- 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
- 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
- 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
- 4-5 Guests +$1,500 per person to trip price*
- 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Westin St. Francis Hotel lobby, by the large grandfather clock at 9:30 AM on the first day of the trip. We'll take a scenic private shuttle to Trattore Farms for picnic lunch and wine tasting. After a bike fitting, you’ll start your ride and follow the tranquil byways through Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys on your way to our first hotel: Hotel Healdsburg. Here, connect with locals, expert travelers, farm hands, and vineyard owners alike, all surrounded by an incredible downtown square. If you’re up for a challenge this afternoon, tackle Rockpile Road, a beautiful detour through the Lake Sonoma Recreation Area with views of Lake Sonoma. Along the way you’ll pass many distinctive wineries in the Dry Creek Valley and one of the top zinfandel producing regions. Tonight you'll celebrate a an exquisite meal at Hotel Healdsburg's very own Dry Creek Kitchen part of renowned chef Charlie Palmer's group of classic restaurants.
Alexander Valley Loop
Approximately 27 miles with 570 feet of climbing
Alexander Valley Loop with Lake Sonoma Return
Approximately 36 miles with 1725 feet of climbing
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Today you’ll enjoy the rustic simplicity of tranquil byways over Chalk Hill and through the Alexander Valley. You’ll head south, circumnavigating Healdsburg, beneath a horizon of endless vineyards. Along this stretch of road you'll see the grapes, smell the fermentation, and almost taste the wine. You’ll pass many unique and distinctive wineries that will tempt you for a visit on our way to the suggested lunch stop of Jimtown Store, a Sonoma County Landmark with some of the best sandwiches west of the Mississippi! If you’re feeling up for a challenge after lunch, Pine Flat Road is just around the corner. This 11-mile climb entertains local cyclists and pros alike with a challenging climb that's rewarded with views of the surrounding valleys. If it's not for you, take a shorter option to town and enjoy our charming accommodations. Or, wandering the town plaza of Healdsburg is a must, with its small-town charm and historic appeal. Or simply enjoy an afternoon glass of wine at the hotel. Tonight you'll gather with your fellow travelers for an incredible Californian farm-to-table feast at our local favorite restaurant, Shed. It is here that the farm culture of Sonoma comes to life and is embodied in fresh, local savory foods that make this area second-to-none.
Chalk Hill Loop
Approximately 37 miles with 900 feet of climbing
Chalk Hill to Jimtown Store with Shuttle
29 miles with 800 feet of climbing
Chalk Hill with Pine Flat Road
60 miles with 3100 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Dinner
This morning offers a great opportunity for a walk over to our guide favorite, Flying Goat Coffee. Sit and enjoy a macchiato and watch the square come alive before strolling back to the hotel for our ride start. Today we ride through the Russian River Valley, known for its tantalizing Pinot Noir on our way to Armstrong State Natural Reserve. Avid riders can push their legs by tackling the toughest climb of the week, 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 hike 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 choose to cleanse the palate with a little bubbly! Then, choose a shuttle back to our hotel, or venture into Healdsburg for some shopping and a tasting at one of the many winery rooms on the square. If you decide to ride back you’ll have the opportunity to sample at a variety of wineries like Gary Farrell, Porter Creek, or Armida Tonight you are on your own for dinner at one of the many famed restaurants in bustling Healdsburg. Whether it's Italian, French or basic pub fare, Healdsburg has you covered.
Hotel Healdsburg to Armstrong Return
Approximately 40 miles with 800 feet of climbing
Hotel Healdsburg to Armstrong
Approximately 20 miles with 400 feet of climbing
Hotel Healdsburg to Sweetwater Springs – Armstrong With Westside Rd. Return
Approximately 42 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing
Today, you'll make your way out of Healdsburg to Yountville, a charming town well known by foodies for Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, along with a host of incredible high-end foodie establishments. Begin your day with a ride through the beautiful Alexander and Knights' Valleys, home to some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot due to the high heat of summer and grapes ripening to their fullest potency. You'll soon crest the hill marking the transition into Napa Valley, before descending into the spa town of Calistoga where you can enjoy lunch on your own with the help of your guides. Choose to hop in the van for a quick ride to our brand-new hotel for 2018, the North Block Hotel, where you can sit under a cabana by the pool or book a massage at the renowned North Block Spa (please pre-book in advance by calling 707 944 8080) or complete your ride down the famed Silverado Trail, home to some of the finest wineries in Napa Valley. Rejoin your newfound friends tonight for dinner at James Beard Award nominee chef Richard Reddington’s Italian-inspired restaurant Redd Wood.
Healdsburg to Calistoga with afternoon shuttle
Approximately 27 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing
Healdsburg to Yountville
Approximately 48 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing
North Block Hotel
Breakfast | Dinner
Today’s options are many as you ride out of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and into less discovered but equally inviting cycling territory—the Pope and Chiles Valleys with its switchbacks, high canyon walls and scrub-brushed hillsides. Enjoy a gourmet Trek Travel picnic lunch with our good friends at Summit Lake Vineyards, a small family-owned winery perched atop Howell Mountain. We've been joining them for lunch and wine for over a decade, and each time we visit, it's a true delight. Heather, the daughter of the bunch, is the vineyard guru serving you some of the most incredible Petite Sirah, Cabernet, and Zinfandel you've ever tasted. Afterward, you can choose to ride or shuttle back to the hotel for a relaxing spa treatment, or to relax by their pool. This evening, you'll dine as a group at one of Thomas Keller's prized restaurants, Ad Hoc. Originally created for showcasing the American comfort food of his childhood, Ad Hoc has become a staple in the "culinary capital" of Napa Valley. Featured as one of Food and Wine magazine’s “25 Places to Try" you'll experience four, family-style courses, changing nightly. It's sure to be a meal you'll never forget.
Yountville to Summit Lake Vineyards with shuttle
Approximately 31 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing
Yountville to Pope-Chiles Valley General Store with shuttle
Approximately 24 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing
Summit Lake Vineyards Loop
Approximately 52 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing
North Block Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Take an optional short morning spin along the Silverado Trail to loosen up your legs. Make a pit stop for a handmade muffin, or scone and a coffee, at the famed Oakville Grocery, founded in 1881. The store is the oldest continually operating grocery store in California, and offers some of the best local products from Napa and Sonoma County farmers and artisans. If you are not up for a ride, enjoy a peaceful morning at the hotel, strolling over to the famous Bouchon Bakery for a morning snack. Be sure to get there early before the line makes its way out onto the sidewalk! You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the North Block Hotel and depart via private shuttle back to San Francisco.
Approximately 17 miles with 360 feet of climbing
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 San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK). All major airlines fly into and out of San Francisco International Airport. Taxi and shuttle services are available from both airports to downtown San Francisco. Taxi rates range from $50-75 from San Francisco International Airport to San Francisco; and $50-60 from Oakland International Airport to San Francisco. The Bayporter Express (415 467 1800) and Super Shuttle (415 558 8500) also run between both airports and San Francisco with rates ranging from $20-30 per person.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Westin St. Francis Hotel lobby, by the large grandfather clock (335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102) at 9:30 AM on the first day of the trip. We'll take a scenic private shuttle to Trattore Farms for picnic lunch and wine tasting. Be sure to have your cycling gear, including shoes and pedals, packed in a small bag separate and apart from your luggage. After lunch we will fit you to your bike and begin our day's ride to Healdsburg.
If you will be late for the pick-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, Hotel Healdsburg (707) 431-2800, 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 (STS) in Santa Rosa for around $34/person. Taxi from the Sonoma County Airport (STS) to Hotel Healdsburg is a fifteen minute taxi ride.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the North Block Hotel. You'll then shuttle to the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco arriving at approximately 12:30 PM. Taxi and shuttle services are available to both airports. If you plan to fly out of the Bay area on Friday, please avoid scheduling your flight any earlier than 4:00 PM.View our post hotel recommendations
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