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Rhode Island Vacation Bike Tour | Newport | Block Island | Narragansett | Jamestown
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Inlets & Isles RI Vacation Bike Tour

Inlets & Isles RI Vacation Bike Tour

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Rhode Island Vacation Bike Tour

Bike Rhode Island’s Inlets and Isles

The Rhode Island Tour: Sea Breezes, Lighthouses, Farms, and Yachts
Panoramic ocean vistas, wildlife-filled salt ponds, wide beaches, stately lighthouses, fishing villages, colonial Dutch windmills, grazing sheep, America’s Cup yachts, the “summer cottages” of 19th century millionaires, and so much more will captivate you as we bike Rhode Island’s inlets and isles.

Cycling RI’s Block Island, Narragansett, Jamestown and Newport

Countless white sails glow against the blue sky as elegant sloops cut through the sparkling diamonds of Narragansett Bay. Rhode Island may be America’s smallest state but the views are decidedly big. And a bike vacation is unquestionably a superb way to experience all Rhode Island has to offer. From unspoiled Block Island, a place the Nature Conservancy termed one of the “Last Great Places” in the western hemisphere, to the bustle of Newport, one of the sailing capitals of the world, this tour will delight you, every dazzling mile of the way.

Dramatic Newport: Cliff Walk, Mansions, and Colonial Homes
The exploration of Rhode Island’s scenery and history continues off the bike as we stroll Newport’s famous Cliff Walk, hike nature trails along dramatic bluffs and view world-renowned Gilded Age mansions and exquisite colonial architecture. The Ocean State is a brilliant little corner of the US and this Rhode Island bike vacation will show you the most precious of its gems.

Tour Highlights:

  • Bike Rhode Island’s stunning inlets and isles
  • Stay at fine historic New England inns
  • Learn fascinating RI history on a gaslight tour of Newport
  • View the iconic Newport Mansions and hike the world-famous Cliff Walk
  • Bike RI’s renowned Ocean Avenue for incredible coastal views
  • Relax aboard our sailboat on a sunset tour
  • Learn about the ecology and wildlife of the Great Salt Pond and its estuary on our eco-kayak adventure
  • View many of Newport’s colonial homes and buildings – one of the largest concentrations in America
  • Pedal past tranquil saltwater farms, some little changed from their colonial day settlement
  • Enjoy picturesque lighthouses and miles of gorgeous sandy beaches
  • Hike spectacular oceanfront trails along majestic bluffs and experience the natural beauty of wildlife areas and nature preserves
  • See graceful sailboats on bays throughout the Ocean State where sailing is a way of life
  • Savor fresh-from-the-ocean seafood and other epicurean delights
  • Enjoy unique shops and fine art galleries
  • Enjoy exceptional service and friendly guides as you tour Rhode Island without a care
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Day 1

rhode-island-bike-vacation-4After transfers from the airport or train station, embark from Point Judith on the Rhode Island coast on the early afternoon ferry to Block Island. Enjoy refreshments and ocean views at our hilltop inn while your guides fit your bike. Shake out the sea legs on the first island ride in a setting the Nature Conservancy termed one of the “Last Great Places.” Later, enjoy tapas, cocktails and views from the veranda at our island retreat before heading to Great Salt Pond for a wonderful sunset sail aboard a custom trimaran. Relax, enjoy wine and cheese, and let the cares of the world slip away. After, enjoy dinner at a top Block Island restaurant. Biking Mileage: 10
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Day 2

rhode-island-usa-bike-tours-9After breakfast at the inn, bike a coastal route passing wide beaches and salt-water ponds. Walk trails in the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge at the tip of the island. View Block Island Sound, miles of beaches, tranquil moors, vegetated dunes and in season, hundreds of seagull chicks in nests atop the dunes. Walk sand trails to the North Light, a scenic lighthouse beloved by photographers and admired by all. Next, pedal through idyllic island landscapes to New Harbor for lunch and after, an eco-kayak adventure. Paddle through a salt-water bay and estuaries, observing and learning about the many plants and animals that make this eco-system their home. Landlubbers may enjoy additional cycling, a walk along the bluffs, a lounge on the beach or a little shopping in town. Enjoy fresh seafood and more at tonight’s fine restaurant. Biking Mileage: 11 with options for more
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Day 3

ri-vacation-bike-tour-sunset-sail-great-freedom-adventuresFollowing breakfast, ride to Southeast Lighthouse and the majestic Mohegan Bluffs. Tour the lighthouse and museum or find the perfect shell on the secluded beach at the base of the bluffs. Pedal to Old Harbor and enjoy lunch on the ferry back to the mainland. Then, bike from Point Judith along the Rhode Island coast through the resort community of Narragansett with its wide sandy beaches and impressive mansions. Next, explore tranquil Conanicut Island, first settled by Native American tribes of Wampanoags and Narragansetts and later by Dutch fur traders. Pedal through sheep and cattle farms, past a classic windmill to a headland featuring the picturesque Beavertail Lighthouse. From the island’s quaint village of Jamestown, hop on the ferry to Newport (summer) keeping an eye out for America’s Cup class boats and motor yachts from all over the world. Arrive at our historic inn in the heart of the Old Quarter, then enjoy dinner together at one of Newport’s fine restaurants. After, embark on a lantern-light walking tour of Newport's waterfront and historic streets. A local historian shares fascinating lore while journeying back in time through 300 years of history. Biking Mileage: 34 with options for more
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Day 4

rhode-island-vacation-tourBike a spectacular cycling route past commanding yacht clubs, pastoral sheep farms, seaside estates, and rocky headlands as Rhode Island's past and present combine to offer incredible vistas along Ocean Avenue. Arrive at the world-renowned Breakers mansion and enjoy a tour of the mansion interior and grounds. After, walk a section of the famous oceanside Cliff Walk before returning to the inn to shower and check out. Transfer by van back to the vehicle lot, the train station or TF Green Airport. Without doubt, it will be hard to say goodbye to the inspiring sights offered by Rhode Island’s stunning coast and idyllic isles. Biking Mileage: 13

atlantic-innThe Atlantic Inn, Block Island, RI - 2 NightsThis fine hilltop inn is the classic island retreat. Enjoy tapas, cocktails, ocean views and sunsets on the wide veranda or lawnside Adirondack chairs. Rooms are individually decorated with antiques and the main floor boasts a tavern and an excellent restaurant. Test yourself on the tennis courts or perhaps in a game of croquet or horseshoes. The inn is a short walk to the activities and shops in the center of town.

clarkston-innThe Clarkston Inn, Newport, RI - 1 NightListed on The National Register of Historic Places, the Clarkston is one of the oldest inns in Newport. Each antique filled room is named and decorated after a famous or infamous person in Newport’s history. The home is nearly 300 years old, though you will enjoy today’s luxuries and amenities. The inn is located in the heart of the historic district, steps to restaurants, shops and the bustling waterfront.

Bike Rhode Island’s Inlets and Isles

2017 Dates

May 21-24 | June 25-28 | August 27-30

2017 Prices

$1,940. Per person, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $650

Trip Length

4 days, 3 nights

Start/Finish

Guests can be picked up at the airport, train station or a local vehicle lot and will be returned at tour finish. Please contact us for specifics.

Daily Mileage

8-36 with longer options if desired

Cycling Level

Easy

Terrain

Flat with some hills. Mostly paved roads with a couple of miles of dirt roads.

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:
  • 4 days of bicycling
  • Bicycle and helmet rental
  • 3 nights lodging
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • 1 lunch
  • Welcome refreshments
  • Sunset sail with wine, beer & hors d'oeuvres
  • Guided kayak adventure
  • Passenger ferry tickets
  • Lantern-light tour of Historic Newport
  • Admission to the Breakers in Newport
  • Hiking on nature trails and Cliff Walk
  • Daily cold drinks and snacks
  • Maps and cue sheets for each day's ride
  • 2 dedicated guides
  • Luggage transport
  • Van support and shuttle services
  • 18% tax and gratuities at inn and restaurants
  • Pick up and drop off at TF Green Airport, Warwick, RI, local vehicle lot or train station
  • Use of featherweight, high visibility, reflective 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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