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Nelspruit 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!
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Vermont Lake Champlain Bike Tour
Our Vermont Lake Champlains Island Bike Tour is possibly one of the most scenic lakeside bike tours in North America.
Wilkinsburg 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.
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.
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.
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
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
Inn to Inn Bike Tours
It is hard to imagine a better environment for biking. Vermont and Maine’s varied terrain and beautiful rural scenery provides opportunities for biking touring and accommodates bicyclists of all abilities.
Bike from Inn to Inn, enjoy fine food and great lodging, while you are pampered by professional and engaging leaders. We take care of all the details for you~ at the inns and along the way ~ so you can relax and immerse yourself in the wonderful landscape. Your luggage is transferred for you to each location. Vehicle support is available for tired legs!
Suitable for riders at every level.