Sonoma Bike Tour

Sonoma Bike Tour

Get acquainted with Northern California's Wine Country and the Pacific Coast on our six-stage Sonoma Bike Tour that even the pros would envy. We'll expose you to valleys of world-famous vineyards, forests of massive redwoods, perfect pastoral landscapes and the captivating California Coast. We spend the entire week in Sonoma, the neighboring county just to the west of Napa Valley. Sonoma's roads are exceptional for cycling accommodating a range of abilities. Our Sonoma Bike Tour has been designed to offer a comprehensive cycling experience within California's celebrated Wine Country.

This trip is designed as a loop so you can drive to and from the tour in case you prefer not to fly. Save $200 if you decide to bring your own bike.

Dates: Pick a date below or select your own date, starting on a Sunday. We are able to operate this tour with 4 or more people. Price changes may apply for 4 people. Given the unique circumstances surrounding travel we understand if you are more comfortable traveling in a private group.

There are no upcoming tours scheduled at this time.

Tour Style: Classic Hold-A-Space/Questions Request Custom Date Download Itinerary Tour Map
  • Trip At-A-Glance
  • Tour Summary
  • Daily Itinerary
  • Travel Information
  • Map
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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 6 Days
  • Total Distance / 360 km (222 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 60 km (37 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 3.0 Classic
  • Countries / USA
  • Begin/End / Petaluma, CA
  • Price / From USD$3195
Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Enjoy carefully curated bike routes, savor some delicious farm-to-table meals and sample local wines, experience a range of scenery from vineyards to Pacific Ocean vistas with rides among redwoods and along mountain ridges.
  • Includes
    5 nights lodging, double occupancy; meals as noted in itinerary; 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 for e-bike); professional trip leader(s); van support & porterage service; reusable water bottle & luggage tags.

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Overall Tour Level
    3.0 difficulty level 3.0

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

  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    63km / 366m
    2
    64km / 671m
    3
    61km / 549m
    4
    63km / 610m
    5
    55km / 793m
    6
    51km / 823m

Terrain Legend

Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary
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DAY 1: Meet in Petaluma, Bike to Healdsburg

Highlights: Russian River wine growing region

After meeting in Petaluma, CA (~10 am, less than 1-hr drive north of San Francisco) for introductions and a brief orientation meeting, you'll bike through rolling oak and grassy terrain, then continue through the Russian River wine growing regions into Healdsburg. We’re spending the duration of the 6-day trip in Sonoma County, the lesser known area just west of Napa County. Sonoma features world-class wine and dining as well as exceptional cycling routes. Tonight we enjoy dinner at a favorite spot in downtown Healdsburg. Sleep well in our lodging for the next three nights.

DAY 2: Dry Creek & Alexander Valley Loop

Highlights: Loop ride, winery visit

Beginning in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley we’ll ride north up to the overview at Lake Sonoma before we traverse east into the awaiting embrace of Alexander Valley, full of wineries and butted-up against volcanic mountains. This afternoon we’ll take the opportunity to visit a guide-favorite winery and enjoy a guide-prepared picnic. Dinner tonight will be at another favorite spot in Healdsburg.

DAY 3: Bike Chalk Hill Loop

Highlights: Chalk Hill, winery visit

After breakfast we’ll ride through another part of Alexander Valley for an honest climb up and over Chalk Hill, known for its excellent grape growing conditions, which delivers us along the edge of the Russian River Valley. This afternoon we’ll take the opportunity to visit another guide-favorite winery. Dinner tonight will be on your own with many selections to choose from in Healdsburg.

DAY 4: Bike Healdsburg to Bodega Bay

Highlights: Coastal redwoods

Today's ride will bring us into the heart of the majestic coastal redwoods – among the tallest trees on the planet. At Armstrong Redwoods State Park [Note: The park has been closed in the wake of fires from Aug 2020, but is due to reopen “sometime in 2021”. If it isn’t, rest assured we’ll still bike among redwoods on the route], you can enjoy an optional walk among 1,400-year-old trees that tower over 300 feet high and create a unique microclimate. After lunch on your own in one of the small towns along the Russian River, you’ll continue out to the rugged Pacific Coast and south along the Pacific Coast Highway to the town of Bodega Bay.

DAY 5: Occidental Loop‍‍‍

Highlights: Ride to Bodega Bay and celebratory dinner

Our route today brings us through the hamlet of Bodega, where parts of the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds, were filmed. We’ll pedal back through the redwoods to the bohemian town of Occidental and on to one of our favorite routes, Coleman Valley Road, which has been featured in the Tour of California cycling stage race. Our final group dinner is at a nearby favorite spot where, among other regional specialties, you can enjoy some locally-grown oysters cultivated in nearby Tomales Bay as part of the aquaculture operations there.

  • Distance: 55km (34mi)
  • Gain: 793m (2600ft)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Bike Coastal Ranch Roll

Highlights: Ride and return to Petaluma

Spin out the legs on a loop ride in Sonoma's golden farmland. Coastal views and rolling hills are the highlight for this morning's final cool down. After returning to Bodega Bay, you'll have time to clean up and check out before we'll transfer you (35-min) back to Petaluma (arriving ~ 12:30 pm) where we will say goodbye and you can continue your adventure as you please!

  • Distance: 51km (32mi)
  • Gain: 823m (2700ft)
  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program www.experienceplus.com/training.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Classic Tour Style

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

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