A Cycling Tour of the Gorgeous Pacific Coast
With more than 900 wineries and dozens of craft breweries between them, Napa Valley and Sonoma County have secured reputations as giants on the worldwide stage of imbibing. Celebrated restaurants saturate the region (the Napa Valley town of Yountville alone is home to more Michelin stars in a single mile radius than any other place in the world), making for a culinary experience that is world class, and the riding is just as amazing. This is just the beginning of why we love our Northern California wine country bike tours.
With California’s fantastic weather, quiet country lanes, and roads that are perfect for riding, you will come to understand why the Tour of California pro bike race comes to this cyclist’s paradise nearly every year. Our tours will find you riding alongside fertile vineyards, into thousand-year-old redwood forests, and along the ruggedly beautiful Pacific coast before returning to the vibrant city of San Francisco.
Private Bike Tours
Our private, custom bike tours provide highly personalized experiences.
Fit Your Needs
Low-hassle customizable tours that are created to fit each guest’s interests, and needs!
We're on your schedule
You name the dates and we curate your private tour.
Concierge Level Service
Ride in confidence with the support of a local dedicated concierge/guide.
Included in your tour are all luggage transfers, a guide, jerseys, comprehensive routing instructions including maps, and much more.
High-quality rental bikes available – road, hybrid and eBike.
While in Wine Country…
Beyond sending you to the best tasting rooms, we can guide you to a large handful of wineries & breweries that serve as idyllic venues for picnic lunches. We look forward to showing you our favorite hotels, B&Bs, and farm-to-table restaurants. Whether you want an easy, relaxing tour focused on wine tasting or a challenging cycling experience, we have options to fit your preference.
Please note that we only offer guided tours in California Wine Country.
What is included?
We take care of everything except pedaling the bike….except for eBikes. The eBikes we provide will help you pedal!
- All hotel accommodations – mostly 3 and 4 stars but ask for custom accommodation requests.
- An OBT cycling jersey!
- Comprehensive routing instructions. GPS unit rentals are available.
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel.
- Meals as explained in the tour itinerary pages. Usually, this means all breakfasts, no lunches, and some dinners.
- Detailed route notes, maps, and tourist information
- Your personal guide/concierge
What is not included?:
- Transportation to start location and from finish locations
- Bikes, but we have rental bikes available
- Travel and Health Insurance
- Admission to site-seeing venues, unless explicitly mentioned as included
Why is a Private tour better?
Our tours are centered around accommodating our guests and the experience they are craving. Not the other way around.
Have you ever been stuck with a group of people you don’t know and may not particularly like? Or have been required to go along with tour plans or excursions that you were not excited about? Have you ever been in a tour group where you feel like you’re being herded along and hurried regardless of what you’d like to do? We’ve been there and don’t like it either. A private tour allows you to travel when you want and with whom you want. Bring your friends, family, partner, or simply yourself. Let us curate an experience for YOU!
We're on your schedule? How?
From when you register for the tour through the duration of your tour, we cater to your timing.
- YOU get to name the dates of your tour. You don’t have to choose from a calendar of tours that require you to adjust the timing your vacation plans. Want to start on a Wednesday? Sure! Want to be on tour for 5 days rather than the 6 days on our sample itinerary? That is OK with us.
- When on your tour you are not being pushed to get on the bike at a certain time with a group. You rise, have breakfast, and roll out when you’re ready.
- Want to spend more time exploring an area on a daily riding route? Sure! Just make sure you get to the hotel in time for dinner.
Are bike rentals available? If so, what kind?
High-quality rental bikes available – road, hybrid and eBike. We will deliver the bikes to you and fit them to you at the beginning of the tour. Your guide/concierge is always available for help if you have a mechanical issue.
How customizable are your tours?
We are very flexible in the destinations we offer tours. Customization options include the number of days/nights on tour, accommodation level (but we DO NOT go under 3-star), new towns/villages within established destinations, and much more. We are open to trying new things in new destinations! Please ask if you’re not seeing what you want!
We have a minimum of 3 or 4 nights on tour, depending on destination.
How short can a tour be? Do you provide one-day guiding?
We have a minimum of 3 or 4 nights on tour, depending on destination. We do not provide one-day guiding.
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY
“The countryside is every bit as lovely as we had expected, the routes offered really pleasant riding with excellent variety. We do love the self-guided style trips (this was our 3rd with your organization), with flexibility to ride at our own pace, to stop whenever and wherever we care to. The only pressure is to arrive at the evening’s destination by cocktail hour!”
I always had an idea that I wanted to go see the Tour de France once in my life. Well, I have now gone on three TdF trips with Outfitter Bicycle Tours as the experience was that good. Jamie and Joy’s low key, friendly and flexible approach made riding in the Alps an amazing experience. They did a great job of helping me determine what would maximize my experience. If I wanted an easier day, they h… Read more
“Outfitters provided high-touch, personalized service when planning our guided tour to Chianti, Italy. Our guide, Bruno, was a world class rider and knew the region like his own back yard. Road support was always minutes away, whether we needed it or not. An e-bike was magically delivered to my 11-year-old daughter on day 3, when the climbs had become too difficult for her. We had wonderful servic… Read more
My dad and I had a great trip to Asheville, NC on a self guided tour where Jamie and his staff were excellent. Not only were they super flexible with where we wanted to ride but also very helpful in recommending best spots to eat/drink around town. They took care of all the logistics and planning and we just had to show up and ride. Already thinking about another trip and would definitely recomme… Read more
“The support was incredible – so nice to have a car on the route for water, and so we did not have to lug gear for weather changes. With all the elevation, this was comforting. Exceptional mechanical support. We did not expect this kind of on-road support!”
“The careful and excellent detailed preplanning, reservations, and auxiliary service were well done and made our trip easy and seamless!”
“We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this tour – well thought out bike routes, very good hotel accommodations (nice, clean rooms and substantial breakfasts), and excellent choice of breweries and brewery restaurants (including brewery tours when available). It was obvious that a great deal of attention to detail had been given to this tour and customer service and client satisfaction was of ut… Read more
We had one of the trips of a lifetime organized by Outfitter. We had originally planned to organize the trip ourselves, but we were SO glad we chose Outfitter. They planned great days of riding, put us up in charming hotels with great food, and took care of all the hassles of pickups and baggage transport, etc. We could not have been happier with our trip and will definitely use them for our next … Read more
Before booking my Best of Provence – Relaxed 7 Night solo riding tour, I had not ridden a bike for more than a couple of hours at a time let alone six days in a row! So, coming into my tour, I had no idea what I was getting myself into or whether I would be able to even complete the journey, however the itinerary that Outfitter Bicycle Tours had designed for me, gently taking me through Provence… Read more
“I was able to watch Tour de France action when I wanted and ride the beautiful roads and passes of France when I wanted, and the flexibility to do either was what I most appreciated. Conquering Mont Ventoux, Col d Galibier, Col d Semnoz, Col d Serene, Alpe de Huez, riding alongside Andy Schleck and Jens Voigt on their rest day, and 40+ mph descents that went on for miles are just some of the hi… Read more
“WOW! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE!!! Jamie and Joy Gilpin – along with their staff members – created one of the most memorable bike adventures we’ve ever experienced. My husband and I have had the very good fortune of biking all over the world, which should underscore how well planned and organized Outfitter Bicycle Tours is! Every detail was considered, from the exceptional accommodations at eve… Read more
“Outfitter Bicycle Tours were wonderful- Jamie Gilpin is an excellent communicator and responds quickly to questions and needs. Bruno Baldini is an excellent tour guide, responsive, on time and a skilled cyclist. We have plans to definitely do another tour. Overall, an A+++ trip full of fantastic memories!“
“Excellent in all aspects. Bikes were well setup and maintained. Lodging was just wonderful. Routes were well laid out and avoided big roads and big towns. Enough hills to remind us where we were without killing us. Responsiveness of team in California and on the ground was just excellent. We will do more tours with Outfitter Bicycle Tours.”
“We’ve returned home now and I wanted to say a big thank you for a wonderful trip. It came off without a hitch and we enjoyed many of the routes you mapped out for us. Happily, after our wives built their confidence, the only day we ended up truncating was the first day, when we rode directly from Le Thor to Fontaine de Vaucluse through Ile sur la Sorgue. We also added Oppede le Vieux on the s… Read more
“We had an absolutely incredible time! Everything was perfect. The routes, the hotels, and the food was fantastic!…We absolutely had more fun and had a greater experience than we were expecting and our expectations were already very high! So thank you very much! We will definitely recommend you to our friends and will hopefully have the opportunity to work with you again on another tour!”
Thank you for a great trip. It might have been my favorite in Europe ever. It was totally trip that I wanted. Lars went above and beyond!
“Fantastic tour. The routes were all exceptionally well planned. The climb up the Ventoux was epic. The descent was white knuckles and we loved every minute of it. Each day we rode a 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. Lunch was usually 2-3 hours. The restaurants were recommended by our guide, Arthur. The Provencal country food was absolutely unbelievably delicious. Independen… Read more
“Bruno speaks English very well. He is extremely knowledgeable about food like where to eat and regional dishes and wines, accommodations and the roads. He asks feedback on the places we stayed and the quality of the food. He was very responsive our cycling needs too. When we needed sag help he was there quickly and no complaints.”
“We enjoyed so much that it is difficult to describe.”
It was amazing! It was well organized and Bruno did a very good job. He is a nice guy, we really enjoy our trip. The hotels were great, cities and routes were very very nice. Thank you, we have really enjoyed our vacation by bike!