SELF-GUIDED BIKE TOURS

TOUR OVERVIEW

Even diehard “do-it-yourselfers” should consider a few important logistics before deciding to rent bikes and tour totally unsupported.

For starters, many of local wineries within this pristine area are prohibited from serving or selling food outside of the context of an educational food-and-wine pairing experience. You will also find that delis and markets are few and far between once you’re out bicycling through the scenic countryside; and as you might imagine, when you do come across a local deli, it’s not unusual to encounter a 30-minute wait (or longer) to have sandwiches made-to-order at these relative oases.

And if you’re planning to purchase wine during your bike ride, carrying it while biking can pose another obstacle. Even if you bring a backpack, you’ll risk damaging your prized finds by exposing them to heat.

With all this in mind, you can improve your experience exponentially by choosing a Self-Guided Bike Tour. You’ll still pedal at your own pace, stopping at wineries you’ve chosen to visit (we can help if you need suggestions!); but, you’ll enjoy the added conveniences of having your wine purchases picked up for you and a delicious box picnic lunch delivered to a winery* with a picnic area along your route or a local park with shaded picnic tables. *Wine tasting appointment required when you will be picnicking onsite at a winery.

It’s the fool-proof way to pull off a perfect day of biking to wineries “on your own” – with just the right amount of support!

» Should We Book a Self-Guided Tour or Just Rent Bikes?
A Self-Guided Bike Tour is a bike rental package that includes two key enhancements over a bike rental: 1) A delicious box picnic lunch catered by our talented friends at the girl & the fig (which we can deliver to a winery along your route) and 2) Wine-purchase pickup service. The value of these additional features depends upon whether you’d like to enjoy a picnic at a winery (especially when you realize that wineries are not permitted to sell/serve food themselves) and whether you plan to purchase wine and might benefit from the wine purchase pickup service.

BASIC DETAILS

DURATION

9:30 a.m. to ~4:00 p.m.*

Tour usually finishes close to 4:00 p.m. Let your Tour Guide know if you need to finish by a certain time.

BEST SUITED FOR

Casual riders interested in visiting local wineries in a fun, recreational way.

HOW MANY WINERIES?

Most people visit between 2-4 wineries over the course of their Self-Guided Bike Tour. Wine tasting fees are not included. Fees average $20-25 at most wineries; your fees may be waived with minimum purchase (varies by winery).

MEET LOCATION

Sonoma Valley Bike Tours shop

 

1254 Broadway
Sonoma, CA 95476

One mile south of Sonoma Plaza

~15 min from Glen Ellen
~20 min from Kenwood
~20 min from Downtown Napa
~30 min from Yountville
~60 min from San Francisco

BIKE TOUR PRICE

$108 per person

Wine tasting fees are not included. Fees average $20-25 at most wineries; your fees may be waived with minimum purchase (varies by winery).

CANCELLATION POLICY

Full pre-payment is required to confirm your reservation. Cancellations for any reason will incur a $10 per person cancellation fee before refund.  A minimum 24 hours notice is required in order to receive partial refund; reservations are strictly non-refundable within 24 hours.

GOOD TO KNOW

Our guests enjoy riding Sonoma’s quieter country roads. Click here to learn more about the roads we ride and the bicycling infrastructure here in Sonoma.


WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Our exclusive Bike to Wineries Map and Planning Guide will be emailed to you when you confirm your reservation – we provide all of the tools, information and advice you need to plan an awesome day!
  • Late-model Specialized Sirrus or Vita hybrid rental bike & helmet
  • Delicious box picnic lunch optionally delivered to a winery along your route (you must have a confirmed tasting appointment at the winery where you plan to picnic)
  • Van support, including wine-purchase pickup service
  • Handlebar bag
  • Bottled water

WHAT TO WEAR & BRING

  • Wear casual, comfortable clothing.
  • Shorts or cropped pants are ideal; long pant legs should be tapered or we can provide a pant-leg strap.
  • Warm layers are often a good call for cool mornings
  • Comfortable shoes; covered toes highly recommended
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

ABOUT THE WINERIES

When you’re looking for world-class wines, the Sonoma Valley boasts an embarrassment of riches.

Casual riders will find 11 wineries located within 5 miles of our driveway. And avid riders who are up for a 30- to 35-mile roundtrip ride will find an additional 7 wineries to explore in the picturesque Carneros District. See our Location & Routes page for specific information including a link to our route map.

Sonoma Valley wine tasting
» VIEW THE WINERIES OUR GUESTS FREQUENTLY VISIT

Artesa WineryBartholomew ParkBouchaine VineyardsBuena VistaCeja VineyardsCuvaison CarnerosDomaine CarnerosEtudeGundlach-BundschuHomewood WineryMcKenzie MuellerRavenswoodSaintsburyScribeSebastianiStarmont


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Get the gear before you get here! Find the perfect gift to say, “Surprise, we’re going on a Sonoma Valley Bike Tour!” Choose from our popular “Will Bike for Wine” t-shirts, cycling socks, wine glasses and custom cycling jerseys by PrimalWear.

CLASSIC HALF-DAY SONOMA VALLEY BIKE TOUR

The perfect option when you don’t want to commit to a full-day tour and prefer to leave your afternoon open for exploring on your own. You’ll pedal along scenic roads hosted by a local Tour Guide and visit two local wineries for tastings.