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Tour of California

America’s Grand Tour

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 high in the clouds on the world-renowned Mt. Gibralter; we'll head north to Monterey for an unforgettable VIP race experience at Laguna Seca and we'll ride the Time Trial course in San Jose. With amazing behind-the-scenes access to the Trek-Segafredo racing team, this trip is the ultimate celebration of American pro racing, accompanied by fantastic riding among the natural beauty of the American Riviera!

The 2019 itinerary is subject to change after the official route announcement.

Day
1
Day
1

Today's Activity:

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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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

East Mountain Drive and Gibraltar
Approximately 22 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

East Mountain Drive Shuttle
Approximately 11 miles with 400 feet of climbing

Today's Race Viewing and Access:

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

Description:

This morning, after a hearty breakfast, climb aboard your bike for a ride high above Santa Barbara on gorgeous East Mountain Drive. If you're feeling up to the challenge, climb to the top of today's stage finish: the legendary Gibraltar. This climb has been featured many times at the Tour of California, and ascending it yourself, you'll know why. From the top, enjoy an exclusive VIP viewing area at the finish and wait to cheer on your favorite riders as they tackle this world-class climb. Tonight, back in Santa Barbara, we'll hang out, chat and enjoy dinner with Trek-Segafredo riders, mechanics and support staff. Bucket lists were created for days like this.

Hotel:

Santa Barbara Inn
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage to be announced

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Race Access:

Laguna Seca VIP Finish Line Experience

Description:

Today is all about the race experience. Pack your bags and hop in the Trek Travel van this morning for a shuttle up the beautiful California coast to the town of Monterey and the world-famous Laguna Seca Raceway. Here, from the hospitality area, you'll get a chance to walk right up to the stage finish as the riders sprint to the line just inches away. Help yourself to a full buffet of delicious food and beverages, relax in the lounge in front of one of a dozen screens broadcasting the day's race or meander the Laguna Seca venue. The icing on this cake is that you'll catch a glimpse of the inner workings of this global event: visit the broadcast compound with your guides, maybe rub elbows with some of your favorite cycling celebrities in the backstage area prior to that day's awards ceremony and grab a seat at the Stage press conference. Tonight, you'll head into magical Monterey and check into your hotel for the next three nights, right on the bay: the luxurious Monterey Plaza.

Hotel:

Monterey Plaza Hotel
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage to be announced

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Time Trial Course

Today's Race Access

Ride the pro's Time Trial course

Description:

Ever wanted to ride the same stage course that the pros do? Well today's your day! You'll depart Monterey early this morning and with your Trek Travel comrades, head north to the heart of Silicon Valley and downtown San Jose. Grab your bike and head for the start gate where you'll get a chance to do something few have done - ride the course right before the pros. Test your meddle as you spin through downtown San Jose and see where you stack up later in the day to your favorite riders. This afternoon, opt for an additional spin or settle in to watch the race. Maybe hop in a VIP car and follow a pro out on course as they sprint against the clock. Tonight, you'll shuttle back to Monterey Bay and a chance to explore Cannery Row or one of the countless bayside cafes for dinner on your own.

Hotel:

Monterey Plaza Hotel
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Today's Tour Stage:

Stage to be announced

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Monterey to Bixby Bridge
Approximately 61 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Monterey to Carmel River State Beach
Approximately 16 miles with 650 feet of climbing

Views own the day today. Arise this morning to the sounds of the harbor and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Afterward, hop on your bike and head south along the coast. You'll bask on sweeping Pacific vistas along the legendary 17 Mile Drive in Carmel en route to the Bixby Creek Bridge. Distance options abound on today's out and back ride so choose to tackle as few or as many miles as you like. Take the afternoon to soak in the hot tub or schedule a massage. Tonight, toast a race trip for the ages together as you dine at a quintessential Monterey restaurant.

Hotel:

Monterey Plaza Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Lone Tree
Approximately 21 miles with 800 feet of climbing

Rise this morning for one last spin through the meandering roads of this northern Californian dreamland. Take a deep, Pacific Ocean breath in the view of the Lone Cypress before heading back to the Monterey Plaza for breakfast. Around 11:00 AM, pack your bags and climb into the Trek Travel van for a short drive north to San Jose and the San Jose International Airport. Wave goodbye to your fellow travelers and reflect on a week to remember.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Dates & Pricing

Check back soon for the 2019 itinerary and dates. Reserve your spot to get first access.

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 Monterey Hotel in Monterey, California on a Tour of California pro race bike tour

Monterey Plaza Hotel

Monterey, California

Perched dramatically on historic beachfront property above the crashing surf of the Pacific, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa welcomes you with warm hospitality and elegantly-appointed guest rooms with thoughtful extras and luxury touches. From our chef-driven oceanfront restaurant, award-winning rooftop luxury spa and prime location steps from charming Cannery Row, our elegant oceanfront hotel is the centerpiece of Monterey Bay.

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. See more

  • 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
  • Daily rides
  • Gibraltar Mountain Top Finish VIP
  • Trek-Segafredo Team Meet and Greet
  • Laguna Seca Finish Line VIP Experience
  • VIP Stage 4 Time Trial Ride
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • On this Tour of California Trek Travel exclusive experience, we take advantage of two luxury properties: The Santa Barbara Inn and the Monterey Plaza Hotel. Both of these hotels are situated right on the water and feature classic coastal California architectural design, exquisitely appointed guest rooms, top rated restaurants and flawless service immediately upon arrival. In each, choose between comfortable king or double queen room options depending upon availability. Walk to the water or right into town from both properties and take advantage of the numerous on-site amenities at just at your fingertips.
  • Daily breakfast, 4 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 between Santa Barbara and Monterey.
  • 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 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of 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 7.5-10% 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 | 3,200 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 climbs, 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 along East Mounain Drive and to the Gibraltar summit in Santa Barbara Country are especially challenging rides with many miles of world-class 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 2 viewing
  • VIP Stage 3 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 further north on Days 3, 4 and 5 of your trip, expect 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.

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.

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 Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) in Goleta, approximately 8 miles from downtown Santa Barbara and 15 minutes from the Santa Barbara Inn.

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. 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 $40 and take about 10 minutes.

Monterey Plaza Hotel | Monterey, California

You’ll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Monterey Plaza Hotel. You'll shuttle approximately 1.5 hours to the San Jose International Airport, arriving at approximately 12:30 PM. Please do not schedule a flight before 2:30 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 de?cor 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 vibrantatmosphere along the oceanfront of this wonderful city.

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

Santa Barbara Inn

The Santa Barbara Inn has just re-opened after a complete renovation. Its red tile rooftop, gleaming white stucco and handcrafted tile domes showcase the Spanish Mediterranean architectural style of Santa Barbara, and its location allows you to take in the dramatic views of the palm trees and the Pacific Ocean from the heated pool or your elegantly appointed room.

901 East Cabrillo Boulevard | 800 231 0431 | www.santabarbarainn.com | ~$255

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: Monterey, California

Monterey is a magical city on California’s rugged central coast. Its Cannery Row, one-time center of the sardine-packing industry, was immortalized by novelist John Steinbeck. Today, it's a popular strip of gift shops, seafood restaurants and bars in converted factories. Also famous is Monterey Bay Aquarium, with thousands of marine animals and plants on display in underwater and interactive exhibits. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Spindrift Inn

At the Spindrift Inn, you'll find European-style charm on the shores of McAbee Beach right along the bay. Plan an ocean view weekend escape on scenic Monterey Bay and discover why TripAdvisor travelers named them the most romantic hotel in the country. Accommodations feature canopy beds with plush feather bedding, hardwood floors, and marble bathrooms with Aveda bath products. Wake up to complimentary breakfast, delivered on a silver tray right to your room. Savor season fresh entrées, appetizers and desserts at the award-winning Sardine Factory. Take in panoramic vistas of the Monterey Bay from the hidden roof top garden, or soothe with a relaxing in-room massage.

652 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940 | 831 646 8900 | www.spindriftinn.com | $270

Hotel Abrego

Just beyond the busy shops, boutiques and restaurants of downtown, Hotel Abrego is conveniently located, near Monterey’s best beaches. Explore local wineries, take in scenic vistas along 17-Mile Drive, or relieve the stresses of the day with a massage in the comfort of your room. On-site Bistro Abrego serves up locally sourced fresh seafood dishes and morning favorites for breakfast. Their guestrooms make you feel at home with cozy fireplaces, Italian linens, beverage coolers, and balconies. With sights like Pebble Beach, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the National Marine Sanctuary nearby, Hotel Abrego is your gateway to the coast.

755 Abrego Street, Monterey, CA | 844 857 8500 | www.hotelabrego.com | $169

Monterey Marriott

Treat yourself to the perfect combination of location and superior service at Monterey Marriott. Retreat to your spacious room, where you'll find plush bedding topped with cozy comforters, a generous bath with deluxe amenities and incomparable views of downtown Monterey or the Bay. Enjoy world-class dining in the hotel's restaurant, Fin & Field, or venture to one of the many eateries nearby.

350 Calle Pricipal, Monterey, CA | 831 649 4234 | www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/MRYCA-monterey-marriott | $249


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

Experience It

Trek Travel Difference

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, 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.

Your Day. You Decide.

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.