Frequently Asked Questions

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Why Choose Getaway Adventures for Wine Country touring?

Getaway Adventures is the original touring company in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. All employees and guides are local to the area and have expertise on wine, restaurants, history, flora, fauna and the best trails and roads to share with you. If you are comparing tour companies, please ask the others if they are local to the area and how long they have been in business.

Getaway Adventures has been in business since 1991 with the same owners, and has long standing relations with many hotels and wineries that other companies can not match. We strive hard to be the best touring company in the area and promise you will have made the right choice in going on tour with us. Our goal is to be an environmentally friendly local tour company that educates our guests on wine and the area and gives you a chance to smell the roses (and zinfandel) and get some exercise too!

Where do we meet for our tour?
For day trips please see individual tour page for exact meeting location.

What is the weather like?
Beautiful! It normally does not rain from the beginning of May to the end of October or November. The mornings can be foggy, but not cold. Our summer highs vary from the 70′s – 90′s and we have low humidity!! We do go on tour rain or shine because we always expect it to be sunny! See the current weather conditions below:

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Sunday 12/21/2014 0%
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Clear. Lows overnight in the low 50s.
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Monday 12/22/2014 0%
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Sunny skies. High near 70F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Tuesday 12/23/2014 0%
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Sunny skies. High 71F. Winds light and variable.
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Wednesday 12/24/2014 70%
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Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming cloudy with periods of rain later in the day. High 59F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
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Thursday 12/25/2014 0%
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A mainly sunny sky. High 57F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.
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Friday 12/26/2014 0%
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Sunny skies. High around 60F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

How much should I tip my guide?
Your guides work hard to provide you with an excellent tour experience, interesting wine facts, and a delicious gourmet lunch. For guide tips, we suggest $25-$30 per guest (17%) for day tours.  For multi-day tours we recommend 10% of the total tour price.

What should I wear?
Biking – Wear comfortable, breathing clothes you can ride in. Layers are best as the mornings can be cooler than the rest of the day. Tennis shoes or similar shoes are great. If you decide to wear pants, please be aware that your right leg will need to be rolled up or cinched about the pants leg to make sure the bike chain does not eat your pants. Don’t forget your sunglasses, sun block and camera!

Kayaking – Wear clothes you do not mind getting wet in. Bathing suits, shorts and t-shirts are best. River shoes or sandals like Tevas are perfect. Don’t forget a strap for your sunglasses, a hat, and sun block!

Are there wine tasting fees and how much do they cost?
Recently more and more wineries are charging wine tasting fees. We try to choose wineries that do not charge, but sometimes it is unavoidable. Wine tasting fees vary from $5-10 per person per winery. In most cases if you purchase wine you are reimbursed the tasting fee.

What types of bikes will we be using?
We use hybrid, upright bikes from Marin. We also offer touring and road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers and tandems – let us know if you would prefer to use one of our other bikes. We have a limited supply of clip-less pedals, or can take our pedals off to attach yours. View our bikes here.

What is the difficulty of the bike tours?
The routes we choose are geared towards “Enthusiastic Beginners” and are mainly flat with only a few bumps here and there. If you want a higher level of difficulty and more miles, it can be fitted into the day, just let us know!

What is for lunch?
We provide you with a gourmet wine country style picnic. Pasta salad with sun dried tomatoes, pesto and artichoke hearts; tossed green salads with in season vegetables, local artisan cheeses are a few of the items we serve. Our menu varies due to what is in season locally.

When are the tours available?
Day tours are available 365 days a year, dependent on weather and space; call for availability. Multiday trips available on demand.  Tours are for a minimum of two people.  You are able to pick the type of tour you want and we we can even somewhat customize the tour for you as well.

How many people will be on our tour?
We limit our tours to 8 – 10 people, the maximum is always 12 people.

What is the distance we will ride or paddle?
Bikes- Our one day tours normally go a distance of 15-20 miles. This is spread out over the course of the whole day with many stops at wineries in between. Kayaks- Most kayaking routes are between 5-7 miles.

Is there van support for the tour in case I do not want to ride the whole day?
On day tours, our support van is always nearby. We don’t have it following along every minute, but is there in case it is needed for tired riders or other reasons.

Can I buy gift certificates for your tours?
Yes.  Go here.

How do I get to and from my Multi-day tour?
You can either rent a car for the week or use public transport options. The San Francisco and Oakland airports have shuttle services which are a quick and comfortable way to get you up to Santa Rosa for the start of the Premiere Trip. We recommend the Sonoma County Airport Express an on the hour shuttle service.  We can also work with you to set up private transportation available for a 2 person minimum starting at $100 per person.  Once you have arrived in Santa Rosa we will pick you up for your bike fitting.