I've spent the last few summer holidays including a bike tour with a bunch of UK friends, and I offered to research possibilities for a Northern California tour next summer.
We're all enthusiastic, and many are pretty strong - having done tours in Russia, Scandinavia and other places. Youngest 45, oldest mid 60s. Most are good bike riders and good traffic negotiators, some (who are definitely part of the group) less so.
I very much love Northern California - my bride comes from there - but I'm also aware that for Europeans there's an expectation that traffic will be kind, because everyone's Mum rode a bike to school, and maybe the traffic might be a bit less accomodating in N. Cal.
Any suggestions for good bike tour outfitters? The ones I've seen so far seem to offer great tours but maybe on the "Luxury, short distances, fancy food and expensive accomodation" side of the spectrum, whereas we might favour less fancy and a good bit cheaper - after all, it'll cost about a grand round trip per person air fare before we even start. Rental bikes will be required.
I'd love to hear your ideas