About GFA – Great Freedom Adventures
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About GFA

Inspired Biking and Walking Tours & Adventure Travel Vacations for Groups, Couples, Solos, Families and Companies

biking-tour-guideGreat Freedom Adventures offers upscale biking trips in northeast US regions distinguished by a wealth of natural beauty, vibrant history, rich culture and superb biking. Our three to six day tours are fully guided and supported. Meticulously planned routes and indulgent itineraries draw from 34 years of experience biking these backroads. We show you the places you absolutely don’t want to miss along with hidden treasures that we know about because these are our backyards.

The Experienced Great Freedom Adventures Team

The GFA team possesses a wealth of expertise. Founder Jeanne Rummel has four decades of bicycle touring experience and 18 years experience creating exceptional multi-day biking and hiking adventures. In addition, she has designed and run award-winning charity bike tours and events. Dedicated service is provided by trained guides who live in, know and love our diverse landscapes and seascapes.

Our Guides
Our tour leaders are a fun-loving, enthusiastic group with wonderful interests and backgrounds. This talented group includes bike racing team members and captains, triathletes, marathoners, long-distance cyclo- tourists, and Nordic champions. They come from backgrounds as leadership trainers, mediators, bike shop repair employees, camp counselors, educators, and social workers. They are musicians, cycling instructors and group facilitators. They volunteer in places like Rwanda, New Orleans, South Africa and Chile helping hurricane survivors, AIDS victims and under privileged school children. What they all have in common is a love of biking and the outdoors, knowledge of the region, an understanding of bike safety and cycling techniques and the desire to share all of this knowledge with you. As our past tour guests will attest, our guides provide truly exceptional service and their #1 priority is insuring that your vacation is absolutely wonderful.

Biking Trips to Remember
On a Great Freedom Adventures biking trip, you’ll bicycle along dramatic shoreline, bucolic farmland, salt-marsh filled with shore birds — and through covered bridges, fragrant vineyards and charming villages. Along the way you’ll stop at lighthouses, mansions, gardens, historic sites, wineries, micro-breweries, artisanal cheese making farms, beaches, national wildlife refuges, country stores, art galleries and chic shops.

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Engaging Beyond-the-Bike Activities
Great Freedom Adventures’ tours are distinguished not just by superb biking but also by the wealth of unique activities and authentic experiences that fully immerse the traveler in each destination. Walk nature preserves at the height of the Monarch butterfly migration; kayak sparkling bays and wildlife-filled estuaries; explore barrier islands, northern forests, tide pools, salt marsh, bogs, headlands and grasslands; and learn about the ecology of these diverse habitats.

Bike Vacations That Offer Exclusive Experiences
Journey back in time on a private lantern-light tour with a local historian to learn fascinating colonial history, learn about sustainable shellfishing techniques from a local shellfish constable, sail into the sunset as the lobstermen return with their catch, meet local artists in the oldest artist’s colony in the US, relax on a narrated cruise on the Hudson River, learn about marine life from a NOVA scientist, view maple syrup and cheese making at a private cohousing farm, talk with fishermen unloading their catch at the oldest working port in the country and so much more. Each tour offers opportunities to interact with local people and experience regional culture. Our tours tread lightly on the land and ecosystems through which we pass while informing, engaging and inspiring.  Every Great Freedom Adventure provides a fun and deeply rewarding experience.

First-Class Biking and Hiking Trips
Accommodations include Select Registry Hotels, boutique inns, Historic Hotels of America, luxurious resorts and inns on the National Register of Historic Places. Gourmet meals offer fresh, locally-grown foods ranging from farm-to-table feasts at a working farm to dinner at the famed Culinary Institute of America.

Adventure Vacations for Groups, Families, Couples and Singles
Our tours are perfect for couples or groups, for memorable family adventure vacations and are equally fun as adventure travel for singles. Private tours as well as corporate trips are available. Bicycling tours are appropriate for all abilities as daily cycling mileage is flexible. Because our tours run in locations with so much to see and do off-the-bike, the trips also work well for non-cycling traveling companions.  We look forward to meeting you and to providing you with an unforgettable vacation!

For hiking and biking trips, please see our Vermont Bike Tour, our Block Island, RI vacation and our MA bike, hike, kayak adventure trip.

For group adventure travel to regions uniquely rich in history and cultural attractions, please see our adventure travel in NY and our Boston area bike tour.

If you are interested in biking trips in which feature coastal regions please see our Block Island, RI tour and our New England bike tour in MA our Islands and Seacoast Cycle Tour and our Inlets and Isles Rhode Island Vacation.

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