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Enchanting Block Island Active Vacation

Enchanting Block Island Active Vacation

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Block Island Active Vacation

Active Vacation on Enchanting Block Island – Three Days

One of the “Last Great Places”
Vacation with us on Block Island and you will be completely enthralled with this enchanting island. Block Island may be America’s best kept island secret and in fact, we should probably include a disclaimer: though you may leave after three days, your heart is almost certain to remain. The Nature Conservancy has named Block Island one of the original “Last Great Places” in the Western Hemisphere and you will soon see why. Over 43% of this pristine natural environment is protected; there are over 30 miles of gorgeous trails, 17 miles of beaches, and myriad wildlife on this Atlantic Flyway stopover.

Exquisite Natural Beauty
On Great Freedom Adventure’s tour of Block Island, you will see this gorgeous island the way it was meant to be seen; by bike, foot and water. Bike along flat ocean hugging roads to the North Lighthouse, nestled in a mesmerizing setting of sand dunes and rugosa roses. Hike one of our favorite walks anywhere, along oceanfront bluffs, for some truly spectacular scenery.

Ireland in America
Travel past Block Island’s saltwater farms with views rolling down to the sparkling ocean and on to the Southeast Lighthouse, perched atop majestic Mohegan Bluffs. Walk trails offering panoramic views across the tranquil island to the Block Island Sound and beyond. Traverse bird filled maritime scrubland to butterfly filled meadows. The peaceful patchwork of fields bordered by old stone walls is surprisingly reminiscent of Ireland.

block-island-active-family-vacationBeaches and Boats
Set sail on a custom trimaran replete with wine and cheese and kayak the calm waters of Great Salt Pond. Sun and swim at the beach, head to one of the nightclubs for some live music or lie on the cool sand and drink in the star-filled night sky. This Block Island bike adventure will leave you feeling thoroughly charmed by this enchanting island.

Tranquil Island Life
Each day’s end on our Block Island vacation finds us at one of the island’s loveliest retreats. The Atlantic Inn, is a classic island inn with a serene hilltop location affording views of harbor and sea. The setting evokes a feeling of true island life.

The Best Bike Adventure, Attractions and Activities on Block Island

With much to see and do on Block Island, we’ve culled the best attractions and activities for you and we take care of all the details. We handle the notoriously tricky Block Island vacation logistics for you, so you are free to simply relax and enjoy. We are ready to pick you up if you’ve had enough biking, to get you to the beach effortlessly or to whisk you back to town for some shopping. We love Block Island and we know you will too!

Tour Highlights:

  • Experience an extraordinary place recently featured on the cover of Life Magazine’s America the Beautiful: 100 Places to See in Your Lifetime
  • Stay at a historic, hilltop inn
  • Bike past wide beaches, boat-filled harbors, salt-ponds, the Enchanted Forest, wildlife preserves, grass meadows and beautiful island homes
  • Experience the natural beauty of one of the “Last Great Places” in the Western Hemisphere
  • Relax aboard a comfortable sailboat and watch the sun sink to the horizon and color the western sky
  • Enjoy miles of gorgeous crescent beaches and find hidden coves with their own lovely beaches
  • Learn about the ecology and wildlife of the Great Salt Pond and its estuary on our eco-kayak adventure
  • Explore the trails, shoreline and wildlife of Block Island’s National Wildlife Refuge
  • Visit historic lighthouses and learn how one was saved from a fall into the Atlantic
  • Savor fresh-from-the-ocean seafood and other epicurean delights
  • Visit unique shops and local artists’ galleries
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Day 1

block-island-active-vacation-4Ferry from Point Judith, RI to Block Island in the early afternoon. Enjoy ocean views and refreshments at our hilltop inn while your guides fit bikes, then set out on your first island ride. Return to the inn and enjoy tapas and cocktails on the veranda if you like. Then head to Great Salt Pond for a wonderful sunset sail on a custom trimaran, complete with beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy a delicious dinner of fresh seafood and more at one of Block Island’s top restaurants. Biking Mileage: ~ 10
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Day 2

block-island-active-vacation-15Following breakfast, bicycle alongside ocean and moors to the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. Walk at the ocean’s edge on cobble beaches, then through sand paths to the North Light. Explore the lighthouse, vegetated dunes and watch for fledgling seagulls. The refuge is Rhode Island’s largest gull rookery. Next, continue cycling past salt-water farms and shingled cottages to New Harbor for lunch at one of the waterside restaurants. After, embark on an eco-kayak adventure to learn about the plants and animals that thrive in the Great Salt Pond and its estuaries. Landlubbers may enjoy additional cycling, a scenic walk along the top of the bluffs, beach time, shopping, or relaxing at the inn. Tonight, dine at another of the island's wonderful restaurants. Biking Mileage: ~ 11 with options for more
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Day 3

great-freedom-adventures-block-island-bike-toursCycle to the majestic Mohegan Bluffs and descend to the secluded beach at the base of the bluffs. Next, tour Southeast Lighthouse and museum and learn how the light was rescued from a fall into the Atlantic. Continue cycling the southern side of the island amidst a serene landscape that never fails to sooth the soul. Pedal to Old Harbor and ferry back to Point Judith. Enjoy lunch on board while a piece of paradise fades from sight but never from memory. Biking Mileage: ~6.5

atlantic-innThe Atlantic Inn, 6 NightsThis historic hilltop inn with ocean views is the quintessential island retreat. Rooms are individually decorated with country antiques and the main floor boasts a charming tavern and an excellent restaurant. Enjoy tapas and cocktails on the wrap-around veranda or on the sweeping lawns while watching the sun go down. Perhaps try your hand on one of the tennis courts or in a game of croquet or horseshoes.

Active Vacation on Enchanting Block Island

2017 Dates

May 21-23  |  June 25-27   |   August 27-29  |  September 1-4  |  September 6-8 (Solo female traveler seeking a roommate)

2017 Prices

May, June and August: $1,545 (3 days, 2 nights), September 1-4: $1,745 (3 days, 3 nights) or $1,895 (4 days, 3 nights). September 6-8: $1,150.  Per person, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $525 ($460 for Sept 6th departure)

Trip Length

3 days, 2 nights

Start/Finish

Point Judith ferry terminal, Point Judith, RI

Cycling level

Easy

Daily mileage

8-15 with options for more

Terrain

Predominately flat with an occasional hill. Mostly paved roads with a short stretch of dirt road.

Bikes: You may bring your own bike or use one of ours. GFA bikes are high quality, lightweight, available with either drop or straight handlebars and are equipped with computer, mirror, waterbottle, handlebar bag, map case and seat pack with essentials. What's Included:
  • 3 days of bicycling
  • Bicycle and helmet rental
  • 2 nights lodging
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • 1 lunch
  • Welcome refreshments
  • Daily cold drinks and snacks
  • Sunset sail with wine, beer & hors d'oeuvres
  • Guided kayak adventure
  • Nature trail walks
  • Maps for each day's ride
  • 2 knowledgeable guides
  • Luggage transport
  • Van support
  • Passenger ferry tickets
  • 18% Tax & gratuities at inn and group restaurant tax & gratuities
  • Pick up at TF Green Airport, Warwick, RI or Providence, RI train station
  • Featherweight, high visibility, reflective mesh vest
  • Waterbottle
Frequent Adventurers, GFA alumni, may deduct 5% from the tour price. Please contact us for youth and group rates. Custom dates and duration are available for groups of six or more.

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