Sojourn Bicycling Vacations

Sojourn Bicycling Vacations

As a smaller, more boutique-style company, Sojourn has been designing and operating deluxe tours in the US and Canada since 2005. Founded by a group who was previously with one of the large tour companies, Sojourn is a highly experienced outfit that will win your confidence and repeat business. Sojourn focuses on exceptional cycling routes paired with top accommodations and equipment. Their guides are seasoned professionals, and provide top-notch support both on and off the bike. Tours operate in Oregon, California, Arizona (warm winter tour), Texas, Canada (Niagra's Wine Country, Ontario, and Quebec), Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont - where their Lake Champlain tour was tabbed by Frommer's as one of the "Top 10 Bike Tours in the World." Sojourn also offers custom and private tours.

  • Operator Type:
    Full-Service Operator, Regional Operator
  • Website:
    http://gosojourn.com/
  • Price Tier:
    $$$
  • Avg Price Per Day:
    $365
  • Services:
    Bike Provided, Guided
  • Country:
    Canada, United States

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14 Reviews

  1. J. Swanson , Durham nc-Reply
    May 14, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Very disappointed with my first interaction with this company. You cannot book on the website and have to call. I called, gave them all my information and credit card and and it appeared my reservation was confirmed. Several days later I noticed they had called me several times so I called them back and was informed that they were cancelling my trip as I was the only one booked. “They hadn’t run my credit card”. Even though the sales person knew all this at the time of my original call, none of this was communicated. Well unfortunately, I had already booked a hotel in europe for the days prior to the trip and that was non-refundable. The customer service rep took no responsibility. Stated that “terms and conditions were on website”; “trips aren’t confirmed until 90 days ahead of time”. None of this was explained when I called. Asked to have call from manager or owner. None has been forthcoming. The sales rep called me back in response to an email requesting a call from the manager/owner. In fact, the sales rep would not even give me the name of his manager owner. Never will use this company again. No transparency. No integrity. Poor customer service and communication. I’m in the hole for $400 hotel (unless I find another trip the same dates/location) and all could have been avoided with transparency and good communication at the time of reservation. The sales rep asked me if I could go on the trip in June instead of September… then they asked me if I had friends I could invite to go with me (?!!!) Extremely unprofessional and immature. He acted as if he thought I was lying when I explained to him I had spent $400 on a hotel booking that was non-refundable prior to the trip. (I was planning on getting trip insurance for the entire vacation once I got my plane tickets. Thank goodness I didn’t get plane tickets!!). Beware of tours that have “sales prices” because I suspect that those are the ones they aren’t filling and probably are likely to be cancelled. Would not describe this as a “boutique” company as the customer service is not at “boutique” level. I will be making a report to the better business bureau about the poor communication. If a company has a terms and conditions that is critical to trip planning, and its on the web – then you should either be referred to web when you call to review this info or you should be able to book on the web and be directed to make note of it there. “one star”.

  2. Bob & Cynthia Shannon, Redwood City CA-Reply
    September 19, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    We have journeyed with BackRoads many times and places. Sojourn is better. We recommend Sojourn because thir leaders are energetic and wise(due to their age?)- equally comfortable with people, bikes and life. We wonder when the leaders slept- they were working when we retired for the night, and they were up before breakfast, prepping the bikes, food and drinks for the day. As expected for this level of touring company, food, accommodations, extra activities were superb. But their bikes (Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105)were a step above the usual rentals- a joy to ride and perfectly maintained! Also, the office staff is as good as the Leaders, endlessly patient and helpful. What sets Sojourn apart? their older, wiser leaders!

  3. Joan S, Aliso Viejo, CA-Reply
    September 19, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Absolutely incredible in every respect: bikes, inns, food, and most importantly TOUR LEADERS! They were knowledgeable about the routes, enjoyed the guests, and could fix anything on the bikes. Attention to details was excellent. I highly recommend Sojourn to anyone who wants to have memorable vacation.

  4. Judy Wolfe, Denver, CO-Reply
    September 19, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Just completed my 7th tour with Sojourn. As always, the guides were full of information about the area, and super encouraging along the way. The accommodations and food were great and the routes were well planned out. I have traveled with several other bike tour companies over the years and Sojourn is, in my opinion, the best. I will continue touring with them as long as I am able.

  5. M. Ostrem, Rochester, MN-Reply
    September 19, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Our Sonoma County Wine Tour was truly magnificent. The route was comfortable and gave us an unforgettable experience. No stone was left unturned in developing this itinerary. Our Tour Leaders made sure our comfort and pleasure were met and every request accommodated. We could not have had better leaders who welcomed us as friends and treated us so warmly. We can’t wait to travel with Sojourn again soon.

  6. Anita H., Lodi, CA-Reply
    September 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    My husband and I were first timers with Sojourn and signed up for two consecutive trips this year. We have used many other tour companies and found Sojourn to be the best we have toured with. The accommodations, food, routes and guides exceeded our expectations. The guides were professional, knowledgeable, flexible and hard working. We can’t wait until our next tour with Sojourn!!!

  7. Debbie B, Sonoma, Burlington VT to Quebec, Arizona-Reply
    August 3, 2017 at 4:48 am

    We’ve done several trips with Sojourn–Sonoma, Burlington VT to Quebec, and Arizona. Each trip has been a great experience; the guides, the food (both lunches served by the guides and dinners included), the accommodations and the tours themselves. We’ve met new friends along the way and plan to use them again. Highly recommend Sojourn.

  8. Christopher T, Texas-Reply
    August 3, 2017 at 4:33 am

    First Class Five Star Experience in the Texas Hill Country. Can’t wait for the next adventure.

  9. Deb & Dick L., Weston, MA-Reply
    November 1, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Why don’t you have Sojourn listed? They are one of the top companies we’ve traveled with in a ist that includes Backroads and Butterfield. We’ve done their Arizona, Oregon, and Burlington, VT to Quebec City trips. Each very different trips but each well though out, extremely organized, and with outstanding guides. This is a top flight tour company and highy recommended. We’re joining them again this summer.

  10. George K., Atlanta, GA-Reply
    November 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    We just took a trip with this operator. They do US and Canada tours and appear to be largely staffed by former VBT people. These guys did a great job. In spite of some challenging weather and unforseen events (a ferry broke down in route to us), they were great at improvsing when needed and giving everyone alot of personal attention. They need to be included on the review site.

  11. Misha Y., Portsmouth, NH-Reply
    November 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Had an amazing time on the Martha’s Vineyard tour. The tour leaders were great and loads of fun. Met some very interesting people from around the country. Service from booking to departure was efficient and friendly. Lodging was first-rate and the food superb. I highly recommend Sojourn.

  12. P. Baer, Columbus, OH-Reply
    November 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Attention to detail, comfort and fun places to visit. The guides went over and beyond, helping the slower rider up the hill, making delicious lunches, giving local history and supporting all of us on our ride. A wonderful way to spend a week with them and fellow riders. Absolutely complaint-free.

  13. John E., Indianapolis, IN-Reply
    November 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    We have had 3 good experiences with another tour operator in Maine, Vermont and Sonoma, but found the quality of service by our leaders, the accommodations, the diversity of locations for tours and the quality of food by Sojourn was a cut above the other company. Not stopping every 10 miles or so like the made it easier to get into a rhythm. More biking and less “break”-ing was what we were looking for. We will encourage our friends to join us with Sojourn in the future.

  14. Kate H., Seattle, WA-Reply
    November 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Top notch experience; beautiful routes, food and properties. Friendly, easy going, yet professional guides who are clearly invested members of a small company rather than contracted lead tours for a larger outfit. As a single traveler, I felt welcome and part of the group immediately.