Your fly drive includes
- Round trip scheduled flights
- 2 nights in LA, Monterey and San Francisco
- 5 night/6day Cycle Tour
- Accommodation as stated
- Services of a cycling specialist and support staff
- Private transportation in a custom-designed vehicle
- Daily luggage transfers
- 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners included
Escape the concrete jungle with a cycling tour of California’s central coast. With diverse landscapes ranging from sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast Highway to the rolling vine-covered hillsides of wine country, California’s Central Coast is home to some of the premier cycling terrain in the world. It has also served as the backdrop to 4 years of the Tour of California in the past decade, as well as annual spring training for the Tour de France. Not only that you will get the 2 nights in Los Angeles, Monterey, and San Francisco.
Visit rolling vine covered hillsides of wine country
Visit beautiful towns on route
Flexibility of multiple route options
California’s Central Coast
Arrive Los Angeles
Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Los Angeles. Upon arrival, you will make your own way to your hotel.
Hotel: Mr C. Beverly Hills
Take the day to explore the many sights and sounds of the Los Angeles area. Downtown Los Angeles, Malibu, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Marina del Rey - the list of possibilities is almost endless!
Hotel: Mr C. Beverly Hills
This morning you will make your way to Ventura. The rest of the day/evening is yours to explore this coastal city before you start your cycle adventure tomorrow morning.
Hotel: Crown Plaza Ventura Beach
Cycle Ventura to Ojai
This morning you will meet the rest of your cycle group at 10am for a pre-tour briefing and cycle fitting. Today’s route will take you from the beautiful Pacific Coast through some of Central California’s most verdant farmlands near the town of Santa Paula. Along the way, you’ll cycle through citrus orchards and local vineyards before beginning the climb into the Ojai Valley and ending in the quaint town of Ojai. Tucked away in a valley in the Topatopa Mountains you’ll be free to spend the night discovering the city’s village-like center dotted with art galleries and new age shops. Main Route: Via Santa Paula Distance: 32 miles (51km) Elevation gain: 704m
Hotel: The Capri Hotel
Cycle Ojai to Santa Barbara
Today's ride will take you through the Los Padres National Forest, and away from Ojai. Enjoy pastoral views and the textbook beauty of California’s rolling hills. Climb to the 2 Lake Casitas summit, and enjoy the vista before gliding down to the Pacific Coast Highway, and Santa Barbara coast. Main Route: Via Lake Caitas and Carpinteria Distance: 37 miles (59km) Elevation gain: 712m Burner Route: Via Laguna Ridge (Gravel) and Carpinteria Distance: 38 miles (61km) Elevation gain: 789m
Hotel: Castillo Inn at the Beach
Cycle Santa Barbara to Solvang
Leaving the coast behind, you’ll head deep into the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country. Start the morning with a climb to the top of San Marcos Pass and into the Santa Ynez Valley. Those that choose the burner Route will attack one of Southern California’s most notorious rides on Gibraltar Mountain Road- a 9-mile climb through Rattlesnake Canyon that will reward you with spectacular vistas. Regardless of the route, you choose you’ll be rewarded yourself with an included lunch at the historic Cold Creek Tavern. Main Route: Via San Marcos Pass and Cachuma Lake Distance: 37.5 miles (60km) Elevation gain: 1153m Burner Route: Via Gibraltar Mountain and El Camino Cielo and Cahcuma Lake Distance: 45 miles (72km) Elevation gain: 1687m
Hotel: Wine Valley Inn
Cycle Solvang to Lompoc
In recent years, Solvang has become a cycling mecca, utilized as the main race location on the Tour of California as well as a spring training hub for Tour de France. Explore the area with a ride down the renowned Santa Rosa Rd, bringing you through winding valleys, and mountains towards the city of Lompoc. Upon arriving in Lompoc, you’ll have the flexibility to complete the loop on cycle back to Solvang or join the support staff for a ride by shuttle. Kick back, and relax upon your return with an included massage and spa entrance. Main Route: Solvang to Lompac (one way) Distance: 23 miles (37km) Elevation gain: 256m Burner Route: Via Happy Valley and Figueroa Mountain Distance: 46 miles (74km) Elevation gain: 1608m
Hotel: Wine Valley Inn
Cycle Solvang to Santa Maria
On today’s ride, you’ll follow the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, finding yourself surrounded by vineyards, and more of the quintessential California hills and countryside. Stop in for a supported nutrition stop at River Bench Winery for a taste of their stellar Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir before continuing on to your final destination for the night. Santa Maria is renowned not only for its importance in the wine industry, but also for its succulent Santa Maria style barbecue, and has been called “The West’s Best BBQ Town,” by Sunset Magazine. Eat to your hearts (and stomachs) content with an included dinner as you prepare for your final day. Main Route: Via Foxen Canyon Road Distance: 42.5 miles (68km) Elevation gain: 510m Burner Route: Via Foxen Canyon Road, Tepusquet Road, and Cuyama Highway, Distance: 49.5 miles (80km) Elevation gain: 1210m
Hotel: Santa Maria Inn
Cycle Santa Maria to San Luis Obispo
Congratulations! You’ve now ridden almost halfway from Los Angeles to San Francisco, as you finish today’s final ride in the city of San Luis Obispo, one of California’s oldest communities. Spend an extra night to explore SLO, as an opportunity to relax, and reflect on your successful journey into California’s Central Coast. Main Route: Via Pismo Beach Distance: 35 miles (56km) Elevation gain: 306m
Hotel: Apple Farm
This morning you will pick up a car and make your way to Monterey for a two-night stay. Monterey is the largest city on its namesake peninsula is just 80 miles south of San Francisco. During your time here we recommend attractions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium with its three-story marine habitat tank and the Splash Zone filled with penguins, sea dragons and super-sized scallop and clam shells. Kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, whale watching, and beach-going are just some of the other activities to be enjoyed in and around Monterey.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Monterey
Today you will make the drive over to San Francisco where you will spend your final two nights of this incredible adventure. San Francisco is perhaps one of the most enchanting cities in the United States. From the crooked street in the world, Lombard Street, to Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf; Union Square to the Cable Cars; Chinatown to the Golden Gate Bridge – the city is packed with things to see and do to suit everyone.
Hotel: Handlery Union Square Hotel
Today take the short drive back to San Francisco Airport, before returning your rental car and check-in for your flight to the UK.
From £3339 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices are available on request.
Please note that due to the remote locations visited, some accommodation is below the standard that we would normally recommend.