Biking: Central Coast Wine Country - Guided Multi-Day
Unlike crowded Napa and Sonoma, the Central Coast wine country areas in San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties abound with lightly trafficked scenic roads and small friendly wineries... and the wines are superb! Wine Enthusiast magazine recently rated Paso Robles "Wine Region of the Year!" And the wine country cycling here is truly top notch as well. Paso Robles hosts multiple large bike events (i.e. Great Western Bicycle Rally and Eroica) and the Santa Ynez Valley area in northern Santa Barbara County is well known as a training destination for professional cycling teams. Sandwiched between the two is the San Luis Obispo wine country area, which is a gem of an area to cycle. Please come with us to explore this dynamic yet unhurried wine country area filled with amazing cycling opportunites and top notch wines...
We specialize in amazing multi-day bike tours through the wine country areas of Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, and the Santa Ynez Valley of northern Santa Barbara County.
“We had a ball. You and your wife have a fabulous operation. We were wholly gracious for the friendly guidance and for not rushing the tour as we sipped vino throughout the area.”Brian Kriebel Brooklyn, NY
***ALL CENTRAL COAST OUTDOORS BIKE TOURS ARE PRIVATE***
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- Suggested Itineraries
- Traffic, Road Conditions and Terrain
- Overview Map
- Start and End Tour Transportation
- Climate Information
All the California Central Coast wine country bike tour itineraries listed below are highly flexible. In many cases, more or fewer days can be done. Most days have several options for more or less miles. Some coastal cycling can also be woven in for a more diverse bike tour. Shorter wine country bike tours usually focus on one or two of our local wine country regions. Longer tours usually take in all three regions. As always, if nothing below matches what you are looking for, please feel free to call us at 805.528.1080, email us or submit a Custom Bike Trip Questionnaire.
PASO ROBLES, SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA YNEZ VALLEY - 5 DAYS
The perfect way to take in all the best that the Central Coast wine country has to offer cyclists! This itinerary spends two days in the Paso Robles area, one day in the SLO area and two days in the Santa Ynez Valley. The second day of cycling in Paso Robles is hilly, but can be swapped out for a different ride that is less challenging. If you want to extend the tour, there is some great coastal cycling between paso Robles and SLO and/or you can add day(s) in Paso Robles or the Santa Ynez Valley.
CAMBRIA, SLO AND SANTA YNEZ VALLEY - 4 DAYS
One of our most popular guided itineraries. This tour cherry picks the best of the cycling in SLO County and northern Santa Barbara County. It's a delightful combination of coast and wine country and is highly flexible. It's a great tour for groups of mixed abilities. Many groups elect to add a day of kayaking and hiking between Cambria/Cayucos and SLO as well. Adding an extra day in the Santa Ynez Valley is also possible.
PASO ROBLES AND SAN LUIS OBISPO - 3 DAYS
A shortened version of the five day itinerary above focusing on Paso Robles and SLO. A more challenging loop into the wine country on the west side of Paso Robles can also be done on the second day instead of the southeast Paso Robles area. If you want to extend the tour, there is some great coastal cycling between paso Robles and SLO and/or you can add day(s) in Paso Robles or the Santa Ynez Valley.
We have three levels of service and pricing for our guided bike tours. The pricing on our most popular levels is a base daily rate for the whole group based on size of support vehicle needed multiplied by number of days for the tour plus added cost for providing bikes and/or lunch. You typically book your own accommodations (we provide recommendations) and are responsible for all or most of your meals (we also provide recommendations). We can also do fully inclusive tours. Please click on the links below (or just call us!) to read more about our different service levels and to see what daily rates might be like for your tour.
Summary of Levels of Service
- Guided - Vehicle Support Only - Best if you have your own bikes.
- Guided - Vehicle Support Plus Bikes and/or Lunch - Our most popular option. Best for groups of 2-6 people without their own bikes. We'll supply accommodations recommendations.
- Guided - All Inclusive - Hassle free. Includes vehicle support, bikes, meals, accommodations. Best for larger groups.
We also offer Self Guided Multi-Day bike tours down the coast and in wine country.
Custom Bike Tour Questionnaire (Start the booking process)
Once you've reviewed itinerary options and have an idea of a level of service you'd like, the best way to start the process of booking a tour and getting a firm price quote for your group and itinerary is to fill out the Custom Bike Tour Questionnaire. You can always give us a call at 805.528.1080 as well. Remember - all our bike tours are private! But we think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the modest cost of a private bike tour with us.
Most of the groups that do guided multi-day bike tours with us book their own accommodations based on our recommendations. The cost and availability of accommodations can vary considerably and are influenced by location, high season vs. low season rates, and weekend vs. weekday rates. The best way to get a sense for what accommodations for your tour might cost is to first choose a specific itinerary and dates and ask us to email you our lists of recommended accommodations for each stop along the way. Then you can check availability and rates for your specific dates. Most budget hotel accommodations are in the $100-150 per night range. Mid range accommodations are typically between $150-300 per night. High end accommodations can cost much more than that. Some places, may sell out months in advance during the busy summer season or other holiday times, and/or may require two nights stays on certain busy weekends. The farther in advance you plan your bike tour, the better chance you have to get the accommodations you want at each stop along the way. Virtually all accommodations we recommend have websites where you can check availability and book rooms.
Traffic for most California Central Coast wine country bike tour routes is variable, but mostly on lightly trafficked roads. On certain stretches you may be riding on somewhat busier roads to link up the roads with less traffic. Virtually all of the roads with somewhat higher traffic volumes have big shoulders.
The terrain for California Central Coast wine country bike tour routes is variable. Most days will have some combination of relatively level riding mixed with a few sections of hillier riding. There are often ways to avoid cycling some of the larger hills, by doing shorter options or taking a short shuttle. If you like riding hills, many of the optional rides are quite hilly.
San Luis Obispo Area
San Luis Obispo has a regional airport (SBP) quite near town, although it is smaller and currently served by only two airlines (United and US Air). There are non-stop flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Phoenix. San Luis Obispo is also well served by Amtrak and has several trains/buses per day north toward the San Francisco Bay Area and south toward Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Many people assume you can rent a car in most of the towns in SLO County, but this is not the case. There are no places to rent cars along the northern SLO County coast (i.e. Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay) until you get to the town of SLO itself, where most major national car rental companies are represented.