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RI INLETS & ISLES BIKE TOUR

$2,496.00$2,996.00

4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS
BIKE TOUR RHODE ISLAND – THE PRECIOUS GEM OF NEW ENGLAND

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Rhode Island – the precious gem of New England.

CAPTIVATED BY HISTORY
Discover the glorious history of Rhode Island as we explore Newport’s famous Cliff Walk with its dramatic bluffs, world-renowned Gilded Age mansions, and exquisite colonial architecture. Learn about the Native American tribes of Wampanoags and Narragansetts who first settled tranquil Conanicut Island. Explore stately lighthouses, fishing villages, and Dutch colonial windmills.

CAPTIVATED BY NATURE
The Ocean State offers unparalleled natural splendor – panoramic ocean vistas, wildlife-filled salt ponds, expansive beaches, and nature preserves dot our journey through America’s smallest state. Breathtaking expansive views of the sparkling Narragansett Bay are beautifully interrupted by the countless white sails glowing against the blue sky in our nation’s sailing capital.

CAPTIVATED HOSPITALITY
Each brilliant corner of Rhode Island will impress; the charming towns and villages offer superb dining scenes with fresh seafood, award-winning chefs, and unique menus. Along the way, you will rest in two luxurious inns, both with well-appointed guest rooms decorated in stunning antiques and offering deluxe amenities. This bike vacation is unquestionably a superb way to experience the precious gem of Rhode Island.

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Dates

May 15-18, July 5-9

Rate

Double (pp), Single (pp)

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 private boat on a sunset cruise
• Learn about the ecology and wildlife of the Great Salt Pond on an eco-kayak adventure
• View many of Newport’s colonial homes and buildings
• Pedal past tranquil salt-water 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

DETAILS

Trip Length: 4 days, 3 nights
Start/Finish: Point Judith on the Rhode Island coast
Cycling Level: Easy
Daily Mileage: 8-36 miles with extended option available
Terrain: Flat with some hills. Mostly paved roads.
2022 Prices: $2,496.00 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:

• 4 days of bicycling
• Bicycle and helmet rental
• 3 nights lodging
• 3 breakfasts
• 3 dinners
• 1 lunch
• Welcome refreshments
• Boat cruise 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
• Tax and gratuities for meals and side excursions
• Pick up and drop off at TF Green Airport, Warwick, RI, local vehicle lot, or train station
• Use of featherweight, high visibility, reflective vest
• Water bottle

RI INLETS & ISLES DAY BY DAY

DAY 1
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. On the first island ride, take 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 beautiful sunset boat excursion. After, enjoy dinner at a top Block Island restaurant.
Biking Mileage: 10

DAY 2
After 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 island’s tip. Follow sand trails to the North Light, a scenic lighthouse. Next, pedal through idyllic island landscapes to New Harbor for lunch, and after, an eco-kayak adventure. Paddle through a salt-water bay and estuary, observing and learning about the many plants and animals that make this eco-system their home. Those who choose to stay on land 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 extended option

DAY 3
Following breakfast, ride to Southeast Lighthouse and the majestic Mohegan Bluffs. Then pedal to Old Harbor and enjoy lunch on the ferry back to the mainland. 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. From the island’s quaint village of Jamestown, hop on the ferry to Newport (summer). Arrive at our historic inn in the heart of the Old Quarter, then enjoy dinner together at one of Newport’s fine restaurants. Finish the day with a lantern-light walking tour of Newport’s waterfront and historic streets.
Biking Mileage: 34 with extended option

DAY 4
Without a doubt, it will be hard to say goodbye to the inspiring sights offered by Rhode Island’s stunning coast and idyllic isles. Bike a spectacular cycling route past commanding yacht clubs, pastoral sheep farms, seaside estates, and rocky headlands. Arrive at the world-renowned Breakers mansion and enjoy a tour of the 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.
Biking Mileage: 13

THE ATLANTIC INN, BLOCK ISLAND, RI
This 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 town center.

THE CLARKESTON INN, NEWPORT, RI

Listed on The National Register of Historic Places, the Clarkeston 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 historical district, steps to restaurants, shops, and the bustling waterfront