Explore all of the beauty of the Wine Country. Cycle along beautiful Napa Valley vineyards, hike through majestic redwood trees and along the Pacific Coast, and float down the mystical Russian River. This tour offers a little bit of everything the area has to offer.
Day 1 – Sunday (Arrival)
Early arrivals meet us in Calistoga for a bike fitting and an optional self-guided 8 mile warm-up ride.
You’ll have time to visit the town of Calistoga, known as the “Hot Springs of the West.” A quaint western style town with the famous Sharpsteen Museum, Old Faithful Geyser, and the Ca’Toga Galleria D’Arte.
Calistoga is famous for its spa treatments and mud baths. Try a soothing massage at the Mount View Hotel Spa; it’s a great way to make the most out of your time in the Napa Valley. Let us know in advance if you would like to take advantage of this option so we can help schedule your treatment.
For the next 2 nights you will stay at either the Mount View Hotel (depending on season).
Dining for the night will be at one of the many popular local restaurants in downtown Calistoga. Some of our favorite restaurants include the Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery, All Season Cafe Bistro, and Brannan’s Grill, among others.
Day 2 – Monday (Napa Valley Sip ‘N Cycle)
Today we’ll take an off-the-beaten-path look at the scenic upper Napa Valley. You’ll travel along country lanes to small, family-owned wineries that really represent traditional winemaking. We’ve selected wineries that are large and small, historic and modern, “one man show’s” and extraordinary “shrines to wine.” Along the way you’ll learn about the history of wine in the area as well as how wine is made. All in all, you’ll travel about 15-18 miles over mostly flat, easy terrain. A delicious Wine Country picnic lunch will be prepared and served at one of the wineries.
Dinner tonight will be on your own. Our goal is to give you the freedom and flexibility to select which restaurant appeals to you most. Your concierge can provide you with menus of excellent restaurants in the area and your guide will make suggestions.
Day 3 – Tuesday (Kayak Adventure)
In the morning we will check out of the hotel and hop in the van for a ride over to today’s activity.
Today we will kayak the calm and scenic Russian River. The river is warm and clear with occasional Class l rapids aimed at the novice or intermediate kayaker. The river flows through a quiet landscape lined with vineyards as well as redwoods. We’ll see hawks and egrets and have plenty of opportunities for swim breaks.
We then van to the small, historic town of Guernville located on the Russian River, near the coast. We have plenty of time to explore the town as this is our home for the night. We check in to the our hotel and then have time to walk around the quaint town.
Accommodation: Applewood Inn
Dinner: Bistro de Copains
Day 4 – Wednesday (Sonoma Coastal Hike)
Today is a great day for the nature lover in all of us. Today’s hike will be customized for the group depending on the level of difficulty and distance they would like to hike. Expect to see blue herons, egrets, osprey, pelicans, sandpipers, etc. After bird watching we travel to Goat Rock or Bodega Head to hopefully catch a glimpse of some migrating whales or some of the elephant seals and sea lions that call the Sonoma Coast their home. Relax to the sound of the pounding surf on the rugged shores, checking out the mussels, goose neck barnacles, and sea palms in some of the many great tide pools. If we have time we may head north past the “Port o’ Bodega” made famous by the Hitchcock classic “The Birds.” Our lunch today will be a picnic overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean.
Our tour ends today at about 2:30 pm. We want to allow plenty of time to get your belongings and your wine ready to ship home. We say our farewells, bid you good-bye and look forward to sharing good times again someday.
Pre or Post Trip Suggestions
San Francisco is the most popular place to spend an extra day or two before or after the trip. We suggest a stay in or around Union Square. It’s the center for the City with the major hotels and shopping.
What’s a trip to San Francisco without riding the Cable Cars? Take a quick ride over Nob Hill to North Beach. Once there you can explore by foot, walking up to Coit Tower, perusing Little Italy’s cafes and restaurants, and tantalizing your senses in Chinatown.
We recommend The Joie de Vivre Hotels @ 1 800-SF TRIPS for either a romantic small Inn or an elegant hotel in SF. We recommend Earl Tholander’s marvelous book, Walking Tours Of San Francisco. It’s a wonderful guide to use to explore the city on foot.
Other favorites include Carmel, Monterey Bay, Sausalito, the north coast town of Mendocino, all within 2 to 3 hours drive. Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Sierras are 4+ hours away and worth the drive. Please let us know if you wish additional information on any of these places.
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All tours Sunday-Wednesday
Includes: 3 nights accommodation, equipment rental (bike-road or hybrid, helmet, kayak, PFD, etc), Getaway Adventures t-shirt, 2 dinners, and daily Wine Country picnic lunches and continental breakfasts. Guide gratuity and wine tasting fees are not included.
Price: $1,700 per person. Single Supplement $499 per person.
Thursday 07/30/2015 20%
Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High near 95F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday 07/31/2015 0%
Partly cloudy skies. High 91F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday 08/01/2015 0%
Mainly sunny. High 89F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Sunday 08/02/2015 0%
Mostly sunny. High 89F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Monday 08/03/2015 10%
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 87F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 08/04/2015 10%
Partly cloudy skies. High 86F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.