VBT California TourJoin Us for VBT’s California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast
August 14–19, 2016

Middlebury alumni and their families are invited to join the Alumni Bicycling Vacation, California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast, with award-winning tour operator VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, which is based just north of Middlebury in Williston, VT.  

We have reserved the August 14, 2016 departure for Middlebury alumni and family members. This fabulous itinerary features delightful bike rides through stately redwood groves and rolling hillside vineyards, as well as scenic routes along the rugged Californian coast. When not biking, guests will explore lively towns like Healdsburg and Sonoma, visit local wineries for tastings, and even enjoy a private group tour of a local olive mill.

This tour runs from August 14–19 and includes all accommodations, many meals, two expert trip leaders, free use of VBT’s custom bikes and helmets, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and on-tour vehicle support.

VBT specializes in small-group active travel, so keep in mind there are only 20 spots available. Please call VBT’s tour consultants today at 800-245-3868 or reserve online at vbt.com to secure your spot. Be sure to mention our group number, 247822.

Cultural Highlights

  • Sample Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at a prestigious winery in the Los Carneros viticulture region.
  • Trace the contours of the Pacific shoreline as we cycle along a secluded stretch of California’s iconic Highway One.
  • Picnic in a grove of magnificent Sequoia sempervirens—Earth’s oldest and tallest living organisms—at the Armstrong Redwoods Reserve.
  • Learn how the distinct microclimates of the Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys play an integral role in wine production from a local expert.
  • Discover downtown Healdsburg—named the #2 “Best Small Town to Visit” in 2014 by Smithsonian magazine.

What to Expect

This tour offers mostly easy terrain with the occasional rolling hill and the opportunity for some longer rides. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available throughout the trip.

Average Daily Mileage: 18–44 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2–4 1/2 hours


Alumni Office
700 Exchange Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
P: 802.443.5183
E: alumni@middlebury.edu