Cycle and sip your way through one of the USA's most loved wine regions.
With picturesque meadows, rolling vineyards and over 400 wineries, cycling in Napa Valley is the perfect adventure for nature lovers who love a glass of vino (or two). As well as sampling some of California's best wine varieties, you'll get to drink in the views as you cruise down quiet country roads, through historic villages in neighbouring Sonoma, beneath giant redwood trees, and along the Russian River to the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline. With your local guide leading the way, you'll also learn about the valley's unique history, feast on the freshest Californian cuisine, and discover the seal colonies of Jenner. With delicious food, wine and views throughout your journey, a Napa Valley cycling tour is an adventure for all five senses.
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Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage. All travellers are required to produce:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
- If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
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Napa Valley wine country is in Northern California, about 50 miles (a one hour drive) northwest of San Francisco.
The closest airport to Napa Valley and wine country is Napa County Airport. If you're travelling from further afield, you can fly into Oakland International Airport (50 miles south of Napa Valley), San Francisco International Airport (55 miles south) or Sacramento International Airport (60 miles west).
Packing for a Napa Valley cycling tour isn’t too different from any other adventure, but if you want to be comfortable, some of the bike-specific items to bring include a helmet, comfortable sports shoes, padded bike shorts, a sun hat or cap, sunscreen, quick-dry socks and a lightweight waterproof/windproof jacket. If you're travelling in spring, fall or winter, be sure to pack trousers, a sweater, a coat and a beanie to keep yourself warm as the temperatures drop at night. You might also want to bring a couple of smart casual outfits to wear for winetasting or dining out in one of the region's many restaurants.
Napa Valley is a dream come true for wine lovers with over 400 wineries with open cellar doors, that's not including the 1000+ other wineries that don't have cellar doors you can visit.
The weather in Napa Valley is perfect for growing grapes. Sheltered from the extreme heat of the Vaca Mountains to the east and the cooler maritime weather from the Mayacama Mountains to the west, the region experiences a Mediterranean climate with long, hot and dry summers and short, mild and wet winters. Spring and summer and temperate with warm days and cool nights. Average highs in summer linger around 83°F (28.3°C) and average lows sit at 38°F (3.3°C) on winter nights.
If you love wine, then September through October (AKA harvest season) is the best time to visit Napa Valley. The days are warm, the evenings are balmy and there are loads of harvest parties and events happening in the wineries. Harvest season coincides with the peak tourist season, but if you visit at the end of the harvest season, the crowds will start thinning out and you'll get to see the valley's landscapes turn a gorgeous golden colour as fall sets in. The other shoulder season from March through May is another great time to visit as the summer crowds are yet to arrive, wildflowers add bright splashes of colour to the hills, and fair temperatures make for pleasant cycling and hiking around the region.
We think one of the best ways to get around Napa Valley is by cycling. Not only does it allow you to immerse yourself in nature and take in the scenery at a slower pace, but it's good for the environment and makes the wine taste even better (cycling is thirsty work!). You can also explore on foot with more than 50 walkable tasting rooms in Downtown Napa alone. The wineries in Napa Valley are spread out over a 30 by five-mile radius so having a car is handy if you want to go to some of the more remote wineries in the region. There is also a public bus called the Vine which operates an extensive bus route across the Country of Napa throughout the week.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.