Cyclists searching for a more sybaritic approach to bike touring might want to check out this offering from Trek Tours. Its five-night, six-day California Wine Luxury tour will have you pedaling through the Napa and Sonoma valleys, with stops at noteworthy vineyards, fine restaurants and luxe accommodations. The average daily distance is 40 miles, but there are options for shorter and longer rides.
Day one begins at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis, where your biking group will assemble and then be shuttled to the Benzinger Family Winery for a gourmet picnic lunch, tour and tasting. Lodging for the evening is at MacArthur Place, a luxury hotel and spa set amid seven acres of gardens near downtown Sonoma.
Days two and three are spent riding out of the Sonoma Valley and into Napa, where you can bike along country lanes, stop at the Hess Collection Winery and other vineyards and have dinner in one of Yountville's acclaimed restaurants. Nights two and three are spent at the Vintage Inn, a family-owned and -operated boutique hotel in Yountville.
Days four and five are spent in the Alexander, Russian River and Dry Creek valleys, and include biking on the Silverado Trail, visits to St. Helena and Calistoga and a picnic under the redwoods at Armstrong Woods Park. The last two evenings are spent in Healdsburg at the Hotel Healdsburg. There's time for a short ride on day six before hopping the shuttle back to the St. Francis.
Dates: Tours are set for April, May, June, September and October.
Price: From $2,899 per person. Included are accommodations, daily breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners, snacks and drinks for each ride, daily route support by van and the use of a Trek road bike and helmet. Guides' gratuities are not included. A two-night, three-day stay in San Francisco can be added for an additional fee.
Info: Trek Tours, (866) 464-8735.Copyright © 2015, CT Now