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America’s Grand Tour

We are now taking reservations for the 2017 Tour of California. These trips sell out every year so give us a call at 866 464 8735 today!

The Amgen Tour of California is America’s biggest stage race. Join us for an amazing adventure with epic riding, stunning views, and exciting live race action, and you’ll see why. This trip, set amidst some of California's most spectacular landscapes, takes you to the heart of the action to enjoy thrilling race stages with all the comfort and benefits of unrivaled VIP team access. Ride like a pro up the challenging climbs of Angeles National Forest, with cheering crowds with an amazing support of Trek Travel guides. Witness the dramatic mountain finish on the famous Gibraltar road while sipping your cocktails in an exclusive Amgen hospitality tent. Cap it all off with amazing behind-the-scenes access to the Trek-Segafredo Team. This trip is the ultimate celebration of American pro racing, fantastic riding and the awesome natural beauty of California!

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Pasadena, California | Santa Barbara, California


Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Tuna Canyon Loop
Approximately 34 miles with 2,726 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Team Access Night

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the hotel The Langham Huntington at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Your Tour of California adventure begins as your guides introduce you to the features of your Trek bike and ensure a perfect, comfortable fit, before discussing the rules of bike safety and offering some specific cycling tips for riding in California. Then it’s off for a warm-up ride! Shake off your travel legs riding around La Tuna Canyo, with a lap around the famous Rose Bowl stadium, followed by lunch along the way with your companions. Tonight, enjoy an exclusive “behind-the-scenes” meet-and-greet over drinks with representatives from the Trek-Segafredo team. You’ll sip cocktails and get an insider perspective on team strategy for a pro race evening you’ll never forget!

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Hotel:

The Langham Huntington
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

South Pasadena to Santa Clarita
Approximately 52 miles with 6,053 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Riding on the Stage 2 course.

Description:

You may want to pin on a number today, because this day is all about the race! Feel the excitement of the sign-in and staging in South Pasadena. Much of today's stage contests in the Angeles National Forest, ending with the thrilling conclusion in veteran host city Santa Clarita. You’ll have the chance to experience the on-course support, encouragement and expertise of your Trek Travel guides as you ride amazing Trek bikes around the breathtaking beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains. Feel the electricity surge through the crowd as the racers draw near and cheer your favorite riders on their way to the finish line. After the stage finish we will shuttle 1.5 hours to our next hotel in Santa Barbara for a gourmet dinner at the hotel's restaurant. Tonight, rest your legs for tomorrow's finish on the mighty Gibraltar Road.

Hotel:

Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Santa Barbara to Carpinteria to East Mountain Drive Loop with Gibraltar Road
Approximately 51 miles with 6,100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Live VIP Viewing at Stage 3 Finish

Description:

Prepare for the beauty of the “American Riviera” and a day of live race excitement. Saddle up to ride on the race course with a thrilling, first-time mountaintop finish at Gibraltar Road. The jaw-dropping scenery makes this one of the prettiest rides in North America, with stunning panoramic views of private estates in the hills above and the glittering blue expanse of ocean below. Once you crest the summit of today’s challenge you’ll be rewarded with an up-close and personal viewing spot in the Amgen VIP hospitality tent where you’ll witness the thrilling finish! Enjoy refreshing drinks and snacks as you watch the approaching peloton on big screen TVs featuring live race coverage. You won’t miss a second of the action between the riders rolling by and the GC-defining finish. Tonight, discover local favorite bistros for a dinner on your own.

Hotel:

Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Santa Barbara to Casitas Pass Summit Loop
Approximately 41 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing

Description:

After a hearty breakfast, you will enjoy a memorable ride from the hotel to Carpinteria and up into the ascending and descending roads of the scenic Gobenador Canyon. For those looking for a bit more climbing, continue up to Casitas Pass Summit where the racers battled in last year's of Tour of California. After you take in a view of the Ojai Valley, wind your way back to the coast. This afternoon you will have time to explore the variety of shops and galleries of downtown Santa Barbara or hunt for a few last unique local delicacies to bring home. Tonight, raise your glass with your fellow travelers to this year’s victorious champion over a farewell feast of fresh, local California cuisine.

Hotel:

Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Hope Ranch Return
Approximately 17 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Description:

Don’t miss your final opportunity to enjoy Santa Barbara this morning on your bike. Take a spin through Hope Ranch and enjoy the seaside bike path. Alternatively, feel free to sleep in before enjoying a delicious breakfast or snap a few extra photos before heading home after your pro race vacation of a lifetime.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



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What does "Single Occupancy" mean?

We understand that some guests find it more convenient and comfortable to have a private room while on vacation. And that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The supplemental charge guarantees a private room without a roommate.

Hotels

Westlake Village Inn on our Vision Quest Amgen Tour of California bike trip

The Langham Huntington

Pasadena, California

Seated at the base of the San Gabriels, the Langham Huntington shares the mountain's towering grandeur while also presenting the subtle touches that make it a truly luxurious hotel. Its location in an upscale neighborhood of Pasadena makes it easily accessible from downtown Los Angeles. When you arrive, take in the exquisite hotel grounds, spa, and critically reviewed dining for a complete experience of grand luxury.
Fess Parker Hotel on Trek Travel's Tour of California Trip

Fess Parker

Santa Barbara, California

Come enjoy the paradise of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort—a dramatic mission-style Santa Barbara hotel on 24 beautiful beachfront acres. Enjoy the outdoor pool and state of the art fitness center or walk across the street to the waterfront bike path or the beach.

What's Included

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  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • On our Tour of California trip you will stay in a dramatic mission-style Santa Barbara hotel on 24 beautiful beachfront acres, as well as a luxurious hotel in Pasadena, just outside of Los Angeles.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Amgen Tour of California trip, you will you will enjoy the "nouvelle cuisine" for which the region has become famous, which features plenty of local fresh fish and vegetables. As the nearby Santa Ynez Valley is ranching country, succulent steaks of amazing quality are also in plentiful supply. Last but not least, a wealth of varied boutique California wines are proudly and enthusiastically served at most bistros and restaurants.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Complimentary Bontrager merchandise
  • Trek-Segafredo Team kit and customized Road ID

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • 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.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 40
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 3,700 ft

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Tour of California is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 2 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is widely varied, from flat, ocean-side riding to steep, sustained climbing. The routes might be subject to change as more course information is released.

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 may not be included in the trip price. See Included in the Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Trek-Segafredo Team Access
  • VIP Live Race Viewing in Amgen Hospitality Area
  • Shopping

You can expect to experience a wide range of temperatures and conditions on your Amgen Tour of California trip. In both areas, Angeles National Forest area and Santa Barbara County, expect temps between 50 and 80 degrees. In other words, be prepared for anything, including rain! We recommend packing layers and also checking the forecast the week before your trip in order to pack appropriately.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Want to learn more about our race trip difference? Check out our Race FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that pertain to our race trips.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

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 Burbank Bob Hope Airport and take a 15 minute ride to the hotel. A cab from the airport to Pasadena will cost approximately $40.

At the conclusion of your trip, we suggest flying home from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), in Goleta, approximately 8 miles from downtown Santa Barbara. Most major U.S.-based airlines serve this airport. Trek Travel will provide a shuttle to the airport as described below. If you wish to spend some additional time in Fess Parker you may depart at your leisure and arrange for your own transportation to the airport or to your next destination.

Langham Huntington | Pasadena, California

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the hotel The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, CA at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Your Tour of California adventure begins as your guides introduce you to the features of your Trek bike and ensure a perfect, comfortable fit, before discussing the rules of bike safety and offering some specific cycling tips for riding in California. Then it’s off for a warm-up ride!

If you will be late for the meet-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, The Langham Huntington (626 568 3900), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort | Santa Barbara, California

You will say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM at the Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. You’ll then shuttle approximately 20 minutes to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) to arrive at approximately 12:30 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for a flight or train to accommodate possible traffic delays.

Before: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Sunny Los Angeles is a shiny city where screenwriters pitch in the shadows of the Hollywood sign and surfers squint for the choicest Malibu wave. It’s the third largest economic center of the world after Tokyo and New York City. As the home base of Hollywood, it is known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, leading the world in the creation of motion pictures, television production, video games, and recorded music. Have fun. Spot a star. See a movie. Shop. Hike. Surf. Party. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre trip hotel:

The Redbury

Perfectly located smack dab in the middle of all the action on Hollywood Boulevard, this hotel feels more like borrowing a friend’s cool apartment than staying in a hotel.

1717 Vine St. | 323 962 1717 | www.TheRedbury.com | ~$350

The Langham Huntington

Seated at the base of the San Gabriels, the Langham Huntington shares the mountain's towering grandeur while also presenting the subtle touches that make it a truly luxurious hotel. It's location in an upscale neighborhood of Pasadena make it easily reached from downtown Los Angeles; when you arrive, take in the exquisite hotel grounds, spa, and critically reviewed dining to for a complete experience of grand luxury.

1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena | 626 568 3900 | www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/pasadena | ~$400

Shutters on the Beach

Shutters is located right on the beach in Santa Monica, within walking distance of the Santa Monica Pier and hundreds of shops and restaurants. With an on-site restaurant, ONE the Spa, fitness center, art collection, and free yoga classes on the beach, Shutters offers a chance for relaxation and luxury should you choose to spend some additional time in southern California.

One Pico Blvd. | 310 458 0030 | www.ShuttersOnTheBeach.com | ~$425

After: SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

Santa Barbara is a lively cosmopolitan city with plenty of opportunities for shopping, nightlife, and outdoor recreation. You can also explore some of southern California's other coastal cities, including Ventura, Oxnard, or the big one, Los Angeles, which is located approximately 90 minutes south of Santa Barbara. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Hotel Milo

The colorful grounds of Hotel Milo blend beach-chic décor and classic Spanish Colonial architecture in an enviable waterfront location. This cozy property is located just a short walk from the Marina, Stearns Wharf, State Street and many other Santa Barbara attractions and activities. Open your windows or sit in the courtyard or a poolside cabana to take in the refreshing sea breeze and the vibrant atmosphere along the oceanfront of this wonderful city.

202 West Cabrillo Boulevard | 805 965 4577 | www.HotelMiloSantaBarbara.com | ~$200

Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort

Come enjoy the paradise of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort—a dramatic mission-style Santa Barbara hotel on 24 beautiful beachfront acres. Enjoy the outdoor pool and state of the art fitness center or walk across the street to the waterfront bike path or the beach.

633 East Cabrillo Boulevard | 805 564 4333 | www.FessParkerSantaBarbaraHotel.com | ~$225

Inn of the Spanish Garden

Located in downtown Santa Barbara in the Presidio District, this adobe-style resort has all the modern amenities including a heated pool, relaxing gardens, and a beautiful courtyard for unwinding. State Street, with its world-renowned culinary scene and shopping, is just three blocks away.

915 Garden Street | 805 564 4700 | www.SpanishGardenInn.com | ~$350


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the full-carbon, ultra smooth Trek Domane 5.9, to the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid–both included in the trip cost, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.