Bike tours are often combined with other types of tours to create a richer experience.
Bike tours through wine countries offer riders breathtaking scenery, an exciting itinerary and the chance to taste some of the best wines in the world. The routes wind through the beautiful countryside, with stops at wineries and tastings of the regional specialties. There are many choices, including guided and self-guided tours, with varying degrees of difficulty.
There are one-day bike tours, overnight bike tours and self-guided tours available in Sonoma and Napa wine country. Wine Country Bikes offers short escapes, which are two- and three-day bike tours. The escapes allow cyclists to enjoy the beautiful wine country without having to worry about the itinerary, as the company takes care of all the details. The most popular tour packages include one day of fully guided touring and one or two days of self-guided touring. The combination allows cyclists to get acclimated with the help of a guide, then explore for a day or two on their own. These tours are made for riders of any ability.
The Short Escape Luxury Tour and the Elegant B&B Escape both include a day in the Dry Creek Valley to visit wineries, enjoy a picnic lunch, and then bike back to town for a massage, spa treatment and dinner. Lodging for the Luxury Tour is provided courtesy of Grape Leaf Inn, while lodging for the B&B Escape is at the Camellia Inn. Day two of the escapes is spent on a custom-designed self tour, exploring the Russian River Valley, the Alexander Valley or another area. The cost of the Luxury Tour is about $900 per person for two days and two nights or $1000 for three days and nights. The fee includes a massage. The cost of the B&B Escape is about $600 per person for two days and nights or $800 for three days and nights.
Bordeaux, France, is a gorgeous area to explore by bike. Wine has grown there for two thousand years, and it is probably the most well-known wine region in France. One-third of French wine is made in the region. DuVine Adventures Bicycle Tours offers a Bicycle and Spa Vacation in Bordeaux. Riders pedal along lovely country roads to Pomerol, Margaux and St. Emilion. They enjoy private tastings of some of the best wines, from Sauvignon Blancs to Cabernets. At the end of the day, there is a relaxing Bordeaux spa to enjoy. The cost is about $4,000 per person for six days and five nights. The tour is considered easy to moderate in skill level. The package includes five nights of luxury accommodations at the Hotel Cheau Grand Barrail and Cheau de Sanse. All breakfasts are included, as well as two lunches and four gourmet dinners, including wine. Riders enjoy wine tastings at Cheau Palmer, Moulin de Langet, Cheau Angelus and Cheau Margaux, The bike tour averages 30 miles a day on rolling terrain and winds around medieval villages, Grand Cru Classvineyards and cheaux.
Riders use a 27-speed aluminum hybrid bicycle and have the choice of five lightweight frame sizes. A handlebar bag, gel seat, lock, rear carrier rack, pump, patch kit with spare tube, water bottle and bell are included.
The Finger Lakes Region offers endless opportunities for the wine lover. There are more than 100 wineries in the area, producing more than 100 million bottles of wine every year. It is home to award-winning Pinot Noirs, Rieslings, Ice Wines and Chardonnays. Classic Adventures offers a Classic Central New York bike tour for 11 days and ten nights. The tour price of about $3,400 per person includes nine dinners, 11 breakfasts and accommodations. The tour stops at Heron Hill, Glenora, Dr. Konstantin Frank, Fox Run, TreleavenKing Ferry and Anthony Road wineries. Riders are given a Trek bicycle, which is fully equipped for touring. The skill level is moderate, with 30 to 50 mile average daily distances on rolling to hilly terrain. There are several moderate climbs on a daily basis. Classic Adventures also offers a New York Finger LakesCayuga and Seneca Lakes Wine Trail tour. The tour brings cyclists through the second-largest producing region of U.S. wine. There are picturesque villages, historic lakeside inns and historic sites.
Bike tours are also available in South Africa. InfoHub lists a Bicycles and Wines tour, which is a one-day, eco-friendly tour that accommodates groups of two to 20 people. The tour takes cyclists into the Stellenbosch Winelands area, which is located just outside of Cape Town. Participants first walk through the company gardens, then take a first-class train ride to Spier Wine estate. From there, the group receives its bicycles and embarks on a 17-kilometer ride along a gravel route. Riders stop and visit four wine farms: Skilpadvlei, Spier, Stellenbosch Hills and Welmoed. They taste five South African wines at each estate, then return to the starting point and board a train back to Cape Town.
Bike Tours Direct offers a Rhine and German Wine road bike tour. It goes through the countrys second-largest wine-growing area. Riders experience gorgeous villages with unique ambiance, hospitality at charming wine estates and excellent wines. They have the opportunity to explore treasures in the 2,000-year-old region, such as the cathedral of Speyer. There are a few accommodation choices on the tour, as well as optional dinner packages. Riders can request their own routes, depending on what they want to see. The tour is perfect for experienced cyclists and families with children alike.