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RI & Martha's Vineyard Cycle Tours: Itinerary
Islands and Seacoast Biking Tour
Four Fabulous Islands, One Incredible Biking Tour
Note: For the full itinerary and logistical information on the Islands and Seacoast Biking Tour, please contact us and we will be pleased to email it to you.
Day 1 After transfers to Point Judith, RI, board the early afternoon ferry to Block Island. Get acquainted while relaxing on the ferry to an island the Nature Conservancy termed one of the “Last Great Places.” Enjoy refreshments and ocean views at our hilltop inn while your guides fit your bike. Begin biking with an afternoon ride to Southeast Light and dramatic Mohegan Bluffs. Tour the lighthouse and museum and descend to the secluded beach at the base of the bluffs. Return to our island retreat and enjoy tapas and cocktails on the wide veranda. Perhaps try a game of croquet while watching the sun sink toward the Atlantic, then head to dinner together.
Biking Mileage: 11
Day 2 After breakfast, continue biking along ocean-front roads, past moors and crescent beaches, through the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge to North Light. Slow to the pace of island life and walk the gorgeous and tranquil beaches surrounding the lighthouse. Bike to town, visit a shop or two then enjoy lunch on the ferry back to the mainland. Follow the coast to the resort area of Narragansett, a popular mecca for surfers. Bike past fishing piers, wide beaches and extravagant “summer cottages.” Arrive at our second island, Conanicut, a pastoral place charmed by the spirits of the Wampanoags and Narragansetts. The island is home to national historic and state parks with panoramic ocean vistas, the historic Jamestown windmill and Revolutionary War fortifications. Cycle to America's third oldest lighthouse, and enjoy sweeping views of Narragansett Bay. Bike to charming Jamestown then travel across the bay to our third island of Aquidneck, location of Newport and our home for the night. After dinner, enjoy a lantern-light tour of Newport with a local historian as we journey back through 300 years of history to explore the waterfront, historic streets and local lore. Meander back to our own historic inn right in the heart of the Old Quarter.
Biking Mileage: 36
Day 3 The exploration of Aquidneck Island continues today as we walk a section of the famous Cliff Walk finishing with a tour of the world-renowned Breakers mansion. Next, bike a spectacular route past commanding yacht clubs and gentlemen farms to the incredible vistas on Ocean Avenue. On one side, view opulent Gilded Age estates and catch a glimpse of the summer lives of the rich and famous, then and now. On the other, delight in nature’s breathtaking seascapes. The biking tour continues past salt ponds to a pristine National Wildlife Refuge with panoramic views of ocean, beach, dunes, marsh and wildlife-filled maritime vegetation, where a sharp eye may spot a peregrine falcon among the 200 species of birds. Walk an oceanside trail through fields of wildflowers and Monarch butterflies. Continue biking along the seacoast to a scenic vineyard listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Taste the award-winning estate grown wines, then depart for the boat to our fourth island – Martha’s Vineyard. Once ashore on “The Vineyard”, bike along the coast to elegant Edgartown, our home for the next two nights. Enjoy dinner at one of Edgartown’s fine restaurants then stroll the beguiling, lantern-lit streets of town. Stay at a lovely historic inn in the heart of town.
Biking Mileage: 32
Day 4 Pedal Vineyard bike paths to Katama and South Beach then travel “up-island” to the dramatic, multi- colored clay cliffs at Aquinnah and the Gay Head Lighthouse, a stunning setting that attracts visitors and photographers from around the world. Visit a picture-perfect fishing village with salt-weathered fishing shacks perched at water's edge, a setting that has inspired countless artists and some movie directors as well. All along the route, find friendly islanders, unique shops with handcrafted treasures, delicious cafes, pristine beaches, serene island farms – and the desire to stay here forever. If you like, hop on the Chappy Ferry to explore a bit of Chappaquiddick Island, home to the Mytoi Japanese Gardens and the infamous Dike Bridge. Off the bike, explore the fine shops and historic streets of Edgartown. This 19th century seaport village is remarkably well preserved and the stately Greek Revival houses built by whaling captains have been meticulously maintained. Many fine colonial homes predate the whaling era and you will thoroughly enjoy walking these historic streets. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the restaurant of your choice with many fine options nearby.
Biking Mileage: 33, 45, 49 or 57
Day 5 After breakfast, head to Oak Bluffs and see the colorful Victorian gingerbread cottages, the most perfectly preserved collection of Carpenter Gothic style architecture in the world. Visit the Flying Horses Carousel, the nation’s oldest, then bike past the East Chop Light en route to the ferry back to the mainland. Enjoy truly superb cycling on quiet roads through hidden corners of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Cycle within the Heritage Coastal Farm region of fragrant vineyards, horse farms, fertile farmland and gorgeous seacoast. Miles of old stone walls trace verdant fields that seem to disappear into the ocean at the horizon. Pedal through colonial era villages and affluent townships. Visit a quintessential New England town where the entire town commons is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy dinner at an exceptional Bristol, RI restaurant. Stay at one of Rhode Island's last great country estates.
Biking Mileage: 38 or 48
Day 6 Spend the last morning as you wish. Relax at the inn and gardens, visit the animals or explore the land where King Philip once reigned. Stroll the farm and estate grounds, which hold five centuries of fascinating American History. Walk trails past fields of flowers and tranquil ponds to a rustic log cabin at the edge of the bay. For those desiring more cycling, pedal a scenic bike path following the shoreline of Narragansett Bay. After checkout, your guides will transport you back to the parking lot, airport or train station. The Islands and Seacoast Cycle Tour explores a remarkable breadth of southern New England’s natural beauty and fascinating history along hidden coastline and iconic islands. This is an experience not to be missed.
Biking Mileage: 16
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If you have only four days, you may wish to take a look at the Rhode Island vacation bike tour.
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