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This bike tour includes a visit to Vermont’s oldest settlement at Fort Saint Anne (and the Saint Anne Shrine), to the oldest log cabin in the nation, and to the quarry at Chazy reef where the oldest fossils in the world are located!

North America Experiences

Vermont Lake Champlain Bike Tour

Bike Tour Vermont

Itinerary

Our Vermont Lake Champlains Island Bike Tour is possibly one of the most scenic lakeside bike tours in North America.

Burlington~Grand Isle ~ Champlain Islands ~North Hero ~ Burlington 
6 Day / 5 Night Guided Bike Tour, from USD $1995.00 per person sharing.

Every day on this spectacular tour includes leisurely lakeside cycling and awe-inspiring views of Lake Champlain, the sixth largest (and surely one of the loveliest) lakes in the U.S. We begin by enjoying peaceful landscapes as we ride to Charlotte, then cross by ferry to ride through the nationally recognized historic village of Essex, New York.

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Enjoy stunning views of the Green and Adirondack Mountains as we bike along the renowned Burlington Bike path. Our easy cycling includes a visit to Vermont’s oldest settlement at Fort Saint Anne (and the Saint Anne Shrine), to the oldest log cabin in the nation, and to the quarry at Chazy reef where the oldest fossils in the world are located.

We can enjoy a visit to Snow Farm Vineyard and always include the ever-popular option of riding north into Canada (bring your passport!). We also include an afternoon of professionally guided kayaking along the quiet shores of the lake.

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ITINERARY

The inns on this tour are as wonderful as the biking. We spend our first two nights at the Lang House in Burlington, a handsome 19th-century Victorian inn and one of the premier B & Bs in Vermont. Our last three nights we stay at the historic North Hero House.This lakeside inn, once the county court house and town hall, is now a local favorite that provides comfortable rooms and excellent three Diamond dining.

DAY ONE: Welcome to Vermont!
Arrival to the beautiful college town of Burlington.  Overnight at the Lang House, a historic inn built in 1881, steeped in local history. Dinner is at 7 pm and is followed by an introductory meeting with your leaders.

 

McClurkin Room at the Lang House on Main Street

 

DAY TWO: Spectacular Views and Lakeshore Biking
Monday’s ride takes us along quiet roads with great views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains to the Village of Charlotte,  stopping at the 160 year old Old Brick Store offering a vast array of Vermont products and great penny candy!

From here we bike to the Charlotte-Essex Ferry for a short ferry ride across Lake Champlain to Essex, New York. This is your first close glimpse of this fabulous 108-mile-long lake that will be your companion for the next several days. Discovered on July 4, 1609 by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain, this is the sixth largest lake in the U.S. and while it seems rather peaceful and quiet today, in earlier times it witnessed a great deal of tumultuous history.

After your 20-minute ferry ride you arrive in Essex, New York, where buildings on the main street comprise one of the most intact collections of pre-Civil War architecture in America. There is an antique store, a potter, an ice cream store etc. Lunch at the Old Dock Restaurant or picnic in the park.

Return to Vermont, biking over a one-way covered bridge, with vistas of the lake, ending the day with an organic wine tasting at the Shelburne Vineyard. You are on your own for dinner this evening and can select from several local options in Burlington within walking distance of the inn. Overnight at Lang House. Distance: 28, 34 or 44 miles

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DAY THREE: Grand Isle and the Champlain Islands
Today we start our cycling on the beautiful Burlington Waterfront Bike Path along the Lake Champlain shoreline, offering wonderful views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains to the west and the city of Burlington to the right. From here we are transported to Grand Isle and the Champlain Islands.

Lunch at the Accidental Farmer and a visit to the Allenholm Farmstand. From here we wind our way along the western shore of the lake and then cross a drawbridge leading into North Hero a charming 19th century village.  Explore Hero’s Welcome General Store, a quintessential general store located in a century-old building on the shore of the lake.  Overnight at North Hero House described as a ‘jewel in the crown of the Lake Champlain islands’. Distance: 33 miles

DAY FOUR: Loop ride to Canada and Back!
Today we enjoy a pleasant ride north to Alburg and then head north for an optional ride into Canada (bring your passport!). One Canadian highlight is our visit to Fromagerie Kaiser, a boutique cheese and bread shop and a great place to have a picnic before cycling back on a loop to the United States. From here West Shore Road leads down another beautiful side of the lake and to Alburg Dunes State Park. This 625-acre property is named for the sand dunes located along the long south-facing natural sand beach and we cycle along a tree shaded “beach road” before riding our last few miles back to North Hero. Distance: 25 or 46 miles

DAY FIVE: Bike and Kayak
Today we explore historic Isle la Motte biking via  “The Carrying Place” on Lake Champlain, a narrow point that was used by Native Americans to traverse canoes between sections of Lake Champlain. It was also used by rum smugglers!  Crossing the bridge over Alburg Passage we then ride the narrow neck and bridge leading onto Isla La Motte. Here we visit the site of Fort Saint Anne and Saint Anne’s Shrine, built by the French in 1666 as protection against Mohawk Indian raids and was the first white settlement in Vermont.

Leaving St. Anne we continue to hug the island shore with great views west into the Adirondacks. You can opt for a visit to the Fiske Farm and Quarry Preserve where old quarries have exposed outcroppings of the Chazy reef formation. This is the world’s oldest coral reef (450,000,000 years old and nearly a mile long).

After completing our ride we return to the North Hero House to enjoy an included professionally instructed and guided afternoon of kayaking on the beautiful eastern bays of Lake Champlain, often including a stop on Butler Island so we can hike the beautiful pathways and stretch our legs. Distance: 20 or 25 miles and kayaking

DAY SIX: Sadly We Bid Your Farewell
Today’s shorter ride takes us back over the drawbridge and then along the eastern shore of the islands where we enjoy spectacular views of the Green Mountains across the lake. We end the ride at the farmstead of the Accidental Farmer, enjoying some fresh fruit or a sandwich before our transfer back to Burlington. Distance: 19 miles

What’s Included?

5 Nights Accommodation
5 Breakfasts
4 Dinners
Quality Hybrid Bike  ~ Road Bike * (subject to availability)
Helmet,
Front Handlebar Bag, Rear Pannier, Mirror, Flat Pedals,
2 Experienced Guides
Full Van Support
Shuttle to and from Burlington International Airport
Detailed Maps and Itineraries
Professionally Guided Kayaking

 

What’s not included?

Dates and Pricing

 

2018 Dates to be announced

Pricing: USD 1995.00 per person sharing

Final payment due 60 days prior to your tour

Single Supplement Fee: $435*

Default Single Supplement Fee: $215*

*Single Traveler? We are the most affordable tour company for single travelers, and our policies and rates are the very best. Please see our single traveller policy below.

Our Straight-Forward Price Guarantee: If you find a less expensive, non-discounted, price for a biking tour in the same general area, for the same number of days,  in a comparable season, with comparable accommodations and meals, we 1) will be amazed and 2) will match the price! All you need to do is tell us before or as you are making your reservation.

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.

Helpful Notes

Single Traveller Policy

A limited number of private rooms are available on most tours for those single travelers who want to guarantee a private room at an additional single supplement rate. This cost is indicated on each tour page. Please note we never charge you more for your private room than we are charged by the inns on your tour.

Single travelers willing to share a room will be charged an amount no greater than 50% of the guaranteed private room rate and this will be fully refunded if we can find you a roommate (same gender, two beds). This cost is also indicated on each tour page.

Why the added charge? As you know, hotels and inns almost always charge by the room. Therefore, a private room costs the same as a room occupied by two people. Since per person rates are based on double occupancy, it is always more expensive for us to have a single traveler on tour. Be assured that we never charge you more for your private room than what we are being charged by the inns. Moreover, if you are willing to share a room but end up in a private room because we have not found you a roommate, it is our policy to absorb 50 percent of the private room cost, and you will not find a more generous approach anywhere.