Big Sur Bike Tour (TourzPlus)

Big Sur Bike Tour (TourzPlus)

A storied region along California’s western edge boasting a rich history, Big Sur is a rugged expanse of coastline and mountains w‍‍hich has been called "the greatest meeting of land and sea." From Carmel to San Simeon, cycling the breathtaking 90-mile stretch of coastline is a must-do for any adventurous cyclist. With the wind at your back, you’ll be transported to a higher level of euphoria as you find the rocky Pacific coast and Santa Lucia mountains commanding for your attention. Come join us for our Big Sur Bike Tour.

Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your TourzPlus tour at the TourzPlus Tour Style page.

Tour Dates & Prices

Private Room Fee
Apr 25-30, 2021
May 23-28, 2021
Sep 5-10, 2021
Oct 10-15, 2021

* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 6 Days
  • Total Distance / 411 km (255 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 69 km (43 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 3.5 TourzPlus
  • Countries / USA
  • Begin/End / San Jose / Paso Robles
  • Price / From USD$2695
Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Soaking in the dramatic coastline where land meets rugged sea among towering coastal redwood, visiting Monterey, Carmel, Cambria & Paso Robles, cycling the famed Seventeen-mile drive past Pebble Beach and down the Pacific Coast Highway, enjoying 4 different hotels on this point-to-point itinerary.
  • Includes
    5 nights lodging, double occupancy; meals as noted in itinerary; non-optional activities as outlined in itinerary; ride-friendly snacks and beverages throughout each day; hybrid or alloy road bike rental – carbon road bike or E-bike available for an upgrade fee ($100 for carbon; $200-300 for e-bike); professional trip leader(s); van support & porterage service; reusable water bottle, wool socks & luggage tags.

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your TourzPlus tour at the TourzPlus Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    San Jose International Airport (SJC)
  • Overall Tour Level
    3.5 difficulty level 3.5

    Terrain is rolling to hilly. Level is intermediate to advanced.

  • Daily Ride Summary




    Today's ride is an optional loop ride
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DAY 1: Meet San Jose

Highlights: Monterey to Big Sur

After meeting in San Jose, your guides will then shuttle you to our starting location in Monterey. Today's route takes us along 17-Mile Drive through famous Pebble Beach to Carmel-by-the-Sea, then south along Highway 1 for our journey along the coast. You’ll pass over the iconic Bixby Bridge and into the welcoming embrace of Big Sur, eventually arriving at our lodging for the night, Glen Oaks. We’ll enjoy a team dinner this evening at a nearby restaurant perched on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific.

DAY 2: Big Sur to Ragged Point

Highlights: Summit of Nacimiento

Today we dive into the heart of Big Sur, witnessing the raw and rugged beauty on offer at every twist in the tarmac. The route is long and challenging, with three categorized climbs along Highway 1 and small rolling terrain in between. After a stop on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, you can choose to tackle the daily Bighorn Ride on the out and back spur to the summit of Nacimiento Ferguson Road. 7 miles up, 7 miles down and a perfect 10 in our book. Today's destination is the Ragged Point Inn, perched on a cliff over the ocean with no shortage of memorable vistas. Every room has a full or partial ocean or mountain view to compliment the crashing sound of waves that are ready to lull you to sleep.

DAY 3: Ragged Point to Cambria

Highlights: Elephant seals, Hearst Castle

There's no rush this morning as we have a shorter course to tackle on mostly flat terrain to the quaint town of Cambria. We recommend you stop along the way to see an elephant seal rookery to witness these massive marine mammals that were once hunted almost to extinction. Thankfully today their population has rebounded. Enjoy an optional stop at Hearst Castle if you’re interested in learning about the history and fame of this media magnate. Our lodging for the next two nights is in Cambria at the Pelican Inn, a hotel with a view of Moonstone Beach. Take the time to get settled and kick the legs up before taking a walk of the town to check out the shops and cafés. Dinner tonight is often a favorite of the week.

DAY 4: Rest Day or Optional Ride

Highlights: Morro Bay, Cambria, Moonstone Beach

We will spend an additional day exploring the regions around Cambria, so cyclists may choose to join an optional bike ride down the coast to Morro Bay, stroll the charming shops of Cambria or Moonstone Beach or schedule a massage at a day spa. If you came for the riding and seek another dose of that ride-fueled endorphin rush, then follow your guide up Old Creek Road before a technical descent of Santa Rosa Road back to the hotel. Dinner tonight is on your own, so cyclists may choose any one of the great restaurants within walking distance of the Pelican Inn.

DAY 5: Cambria to Paso Robles

Highlights: Wine region and tasting

Today we travel inland, heading away from the coast and into the wine region of Paso Robles. To get there, we spin along a beautiful creekside country road - but the cost of this beauty is one of the steepest grades in all of California. Then it's on to our feedzone stop at a winery, a great place to stretch and rest the legs followed by a descent past countless rows of vines into the town square. A tasting is included today if you’re interested in sampling some local wines. Our lodging tonight is at Hotel Cheval. Explore their beautiful grounds and be sure to stroll through town before we reconvene for a final team dinner at one of the highest-rated restaurants around.

  • Distance: 64km (40mi)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Last Ride

Highlights: Peachy Canyon Loop, Depart San Jose

The final day of the tour heads deep into the Paso Robles wine country on one of the prettiest cycling roads anywhere: Peachy Canyon, with its winding curves through vineyards and walnut groves. We then return to Paso Robles to shower, pack up, and grab a bite to eat in town. A final van transfer will deliver you back to our meeting location in San Jose.

  • Distance: 51km (32mi)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch




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