Dotted with stunning hillside vineyards, the Napa Valley wine region makes for a fabulous bike ride destination.
The area’s varied terrain, beautiful natural landscapes and mild weather draw huge numbers of cyclists every year. Many lodging facilities in Napa Valley even offer their own bike rentals, meaning you don’t have to bring your own. Alternatively, there are a number of organised bike tours on offer around Napa Valley that provide the chance to explore the region in the company of an expert guide. Here are five of the best.
Calistoga: Napa Valley Cycling and Winery Tour with Picnic
Known for its hot springs, mud baths and winery set in a medieval-style castle, the small city of Calistoga is one of the jewels in Napa Valley’ crown. This 6-hour cycling tour invites you to discover its delights on two wheels as part of a small group and accompanied by a guide well versed in all things wine. During the trip you’ll ride along the quiet and largely flat back roads of Calistoga, stop at numerous acclaimed local wineries, learn about tasting wines with a “Grapes 101″ class, and enjoy a country picnic lunch. There’ll also be the option to add on a wine-tasting experience for an additional fee. From $249 per person.
Half-Day Napa Valley E-Bike Tour
Ideal for those who are limited on time or budget, this 3.5-hour tour is a great way to experience Napa Valley without consuming your entire day. As part of a small group led by a local, knowledgeable guide, you’ll head off in the morning to discover the valley’s rich history as well as the intricacies and complexities of the vine-to-bottle process. The tour includes stops at two local wineries (tasting fees not included), while Electric bikes help ensure those gently undulating hills aren’t too arduous to traverse. After the tour concludes in the city of Yountville, guests are welcome to keep hold of the bikes to continue exploring on your own. From $185 per person.
Wine Country: Kayaking, Biking, Lunch, & Wine Tasting Trip
This all-action tour combines land, water and wine across one fun-filled day. The multi-activity trip lets you soak up the magical local scenery during a leisurely bike ride, visit local wineries and vineyards, and paddle along a tranquil Wine County river aboard a kayak. The bike ride will involve cycling into the picturesque y Creek Valley, passing many vineyards along the way and making stops at wineries too. There’ll also be a stop-off for a hearty picnic lunch. A specialised hybrid-style bike takes the pressure off your legs, making the trip manageable for less experienced cyclists. From $249 per person.
Hot-Air Balloon + Bike Tour
Two of Napa Valley’s most thrilling sensory experiences are combined on this memorable tour. You’ll begin your morning admiring an inflating kaleidoscope of colour as your flight crew prepares your hot-air balloon for your skyborne adventure. As you soar above the vineyards, you’ll marvel at the quiet stillness while enjoying unparalleled views. After floating back down to earth, you’ll transition to two wheels for a guided e-bike tour, pedalling between stops at local wineries and tasting rooms. The pace is casual, with an emphasis on enjoying the scenery and meeting new friends. There are half and full-day tours, with the latter including a catered picnic lunch. From $169 per person.
Private Group Bike Tour
For a more intimate experience, Napa Valley Bike Tours also offer fully customised private trips for family or friends. Your private group will be hosted by a knowledgeable, local guide and the route you take and all of your wine-tasting appointments will be arranged in advance based on your preferences. Most of the routes are geared specifically for casual group activities, and tend to involve 3 to 5 miles of biking between winery visits, keeping to mostly flat terrain. Routes are also tethered to the Napa Valley Vine Trail, for a relaxing, car-free bike ride with access to several hidden gem wineries. A signature wine country picnic can also be included. From $225 per person.