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" Our Martha's Vineyard bike trip was truly the trip of a lifetime. The staff at Great Freedom Adventures left no detail untouched. As a new bike-tripper, I was a bit nervous about going the distance but the pace was perfect and I felt totally at ease. The bikes were top-of-the-line and our guides were prepared to assist in any way needed.  After three days, we became familiar with all parts of this beautiful island and even biked on Chappaquiddick Island too! Additional highlights were the shellfishery tour with the local constable and a walking tour of Edgartown. Thanks Great Freedom Adventures - I can't wait to plan another bike trip with you!"          Mary O.

“Our tour was perfectly planned down to the last detail. Be prepared for a fabulous adventure with plenty of opportunity to push yourself if you choose. We enjoyed wonderful meals, beautiful sights and charming inns as well as lots of fun and laughs!"
Beth V.

 

GFA Travel and Tour News - Press Releases

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Great Freedom Adventures Active Travel Company Announces A Belize Adventure - Rainforests, Ruins and Reefs

New Belize All-Inclusive Adventure Tour is Great Freedom Adventures’ First International Trip

Sherborn, MA, July 19, 2016 – Great Freedom Adventures, known as an expert provider of multi-day biking, walking and active tours in the USA, announces their first international tour – Rainforests, Ruins and Reefs, A Belize Adventure Travel Vacation. The tours are unique in that Great Freedom Adventures utilizes exclusive contacts to provide guests with access to private and pristine areas in the less-traveled southern part of the country. These include a primary rainforest preserve and wildlife sanctuary, a Mayan ceremonial cave, and a private island located within a U.N.E.S.C.O World Heritage Site and Belize’s largest marine reserve. This stunning caye sits on the world’s second largest barrier reef in a marine zone containing some of the healthiest and most abundant marine and coral life along the reef. The eight-day, seven-night all-inclusive tour has three departures for 2017: January 14, February 18 and March 25.

travel tour news belizeParticipants spend the first three nights in the rainforest at Cotton Tree, an eco-lodge located within a rainforest preserve and set along the banks of the Moho River. Rustic luxury is provided by handcrafted rosewood and thatch cabanas with private baths and by the delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients from local farms and from the lodge’s own organic garden.

The tour includes a remarkable wealth of activities as well as explorations of past Mayan civilizations and contemporary culture. On the first half of the tour, guests can walk rainforest trails learning about medicinal plants and viewing exotic flowers and jungle creatures, float through a cave on an underground river, zip-line over tree-tops and rivers, swim in crystalline pools and kayak jungle rivers. Great Freedom Adventures’ guests will visit with Mayan villagers to learn about home life, chocolate making and subsistence farming in the rainforest. A visit to an ancient Mayan site reveals unique carved stone pillars and excavated ruins of plazas and structures from civilizations long gone.

En route to the tropical island portion of the adventure, guests stop at Hopkins, a fishing village with a large Garifuna population and the home of some of the world’s best drummers. There, guests will try their hand at drumming with guidance from an expert drum master and after, enjoy a traditional Garifuna lunch.

The next four nights are spent at IZE resort on South Water Caye, a stunning island that offers the rare opportunity for barrier reef snorkeling just a swim away from the beach. In addition to having unlimited access to swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkeling, Great Freedom Adventures guests have access to the excellent research facilities at the resort which also happens to be a research field station. From their snorkeling guides, guests learn about the fish, sea mammals and plant life encountered on the reef and once back on the island can extend this knowledge by utilizing the facility’s extensive marine biology research library. Guests may even listen in on a lecture by a visiting marine biologist. “The ability to experience and learn about Belize’s tremendous biodiversity both first hand and through access to the research facilities is a component of Great Freedom Adventures’ tours that adds uncommon value, and increased enjoyment, for guests,” says Jeanne Rummel, Great Freedom Adventures founder.

While on South Water Caye, Great Freedom Adventures’ guests stay in cabanas with private baths that are nestled in the mangroves on the windward side of the island - where cooling trade winds make sleeping comfortable and palm leaves rustle. Each cabana features an oceanside deck from which guests can view the spectacular sight of the sun rising over the barrier reef.

Each morning on the island offers excursions by boat to snorkeling sites teeming with schools of tropical fish and colorful coral gardens. Guests may swim with sea turtles, dolphins, spotted eagle rays, seahorses and more. Additional sightseeing includes a mangrove island that is a critical breeding site for the magnificent frigate bird.

Island afternoons are spent just as each guest prefers and may include kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, snorkeling, playing volleyball or simply lying on the beach or in a hammock under the coconut palms. As the sun heads toward the horizon, guests head to the waterside bar to enjoy tropical drinks while watching the sea life and the sunset. Expertly prepared meals are taken in the open-air dining room with ocean views.

The Rainforests, Ruins and Reefs Belize Adventure Travel Vacation Package is priced at $2,795 per person based on double occupancy. There is an $895 supplement for single occupancy. The tour includes seven nights lodging, all meals, all domestic flights, all in-country transfers by boat or vehicle, daily guided excursions, use of all sporting equipment, admissions, and Belize country and service taxes. For more information, please visit: Belize All Inclusive Adventure Tour – Rainforests, Ruins and Reefs. (http://www.greatfreedomadventures.com/belize-adventure-vacation-packages.html)

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Great Freedom Adventures Bike Tour Company Announces the First Tour Designed Entirely For Walkers

Guests Walk Through Verdant Landscapes Under Green or Multicolored Leaf Canopies on Great Freedom Adventures’ First Walking Tour: The Colors of Vermont

Sherborn, MA, February 10, 2016 –  Great Freedom Adventures, known as an expert operator of premier multi-day bike tours, announces their first tour developed specifically for walkers: The Colors of Vermont. The four-day trips, most based in Woodstock, VT, are offered in multiple seasons so that guests may choose to experience the bright greens of spring, the deepening shades of summer or the radiant colors of fall. The specific routes have been carefully selected to feature walks lined with maple, beech and birch trees to create a canopy of multi-hued foliage, and the feeling of walking through a postcard scene. Additionally, the itineraries feature sections with wide-open panoramas of pastoral farmland backed by long-range mountain vistas; some of these views have been featured in well-known travel magazines. The walks are rated easy to moderate and average about four miles per day with options for additional walking.

travel tour news2016 departures of Great Freedom Adventures’ The Colors of Vermont Hiking and Walking Tour are offered June 6, July 11, August 15, October 3, October 7 and October 11. The trips include lodging at fine inns, gourmet dinners, guides, admissions to sites and more. The Woodstock-based departures include a visit to a sugarhouse, a tour of the Rockefeller mansion and gardens, a visit to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Quechee Gorge and Simon Pearce Glassblowing. The October 7 departure is based in Randolph and Norwich Vermont and includes a foray over the river to New Hampshire for an exploration of Hanover’s Dartmouth College campus, fine shops and plentiful eateries. On the Vermont side, guests visit country stores and the award-winning King Arthur Baking School and Store. Also on-tap is a private tasting of Vermont craft beer.

The walking tours, starting at $1,395 per person, double occupancy, run concurrently with Great Freedom Adventures’ four-day Vermont bike trips. This makes the tours ideal for couples, friends or family traveling together who have different interests. Guests may opt to do the walking or the biking and all tour guests for each departure will join together for breakfasts, dinners, lodging and some daytime activities.

Vermont was a natural choice for Great Freedom Adventures’ first walking tour. The company has an in-depth knowledge of the state developed during more than three decades of hiking and biking the region. “Great Freedom Adventures was able to utilize its vast Vermont expertise in the creation of exceptional walking tour itineraries, and we are thrilled to share these with guests,” says Jeanne Rummel, Great Freedom Adventures founder.

Guests on The Colors of Vermont Hiking and Walking Tours will experience some of the finest scenery in the state, visit notable sites, and at the end of the day, will be pampered by fine lodging and farm-fresh meals. Guides share knowledge about the plants and wildlife of the Green Mountain State and lead walkers along stunning and diverse routes. Some walks cover easy terrain with little change in elevation while others entail moderate climbs to panoramic viewpoints.

Guests can expect to walk along carriage roads and woods trails and discover secluded ponds, gurgling streams, quintessential farmland, fern groves, wildflower meadows and those long-range mountain views. A sharp eye may detect fox, wild turkeys, deer, beaver and more, or perhaps the signs that they have recently visited. For more information and the full daily program, please visit: The Colors of Vermont Hiking & Walking Tour.

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Great Freedom Adventures Announces Two New 2016 Bike Tour Itineraries Featuring Vermont Panoramas

New  Four-Day Vermont Bike Tours By Local Expert Great Freedom Adventures Highlight Some of Vermont's Most Stunning Landscapes

Sherborn, MA, December 8, 2015, – Great Freedom Adventures, an expert provider of bike tours and active vacations, announces two new four-day bicycling itineraries for 2016 that feature panoramic landscapes in Vermont and in a bit of New Hampshire too. Drawing from expertise gained during 35 years of biking Vermont’s back roads, itineraries were crafted that quickly get travelers right into some of the most scenic landscapes in the state. Participants can choose from six 2016 departure dates during the spring, summer and fall: June 6, July 11, August 15, October 3, October 7 and October 11.

Travel and tour newsGuests on the Beguiling Woodstock VT and Beyond Bike Tour discover the renowned beauty of the town of Woodstock and the verdant hills and valleys surrounding the town. Stops are made at the Quechee Gorge, Simon Pearce Glassblowing, the Calvin Coolidge State Park, Coolidge Homestead, Plymouth Cheese Factory and Long Trail Brewery. The last day of the tour includes a short hike to a hilltop offering panoramic views of farmland and distant mountain ridges.

The Rivers and Ridgelines Cycling Tour in Vermont and New Hampshire highlights the natural beauty of the sparkling rivers and radiant ridgelines surrounding the towns of Randolph and Norwich, VT. On the last day of the tour, guests will cross the Connecticut River to discover the lovely town of Hanover, NH, home to Dartmouth College.  Additional tour highlights include a private beer tasting of Vermont craft beers, stops at country stores in small hamlets, the opportunity to shop in upscale boutiques and fine art galleries and a stop at the award-winning King Arthur Baking School and Store.

“What’s remarkable about these Vermont bike tours is that in the space of just four days, guests will encounter surprisingly diverse scenes, from ridgelines with long-distance views to serene bog lands popular with moose, to charming Vermont villages,” says Jeanne Rummel, Great Freedom Adventures founder and tour designer.

Both tours feature lodging in fine inns that provide a quintessential Vermont experience. The inns offer numerous amenities such as indoor or outdoor pools, hot tubs, taverns, restaurants, exercise rooms, in-room fireplaces, marble baths and fine linens.

Tours include dinners at the region’s best restaurants and offer locally sourced foods. Guests will further savor the tastes of Vermont while sampling treats such as maple syrup, maple butter, freshly pressed cider, cheddar cheese and craft beer. Many of these foods are produced in or near the very areas that cyclists will pedal through.

Tour packages include lodging, most meals, bike rental, admissions, guides, van support, daily snacks and drinks, maps and more. Prices start at $1,395 per person based on double occupancy. For more information, including the full itineraries, please visit the website at: Great Freedom Adventures - USA Bike Tours.

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Pedal for PSC, a Charity Bike Event on Martha’s Vineyard, Announced by Great Freedom Adventures for September 2015

Cyclists Challenged to Circumnavigate the Idyllic MA Island of Martha’s Vineyard To Benefit
PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Foundation

Sherborn, MA, February 24, 2015, – Bike tour operator, Great Freedom Adventures, announces Pedal for PSC Charity Bike Ride, a three day cycling event on Martha’s Vineyard, a captivating island jewel seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts. The goal of the September 25-27 event is to raise awareness and funds to fight Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), a chronic, progressive disease that damages the bile ducts of the liver. Pedal for PSC features an oceanside warm-up ride on the first day, a metric full- or half-century ride on the charity challenge day, and a victory ride to the island’s most famous beach on the third day.

travel tour newsPSC causes inflammation of the bile ducts, which in turn leads to scarring and narrowing of the ducts. Bile builds up in the liver causing extreme fatigue, severe itchiness, pain and jaundice. As the disease progresses, damage to liver cells occurs and many PSC patients will eventually require a liver transplant.  There is currently no cure and available treatments have limited effectiveness. The need for funds for research on disease causes, effective treatments and ultimately, a cure, is urgent.

Pedal for PSC Charity Bike Ride is open to the public and will benefit PSC Partners Seeking a Cure, a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation established to provide education and support to PSC patients and their caregivers, and to raise funds to research causes, treatments and cures for PSC. For more information, go to http://www.pscpartners.org. Representatives from the Denver-based foundation, who have seen-first hand the suffering caused by PSC, will participate in Pedal for PSC and will be on-hand to provide information about the disease and research initiatives.

Over three days, Pedal for PSC participants will explore Martha’s Vineyard, a stunning island that has enchanted presidents, celebrities and vacationers alike. Riders pedal through island farms and picturesque fishing villages, passing iconic lighthouses along the way. On the “challenge” day, riders have the option of cycling 50k or 100k and those choosing the full metric century will circumnavigate the 25-mile long island. With both routes, cyclists discover charming coastal towns, maritime forests of pitch pine, the gingerbread cottages in Oak Bluffs and the red cliffs at Aquinnah.

Participants will visit and stay in the 19th century seaport village of Edgartown, containing handsome mansions built by whaling captains, along with many beautifully maintained colonial homes that predate the whaling era. Bike paths along the water’s edge give riders a breathtaking view of sandy beaches and salt-water ponds filled with myriad birds. 

“We look forward to joining together with PSC patients, their families, friends and with altruistic travelers to help fight this devastating disease, while participating in a wonderful cycling experience in the process,” says Jeanne Rummel, founder of Great Freedom Adventures.

The three-day, two night Pedal for PSC Charity Bike Ride requires a per person fundraising minimum or donation of $2,200. Included in the event is lodging, meals, bikes, guides, van support, transfers, luggage transport, daily snacks and drinks, maps, training tips and a post-ride celebration. For more information or the full daily program please see: Pedal for PSC Charity Bike Ride.

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Great Freedom Adventures Announces Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and
Nantucket Bike Tour for 2015

Bicyclists Explore Quaint Coastal Towns and Breathtaking Vistas on Great Freedom Adventures’
New Bike Tour: Captivating Cape Cod and the Islands

Sherborn, MA, January 20, 2015, – Bike tour operator, Great Freedom Adventures, announces the Captivating Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Bike Tour, an alluring six-day cycling exploration of Massachusetts’ finest Cape towns and most celebrated islands. Participants may choose from three departures in 2015 - June 14, July 12, or September 13 - and will meander from Provincetown to Martha’s Vineyard, visiting old whaling towns, national seashores, wildlife refuges, and other iconic coastal destinations along the way. The tour is unique in that it includes not just Cape Cod gems, but also both of the area’s renowned islands – Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. In short, the tour showcases the best of Cape Cod and the Islands.

travel tour newsThe Cape Cod and Islands Vacation Bike Tour is one of the crowning jewels of Great Freedom Adventures’ itineraries for another reason: It’s in their backyard! Great Freedom Adventures has spent years exploring every nook and cranny of the Cape, and their brand new tour best captures the charm, the hidden treasures, and the history found in this region. “We are excited to share this new tour encompassing our favorite parts of Cape Cod and the Islands in the most engaging and enjoyable way possible – from the seat of a bicycle!” says Jeanne Rummel, founder of Great Freedom Adventures.

Participants will cycle the Outer- and Mid-Cape, discovering a landscape graced by sweeping ocean vistas, rolling dunes, stately lighthouses, and maritime forests. Guests pedal the Cape Cod Rail Trail and visit quintessential Cape towns offering eclectic shops, excellent restaurants, fine art galleries and a low-key beach vibe.

One notable destination on the tour, the Cape Cod National Seashore, offers forty miles of pristine sand beaches, wild cranberry bogs, kettle ponds, heathlands and a visitor’s centers offering panoramic views. This stretch of seashore is home to some of the most popular beaches including Nauset Light Beach, Coast Guard Beach and Race Point Beach. Bike paths along the seashore will bring guests up-close to these and other beaches and to the region’s famous lighthouses.

During the Captivating Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Bike Tour, a ferry ride transports guests to the heart of the Cape and Islands scene: Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.  Guests cycle through villages that have preserved their architecture for over 200 years, explore the sea captain mansions of Edgartown, and discover quintessential fishing villages, island farms and the red cliffs in Aquinnah.

The six-day, five night tour is priced at $2,595 per person based on double occupancy and includes lodging at upscale inns, most meals, bikes, guides, van support, transfers, luggage transport, ferry passages, admissions, daily snacks and drinks, maps and more. For more information or the full daily program please see: Captivating Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Bike Tour.

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Bike Tour Guests on a Great Freedom Adventure Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Great Freedom Adventurers on the Maritime Bike and Beer Adventure Take a Cold Shower for ALS!

Sherborn, MA, August 28, 2014 – Bike tour guests on Great Freedom Adventures’ August Bike and Beer Adventure on the North Shore of Massachusetts may have been expecting a warm shower at the end of their ride. What they got instead was a self-inflicted ice water dousing.

Guests on the six-day bike tour explored the maritime heritage of the fabled MA North Shore and tasted locally brewed craft beer inspired by the sea. Days spent cycling scenic shoreline and visiting historic seaside towns were followed by evenings sampling craft beer from brewers such as Newburyport Brewing Co., RIverwalk Brewing Co., Ipswich Ale Brewery, Cape Ann Brewing and Salem Beer Works.

travel tour newsWhile enjoying the view at Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea, part way through day five of the tour, guests were challenged by the staff at Great Freedom Adventures to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Cyclists had 25 miles of pedaling to Rockport, on the tip of Cape Ann, during which to decide to accept the challenge or to donate to the ALS Association. Great Freedom Adventures sweetened the pot by pledging to make a donation to the association for each person who accepted the challenge.

At the end of the 25 miles, at the Emerson Inn-by-the-Sea in Rockport, the cyclists assembled on the lawn overlooking the ocean. The time had come to find out just who had both an adventuresome and an altruistic spirit. As it turned out, all members of the group established themselves as true Great Freedom Adventurers. “Every single person in the fun-loving group of bike tourists and beer aficionados accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” says Jeanne Rummel, founder of Great Freedom Adventures.

After nominating unsuspecting new people, dumping ice in their buckets and tapping reserves of courage, the group poured ice water on themselves to gleeful shrieks and much laughter. The group celebrated the successful completion of the challenge by - what else - drinking a local craft beer.

To view the ALS IceBucket Challenge video go to:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXgl8eO7iVY

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Boston to New York Bike Tour Announced by Great Freedom Adventures

Great Freedom Adventures’  New Bike Tour, Four States and Five Boroughs, Features a Boston to New York Trek Followed by New York’s Famed Five Boro Bike Tour

Sherborn, MA, April 29, 2014 – Bike tour operator, Great Freedom Adventures, announces Four States and Five Boroughs, an exciting six-day, 290 mile cycling adventure from Boston to New York, timed to arrive in New York City in time to join 32,000 cyclists from around the world for the famed Five Boro Bike Tour.  New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour, occurring annually on the first Sunday of May, is America’s largest cycling event and to get to it, Great Freedom Adventurers will depart Boston and pedal 250 miles through four states over four days.

Great Freedom Adventures NYThe 40-mile Five Boro Bike Tour is a rolling festival through all five boroughs of New York City on traffic-free streets. Riders bike through Central Park, past skyscrapers, by urban neighborhoods, and over five bridges, including the spectacular Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The tour finishes with a festival on Staten Island in New York Harbor.

Along the way from Boston to New York, riders will experience iconic urban scenes, livable suburban towns and picturesque rural landscapes. Stops are made at notable sites including Mystic Seaport, a living history museum in Mystic, CT, which depicts 19th century coastal New England life.

Another stop is the newly named “National Treasure” in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, NY. The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently awarded this distinction to the park’s New York State Pavilion, the former site of two World’s Fairs. Towering over the pavilion’s fountains and reflecting pools is the 12-story high Unisphere, a globe of the world built to represent the theme of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair - “Peace through Understanding.”

Further highlights of the tour include a crossing of Long Island Sound by boat, cycling through landscapes of vineyards and farmland and ride rewarding visits to a winery, and a brewery.  Riders pedal unencumbered with full van support, guides and luggage transport.

Guests on Great Freedom Adventures’ Four States and Five Boroughs Boston to New York bike tour stay overnight in vibrant, coastal towns offering opportunities to explore the Northeast’s maritime heritage along with contemporary hot spots. In addition, participants can explore the East coast’s premier cities while spending a night in Boston and one in New York, with options to extend the stay before and after the tour.

The Bike Boston to New York tour is priced at $1,995 per person based on double occupancy and includes lodging, most meals, bike and helmet rental if needed, guides, van support, luggage transport, boat fare, daily snacks and cold drinks, maps and cue sheets, admissions, beer tasting and more. 

The Four States and Five Boroughs tour begins at the end of April each year and finishes on the first Sunday in May in order to coincide with the Five Boro Bike Tour. Custom Boston to New York bike tour departure dates, to exclude the Five Boro Bike Tour, can be arranged. For more information and the full daily program, please see: Bike Boston to New York – Four States and Five Boroughs.

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Great Freedom Adventures Announces Bike and Beer Itinerary for 2014

Bicyclists Finish Each Day of Scenic Cycling With Thirst Quenching Craft Beer Tasting

Sherborn, MA, March 11, 2014 – The bike tour operator who promotes freedom on two wheels announces the Maritime Bike and Beer Adventure Tour, a six-day exploration of the maritime heritage of the fabled MA North Shore and the locally brewed craft beer inspired by the sea.  Modern day explorers on Great Freedom Adventures’ June 15-20 or August 17-22 departure pedal through the culture and lore of the Essex National Heritage Area capping off each day’s adventure with a thirst-quenching visit to a local brewery or a private beer tasting with an expert brewmaster.

travel tour newsThe MA North Shore is home to several breweries producing award-winning beers that celebrate the maritime heritage that inspired them. Cape Ann Brewing’s Fisherman’s Beer has a bold flavor and strong character that reflect the spirit and courage of the sailors of the North Atlantic fishing fleet.  “Our location directly on Gloucester Harbor allows visitors to sample the various beers while gazing out at America’s oldest working seaport," says Nick Chapman, General Manager of Cape Ann Brewing.

Guests on the Maritime Bike and Beer Adventure Tour also sample Ipswich Ale, produced by Ipswich Ale Brewing, and named one of the world’s ten best beers by Wine Spectator Magazine. Excellent offerings by Newburyport Brewing Co., Riverwalk Brewing Co., Salem Beer Works, and Notch Brewing Co. are also sampled on the bike and beer adventure.

In between beer-tasting sessions, cyclists visit the area’s must-see historic towns such as Gloucester (of The Perfect Storm fame), Salem (think witch trials and China Trade), Rockport (home to the most photographed building in the country), Newburyport (sea captain’s mansions) Essex (shipbuilding), and Ipswich (unparalled preservation of historic homes), all important towns in America’s maritime heritage.

The six-day, five night tour is priced at $2,450 per person based on double occupancy and includes lodging at upscale inns, most meals, bikes, guides, van support, transfers, luggage transport, a kayak excursion, nature walks, admissions, beer tastings, a mansion tour, daily snacks and drinks, maps and more. For more information or the full daily program please see: Maritime Bike and Beer Adventure Tours.

Other USA bike tours offered by Great Freedom Adventures include the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Vermont’s Green Mountains, the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard and the southern shore FarmCoast, Rhode Island’s Block Island, Newport, Jamestown plus other Northeast US regions.

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Great Freedom Adventures Announces the Coastal New England Wine Trail Bike Tour

New 2014 Bike Tour Offered By Great Freedom Adventures Features Stops at Southern New England’s FarmCoast Vineyards

Sherborn, MA, February 18, 2014 – Bike tour operator, Great Freedom Adventures, offers cyclists and wine enthusiasts alike a unique opportunity to enjoy both stellar biking and a bit of wine tasting on the new Coastal New England Wine Trail Bike Tour.  Great Freedom Adventures is the only operator offering fully supported winery bike tours in southern New England’s beautiful FarmCoast region.  The five-day, four- night itinerary follows the Coastal Wine Trail through Rhode Island and Massachusetts with scheduled 2014 departures on June 8 and October 13.

travel and tour newsThe FarmCoast’s predominately flat and lightly traveled roads make biking a sheer pleasure as do the verdant landscapes and dazzling seascapes. Each day, stops are made at scenic vineyards for tastings of the estate grown wines. “The FarmCoast captures warm Gulf Stream waters for a relatively long growing season that allows vintners to produce fine white and sparkling wine varietals,” says Jeanne Rummel, Great Freedom Adventures founder.

In contrast to the region’s unpretentious pastoral beauty, guests also experience the opulent splendor of the Gilded Age while pedaling past Newport’s awe-inspiring mansions.  The itinerary includes oceanside routes that combine the natural beauty of dramatic seascapes with man made architectural masterpieces to create an unsurpassed cycling experience.

Guests spend two nights in the heart of Newport’s Old Quarter at an inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places and two at a waterfront mansion turned luxurious retreat. Dinners include offerings by some of the region’s best chefs with foods grown or raised on the farmland along the cycling routes or fished from the local waters.

The tour is priced at  $2,095 per person based on double occupancy and includes lodging, most meals, wine tastings, a tour of the famous Breakers mansion, a lantern-light walking tour of historic Newport, bike and helmet rental, an oceanside nature walk, daily snacks and drinks, guides, van support, luggage transport, maps and cue sheets and transport to and from the Providence airport or train station.

Participants bike from 6 to 43 miles per day with additional biking offered for avid cyclists. For more information and the full daily program, please see: Coastal New England Wine Trail Bike Tour.

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Great Freedom Adventures Announces New 2014 Bike Tours for Music Lovers

Bike Tours Offered By Great Freedom Adventures to Include the Newport Folk Festival and Hudson Music Fest

Sherborn, MA, January 7, 2014 – Bike tour operator, Great Freedom Adventures announces two new 2014 US bike tours that will include music festival revelry in the itinerary.  Guests on the July 27 departure of a new four-day Rhode Island tour will attend the famed Newport Folk Festival, while guests on a new summer departure of the six-day Hudson Valley New York tour will experience the Hudson Music Fest on August 8th and 9th.

The new four-day Rhode Island By Land and By Sea Bike Tour offers two departures in 2014, June 29 and July 27, the latter including an evening at the Newport Folk Festival. Founded in 1959, the event, an annual American folk-oriented music festival, is one of the major folk festivals in the United States. The festival is known for introducing performers, such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, who went on to become major stars. The festival features performances by folk, blues, country, bluegrass and folk rock musicians as well as related contemporary genres such as alternative country, indie folk and folk punk.

tour newsGuests on Great Freedom Adventures’ By Land and By Sea Rhode Island Bike Tour will spend the late afternoon and early evening of the first day at Newport's Fort Adams, enjoying the music and the setting. The outdoor festival is set on a scenic peninsula stretching into Newport Harbor. Fort walls rise from grass lawns in a prime music venue encircled by hundreds of boats rocking in the blue waters with the silver Newport bridge beyond.

In addition to the festival, participants on the Rhode Island tour will spend a day biking on Block Island, a place the Nature Conservancy termed "one of the last great places," with stops at Mohegan Bluffs, Great Salt Pond and the island’s two lighthouses. Another day is spent on tranquil Conanicut Island with routes offering views of impressive "summer cottages", salt-water farms and one of the country’s oldest lighthouses. On Aquidneck Island, guests will view Newport's Gilded Age mansions, walk the oceanside Cliff Walk and bike renowned Ocean Ave.

The tour is priced at $1,650 per person double occupancy and includes lodging at a fine historic inn in the heart of Newport's Old Quarter, most meals,two round-trip ferry passages, a lantern-light walking tour of Newport, admission to the Breakers mansion (June 29 departure), admission to the Newport Folk Festival (July 27 departure), lighthouse tours, guided biking and walking on nature trails and Cliff Walk, bike rental, guides, maps and cue sheets, van support, daily snacks and cold drinks, and transport to and from the Providence airport or train station.

The By Land and By Sea tour cycling distances range from 8-29 miles per day with options for longer routes for those who wish. The tour is appropriate for all abilities with van support and the ability to ride at your own pace.

A second Great Freedom Adventure for music lovers is the new August 8, 2014 departure of the six-day Hudson Valley National Heritage Area Bike Tour. A fall foliage departure of the Hudson Valley tour is scheduled for October 5th.

Guests on the August 8th departure will experience two days of the fourth annual Hudson Music Fest, a three-day celebration of music during which musicians of all genres play day and night throughout the town - in the parks, at the riverfront, on the sidewalks, in the restaurants, galleries, bars and nightclubs.  “With over 100 acts performing at more than a dozen venues, we are New York State’s largest three-day music festival,” said Chad Weckler, co-organizer of the festival.  Hudson, a hip and vibrant town known for visual and performing arts, antiques, architecture and world-class restaurants, is now also being touted as the next music mecca.

In addition to the Hudson Music Fest, guests on Great Freedom Adventures' Hudson Valley tour will experience cycling on quiet country roads through landscapes of fertile farmland, productive vineyards, manicured horse farms, and shaded riverside routes. Stops are made at several mansions such as Livingston's estate and FDR's home, wineries for wine tasting, an artisanal cheese making sheep farm, Omi outdoor sculpture park, riverfront Poet's Walk, Frank Gehry's performing arts center, Frederick Church's Olana and more.

The six-day, five-night Hudson Valley, NY Bike Tour is priced at $2,295 and includes lodging at fine historic inns in Hudson and Rhinebeck, most meals, bike rental, admissions, river cruise, wine tastings, dinner at the CIA (October 5, 2014 departure), Hudson Music Fest (August 8, 2014 departure), guides, maps and cue sheets, daily snacks and cold drinks, van support, luggage transport and more.

Cyclists ride between 15-38 miles per day with options for more mileage for avid cyclists. The trip is appropriate for all abilities with van support and the ability to ride at your own pace.

For more information and the full daily program for the new By Land and By Sea tour that includes the Newport Folk Festival, please see:  Rhode Island Bike Tour.   For more information on the Hudson Valley National Heritage Area tour that includes the Hudson Music Fest, please see: Hudson Valley NY Bike Tour.

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Great Freedom Adventures Leads 55 Bicyclists on Charity Ride
From Boston to New York City

Following 250 Mile Bike Event Led by Great Freedom Adventures, Virgin Airways Cyclists to Present Funds to Charity for Disadvantaged Children

Sherborn, MA, October 29, 2013 – Bike tour operator, Great Freedom Adventures organized and operated a fund-raising and team-building challenge for 55 bicyclists from Virgin Atlantic Airways. The 250-mile, September 12-15, 2013 ride challenged cyclists to bike from Boston Common to New York’s Central Park, traveling through four states in four days.

adventure travel newsThe ride connected the airline’s two regional hubs and provided employees from offices in the UK and the US an opportunity to bond as a team while also raising money for their partner charity, Free the Children. At the end of 2013, Virgin Atlantic Airways will present the funds raised in the event to this charity, which functions as a worldwide child advocacy group that works to reduce poverty and improve educational opportunities for children throughout the world. 

Bicyclists departed Boston Common through balloon arches and cheering crowds to begin a journey traversing urban parks, suburban neighborhoods and rural farms. Cyclists averaged 63 miles per day with guides, print maps, cue sheets, gps directions, vehicle support, mechanical support, food and drink provided by Great Freedom Adventures along the way.

The carefully mapped route took cyclists through diverse regions of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, and included a ferry ride from New London, CT to Orient Point, NY, on the eastern tip of Long Island. Lunch and rest stops saw riders refueling at wildlife areas, urban parks, a colonial farmstead, a turkey farm for farm-fresh turkey sandwiches and a vineyard for a bit of wine tasting and brick oven pizza.

All participants successfully completed the team-building challenge by riding through Central Park as a red jersey-clad group to the finish at North Meadows where a cheering crowd of supporters and spectators greeted them. Riders were unanimous in their feeling that the trip brought the group together, strengthened bonds and increased incentive to reengage with both corporate and personal goals. The group gave high marks to the organization and execution of the event by Great Freedom Adventures as did Virgin Atlantic’s Aviation Security Manager Phil Williams, the contact person from the Virgin Atlantic side and organizer of the UK and US ride participants.

“Great Freedom Adventures safely led our team of riders…from Boston to New York. It was a great opportunity for us to bring different elements of the Virgin Family together on such an epic adventure. Your support team were all very competent, friendly, and accommodating. Leading a group of this size can never be easy, but your team accomplished it with ease, making the whole experience truly wonderful. From feedback already received from the group, I can tell that it has had a positive life-changing impact to many of those who participated. We look forward to partnering with Great Freedom Adventures again in the near future,” says Williams.

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New Martha’s Vineyard Bike Tour Offered By MA-Based Great Freedom Adventures

Three-Day Bicycle Tour to Martha’s Vineyard Guided by Local Experts Great Freedom Adventures Features Iconic Attractions Plus Exclusive Activities

Sherborn, MA, June 18, 2013 – MA-based bike tour operator Great Freedom Adventures announces the debut of a three-day Martha’s Vineyard, MA bike tour to include biking Wampanoag tribal lands, nighttime viewing of sea life, sustainable shellfishing, whaling heritage and island lore.  The MA Island Idyll: Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Bike Tour draws from decades of Martha’s Vineyard biking experience and the expertise of this local outfitter. The first departure is scheduled for September 21-23, 2013.bike tour news

In addition to visiting the island’s iconic sites, the tour offers guests a few exclusive activities as well. An island shellfish constable will demonstrate shellfish seeding and harvesting while talking about efforts to preserve traditional shellfisheries. Discussions include innovative aquaculture technologies aimed at ensuring a sustainable shellfish industry.

Bike tour guests will also learn island history and lore on a private walking tour of Edgartown led by a resident expert. Guests walk narrow, lantern-lit streets to learn about the town’s unique colonial history and fascinating whaling heritage, viewing sites such as the Old Whaling Church, sea captain’s mansions and “Downtown Amity” of Jaws fame.

“As an avid history buff and 30 year resident of Martha’s Vineyard, I thoroughly enjoy sharing not just island history, but a bit of the local color too,” says Jim Rivard, owner of Martha’s Vineyard Tour Guide and Great Freedom Adventures guests’ personal guide for Edgartown.

A MA Island Idyll tour activity for the more intrepid in the group is stand-up paddleboarding, at night, on boards equipped with LED lights. Paddlers can see underwater to view a magical nighttime world of living creatures such as shrimp, squid, bluefish and striped bass.

Climbs to the top of the Edgartown and Gay Head Lights are also on the agenda. The lighthouses’ storied pasts are only overshadowed by the remarkable views from the top.

The September tour of Martha’s Vineyard is timed to take advantage of the departure of the summer crowds and the still ideal weather. The nearly all-inclusive vacation is priced at $975 per person, double occupancy and includes two nights lodging at The Kelley House, a fine Historic Hotel of America in Edgartown center, two dinners, two breakfasts, one lunch, bike rental, two guides, van support, luggage transport, side excursions, admissions, daily snacks and cold drinks, maps, cue sheets and more. Custom dates can be arranged for groups of six or more.

Cyclists travel bike paths along beachfront dunes then pedal to less-visited regions of island farms lined with old stonewalls and quiet harbors dotted with colorful skiffs. Bike rides past seaside villages with weathered cottages draped in roses and sprawling estates fit for presidents, give cyclists a broad view of island life on Martha’s Vineyard.

A route highlight features biking a nearly uninhabited ridge of scrub oak, wild rose, heath and bayberry, framed by distant ocean views. The Wampanoag Tribe remains sovereign on this part of the island and experiencing the land and seascapes from the seat of a bicycle allows the rider to become immersed in the spirit of the place and to readily imagine a time when only the Wampanoags farmed the land and fished the waters.

The Martha’s Vineyard bike touralso includes visits to South Beach, Aquinnah, the Black Dog Tavern, gingerbread cottages at Oak Bluffs, artisan shops in Vineyard Haven, Alleys General Store and the island of Chappaquiddick.

Cyclists travel between 10-30 miles per day with options for longer routes for the avid cyclist. The terrain is largely gentle with hills on some parts of the island. The tour is appropriate for groups, couples, singles, families and corporate outings. For more information and the full daily program, please see MA Island Idyll: Martha’s Vineyard biking itinerary.

The new three-day Martha’s Vineyard tour complements a longer six-day trip offered by Great Freedom Adventures that encompasses, along with Martha’s Vineyard, Rhode Island’s Block, Conanicut and Aquidneck Islands and the mainland in between. For more information on the longer tour, please see Islands and Seacoast Cycle Tour.

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NOVA Scientist and Award-Winning Author Joins Great Freedom Adventures' Eco-Bike Tour on the MA North Shore to Show Recent Storm Damage, Erosion and Collapse of Homes on Plum Island

Cyclists on Great Freedom Adventures’ Salt Marsh and Songbirds Eco-Bike Tour To See First-Hand the Effects of Barrier Island Beach Erosion Along With Discovering Wildlife and Ecology on an Island World Famous for Nature Study

Sherborn, MA, March 12, 2013 – NOVA scientist Bill Sargent will show Great Freedom Adventures’ bike tour guests first-hand, the devastation to Plum Island, MA homes and shoreline by recent storm surges. Several homes have collapsed into the ocean and more are slated to be razed because they are no longer safe to inhabit. Sargent, an award-winning author of eight books on science, the environment and sea-level rise, will share with spring and fall Salt Marsh and Songbirds Eco-Bike Adventure participants, the ever-changing nature of barrier islands, beach erosion and the threat to the New England coastline from rising sea levels.

Sargent will also guide Great Freedom Adventures’ guests through Plum Island’s Parker River National Wildlife Refuge to share knowledge of the salt marsh, one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet, while pointing out wildlife and plant life unique to this region. Guests walk a cross section of the barrier island to learn about tidal salt marshes, salt pannes, front dunes, back dunes and coastal forests, while learning along the way to identify some of the birdsongs in a region considered one of the finest bird watching destinations in the US.

eco-bike adventureAdditional highlights of Great Freedom Adventures’ Salt Marsh and Songbirds Eco-Bike Tour include visits to the Crane Estate Great House with manicured grounds overlooking the ocean, and the remains of a 19th century riverfront estate with its planned landscape of woodlands, gardens and carriage roads. At Crane Wildlife Refuge, guests walk paths through dunes carpeted in yellow heather before emerging onto the wide beach, taking care to avoid the nesting areas of the threatened Piping Plover.

The three-day eco-bike adventures are timed to coincide with migrating songbirds and waterfowl, the spring bloom of native mountain laurel, azaleas and rhododendrons or the fall reds and golds of the foliage and the marsh grasses.  The 2013 trips are scheduled for April 26-28, May 3-5, May 6-8, May 17-19 and October 20-22.

The eco-bike tour, based in the picturesque seaport of Newburyport, MA, includes three days of guided bicycling and walking, accommodations at a boutique hotel and National Historic Landmark, most meals, bike and helmet rental, daily snacks and cold drinks, admissions, maps, van support, transport to the tour start and more, and is priced at $895 per person based on double occupancy.

Cyclists travel between 20 to 36 miles per day, with an optional extension of up to 50 miles for the avid bicyclists in the group. The terrain is mostly flat with a few hills and guests are free to bike the distance preferred on each day. The tour is appropriate for groups, couples, singles, families and corporate outings. For more information and the full daily program, please see the Eco-Bike Tour MA North Shore Itinerary.

Great Freedom Adventures offers additional trips that include the MA North Shore. The Maritime New England Bike Tour, a six-day, five-night tour that includes kayaking and sailing in addition to biking and walking, covers Massachusetts’ entire Essex National Heritage Area as well as Cape Ann. Departures are offered in June and August.

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Great Freedom Adventures Guides Bike Tour Guests Through NY Region Touted by National Geographic as a “Best of The World” for 2013

Cyclists on Great Freedom Adventures’ Hudson Valley National Heritage Area Bike Tour explore an area National Geographic Traveler lists in “Our 20 Must-See Places for 2013”

bike tour newsSherborn, MA, January 15, 2013 – Bicycle tourists, locavores, artists, nature lovers and history buffs alike can experience first-hand a 2013 National Geographic Traveler “Best of The World” region on Great Freedom Adventures’ Hudson Valley National Heritage Area NY Bike Tour. The Hudson Valley was one of only four US regions to receive this distinction by National Geographic. Great Freedom Adventures’ October 6-11, 2013 itinerary is crafted to highlight the best of the region and is timed to coincide with colorful fall foliage and the bounty of the local harvest.

The six-day, five-night bike tour includes lodging, most meals, guides, van support, bike rental, luggage transport, river cruise, wine tasting, admission fees and other region-specific costs and is priced at $2,295 per person based on double occupancy. Upscale, historic inns have been selected to provide guests with a living perspective on the history of the region. One such inn, The Beekman Arms, is the oldest continuously operating inn in the country.

Bike tour guests encounter a landscape etched with views that inspired a whole new art movement – the Hudson River School of Art. Stops are made at mansions and gardens designed by artistic greats such as Frederick Law Olmsted, Frank Gehry and Frederic Church.

Also on the itinerary are visits to FDRs home and museum, Eleanor Roosevelt's tranquil Val-Kill, and the impressive Vanderbilt mansion. Pedaling through the riverfront estates of Montgomery Place, Wilderstein, and Staatsburg, bike tour guests get further glimpses of a bygone era of opulence.

Cycling is not the only activity on the docket of this “must-see” Hudson Valley NY Bike Tour. Guests walk a peaceful preserve to a Catskill Mountain viewpoint high above the Hudson, a setting said to have inspired Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle. Guests tour waterside as well on a narrated river cruise past a historic island lighthouse while scouting for a glimpse of one of the resident eagles.

Wine aficionados appreciate the stops at valley vineyards and the opportunity to sample some of the vintages, while foodies delight in the plethora of top-flight restaurants. Tour dinner locations range from small but chic restaurants manned by some of New York’s City’s finest chef transplants, to the sprawling Culinary Institute of America.

“Between the Culinary Institute of America grads too enchanted to leave Hyde Park and the influx of NYC chefs realizing the land is greener here, area eateries…are stoking locavore passions, says Sascha Zuger, author of National Geographic Traveler’s Hudson Valley article.

All along the route, cyclists traverse a landscape of sustainable farms, orchards, vineyards, horse, alpaca and sheep farms, with a stop at the Old Chatham Sheepherding Co., producer of award-winning artisanal cheese.

Cyclists travel between 15 to 38 miles a day, with optional extensions of up to 55 or so miles for the avid bicyclists in the group. Guests are free to bike the distance preferred on each day.

With so much to see and do off-the-bike, this tour works well for non-cycling traveling companions. Guests who prefer to opt-out of the cycling are transported to each site in the support van or back to town for some shopping in the myriad shops featuring antiques, local artwork and more.

The program begins and ends in Hudson, NY and guests can travel to the start by car or train. The train station is only four blocks from the tour start and Great Freedom Adventures can meet guests at the station. The closest airport is Albany International (about one hour away) and transport can be arranged.

“Much like Rip, Hudson Valley wanderers often wake up to find this is where they long to rest their vagabond souls,” says Zuger.

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Great Freedom Adventures Announces the Addition of Half- or Full-Day Corporate Team Building and Reward Outings

Active corporate outings, accessible from Boston, Providence and surrounding areas, boost employee cohesion, productivity and morale.

great freedom adventures newsSherborn, MA, November 20, 2012 – Active travel company Great Freedom Adventures announces the addition of half- or full-day outdoor corporate events to complement existing multi-day tour options. The engaging events combine beautiful landscapes and seascapes with physical activity to build stronger teams, challenge limits, inspire change, promote wellness, boost morale, and reward success at work. The outings provide an effective way to reward valued customers or top fundraisers as well.

Team building activities and event options can include bicycling, hiking, nature walks, kayaking, sailing, skiing and snowshoeing or a combination of these. The outings are designed in accordance with the goals of the business and the interests of the group. With the addition of single- or half-day programs, the corporate outings may now conveniently enhance business meetings, conferences, or sales training.

Great Freedom Adventures founder Jeanne Rummel, brings a comprehensive background to the creation of unique corporate team building outings. She holds a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a focus on utilizing fitness programs to increase workplace productivity and the mental and physical wellness of employees. Rummel has over 10 years of corporate management experience and 15 years of experience organizing bike tours, multi-sport adventures and charity bike events.

Great Freedom Adventures’ active, outdoor events are a highly effective tool for strengthening team bonds and solidifying corporate missions. The camaraderie that develops on a Great Freedom Adventure improves cooperation and promotes collaboration back at the office. “The improved work performance that results from a shared team vision creates an excellent return on investment to the company,” says Rummel.

The outings provide time and space away from the demands of the office, which allows team members to relax and creative ideas to flourish. The outings encourage engagement and emotional involvement not only with the beautiful settings but also among coworkers. These shared group experiences have the capacity to change the attitude of each employee and to transform the effectiveness of the team as a whole.

Great Freedom Adventures’ outings have the added advantage of combining the significant physical and mental health benefits of exercise with the similar boost to health that results from time spent in nature. Moderate aerobic exercise can improve important brain circuit connectivity and increase performance of cognitive tasks. Time spent in nature has been shown to improve disposition, increase mental clarity and attention, and reduce recovery time from illness. Recent research has shown that the largest positive health changes occurred when people exercised in the outdoors. Thus, active, outdoor team building activities and events have the greatest potential to significantly improve performance in the workplace.

Great Freedom Adventures handles all details of the corporate outing including event planning, itinerary, travel to and from the event, bikes, gear, guides, support throughout the outing and arrangements for meals and special activities as desired. This attention to all details means that company principals are free to focus on meeting or work agendas.

Companies may elect to choose from pre-established itineraries or may opt to customize the tour location and itinerary based upon team goals and interests. Set itineraries are easily accessible from Boston, Providence and the surrounding areas. The events work well for both companies that are based in these areas and businesses coming into the area for meetings or conferences.

Great Freedom Adventures’ outings focus on regions that offer a wealth of natural beauty and cultural offerings. One sample itinerary is The Salt Marsh Bike and Hike Tour of the MA North Shore that explores glacial drumlins, wildlife-filled marshlands, a working heritage farm, and a historic town with numerous first period homes. Cyclists stop at a National Historic Landmark to view the hilltop mansion with its landscaped gardens and grounds, all set off by panoramic ocean views. Participants bike about 17 mostly flat miles along picturesque roads and walk scenic trails through oceanside dunes and along sandy beaches.

A Rhode Island outing, Sparkling Bays and Summer “Cottages”, includes lunch and wine tasting at a scenic vineyard that is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Participants bicycle along the coastline, stopping at a national wildlife refuge to take in views of ocean, beach and bird-filled maritime scrub. The ride continues past the iconic Newport mansions, along renowned Ocean Ave, and finishes at historic Fort Adams, site of the America’s Cup. The outing can include dinner in Newport followed by a Ghost Tour.

Eco-kayak excursions explore the ecosystems in salt-water bays and estuaries with their myriad shorebirds and waterfowl. Sailing outings can be timed to enjoy the sunset along with cocktails and views of classic New England lighthouses. Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing outings offer invigorating winter options.

The corporate team building exercises generally include gentle terrain – easy to bike, walk, or ski – that is appropriate for a range of physical abilities. However, for teams seeking a challenge, alternate adventures can be arranged. These may include a mountaintop hike or a distance cycling event. The outings can be timed to take advantage of bird and butterfly migrations, spring blooms or fall foliage.

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Bike Tour and Active Travel Company, Great Freedom Adventures, Completes Successful Fundraiser for Crohn's and Colitis Foundation

Cycling tour company, Great Freedom Adventures, continues to promote health by following up recent travel and tour newsfundraiser for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by offering special bike tour savings to patients and families affected by these diseases.

Sherborn, MA, July 10, 2012 – A team from US bike tour and adventure vacation company, Great Freedom Adventures, raised about $12,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) by completing a 50-mile race in the Adirondack Mountains of New York on June 24th. The team joined 70 cyclists from across the country to participate in CCFA’s Team Challenge to raise funds for research and awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two serious digestive diseases. Great Freedom Adventures is continuing the momentum toward health by offering savings of $150 to $250 per person on bike tours and active vacations to patients and families affected by these diseases.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic, painful and often debilitating digestive disorders for which there is no cure. Patients struggle with fatigue, joint pain, abdominal cramps, and painful intestinal blockages. Surgery is often required. About 1.5 million American adults and children suffer daily with these diseases.

Team Great Freedom Adventures competed alongside roughly 350 cyclists on a hilly course in the Adirondacks around Lake George. The exciting event, produced by Centurion Cycling, took place under blue skies with helicopter filming and spectators cheering. CCFA riders were there in force and together raised over $380,000 for Crohn’s and colitis research.

 “What an inspiring experience this CCFA bike fundraiser was! This was a seriously challenging 50 miles but the support, encouragement and smiles of my teammates made it fun. I’m so glad to have been a part of this extraordinary event and so proud of what we accomplished together,” says Great Freedom Adventures team member Maya Donoghue.

In an effort to further awareness of Crohn’s and colitis, to support those affected by the diseases, and to promote a healthy lifestyle, Great Freedom Adventures is offering patients and family members special savings on bike tours and multi-sport adventures. For any 2012 adventure, with sign-up by July 27, 2012, any person with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis or a family member of someone with either disease, will receive $150 per person off three or four-day tours and $250 off six-day tours.

Great Freedom Adventures offers tours throughout northeastern USA which include New England Bike Tours, New York Wine Bike Tours, Bike, Hike, and Kayak Adventure Trips and more. The tours are appropriate for all abilities and for families, couples, singles, groups and businesses. Detailed information about Great Freedom Adventure’s cycling and multi-sport tours can be found on the website.

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Special Memorial Day Eco-Bike Adventure by Great Freedom Adventures Highlights Diverse Ecosystems of Coastal Massachusetts

GFA bike/hike tour - crane beachA unique eco-bike and hike tour called Salt Marsh and Songbirds is offered Memorial Day weekend by Great Freedom Adventures and explores the diverse habitats of the Great Salt Marsh on the Massachusetts North Shore and the surrounding ecosystems. Guests on the three-day discovery tour observe flora and fauna in salt marsh, refuge beaches and maritime forests.

Sherborn, MA, April 24, 2012 – A special Memorial Day weekend Salt Marsh and Songbirds Eco-Bike Adventure on the MA North Shore offered by Great Freedom Adventures, explores the wildlife and ecology of tidal salt marsh, barrier islands, dunes and coastal forests by bike and foot. The tour is timed to coincide with the return of songbirds to one of the finest birdwatching destinations in the eastern United States and occurs during peak migratory bird diversity. The tour also coincides with the spring bloom of certain varieties of azaleas and rhododendrons, which appear in massed, native stands.

The eco-bike tour explores the Great Salt Marsh, a destination world famous for nature study, encompassing thousands of acres of salt marsh, one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. More than 350 species of birds have been recorded and guests will hear the melodies of numerous songbirds and may view wading birds such as great blue and green herons, snowy egrets and glossy ibises. Beaver, muskrat, turtles, fox, turkeys and deer are among the many other species of wildlife that may be seen throughout the tour.

While natural beauty and wildlife are the main focus of the tour, guests will also discover man-made beauty while touring the impressive mansion and grounds of Crane Estate at Castle Hill in Ipswich and the remains of a 19th century riverfront estate with its rolling lawns, gardens, riverfront trails and pine woods. The town of Newburyport itself, the tour’s base of exploration, offers beautifully preserved sea captain’s mansions, a wide range of architectural styles in the handsome homes, a vibrant arts scene, numerous eateries, and bustling shopping and waterfront areas.

The May 26-28, 2012 tour includes lodging at the elegant Garrison Inn in the heart of Newburyport, most meals, guides, van support, bicycle rental, admission to wildlife refuges and the Crane Estate and transportation from the train station to the inn. The three-day, two-night tour costs $895 per person based on double occupancy.

The tour is suitable for all abilities with flexible daily cycling mileage ranging from 18-50 miles and nature walks on boardwalks and sand paths of varying distances.

Great Freedom Adventures offers additional sensory-, body- and eco-friendly explorations of northeast USA on bike tours (http://www.greatfreedomadventures.com) and adventure vacations traversing mountains, river valleys and seacoast. Other 2012 tours include the four-day Inlets and Isles Rhode Island Vacation Bike Tour, the six or three day Best of Vermont Bike Tour, the six day Islands and Seacoast Cycle Tour in Martha’s Vineyard and Rhode Island, the six-day NY bike tour in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and the three-day Block Island vacation multisport tour. For more information on the Memorial Day Eco-Bike Tour or on any of Great Freedom Adventures other tours, please visit the website.

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Great Freedom Adventures Announces Easy Expedition Tracing Verrazzano’s Route Along the Rhode Island Coast

Great Freedom AdventuresFollowing in the footsteps of Italian explorer Giovanni Verrazzano, present-day Great Freedom Adventurers explore Rhode Island’s inlets and isles by bike, foot, kayak, and sailboat on a four-day multi-sport adventure. Guests walk bluffs where Verrazzano once met native Wampanoags, sail the Great Salt Pond, kayak estuaries near Verrazzano’s anchorage and cycle coastline as stunning today as it was to the early explorers.

Sherborn, MA, March 20, 2012 – For the first time, Rhode Island’s iconic gems and lesser-known pearls can be explored, full-immersion style, on a guided and supported multi-sport tour offered by Great Freedom Adventures.  The Inlets and Isles Rhode Island Vacation Bike and Multi-Sport Tour explores Rhode Island’s scenic, historic and cultural diversity, from tranquil Block Island, to vibrant Newport. The tour traverses landscapes and seascapes shown to Giovanni Verrazzano in 1524 by his Native American hosts.

The full-sensory Rhode Island vacation promotes discovery through the ages as guests leave Verrazzano’s day behind to explore Colonial Era history and Gilded Age prosperity.

“As America’s smallest state, Rhode Island makes an ideal destination for a bike and multi-sport adventure because it’s compact, diverse and beautiful. In the space of one day, the cyclist will discover 17th century farms and settlements, wind-swept headlands, harbors filled with sleek yachts, the third oldest lighthouse in the country, and jaw-dropping, Gilded Age mansions,” says Jeanne Rummel, Great Freedom Adventures founder. 

The August 5-8 program includes lodging, most meals, ferries, admissions, side-excursions, bike, kayak and trimaran rental and a private lantern-light history tour at $1,895 per person based on double occupancy. Space is limited on the tour, which includes transportation to and from the start, so early reservations are recommended. Custom dates are available for groups.

Guests arriving by plane or train are met at the Providence, RI airport or the West Kingston, RI Amtrak station at the start of the tour and are returned at the trip conclusion. For more specific tour information, please view the package details on this Inlets and Isles Rhode Island Vacation Bike Tour.

Great Freedom Adventures offers additional sensory-, body- and eco-friendly explorations of northeast USA on bike tours and adventure vacations traversing mountains, river valleys and seacoast. For more information on the new Rhode Island tour or others, please visit www.greatfreedomadventures.com.

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Great Freedom Adventures Schedules New Islands and Seacoast Cycle Tours to Coincide with Wildlife Migrations

Great Freedom AdventuresGreat Freedom Adventures guides guests through oceanside nature preserves during monarch butterfly migration, Atlantic Flyway stopovers when songbirds arrive and around bays as seals and dolphins return, on a new 2012 cycling adventure.

Sherborn, MA, February 21, 2012 – The bike tour operator who promotes freedom on two wheels, Great Freedom Adventures, announces a new for 2012 six day Islands and Seacoast Cycle Tour exploring some of New England’s most beautiful islands and coastal regions while viewing migrating monarch butterflies, songbirds, shorebirds and sea mammals.

The July 8-13 tour takes advantage of warm waters and the return of shorebirds and large wading birds along with resident seals. Guests on the September 16-21 tour view monarch butterflies stopping to feed on wildflowers en route to Mexico, hear the melodies of migrating songbirds on Atlantic Flyway stopovers and perhaps see returning seals and dolphins while pedaling through diverse coastal habitats and walking wildlife refuge trails.

The tour features four islands in southern New England that are widely considered among the most beautiful in Northeast US and includes Rhode Island’s Block Island, a place the Nature Conservancy termed “One of the last great places in the Western Hemisphere” and Massachusetts’s Martha’s Vineyard, a favorite retreat of presidents.

“The Islands and Seacoast Tour is the first to combine the four fabulous islands of Massachusetts’s Martha’s Vineyard along with Rhode Island’s Conanicut, Aquidneck and Block Islands and their historic coastal towns, into one unique cycling adventure,” says Jeanne Rummel, Great Freedom Adventures founder.

Wildlife and coastal views are not the only highlights of the itinerary. Guests taste wines at an award-winning vineyard, view Gilded Age mansions, walk Newport’s renowned Cliff Walk and learn fascinating colonial history on an exclusive lantern-light tour. Visits to lighthouses, beaches and Chappaquiddick’s infamous Dike Bridge are also on the agenda.

Daily activity is rewarded by nighttime indulgence at a hilltop island retreat, historic inns in the heart of Newport, RI and Edgartown, MA and at a grand Italianate estate with a private beach and spa.

Guests are met at the Providence, RI airport or the West Kingston, RI Amtrak train station at the start of the tour and are returned at the trip conclusion. For more specific tour information, please view the package details on this Islands and Seacoast Biking Holiday.

Great Freedom Adventures offers additional opportunities to get up-close to nature with sensory-, body- and eco-friendly explorations on northeast USA bike tours and adventure vacations traversing mountains, river valleys and seacoast. For more information on the new Islands and Seacoast Cycle Tour or other tours, please visit http://www.greatfreedomadventures.com.

About Great Freedom Adventures

Great Freedom Adventures offers bike tours in New England and New York in regions possessing a unique diversity of natural and cultural interests. The tours are distinguished by including a wealth of additional activities such as kayaking, hikes, nature walks, history tours, sunset sails, demonstrations and others, which fully immerse the traveler in each destination to provide an insider’s perspective. The tours are three to six days long and are guided and supported. Please visit the website for additional information and for specific details on each tour. For information please see http://www.greatfreedomadventures.com.

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