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Great Bike Tour: Solvang Santa Barbara Wine Country

My husband and I just completed a weekend bike tour with UDC tours cycling thru the Wine Country of Santa Ynez Valley and we loved it. It was our first guided tour and we choose UDC because they specialize in California and all the reviews we read, had nothing but positives to say about the experience. The tour was based in Solvang at The Hadsten House; which offered very nice and comfortable lodging along with a very much appreciated outdoor hot tub and indoor pool. We met our guides, Laura & Daryl, on Saturday where we, along with the other 5 cyclists in our group, were greeted with a backpack filled with cycling related "goodies", fitted with top-notch Scott bikes, personalized water bottles, and a meticulous route map with turn by turn directions. Both Laura & Daryl rode with us the first day to make sure we were acclimated to our bikes and the area. Over the next two days, either Laura or Daryl rode with our group while the other followed in the "sag wagon" to offer support as needed or to drive ahead and set-up a nice picnic lunch. Really fabulous riding over the weekend included pedaling along beautiful backroads past vineyards and farms, all while enjoying breathtaking views in Ballard and Foxen Canyon. Yes, those views provide a scenic distraction while climbing (ascending) the canyons and a beautiful "reward" while enjoying the downward descents! Each day of very satisfying cycling ended with a stop in town at the Bulldog Cafe to regroup and swap stories followed by a really nice dinner out with the whole group at two area restaurants in Solvang: Cecco's and Mirabelle's. UDC tours takes care of just about everything while you're on the tour; and truly, seems to put a lot of thought into ensuring that each rider has a successful and enjoyable experience, which includes the little things like having an ample supply of energy snacks "just in case" (which I ended up needing the first day out). Our guides were great, knowledgeable, very warm and friendly. The quality of the bikes is top notch and scenery hard to beat! We are considering booking another trip in California next Fall and would not hesitate to recommend UDC for anyone considering a bike tour.

TripAdvisor Review November 2013

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Bike Tour Companies in California

Undiscovered Country Tours offers more California cycling vacation options than any other company. But we know that you have a choice when deciding which company to trust with your vacation time and money.

To help make your decision easier, we have compiled a list of all companies we know of that operate scheduled multi-day, inn-to-inn road bike tours in California. We invite you to compare the tour offerings of these companies.

Road Bike Tour Companies in California
Company Trips Regions Daily
Rate
Company
Description
Undiscovered Country Tours-Black Sheep Adventures
866-647-4337
11 Napa
Sonoma
High Sierra
Monterey
Big Sur
Central Coast
S. California Desert
$399-$455 “the leading California bike tour company”
Backroads
800-462-2848
4 Napa
Sonoma
Big Sur
Death Valley
$533-$760 “the world's #1 active travel company”
VBT
800-245-3868
1 Sonoma $333-$408 “best value in deluxe bicycle vacations”
Bicycle Adventures
800-443-6060
5 Napa
Sonoma
North Coast
Central Coast
Death Valley
$560-$649 “regional expert in bicycle tours...in the Western United States”
Sojourn
800-730-4771
1 Sonoma
Palm Springs
$433-$499 “enjoy a carefree vacation that has been choreographed by seasoned professionals”
Duvine Adventures
888-396-5383
2 Sonoma
Napa
Santa Barbara
$674-$799 “our trips will provide a distinctive and unique experience that will last a life time”
Trek Travel
866-464-8735
5 Napa
Sonoma
Santa Barbara
$417-$675 “a once-in-a-lifetime immersive travel experience”
Timberline Adventures
800-417-2453
2 Santa Barbara
Death Valley
$398 “our audience is one that loves to cycle and hike as much as we do”
Cycling Escapes
800-596-2953
9 Death Valley
Solvang
Central Coast
Lake Tahoe
$376-$408 “for cyclists who want to challenge themselves on the best of America‚Äôs National Parks and Scenic Byways”
Escape Adventures
800-596-2953
2 Napa
Sonoma
$648 “where professional support and local expertise mean pure, carefree adventure vacation”
Discovery Bicycle Tours
800-257-2226
1 Sonoma $416 “focus is on the individual guest's experience”
Escapades
877-880-2453
1 San Diego $333 “small company providing high quality trips”
Breaking Away
310-377-9806
1 Napa/Sonoma $433 “offering 'beyond category' cycling vacations since 1985”
Woman Tours
800-247-1444
1 Death Valley/td> $398 “Extraordinary tours for every woman”
Andiamo Adventours
800-549-2363
2 Sonoma
Big Sur
$373-$470 “affordable walking, hiking, bicycling or mountain biking adventures”
Velo Echappe
402-345-7445
1 Sonoma $850 “a pioneer and leader in cycling vacations”
More California Bike Tour Information
Name Description
Bike Tour Directory “bicycle tours and events for both road cycling and moutain biking”
Bicycle Tour Network “find the best bicycle tours in the U.S. and beyond”
Bike Tour Operators USA - Open Directory “a list of USA bike tour companies”
Tour of California Cycling Blog “California cycling century events, plus a blog about California bike touring”
Bicycling World “world's largest selection of bicycle tours”
Real Adventures Bicycle Tours North America “Incredible Vacations — North America bike tours”