The first thing you should know is that our Ride, Wine and Dine Vacation strays from the typical definition of a bike tour vacation in several respects. First, you can throw out the notion of having to live out of a suitcase. On this vacation, you’ll stay at one centralized Napa Valley hotel convenient to dining, shopping, wine tasting and of course, cycling! Secondly, after a day spent socializing with other riders and guides on tour, we understand the craving to have some alone time, which is why we make your dinner reservations a private activity.
Each day, we’ll guide you on a different route, with fresh scenery to enjoy and new wineries to explore. Your vacation can be tailored to fit in as little or as much cycling and wine tasting as you desire. We invite you to read through our Sample Itinerary for a few examples of the customization available to you on this trip.
Day 1: Arrival Day. Welcome to Napa Valley! While you’re at the shop, we'll ensure the bikes we've reserved for you are a proper fit and ready for your first bike tour tomorrow. Depending on your arrival time, you may even have time to take them out for a spin around town before dinner. Or, we can steer you to some nearby attractions. Hotel check-in will be sometime between 3 and 4 p.m. Your dinner reservation will be at one of Napa Valley's top-rated restaurants. If you are able to arrive at our shop by 9:30 a.m. on your Arrival Day, this can be your first day of bike touring (instead of your Departure Day).
Day 2: After breakfast, you will arrive at our shop for your first guided ride, Wine and Dine Bike Tour of the vineyards. We will start pedaling at about 10 a.m. Rest assured, our tours cater to the tourist, not the cyclist. The pace is casual, and the emphasis is on absorbing the scenery and sampling great wine.
Each bicycle tour covers approximately 15-20 miles, visiting four wineries, with a catered lunch served at the third winery overlooking the vineyards. Tours typically make it back to our shop between 3 and 5 p.m., so you’ll have time to unwind and relax before dinner at another great Napa Valley restaurant. You should know, we definitely have plenty of options to satisfy riders looking for more challenging terrain or extra mileage. Take a look at our Wine Country Workout Ride (described under Day 3). And let let us know if you want even more!
Day 3: After breakfast, you'll join us for your second guided Ride, Wine and Dine Tour of the vineyards. Each day you’re on tour with us, we’ll ensure you are on a different route with fresh scenery to enjoy and new wineries to visit. Most of our vacation guests choose to stick with our daily Ride, Wine and Dine Bike Tours. But if you’re looking for more of an exercise-paced ride, we invite you to try our Wine Country Workout Ride.
Our shop staff will set you up with a customized route map – catered to your specifications for mileage and terrain – so you can begin the day with self-guided “workout” miles, then meet up with the Ride, Wine and Dine Tour riders for lunch at a local winery. After lunch, you’ll join the Ride, Wine and Dine Tour for the remainder of the day, which will include a few more casual miles and one more winery stop. A dinner reservation will await you at another great local restaurant this evening.
Day 4: We'll meet after breakfast this morning for your third guided bike tour. On one of your tour days (not necessarily today), we’d like you to experience our Cycling "IN" the Vineyards Tour. You will be outfitted with mountain bikes for this excursion (don’t worry, the terrain isn’t technical) and we’ll take you to the Carneros wine-growing region where you will enjoy the unique chance to bike off-road through the vineyard property at one of our favorite wineries. Many of our guests tell us this unique adventure was the unexpected highlight of their trip! You'll hit the town for another fabulous dinner tonight.
Day 5: Departure Day. Finish your packing and meet us at our shop at 9:45 a.m. today for your final guided bicycle tour of the vineyards. After the tour, we can help you arrange to ship any purchases made during your stay.
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