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"I highly recommend a Great Freedom Adventure! A New England fall bike tour had been on my "bucket list" for years. My wife and I toured the Hudson Valley during peak leaf season with Great Freedom Adventures. All expectations were surpassed.
The amount of detail planning that had gone on behind the scene before we ever showed up was amazing. I was simply blown away by the meticulous planning that went into the itinerary, route design and the highly detailed cue sheets and maps. This detail allowed each rider to feel completely comfortable riding at their own pace. The guides were highly qualified and very helpful. The GFA sag wagon was always nearby, filled with goodies and ready to offer additional support if needed. The accommodations were excellent and our dinners were at outstanding restaurants, each one better than the last. It would be impossible for me to say which one I like the best.
The beauty and serenity of riding the quiet tree-lined roads, the changing leaves, the magnificent views overlooking the Hudson at Poet's Walk and the glimpses of the Catskills in the distance...made it impossible not to appreciate nature's beauty. If it is possible for a "do over" on a "bucket list", like General McArthur - I shall return!"
Pruett B., GA
Hudson Valley NY Bike Tour: About the Trip
A New York Bike Tour with So Much More - Explore the Magnificent Hudson Valley National Heritage Area
We’ll let you in on a secret. The bicycling in New York’s mid and upper Hudson Valley is some of the best in the country. Recreational and serious cyclists alike treasure this network of quiet beauty. On our NY bike tour we spin along picturesque country roads, including long, flat stretches where you can really open it up. We’ve found the loveliest routes among the many beautiful options. Join us as we take it all in.
Wineries, Horse Farms and Fertile Farmland
Travel through fertile countryside, past idyllic dairy and agricultural farms, traversing manicured fields where horses, sheep and alpaca roam. Cycling by vineyards and orchards as well…you can’t help but savor these fragrant surroundings. In this part of our New York wine and bike tour, we visit local wineries where we enjoy some of the regions’ finest wines. You’ll sample award-winning wines, artisanal cheeses, and heirloom vegetables by day and feast on gourmet dinners each night filled with food from the very farms we’ve cycled past and prepared by the region’s finest chefs.
Mansions and Gardens
Our bike tour of New York’s Hudson Valley includes visits to preeminent historical sites as well. Ramble through stately mansions built for the Livingstons, Vanderbilts and Roosevelts. Stroll bewitching gardens designed by some of America’s foremost landscape architects. Walk scenic trails at these stunning riverfront estates and hike Poet’s Walk to a bluff with its sweeping river views.
Explore funky, chic Hudson, home to 65 antique shops, stellar art galleries and world-class restaurants. A walk down Hudson’s Warren Street, described as a “dictionary of American architectural design,” feels like a walk down through the centuries as you near the river. There is a palpable excitement here following Hudson’s recent renaissance that is not to be missed.
Casually elegant Rhinebeck, another stop on the New York bike tour, is a charming village that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As you walk to lovely shops and restaurants you’ll find beautiful architectural details in the historic homes, period barns and carriage houses, hitching posts and carriage stepping stones.
There’s a reason why Chelsea Clinton chose the Hudson Valley for her wedding and why the Hudson Valley of New York has often been featured in travel magazines including Travel and Leisure’s October, 2010 cover story. The ridges, valleys, and plateaus framing the Hudson River create one of the most spectacular settings in the world. Great Freedom Adventures bike tour of New York’s Hudson Valley will immerse you in the beauty, history and cuisine of this remarkable region. Our wine and bike tour will delight your senses, leaving you feeling refreshed and engaged with the present while being steeped in the past of one of our country’s foremost National Heritage Areas.
Note: This trip will appeal groups traveling together who have a wide range of interests. Whether you are have a love of cycling, walking, history, architecture, museum visits, art, antiques, gardens, wineries, shopping or epicurean delights, you will find it here. Our New York bike tour allows plenty of flexibility to focus on the things that you like. Want to spend less time biking and more time shopping? No problem. Want to skip the mansion tours and see more of the countryside from your saddle? That’s fine too. Our van and guides are available to make sure your Hudson Valley vacation is fabulous.
For another trip which, like this New York bike tour, includes cultural and historical gems along with great bicycling, please see our New England bike tour on Massachusetts’s North Shore.
The Hudson Valley was named by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of the 20 Best of the World destinations for 2013, one of only four US places to receive this distinction.
Join Great Freedom Adventure on this Hudson Valley New York Bike Tour and discover some of the finest sites and scenes the region has to offer.
Note - The August departure is timed to coincide with the third annual Hudson Music Fest. Hudson is being called the next Music Mecca and the festival is a three-day celebration of music all over Hudson - in the restaurants, nightclubs, bars, galleries, tents up and down Warren Street, at the riverfront and in the parks.
NY Bike and Wine Tour Highlights:
- Stay at the nicest accommodations in our towns
- Gourmet dinners prepared by talented chefs with fresh, local produce
- Dinner at the renowned Culinary Institute of America (October departure)
- Cycling on beautiful country roads past manicured horse farms, picturesque sheep, and agricultural farms, alongside centuries old stone walls
- Vineyard tours and wine tastings
- A scenic river cruise past a historic lighthouse
- Visit to Olana, Frederic Church's Persian masterpiece of architecture
- Charming villages
- Stay at the oldest continually operating inn in the country
- Visit Old Chatham Sheepherding Co., producer of award-winning artisanal cheese
- Hike at Poet's Walk, Washington Irving's inspiration for "Rip Van Winkle" with
spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains
- Visits to FDR's Home and Museum, Eleanor Roosevelt's tranquil Val-Kill, and the impressive Vanderbilt Mansion
- Experience the ethereal light of a landscape that inspired a whole new art movement - the Hudson River School of Art
- Explore the mansions, grounds, and gardens of Montgomery Place, Wilderstein, and Staatsburg at will
- Immersion in a fragrant landscape of vineyards and orchards
- Antique shops and art galleries galore
- Historic architecture
For this New York bike tour itinerary, please view the Hudson Valley bike tour itinerary page.
Dates and Prices:
For the tour details, dates and prices, please go the NY bicycle vacation details page.
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