This is California's celebrated Wine Country cycling landscape. Join us to explore valleys of world-famous vineyards, forests of soaring redwoods, perfect pastoral landscapes and the captivating California Coast.
From start to finish, Wine & Waves is crafted to produce a great cycling experience: enjoy riding pro level road bikes through amazing cycling terrain each day.
A Bike Tour – NOT a Wine/Bus Tour
There are countless "sip and spin" wine tours with plenty of wine drinking and little cycling, but make no mistake: Wine & Waves focuses on cycling rather than drinking. In addition, we believe that bike tours should be about riding a bike, not being carried on a bus, so Wine & Waves is designed to be traveled start to finish by bicycle.
Spend two nights in welcoming Healdsburg, perfectly located for varied daily rides through world-renowned wine growing regions. Healdsburg is an ideal base camp to enjoy wine tasting, fun shops and amazing restaurants showing off California Wine Country cuisine.
Redwoods & California Coast
Journey from the Wine Country through ancient redwoods to the wild California Coast. This section of coastline is remote, beautiful, and lightly populated, making it ideal to experience from a bicycle. Here the coastal mountain range reclines towards the ocean, with a single ribbon of roadway at the ocean's edge just made for cycling.
Wine & Waves—a Wine Country Bike Tour Designed for Cyclists
If you prefer cycling over drinking, biking over busing—and you long to experience some of the best cycling California has to offer— then Northern California Wine & Waves was designed for you.
My husband and I just completed a weekend bike tour with UDC tours cycling thru the Wine Country of Santa Ynez Valley and we loved it. It was our first guided tour and we choose UDC because they specialize in California and all the reviews we read, had nothing but positives to say about the experience. The tour was based in Solvang at The Hadsten House; which offered very nice and comfortable lodging along with a very much appreciated outdoor hot tub and indoor pool. We met our guides, Laura & Daryl, on Saturday where we, along with the other 5 cyclists in our group, were greeted with a backpack filled with cycling related "goodies", fitted with top-notch Scott bikes, personalized water bottles, and a meticulous route map with turn by turn directions. Both Laura & Daryl rode with us the first day to make sure we were acclimated to our bikes and the area. Over the next two days, either Laura or Daryl rode with our group while the other followed in the "sag wagon" to offer support as needed or to drive ahead and set-up a nice picnic lunch. Really fabulous riding over the weekend included pedaling along beautiful backroads past vineyards and farms, all while enjoying breathtaking views in Ballard and Foxen Canyon. Yes, those views provide a scenic distraction while climbing (ascending) the canyons and a beautiful "reward" while enjoying the downward descents! Each day of very satisfying cycling ended with a stop in town at the Bulldog Cafe to regroup and swap stories followed by a really nice dinner out with the whole group at two area restaurants in Solvang: Cecco's and Mirabelle's. UDC tours takes care of just about everything while you're on the tour; and truly, seems to put a lot of thought into ensuring that each rider has a successful and enjoyable experience, which includes the little things like having an ample supply of energy snacks "just in case" (which I ended up needing the first day out). Our guides were great, knowledgeable, very warm and friendly. The quality of the bikes is top notch and scenery hard to beat! We are considering booking another trip in California next Fall and would not hesitate to recommend UDC for anyone considering a bike tour.
TripAdvisor Review November 2013