Trip Overview

Bike, kayak, and sip your way wine tasting through California’s Wine Country from Sonoma County to Napa Valley with gorgeous sea coast views on this delicious five-day cycling trip in May 2020, just perfect for women of all biking abilities! 

Some passions just belong together. Grapes and sun. Kayaks and water. You and your fellow Adventure Women will cruise through California’s Wine Country, from Sonoma to Napa Valley, with the power of the pedal and your fellow cyclists cheering you on to each incredible destination along your biking route! Cycling is the perfect way to experience California because it provides a special closeness to the land. Biking with a group of women adds an extra level of enrichment to your week exploring Wine Country This particular biking trip in California is truly for all women, too. Frequent stops for photography and refreshments help everyone to enjoy the journey together. Comfortable vans “sag wagons” also accompany every leg of your cycling route so that should you feel like a rest, you can hop right in and just relax.

You’ll begin your California biking trip within a few hours of landing in San Francisco and will cover approximately 20-40 miles a day. Stop first in Petaluma to meet your cycling companions and pros who’ll fit you to your bike. From here, you’ll ride out into California Wine Country in Sonoma County, passing ranches, rustic homes, and…you guessed it, lots of California wineries! Greet your next day with an early morning ride to Tomales Bay for sea kayaking with a naturalist who will help you spot the local wildlife such as harbor seals, pelicans, and bat rays. You might even see an osprey dive into the sea to catch its morning meal!

Pedal onward to the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve to walk among the iconic giant Sequoia Redwoods and picnic in the filtered sunlight of these ancient giants, some 1,400 years old. After an optional afternoon ride, head to a local winery to sample award-winning Russian River wines. Your time in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley will include a ride to Arista Vineyards where you’ll learn about their sustainable practices and sample their Pinot Noir before riding to Relish Culinary Center for one of their heralded culinary classes with paired wines, a farm-to-table feast you make yourselves! Bike quiet back roads to reach Ridge Winery with relaxing wine tasting followed by an afternoon of free time (and maybe some “me time”) with an optional massage at the hotel spa.

Your last day on your California biking tour is as joyful and full as your first! The early morning ride leads to the vineyards of Alexander Valley, with a return loop considered by many to be the best of the week! On the way back to your departure point, the cycling route is leisurely, winding through Napa Valley for one more winery visit and wine tasting among new friends.

Main Attractions

  • Cycle 20 to 40 miles a day or as few as you like with the option of hopping on the “sag wagon” whenever you feel like stopping
  •  Learn about wine making while you wine taste your way through delicious California varietals
  • Enjoy the spectacular vineyard and coastal views of California Wine Country and Napa Valley
  • Spend time walking among gigantic Sequoia Redwoods
  • Spot local California seacoast wildlife from your sea kayak in Tomales Bay

What You'll See and Do

  • Architecture
  • Bicycling
  • Birding
  • Cooking Class
  • Kayaking
  • Local Delicacies
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wine Tasting

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday, May 10, 2020 – Arrive in Bodega Bay
You’ll likely have spent at least a day or two in San Francisco before now. Meet your group at 9:00am at the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf.

You’ll drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Petaluma, where you will be fit to your bike. Your guides will give a safety talk before setting off.

For your first ride, you’ll enjoy a gorgeous route past the pastoral beauty of the ranches and farms of rural Sonoma County. You’ll have two route options today – the regular 21 mile route or a longer 35 mile route, both on rolling terrain.

Ride at your own pace and enjoy lunch on your own at Tomales Deli. For those who choose the regular route, hop on a shuttle from Tomales to your Lodge.

Have a group orientation with your new AdventureWomen friends before toasting the start of your adventure at a welcome dinner.
Dinner

Overnight: Bodega Bay Lodge

Elevation gain: 1,100 ft or 2,200 ft

Distance: 21 mi or 35 mi

Day 2

Monday, May 11, 2020 – Bodega Bay
Drive to Tomales Bay and hop into double kayaks. You’ll paddle the bay with a local naturalist who will introduce you to any wildlife you encounter. Spend about three hours exploring the coastline, including a stop for lunch.

Ride inland from the coast to Tomales, and then onto Valley Ford before arriving back at your lodge.

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Bodega Bay Lodge

Elevation gain: 1,300 ft

Distance: 25 mi

Day 3

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – Bodega Bay to Healdsburg
As the morning sun burns off the nightly blanket of fog, you may choose to take a stroll along the tranquil bay before indulging in a hearty breakfast.

Head into the coastal range for a short hike into the heart of the redwoods. At the Armstrong Redwoods State Park, have a picnic among 1,400-year-old trees that tower over 300 feet high and create a unique microclimate.

After lunch, bike along the Russian River towards Healdsburg. Stop at a winery along the way for a tasting. Sample some of their award-winning wines before arriving in Healdsburg. There is a longer and shorter biking option today.

Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many excellent restaurants in Healdsburg. If you have a particular restaurant in mind, we recommend making reservations prior to the trip.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: h2hotel

Elevation gain: 1,200 ft or 1,700 ft

Distance: 30 mi or 45 mi

Day 4

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – Healdsburg
Start your ride right from the hotel today. Within minutes you’ll be passing by the first of many vineyards you will see today.  Today’s  two ride options will be at a leisurely pace. Take time to enjoy the rolling Sonoma hills and stop to take in the views along the way.

Sample some local wine at a winery known for its sustainable approach to crafting outstanding Pinot Noir. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you decide if you want to buy a few bottles to take home.

Ride back to Healdsburg and enjoy some free time before having dinner on your own.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: h2hotel

Elevation gain: 700 ft or 1,800 ft

Distance: 21 mi or 49 mi

Day 5

Thursday, May 14, 2020 – Healdsburg
Today you’ll be treated to quiet riding and endless wineries and vineyards. Rolling hills and fantastic views await you on your two riding options today.

Stop at the Dry Creek General Store for lunch on your own, choosing from gourmet sandwiches and fresh salads.

Enjoy another wine tasting this afternoon from an award-winning producer.

Enjoy a farewell dinner as a group to toast the end of an incredible adventure.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: h2hotel

Elevation gain: 800 ft or 1,800 ft

Distance: 22 mi or 32 mi

Day 6

Friday, May 15, 2020 – Depart California
Get one last ride in through the Alexander Valley this morning. Grab a coffee and a snack, and head back to your hotel to have breakfast, freshen up, and check out.

Take the scenic route back to San Francisco, stopping off in Napa for a winery visit and lunch.

You’ll arrive back in San Francisco late this afternoon in time for an evening flight, or for some time to explore the city. Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends, at least until the next adventure!
Breakfast

Elevation gain: 1,000 ft

Distance: 26 mi

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to California



Arrival/Departure Information

Arrive: Arrive in San Francisco, California (SFO) on or before May 9, 2020.

Meet your group on May 10 at 9:00am at the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf.

Depart: Depart San Francisco, California (SFO) on May 15, 2020 after 6:00pm.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited
to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high
altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary. Don’t be afraid of the biking – there is always a sag wagon available, and you can upgrade to an e-bike rental if you’d like! Most rides will be between two and four hours at a pace of 8-12 miles per hour.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure.
We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN.

Learn more at: https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that
adventure travel requires.

Identification

You may need to ensure that your driver’s license is REAL ID compliant in order to fly domestically. Please check your home state’s guidelines on whether you should upgrade your ID or plan to travel with a passport instead of a driver’s license.

Money

Credit cards will be accepted throughout the trip, but we recommend carrying a small amount of cash for incidentals.

Suggested Gratuities

  • Guides: $100-200 per guide

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before February 10, 2020. A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit  card, which includes your deposit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • All hotel accommodations throughout the trip
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  •  Van support, ground transportation, porterage service
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • Biking guides throughout the trip
  • Water and snacks
  • All equipment rentals - kayaks, bicycles (hybrid or alloy road), and helmets
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Specialty rentals: carbon road bike ($150 additional) or e-bike ($300 additional)
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Bodega Bay Lodge
With its rugged shoreline and rolling countryside, the Sonoma Coast has its roots firmly planted in the land. Poised atop a tranquil bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Bodega Bay Lodge reflects the wild beauty of this region and offers an array of incredible things to do in Sonoma. Watch the fishermen ply the bay for the day’s catch, spot migrating whales in the waves, scout for rare birds, or stroll two miles of soft sands, soaking in the tranquility.

h2hotel
This LEED-certified hotel is in downtown Healdsburg, just a block from the Healdsburg Town Plaza. It has a variety of earth-friendly features, including a solar-heated creekside pool. Each room has a private balcony or patio. Spoonbar, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, serves seasonal pasta and meat dishes made from local ingredients. Relax by the fireplace in the lounge or enjoy a massage at the spa.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

California generally has two seasons, dry and wet. May to September is considered the dry season; temperatures can be cool in the morning, especially along the coast, and warmer inland and later in the day. The region is known for its many micro climates even ten miles apart so the key to travel in the region is layers. You can always shed layers into the support van as the day goes on.

Your bike and water bottles will be provided, as will your helmet if you don’t bring one. You will want clothing that is made of wicking materials which dry quickly. Avoid cotton as it takes much longer to dry and does not wick sweat away from the body.

Please pack in a medium, soft-sided duffel bag. Your luggage should weigh less than 40 lbs.

Gear and Active Clothes:

  • duffel bag or small suitcase
  • day pack (for items in van)
  • 2-4 pairs padded bike shorts
  • 3-6 bike jerseys or quick-dry t-shirts
  • 1-2 quick-dry long sleeve shirts
  • 1 waterproof and breathable rain jacket (Gore-Tex recom- mended)
  • 1 fleece jacket
  • 1 pair shoes for biking
  • 1 pair of sneakers/hiking shoes
  • 6 pairs athletic socks
  • 1 pair bike gloves
  • sports bras
  • underwear
  • 1 bathing suit
  • clipless pedals for bike shoes (if you use them)
  • bike helmet
  • biking tights/legs/arms - if you get cold easily

Evening Clothing:

  • 2 pairs nicer pants/skirt/ dresses
  • 1-2 pairs shorts
  • 1 pair jeans
  • 3-6 shirts/blouses
  • 1-2 pairs nicer shoes
  • 1 warm jacket or sweater
  • sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials:

  • Travel documents (identifi­cation, e-tickets, money)
  • Travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duf­fel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries/phone
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters/power bank
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lens­es, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and condi­tioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www. earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit:

  • Prescription medicine you usually take (in original con­tainers)
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace ban­dage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/ packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686