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California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

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!

Michela, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

5 out of 5 stars

Spectacular!

What an intimate way to see so much beauty! Terrific

Precious, St Louis, MO, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Anita12, Bentonville, AR, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Val6, Boulder, CO 80305

5 out of 5 stars

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!

Bubba, Atlanta, GA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

bpky, Lexington, KY

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Abby2, Reading, MA, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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?

DPSLMS2010, Cincinnati, OH, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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!

Erich5455, Crystal Lake, IL

5 out of 5 stars

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.

travelingjames, Boston, MA, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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!

Annie, PA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Chris31, Erie, PA

4 out of 5 stars

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.

coach, Denver, CO, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

new2me, Erie, PA

5 out of 5 stars

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!

photoman, Orange County, California

5 out of 5 stars

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!

Judy, avon, ct

5 out of 5 stars

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.

MTMCD, Ohio, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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!

iwalani2010, Honolulu, HI, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

TerryTeacher, De Pere, WI, USA

4 out of 5 stars

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.

LCY1, Treasure Island, FL, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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

RickyB, St Petersburg, FL, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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!

Candi1465, Steamboat Springs, CO

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Cheryl66, Seattle

5 out of 5 stars

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.

RMoore, St Louis, MO, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Shee3, St Louis, MO, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

dmckowen, Plainfield, IN, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

LynneD, Toronto, ON, Canada

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Winston, Chicago

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Bressant, Dayton, OH

5 out of 5 stars

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!

JSusan, Texas

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Pedalgirl, Avon, CT

5 out of 5 stars

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!

BikeGirl, Missouri

5 out of 5 stars

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,

BikinGal, Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

HappyCyclist, MO

5 out of 5 stars

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!

Thunderhart, Cincinnati, OH, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

JP36, Campbell, CA, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

hdk2001, ny,ny

5 out of 5 stars

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!

Dwen, Ct

5 out of 5 stars

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.

MtnRat, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Gail54, Boston, MA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Marie21, Whitehouse Station, Readington Township, NJ, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

JFaupel, Jackson, Wyoming

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Cristy, Janesville, WI, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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!

researchercyclistdude, Brookline

5 out of 5 stars

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….

enols, Havertown, Pa

5 out of 5 stars

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!

KellyfromMaine, Falmouth, ME

5 out of 5 stars

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.

BernardMarlene, Evergreen CO

5 out of 5 stars

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!

MarthaU, Boston, MA

5 out of 5 stars

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!

DianeT, Detroit, MI

5 out of 5 stars

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!

Jill03, Great Falls, MT, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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”.

Ohead, Peoria, IL, USA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Jan1ce, Seattle, WA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Tracey44, Edmonton, AB, CANADA

5 out of 5 stars

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.

Kerk, Calgary, AB, Canada

5 out of 5 stars

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!

Joni, CT

5 out of 5 stars

Great location, great guides, great friends made!

This was my first VBT trip and I joined 8 other friends from across the country. I had the time of my life and look forward to our next trip.

DebB, Honolulu, HI, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant week of exploring on the bike

This was my first time in California and I am so glad that I took this tour. Everything was perfect: accommodation, bikes, the beautiful scenery and countryside, the food and wine, the guides and all the kind and welcoming fellow cyclists. I was totally impressed by the immaculate organisation of this tour and by the professionalism of the two amazing guides, Jonathon and Dan. The riding was fantastic – for an intermediate cyclist like me, I found the routes to be moderate, at times challenging, but quite do-able.

AnneMaree, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

5 out of 5 stars

Awesome adventure

Wow,what can I say. The California Wine Tour met all our expectations. Beautiful views throughout the wine country. The biking along Highway 1 was awe inspiring. Included in our trip were several wine tastings but we were able to include several other winery stops that we stumbled upon along our rides. All the Inn’s were superior. We especially loved the MacArthur Place with it’s beautiful grounds. The biking mileage was perfect and felt we were able to see quite a bit of the countryside. We were also amazed by the Redwood forest stop.Our tour guides were great and gave us a lot of good recommendations for places to stop and restaurants to consider. Would highly recommend this tour!!

Dolores, Bexley, OH, United States

5 out of 5 stars

All details taken care of.

Great food, mostly great hotels, great guides, great scenery.

xxxxxxxxxx, Knoxville, TN, United States

5 out of 5 stars

California wine country

Beautiful scenery, great food & lodgings, caring tour leaders…

biker chick, Buffalo, NY, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Fun Vacation

I really don’t bike and certainly had never done a biking trip. It was awesome! Andy, Dan and new trainee, Darryl, made this novice bike rider feel welcome and confident. They were a fine oiled machine and everything went flawlessly. They are experienced and patient. The hotels and food were great. My friends and I had a wonderful and memorable vacation. We already want to to go on another trip. Thanks VBT!

Just Cindy, Louisville, KY, United States

5 out of 5 stars

I HONESTLY DIDN'T WANT IT TO END

My girlfriend and I booked this trip after reviewing various vacation websites and doing some cost comparison between big bike outfitters. We selected VBT because of price but mainly because of the awesome reviews we read about the trips. This was our first VBT trip (or bike trip in general) so we decided to stay domestic and go to vine country… I mean wine country.
It was a flat out, amazing trip. Everything. The hotels, the bikes, the bike routes, the food, the snacks, the lunches, the dinners and the company. Our guides were also amazing. Dan and Diana were funny, charismatic, knowledgeable, friendly and very accommodating. The ride along the coast was amazing and breath-taking. We stopped about 50 times to take photos. Overall, everyday was just great, even up until the very last ride and the moment we all said goodbye. I can’t wait to book my next VBT trip!

Michael85, Indianapolis, IN

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent scenry and biking conditions.

Good organization, condition of new bikes and the weather was perfect. Guides, Dan & Diana were fantastic food and lodging were also very good.

lone runner, San Diego, CA, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Bicycling Adventures Each and Every Day

This amazing company provided us with awesome biking trips every day including the day we transferred by van to Bodega Bay and our very last day (20+ miles of rolling countryside with exquisite views) before our van trip back to San Francisco. We loved it our very first (and definitely, not our last) VBT cycling trip!

pjstu, Virginia Beach, VA, United States

5 out of 5 stars

It is what it is

This trip had been on my “bucket list” for a couple of years and I just recently completed it. The trip was well laid out

WildBill, Quantico, VA, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Fun Times!

We enjoyed just about everything on our California Wine Country bike trip. The group leaders were exceptional and considerate. And they are good cooks! (They prepared several lunches.) The fellow travelers were fun and diverse. The scenery is gorgeous and not too hilly.

VCoombs, Baltimore, MD

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful journey

I loved the variety of this trip. I felt like we were travelling through a coffee table took, filled with gorgeous pictures of the California coast, lushes wineries, and dense redwood forests.

The paths were both challenging and easy. A good workout followed by delicious, healthy meals.

I am committed to taking a trip a year with VBT!!

Anne M, Studio City, Ca

5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous: VBT guides create magical experience

Once again VBT lives up to it’s reputation for providing high-value vacations. The scenery is exquisite, the lodging very good, but it’s the personalized attention to each participant that makes the trip. The guides pace the riding so that even 49 miles goes without effort. For those who find extended biking too difficult, they present a “non-defensive” approach so that riding in the van for part of a day is EZ. And, if you have special health issues, they proactively accommodate your needs. They know the wineries, history and terrane and have engaging personalities. Great selection of leaders. What more could you ask?

PDXjohn, Portland, OR, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Great guides, views, wines and new friends!

A bit of a bumpy start, but once we got to our starting location, our amazing guides, beautiful hotel and had our first glass of wine we knew we had made the right choice for this year’s biking vacation. Every aspect of this trip was FUN. The picnic lunches,the wineries, the routes… and the extra “super secret” loops were just what we were looking for. Dan and Diana were the perfect guides – professional, knowledgeable,caring, entertaining- FABULOUS!!! The group, we rode with were just as amazing and I know we have made some special friends.

buccasmom, North Carolina, United States

5 out of 5 stars

VBT is a Class Act

I cannot imagine a better active vacation experience.

Nina an average cyclist, Lewisberry, PA

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect combination of riding and relaxing!

This was our first VBT trip, and we could not have had a better time. The riding was great with a few challenging hills and always beautiful scenery. The winery stops were well placed and enjoyable. The food and guides were fantastic. It really was the perfect combination of riding, relaxing, organized activities and free time.

Lisa12, Chagrin Falls, OH, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Thoughtfully planned, expertly executed

Wine tasting, great hotels, great meals and scenery that ranges from vineyards all around to the California coastline to towering redwoods and the Russian River. What’s not to love? This was our second VBT trip. Just as nice as the first in Puglia. Thoughtful trip planning makes all the difference. Challenging rides but not exhausting. And the guides made everything seamless. You can’t go wrong on this ride.

Hyde, Georgia, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Great guides; Great biking; Great wine; Great time

My friend and I have been biking together for a few years. We decided to do this tour and I’m so glad we did!

bravegirl, Georgia, United States

5 out of 5 stars

WOW!! What a spectacular trip

This was our first VBT Trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. Our guides, Dan and Marie met us in Sonoma and never really left us out of their sight. Both were extremely helpful, including the incident when my wife decided to ride her bike off the road and down a steep embankment. Some scratches were bandaged and we were back on our way but there was real concern for her welfare.
The lodging was superb in all three sites and the meals provided were more than sufficient for us “old people.” The other participants were very friendly and as a group we seemed to meld together quickly, thanks to the opening evening hosted by Dan and Marie.
We are now looking at the VBT Catalogue to try and schedule our next VBT Adventure.
George A. Kirchner, Allentown, PA

Doctor George, Allentown, PA, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Already Missing Biking in Sonoma

My wife and I really enjoyed this trip. Beautiful scenery, fabulous guides, wonderful bikers to meet. We got back home and already are missing this vacation!

Riley2002, Minneapolis, MN, United States

5 out of 5 stars

California

Great beautiful trip,enjoyed the riding,the scenery,hotels and all the members on the trip. The guides were incredible they were thoughtful, knowledgeable and always helpful. There were sections of the riding that were a little more difficult for myself,but next time I will be better prepared and in better shape

meryl26, New York, NY, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Highly Varied Rides in Sonoma County

This Sonoma County trip was very pleasant with wonderful rides through varied terrains. Though much of the week is spent riding along relatively quiet roads with rolling hills through vineyard covered valleys, the best ride of the week starts from Bodega Bay on the coast. That ride begins along the rugged northern CA coast–often bathed in fog–and then turns inland along the Russian River Valley. The ride stops for lunch in a beautiful preserve of towering redwoods and then continues along a twisting road with vineyards bathed in afternoon sunlight. Though it’s a long day of riding, it was probably one of the prettiest rides I’ve done in the U.S. The guides, Dan and Diana, were very attentive and fabulous. All together, it was a wonderful domestic bike trip.

doug2015, Ithaca, NY, United States

5 out of 5 stars

California Wine Country and the Pacific Coas

I enjoyed every aspect of this trip: the diverse landscape, the opportunities for wine tastings, the hotels, the villages, the meals and the people.

Ruthie, Upstate NY

5 out of 5 stars

Great ride, great people, great time

This was a wonderful opportunity to tour Sonoma in all it’s scenic splendor from the vineyards to the coastline to the redwood forests. The food and accommodations were all first class. The ride leaders were very professional and the routes they provided us with were very enjoyable and picturesque rides. We highly recommend this trip.

Roondog, The Villages, FL, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely AMAZING

My husband and I, along with our neighbors, took this trip together. We began the week not knowing what to expect and by the end of the week had made amazing friends, saw some of the most beautiful vistas in California, and had the absolute time of our lives. The guides, Dan and Daryl, were fun, funny, and infinitely patient. We had every level of rider in our group from beginner to serious. Each person was able to ride the mileage of their choosing. My husband asked for additional miles each day and the guides were ready to accommodate him. He ended up with a grand total of 196 miles for the week! He was so happy!! We people wanted to ride, they were given all the support they could possibly need. When they were ready to hop in the van for the day, they were allowed to do so with no pressure or judgement from anyone. We were all together, but everyone was on their own ride. The food, both in restaurants and made by the guides, was terrific!! The 3 hotels we stayed at during the trip were each wonderful and uniquely different. My husband and I both agree that this is probably the best vacation we have ever taken!!!

ErinD, Lakewood, CO, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Very enjoyable trip

The places that we stayed, the country side, the trip leaders, and the bike riding was all very enjoyable . The trip leaders were extremely professional and knew the area well. The were accommodating to everyone’s needs.

CandJ, Knoxville, TN, United States

5 out of 5 stars

California Wine Country

Everything was great except the hybrid bikes are very heavy!

4 out of 5 stars

Like a well oiled machine.

The people could not have been nicer, The leaders were most accommodating. the pace was fair and as challenging as you wanted it to be. The town of Healdsburg was a delight, especially for an artist. The new Fugi bikes were top notch once one got used to the Shimano shifters.

Lewis 80, tennessee

5 out of 5 stars

Best vacation ever"

Our trip was a perfect balance of activity mixed with sightseeing, great food, great company and relaxation. It was so nice to have a daily itinerary yet still have the freedom to explore on our own. Our guides were exremely knowledgable and took great care of us. I can’t wait to plan another VBT trip. I’m hooked!

Mrinker, Tampa, FL, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Highly Recommend this trip

This is the fourthVBT trip we’ve taken and it was as wonderful as the other three. We have met the nicest people on these trips…..the guides are experienced and enormously helpful…the accommodations, the food and the routes typically exceed our high expectations.

Elly, Foxborough, MA, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Outstanding Trip

Always did overseas trips, but this stateside ride was superbly led by Darryl and Marie. Thoroughly enjoyed the wine tasting, excellent bike preparation, accommodations, leader briefings and perfect weather and scenery.

Just one minor suggestion, they queue sheets need the incremental and total mileage in adjacent columns on the page not opposite columns. Otherwise if you are following with simple bike computer or GPS device like on a smart phone, it is headache to read.

Blondie, Crossville, TN

5 out of 5 stars

Couldn't Have Been Better!

VBT constructed a great tour, gave us fantastic leaders, and phenomenal bikes. That said, the best part of the tour was our fellow travelers: good company at a winery, at dinner, and riding up the few hills we encountered. I wish my life were more stressful because this trip is a stress-buster if there ever was one.

hnusbaum22, New York, NY, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Just my speed.

I came close to cancelling my planned bike tour because of some orthopedic problems that had developed after I made my deposits. After talking with the VBT contact person I decided that instead of forfeiting a fair amount of money I would try to do the trip anyway but just try to tailor it to my abilities. What a good choice that was. I found a friendly group of people who didn’t seem to mind that I rode a little less and a little slower, and above all I found two experience guides who made me feel welcome and encouraged me to do as much or as little as I was able to do.

PatWo, Gearhart, OR, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Amazing experience

it was an amazing experience! Thank you guys!Love it!

Saul Z, Chicago, IL, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Simply Outstanding!

The trip from every detail was beyond my expectations. Our guides Dan and Marie were first class and made sure we all the time of our lives! The hotels were spacious, well situated, and also beautiful. This was a trip that my wife and I will never forget! We will be back!

Pudge, Oakland, CA, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Best way to vacation!

This bike trip was the best vacation we have ever taken due to many features. The itinerary, particularly riding along the Pacific Coast and into the Redwoods was perfect and always flexible regarding how much to bike each day. Biking through the vineyards with its rolling hills and incredible sights and smells was an experience you could never get with any other mode of transportation. We made new friends and lifelong memories, even planning another trip with some of the group for next summer! Thank you VBT, Darryl and Marie…Your service was superb!

Spoyo, Steubenville, OH, United States

5 out of 5 stars

California Wine Country and the Pacific Coast

The week essentially exceeded my expectations. It was well organized, the logistics clicked nicely, the rides beautiful, the guides fantastic, the accommodations and food excellent. What more do you want me to say??

Joe D, Medford, NJ, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Great fun!

We’ve never done a vacation like this before and weren’t quite sure what to expect. It turned out to be terrific and exceeded any expectations we did have. The leaders were incredibly knowledgeable and professional. The route, with quite a few options for riding different distances, was scenic. The hotels were very nice and the provided meals were excellent.

Elke, Westmoreland, NH, United States

5 out of 5 stars

California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast

Outstanding trip with plenty of scenery, great accommodations, and good food. Road conditions were fair of very good. The two VBT guides were very professional, very personal, and a tribute to VBT.

5 out of 5 stars

California Wine Country and Pacific coast

terrific experience! my wife and I loved it. great leaders, great itinerary, great fun!

robertandkerry, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Spectacular trip

The trip was even more fantastic than I imagined. Great people to travel with and superb group leaders

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful trip and experience

The variety in the three towns we traveled to were great as well as the hotels and food. The guides far exceeded our expectations and we made many friends and memories.

5 out of 5 stars

Fun Dynamic Trip!

Great accommodations and cuisine! Loved the bike riding in wine country with beautiful scenery – vineyards, ocean, redwoods and countryside views! Very enjoyable!

mac0327, South Dakota, United States

5 out of 5 stars

beautiful ride and wonderful wines!

Riding through wine country at harvest time is just beautiful – the ripe grapes, the leaves on the vines just starting to change color. Our favorite day was riding from Bodega Bay along the California coast and then heading inland along the Russian River, through the redwood groves and then to Healdsburg – it was just plain gorgeous! The optional rides brought us to spectacular views of the valleys of wine country.

Susan2, Nashua, NH

4 out of 5 stars

Very Enjoyable

Biking California has been on my bucket list for years. I am so glad that I made the decision to go now and with VBT.

Rosanne, Rome, NY, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous Trip!!

Trip was awesome. Great riding and wonderful scenery.

daylilly1, Mullica Hill, NJ, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Biking, "Wine"-ing and Smiling

This was our first VBT biking vacation and will definitely do another one. The guides were funny, educational and personable. The rides were well planned with a good mix of rolling hills and challenges if you took the “extra” rides. MacArthur Place hotel in Sonoma was great with the wine tastings each night and the cool town was a short walk away. The Bodega Bay hotel was a little tired but staying where Hitchcock filmed The Birds was fun. The ride along the Pacific Coast Highway was phenomenal and lunch in the Redwood Forest was amazing. H2 hotel at the end was modern cool in a great town. We definitely recommend spending some time in San Francisco before or after the trip if you’ve never been there. Overall a fantastic trip with great friends and new friends we made along the way.

Pedal People, Connecticut, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Spectacular Countryside, Coastline and Redwoods

A wonderful ride through picturesque vineyards and stops at fine wineries. The day along the Pacific Coast is memorable and the ride into the Redwoods is inspiring.

Captain Spud, Boise, Idaho

5 out of 5 stars

Norcal vacation

Best. Vacation. Ever. We truly did not want it to end.

Charles and Eleanor, Yorba Linda, CA, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Great way to see some of California

We chose this VBT vacation (our first) as a test run to some other European options we’ve been looking at. VBT did not disappoint! Transportation, accommodations, tour leaders, and route maps were spectacular! There was a wonderful mix of abilities on the trip and the leaders were excellent at helping all of us to really enjoy our experiences. Go for it! You’ll be glad you did.

aereilly810, colchester, vermont

5 out of 5 stars

Awesome routes and great trip leaders

This trip was amazing with all the different areas that we went through. The routes were scenic and I enjoyed some of the challenging hills that I rode for the extra extra loops. The accommodations were excellent and very comfortable. Everyone was very welcoming and the guides/leaders were very knowledgeable about the area and provided suggestions of places to see.

June bug, Luxemburg, WI, United States

3 out of 5 stars

Beautiful Countryside

Recently returned from this tour. I only gave it an average due to the roads.;(( the roads were very busy and not bike friendly. I realize the coastal road was unavoidable but perhaps there could have been better options elsewhere? The downtown area of Healdsburg was a nightmare.

Response from: Customer Service

We greatly appreciate your review! While this is not common feedback we will review the rides to see if any improvements can be made.

none2, Wisconsin, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Great ride

Beautiful scenery,wonderful accommodations, great group, and the absolute best,best,best leaders. Weather not great for a lot of ride ( out of anyone’s control, you take your chances ) but didn’t matter. Dianna and Daryl so positive, encouraging, and helpful that we all had a Great trip. My 6th VBT trip ( 3 domestic and 3 overseas ) and every time I say this was the best with the best leaders and every time I mean it just as much. The leaders and the support can make or break a trip and ours couldn’t have done more. Congrats to VBT, Dianna,and Daryl for another wonderful vacation

KathleenP, Baltimore, MD, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Wine Country tour

This was my 3rd VBT Vacation and as expected I was not disappointed. Attention to detail was superb and our Trip Leaders were very attentive to our needs. The scenery was lovely and the food delicious.

JMars2, North Carolina, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful California Bike Tour

Just got back from another amazing VBT bike tour. Can’t say enough about this trip. Our guides Dan and Robert made this experience perfect. Their took care of all the details, making sure that everyone had what they needed, preparing great picnic lunches and all the other little extras they do behind the scenes. My husband and I drove to the start of the tour in Sonoma. About midway through our guides drove our car to the end of the tour, in Healdsburg. This made it really easy for us to just hop in our car and head out on the last day. We have always enjoyed our VBT trips but this one was extra special. Thank you.

Mary S, Cedar Rapids, IA

5 out of 5 stars

Great biking in California wine country

This was our second VBT trip and it met or exceeded our expectations in every regard. The previous trip was also rated Easy/Moderate (Bordeaux Dordogne in France) and in comparison, I’d call this trip Moderate/Easy but definitely very doable. The most challenging section is from Bodega Bay to the turn-off to the Russian River and over to Healdsburg. The weather was pretty miserable – foggy and rainy but the leaders provided multiple options so everyone had a great day. While my husband rode the whole way, I took advantage of the ‘van bump’ eliminating the first 4 miles and the longer hills which made it a perfect ride for me. The rides into/out of Sonoma were the least enjoyable but not anything to do with VBT. It’s just the poor condition of the roads mean it is very bumpy and pretty bone-jarring in places. All of the rides are extremely scenic and there was ample time to get off our bikes and take pictures. The wine tastings weren’t all that great but that wasn’t a big deal as I wasn’t interested in tasting and riding.

Using Ride with GPS was a real game changer in comparison to our other trip. We used the voice cues for the turns using wireless headphones (only one earbud) and it totally took the stress out of trying to figure out where we were going. What a great system!

The accommodation in Sonoma and Healdsburg was wonderful and OK in Bodega Bay (there really aren’t many options and it’s only a single night). The final meal at the H2 Hotel in Healdsburg was fantastic. Lunches along the way were good but the cool weather detracted from the enjoyment of the picnic-style meals.

And as always, it’s the leaders who make or break the trip and Justin and Darryl were exemplary. They took excellent care of the group making sure our bikes were in perfect order, stragglers were accounted for (that would be me….) and the daily riding options were extremely well described so everyone had a perfect day. I would highly recommend this tour. If you’re worried about the Moderate rating consider using an e-bike. 6 people used them on our trip; they sure looked like a lot of fun and made hills disappear!

KASinYVR, Vancouver, BC, Canada

4 out of 5 stars

California wine country

I had a wonderful time. The guides were excellent in knowledge, fact and entertaining. Landscape was beautiful. Food was excellent.

MacAdd, Pennsylvania, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Loved our first VBT Biking Trip!

My daughter and I did the California Coast/Wine Country tour as a celebration of her College Graduation. It was out first VBT tour and we loved it! The country side, towns/hotels, the people we met and time together was way greater than we expected. Can’t wait to plan another VBT trip…maybe a walking trip next time!

Kim3177, North Ferrisburg,VT

5 out of 5 stars

Catered to

Only way to travel. I have done 3 trips, all were fantastic

5 out of 5 stars

A new favorite vacation

Some of my friends had gone on a VBT and told me how wonderful it was, but you won’t truly realize just how wonderful it is until you go on one yourself. This was one of the most beautiful and fun vacations I have ever gone on. I love to ride and that coupled with the beautiful scenery, great food and accommodations, awesome and funny tour guides made for a great week

Laurie S, Hampstead, NC, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Surpassed expectations

This was the first group tour my husband and I have been on. Every aspect of the tour from the daily trips, to the accommodations, and food were outstanding. Our guides Dan and Steve were attentive, informative, and empathetic. I would enthusiastically recommend this tour.

Lorna, Marblehead, MA, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Up, up and away!

We chose this trip for the wonderful locale AND the e-bikes. They were liberating. You still have to pedal, but the bike gives you an extra boost to get up the rolling hills. This leveled the playing field for us, so we could keep up with younger, more experienced cyclists and get our full share of joy in biking the wine country. The e-bikes — and our outstanding guides — enabled us to take a full measure of pride in cycling more than 160 miles in 6 days, our biggest trip ever.

spcheryl, Saint Paul, MN, United States

5 out of 5 stars

California Wine Country and the Pacific Coast

Our guides were awesome. They took care of our every need. The humor they used added so much fun to the trip. The views were outstanding and the places we stayed were top notch, along with the food!

tutorgirl, Rockton, IL, United States

5 out of 5 stars

A Great Trip

I really enjoyed VBT’s trip though the California wine county. The accommodations were first class, cycling routes beautiful and the guides went overboard to ensure we all enjoyed. Especially liked the “extra mileage” opportunities that provided some good climbing challenges.

Kirs, Travelers Rest, SC

5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic Week

My girlfriend and I had a great time on this trip. The rides, meals, and hotels were fantastic.

Andy123, Virginia

5 out of 5 stars

Amazing Trip Leaders, Well-organized/designed

The trip was very well-designed to enable different levels of cyclists to spend time together and enjoy the rides. We used road bikes, while some used either hybrids or e-bikes. There were just enough water stops, winery tours and photo ops to break up even the longest ride days into manageable pieces. The scenery was breathtaking, especially along the coast and the country roads besides vineyard after vineyard. The trip was very well-designed so that it did not feel like all we were doing was cycling all day.

Our trip leaders were awesome! They were extremely knowledgeable about the area and , of course, cycling. They were very friendly and helpful and overall really made the trip a great experience. I would definitely go on this trip again, especially with the same guides.

Skirudder, Atlanta, GA, United States

5 out of 5 stars

Unexpected adventure

What a story!! The overnight going into the first day was when the wine country wild fires started. During breakfast our leaders Jeff & Darrell were in a conference call with VBT HQ to review our situation. By 9am we evacuated out of McArthur Place as the fire ws two miles away and motored to Petaluma to a fairground where over 250 families that had fled from Santa Rosa had fled to. From there we went to Occidental to a lovely inn. It was there the tour was cancelled due to the smoke and surrounding fires. VBT provided our stay at the inn and transportation back to San Francisco.

Jeff and Darrell were outstanding in the role thrust upon them and all owed them a great debt of gratitude. VBT HQ was great in provide them with the resources they needed to take care of us.

I gave the 5 stars just to be able to complete this survey but the 2 days pre trip in San Francisco was great. It was fleet week and the Blue Angels were in town, so that was our silver lining and the Fairmont Hotel is outstanding. This is probably the first time this has happened to VBT.

VBT credited us another tour inthe future so that is great. I guess we will try again!!

Vaughn, Middleboro, MA, United States

5 out of 5 stars

A Perfect Family Trip

My wife and I took our two grown daughters and their two significant others on our first all-family vacation. What an amazing experience!!! Five of us took e-bikes. The equipment was superb and in excellent condition. The 2 leaders, Jeff and Marie, were both well-informed, helpful and excellent organizers. While the Inn at Bodega Bay was somewhat run down, the other accommodations were 4-5 star. Meals were equally 4-5 star, although wine wasn’t included. Fortunately, we had lovely weather. Excellent price / quality ratio. The six of us were all planning the next trip as soon as we arrived home. I would recommend without hesitation.

cookndoc, Oak Park, CA, USA

5 out of 5 stars

Everything was taken care of from start to finish!

I enjoyed the riding, scenery, and entire experience because everything was taken care of on the trip for us.

Willl, Portland, OR, USA

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful!

We had a great time traveling with VBT. The tour leaders were exceptional. They were patient, kind and well organized. I absolutely loved my e-bike! I was able to ride with my husband and keep up for the first time in my life. I enjoyed it so much that I went home and purchased one.
The accomodations were excellent. MacArthur Place in Sonoma was quite luxurious. We enjoyed the hot tub and pool as well as the wine tasting in the library. The food was delicious. The accomodations at Healdburg were modern and clean and spacious. We were right in town and enjoyed walking around. We would suggest Willie’s Seafood and Raw bar for dinner or lunch. Our hotel in Bodega Bay was also lovely.
Biking was great. The tours were just the right length and very beautiful. The longest day was the trip from Bodega bay but it was so gorgeous to bike up the coast and then into the redwood forest and through fields of vineyards.
Lunch in the redwood forest was relaxing and fun. Wine tasting as a rest stop combined with lunch seemed perfectly timed. We enjoyed both vineyard stops very much.
We enjoyed the morning route meetings and found them very informative.
Ride With GPS was great and worked very well for us. Occasionally it was hard to hear so some folks did miss some turns but the intrepid leaders always found them!
We had great weather with no rain. We traveled during the last week of April so it was a bit cool in the mornings but it warmed up later in the day.
I would highly recommend this tour for anyone!

dianer, Essex, VT

5 out of 5 stars

Wine country on two wheels

We decided to make this tour at the last minute, and it turned out to be a great decision. It was wonderful to get away from thte the hurly burly of normal life and cruise leisurely through the vineyards with the added variety of the Californian coast.
We were able to ride as much as we wanted with the choice of opting out to travel in the van if the wine tasting proved too tempting. The tour leaders were great and it was a relaxing week.

justinw, Vermont, USA

5 out of 5 stars

Awesome Trip

Dan and Philip were grest!!. Accommodations and food were excellent. Rides and”secret ” Rides were the best.

Biking, St. Petersburg, Florida

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful scenery!

This was our 4th VBT trip and there is a reason we keep returning to VBT. This tour offered a perfect variety of scenery from ocean to redwoods to vineyards. Our trip leaders offered great options for riding and local activities. The lodging was very nice and the complementary beverages and treats were much appreciated. The lunches our trip leaders provided for us were lovely. I would highly recommend this tour!

Kitty, Rochester MN

4 out of 5 stars

California Wine Country

We enjoyed our bike tour through California wine country. Accommodations: MacArthur Place in Sonoma was our favorite accommodation. It was comfy and welcoming. In second place was the Harmon Guest House although it was ultra modern and extremely streamlined. Our third accommodation was The Inn at The Tides which was dated and ready for a remodel. Our
room had no view or a deck/patio.
The rides were either on busy highways or on country roads with excessive bone jarring potholes you needed to avoid while cycling. We had a few miles on bike paths which were a relief from the other roads. We also had a couple of very short rides on smooth roads.
The wineries and subsequent tastings we visited were nice. We really enjoyed Gracianna. Chocolate shop in Havk London Village was awesome! Kenwood plaza was beautiful. The lunches prepared by our tour guides were good. BQ lunch in the Redwoods was especially nice. The organized dinners were excellent!
The snacks provided were not substantial with the exception of fresh fruit Clif bars would have been appreciated along with nuts.
We would recommend this tour to others.

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful way to see wine country!

Super chill activity level and never too much cycling or too difficult. Food was so so great. Extremely well-organized and led by very experienced and knowledgeable guides. Everything went off without a hitch. No complaints at all.

NCarr, Brooklyn, NY

5 out of 5 stars

Fun Adventure

Loved this tour. Dan and Phillip live in the area and knew a lot about the route; they timed travel accordingly, to avoid traffic as much as possible. Food and accommodations were outstanding. Scenery was breathtaking.

serial cycler, San Diego, CA, USA