- Taste world-class wines in Sonoma County
- Ride through rolling hills of vineyards in Healdsburg
- Visit the Armstrong Redwoods State Park and hug a giant redwood
- Enjoy views of the Pacific and rocky cliffs as you ride along the California coast
|Day 1||Arrive in San Francisco; Cycle from Petaluma to Healdsburg||Healdsburg|
|Day 2||Cycle Dry Creek and Chalk Hill Loop||Healdsburg|
|Day 3||Cycle to Sea Ranch via King Ridge Road; Visit Armstrong Redwoods State Park||Sea Ranch|
|Day 4||Cycle the Pacific Coast Highway to Bodega Bay||Bodega Bay|
|Day 5||Cycle the Occidental Loop||Bodega Bay|
|Day 6||Cycle a coastal loop; Return to San Francisco; Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in San Francisco - Cycle from Petaluma to Healdsburg
Welcome to California. Meet your guide in San Francisco and transfer to Petaluma, your starting point, for introductions and a brief orientation meeting. Once ready, you'll gear up and begin your Sonoma cycling adventure riding through rolling oaks and grassy terrain. Continue through the Russian River wine growing regions and into Healdsburg—today's final destination.
Settle into your hotel before venturing out to explore your surroundings and grabbing a bit to eat.
Cycling distance: 53 miles (85.3 km)
Day 2: Cycle Dry Creek and Chalk Hill Loop
Today's route begins and ends in Healdsburg and offers beautiful vistas of vineyards and mountains. Transfer to your starting location in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley, riding east into Alexander Valley, passing by some of the country's best-rated wineries. Climb up and over Chalk Hill, known for its excellent grape growing conditions, and down to the edge of the Russian River Valley.
In the afternoon you will switch gears and sample some of the Sonoma grape varieties you've been seeing, before continuing on an additional loop in Dry Creek. Return to Healdsburg and spend the rest of the day as you choose.
Biking distance: 51-61 miles (82-98 km)
Day 3: Cycle to Sea Ranch via King Ridge Road
Today you will have the option of either shuttling the first 25 miles of today's leg to the small bohemian town of Cazadero before cycling the rest of the way to Sea Ranch. Or if you have the strength and stamina, you may wish to ride from Healdsburg to Sea Ranch. Either option replaces the rolling vineyards scenery with the imposing redwoods of Armstrong Redwoods State Park and King Ridge Road.
Biking distance: 47-67 miles (75.6-107.8 km)
Day 4: Cycle the Pacific Coast Highway to Bodega Bay
Spend the morning enjoying a leisurely breakfast before setting south along the Pacific Coast Highway to your hotel in Bodega Bay. As there is very little development on this section of the highway, you will enjoy hugging the Pacific's edge following the road as it twists and turns. Upon arrival in Bodega Bay take the evening to unwind and relax to the sound of waves crashing below your room.
Biking distance: 41 miles (66 km)
Day 5: Cycle the Occidental Loop
Spend today cycling the Occidental Loop. Ride east from Bodega Bay to the town of Freemont, stopping for a bite to eat and a drink at a local café. Continue through redwood trees to the town of Occidental before working your way back to Bodega Bay with a challenging climb on Coleman Valley Road. You will have the option to add an extended ride starting from Occidental, along the Bohemian Highway to Guerneville and back along rolling country roads to Occidental, before rejoining the main route (and returning to Bodega Bay).
In the late afternoon, you will be rewarded with a wine tasting before heading out to dinner to celebrate the week's accomplishment.
Biking distance: 27-49 miles (43.5-78.9 km)
Day 6: Cycle a coastal loop, Return to San Francisco - Depart
Depending on your departure details, you may wish to take the morning to ride a gentle loop through Sonoma’s golden farmland. Return to your hotel to clean up and check out and meet your driver for a transfer back to San Francisco.
Biking distance: 22 miles (35.4 km)