The average daily mileage is about 40 miles, with options for riding more or less than that.
While this a spectacular wine region, our tour focuses on the equally spectacular cycling. We recommend tasting at your leisure in Healdsburg after the daily rides. There are several tasting rooms within walking distance of our hotel in Healdsburg, and there is ample time after cycling to visit them on your own. But if you are looking for a wine tour with some casual cycling, this is not the tour for you. All of our tours are designed for active cyclists.
Weather in Sonoma County is ideal for growing wine grapes: warm during the day and cool at night. Mornings tend to be cool and foggy, but the coastal fog usually lifts by midday. Fog can linger at the coast all day. High temperatures during Summer months average in the low 80s. Winter brings temperatures in the low 60s. The rainy season is from mid-November to mid-March.
When researching a trip, we seek out restaurants that serve healthy, fresh choices typical of California.
Nobody goes hungry on our trips! One of the joys of riding several hours per day is getting to enjoy the dinner afterwards. We give you the choice of ordering anything on a restaurant's menu. Order appetizers, soup, salad, entree, dessert, and beverages. The only thing that isn't included is alcohol. The only exception to the full menu is when a restaurant has prepared a special dinner for us.
We meet for breakfast every morning of the trip. Breakfast will be either continental style or made to order.
Your guides will meet you at the Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco at 8:30 am on the morning of the trip. If you are driving and wish to leave your vehicle, please contact the office for determining the best option.
Airport shuttles are available to the hotel, or taxis or Uber are plentiful in the area.
The trip ends at the Bodega Bay Lodge on the final day. We will transfer cyclists and their luggage from the Bodega Bay Lodge back to Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, at approximately 1:30 pm.
Cycling shorts, cycling jerseys, cycling socks, cycling shoes, gloves, helmet, wind jacket or vest, rain gear (jacket, pants, helmet cover, shoe covers), sunglasses. For colder weather: arm warmers, knee/leg warmers or tights, full fingered gloves, shoe covers, beanie.
Hat, bathing suit, sweater or jacket, comfortable shoes, casual evening wear.
Sunscreen, lip balm, prescription medicines, chamois cream, toiletries, identification, medical insurance card.
If you still have questions, please take a look at our general Frequently Asked Questions page. It addresses questions that are common to all tours.
Had a great time cycling on the Desert Escape Tour. Undiscovered Country Bike Tours really know what's needed to provide exceptional service on a fully supported bike adventure. From start to finish everything was taken care of - from great bikes that were accurately sized, to goodie bags, maps, repair kits, drinks and snacks - they had thought of everything. That combined with a great group of people of all ages and abilities made for a very enjoyable experience. The cycling was challenging but lots of fun - everyone could go at their own pace. Scott and Rick, our guides, were very friendly, fun to hang out with and they went out of their way to make sure everyone was looked after. The accommodations were very comfortable and there were plenty of opportunities to enjoy the facilities at the resorts. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend - I'm sure I'll be back for another adventure.
TripAdvisor January 2013