Napa Valley Bike Tours

Napa Valley Bike Tours & Rentals

The best napa memories start on two wheels.

Since 1987

36 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

2023 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice

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March 1 - october 31, choose your adventure, full-day electric bike tour.

Spend a full day biking through Napa Valley. Visit two local wineries and enjoy a picnic lunch catered by  Bouchon Bakery .

Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

Bike to one local winery for a tasting and finish by 1:30pm. Perfect when you’d prefer to have your afternoon free for another activity.

  • Self-Guided Bike Tour

Enjoy an elevated bike rental package that includes a box lunch catered by  Bouchon Bakery  and wine purchase pick-up service.

Hot-Air Balloon + Full-Day E-Bike Tour

Start your morning with a balloon flight over the vineyards. Then take to two wheels for an adventure visiting two wineries & including Bouchon Bakery picnic lunch.

Hot-Air Balloon + Half-Day E-bike Tour

Take in the sunrise on a magical flight with Napa Valley Balloons. Then join Napa Valley Bike Tours for a Half-Day E-Bike tour visiting one winery and concluding by 1:30pm.

A group of bike riders taking a break along a road bordered by vineyards.

Heck Yeah, We Have e-bikes!

Introducing the No Sweat way to tour Napa Valley! Ride farther & faster than you ever thought possible and magically fly up hills. Our electric bike tours & rentals are incredibly popular for a good reason: E-Bikes are an absolute blast!

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Visitors Love Experiencing Napa By Bike

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Book a Private Group

Whether you’re planning a bachelorette trip or a corporate retreat, the goal is often the same: Find a group activity that gets everyone to slow down and experience the beauty of the destination.

Our private bike tours are just the thing! You’ll collaborate directly with our team to customize the perfect experience for your group.

Two Convenient Locations

9 Miles Apart Along the Napa Valley Vine Trail

Start your ride in the heart of the vineyards from our most popular location.

FROM THIS LOCATION

  • Full-Day and Half-Day E-Bike Tours
  • Bike Rentals
  • Access the Napa Valley Vine Trail

DRIVE TIMES

From Downtown Napa : 15 minutes From San Francisco : 75 minutes From Sonoma : 30 minutes

Downtown Napa

Conveniently located within 3 miles of more than 30 hotels.

From Sonoma : 25 minutes From San Francisco : 65 minutes

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Immerse yourself in California’s wine country, a premier bike tour destination where exquisite wines and sublime cycling roads await.

Join us in Sonoma County for a 3-day bike tour in one of the world’s top cycling and wine-producing regions. Enjoy panoramic views, elegant wines, and the charm of country living along peaceful back roads. Ride through California’s wine country, exploring the Alexander and Russian River Valleys. Pedal through serene Dry Creek Valley, a haven for wine enthusiasts, and discover the beauty of the magnificent Redwood forest. Delight in leisurely bicycle rides, bountiful picnics, and expertly crafted wine, then unwind in luxurious comfort at our cozy wine-country retreat. Escape on a bike tour to this sublime paradise—we bet you’ll never want to leave. Also see our 5-day California Wine Country trip »

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Discover the varied and vineyard-lined terrain of Sonoma County's big three appellations: Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valley

Savor the delights of Northern California cuisine, inspired by the local and fresh ingredients

Enjoy varied and unique tasting rooms, each boasting a different ambiance

Experience majestic redwoods, and picnic amidst nature's grandeur

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Rows of wine bottles fill renowned cellars

Celebrated wines from California's wine country

Sip your way through the award-winning wines from Sonoma County's distinguished appellations: Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valley.

What Guests are Saying

Couple enjoying California roads on a self-guided tour

We were all blown away by the beauty of this area and the accommodations. I don’t think we could have had better guides. There were 14 of us on trip. The ebike was a really nice way to keep the group together when we had a wide range of biking abilities.

Melissa, WI

Group in front of the Soda Rock winery sign

The thing that impressed me the most was the bonding that happens between all the guests. The shared experiences of a few days together create memories that last a lifetime.

Marc, Trek Travel Guest

Two cyclist stand arm in arm on tree lined road

It was one of the very, very best weeks of my life. The place, the food, the people, the rides, the guides—it was just a recipe for happiness.

Dawn, Trek Travel Guest

A cyclist rides through the Redwood forest

Healdsburg to Armstrong

Experience Great Ride #15 on our List of Great Global Rides. Pedal through miles of vineyards towards the mighty redwoods.

Dates & Pricing

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Limited Availability

October 20-22, 2024 guaranteed.

Hotels you`ll stay at on this date:

Harmon Guest House

Available bikes:

Trek Domane SL 7

  • Trek Electric-Assist Verve+ 3

Trek Electric-Assist Domane+ SLR 7

$ 2799.00 per person.

Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy from: + 699.00

October 27-29, 2024 Guaranteed

November 17-19, 2024 guaranteed, looking for a private tour with us.

Private tours can range in cost based on your group size. See below for specific pricing based on your group size.

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Arrival / Departure

Where to Arrive

Sonoma County Airport (STS), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK)

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Additional Arrival Information

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS).

The easiest way to arrive in Healdsburg is to book your flight to the Santa Rosa Airport (STS) and take a taxi for about $30. Car rental agencies from the San Francisco Airport (SFO) are currently only offering vehicle drop off to Santa Rosa. There is also car and limo service available at SFO for approximately $275 to get you to Healdsburg if you prefer.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you in the lobby of the Harmon Guest House (227 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a round of introductions, your Trek Travel guides will discuss bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding through the wine country. They’ll spend some time familiarizing you with the Trek bicycle you’ll be riding and will make sure that you and your bike are the perfect fit before cycling to a picnic lunch and a tasting.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. If you cannot reach them, please call our hotel, Harmon Guest House (707-431-8220) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. The Sonoma County Airport Express shuttle (800-327-2024) from SFO to Sonoma County Airport for around $30/person. Taxi from Sonoma County Airport to our first hotel is approximately a 13-mile taxi ride.

Additional Departure Information

You will say farewell to your guides at 1:00 PM at the Harmon Guest House. Taxi and shuttle services are available from the hotel if you are flying out from the Sonoma County Airport (STS) or a different airport. If you plan to fly out of the Bay area, please avoid scheduling your flight any earlier than 5:30 PM.

Day 1 Ride tranquil byways through the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys

Ride tranquil byways through the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you in the lobby of the Harmon Guest House at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After introductions and the bike fit, cycle along tranquil byways through the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. You’ll pass many distinctive wineries in the Dry Creek Valley, home to more than 50 wineries, and one of the top Zinfandel producing regions. If you're up for a challenge, tackle Rockpile Road, a beautiful detour through the Lake Sonoma Re... Your Trek Travel guides will meet you in the lobby of the Harmon Guest House at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After introductions and the bike fit, cycle along tranquil byways through the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. You’ll pass many distinctive wineries in the Dry Creek Valley, home to more than 50 wineries, and one of the top Zinfandel producing regions. If you're up for a challenge, tackle Rockpile Road, a beautiful detour through the Lake Sonoma Recreation Area with views of Lake Sonoma. We continue to Dutcher Crossing Winery for a picnic lunch and wine tasting. Dry Creek Valley is renowned for its Fumé Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc) and Zinfandel grapes. Tonight, we dine at Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen for refined Californian fare. Read More

Meals included

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Dutcher Crossing Vineyard

Highlight of the Day

Dutcher Crossing Vineyard

Take in the Dutcher Crossing vineyard's breathtaking views of Northern Dry Creek Valley and the confluence of Dry Creek and Dutcher Creek, t... Take in the Dutcher Crossing vineyard's breathtaking views of Northern Dry Creek Valley and the confluence of Dry Creek and Dutcher Creek, the winery’s namesake. Read More

Ride Options

Ride Option 1

TODAY'S RIDE:

Healdsburg to Dry Creek Loop - Approximately 38 mi | 61 km and 1,785 ft | 544 m

Ride Option 2

AVID OPTION:

Healdsburg to Dry Creek Loop with Rockpile Road - Approximately 46 mi | 74 km and 2,700 ft | 822 m

Day 2 Visit the majestic redwoods at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Visit the majestic redwoods at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Today you'll ride through the Russian River Valley, known for its tantalizing Pinot Noir on your way to Armstrong Woods Park. While avid riders can choose to push their legs by tackling the toughest climb of the trip to Sweetwater Springs, with grades reaching 20%, there is also a gentler ride to Armstrong Woods Park via Westside Road. Once you’ve arrived, stop and admire the majestic towering redwoods and enjoy a walk to visit the oldest (1,400 years old), or the... Today you'll ride through the Russian River Valley, known for its tantalizing Pinot Noir on your way to Armstrong Woods Park. While avid riders can choose to push their legs by tackling the toughest climb of the trip to Sweetwater Springs, with grades reaching 20%, there is also a gentler ride to Armstrong Woods Park via Westside Road. Once you’ve arrived, stop and admire the majestic towering redwoods and enjoy a walk to visit the oldest (1,400 years old), or the tallest (310 feet high) trees in the park. Lunch is on your own today in the town of Guerneville, or stop off at Korbel's on-site gourmet deli. You may even decide to cleanse the palate with a little bubbly! Then, enjoy the rest of the afternoon back at the hotel, or venture into Healdsburg for some shopping and a tasting at one of the many winery rooms on the square. This afternoon you'll have the opportunity to visit your favorite wineries in the Dry Creek Valley starting from 3:00p.m. (advanced reservations for tastings and transport are recommended). Tonight we will celebrate with a farm-to-table feast at a local favorite restaurant, Valette. It is here that the farm culture of Sonoma comes to life and is embodied in their cuisine. Read More

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve

Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve

Armstrong Redwoods preserves stately and magnificent Sequoia sempervirens, commonly known as the coast redwood, the tallest living thing on ... Armstrong Redwoods preserves stately and magnificent Sequoia sempervirens, commonly known as the coast redwood, the tallest living thing on our planet! Read More

Healdsburg to Armstrong Return - Approximately 40 mi | 64 km and 800 ft | 243 m

SHORT OPTION:

Healdsburg to Armstrong - Approximately 20 mi | 32 km and 400 ft | 120 m

Ride Option 3

Healdsburg to Sweetwater Springs – Armstrong With Westside Rd. Return - Approximately 42 mi | 62 km and 1,500 ft | 457 m

Day 3 Take a leisurely stroll through Healdsburg

Take a leisurely stroll through Healdsburg

Take a final morning spin through the charming Dry Creek Valley to loosen up your legs or enjoy a peaceful morning in Healdsburg relaxing at the hotel. Or feel free to take a stroll for a coffee at our guide's favorite cafe, Black Oak. If you choose to ride, hurry out to Healdsburg’s town square for a little last minute shopping, or wine tasting before having lunch from the famed Oakville Grocery. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 1:00 PM at the Harmon Guest... Take a final morning spin through the charming Dry Creek Valley to loosen up your legs or enjoy a peaceful morning in Healdsburg relaxing at the hotel. Or feel free to take a stroll for a coffee at our guide's favorite cafe, Black Oak. If you choose to ride, hurry out to Healdsburg’s town square for a little last minute shopping, or wine tasting before having lunch from the famed Oakville Grocery. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 1:00 PM at the Harmon Guest House, before heading off on your next adventure. Read More

Breakfast | Lunch

Healdsburg Yoakim Bridge Loop - Approximately 20 mi | 32 km and 400 ft | 120 m

Healdsburg Lambert Bridge Short Loop - Approximately 11 mi | 17 km and 200 ft | 60 m

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Rider Information

Rider Level: 2

Terrain: Hilly

The terrain is generally rolling, with a few flat stretches on quiet, but sometimes narrow, roads. For those seeking more challenging rides, the hills to the east or west of the valley are sure to please even the most avid cyclist. The California Wine Country is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills. For those eager to experience every mile but mindful of their physical limits, our electric bike option offers a comfortable and enjoyable solution. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.

Daily Average

32 miles | 51 kilometers

100 miles | 160 kilometers

1,450 feet | 442 meters

4,300 feet | 1310 meters

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Shop the chic boutiques on the plaza in Healdsburg
  • Take a winery tour or indulge in wine tasting in a wide variety of wineries or tasting rooms in town
  • Walk and explore the Armstrong Redwoods State Park
  • Enjoy a spectacular spa experience at Hotel Healdsburg

non rider

We've got you covered on and off the bike! Our team of guides will always have one in the support vehicle and one on the bike, ready to fill up your water bottles, fix a flat tire, or give you a lift up the hill. They'll also give you the inside scoop on the best local spots. And when you're not riding, your guides are happy to help with anything you need - from massage appointments to finding that special local treat you've been craving.

  • Fully guided and supported with two guides and one van minimum
  • Up to three daily route options
  • Additional guides and vehicles added dependent upon guest count and trip logistics

A group of people getting fit for bikes in Glacier National Park

Located in the heart of North Sonoma Wine Country, Harmon Guest House is the ideal venue for a romantic weekend or celebration. Rise above it all on The Rooftop’s terrace and indulge in views of Fitch Mountain, the Sonoma hills, and downtown Healdsburg. Gather around the fire pit and sip a glass of wine at sunset. Visit the spa at the hotel’s sister property, Hotel Healdsburg. With its location in the heart of downtown, you’ll be steps away from local shops, cafes and bakeries, and several tasting rooms.

Bikes & Gear

New in 2023 Domane SL 7

Experiencing your cycling vacation of a lifetime is not complete without a world-class bike and the Trek Domane SL 7 Gen 4 is the best on the road. It raises the bar to deliver incredible endurance road bike comfort without sacrificing performance and features highly responsive disc brakes, road-smoothing IsoSpeed technology, and electronic shifting. This new bike is lighter than ever before, and carbon wheels are standard on every Domane SL 7 bike.

Verve+ electric assist lowstep bike

Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

Fun from the first pedal stroke, venture further on our Trek Verve+. With its low-step frame design, upright riding position, and the barely-there Bosch electric motor, the Verve+ has one goal: pure enjoyment. Designed for both comfort and adventure, get a boost up the hills when you need it with energy to spare.

Trek Domane+ SLR bike

Upgrade your experience on the Domane+ SLR 7. It has everything you love in a road bike, with the extra boost to take you farther than ever before. With an ultra-lightweight design and a whisper quiet electric assist motor, this performance e-road bike will assist you on the climbs and enable you to venture further. So go ahead—take the long way. With Domane+ SLR 7, there’s always room for more distance and more fun! Upgrade to the Domane+ SLR 7 on this trip for $399 (3-6 day trips) or $599 (7+ day trips). Available in limited quantities. See specific trip dates for available bike options.

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Trek Travel Guides

The World’s Best

From the moment you meet our guides, you'll understand the difference. You'll feel the genuine care they take to make your vacation perfect. From their expert support to sharing their favorite hidden spots, they tailor every moment to you.

Additional Gear

  • Trek Travel Santini cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Bontrager saddle
  • Bontrager helmet
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer with pre-loaded routes
  • Shimano SPD-SL road style pedals, Shimano SPD mountain style pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • A flat pack containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator
  • For the most comfortable ride, we recommend you bring your own saddle. If you prefer, you can bring your own pedals and helmet on the trip and our guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

A collage of cycling gear guests will use on a Trek Travel Classic Bike Tour.

Trip Inclusions

  • Two nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides
  • Daily breakfast, two lunches, and two dinners
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride With GPS Experience for your phone with daily itinerary and route navigation information

  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours, and events
  • All gratuities for local experts, and hospitality staff
  • A digital photo album of your trip

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  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

Guide Gratuities

Guide gratuities are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this trip, we suggest a tip for your guides between $120-$150 per guest and, of course, you may choose to give more if your guides made your trip an unforgettable experience. While local currency is preferred, there are other options to make tipping easier. Most guides accept gratuity via PayPal or Venmo or our staff can help before or after the trip. Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip.

Additional Details

Know Before You Go!

We want you to be fully prepared for your cycling vacation of a lifetime. This involves making sure that you choose the appropriate trip for you and that every aspect of your experience is flawless. Each Trek Travel trip is unique to ensure maximum enjoyment every time.

Your Trip Need to Knows:

  • Road conditions: Road quality is, overall, good. Every year a new section of road is repaved but there can be some rough surfaces. Typically, traffic is low to moderate, but weekend days can see an increase due to more tourists in the area.
  • Packing: Layers! Layering is the best way to regulate your body temperature. This tried-and-true strategy is all about slipping layers on and off as your activity level or the weather changes.

Before and After Your Trip

Napa, California

Soak in the delights of wine country with a stay in Napa. Enjoy a stroll along the Riverfront Promenade as you enjoy local shops and restaurants. Consider spending an evening at the Napa Valley Opera House or visit the Oxbow Public Market to discover local foods and wines.

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Where to Stay

Westin Verasa Napa

A revitalizing respite amid the breathtaking California wine country, The Westin Verasa Napa blends downtown convenience with upscale comfort. Unwind in rejuvenating hotel accommodations with plush furnishings, 24-hour room service, coffee makers and cable channels. Stay just down the road from Oxbow Public Market and right across the street from the famous Napa Wine Train. www.marriott.com

Retreat to rustic-chic boutique rooms featuring hardwood floors and deep soaking tubs. Choose a loft accommodation with a sleek fireplace or upgrade to a suite with a furnished terrace overlooking downtown Napa. www.hyatt.com

Napa River Inn

Luxury reigns at the Napa River Inn, situated among the bustling renaissance of downtown Napa's Riverfront District. Their waterfront location within the Historic Napa Mill offers easy walking access to the neighborhood with specialty shops, gourmet restaurants, and world-renowned wines all waiting to be uncorked. www.napariverinn.com

San Francisco, California

Keep in mind that San Francisco is a city best explored via foot and cable car and involves a great deal of hill walking. There are numerous attractions in the San Francisco area - from the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz to Ghirardelli and Union Square. For a preview and help in planning, try Only in San Francisco or one of the many websites available on the city. There are endless options and - whether you pre-plan and book your itinerary, or just arrive with no plans - you’re sure to be charmed by the City on the Bay!

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Mansion at Sutter

The historic Mansion on Sutter is an opulent Victorian mansion built in 1881. The property is a design masterpiece crafted with rich cedar, stained glass, gilded ceilings, and breathtaking chandeliers. Art, history, and elegance grace each of the finely appointed guest rooms. www.mansiononsutter.com

Westin St. Francis

Renowned for its legendary service, the historic Westin St. Francis boasts luxurious guest rooms and world-class dining. www.marriott.com

W San Francisco

A chic, modern hotel set in the heart of downtown San Francisco, W San Francisco has appeared on a Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader's Choice List of top hotels in San Francisco. It features luxurious bedding and amenities, and they handle any request 24-hours a day. www.marriott.com

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Packing and Weather

Warm sunny days (70-75ºF / 21-25ºC) and cooler evenings, with temperatures at least 15 to 20 degrees cooler. Bring layers for the cooler morning and hotter midday differentials - a rain shell is always a good idea. View our Packing List

Ready to book?

To reserve your space on a trip, you can either call us at 866-464-8735 to speak with an expert Trip Consultant or book online any time by clicking the “BOOK THIS TRIP” icon near the upper right of each destination’s overview page.* Once you have submitted your reservation online, a Trip Consultant will contact you within one business day to answer any questions you may have and to confirm space, bike, and room availability on your desired trip. Your booking will be finalized once your no-risk deposit is paid. If you make a reservation more than 90 days prior to the trip, a $750 no risk deposit is due at the time of booking.** If you reserve your trip less than 90 days prior to the departure, the full balance is due at the time of booking. Once your booking is complete you will receive an email confirmation with important information pertaining to your trip.

*Please note that select trips cannot be booked online at this time. For those trips, please call a trip consultant at 866-464-8735.

**Deposit amounts vary for all Race, Cross Country, Special Edition, Ride Camp, Discover, and Self-Guided tours. Please confirm deposit amounts for all trips with your Trip Consultant at time of booking.

What happens once I book?

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation email is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start, you’ll receive an email containing your trip start meeting location reminder and any last-minute information that you’ll need to know. You will also receive instructions to download the Ride with GPS app before your trip to provide you the day to day plan and daily route guides.

Guaranteed to run

With one person booked on a date, the trip becomes guaranteed.*

In the case where trips are at one or two guests, we will contact you prior to final payment to give you the following options:

Pay a small trip fee of $500 per person for two guests or $1000 for one guest, which ensures your preferred trip date will run. If there are three or more guests before departure date, the fee will be refunded in full.

Switch to a different trip or different departure date. Should there be any difference in trip price between your original trip and the new one, you will be expected to pay the difference, or we will refund you accordingly.

Offer only valid if Trek Travel contacts a guest to discuss these specific options. Bike trips with fewer than three guests may operate with only one guide. The guide will support all rides with a Trek Travel van. If you would like to discuss the option of having two guides, please speak with your trip consultant.

The small trip supplement for Ride Camps is as follows – for two guests an additional $250 or for one guest an additional $500.

*Cross Country, Discover, Race, and Special Edition trips as well as a small number of select departures have a minimum guest count to guarantee. Please check with your Trip Consultant for more information.

Unforeseen events may make it necessary to cancel or modify a trip. Our Guest Services team will update you with any changes. We reserve the right to cancel departures in cases of force majeure or the failure of third parties—such as hotels—to honor their reservations, in which case all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes full settlement. Trek Travel is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled trips, such as airline tickets, or for costs that are incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations, or illness. We strongly encourage Travel Protection for complete coverage.

What if I have to cancel my trip?

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your tour.

Read our Cancellation Policy

Our Trip Consultants are available to assist and can answer your questions. Please call us at 866-464-8735.

Travel Protection

Trek Travel recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help safeguard you and your travel investment against the unexpected. We offer a travel protection plan through Arch RoamRight that provides coverage for unforeseen events that could affect your ability to travel with us. Learn more about our Travel Protection

Travel Services

We've collaborated with a specialized travel agency committed to delivering tailored vacation planning, ensuring your entire Trek Travel journey is nothing short of unforgettable. Learn more about our Travel Services

Sharing the joy that comes with wow moments

Trek Travel guides are dedicated to making moments that last a lifetime, and we invite you to thank them with a trip gratuity. These are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this Signature trip, we recommend between $120-$150 per guest and, of course, you may choose to give more if your guides made your trip an unforgettable experience.

Like everything else about your vacation, the Trek Travel team is here to make this experience easier for you. While local currency is preferred, you may also tip through the following options:

Via PayPal (please have this account set up in advance when possible) or with your guest services representative on the phone before or after the trip.

Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip.

You cannot put a price on a wow . But you can show your thanks for an exceptional experience.

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Guaranteed Trips

Our trips are guaranteed to run once we have one confirmed booking on the trip.  Click here to view our full guarantee policy .

Trek Travel reserves the right to cancel trips with zero guests, therefore you must book with Trek Travel before making travel arrangements for the trip. We are not responsible for travel arrangements made prior to confirming your Trek Travel Trip. Select trips are not guaranteed.

Sold Out/Waitlist

This trip is currently sold out, but you may be added to the waitlist in the case of availability.

If a date is marked with Limited Availability, there are few spots left to book. We will secure additional rooms from our hotels before confirming your reservation.

Looking to travel with a small group? Ask our trip consultants about private trips and learn more .

What are your trip styles?

Classic - reserve:.

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discovor:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

If a date is marked as Private, it is reserved for a private group.

Looking to travel with a small group or looking for a custom date? Call our trip consultants at 866-464-8735

What is the Difference?

Ultimate luxury:.

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.

These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.

On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of hotel levels, from Explorer to Luxury to Ultimate Luxury. Rest assured, no matter which level of hotel you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Road : 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Road : 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Road : 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Road : 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel:  4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

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Explore the amazing diversity of Sonoma and Napa California by bike! From the crashing Pacific, through the quiet of the giant Redwood Forest and back along the rolling vineyards of the inland Valleys- there are a few challenges and many rewards. It’s a great combination of adventure, natural beauty and Wine Country relaxing! These multiday supported self-guided Bike Tours are great for intermediate to advanced riders or moderate riders looking for an e-bike adventure!

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Experience the joys of a Sonoma County California bike tour and leave the details to us with one of our Healdsburg based Short Escape Bike Tours. Day one is our fully guided casual "Classic Dry Creek Valley Bike Tour" followed by one or two days of Supported Self-Guided bicycle touring. It's a great combo- a day to learn about the area and get relaxed riding and then a day or two to explore on your own!

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Spend a day bike touring California's Sonoma Wine Country on our famous "Classic Dry Creek Valley Bike Tour". For almost 20 years available only directly through us, this fully guided casual ride visits our favorite wineries, features a wonderful picnic lunch and is truely unforgetable.

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Take advantage of the spectacular landscapes and endless sunshine during our California bike tours featuring the best of the Golden State. From the magnificent scenery in Joshua Tree National Park and the surreal landscapes of Death Valley National Park  to breathtaking Sonoma Wine Country and Coast with towering redwood forests and iconic landmarks, you will enjoy the finer aspects of each destination. Explore California as an insider and become entranced by its dazzling beauty as you enjoy thoughtfully selected cycling routes, premiere accommodations, farm-to-table cuisine, prized local wine, and off-the-beaten-path experiences.

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Bike through the stunning landscapes of Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park. Enjoy great cycling routes, extraordinary hiking, and distinctive accommodations. Explore the park's unworldly boulder formations and hike the acclaimed trails offering the right mix of Joshua Trees, cacti, history, and the most spectacular views of the desert basins on this freshly redesigned four days/ three nights trip.

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California Wine Country Bike Tour

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Sonoma Wine Country

With more than 425 wineries, miles of stunning Pacific coastline, and a towering Redwood Forest, California's Sonoma Wine Country and Coast is a travel paradise. World-class wineries and vineyards await and we visit the magnificent Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys, each distinguished by their unique terrain and wines.

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Welcome to California's Death Valley, a sub-sea level basin home to stunning dunes, historic ghost towns, and mesmerizing color palettes. While the name and high temperature may be intimidating, this is one of the world's most surreally beautiful locations. Explore 4 Days/ 3 Nights riding and hiking while staying at a luxury desert oasis, surrounded by a canopy of palm gardens and a spring-fed pool.

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Healdsburg Cycling Wine Tour

Bike through picturesque country roads and visit some of Sonoma County’s oldest family-owned wineries. Lounge amongst the Vineyards as you indulge in a variety of award-winning whites, reds and sparkling wines.

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Windsor Bike ‘n Beer Tour

Take a journey with us through the beautiful town of Windsor! Visit specialty tap rooms and breweries, including the world-famous Russian River Brewing Company. Taste delicious craft beer at its finest!

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Discover the beauty of California’s Wine Country on a delightful bike tour. Take in the scenic trails and breathtaking views as you travel to exciting new places. Indulge in award-winning wines and beers from some of Sonoma County’s best establishments while getting the inside scoop from our amazing tour guides. Reserve your bike tour now and ace it with us on an unforgettable Sonoma County adventure!

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This was the perfect day. It was well-organized, fun and we met some great people. The bike ride was beautiful and was a great way to experience wineries beyond the traditional car or bus. Our tour guide Jackie was a star!... it was the highlight of our Sonoma trip far above other organized winery tours.

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Our family LOVED balloons, bikes and brews! Freida was such a wonderful tour guide! Our 3 twenty-somethings had a blast biking and visiting the area breweries. We highly recommend this tour!

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This is by far the best bike tour I have been on.. did the brewery bike tour. Guide was amazing and very knowledgeable.. saw the gorgeous countryside of Windsor.. breweries were top notch! So much fun!

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Frieda was amazing !! She was very knowledgeable about the tour. The bikes were very well-maintained and super comfortable. The tour she gave us was amazing. Would definitely do this again! Loved it! Loved it!

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What an amazing day. We had a wonderful time biking through the vineyards... An absolute must for anyone wanting to enjoy the wine country for an afternoon.

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We had such a great time on the tour! Can't say enough good things about our guide Gina.

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Wow! What a great experience! We did the Bike & Brew tour today and could not have enjoyed it more... This is a very organized and professional company to book a tour with. Loved it!

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The Sonoma Wine Country Bike Tour with Ace It! Is a must! No better way to see the wine country then to slow down and check out the beautiful views, smell the fresh air and taste awesome wines... We are definitely going to go on the Santa Rosa Bike ‘n Brew Tour next time!!

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  • Ride from the pristine wine valleys to the ruggedly beautiful Pacific Coast
  • Wine tasting at both internationally acclaimed wineries and small, family-run vineyards
  • Cycle in the shade of 1,400 year old Redwood trees
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San Francisco, CA

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3 to 14 days

◊ Self-Guided With our Self-Guided tours an expert local guide takes care of your transfers, route briefing, luggage moves, and planned transfers. They are also available should you need mechanical assistance, help with a dinner reservation, or general questions. You have a GPS unit, maps, and a detailed guidebook to help you select your route, choose where you eat, and, generally, explore the area.

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Our California Bike Tours

Our most popular California bike tours take you through the Napa Valley, into Sonoma County, and down the coast. These areas have some of the best cycling in the world; with riding for all levels. Choose flat rides with wine tasting or head to the hills for challenging climbs and great views; all on quiet country lanes and with California’s great weather.

Our California bike tours are customized for you; your dates, your ride distances and your style of lodging. During your bike tour, we take care of all the logistics and our support vans are always nearby. You simply enjoy the freedom of cycling at your own pace. Learn more about the LifeCycle Adventures difference.

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Napa and Sonoma Counties have some of the best and most-varied cycling in the United States. You start out in the wine valleys with hundreds of wineries: from internationally acclaimed powerhouses to small, biodynamic, family-run vineyards. You then cycle through mighty redwood groves where some of the trees are over 1,400 years old. Finally, you have the chance to ride along the ruggedly beautiful and pristine Pacific Coast. When you are done with riding, you can eat in anything from a Michelin-starred restaurant to a rustic, farm-to-table hole in the wall; the common theme being local ingredients and creative preparations. Paradise for cyclists, foodies and wine lovers.

TOUR LENGTH

6 Days / 5 Nights

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

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START & END

Napa, Santa Rosa, Sonoma or Sonoma County Airport

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  • Private transfer from your hotel with full route briefing and bike fitting at the start of your ride
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BIKE AVAILABILITY

Day-by-day flow.

Day 1:  Napa to Calistoga

Day 2:  Calistoga to Healdsburg

Day 3: Healdsburg Loop Day

Day 4: Healdsburg to Guerneville

Day 5 : Guerneville Loop Day

Day 6 : Guerneville to Bodega Bay

Day One - Napa to Calistoga

The Intermediate ride starts with a van transfer to the town of Napa from where you meander up the gently-rolling Napa Valley. Much of today’s riding is along the Silverado Trail with a winery every mile or so: from the world-renowned Stags Leap to the art-laden Clos Pegase. Along the way you have opportunities for lunch in Yountville, Oakville, or at a winery. With the easy terrain and numerous wineries to stop at, this route provides a gentle introduction to your tour.

Leisure riders will be transferred to Yountville or Rutherford, a little further along the route described above.

Challenge riders explore the mountains around the Napa Valley along scenic, car-free lanes. Mount Veeder to the west and Howell Mountain to the east include plenty of tough-but-scenic climbing as well as spectacular views across the Napa Valley.

Ride across the vine- carpeted Napa Valley; cycling on the Silverado Trail with a winery every mile

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RIDE OPTIONS

Leisure 20 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Intermediate 30 miles with 1,200 feet

Challenge 50 miles with 4,400 feet

OVERNIGHT TOWN

Calistoga is a laid-back spa town with hot springs and mud baths. The town is well preserved and authentic. In 2001, it was designated a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Fast-food franchises are banned in the town by law.

Day Two - Calistoga to Healdsburg

The Intermediate route takes you through a series of valleys where you cycle past mixed-tree woodland and fertile vineyards. Most of the wineries you pass are in the Alexander Valley. Even if you are not planning to taste, these oases are great places to enjoy a picnic or simply rest in the shade of an oak tree. From here, it’s an easy cruise across into the Dry Creek Valley and onto Healdsburg – your final destination.

Leisure riders will take a van transfer over the first two climbs of the day to join the route described above at the start of the Alexander Valley.

Challenge riders follow the Intermediate route to the Alexander Valley but add on a fun in-and-out climb up the badly-named Pine Flat Road – a local classic.

The Epic route also follows the Intermediate route to the Alexander Valley from where it heads into the mountains for a roller-coaster ride along Geysers Rd to Cloverdale. You are rewarded with some of the best advanced cycling in California: tough climbing, impressive panoramas, and very little traffic.

The vineyards of the Alexander Valley provide perfect oases in which to enjoy a relaxed picnic.

Calistoga to Healdsburg

Leisure 10 miles with 210 feet of climbing

Intermediate 30 miles with 1,275 feet

Challenge 50 miles with 4,800 feet

Epic 70 miles with 5,500 feet

Healdsburg is a prosperous but relaxed town centered on a shady plaza complete with a bandstand. The plaza hosts regular concerts and a farmers market. The town also has several bookstores, antique stores, and tasting rooms as well as many great restaurants.

Day Three - Healdsburg Loops (A)

Today’s Intermediate route takes you into the Dry Creek Valley. From here, you look out across acres of vines with the Mayacamas Mountains framing the scene. In short, you will enjoy some truly classic wine country riding on back roads that snake past small farms and family-run wineries. Many guests collect a picnic lunch at the Dry Creek General Store to enjoy with a tasting in the gardens of one of the many vineyards. If you buy a bottle or two, let us know and we will collect them for you.

Leisure riders do a slightly shorter version of the Dry Creek loop described above – focusing on the southern portion.

Challenge riders head across to the Alexander Valley and then into the mountains following a classic route for local riders past active geysers to Cloverdale and then back through the Dry Creek Valley.

The Epic route follows the intermediate route to the end of the Dry Creek Valley but rather than turning around it continues along remote roads deep into the Coast Range. The route returns to Healdsburg alongside the Russian River.

Classic wine country riding on back roads that snake past small farms and family-run wineries

Healdsburg Loop A-1

Leisure 15 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Leisure/Intermediate 30 miles with 1,150 feet

Challenge 55 miles with 4,600 feet

Epic 100 miles with 8,800 feet

Healdsburg is a prosperous but relaxed town centered on a shady plaza complete with a bandstand. The plaza hosts regular concerts and a farmers market. The town also has several bookstores, antique stores , and tasting rooms as well as many great restaurants.

Day Four - Healdsburg to Guerneville

The Intermediate route has 30 miles of fantastic wine country riding on scenic lanes that meander through the vineyards of the Dry Creek Valley before heading over a low pass into the Russian River Valley. Here you experience cycling in the shade of giant redwoods before arriving at the hippie town of Guerneville. This is a good day to do some wine tasting – maybe taking a picnic to enjoy at one of the many wineries.

Leisure riders follow the above route except for cutting off the initial loop through the Dry Creek Valley.

Challenge riders also follow the Intermediate route above but add in a hilly detour that tests the legs with steep climbs high above the valleys on car free roads with stunning views across high, alpine meadows.

The Epic route heads into the Dry Creek Valley from where it continues along remote roads deep into the Coast Range. Here, you ride for almost 50 miles without seeing cars, towns or any other sign of civilization.

Head over a low pass into the Russian River Valley where you cycle in the shade of giant redwoods

Leisure 20 miles with 800 feet of climbing

Challenge 40 miles with 2,300 feet

Epic 85 miles with 8,100 feet

Guerneville

Guerneville is an old logging town picturesquely set on the banks of the Russian River. It is the gateway town to the stunning Armstrong Woods and, while the town is more modest than Healdsburg (Guerneville has a vibrant alternative community), it still has a number of excellent restaurants.

Day Five - Guerneville Loops

The Intermediate route loops between Guerneville and Occidental – and back again. Most of the riding is on gentle back roads in the shade of the forest but there are also a number of short-steep sections – just to help build up a healthy appetite for lunch!

Leisure riders will head straight to the Armstrong Woods State Reserve to ride and hike in the shade of 1400-year-old redwood trees.

Challenge riders follow the Intermediate route to Occidental and then push into the Coast Mountains and down to the ocean. The route follows one of the classic climbs of the Tour of California bike race with views down to the Pacific Ocean. There are also great non-cycling options today. You can take a kayaking trip along the Russian River to where the river emerges into the Pacific Ocean. There are also great hiking or horseback trails that take you through the towering redwoods of the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve up to the high alpine pastures of the Austin Creek State Park.

Ride and hike in the shade of 1400-year-old redwood trees

Guerneville Loop

10 miles with 150 feet of climbing

Intermediate

25 miles with 1,500 feet

40 miles with 3,200 feet

Day Six - Guerneville to Bodega Bay

The Intermediate route starts with a gentle descent alongside the Russian River before taking a scenic detour through the Redwoods to the small town of Cazadero: “The Heart of the Redwoods.” A short descent from here brings you to the Pacific Ocean where families of seals bask in the sun. After lunch in Jenner, you enjoy some classic Californian coastal riding south to Bodega Bay. Typically, the wind is at your back as you cycle past mile after mile of pristine coastline; all under the protection of the Sonoma Coast State Beach. Your tour ends in Bodega Bay overlooking the small fishing port.

Leisure riders will follow the Intermediate route to the Pacific Ocean where their tour ends in the small town of Jenner. There is also a shorter option available for those with less time.

Challenge riders follow the Intermediate route to Cazadero from where they head into the Coast Range before emerging from the trees, high above the Pacific Ocean. From here, you have stunning views down the coast and a fast sweeping descent into Jenner – where you rejoin the Intermediate route.

Classic Californian coastal riding – with the wind at your back – all the way to Bodega Bay

20 miles 750 feet of climbing 15 miles 500 feet

35 miles with 1,800 feet

45 miles with 3,700 feet

As this is the last day of your tour, there is no overnight accommodation unless explicitly requested on booking.

ACCOMMODATION

EuroSpa and Inn Stay as the guest of Bill and Joanne at the Calistoga Euro Spa & Inn. This clean-and-comfortable facility is sited at the end of a quiet residential street on the southern edge of town but is still just a few blocks from the main street. Rooms are simply furnished and most have fireplaces. There is a nice patio area with a small pool that backs onto vineyards.

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Haydon Street Inn Stay as the guest of John and Keren at The Haydon Street Inn. This Queen Anne Victorian B&B sits in pleasant tree-shaded grounds in a quiet residential neighborhood just a short walk from the historic plaza. John was a professional chef in his previous career and has cooked for several US presidents – so expect a nice breakfast.

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Fern Grove Cottages Stay as the guest of Jennifer and Sherman at Fern Grove Cottages. Jennifer goes out of her way to make you feel welcome. The cottages are scattered among the redwoods and are simple, spacious and comfortable. The property also has a small, saline pool. Breakfasts include homemade scones and breads.

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ACCOMMODATION NOTES

Properties in our Budget category are typically simpler B&Bs and more modest inns or hotels. However, all the properties are well-kept with en suite facilities.

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You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

Embrace The philosophy at Embrace is to blend old-world luxury with 21st century amenities. Built in 1873, the property is located in the heart of Calistoga and has a large wraparound porch; ideal for watching the world go by after a day’s riding, enjoying complimentary wine and cheese, and where you will eat an outstanding breakfast.

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Applewood Inn – Queen The Applewood Inn is a casually luxurious hotel in its own grounds, a short walk from the center of town. The hotel has private massage rooms as well as many quiet places to relax. The Inn also has a nice restaurant (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Rooms in this category are standard (cosy) queen rooms.

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Properties in the Classic category are typically smaller hotels or luxurious B&Bs with very personal service sometimes including wine tasting or evening hors d’oeuvres.

Solage Solage is the sister property to the prestigious Auberge du Soleil. It is set in private grounds just east of Calistoga with a trendy bistro, full-service spa and a 130-foot swimming pool. The resort is designed to be environmentally friendly and low impact. In short, it’s a stylish destination that invites guests to relax and enjoy great food.

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Hotel Healdsburg Hotel Healdsburg is designed and decorated in the modern-minimalist style of boutique hotels; SoHo Grand comes to small town America. The hotel has excellent spa facilities and the restaurant, The Dry Creek Kitchen, is one of the best restaurants in town.

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Applewood Inn – Suite The Applewood Inn is a casually luxurious hotel in its own grounds a short walk from the center of town. The hotel has private massage rooms as well as many quiet places to relax. The Inn also has a nice restaurant (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Rooms, in this Luxury category, are spacious suites with fireplaces and some have small terraces.

Properties in our Luxury category are some of the nicest full-service hotels in the area. They typically include spa facilities and a good restaurant.

BIKE CHOICES

Hybrid bike.

Hybrids bikes, a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike

Hybrids bikes are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. They have a relaxed riding position and are great for beginners and intermediate riders. A typical model is the Trek 7.3 FX with Shimano components and high-pressure road tires for better cycling efficiency than your typical hybrid.

Road bikes, a racing style bike with drop handlebars

Our road bikes are a racing style bike with drop handlebars. The road bikes are faster bikes than the hybrids with less upright riding position. A typical model is the Émonda ALR 5 with aluminum frame, carbon forks, and Shimano 105 components. (NOTE: Some of the smaller roads in Puglia can be a little rough making a hybrid bikes a better choice for some riders.)

eBikes, designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills

Our eBikes are designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills. The ride position is very similar to our hybrids. We typically rent Scott E-Sub equipped with a 250W E-drive Bosch motor. If one rider in a couple is stronger than the other, an eBike can be a great choice for the less-strong rider.

Your Own Bike, if you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there

If you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there. Please ask about options for bike shipping and assembly.

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Receiving & Assembly per bike charge to receive bike from shipper, assemble the bike and repack it and deliver it to a shipper at the end of the tour.

Bike Boxes  a per box charge for the extra logistics needed to handle bike boxes during a tour. Note: this fee can be avoided if you leave your box with your start/end hotel.

Tandem Bike  a per bike fee for the extra logistics to handle a tandem bike that is brought by a guest.

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California Coast Bike Tour

Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, and Santa Barbara: Cycling the Iconic Central Coast

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  • Bike the entire length of California’s Big Sur coastline and cover some of the most spectacular coastal roads in the world
  • Savor fresh seafood, farm-to-table fare, and flaky pastries at the hippest restaurants, hidden bistros, and charming bakeries
  • Experience Central Coast luxury at hotels and inns in ideal locations lining the way from dramatic Carmel-by-the-Sea to country-chic Los Olivos
  • Taste wine where it’s produced in the Santa Ynez Valley—a region that’s coming to compete with California’s well-known Napa and Sonoma wine country
  • Challenge yourself with a century ride that covers 100 miles of Pacific coastline from Big Sur to Morro Bay

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From the Top!

Our adventure begins on the cusp of Northern California as you meet your guides in Palo Alto for a transfer to Monterey. And just like that, you’re on California’s Central Coast! We’ll get to know each other over coffee at the historic Fisherman’s Wharf, then get fitted to our bikes for an unforgettable first ride: the scenic coastal road plainly called 17 Mile Drive. Pedal by Cannery Row (a nod to Steinbeck’s novel of the same name), past Spanish Bay, and alongside Pebble Beach, home to the legendary golf links. Pull into our favorite cycling-themed bistro for a laid-back lunch in Carmel: this artsy beach town gives you a taste of the Central Coast flavor, and it’s a local hotspot for shopping and exploring. After lunch, finish up with a short spin to our luxury hotel in the heart of a charming coastal town. Settle in with a glass of champagne before our first dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals : Lunch / Dinner Destinations : Monterey, Carmel Accomplished : 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 1,099 feet / 335 meters Accommodations : Hotel Villa Mara

Beautiful Big Sur

Rise and shine: we’re heading out early so we can enjoy the coastal road during the cool and peaceful morning hours. Today it’s Highway 1 all the way—and the postcard-worthy views that come along with it. From the fog-shrouded mountains above to the crashing surf below, every mile is a visual feast. We’ll even pedal across Bixby Creek Bridge, one of the most recognizable landmarks on the Big Sur coast. Stop for a well-earned lunch in Big Sur, a place that derives its name from the Spanish “ el pais grande del sur ” or the “big land of the south.” Since these coastlands lie south of Monterey, the onetime Spanish capital, this beautiful community became known as “Big South”—or Big Sur. This afternoon, get settled at the hotel, head down to the beach, or wind down with a hike into the backcountry. Tonight we’ll have a beautiful sunset dinner—a quintessential Central Coast experience.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Destinations : Notleys Landing, Bixby Creek Bridge, Big Sur Accomplished : 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 2,831 feet / 863 meters; optional afternoon hike Accommodations : Glen Oaks Big Sur

Down the Pacific Coast

Time for the biggest ride of the trip—a day of total coastal bliss. Start cycling towards McWay Falls and check out this breathtaking waterfall that empties directly on the beach. Then it’s back on the bikes as we climb and descend through a changing landscape: first towering redwoods, then endless coastal panoramas. Take a moment to appreciate the view during a snack stop before we continue riding to Ragged Point. After lunch, transfer to San Luis Obispo, home to our fantastically whimsical hotel—or make it a full century and pedal all the way to Morro Bay, where Highway 1 finally veers away from the coast. The rest of the day is yours to explore SLO’s many of-the-moment eateries and breweries.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch Destinations : Gorda, Big Sur, San Simeon Accomplished : 47 miles / 75 km, elevation gain: 4,800 feet / 1,223 meters Longer Option : 100 miles / 162 km, elevation gain: 7,580 feet / 2,311 meters Accommodations : Hotel SLO

Santa Ynez: California's Other Wine Country

This morning we’ll head inland on the sinuous roads that surround Santa Maria, making our way into the Santa Ynez Valley by way of Foxen Canyon. Ride through the epicenter of Santa Barbara wine country and its well-loved vineyards lining the route to Ballard Canyon. We’ll stop for lunch at a destination restaurant serving locally-sourced dishes. After lunch, bike the rest of the way to the wine-tasting village of Los Olivos (or catch a lift in the van). Our hotel is right in the heart of town, so take a stroll around or relax by the pool before dinner. Tonight, regroup for a fantastic farewell meal prepared by an innovative local chef.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner Destinations : Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, Buellton Accomplished : 37 miles / 59 km, elevation gain: 1,856 feet / 566 meters Longer Option : 47 miles / 75 km, elevation gain: 2,594 feet / 791 meters Accommodations : The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern

The End of the Road

On our final morning, choose to take a spin through the vineyards or catch some extra sleep and a leisurely breakfast. Your guides will transfer you to Santa Barbara and see you off to the next leg of your California travels.

Meals : Breakfast Destinations : Santa Barbara Accomplished : Optional morning ride

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Highway 1 is as popular for cyclists as it is for motorists. Be prepared for (and comfortable with) riding in some traffic along the route, and discuss your desired travel dates with a DuVine Travel Specialist to avoid more populous visiting periods.

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Explore beautiful Sonoma Valley in a fun, adventurous manner! Hop on a bike and explore the oldest wine valley in California or plan a guided bike tour with friends and travel to several outstanding wineries led by a local tour guide and enjoy a delicious lunch, behind the scenes access, great wine, picture perfect scenery and so much more. We will make sure you see all the best sites in Sonoma.

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I spent a week in Sonoma with my husband, sister, and brother in-law to ring in the New Year. The day we went on our bike tour was the best day of our trip, hands-down.

We booked our trip through their website and received a confirmation email right away. Since we were traveling from the east coast, they made sure to let us know the importance of wearing multiple layers, and bringing biking gloves if we had our own. The night before our tour, Hunt sent me a text message to explain the meeting place, just north of the Plaza.

Everything about this tour was just wonderful - we learned the history of the area, as Hunt is a local. He was very knowledgeable, accommodating, and had a great sense of humor; our group loved him! The four of us all vary in our amount of regular exercise, though we consider ourselves generally healthy, active adults. The pace was perfect for everyone, and the wineries we visited were excellent.

      

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California coast santa barbara to big sur.

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  • Departure: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Departs On: Sunday
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Lodging: Luxury Inns & Restaurants
  • Fitness Level: 2-4
  • Elevation Range: 0 - 2,000 ft.

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Our tour is curated to contain all the biggest highlights of this little stretch of the Golden State’s coast. The view from your bike seat is animated by breathless sea cliffs, breaching Gray whales, and furtive sea otters. We’ll encounter rolling wine country and take on the iconic Highway 1, and hike amongst the noble Redwoods.

From the burly rawness of Big Sur to the picturesque Santa Barbara’s coastline, our brushstrokes in the saddle sweep past peaceful farmland and great spans of ocean. A dreamy, essentially California-quality light outlines each successive landscape.

Each epic day winds down to a relaxing evening. The non-biking part of your trip will be full of the small-town charm so unique to the Central Coast. Enjoy fresh clam chowder on the Pismo Beach pier. Sip on Pinot Noir from grapes grown in Monterrey. Drink in the Cali lifestyle at the pace that it is meant to be experienced; nice and slow.

Day 1: Loop through Wine Country

Meet in Santa Barbara. Then a short shuttle to Los Olivos (pop. 1138): one of a handful of small communities dotting the bucolic Santa Ynez Valley. Saddle up for a legwarmer ride, sweeping past the windy vineyard roads mixed with humble farmlands of the Santa Ynez. Halfway through our ride, we stop in Solvang, some 46-miles northwest of Santa Barbara. Solvang (pop. 5245) is a 107-year old Danish colony, replete with windmills and Scandinavian architecture. Besides walking streets and handsome dining spots, the area around Solvang claims many wine and olive oil tastings. After some traditional Danish food, we bike back to Los Olivos. That evening, we catch some zzz’s at a handsome Air BNB in Santa Inez(zz).

Day 2: Los Olivos to Pismo

Waking to the valley’s cool, embracing air, our first order of business is to shoot toward the coast. We follow a cycling touring route that swerves into Pismo Beach, a classic Central Coast community (pop 7931). We stop at the Monarch Butterfly Grove. Walking distance from the ocean, tens of thousands of Monarch butterflies gather here to flit around the aromatic Eucalyptus. Day Two closes out with a phenomenal dinner overlooking the ocean.

Day 3: Pismo to Cambria

Sometimes a good vacation means a chill half day. Day three we shuttle to Morro Bay. Yes, home of the famous Morro Rock! At nearly 600′ tall, it is actually what is called a ‘volcanic plug.’ This is just a fancy way of saying it was a vent in a very old volcano. From our giant rock friend, we bike to Cambria (pop. 6000), a low-fi art colony tucked into the Pines. After that, we enjoy the beach, the small town vibes, and relax.

Day 4: Cambria to Big Sur 

Today we ride in close proximity to Hearse Castle. So keep your eyes peeled, you might see a zebra! To start the day, we bike out and back on a beautiful, lightly-trafficked farm road in Cambria. We lunch in Cambria then ride to an elephant seal viewing point. You might have to cover your ears! The elephant seals haven’t quite mastered ‘whispering’… or anything below bellowing. The ride ends at point Sierra Nevada trailhead south. Day four also has an opportunity for a scenic hike when we shuttle to the town of Big Sur. Big Sur is so gorgeous with its seaside cliffs framed by Redwoods, you’re going to want to tag along for this one.

Day 5: Big Sur to Point Lobos

Today is the day for comfy shoes and a camera! We hike 8 miles around Point Lobos: a broad sweep of raw coastal park with a refreshingly anti-industrial tourism/keep-it-real vibe. After a lunch in the park, the afternoon is a ‘choose your own adventure’. The choice is yours, a rail to trail bike path or the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. Not to steer you away from a great ride, but the Aquarium of Monterrey touts 35,000 animals plus 550 plant species.

Day 6: Monterrey and 17-Mile Drive

Our last ride in the bike saddle is the world-famous 17-Mile Drive. Privately managed and minimally traveled, this phenomenal cycling route follows a smooth roadbed that hugs the coastline, from Pebble Beach to Pacific Grove. Sweeping through a wind sculpted grove of Cypress trees, we take in the unique, architectural eye-candy of the local estates. Lunch in Monterrey. When all is said and done, we shuttle back to San Juan airport for a warm goodbye to the Central Coast.

Night 1: Fess Parker Wine Country Inn | Los Olivos, CA

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn | Escape Adventures California Bike Tour Lodging

2860 Grand Ave Los Olivos, CA 93441

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn | Escape Adventures California Bike Tour Lodging

The rooms have a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and free toiletries. Guests can choose to unwind at the outdoor pool or the on-site fitness center.

“Breakfast service was excellent. The restaurant was really very lovely and the cuisine very good. Cocktails superb. Good selection wine list. Robert was extremely helpful both nights we dined.Message and facial also excellent. Enjoyed an afternoon sitting by the pool.” – Barry

Night 2: Inn at the Pier | Pismo Beach, CA

Inn at the Pier Pismo Beach | Escape Adventures California Bike Tour Lodging

601 Cypress Street Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Overlooking the golden sand of Pismo Beach – just footsteps from the pier and boardwalk – you’re invited to experience Inn at the Pier. Located on Cypress Street, this upscale, craftsman-style oceanfront hotel in Pismo Beach features boutique guest rooms and first-class amenities reminiscent of a luxurious beach house.

Choose one of 104 boutique hotel rooms on Pismo Beach – beautifully appointed with flat-screen TVs, private balconies, and indulgent bath amenities – while most rooms offer sparkling ocean views. Cool off in the rooftop dipping pool seven days a week and escape the everyday at The Rooftop, a restaurant and bar overlooking the coastline with 360 degree views, salty ocean breezes, and refreshing cocktails. Or join us at Blonde, our full-service restaurant where classic meets contemporary California.

“I have stayed here several times and love the staff and the location. Always clean. Valet gentlemen are excellent!” – Tara

Night 3: Blue Dolphin Inn | Cambria, CA

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6470 Moonstone Beach Drive Cambria, CA 93428

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Moonstone Beach, this inn is 10 minutes’ to the Hearst Castle. A fireplace, bathrobes and slippers are provided in all rooms. Moonstone Boardwalk is 100 feet away. Bedside chocolates are provided in the evenings. Select rooms feature a full or partial ocean view at Blue Dolphin Inn. To allow guests to start their day at their leisure, a boxed breakfast is delivered daily to each room at Blue Dolphin Inn. Many guests have their boxed breakfast on the beach. Free afternoon tea and coffee is featured in the afternoon from 1400 – 2000 daily.

“Wonderful!! Beat my expectations. Everything spot on!!” – Jim

Night 4: Big Sur River Inn | Big Sur, CA

Big Sur River Inn | Escape Adventures California Bike Tour Lodging

Adjacent to the Big Sur River, this California hotel features an on-site restaurant and bar. Pfeiffer Day Use Beach is a 10 minutes away. A private entrance, free toiletries and a private bathroom are featured in each room at Big Sur River Inn. Rooms provide wood accents, white linens and artwork inspired by nature. After a day of riding, relax in the seasonal outdoor swimming pool. On-site shopping opportunities available at River Inn Big Sur. Hiking trails through the Redwoods are 3 miles from Andrew Molera State Park.

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Night 5: InterContinental The Clement Monterey | Monterey, CA

Inter Continental The Clement Monterey | Escape Adventures California Bike Tour Lodging

750 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940

Located in the heart of Monterey’s historic Cannery Row, InterContinental The Clement Monterey features elegant accommodations, on-site dining options and modern amenities. The rooms offer a TV and in-room movies, an electronics charging station, a coffee machine, and a mini bar. The private bathroom includes bathrobes, a soaking tub and a separate shower. There is also a on-site spa services and a state-of-the-art business center. Only steps from the Clements front doors, guests will find a variety of area attractions. Beautiful seascapes and wildlife, charming boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and an exciting nightlife are all within walking distance from the hotel.

“Loved having a fireplace in the room. The staff were all super helpful, I loved being so close to the aquarium, and the restaurant and lounge had spectacular views.” – Marilyn

While every Escape Adventure trip is designed to appeal to active adventure seekers, and in many cases, particular skill levels, there is always a different idea of what that exactly means. That is why we have designed the chart below to help make sure you join the proper tour. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companions’ may differ as well. We present a range of mileage options on each tour as well as provide support vehicles as much as possible. That way you can take a break and do as little or as much as you would like each day.

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All internal land expenses and services are covered in the cost of your tour. This means from the time we pick you up at our meeting point, until we drop you back off to head home, all transportation, food preparation, meals (except where noted on itineraries), snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, group supplies and community gear (portable chairs, large awnings, coolers, utensils, etc.) are included. Backcountry permits, licenses, park fees, reservations, and accommodations (lodging) are also included, along with at least two professionally trained trip leaders, a mobile first aid and mechanic station, spare bikes, and a support vehicle(s). Trip price does not include airfare, lodging prior to trip start or bicycle rental and/or camping gear (if on a camping tour) unless otherwise noted on itinerary or website.

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Make your trip as comfortable as possible on the body, as simple as possible for traveling, and hassle free on tour. On every road bike tour, we will fit you with the newest, highest quality gear in the industry. Escape Adventures provides only high-end bicycles from Specialized. We replace our rental fleet each season to ensure all our bikes meet our high standards. All of our bikes are equipped with carbon fiber frames and disc brakes designed for a smooth, comfortable ride. For those who are touring with a companion who may not be as fit or need a little help up the hills, we now have e-bikes (electric pedal assist) available on select tours.

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Specialized has perfected the road bike. Ride confidently and comfortably for longer distances on any of our trips around the world. All of our bikes are equipped with the latest components and our 2019 models include disc brakes.

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Specialized hybrid bikes are the most comfortable bikes available. Our most popular bike for multi-sport and moderate road bike tours is the proven Sirrus. This bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. This bike sits upright, is equipped with a very comfortable seat, and the gearing has a wide range of speeds.

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Specialized Tero Hybrid E-Bike

For those of you who have always wanted to join a bike tour but feared your fitness would hold you or the group back, fear no more. Our incredible e-bike option allows you to do more, go twice as fast and far. The all new Specialized Turbo has one goal and one goal only—to inspire you to get out, get moving, and to have some fun along the way. E-bike available on most casual and luxury inn trips for an additional price.

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Take a deep breath, turn on the power and enjoy a beautiful adventure on the all new Escape Adventure’s Electric Road Bike. The new road e-bike from Escape Adventures now allows you to travel further distances and explore new areas. The pedal assisted technology also allows beginner and novice riders to join in on more challenging routes and terrain.

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For over 25 years, the hallmark of an Escape Adventures tour is personalized, hands-on service. Before, during, and after each trip. We are a company of honesty and integrity and we stand behind our product 100%. From the moment you learn of our trips, to the time you return home and start planning your next trip, we are here to bring you the best possible experience. From our Guaranteed Trip Departure Confirmation Policy, making sure your trip is never cancelled*, to our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Policy, backing the unrivaled consistent quality of all our tours, our commitment to you is never compromised.  * Scheduled Domestic trips only.

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Our environmental commitment is second to none. We run our tours the same way we run our company, with an eye on the triple bottom line: People, Profit & Planet. At Escape Adventures, we elected to pursue a more comprehensive approach to actually reduce our carbon footprint, rather than just offset it. We overhauled our entire operation — from our vehicles, to our buildings, to our procedures — to become an outdoor industry leader in the charge to help our people and our planet.

Exceptional Service and Exceptional Guides

Leading tours naturally followed from our passion of exploring our favorite places with our friends. Our support staff includes our reservation team who is there to answer your questions about the tours, our service team who prepares your bike and gear for the tour, and our guide team – the ones who take you into the great outdoors. The highest level of responsibility, good nature, integrity, and dedication are standard traits of all those who work at Escape Adventures. We our proud of it and we think you should know it.

The Best Support Vehicles

Having custom-made vehicles allows us to take you to places few other outfitters can, or will go. Every Escape Adventures tour is accompanied by at least one support vehicle, trailer, and in some cases a second and third transfer van. After purchase, we custom engineer our trucks, vans, and trailers by our on-staff mechanic to meet the unique needs of different tours. For example, certain vehicles are specifically designed for the Canyonlands region of Utah, while others are designed for The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Each of our Trip Leaders is required to be trained in safe vehicle operation, 4X4 driving, and basic maintenance. Our experienced Trip Leaders make it look easy, transporting you and up to 12 guests, along with their bikes, fresh food, gear and plenty of drinking water to any location.

The Best Bicycles and Gear

Make your trip as comfortable as possible on the body, as simple as possible for traveling, and hassle-free on tour. By choosing to rent a bike from us, we will fit you with the newest, highest quality gear in the industry. Escape Adventures provides only high-end bicycles from Specialized. We replace our rental fleet each season to ensure all our rentals meet our high standards. All of our bikes are equipped carbon fiber frames and disc brakes designed for a smooth, comfortable ride. For those who are touring with a companion who may not be as fit or need a little help up the hills, we now have ebikes (electric pedal assist) available on select tours.

The Best Food

Our food isn’t just good, it’s good for you.

Food represents a big part of the Escape Adventures experience. On our inn tours most dinners and breakfasts unfold at local favorite restaurants. We also have energy snacks aboard our support vehicles. Don’t be surprised if your guides purchase fresh fruits and healthy snacks throughout the day while you’re enjoying a ride. They may just show up on the trail with a local treat!  An increasing number of our guests are vegans or vegetarians, whom we not only accommodate but also pleasantly surprise. Should you possess special diet requirements and/or limitations, just let us know at sign-up. We’ll work with you to meet those critical needs.

Scheduled Departure Dates

September 2024, october 2024, private & custom tours.

The idea of taking your friends or family somewhere cool and amazing is actually pretty easy. Tell us what you’re thinking. We’ll make it happen.

Any trip in this catalog, any specific time frame, any group size, we can custom-fit if not comfortably accommodate. A Custom and Private Escape Adventures trip affords the ultimate bonding, or team-building experience for:

  • Clubs and co-workers
  • Family reunions
  • Corporate retreats

To shape a Custom or Private Trip, we begin a dialogue: first, to develop a group specific itinerary, tailored to respective abilities and preferred tempo. Next we schedule, bookmarking and working in your optimum or ideal getaway dates. Size-wise, we can build a multi-day trip for as few as two people, scaled up to as many as 30 plus. Contact us today to start the custom trip building process.

Rates on Private and Custom Departures:

All Private Escape Adventures Trips are priced in the structured method below. Some Custom tours are priced differently if they vary  from the Classic Escape Adventures itinerary and price.  In this situation we will provide your group with a custom itinerary and price.

  • 10+ GUESTS  Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 GUESTS  +$400 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 GUESTS  +$900 per person to trip price*
  • 4-5 GUESTS  +$1,900 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 GUESTS  +$2,500 per person to trip price*

* Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details. All private tours on The White Rim must meet a 13 person paid minimum. All private tours on The Maze must meet a 7 person paid minimum.

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Jared and Heather Fisher, Escape Adventures Founders

For those who have yet to tour with us, we appreciate the opportunity to introduce you to our family-run company and guiding principles of sustainability and adventure. Our portfolio specializes in Western North America and is rapidly growing internationally. Building on over 100 destinations, we cater to the full spectrum of active traveler, respective to fitness level and activity type. From road cyclist to mountain biker to electric biker, hiker, and multi-sport enthusiast, and from first-timer to friends and family groups of all ability levels, on behalf of our Escape Adventures family, we look forward to many new and exciting adventures with you.

With much gratitude, and happy trails,

Jared and Heather Fisher

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Experience the heart and soul of san francisco and beyond, small group tours by local experts.

Experience the beauty, history, and vibrancy of San Francisco, Muir Woods, Alcatraz, Wine Country, Yosemite, and more!

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Immerse yourself in San Francisco’s vibrant city life and unique neighborhoods. Wander through the towering Redwoods of Muir Woods. Savor delectable cuisine with breathtaking views. Optionally, add a sip of wine country or discover the infamous history of Alcatraz.

With deeply local insights and over two decades of experience, we connect you to the real San Fran, guiding you to the city’s most iconic sights, hidden gems, and spectacular natural beauty — all in a single day that promises to become a lifelong memory. No matter which Dylan’s Tour you choose, you’ll leave with a profound appreciation for what makes San Francisco a one-of-a-kind destination.

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We offer private tours of San Francisco, tailored to groups large or small. Booking a private tour lets you see the city at your own pace, in comfortable and convenient transportation, with a local guide who can connect you to the best spots in and around San Francisco.

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Explore the beauty of California on full-day tours from San Francisco. Travel through the rolling hills of Wine Country and taste locally-crafted wines in Napa and Sonoma. Take in the magnificence of the Giant Sequoias and Sierra Nevada Mountains with a convenient guided tour to Yosemite National Park. Or capture the unbelievable views of the rugged California coastline with a trip to charming Carmel and Monterey.

Whichever adventure you choose, Dylan’s Tours is your one-stop hub for unforgettable experiences in and around San Francisco.

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Pedal Your Way Through California's Citrus Groves...

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Railbikes to the Pumpkin Patch

$234 Per Bike (Seats Two) 3 Hours, 10 miles, Includes Pumpkin Patch Stop, Holiday Fun

Beginning October 1st celebrate the Fall Harvest on the Railbikes as you make your way through the citrus and avocado groves of the Heritage Valley! Toward the end of the ride, we’ll stop at Prancer’s Farm’s Pumpkin Patch to pick out your perfect Jack-O-Lantern! While at the farm, experience the corn maze, Hayrides, Horse Rides, petting zoo and more!  Book your spot now for an adventure full of fun!

Picnic Lunches are available for purchase with Vegetarian and Gluten Free options available.

Patch admission is included for Railbike riders!

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The Spirit of the Holidays

November 25th

The Sunburst Train and Sierra Northern Railway, in partnership with our community, will continue the tradition of traveling through the Santa Clara River Valley making stops during the night to collect unwrapped toys for donation. 

Our friend Santa will ride the train and get off at each stop and with his helpers, pass out goodies to the kids.

The Sunburst Railbikes

Weekend Price: $249 Per Bike (Seats Two) 2 Hours, 10 Miles, Family-Friendly

Explore the scenic beauty of Southern California like never before on the Sunburst Railbikes . These unique pedal-powered (and electric-assisted) two-person Railbikes sit safely on our tracks, allowing you to lean back and soak in the views.

Enjoy a guided tour through the citrus and avocado groves of Ventura County, stop off at Prancer’s Farm to pick out some fresh produce and meet friendly animals, and leisurely wend your way toward Fillmore before returning to our historic Santa Paula depot.

Picnic lunches are available for purchase, and there will be time to enjoy a beautiful picnic before we turn around.

Our Railbikes are suitable for all ages and skill levels. It’s a perfect way to spend the day outdoors: active and engaging, but relaxing and casual at the same time.

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Railbikes by Sunset

$249 Per Bike (Seats Two) 2 Hours, 10 Miles, Family-Friendly

Our Railbikes by Sunset give you an opportunity to experience our pedal-powered electric Railbikes as the sun sets over the beautiful mountains on either side of our route, including a stop at Prancer’s Farm.

Our Railbikes are suitable for all ages and skill levels. It’s a perfect way to wind down the day.

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A Relaxing Picnic

Add a picnic lunch to your Railbike Experience, Just some of the choices are Ham, Turkey, and Roast Beef Sandwiches*. Multiple choice Chips and drinks are also available to add to your specially packed lunch in a custom lunch bag that you’ll be able to keep as a memento of your exciting trip!

*Vegetarian and Gluten Free options are available.

Prancer's Farm

Not long after your departure from the historic Santa Paula Depot, we’ll come to the family-owned and operated Prancer’s Farm.

We’ll stop here to explore and stock up on provisions. Prancer’s Farm carries a wide assortment of seasonal local produce (including the incredible citrus you’ll be passing through on your journey). They also have packaged snacks, beverages, and small gifts.

The fun doesn’t stop there, though! Meet goats, llamas, horses, and more at their petting zoo, situated on the 40-acre farm.

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A world away, in your backyard.

Our departure point is the historic Santa Paula depot, located just off of Highway 126, twenty minutes from the coast.

200 North 10th Street Santa Paula, CA 93060

Our ride has changed to a 10-mile, 2-hour roundtrip journey, with a newly-reimagined stopover at Prancer’s Farm, and a unique turnaround location amidst the citrus groves, as we move toward the repair of the Sespe Creek Bridge and a longer journey to Fillmore near the end of 2024.

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History of the Line

Our track was constructed in 1887 by the Southern Pacific Railroad, and was a part of the main line running between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Over the years millions of riders have experienced the beauty of the Santa Clara River Valley, Hollywood has used this span of rail as a scenic backdrop, and generations have fallen in love with trains.

The track was used extensively by Southern Pacific as late as the 1950s to haul citrus from packing houses at the communities along the Santa Clara River.

Today the Sunburst brings back the romance to this storied line, and takes us into a new millennium with the introduction of our unique Railbikes.

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Free street parking is available on both the north and south sides of the Depot (E. Santa Barbara and Railroad Avenues). There is also a large gravel lot for RVs on the northeast corner of 10 th and Railroad, kitty-corner to the depot.

Railbikes are for all ages, Single Rides must be 16 years old and older, All children under 16 must have an adult on the bike with them.

Please arrive approximately 15-30 mins ahead of your scheduled time.

Yes, both stops include a restroom on site.

Yes, Railbikes have a basket that will allow you to pack a lunch and bring it on the ride. Outside Alcohol is not permitted on the ride.

No, The price is per Railbike that seats 2 people. Please select 1 Railbike at checkout if for 2 people, 2 Railbikes for 4 people and so on. 

Only Small Service dogs are allowed on the ride.

Yes, You can bring your own helmets.

We highly recommend advanced reservations ahead of time and cannot guarantee a spot will be available on the day of the ride.

Closed toed shoes are required for the ride, Sandals and flip flops are not permitted.

Yes, Reservations with six (6) bikes or more are eligible for a discount. Discount can only be applied over the phone.

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Shine On, Ride On, Bill Walton

T his was a bunch of years ago. I’d driven down from Los Angeles to San Diego to talk to pro cyclists at the Tour of California bike race, and I managed to get myself lost. I had no idea if I was heading in the right direction until I saw someone headed my way:

Bill Walton, atop a gigantic orange bicycle.

He was unmistakable, riding that gargantuan 70-centimeter bike custom made for him by a local builder, Bill Holland. His graying red hair poked from the vents in his helmet as his size 17 Sidi shoes leisurely pushed at the pedals.

“I am not a good cyclist,” Walton told me once. “Most people don’t like to ride with me because I’m so slow.”

Walton, who died Monday of cancer at age 71, was a one-of-a-kind human, an erudite basketball sensation who came of age at John Wooden’s UCLA, carried the Portland Trail Blazers to their only NBA championship, and transformed into the greatest Sixth Man ever with the peak Larry Bird Celtics.

He was also a committed eccentric, devoted Deadhead, an orthopedic disaster-slash-miracle, and, in recent decades, the most digressive voice in basketball history, the kind of analyst capable of a pivot from Pac-12 action to an extended rhapsody on Galápagos iguanas.

He was all that and more. I knew him as a cyclist.

I’m not special that way. Plenty of people knew Bill Walton, the cyclist. He would blanch at the description, but Walton was one of America’s best known and most beloved bike riders, someone who famously pedaled to the Blazers victory parade, rode up and down the jagged length of the Pacific coast, and once wrote an essential bible called “Bill Walton’s Total Book of Cycling.”

Long after he put down the basketball, Walton kept riding.

“I love to ride all day,” Walton told me. “My dream is to do 100 miles a day. Get up, have breakfast, get going, ride all day, stop for lunch, ride, come home, take a swim, take a Jacuzzi, have a hot shower, have dinner, go to bed, get up and do it again, day after day.”

It was actually more than that. Walton believed riding a bike saved his life. As that giant body of his continued to break down, pushing him mentally to the brink, a bicycle was a rare refuge where the pain dissipated and he could feel like himself.

The soulful side of riding a bike—the mind-body connection that can happen when an imperfect human spins an optimal machine, Walton believed in all that. So do I.

“My bike is my medicine,” Walton said. “I’m always sick of something, or somebody, and I know that when I go out on my bike, my bike makes me happy.”

We stayed in occasional touch, almost always about bikes. Walton loved the sport, followed its heroes and villains, and watched everything—not just the Tour de France. He eagerly promoted his home state Tour of California. He knew how to pronounce Tadej Pogacar. He enthused about Christian Vande Velde, the pro turned TV analyst he’d ridden with (Walton also rode with a couple of Freds named Eddy Merckx and Greg LeMond). Sometimes he signed off Shine on, Ride on, a Deadhead-gearhead mash-up.

Walton wrote to me when the sprinter Mark Cavendish made a stunning comeback to the sport. He did the same when the San Diego cycling innovator Richard Bryne was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. He once worried that the Jonas Vingegaard-Primoz Roglic intersquad rivalry on Team Jumbo-Visma would become as complicated as Chris Froome’s and Bradley Wiggins’s friction on Team Sky.

And yes: If you asked him a cycling question, it was just like when his ESPN co-pilot Dave Pasch tried to navigate a college basketball game. You strapped on your seat belt, and let Bill take the controls.

Though not always. Last fall I emailed Walton to discuss Coloradan Sepp Kuss’s magical ride at the Vuelta a Espana. He waved me off.

“Please no results,” he wrote back. “I watch every second on the Peacock stream. I’m a little bit behind.”

If none of this means a thing to you, it’s OK. Cycling talk often sounds like it’s emanating from Mars.

The point is that riding a bicycle brought Walton a lot of joy. It’s what I’ve thought most about since learning of his passing. Walton led a remarkable life that spanned generations of sports history, and if you had one game to win for Planet Earth, he might still be the big man you take.

But Bill Walton may have been most at peace when he was on a bike. Shine on, ride on.

Write to Jason Gay at [email protected]

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A blue sedan was wedged between two armored police vehicles during the freeway standoff in orange county., by jonathan lloyd • published may 24, 2024 • updated on may 24, 2024 at 5:48 pm.

The 91 Freeway in Orange County has reopened after a deadly SWAT standoff caused it to shut down, snarling traffic in both directions for hours.

The standoff in the Anaheim Hills area began after an armed driver involved in a police pursuit that began in Corona stopped on the freeway. Details about what led to the chase were not available.

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The freeway was closed on both sides at Imperial Highway and Lakeview Avenue.

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Armored SWAT vehicles responded to the scene, where the blue sedan was stopped in a middle lane. The car, with what appeared to be a hole in a rear driver's side window, was sandwiched between the two armored police vehicles.

The standoff ended at about noon when authorities pulled the motionless driver from the car. He died at the scene. Details about a cause of death were not immediately available.

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Drivers and passengers were getting out of their cars, which were stopped behind about a dozen law enforcement vehicles, during the lengthy closure. Video showed one witness roll up on a skateboard in the HOV lane.

Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions and on nearby streets. Some drivers turned around to access the nearest freeway exit.

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Safaris aren't the only tourist attraction in Africa. From cruises to wine tasting, here's what else you can do

By ,cnbc • published may 27, 2024 • updated on may 27, 2024 at 10:45 pm.

Africa is blessed with some of the rarest and most beautiful animals in the world — a fact that entices tourists to book safaris year-round.

But safaris only scratch the surface of what the continent has to offer.  

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From wine tours to vibrant coastal cities, other experiences await those who are willing to go beyond game drives and delve deeper into the core of the continent.

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For those who love hiking, Africa is blessed with many peaks — from Morocco's Mount Toubkal to the continent's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

But there's also Mount Nyangani in Zimbabwe, which has a skywalk atop the Mutarazi Falls, the country's highest waterfall.

South Africa's Table Mountain can be climbed in a matter of hours, but adrenaline junkies may prefer to bungie jump from Johannesburg's Soweto Towers , or the Bloukrans Bridge along the country's famous "Garden Route."

Bungy jumping at Soweto Towers, a decommissioned power station in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Africa is ideal for travelers who crave adventure, said Zina Bencheikh, managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Intrepid Travel.

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She recommends Madagascar's Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, which has two geological zones called the "Small Tsingy" and "Big Tsingy," which in the local language of Malagasy, refers to a place "where one cannot walk barefoot."

"Big Tsingy Trek is not your usual hike!" she said, describing it as a "labyrinth of limestone formations that resemble a forest made of rock."

The limestone formations of Madagascar's Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park.

In Namibia, travelers can climb the iconic Dune 45 to admire the sand dunes of the Sossusvlei, explore the eerie white clay pan of Deadvlei , or hike through the picturesque Sesriem Canyon.

At Victoria Falls, along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, travelers can whitewater raft, bungee jump or swim at the Devil's Pool, which is on Zambia's side of the falls. Similar adventures can be found in Jinja, Uganda, where the River Nile begins.

Hot air balloons are a popular and adventurous way to explore too, with a bird's eye view of the berber villages of Morocco to Kenya's Masai Mara.

Explore the beach

African beach towns combine beauty and culture, in places like Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius, Zanzibar, Ghana, Namibia and Egypt.

Mombasa, a coastal city in Kenya, is one example.  

King Charles III and Queen Camilla visit Mombasa's Fort Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Nov. 03, 2023

"Here, you'll experience African, Indian and Arab cultures in one place. Fort Jesus is one of Mombasa's notable sites and was built by the Portuguese in 1593. In less than 200 years, the fort changed hands nine times," said Luciemarie Swanepoel, owner of African Sky of Diamonds Tours & Safaris.

She recommends visiting Zanzibar to wander the Stone Town's labyrinthine alleys along with Kenya's Swahili Coast, the historical Gede ruins, and the UNESCO-named Mijikenda Kaya Forests .

The rooftops of Zanzibar's Stone Town. 

"Madagascar … is another island gem, with beaches like Nosy Be and Ile Sainte Marie boasting palm-fringed coasts and vibrant coastal villages," said Swanepoel.

Durban and Cape Town are two of the best beach destinations in South Africa, she said, adding that travelers can kitesurf, snorkel, kayak or search for dugongs and whales there.

Go on a cruise

From budget-friendly houseboats to luxurious all-inclusive boutique lake cruises, Africa has a range of unique boating experiences.

Cruises along the Nile, Zambezi and Chobe rivers, as well as a cruise along Rwanda's Lake Kivu, come highly recommended, as water journeys can offer a spectacular viewing platform for wildlife.

A boat on Botswana's Chobe river at sunset.

"During a river cruise, you may spot a herd of elephants wading through shimmering water, witness great buffalo gathering along the water's edge, and even observe crocodiles stealthily slicing through pools. Hundreds of hippos also wallow in the river with just their nostrils poking out," says Kate Powell, general manager of the houseboat company Zambezi Queen Collection.

Travelers can also cruise between villages, fish, and bask in the tranquil waters. 

"One can explore the Manambolo River on a pirogue, or wooden dugout canoe, under the shadow of towering rock cliffs [or] stop to explore a cave and the eerie tombs of the Vazimba, said to be the earliest inhabitants of Madagascar," said Intrepid's Bencheikh.

In addition to being a popular stop for world cruises, East and South Africa have their own ocean cruise routes which follow the coastlines and visit offshore islands. Silversea, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC have cruises departing from Africa.

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Maritime journeys in Africa allow visitors to experience the continent's wildlife, cultures and landscapes from a unique vantage point, said Kevin Bubolz, Norwegian's vice president for Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa.  

"In Port Elizabeth, the Penguin Island Cruise excursion is a standout experience. You'll journey to the world's largest colony of African penguins in their natural habitat," he said. "If you're lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of playful humpback and bottle-nose dolphins."

Countries like Morocco, Namibia and Ethiopia have established wine regions. But South Africa is the continent's crown jewel.

"South Africa is renowned for its world-class wine regions, with the Western Cape being the heart of the industry," said Wrenelle Stander, CEO of Wesgro, Cape Town's tourism and trade agency.

"The areas around Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl comprise the famous Cape Winelands, where visitors can tour historic estates, taste award-winning wines, and learn about the winemaking process."

The wine country of Franschhoek, outside of Cape Town, South Africa. 

Not only is Stellenbosch one of the best places for wine tours, it's also a culinary hot spot, known for its innovative food scene. Elmarie Rabe, the marketing manager at Visit Stellenbosch, advises travelers to select wineries that are committed to sustainable and organic practices.

"Also consider the traveling distance between farms, as Stellenbosch stretches over 60 square kilometers," she said.

The best time to visit is during the harvest season from late January to March, when the vineyards are in full swing. But every season has its own charm, she added.

"Spring offers lush landscapes and ideal weather, while winter is perfect for enjoying bold red wines by the fireplace. Summer provides sunny days perfect for outdoor wine tasting," Rabe said.

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Bike shops boomed early in the pandemic. It’s been a bumpy ride for most ever since

Bike shops across the U.S. have had a bumpy ride in the years since a sales boom early in the pandemic. Now, inventory has caught up, but fewer people need new bikes. (AP video by Thomas Peipert and Michael Hill)

Mechanic Lizzy Thomson works at University Bicycles in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Bike stores quickly sold out of their stock early in the pandemic and had trouble restocking because of supply chain issues. Now, inventory is back, but demand has waned. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Mechanic Lizzy Thomson works at University Bicycles in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Bike stores quickly sold out of their stock early in the pandemic and had trouble restocking because of supply chain issues. Now, inventory is back, but demand has waned. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

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Salesmen Will Malfeld, left, and Ben Chandler, right, work at University Bicycles in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Bike stores quickly sold out of their stock early in the pandemic and had trouble restocking because of supply chain issues. Now, inventory is back, but demand has waned. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

University Bicycles owner Douglas Emerson, center, talks with friends in his shop in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Bike stores quickly sold out of their stock early in the pandemic and had trouble restocking because of supply chain issues. Now, inventory is back, but demand has waned. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Helmets are displayed at University Bicycles in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Bike stores quickly sold out of their stock early in the pandemic and had trouble restocking because of supply chain issues. Now, inventory is back, but demand has waned. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Shawna Williams, owner of Free Range Cycles, poses in her shop on May 6, 2024, in Seattle, Wash. Williams didn’t have the sales surge others did because her 700 square foot shop was so small she kept it open by appointment only from March 2020 to May 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

Shawna Williams, owner of Free Range Cycles, poses outside her shop on May 6, 2024, in Seattle, Wash. Williams didn’t have the sales surge others did because her 700 square foot shop was so small she kept it open by appointment only from March 2020 to May 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

University Bicycles owner Douglas Emerson rides his bike in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Bike stores quickly sold out of their stock early in the pandemic and had trouble restocking because of supply chain issues. Now, inventory is back, but demand has waned. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

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For the nation’s bicycle shops, the past few years have probably felt like the business version of the Tour de France, with numerous twists and turns testing their endurance.

Early in the pandemic, a surge of interest in cycling pushed sales up 64% to $5.4 billion in 2020, according to the retail tracking service Circana. It wasn’t unheard of for some shops to sell 100 bikes or more in a couple of days.

The boom didn’t last. Hobbled by pandemic-related supply chain issues, the shops sold all their bikes and had trouble restocking . Now, inventory has caught up, but fewer people need new bikes. So, bicycle makers have been slashing prices to clear out the excess. It all adds up to a tough environment for retailers, although there are a few bright spots like gravel and e-bikes.

“The industry had a hard time keeping up with the demand for a couple of years, but then demand slowed as the lockdowns ended, and then a lot of inventory started showing up,” said Stephen Frothingham, editor-in-chief of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. “So now for the last, a year and a half, the industry has struggled with having too much inventory, at the supplier level, at the factory level, at the distributor level, at the retail level.”

In 2023, bike sales totaled $4.1 billion, up 23% from 2019, but down 24% from 2020, according to Circana. The path out of the pandemic has been uneven -- national retailers, such as REI and Scheels, are stabilizing faster than independent bike stores, said Matt Tucker, director of client development for Circana’s sports equipment business.

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For John McDonell, owner of Market Street Cycles on the popular thoroughfare of Market Street in San Francisco, the shift to hybrid work brought about by the pandemic has been particularly tough on business. There used to be 3,000 bikes passing by his shop a day during the summer. That’s fallen to below 1,000, with fewer people commuting to work.

According to Pacer.ai, which tracks people’s movements based on cellphone usage, San Francisco lags all other major cities when it comes to workers returning to offices, with April office visits still down 49% compared with April 2019.

“Our downtown is still a wasteland,” McDonell said.

Independent bike stores not only have to compete with national chains, but increasingly, bike makers such as Specialized and Trek as well. They’ve been buying bike shops and selling their bikes directly to consumers, essentially cutting out the middleman. Frothingham estimates there are now around a thousand bike shops in the country owned by either Trek or Specialized.

“They’ve got the money to absorb the fact that bike stores, you know, are not a super profitable thing, and in the process, they’ve also been able to cut us out of it,” McDonell said.

McDonell has been forced to cut down to using a skeleton crew of himself and another staffer, down from five previously. His dream of selling his shop to a younger bike enthusiast when he retires is fading. He might close his store when his lease is up in a couple of years.

“Now I am just trying to land it with both engines on fire and trying not to lose money on my way out,” he said.

In Boulder, Colorado, Douglas Emerson’s bike shop, University Bicycles, is faring better, boosted by its location in one of the most popular places to ride bikes in the country. He’s had the shop for 39 years and employs 30 staffers.

Like other bike stores, the pandemic spurred a frenzy of bike buying at University Bicycles. Emerson recalls selling 107 bikes in 48 hours. But right after the boom, sales slowed dramatically because inventory was scarce, and rentals died down since no one was traveling.

“It became a struggle right after the boom,” Emerson said. “And since then, the manufacturers have overproduced. And they’ve slashed prices dramatically which is good for the consumer. But with the small shops they’re often not able to take advantage of those prices.”

Emerson says the shop reached a “saturation point” – everyone who wanted a bike bought one. Now, he’s selling those customers accessories like clothing, helmets and locks. His shop has returned to its 2019 sales numbers.

University Bicycles has also benefited from some of the shifts in buying patterns. Continued high demand for e-bikes and a growing demand for children’s bikes have helped. And gravel bikes, which are designed to be ridden both on paved and gravel roads, are replacing road bikes as a popular seller.

John Ruger, who has been a cyclist for 50 years and is a loyal University Bicycles customer, hasn’t bought a bike in 10 years, but plans on taking advantage of the current prices to buy a gravel bike. A top gravel bike he’s eyeing that would normally sell for $12,000 to $14,000 is currently retailing for $8,000, he said.

“The timing is good,” he said. “I can get a bike now because they’re less expensive and my bikes are getting old.”

Shawna Williams, owner of Free Range Cycles in Seattle, Washington, didn’t have the sales surge others did because her 700 square foot shop was so small she took customers only by appointment from March 2020 to May 2021.

But Williams did have to deal with the eventual shortages. She spent a lot of time “checking in with other shops to see if we could buy something, even at retail, from them, just in order to get a repair done or a build done.”

She adapted by offering more services like repairs and maintenance to offset lower sales of bikes. The maneuvering helped her keep overall sales steady even throughout the pandemic.

“Bike sales, the way that I have kind of framed the shop, are an awesome bonus, but we really need to be sustaining the shop through repair and, like, thoughtful accessory sales,” Williams said. “A bike sale to me, if we do things well, that means creating a customer for life.”

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that bike sales were $4.1 million in 2023, according to Circana. Sales totaled $4.1 billion that year.

MAE ANDERSON

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