Top 10 Outdoor Adventures
SMART SPLURGE: Loire Valley, France
Unlike most Loire Valley trips, this classic 6-day ride by Butterfield & Robinson lets you stay in the best châteaux, including the exclusive (it’s a private home) 15th-century Château du Rivau, an exquisitely restored castle that once hosted Joan of Arc. This level of access continues all week; you’re even initiated into the local wine brotherhood Bon Entonneurs Rablaisiens. From $5,795 for 6 days, all-inclusive.
GREAT VALUE: Napa and Sonoma, California
More than a decade of running bike tours through the top two wine-producing counties has given Getaway Adventures unparalleled expertise in plotting outdoor adventures. The 6-day ride goes from the hot springs of Calistoga to the hot restaurants of Healdsburg, with plenty of wine sipping, picnicking, and photo ops en route. Not to mention, riders lodge a different local inn each night. $1,959 including rooms, tastings, and most meals.