Texas Hill Country – NEW!

6-DAY / 5-NIGHT BIKE TOUR – $2,895
2019 Dates: March 3-8, March 10-15, March 17-22,
November 3-8, November 10-15, November 17-22, 2019

The Hill Country of Texas is a fantastic late fall and early spring biking destination with scenic roads, great food and high-quality inns. The Hill Country sits atop the Edwards Plateau and in many ways is the geographic and cultural border between the U.S. Southwest and South. The area is unique for its fusion of Spanish and German influences on food, beer, architecture and music that form a distinctively local “Texan” culture. Our Tour of the Texas Hill Country begins and ends in Austin, and we recommend you spend extra time there before or after the tour. Texas settlers clustered around the crystal clear waterways of the Hill Country, and our trip highlights this history — with the start along the Blanco and Guadalupe Rivers and the end of the trip along the Pedernales River. We feature four nights in Fredericksburg, allowing time to explore some of the best routes in the area, outstanding museums, great food and a hike on the largest pink granite dome in the U.S. Each day has some riding along the river valleys without too much climbing — and optional routes with additional miles. Spring trips showcase Texas bluebonnets or other wildflowers, while fall trips bring fall colors and flowers — and a great location to extend your biking season.

Texas Hill Country Biking Tour Itinerary

SUNDAY  | Arrival Day | Distance: 14 or 26 miles | Terrain: Easier | Gruene Mansion Inn

Meet on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. near the airport in Austin and head into the Hill Country to Canyon City for lunch. After lunch, ride downstream along the Guadalupe River to historic Gruene. You can ride another loop upriver for a longer first day if you are looking for more miles. Then check into Gruene Mansion Inn — one of the best and most historic inns in Texas — and have the remainder of the afternoon to explore the town, shops and live music!

MONDAY  | Distance: 22 or 40 Miles | Terrain: Easier or Intermediate | Barons Creekside

Today features rides along the Guadalupe and Pedernales Rivers, with a lunch stop in historic Blanco. Begin cycling on River Road, along the quiet and scenic lower Guadalupe River, past shuttered summertime tubing outfitters. Limestone bluffs and small waterfalls appear amid local ranches. After a transfer around Canyon Lake, you have lunch on the town square in Blanco, then transfer for a tour of Lyndon B. Johnson’s historic ranch. Energetic riders can choose to ride the final 18 miles into Fredericksburg, and we all arrive at the unique Barons Creekside, our home for the next four nights. Tonight’s dinner will be at The Club at Barons Creekside and include a wine tasting from some of the best in the area.

TUESDAY  |  Distance: 26 or 51 miles | Terrain: Easier or Intermediate | Barons Creekside

Your first day in Fredericksburg features a loop to iconic Luckenbach. The ghost town of Luckenbach was made famous when Jerry Jeff Walker recorded a live album there in the 1970s, and it remains an icon of the Hill Country. The ride crosses the Pedernales River and then traverses quiet backroads to Alamo Springs and the Old Tunnel State Park. You can take a short hike here and then enjoy lunch at the uniquely rural Alamo Springs Café. The ride after lunch rolls along Grape Creek to Luckenbach, where you can stop and listen to the daily music on the stage and explore the “town.”  You finish with smooth back roads all the way to Barons Creekside. Dinner is at Otto’s in Fredericksburg, featuring some favorite local German dishes and fine local cuisine. Shorter mileage options include stopping or starting at Alamo Springs or Luckenbach.

WEDNESDAY | Distance: 15 to 40 miles | Terrain: Easier | Barons Creekside

This is the day for exploring Fredericksburg and some relaxed biking. Spend the morning in Fredericksburg, with a chance to visit the National Museum of the Pacific War, the Pioneer Museum, the Texas Ranger Heritage Center or just stroll through the shops in town. After lunch at Barons Creekside, cycle through town and head west for 15 – 40 miles. The ride back along Pecan Creek Road is a highlight of the day. Dinner tonight is on your own in Fredericksburg.

THURSDAY | Distance: 20 – 50 miles | Terrain: Easier or Intermediate | Barons Creekside

Thursday features some of the most scenic riding in Texas — along with a picnic and optional hike on a spectacular granite dome. Start with a ride out to Enchanted Rock State Park, home of the largest pink granite dome in the U.S. Alternatively, you can take the van to the State Park and spend the morning hiking and exploring there. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the State Park and then transfer back to the start of the Willow City Loop, a spectacularly scenic winding road. Quiet roads along and through farms and ranches bring you back into Fredericksburg. Dinner tonight features Texas BBQ, followed by live music at The Club at Barons Creekside to celebrate our last night in the Texas Hill Country.

FRIDAY | Distance: 14 – 24 miles | Terrain: Easier | Departure Day

For the final ride, you do a loop to the east of Fredericksburg, looking for last sightings of longhorns, llamas, Herefords or Quarter Horses. Return to the inn for showers and then head to the town of Dripping Springs for a final lunch together. You arrive at the Austin airport area by 4 p.m., so please plan flights departing after 7 p.m.

Texas Hill Country Bike Tour

6-DAY / 5-NIGHT TEXAS HILL COUNTRY BIKE TOUR

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable up to 60 days of the tour date.

reserveMarch 3-8, 2019: $2895
Reserve with $300 deposit

reserveMarch 10-15, 2019: $2895
Reserve with $300 deposit

reserveMarch 17-22, 2019: $2895
Reserve with $300 deposit

reserveNovember 3-8, 2019: $2895
Reserve with $300 deposit

reserveNovember 10-15, 2019: $2895
Reserve with $300 deposit

reserveNovember 17-22, 2019: $2895
Reserve with $300 deposit

Final payment due 60 days prior to your tour (personal check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)

Rate: $2895 per person double occupancy

Single Supplement Fee for Private Room: $450

Cancellations: If you cancel your tour reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined as follows:

  • If you cancel 60 or more days prior to the start of your tour, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 45 and 59 days prior to the start of your tour, you will forfeit 50% of all tour payments.
  • If you cancel between 0 and 44 days prior to the start of your tour, all tour payments will be forfeited.

INNS

Featured in publications as Southern Living, Texas Highways, Texas Monthly, and Romantic Getaways, The Gruene Mansion Inn is the perfect getaway. Located in the middle of Gruene, visitors get to enjoy authentic ambiance while also appreciating the view of the serene Guadalupe River.

gruenemansioninn.com

A unique log cabin village on 26 rolling acres in the midst of our own vineyard, Barons CreekSide offers exquisite lodging with a taste of Switzerland in the Texas Hill Country. Unwind along the gorgeous “mountain creek” on 26 tree-covered, Hill Country acres. Explore, watch for birds and butterflies, go fishing … or just relax in a rocker on your private porch.

baronscreekside.com

What’s Included

Park entrance fees, 5 nights’ lodging, 4 dinners, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, all gratuities for accommodations and meals, detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support — plus a road, hybrid or e-bike and helmet. Airfare is not included.

FREE USE OF BIKES

We are happy to provide you with a bike to use at no charge. Our bikes come equipped with a front handlebar bag, rear carrier, water bottle, mirror and flat pedals. Pedal cages and soft gel seat covers are available on request. We are also happy to put your own clipless pedals (pedals that attach to your biking shoes) and seat on your bike if you wish. Specific details and styles of bikes available in each location are indicated under each photograph below. The make of bikes provided varies by location.

Texas Hill Country Photo Gallery