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Tour of California

America’s Grand Tour

Join us at the Amgen Tour of California for an amazing pro race adventure with epic riding, stunning views, and exciting live race action guaranteed!

Set amidst some of California's most spectacular landscapes, Trek Travel takes you to the heart of America’s biggest race to enjoy all its thrilling moments. We'll ride along the Pacific coast and into the mountains above Santa Barbara; we'll enjoy the suspense of a summit stage finish on Mt Baldy; and we'll attend the individual time trial at Big Bear. With amazing behind-the-scenes access to the Trek Segafredo racing team, this trip is the ultimate celebration of American pro racing, fantastic riding and the natural beauty of the American Riviera!

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Dates:


Daily Itinerary

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Day
1
Day
1

Today's Activity:

Welcome & Bike Fit

Today's Ride:

Goleta to Santa Barbara
Approximately 18 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Goleta to Santa Barbara with Skofield Park Loop
Approximately 26 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Description:

After a 20-minute shuttle to Girsh Park you'll be treated to light, brunch-style snacks while you meet your fellow travelers for this Tour of California adventure. Your Trek Travel guides will spend some time familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle to ensure a comfortable fit before discussing the rules of bike safety and riding in Santa Barbara. Then it's time for a warm-up ride along the coast! Pedal through the cycling-crazed campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, which boasts more bikes than cars. Continue along oceanfront bike paths and through the exclusive Hope Ranch neighborhood before arriving in downtown Santa Barbara, where you’ll enjoy lunch with your companions before choosing to ride further to Skofield Park or checking into your hotel room. This evening, you’ll gather for drinks and a delicious dinner of fresh California cuisine.

Hotel:

Santa Barbara Inn
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 3: Pismo Beach to Morro Bay

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Santa Barbara to Carpenteria to East Mountain Drive Loop
Approximately 34 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Santa Barbara to Carpenteria to East Mountain Drive Loop with Gibraltar Road
Approximately 47 miles with 4,400 feet of climbing

Today's Race Viewing and Access:

Meet and greet with the Trek-Segafredo team
Watch the Stage 4 start in Santa Barbara

Description:

Following another delicious breakfast at the hotel, you'll head out to watch the start of Stage 4 as the peloton leaves Santa Barbara, destined for Santa Clarita. After the race pageantry, it’s time to set out on your bike to explore the American Riviera. Ride east along the coast before turning inland to climb up East Mountain Drive. 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. After the ride, choose a lunch spot from the array of restaurants and bistros along Santa Barbara’s famed State Street. Then it’s time to board the shuttle for a 2-hour transfer to Claremont and our accommodations for the evening, Hotel Casa 425. Tonight you and your travel companions will enjoy the company of the Trek-Segafredo team during an exclusive Trek Travel meet and greet social hour. After the reception you’ll enjoy a local dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Hotel:

Hotel Casa 425
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 4: Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Glendora to Mt. Baldy Return
Approximately 58 miles with 7,900 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Glendora to Mt. Baldy Village
Approximately 24 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access:

VIP Live Race Viewing of the finish on Mt Baldy
Ride on the race course before the pros

Description:

This day promises to be the most exciting and challenging of this bike trip. Today’s stage returns to the mountaintop finish on the Mt. Baldy and will recreate a genuine Tour de France atmosphere on home soil. You’ll start out with a short shuttle from Claremont to Glendora, where you’ll have the opportunity to climb just like the pros, enjoying fantastic views along the way. The stage finishes at the Mt. Baldy ski area, some 6,500 feet above sea level in the San Gabriel Mountains, and features 11% grades in the final three miles. After riding to the finish, your Trek Travel guides will welcome you to the Amgen VIP hospitality tent where you can satisfy your well-deserved appetite with snacks and beverages. You’ll be right there to witness firsthand what will likely be the decisive stage of the race. Afterward, you’ll ride back to the base of the mountain and we will shuttle to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, located in the San Bernardino National Forest. Tonight, you are free to explore a restaurant of your choice in nearby Lake Arrowhead Village.

Hotel:

Lake Arrowhead Resort
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 5: Ontario to Mt. Baldy

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Lake Arrowhead to Big Bear Lake
Approximately 31 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Lake Arrowhead to Big Bear Lake Return
Approximately 62 miles with 4,900 feet of climbing

Today's Race Access

Live race viewing of Stage 6 ITT at Big Bear

Description:

Another race-packed day is in store as both you and the pros head to Big Bear. Your ride from Lake Arrowhead to Big Bear is a challenging 25-mile climb, rewarded with a live viewing of this year’s individual time trial. Talk with Trek-Segafredo representatives about their race strategy for the coming days while the pros warm-up and take off right before your eyes. After the stage ends you will have the option to ride back to the hotel or jump in the van for a lift home. Tonight, enjoy the evening at your leisure and explore restaurants nearby.

Hotel:

Lake Arrowhead Resort
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 6: ITT, Big Bear Lake

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Hesperia Loop and Back to Lake Arrowhead
Approximately 54 miles with 6,800 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Hesperia Loop
Approximately 36 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Lake Arrowhead to Hesperia Loop Return
Approximately 70 miles with 8,600 feet of climbing

Description:

Today is your opportunity to ride, relax and immerse yourself in the beauty of the San Bernardino National Forest. Designated a national forest more than 100 years ago, this now-popular tourist spot is a quick getaway for the L.A. crowd and offers fabulous views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Today the terrain presents several options to choose from. If you're up for a big challenge, ride from the resort to Silverwood Lake, then drop down to Hesperia before climbing back to Silverwood Lake for a bountiful picnic. If you're looking for a slightly shorter day, you can shuttle to Silverwood Lake to begin riding, then decide after lunch to tackle the route back to the resort or hop in the van for a lift. Once back at the hotel, relax at the spa or read a book on the lakeshore. This evening the group will watch the Amgen Tour of California finish on TV together and celebrate the trip of a lifetime with cocktails and dinner.

Hotel:

Lake Arrowhead Resort
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage 7: Mountain High to Pasadena

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Lake Arrowhead Loop
Approximately 10 miles with 770 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning you'll have the opportunity for a short ride around the stunning Lake Arrowhead. This scenic area was originally inhabited by the Serrano Indians, and later by the logging and cattle ranching communities drawn to the area for its rich natural resources. Now tourists benefit from the simple pleasures of its serenity. Or you may choose to sleep in or take a stroll around the beautiful resort grounds and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before check-out. A private Trek Travel shuttle will depart the hotel at 11:00 AM for a one-hour transfer to the Ontario International Airport.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Dates & Pricing

EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS ENDS JANUARY 3RD

Book today for the best savings of the year and the widest availability of dates. Not sure where or when you want to travel? We don’t charge a fee for changing dates or destinations up to 90 days prior to your trip start.

2017


May
16th - 21st / 6 days / 5 nights
$4299 / Person, $750 / Single Occupancy

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at the Santa Barbara Inn on a Tour of California bike tour

Santa Barbara Inn

Santa Barbara, California

It’s hard to know which is better: Views of the Santa Barbara Inn’s white-stucco lines against the Santa Ynez Mountains, or the seaside vistas from the hotel’s balconies. In the either case, this is the place where you can appreciate the clean, fresh accents that highlight California’s ineffable style, which makes luxury feel effortless. The hotel is few steps from downtown and the beach, so no matter your preference you’re exactly where you want to be.
Stay at Hotel Casa 425 on a Tour of California bike tour

Hotel Casa 425

Claremont, California

Casa 425 is a stylish boutique hotel and lounge opening onto a tranquil courtyard in the heart of historic Claremont Village. Located on the town square, within steps of fine restaurants, cafes, boutiques, art galleries and the prestigious Claremont Colleges, Casa 425 offers sophisticated accommodations in this charming college town.
Stay at Lake Arrowhead Resort on a Tour of California bike tour

Lake Arrowhead Resort

Lake Arrowhead, California

Lake Arrowhead Resort Lake Arrowhead, California High above the frenzied pace of the city, Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa is situated at an elevation of 5,106 feet in the San Bernardino National Forest along the shores of picturesque Lake Arrowhead, with plenty of fresh air and clear-blue sky.

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
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • On our Tour of California trip you will stay in a newly re-imagined hotel with spectacular ocean views in Santa Barbara, a picturesque resort on the shores of Lake Arrowhead, and a stylish boutique hotel and lounge in the heart of historic Claremont Village.
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 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
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 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
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • 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
  • Complimentary Bontrager merchandise
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks
  • Trek-Segafredo Team kit and personalized Road ID
  • Limited edition Tour of California beanie

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5%-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. 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 | 35
  • Terrain | Undulating
  • Average Daily Elevation | 3,480 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, oceanside riding to steep, sustained climbing. The rides to Big Bear and the Mt Baldy summit are especially challenging rides with many miles of climbing.

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 Stage 5 viewing
  • Shopping
  • Wine Tastings

You can expect to experience a wide range of temperatures and conditions on your Amgen Tour of California trip. The first two days will be spent in Santa Barbara, which enjoys average temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees in May. However, when you ride into the mountains on Days 3 and 4 of your trip, expect much cooler temperatures and a higher possibility of rain. 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.

We want you to be prepared and as comfortable as possible throughout each day of your vacation. See our Packing List for more details on what to pack for your trip.

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.

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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 Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) in Goleta, approximately 8 miles from downtown Santa Barbara. Most major U.S.-based airlines serve this airport.

From just outside baggage claim you can hail a cab for ground transportation, and a cab from the airport to downtown will cost approximately $40. If you are staying at the pickup hotel, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort offers a complimentary on-call shuttle for guests to and from the airport. Please call 805 564 4333 to arrange for the service upon arrival in Santa Barbara and allow 20 to 30 minutes for pick up. Alternatively, you may fly into Los Angeles (LAX) and take one of the daily Amtrak trains or the Santa Barbara Airbus to Santa Barbara. Visit www.Amtrak.com or www.SBAirBus.com for more information.

Santa Barbara Inn | Santa Barbara, California

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Santa Barbara Inn (901 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101) at 9:30 AM on the first day of the trip. Once everyone has arrived, the group will transfer approximately 20 minutes to Girsh Park in Goleta. Those who choose to fly into Santa Barbara this morning can take a taxi to Girsh Park, which is located approximately 4 miles from the airport. At the park you will enjoy a light brunch while your Trek Travel guides ensure a comfortable fit to your bicycle for the weekend. Afterwards you'll begin riding with a route heading down the coast. Please have your riding gear in a separate bag or readily accessible, to avoid having to unpack your luggage.

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, Santa Barbara Inn (800 231 0431), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from the Santa Barbara Airport to the Santa Barbara Inn will cost about $25 and take about 10 minutes.

Lake Arrowhead Resort | Lake Arrowhead, California

You’ll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Lake Arrowhead Resort. You will then shuttle to the Ontario International Airport, arriving at approximately 12:00 PM. Please do not schedule a flight before 2:00 PM to allow time for unforeseen delays.

Before: 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 pre--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

Santa Barbara Inn

This is the place where you can appreciate the clean, fresh accents that highlight California’s ineffable style, which makes luxury feel effortless. The hotel is few steps from downtown and the beach, so no matter your preference you’re exactly where you want to be.

901 East Cabrillo Boulevard | 800 231 0431 | www.santabarbarainn.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

After: Ontario, California

Ontario is known as the "gateway to Southern California." The city has its own international airport and is near L.A. attractions, Palm Springs, Disneyland and other theme parks. While in Ontario, take a tour to Graber Olive House, have fun at Scandia Amusement Park, visit the local Museum of History and Art or shop for antique and find bargains at Ontario Mills shopping center. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Ayres Hotel and Suites Ontario Convention Center

This delightful, European-style boutique hotel features comfortable, inviting accommodations and warm, personalized service--it is a true Euro-gem in Southern California.This Ayres Hotel is located approximately 1.5 miles from the Ontario International Airport and is the meeting place on the first day of your Trek Travel vacation. The hotel has a complimentary airport shuttle available for guests.

1945 East Holt Blvd. | 909 390 7778 | www.AryesHotels.com | ~$110

Ontario Airport Hotel

This conveniently located hotel is just 1 mile north of the Ontario International Airport and has a free 24-hour airport shuttle service.The entire hotel was recently remodeled.

700 North Haven Ave. | 909 980 0400 | www.ontariocaairporthotel.com | ~$150

Ontario Grand Inn & Suites

The Ontario Grand Inn & Suites is also conveniently located for flights into Ontario and the Trek Travel Day 1 pickup location. If you are looking for an affordable hotel that offers all the necessary amenities, this relatively new hotel will suit your needs.The Grand Inn & Suites is located 2 miles from the Ontario International Airport and offers a free shuttle van for airport pickup and drop off.

3333 Shelby Street | 919 948 7000 | www.HotelOntarioCA.com | ~$75


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

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