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California Bike Tour - Coast and Desert Combo


Available Tour Dates:

February 24 to March 1, 2019


Our coast and desert bike trip offers the very best in warm-weather, winter biking in the country. You will bike along the magnificent Pacific Coast of Southern California. Leaving the ocean behind, bikers will stay in Julian, a mountain gold rush town, and then bike miles down to the Anza-Borrego desert floor at Borrego Springs.  You will then bike through desert badlands to the world-famous Salton Sea. The Coast and Desert bike tour will wrap up by biking through the majestic, rugged beauty of the vineyards of Temecula Valley wine country.

Tour Level:  Moderate

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California Bike Tour - Coast and Desert Combo




•  Enjoy the very best in warm-weather winter biking in the continental United States

•  Ride along the Pacific Ocean shore near San Diego and La Jolla
•  Bike on quiet roads from the mountaintop gold rush town of Julian down miles to the desert floor and to "our" resort in Borrego Springs
•  Explore by bike the ever-changing beauty of the Anza-Borrego Desert


•  Bike from our resort to the Salton Sea at altitude zero
•  Experience the award-winning, luxurious, desert oasis of the Borrego Springs Resort with opportunities to hike, swim, or play golf


•  Bike through wine country to Temecula and enjoy lunch at a local winery and a wine tasting at our Inn that evening.




Terrain:  The bike tour is flat along the coast and varies between flat to moderately hilly in the desert depending on route selection. There is a substantial amount of down hill biking on the bike tour including an 11-mile descent into the desert.

Weather:   The average high in San Diego in February is 66° F and the low 52° F, and in Borrego Springs 73° F and 47° F

California Bike Tour - Coast and Desert Combo

Price: $2,495

Included in Price:

• 5 Nights accommodations in unique resorts, hotels, B&Bs

• All breakfasts, three dinners, two picnic lunches

• Experienced guides familiar with the local area

• SAG (Support and Gear) Van to provide baggage relocation, mechanical support, snacks, fresh water, and
"rest rides" as needed

• Cue sheets and maps with daily meetings to review route options and points of interest

Additional Fees:

• Road or Hybrid bike to use during the tour

• Single Supplement $495 (room mates will be sought when requested)

California Bike Tour - Coast and Desert Combo


Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa:  Just a hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean and within walking distance of Mission Bay, the world’s largest aquatic park, the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa is a self-contained vacation. The property’s gardens boast over 1,000 types of eclectic plants and flowers, exotic birds, 100 varieties of palm trees, 30 types of hibiscus and frogs, crayfish, catfish, minnows and koi in the ponds located throughout the gardens. Guests can also enjoy massages, facials, body wraps, exfoliating Vichy showers, and hydrotherapy treatments at the resort’s spa. You can visit their web page by clicking here.


Julian Hotel:  An 1890s nationally registered historic landmark located in the old California mining town of Julian, the Julian Hotel is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California. Built during the California gold rush, the hotels rooms are decorated with antiques from that time, as well as heirloom quilts, cast- iron fireplaces, lace curtains and claw-foot tubs.   You can visit their web page by clicking here. 


Borrego Springs Resort & Spa:   With the Anza-Borrego Desert on one side and the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains on the other, Borrego Springs Resort and Spa is surrounded by the beauty of nature. Guests at the resort can enjoy golf, tennis or swimming in the two heated pools on the premises or explore the surrounding area, which includes the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with 600,000 acres of riding and hiking trails and a bounty of wildlife.   You can visit their web page by clicking here .


Inn at Churon Winery:   At the Inn at Churon Winery, guests can immerse themselves in life on a vintner’s estate. After a day of strolling the grounds and tasting the wines, they can climb the marble staircase and soak in their tub for two. After luxuriating next to the fireplace and spending a peaceful night under down bedding, guests start their day with a gourmet breakfast while enjoying views of the Temecula Valley and the surrounding snow-capped mountains.  You can visit their web page by clicking here .

California Bike Tour - Coast and Desert Combo


Arrival and Departure: This tour will originate and terminate in San Diego, CA. Escapades will assist with hotel arrangements and local transportation both before and after the tour.


Daily Mileage Options:  15 to 45 miles with longer and shorter options available on all days.


Day 1: San Diego Arrival and Welcome:
We will meet at Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego. After introductions and bike fittings, there is an optional afternoon bike ride on the bike path along Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. A wonderful dinner will follow at a local favorite in the Gas Lamp District of San Diego.
Lodging: Catamaran Resort
Meals: Dinner


Day 2: La Jolla Shores and Julian:
After breakfast on the bay, we will begin the day's journey along a scenic bike path through Pacific Beach and meander our way to the beautiful town of La Jolla for lunch overlooking the ocean. Stronger riders can opt to continue on for a challenging climb to Torrey Pines Park. We will shuttle everyone from La Jolla & Torrey Pines State Beach to Julian, a quaint gold-rush town in the mountain foothills outside San Diego.
Lodging:  Julian Hotel and B&B
Meals: Breakfast


Day 3: Julian to Anza-Borrego Springs:
Today you will bike from the town of Julian to our resort in Borrego Springs. This is one of the most spectacular rides anywhere as you make your way down to the desert overlooking miles of brown and pink rocks and mountains, the tan, gray and green desert floor and the blue of the Salton Sea beyond. We will have a picnic lunch along the way before arriving at our luxurious, desert oasis: The Borrego Springs Resort. Here you will enjoy a relaxing two-night stay with tennis, hot tubs and spa services.
Lodging:  The Borrego Springs Resort
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 4: Anza-Borrego Springs and the Salton Sea:
You will ride into the desert on a spectacular descent to the Salton Sea. After lunch at the turn-around point, stronger riders can opt to ride back, while shuttle service is available for those who wish to return to the resort to enjoy the countless amenities of the Borrego Springs Resort, whether you prefer to lie out by one of many pools, keep up your fitness in the health spa or play a game of tennis. There will be a sumptuous dinner at the resort.
Lodging:  The Borrego Springs Resort
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 5: Temecula Wine Country and Wine Tasting:
Our journey departs from our desert oasis today, as we head north towards the Temecula Wine Country. You will ride along rolling foothills in the heart of the wine country while passing orchards and horse ranches. You will arrive at the Mount Palomar Vineyard for a gourmet picnic lunch at The Taverna at Mount Palomar Mediterranean Deli. A wine tasting in the wine cellars of the Churon Winery follows.  A fabulous dinner at the Inn finishes our day in the wine country.
Lodging:  Churon Winery
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 6: Breakfast Shuttle and Goodbyes:
Following an unforgettable sunrise and a plentiful breakfast, our journey comes to a close. Shuttle service to the San Diego Airport or local hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Customer Testimonials

Baltimore, Maryland Written by Catrin D.
"I loved the trip. The scenery was spectacular, and the company equally stunning."
Los Angeles, California Written by Tom G.
"The trip felt perfectly balanced there was more than enough serious biking for those of us who wanted it, yet there was plenty of relaxed whimsy as well. There was terrific information about the area if we were curious, yet it was also easy just to sit b
New York City Written by Susan P.
"The bike trip to the Anza Borrego desert was, once again, a wonderful trip with Escapades. The bikes and the guides were top notch. The hotel in Borrego Springs was lovely, but best of all, was the 11 mile downhill into the desert, with a view of the Sal

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