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NY HUDSON RIVER VALLEY BIKE TOUR

$3,595.00$4,095.00

6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS
TOUR THAT CELEBRATES AN AMERICAN TREASURE

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A tour that celebrates an American treasure

HUDSON VALLEY HISTORY

Ramble through stately mansions built for the Livingstons, Vanderbilts, and Roosevelts; stroll the grounds of these stunning riverfront estates. Visit a setting rumored to have inspired the writing of Washington Irving. Casually elegant Rhinebeck, another stop on the New York bike tour, is a charming village listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy the beautiful architecture of the historic homes, period barns, and carriage houses while walking to lovely shops and restaurants. Watch for old hitching posts and carriage steppingstones while walking along Hudson’s Warren Street, which gives the feeling of traveling through the centuries.

HUDSON VALLEY NATURE
The landscape is similar to nearby Vermont but with gentler terrain. Travel through the fertile countryside, past idyllic farms, orchards, hilltop vineyards, traversing manicured fields where horses, sheep, and alpaca roam. Recreational and avid cyclists alike treasure this network of quiet country roads offering views of open farmland, the distant Catskill Mountains, and the vast Hudson River.

HUDSON VALLEY HOSPITALITY
The Hudson River Valley is known for restaurants owned by world-class chefs, award-winning wineries, artisanal cheeses, fresh fruits, and heirloom vegetables. Each night you’ll feast on gourmet dinners created from ingredients from the very farms we cycled past that day. We rest each night in beautifully appointed historic inns. An inspired art movement has settled in the Hudson River Valley funky art galleries, and The Hudson River Valley School of Art creates a palpable feeling of a renaissance.

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Dates

July 10-15, Aug. 14-19, Oct. 16-21

Rate

Double (pp), Single (pp)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

• Stay at fine historic inns, including the oldest continuously operating inn in the country
• Gourmet dinners prepared by talented chefs with fresh local produce
• Dinner at the renowned Culinary Institute of America
• Cycling on beautiful country roads past manicured horse farms, picturesque sheep, and agricultural farms, alongside centuries-old stone walls
• Vineyard tours and wine tastings
• A scenic river cruise past a historic lighthouse
• Visit Olana, Frederic Church’s Persian masterpiece of architecture
• Charming villages
• Hike at Poet’s Walk, Washington Irving’s inspiration for “Rip Van Winkle” with spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains
• Visits to FDR’s Home and Museum, Eleanor Roosevelt’s tranquil Val-Kill, and the impressive Vanderbilt Mansion
• Experience the ethereal light of a landscape that inspired a whole new art movement – the Hudson River School of Art
• Explore the mansions, grounds, and gardens of Montgomery Place, Wilderstein, and Staatsburg at will
• Immersion in a fragrant landscape of vineyards and orchards
• Antique shops and art galleries galore
• Historic architecture

DETAILS

Trip Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Start/Finish: Hudson, NY
Cycling Level: Easy to Moderate
Daily Mileage: 14-38 (extended options: 14-55)
Terrain: Flat sections as well as rolling hills. Occasional sections of dirt road.
2022 Prices: $3,595.00 per person based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $500

Bikes:

You may bring your bike or use one of ours. GFA bikes are high quality, lightweight, available with drop or straight handlebars, and equipped with a computer, mirror, water bottle, handlebar bag, map case, and seat pack with essentials.

Included:

• 6 days of bicycling
• Bicycle and helmet rental
• 5 nights lodging
• 5 breakfasts
• 3 dinners
• 2 lunches
• Narrated River Cruise with wine or beer
• 2 dedicated guides
• Van support
• Daily snacks and cold drinks
• Maps and cue sheets for each day’s ride
• Luggage transport
• Admission to:
o Olana
o The Vanderbilt Mansion
o Springwood, FDR’s home
o FDR Museum
• Poet’s Walk
• Vineyard tours and wine tastings
• Walk gardens and grounds at historic estates
• Tax and gratuities for meals and side excursions
• Transport from/to the Albany Airport or Hudson Train Station
• Featherweight, high visibility, reflective mesh vest
• Water bottle

HUDSON RIVER VALLEY DAY BY DAY

DAY 1
Enjoy a welcome lunch in Hudson, NY. Walk through the planned landscape of paths, carriage roads, and gardens with sweeping views of the Hudson River. Ride to Olana, Frederic, and Isabel Church’s hilltop architectural masterpiece. Tour the mansion, and view exquisite Hudson River School artwork. Bike back to Hudson and explore the town’s varied architectural styles, shops filled with antiques, home furnishings, fine artwork, beautiful fashions, and more. Enjoy dinner at a top Hudson restaurant.
Biking Mileage: 14

DAY 2
Pedal through a spirit calming landscape of pastoral farmland, quaint villages, and country lanes shaded by majestic maples. Visit an intriguing place with giant outdoor sculptures. Riders choosing the long option can ride through Old Chatham, a charming historic village. Return to the inn, then explore the Hudson River from the water while enjoying a narrated cruise with local wine or beer offered by your guides. Cruise past a historic lighthouse and scenic islands with views of the majestic Catskill Mountains. With luck, perhaps see one of the resident bald eagles. For dinner, choose among many excellent options, from restaurants offering fine dining with world-class chefs to those with excellent casual food and live music.
Biking Mileage: 36 or 55

DAY 3
The Hudson Valley bike tour continues along the river to the impressive Clermont Estate, home to seven generations of Livingston’s. Continue to Bard College and view architect Frank Gehry’s eye-popping performing arts center. Pedal to Montgomery Place, Livingston’s meticulously preserved country estate. Stroll through sprawling gardens, lawns, and woodlands to find views of the Hudson and Catskills that are unforgettable. Stop for a rejuvenating hike at Poet’s Walk to enjoy sparkling views high above the river. Arrive in Rhinebeck, a historic and sophisticated little town known for upscale shops, excellent restaurants, and visual and performing arts. Don’t miss the antique center in a historic barn right behind our inn! Enjoy dinner together at Rhinebeck’s top-rated restaurant owned by a world-renown chef.
Biking Mileage: 31

DAY 4
Bicycle through a landscape of stately horse farms, fragrant orchards, and lush vineyards. Enjoy lunch in picturesque Millbrook, then explore the town’s fine antique shops. Visit wineries set on hilltops offering wide valley and distant mountain views. Sample the award-winning vintages, some of which have graced White House tables. As travelers have done for about 240 years, return to the inn to relax. Dinner is on your own, with several good options a stroll away.
Biking Mileage: 26 or 44

DAY 5
Pedal along the Hudson stopping at the opulent Wilderstein and Staatsburg mansions. Visit National Historic Sites including Springwood, the home that held FDR’s heart and to which he always returned. The Vanderbilt Mansion is a genuinely remarkable monument to wealth. Explore the house’s formal gardens and if you wish, walk along the bluffs above the river to Bard Rock. Eleanor Roosevelt’s retreat, Val-Kill, exudes a peacefulness that belies its role in shaping world history. Tonight, enjoy an excellent dinner at the famed Culinary Institute of America.
Biking Mileage: 23, 35 or 42

DAY 6
Complete this remarkable journey by cycling back to Hudson, through fertile farmland, and along ridgelines with views of the Catskill Mountains to the west. By the end of your Great Freedom Adventure through The Hudson Valley National Heritage Area, you will have experienced a wealth of natural beauty and cultural richness that few other tours can offer.
Biking Mileage: 29

THE INN AT 34, HUDSON, NY
Enjoy spacious, beautifully decorated rooms at this centrally located inn, easy walking distance to everything in Hudson. Fabulous breakfasts use fresh ingredients grown in the inn gardens or by local farmers. The innkeepers are gracious and highly knowledgeable about area history. One of the innkeepers raced bikes; he’s a talented baker and knows just what hungry cyclists need!

HUDSON B & B, HUDSON, NY
Hudson B & B is located in a classic Federal-style home built-in 1790. The interior is elegant, with period antiques and architectural details. Rooms are bright, airy, with luxurious white linens for a serene retreat. The full, made-to-order breakfasts are excellent.

BEEKMAN ARMS, RHINEBECK, NY
This Historic Hotel of America is the oldest continually operating inn in the country, with beautiful rooms offering today’s comforts. The colonial tavern has welcomed travelers for 240 years, and its restaurant is excellent. The inn is located in the center of town, walking distance to shops and restaurants.