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Depending on traffic, Yountville is 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2 hours drive from San Francisco.
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Although public transportation exists between San Francisco and Napa Valley, it's not recommended since the trip takes about 3 hours one way. Public transit directions: From the San Francisco Ferry Building, you can take the Baylink Ferry to Vallejo, then take the Vine Bus Route 10 to Yountville.
On any of our casual guided bike tours or self-guided routes, you'll pedal an average of 3-6 miles between stops at boutique vineyards. Our most popular routes designed for the casual tourist are between 10-16 miles. We also have longer route recommendations for experienced cyclists.
Tour guests are always welcome to ride along in the support van if and when you no longer want to ride. Rental guests should be aware that we are unable to provide pick-up service if you bike farther than you can ride back.
This is a difficult question to answer until 3-5 days before your scheduled tour. We realize that you want to make arrangements for the other days you will be in the valley. Please let us know where you have any appointments scheduled, and we will avoid duplicating those wineries on your bike tour.
Wine tasting fees range from $20-$30 at most of the wineries in the Napa Valley. Many wineries will waive tasting fees with a minimum purchase (varies by winery).
On a Guided Bike Tour, you'll enjoy a catered picnic lunch that includes a selection of deli sandwiches, fresh salad, fruit and accompaniments (e.g. olives, garlic dip etc.). On a Self-Guided Bike Tour, you will order your box picnic lunch off our catering menu when you arrive to start your bike ride (box lunch includes: choice of deli sandwich, fresh fruit and a choice side of pasta or potato salad or Kettle Chips).
The typical range is $10-15 per person for half-day bike tours and $15-20 for full-day tours. Tips are shared between your Bike Tour Guide and Van Driver. When Self-Guided Bike Tour guests leave a gratuity, it is shared between the person who set you up with your bikes and advised you on your route and winery visits and the person who delivered your picnic lunch and picked up you wine purchases - Sometimes, this is the same person!
By far, the vast majority our guests ride our Specialized Sirrus hybrid. This touring bike offers all of the efficiencies of a road bike, while being comfortable for casual riders. For experienced cyclists we offer high-performance road bikes, which can be outfitted with clipless pedals for $6. For more information and photos of our bikes, please visit the Bike Rentals page.
If you have your own bike, we're happy to act as your "touring center." Yountville is the best place in wine country to start your ride. We don't offer a discount for guests riding their own bike on our guided tours.
It depends on what the goal of your ride is. If you want to "play tourist" and visit the wineries, cycling shoes are a bit "overkill" - especially on our guided bike tours; not to mention, depending on the type of cleats you have, they can be downright awkward to walk in. However, if you're planning to get a good workout ride in while you're here, by all means bring your shoes. We have an inventory of pedals to match your cleats (for a $6 flat wrench fee). And, if you forget your shoes, we do have shoes with standard SPD cleats available to rent for $15.
Cool mornings make “layering” the best choice for most activities in the Napa Valley. Beyond that, your main focus should be comfort. Casual shorts or capri pants are recommend. Denim is probably the only fabric we recommend avoiding due to its thick seams. If you'll be wearing long pants, keep in mind that the right pant leg will need to be cinched or rolled up to avoid getting caught (we have Velcro straps you can borrow, if needed). We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes or sandals that are securely strapped on your feet.
All of our signature bicycling routes include a combination of cycling along lightly trafficked country roads and portions of some busier thoroughfares including Hwy. 29 and Silverado Trail where there is a 6-8 foot wide shoulder. We have been biking safely along these routes since 1987.
There are no designated bike trails that are completely removed from traffic - although the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition is working diligently to change that! Visit vinetrail.org for details and to lend your support.
For a biking experience that takes you off-road through the vineyards and away from traffic, check out the Cycling In the Vineyards Tour.
Napa's quieter country roads, aka the "Cross Roads":
Shoulder on Hwy. 29:
Bike lane along Silverado Trail:
See the Weather page for average temperatures and rainfall by month.
We tour rain or shine. On days with light/intermittent rain, we can provide rain jackets to keep you dry and comfortable. In the unlikely event of heavy rain, your guided bike tour may be converted to a chauffeured van tour, and your Tour Guide will go out of his way to visit some special wineries that we wouldn't have been able to visit by bike.
We find that most families with children enjoy the flexibility of a self-guided tour or bike rental, since you can choose your route and decide if/when to include winery visits along your route. While there are not always kid-centered activities available at the wineries, kids are usually welcome to play outside.