyard 1” sign. It will be on your left-hand side. Your shuttle bus will carry “Pure Luxury” titles, and the driver will be holding a VBT sign. The driver and vehicle will not pull into the courtyard until 1:00 pm.

For guests driving to the tour, parking is available for the six days without charge at MacArthur Place. Please check-in with your leaders who will let you know where to leave your car.

VBT Pre-Trip Extension guests: You have another morning to enjoy San Francisco. At 1:30 pm, the shuttle company will meet and transfer you to MacArthur Place. Please be outside the hotel at 1:15 pm. The shuttle will be coming from the airport with arriving VBT guests. Please allow for traffic delays.

We meet at MacArthur Place, located in Sonoma, California. Sonoma's rustic surroundings, amid the backdrop of a dynamic wine region, is home to award-winning wineries, stately redwoods, magnificent coastlines, the Infineon Raceway, and plenty of shopping. Upon checking in at MacArthur Place, ask at the reception desk for your welcome package, full of information you might find useful on tour. After settling in, meet your Trip Leaders at 3:30 pm for a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a short warm-up ride and introduction to the charming town plaza. Tonight, we’ll dine at Saddles Steakhouse, rated the "Best Beef Restaurant in California" by the California Beef Council. (There will be delicious non-beef options, too!)

Hotel: MacArthur Place
Meals: D
Daily Options: 4 miles

DAY 2: Madonna Estate Winery / Sonoma

Our morning cycling takes us from the inn southeast along back roads to enter the Carneros district. Renowned for its still and sparkling wines, this area of low hills and flatlands follows the San Pablo Bay from east to west. The wineries benefit from the ocean air, as it enables them to grow cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Los Carneros area is a viticulture region stretching across the cool lower reaches of Sonoma and Napa Counties. The word carneros means “sheep” in Spanish, and the slopes now covered with vines were once thought to be good only as pasture. We will pause here to enjoy a picnic lunch and tasting at Madonna Estate Winery before continuing back to Sonoma. This afternoon, enjoy free time to continue exploring more wineries, browse Sonoma's shops and galleries, or relax in the pool or spa at MacArthur Place.

Tonight, dinner is on your own at one of Sonoma's fine restaurants. There are many options for dinner on the town plaza. Your Trip Leaders will be happy to help with recommendations and directions.

Hotel: MacArthur Place
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 16 or 32 miles

DAY 3: Valley of the Moon / Glen Ellen / Kenwood / Bodega Bay

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll start our day with a ride from Sonoma through the Valley of the Moon. This region received its name from the Native Americans, who first noticed that as the moon ascends in the evening sky, it appears to rise again and again over the peaks and glens of the Mayacamas mountain range.

This morning, we’ll stop at a local olive press for a tour of the facility and a tasting. Continuing on, we’ll cycle to the town of Kenwood, arriving at the beautiful Chateau St. Jean Winery, with its surrounding vineyards and lush, manicured grounds. The estate's landscaping was inspired by formal estate gardens in Italy and France. We will visit the Vineyard Room for a tasting. Lunch is on your own today; you can pick up something in Glen Ellen or purchase something from the Charcuterie at Chateau St. Jean. After lunch, we will board a shuttle for the 90-minute transfer to Bodega Bay.

Our lodging for the night is the Inn at the Tides. Offering stunning views of the bay, the inn is perfectly located for our one-night stopover on the coast. You may wish to take a swim in the inn's pool or relax in the hot tub before dinner. Tonight, we'll dine at the inn.

Hotel: Inn at the Tides
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 14 or 16 miles

DAY 4: Armstrong Redwoods / Healdsburg

This morning, we'll have breakfast on the wharf at The Tides Restaurant, which was made famous by Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds. The Tides Wharf Restaurant and parking area were used for the movie's gas station, café, and boat dock scenes. The Tides complex has been expanded and remodeled several times since the filming.

After breakfast, we’ll start our day with a ride from Bodega Bay, following the coastline for ten miles before heading inland toward Guerneville. This morning's ride offers beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and as you ride, you'll enjoy the soothing sound of the pounding surf.

Upon reaching Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, you'll be surrounded by the towering redwoods that are protected here. A testament to the wonder of the natural world, the grove offers solace from the hustle and bustle of daily life, bestowing great inspiration and a place for quiet reflection.

Our stop here gives us the opportunity to marvel at the stately and magnificent Sequoia sempervirens. Commonly known as the coast redwood, it is the tallest living object on our planet. These remarkable trees live to be 500-1,000 years old, grow to a diameter of 12-16 feet, and stand from 200-250 feet tall. Some trees survive more than 2,000 years and tower above 350 feet. Coast redwood stands are classified as temperate rainforests, and they need wet and mild climates to survive. The rainfall in the Armstrong Redwoods Reserve averages 55 inches per year, and the trees are often shrouded in a mystical fog that helps to maintain the moist conditions needed for their survival.

Following our picnic lunch, we'll continue by bike or shuttle to our lodgings in the center of Healdsburg, where we'll have the rest of the day to settle in and explore the town. This vibrant town is known for its historic downtown plaza, which has long been enjoyed as an event and performance site. Visit the museum, stroll along the river though Railroad Park or perhaps explore one of the galleries showcasing local paintings, photography, glassware, and jewelry. This evening, choose one of town's great restaurants for your dinner.

Hotel: h2hotel
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 25 or 44 miles

DAY 5: Explore Russian River Valley / Healdsburg

Today takes us on a ride through the kingdom of Pinot Noir. The beautiful west side and east side rides of the Russian River Valley will delight you with striking views of lush, productive vineyards. The Russian River Valley’s climate is sculpted by the regular intrusion of cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean. Much like the tide, it ebbs and flows through the Petaluma Wind Gap and the channel cut by the Russian River. The fog usually arrives in the evening, often dropping the temperature 35 to 40 degrees from its daytime high. The mist retreats to the ocean the following morning. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop full flavor maturity over an extended growing season—often 15 to 20 percent longer than neighboring areas—while retaining their life-giving natural acidity.

All riding will be before lunch, which is on your own in the town of Healdsburg. Then, take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a swim or paddle in the river at Veterans Memorial Beach, or take a plunge in our inn's pool.

Tonight, rejoin the group for a farewell dinner at the inn.

Hotel: h2hotel
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 20 miles

DAY 6: Cycle Dry Creek Valley / Depart for home

After breakfast, today's route takes us through the Dry Creek Valley, a beautiful, winding landscape with another unique microclimate. Although it seems to be the same altitude, you might be surprised to spot a redwood grove while cycling, then round another turn and find oaks—or even palm trees and cactus! Along the way, you may wish to visit a few notable wineries like Everett Ridge Winery or Quivira Biodynamic Winery.

Return to our inn for a shower and lunch before our shuttle to San Francisco International Airport at 2:00 pm. We recommend a flight out of San Francisco no earlier than 6:00 pm.

If you parked your car at the start of the tour, the VBT van will transfer you back to Sonoma.

VBT Post-Trip Extension guests: The shuttle from the h2hotel in Healdsburg to San Francisco International Airport will stop en route at the Fairmont San Francisco. Explore the city at your leisure. Refer to the City Information section, included at the end of your Final Travel Booklet, for useful ideas to make the most of your time in San Francisco.

Hotel: Fairmont San Francisco
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 19 miles

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Accommodations

Inn at the Tides

The inn’s rooms are built along a hillside, with views over Bodega Bay, and feature either a balcony or a fireplace. There is a heated swimming pool and hot tub for guest’s use. The inn is perfectly situated for a one-night stop along the coast in Sonoma.

MacArthur Place

MacArthur Place is a luxurious 64-room hotel and spa set in the midst of wineries, fine dining, shops, and unique galleries. Just a short 15-minute drive from the Napa Valley and 45 minutes from San Francisco, the inn is convenient to both Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley wineries.
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h2hotel

A glimpse of the undulating green roof of h2hotel signals your arrival in historic downtown Healdsburg, the heart of Northern Sonoma Wine Country. The sister property to the acclaimed luxury Hotel Healdsburg, h2hotel is a sustainable inn, where Architect David Baker’s simple modern aesthetic meets comfortable rusticity in a stylish wine country retreat.
Free WiFi Included
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  • Great trip

    The leaders were knowledgable and went out their way to accommodate all of our requests. It was the right combination of biking (with always the option for more or less) and wine tasting! Beautiful countryside. I can't wait to do another VBT trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 07, 2014
    Posted by: Joni
    From: CT
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Incredible trip; would do it again!

    The scenery, quality of the roads, bikes, hotels, and food was just incredible. Jonathan and Dan are excellent, informed and very fun guides and easily accommodated extra distance and hill riding for those of us that wanted extra, and allowing us to meet up with the main group. Do take advantage of the support van as a courier for buying extra wine to take home, cause as a Canadian, the wineries aren't allowed to have you as wine club members. We also really loved MacArthur Place, the first hotel. The group was also very fun. All in all, a great week, and great value from VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 31, 2014
    Posted by: Kerk
    From: Calgary, AB, Canada
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fantastic!

    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The trip leaders, Jonathan and Dan were just great. Very accommodating, very low key, very organized, very friendly. The routes were all beautiful and varied. I felt like we got a very good feel for the diversity of the area. The scenery really was beautiful. All the accommodations were enjoyable. The road bikes provided were very good quality. There just really wasn't anything about this trip we didn't like. Lots of riding but not a lot of pressure. I have already recommended it to anyone we have spoken to about it and will continue to do so. We wouldn't hesitate to do another VBT trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 20, 2014
    Posted by: Tracey44
    From: Edmonton, AB, CANADA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • We loved this tour!

    The first couple of days in the wine country was beautiful and finishing the tour with the coast and the redwoods was spectacular. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour guides who were very personable and accommodating. The hotels were first class and the food was wonderful. It was the first time we have done a tour with VBT and we definitely will do another one with them in the future.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 14, 2014
    Posted by: Jan1ce
    From: Seattle, WA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great week

    This was the perfect way to visit the Sonoma area, and learn about the wine industry. Great accomodations, food --- especially the lunches prepared by Dan & Jonathan --- and fantastic care by our trip leaders. Scenery was amazing, and the ride along the Route 1 coast was a special thrill. Moderate may be more accurate than easy/moderate, but there is always the van option. This trip could qualify for a "repeat".

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 22, 2014
    Posted by: Ohead
    From: Peoria, IL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Our VBT guides worked very hard to make sure that we were provided with everything that we needed.

    The places where we stayed were very comfortable. The scenery was varied and beautiful. The food was sensational!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 10, 2014
    Posted by: Jill03
    From: Great Falls, MT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Breathtaking Views and Memorable Experiences...Wine, Coast and Redwoods!

    This was our first bike tour with any company and we were absolutely thrilled we chose VBT! California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast tour exceeded my expectations and was as challenging as we wanted to make it on an individual level. Dan and Andy were exceptional! They were a lot of fun and very supportive when needed...great meals, snacks and a nice variety of activities for us to enjoy. Perfect balance between riding and free time to explore...never felt rushed so we could enjoy the scenery! The pre-trip in San Francisco was fabulous, a must if you have not been to San Fran. The Fairmont Hotel was Outstanding and the perfect location to see the city! Go to The Tonga in the hotel...quite an experience. We are looking forward to our next VBT tour...so many to choose from!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2014
    Posted by: DianeT
    From: Detroit, MI
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Best vacation ever!

    For years I've wanted to cycle through Napa and Sonoma, and finally decided to book the trip through VBT. From beginning to end, this trip exceeded my expectations. As a single traveler, I quickly became one of the group and never felt alone. I learned that many of my fellow travelers were not on their first VBT vacation, and those of us who were, swore we'd never travel any other way again. The week's itinerary was thoughtfully planned, from rides to meals to time off to relax around the pool, shop, or visit a tasting room. The two guides were beyond wonderful and handled myriad responsibilities while remaining upbeat, friendly and professional. I will forever refer to my trip through California Wine Country as the best vacation ever!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 12, 2014
    Posted by: MarthaU
    From: Boston, MA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • We enjoyed every minute of our trip

    My wife and I had a wonderful trip. Meeting new people and biking with new and old friends who matched our different abilities and preferences made for a great trip for both of us.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 02, 2014
    Posted by: BernardMarlene
    From: Evergreen CO
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Excellent Tour!

    We just returned from the CA wine/coast tour and are already looking forward to the next one! The CA trip through Sonoma, into Napa, up the Pacific Coast, into the Redwoods Forest, and through the Russian River Valley to Healdsburg was fantastic. The terrain was always different -- from vineyards to seacoast to forest. The equipment was top notch, hotels/inns were fabulous, the food wonderful, the planned events interesting (who doesn't love a wine tasting?!#, and the guides #Andy and Diana) awesome. It's wonderful to have all the details taken care of so all you have to do is bike and enjoy. VBT trips are a great way to experience all that a place has to offer. The only problem is deciding which one to do next!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 30, 2014
    Posted by: KellyfromMaine
    From: Falmouth, ME
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Outstanding venues and professional service

    Just returned from our first VBT tour, the wine tour trip. It was outstanding. We couldn't have been more pleased with the itinerary and the tour leaders, Diana and Andy. They took care of everything and showed us a great time....

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 29, 2014
    Posted by: enols
    From: Havertown, Pa
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • fantastic trip - we were in great hands!

    Our bike tour through Sonoma county in the fall was a family trip - a chance for my mom, sister, and I to reconnect and share some great memories. Overall, the scenery and routes were beautiful and diverse (including tons of vineyards, a mountains or two, redwoods, and rugged coastline) and the trip struck a near perfect balance between time with the group and free time to explore and do your own thing. The food and wine, including a fantastic olive oil tasting, didn't disappoint either. Besides these somewhat matter-of-fact aspects of the trip, what really made it special was the care that Dan and Jonathan (our guides) took. They made tasty organic lunches with local cheeses and creative desserts. On days when we ate on our own, they helped us find really great restaurants (one that had my favorite beer-Pliny the Elder-on tap!). Also, when my sister and I wanted more challenge on the bike rides, they set us off on some scenic and tough extra credit rides (one that the famous cyclist Levi Lepheimer trains on!). Dan and Jonathan were always in tune with the group and made everyone feel comfortable and looked after. Their local knowledge and how easy they were to connect with and talk to made the trip particularly relaxing and fun. My mom, sister, and I have many great memories from the trip and I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience the diversity of the scenery and food/drink of California!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: January 05, 2014
    Posted by: researchercyclistdude
    From: Brookline
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was geographically gorgeous!!!

    This was the first VBT trip for my husband and I and it will not be the last!!!! We had an amazing trip because Dan and Jonathan were fantastic guides....incredibly knowledgable regarding biking and the Sonoma and Pacific Coast region.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 08, 2013
    Posted by: Cristy
    From: Janesville, WI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Excellent

    My brother and I joined my mother on this trip to celebrate her 60th birthday. The guides were wonderful and knowledgeable and the trip was perfect for all three of our varying skill levels. I was so impressed with VBT, my husband and I are in the process of booking the bike tour through Spain for next April. The balance of value and quality is tough to achieve and I think that VBT has achieved exactly the right equilibrium.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 06, 2013
    Posted by: JFaupel
    From: Jackson, Wyoming
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Just an awesome trip!

    This was our first VBT trip and certainly will not be our last. It was the perfect blend of great rides, great hotels, great food and of course, great wine.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 20, 2013
    Posted by: Marie21
    From: Whitehouse Station, Readington Township, NJ, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • What a great vacation!

    Our guides, Jonathan and Dan, were fantastic. Always willing to do anything we needed or wanted to make sure we had a great vacation. The scenery was beautiful, the routes were well planned, the hotels were excellent. I enjoyed getting information and tours about wine even though I don't drink. I went by myself and have always felt very comfortable with VBT groups. This was not my first VBT trip and I just wish I had more vacation time so I could go on my next VBT trip sooner.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 12, 2013
    Posted by: Gail54
    From: Boston, MA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great Views, Great Rides, Great Guides

    What a fun bike trip. MacArthurs Place (Sonoma) was a beautiful, charming and welcoming resort. Wine tasting every afternoon was a treat. Food at Saddles was delicious. Inn of the tides is a great setting looking over Bodega Bay with a nice breakfast. Our favorite was the ride up the Pacific coast, all the views and wildlife. The Russian River valley to the Redwood forrest was exiting. Healdesburg was our third stop with the HQ2 Hotel being our base. A beautiful, unique, eco hotel with beautiful rooms. Our Guides were wonderful. Helpful, informative and fun, making the whole trip a great experience. Would do this trip again, and recommend it to all our friends.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 31, 2013
    Posted by: MtnRat
    From: Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Excellent

    We had an amazing trip! The tour guides were terrific. They were fun and anticipated our every need. The maps and stops were all wonderful. We will definitely do more vbt trips Some of the highlights were the inn in heralds burg The lunch in the redwood forest with the beautiful grilled veggies. My only neg would be the first wine tasting destination was a bit touristy and not a very nice setting. All else was fantastic!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 29, 2013
    Posted by: Dwen
    From: Ct
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • great trip in all aspects.

    this was our 4th vbt trip. the main advantage of vbt over other tour companies, are the guides. they are professionals. the guides really make a great trip into a phenomenal trip. the guides on each of our trips have consistently been great, as were these guides. on this trip we enjoyed the terrain, the hotels, the scenery, and all of the riding.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 01, 2013
    Posted by: hdk2001
    From: ny,ny
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Loved everything about this trip!

    We had an amazing time on this trip and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to do a bike trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 01, 2013
    Posted by: JP36
    From: Campbell, CA, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great blend of natural beauty, community and education.

    This tour lived up to our expectations and more. We had a fabulous experience. The group was full of interesting people. The tour guides went beyond what we expected in terms of service and responsiveness to individual concerns. And the routes were stunning. We are already thinking about another tour. Thanks for everything!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 16, 2013
    Posted by: Thunderhart
    From: Cincinnati, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fun rides, beautiful scenery, tasty wine

    Our guides were very knowledgeable and made everyday fun. All meals were delicious and there were healthy options. Bikes were kept in perfect condition and promptly ready for daily rides. The early June days varied between cool morning and warm afternoon. The rides offered options for all levels of riding ability.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2013
    Posted by: HappyCyclist
    From: MO
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A perfect time of year for a perfect tour

    Late April into early May: Not too hot - not too cold - it was just right! The scenery along the route was awesome, with green fields of grape vines in evenly spaced rows on the hillsides. The wineries take pride in their appearance as well as in their wines, so the ones we visited were scenic, clean and welcoming, and the tasting was oh so good. The tour guides were a bonus. They were very accommodating and attentative to our wants and needs, and they had wonderful personalities and great cooking skills:-) They offered alternatives to the route to make it either more challenging or easier for each guest as there were different riding abilities. I've taken quite a few VBT tours, and this one is one of my favorites. I'd highly recommend it to anyone,

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 07, 2013
    Posted by: BikinGal
    From: Mechanicsburg, PA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Fun, wine and educational, too!

    This trip is exactly as advertised: beautiful country, cool wineries, chocolate shop, olive oil tasting. There was an unexpected and enjoyable educational angle to the trip with wine-producing vocabulary as well as bike tips from our guides. A great trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 16, 2013
    Posted by: BikeGirl
    From: Missouri
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The trip was great

    Thoroughly enjoyed all the cycling along the beautiful landscape. A great part of the country to visit. The hotels in Sonoma and Healdsburg were terrific as well as both guides, Jonathan and Colin.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 11, 2012
    Posted by: Pedalgirl
    From: Avon, CT
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • My Favorite VBT U.S. Tour!

    I have been on several VBT tours in the US and abroad. This is my favorite trip in the US so far! The routes were exceptionally well chosen. Although we were on highways some of the time, it wasn't for long distances and in most cases, there were great bike lanes. The scenery - from the flower gardens in the small towns to the vineyards to the seacost to the redwoods - and the trip leaders were simply exceptional! It's hard to imagine it could have been better. Bravo!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: December 05, 2012
    Posted by: JSusan
    From: Texas
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • We had a great time, and the leaders were wonderful

    We have travel several times with VBT, all the leaders are very nice, but the leaders for California were even better. They try to talk to us everyday as an individual person. Even with one day of bad weather, they make the best of it, cooking in the rain and checking that everybody arrived safe. We congratulate VBT because they know how to choose their trip leaders. Our time is limited, we travel a lot and I don't have time to send pictures.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 30, 2012
    Posted by: Bressant
    From: Dayton, OH
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This tour is a wonderful way to explore California wine country.

    The California Wine Country Tour was a wonderful bike trip. The weather was cold but invigorating. The scenery was outstanding. The trip was well organized and the tour guides were very helpful. This tour is excellent value.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 23, 2012
    Posted by: Winston
    From: Chicago
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Lots of beautiful vistas and rolling hills

    This tour was filled with gorgeous scenery. The rides were sometimes challenging but in a good way. Lunch in the Redwood forest was a highlight, as was the ride up the Pacific coast. The guides were fantastic.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: November 22, 2012
    Posted by: LynneD
    From: Toronto, ON, Canada
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This trip was amazing!

    Excellent accommodations, sag stops, and meals. Can't say enough about this trip. Such a wonderful trip! We keep telling our friends they should take it. Our guides of course made it extra special with all the above and beyond service they provided.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 13, 2012
    Posted by: dmckowen
    From: Plainfield, IN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Wonderful riding with spectacular landscapes.

    This was our 5th VBT trip and we absolutely loved it! Trip consisted of 5 days of riding through spectacular landscapes. The hotels were both good and great. Second stop allows for seaside biking but the hotel itself is dated. The other two we're terrific. VBT always seems to have the best guides but it seems Jonothan and Doug went beyond the call! The food was plentiful and so tasty. Dinners, picnics and breakfasts were great fun. We would highly recommend this trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 11, 2012
    Posted by: Shee3
    From: St Louis, MO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great fall trip

    We tried to time our trip to coincide with harvest and managed to luck out. The weather was terrific not to mention the trip leaders and hotels. H2 and Mac Arthur Place are two of the best hotels I have been in. As for the riding, it is hard to argue with a nice jaunt through the vineyards mixed with the excitement in the tasting rooms as everyone was anticipating the culmination of harvest. Over all a great way to see Sonoma and the coast.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 06, 2012
    Posted by: RMoore
    From: St Louis, MO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • From the vineyards, to the coast and back again through the majestic redwoods - You'll bike through it all!

    This was my 4th trip with VBT and definitely one of my favorites. The variety of terrain you will ride through is extensive and it's all gorgeous. The wine tasting, charming small towns and the hot lunch grilled up by the leaders in a redwood forest are just some of the highlights.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 01, 2012
    Posted by: Cheryl66
    From: Seattle
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Perfection

    How do you write a review saying your trip was perfection and make it sound plausible? Wine country was my first VBT, joining 5 friends for what was to become a fabulous week. Meeting13 new people who were all wild and crazy was a plus! But having to great ride leaders, Jonathan and Dan who were great domestiques added to the fun! I am sure that having great weather and just a "few" bottles of good Californian wine polished off what I would say was an A+ week. Thanks to everyone for making the week one to be remembered!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 26, 2012
    Posted by: Candi1465
    From: Steamboat Springs, CO
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Interesting Itinerary with excellent leaders.

    Having been to "wine country" twice in the past, I was concerned that the hilly terrain might be an insurmountable impediment to the casual riders in my group. However, thanks to the care in which the routes were selected, all in my group were able to navigate the hills with few problems. Our group leaders, Dan and Johnathon, were truly exemplary in their management of such a disparate group, offering advice when asked, yet not being "preachy". Both helped with mechanical problems and both offered "atta boys (and girls)" to those needing words of encouragement while navigating thru the days riding. Other than the less than perfect breakfast buffet at the H2 hotel in Healdsburg, CA, I consider the entire tour an "A" list experience. Thanks

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 19, 2012
    Posted by: RickyB
    From: St Petersburg, FL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • California Wine Tour

    The perfect blend of an active vacation. The cycling was great, challenging enough for the experienced riders, and not to challenging for the novice riders. Accomodations were excellent. We had plenty of time for wine tasting and sight-seeing. The pre-trip stay in San Francisco gave us enought time to explore the city. All in all a great vacation.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 19, 2012
    Posted by: LCY1
    From: Treasure Island, FL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This was a fantastic way to see California!

    I loved the physical activity...the daily bicycling was challenging, but it was great for me to set daily goals to complete the planned rides each day. I really enjoyed the winery visits and the picturesque rides through the vineyards. The olive oil tasting was great too! The guides were supportive and encouraging even though I wasn't the best cyclist. It was a wonderful week of vacation! I will definitely consider another trip with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 13, 2012
    Posted by: TerryTeacher
    From: De Pere, WI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Far exceeded my expectations

    Our bicycling group from Hawaii went on the California Wine Country bike tour in July 2012 and we had an unforgettable time! The beautiful scenery, the wine and olive oil tastings, the incredible cuisine, the outstanding hotels, the knowledgable trip leaders . . . all far exceeded our expectations. Our trip leaders took care of our every need, and went above and beyond the call of duty - even going back to previous hotels to pick up stuff we forgot there! The picnics they planned were fun and yummy, even barbecued for us at the Redwood Forest. The bicycling was epic, especially the long ride up the coast from Bodega Bay. I was worried it would be too hilly and challenging, but we took our time, enjoyed the natural scenery, and before I knew it we had finished the entire 45-mile ride! I have been on VBT bike trips before and know what an outstanding value they provide. Our group is now planning our next bike trip and the only problem is there's too many excellent choices to choose from!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 17, 2012
    Posted by: iwalani2010
    From: Honolulu, HI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Moderately challenging ride with outstanding scenery

    Third VBT trip, but first domestic experience--and it was every bit as enjoyable as the two tours we did in Europe. The California Wine Country is beautiful and as always, the guides were the differentiators. Really just a very relaxing, quite enjoyable experience the whole way around.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: MTMCD
    From: Ohio, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Ranks with the best of VBT's tours!

    We had a great experience on the California Wine Country tour and that is from someone who doesn't even drink wine. The countryside is beautiful, the roads were well chosen with very little traffic, the inns we stayed in were all excellent, the food was terrific and the guides were very helpful and focused on making the tour the best it could be. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and would recommend this tour to everyone. This was our 6th VBT tour and we continue to think this company is the best!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Judy
    From: avon, ct
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Over the top

    Our tour leaders made this trip beyond all our expectations. And the people we rode with were simply wonderful. From the great accomodations to the incredible California wine country scenery and along the rugged coastline every mile was simply beautiful. One of our lunches was outside at the most beautiful winery we ever saw. The diversity of our daily rides was incredible, from giant sequoia trees to miles of vineyards it was a photographers and riders delight. We live in California and have been to the wine country, VBT did this one perfect! Thumbs up!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 28, 2012
    Posted by: photoman
    From: Orange County, California
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • No stone left unturned

    VBT made sure we had the best vacation ever! Everything from the hotels, the food, the daily ride routes even the amount of time we had to spend on our own was so well thought out and planned. We felt very well care for. It was easy to relax and just enjoy. We are looking forward to out next VBT trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 12, 2012
    Posted by: new2me
    From: Erie, PA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Easy cycling through a very pretty area.

    Short mileage tour in a very pretty area. Early spring probably the best since the area is still green and the flowers are blooming. All 3 hotels we stayed at were very charming. A few days in San Francisco after the trip capped off a terrific week.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: coach
    From: Denver, CO, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was a pleasant ride through a beautiful part of California. Great value!

    Everything on this tour was first class. The hotels were great. The tour goes through a very beautiful part of California --- Sonoma, Bodega Bay, and Healdsburg (a well kept secret). The tour guides were fun, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 04, 2012
    Posted by: Chris31
    From: Erie, PA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Biking and Wine country....a perfect combination!

    California wine country was a fabulous combo of Biking, wine tasting and touring some of the most lush landscapes California has to offer. This was A wonderful trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 28, 2012
    Posted by: Annie
    From: PA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Very good tour for riders of all levels.

    My wife and I went on this trip last year. The tour leaders were excellent and very knowledgeable about the areas that we biked through. Because my wife and I wanted to bike more than some of the planned courses, the tour leaders had additional routes for us to take. The routes (including the little extra loops) were planned thoughtfully and route sheets that were provided to us were very good. This part of the country was very pretty and I look forward to visiting it again. My sense is that most people in the group seemed to enjoy the balance between cycling and hearing the tour leaders give brief talks about the local area and wine. Even though I generally don't like lectures, I appreciated the tour leaders' brief talks about wine, the local area, geography, climate, etc.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 26, 2012
    Posted by: travelingjames
    From: Boston, MA, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The CA Wine Country & Pacific Coast tour was First Class!!!

    My girlfriend and I have done several bike tours with various tour companies. This tour by far exceed our expectations on the quality of the accomodations, scenery and expertise of our tour guides. Both our guides worked extremely hard to make all the guests get a memorable experience. I would highly recommend VBT tours and this tour in particular! We are so happy with VBT that we are very much looking forward to doing their Classic Vermont tour this fall!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Erich5455
    From: Crystal Lake, IL
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Wine Country Wonder.

    This was our first VBT trip and I must say it is one we always talk about to each other and our friends. The riding!!! (The Pacific Coast Highway was awesome.) The accomodations!!! (Absolutely first class.) The food!!! (Everything was yummy.) The other members of the trip. Tour guides were absolutely the best. All of it was top notch. It is this trip that got us going and we are now about to take our third trip to Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. Oh and did I tell you that we are becoming accomplished wine aficionados?

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: DPSLMS2010
    From: Cincinnati, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Wine Camp Wonder

    Nearly one year after my VBT biking trip in Sonoma, the memories of scenery, wine, food and good company are still with me. The itinerary was perfect, our trip leaders were amazing and the experience was priceless--I could not think of a better way to spend a week.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Abby2
    From: Reading, MA, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great trip.

    The locations, trip leaders, lodging, activities, meals were all wonderful. Our group had riders off different levels, but all had a good time. We enjoyed the trip so much we immediately made plans for a second VBT trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: bpky
    From: Lexington, KY
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • What great variety...redwoods, rivers, rides to remember forever....

    Terrific...so many diverse things to see and do from beginning to end! And, to end with the stay in San Francisco was perfect!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Bubba
    From: Atlanta, GA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour offered top notch lodging with charm and comfort, safe and varied routes that led us to and through many ecosystems.

    When my husband and I sign on to a bike trip, we always choose VBT. We love the adventure that the daily itinerary provides as we seek yellow farmhouses, pass acres of vineyards and sample a variety of wines, sample fresh seafood, enjoy the smell and sight of crashing waves along the Pacific Coast, follow the Russian River to shady Redwood forests and charming towns. The lodging is always top notch and way beyond the sterile hotels and motels of many trips. The two staff are well informed about the area traveled and their language lessons, tips on proper etiquette and sense of humor make each day a learning and fun experience. The bicycles provided by VBT are trouble free, comfortable and fitted to each of us individually. The days are planned to allow us to choose the length and difficulty of routes as several options are always available. We feel free to independently go at our own pace, always finding others of like ability to cycle with. Yet the two staff, one on bike sweeping after the last biker and one driving the van and meeting us along the route with water refills and snacks make us feel quite secure and confident that we shall find our destination. Should trouble arise, we know that help will soon arrive. We have never had a bad experience with VBT and the extra learning opportunities provided by VBT beyond the biking make the price a fine value.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Val6
    From: Boulder, CO 80305
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This was my favorite trip so far.

    There were such different adventures along the way with this bike tour. Sonoma Valley was quaint, the redwood forest was magnificent and Pacific Coast Highway 1 was thrilling. I enjoyed learning some of the history of California from our tour guides.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Anita12
    From: Bentonville, AR, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Spectacular!

    What an intimate way to see so much beauty! Terrific

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Precious
    From: St Louis, MO, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Varied terrian, good food, and great wine.

    I have ridden in wine country on my own, but going with VBT makes it a real vacation. On the rides, you see varied vegetation and scenery because you go from Southern valley to coast to Northern valley. The route into the Carneros area was perfect. Rolling hills, green vineyards, miles of blue sky. Around Sonoma you ride through a wooded area with changing topography and scenery. Fun food stops along the way for superb chocolate and first class balsamic vinegar (although the folks were primarily selling olive oil, the vinegar really shines). Bodega Bay gives you a bracing ride along the stupendous coast and back inland to towering redwoods. The river views are superb. You end up in country that has some of the most fun rolling hills I've ridden. Not to mention, some of the best zinfandel and cabernet on the planet. The accommodations in Sonoma and Healdsburg were first rate. And Healdsburg has some restaurants that are second to none. I enjoyed this trip so much I am doing it again in a few months!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: Michela
    From: Santa Barbara, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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