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VT LAKES TO LEAVES BIKE TOUR

$3,395.00$3,895.00

6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS
SCENIC DIVERSITY THAT MAKES THE GREEN MOUNTAIN STATE MAGICAL

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RIDE TO NEW HEIGHTS
This tour showcases the scenic diversity that makes the Green Mountain State magical. Our six-day tour winds through Burlington, Vermont’s most prominent and liveliest city, the shores of Lake Champlain, the fertile Champlain Valley, and the pristine Green Mountain National Forest. Our decades of experience trekking through this region give us the unique ability to craft a route that showcases the very best of Vermont.

RIDE TO NATURE
Absorb spectacular mountain vistas in any season and discover hidden treasures like local swimming holes and secluded fields of wildflowers. Guests experience pastoral farmland with classic red barns, covered bridges, bustling towns, sleepy hamlets, panoramic mountain vistas, trickling streams, thundering waterfalls, maple sugar shacks, and much more. Wildlife abounds throughout, and guests may see moose, fox, deer, turkeys, and even eagles. In the fall, the radiant multi-colored autumn canopies are awe-inspiring, while the thick greenery provides much needed shade and respite from the heat in the summer months.

RIDE TO HOSPITALITY
Overnights are spent in four of our favorite Vermont’s most beautiful, historical, and fun locales – Burlington, Waitsfield-Warren, Norwich, and Woodstock. In these towns, guests enjoy fine inns that provide a true sense of place and top restaurants that feature locally sourced foods prepared by talented chefs. All along the tour, your guides will tempt you with more of these delicious Vermont delicacies.

Additional information

Dates

July 24-29, August 7-12, October 2-7, October 9-14

Rate

Double (pp), Single (pp)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

• Bicycle quiet routes chosen for their beauty and scenic variety
• Explore Burlington, Waitsfield/Warren, Norwich, and Woodstock
• Visit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
• See where Coolidge was sworn in as president at the Calvin Coolidge Homestead
• Explore Billings Farm, an operating dairy farm and museum of Vermont’s rural past
• Stop at classic country stores and taste Ben & Jerry’s ice cream
• Pedal through covered bridges
• View sugar bushes
• Sample excellent craft beers at local breweries
• View dramatic Quechee Gorge
• See master glassblowers at work at Simon Pearce and shop for hand-blown glassware
• Visit award-winning King Arthur Baking School and Store
• Sample cheeses at one of the oldest cheese-making factories in the US
• Hike to panoramic hilltop views

DETAILS

Trip Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Start/Finish: Burlington, VT/Woodstock, VT
Cycling Level: Moderate / Challenging with extended mileage options
Daily Mileage: 17-39 (Longer Options: 17-62)
Terrain: Some short and long hills each day predominately paved roads with a few dirt paths.
2022 Prices: $3,395.00 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 and hiking
Free bicycle and helmet rental (Additional charge for E-Bike)
5 nights lodging
5 breakfasts
4 dinners
2 lunches
Admission to:
o Billings Farm and Museum
o Calvin Coolidge State Park and Coolidge Homestead
Brewery visit
Cheese factory visit
2 dedicated guides
Van support
Luggage transport
Daily maps and cue sheets
Daily snacks and cold drinks
Tax and gratuities for meals and side excursions
High-quality bike jersey
Use of featherweight, high visibility, reflective mesh vest
Waterbottle

LAKES to LEAVES DAY BY DAY

DAY 1
Welcome to Burlington! Meet in the early afternoon at the Hotel Vermont for welcome refreshments and bike fitting. Then, set out on a leisurely ride along the Lake Champlain waterfront and follow the scenic bike path on the shoreline. The 107-mile-long lake lies in a broad valley between the Adirondack and Green Mountains, separating the states of New York and Vermont. Today’s bike ride offers views of the lake, distant mountains, and the vibrant streets of Burlington. Return to the inn to relax before dinner at one of Burlington’s top restaurants.
Biking Mileage: 11 or 20

DAY 2
Pedal south, traveling through small hamlets and pastoral farmland in the fertile Champlain Valley. Enjoy spectacular ridgeline views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains in the distance. Eat lunch in a charming café or quaint gastropub. Then pedal to a small gorge with a wide waterfall that tumbles down to a sparkling pool below. Riders choosing the long-distance option will tackle one of the Green Mountain’s infamous gaps – the Appalachian Gap. Your cycling efforts will bring you to waterfalls and sparkling ponds. Finish the day in the Mad River Valley, a destination for skiing in winter and biking and hiking in summer. Enjoy a delicious, well-earned dinner.
Biking Mileage: 42, 45 or 55

DAY 3
Travel past dairy farms and hayfields, enjoying the smell of freshly cut hay. Bike through lush, colorful forests, past tumbling streams, and watch for moose along the way. Enjoy lunch at a country café to fuel you for the day’s last climb. Riders choosing the long option will love the fast cruise along a wide river. A climb away from the river valley brings you to the historic town of Norwich and the Norwich Inn. Quench your thirst with a beer brewed on-site, then enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by the inn’s excellent chef.
Biking Mileage: 36, 46, 48 or 65

DAY 4
Cycle to the King Author School and Store, where you’ll enjoy the delicious smells of freshly baked breads and pastries while watching the bakers at work. View the impressive 165′ deep Quechee Gorge. Visit Simon Pearce’s glassblowing workshop and store to watch master artisans create fine glassware. You will cycle along country roads and covered bridges to arrive in Woodstock, dubbed “the prettiest small town in America.” Enjoy a swim in the pool, a massage in the spa, or cocktails in the tavern at the luxurious Woodstock Inn and Resort. Tonight, dinner is on your own; sample a menu from one of Woodstock’s many excellent restaurants.
Biking Mileage: 24

DAY 5
Today you will bike a diverse route that encompasses historic towns, vibrant country stores, manicured horse farms, handsome brick mansions, and pristine lakes where you might see moose prints and maybe even a moose. Then climb to the village of Plymouth Notch, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch under the maples. You will visit the Calvin Coolidge Homestead and one of the country’s oldest artisan cheese-making operations, Plymouth Cheese Factory. Afterward, coast down the hill to the Long Trail Brewery to sample some award-winning craft beers. Return to the inn and relax before a superb dinner at the Woodstock Inn.
Biking Mileage: 36 or 45

DAY 6
After breakfast, take a hike on scenic trails to a hilltop with panoramic views of Woodstock, the meandering Ottaquechee River, and a patchwork of green or golden fields. Walk down through the covered bridge and back to town to complete a remarkable six-day journey discovering some of the very best that Vermont has to offer.

HOTEL VERMONT, BURLINGTON, VT
A luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Burlington just steps from the shops on Church Street, premier restaurants, and the stunning waterfront. The hotel’s spaces are an elegant combination of rustic and modern and feature the fine craftsmanship of native Vermonters. Condé Nast Traveler ranked the hotel 4th “Top Hotel in New England” in 2017 and 4th “Best New Hotel in the World’ in 2014.

THE PITCHER INN, WARREN, VT
An intimate luxury hotel flawlessly appointed with specially themed guest rooms equipped with jetted soaking tubs, French linens, and natural bath products. Relax after a day of cycling and indulge in an in-room massage. The award-winning restaurant offers sophisticated farm-to-table menus created by their talented chef. Wine Spectator honored The Pitcher Inn with its “Best Award of Excellence” for their excellent wine cellar. After dinner, retire to the game room for a bit of pool or shuffleboard.

MAD RIVER BARN, WAITSFIELD, VT
This chic farmhouse inn provides a welcoming respite with delightfully decorated rooms in the heart of the beautiful Mad River Valley. Enjoy cocktails on the deck overlooking the gardens and the beautiful post and beam barn. Two dining areas offer expertly prepared farm-fresh foods. Additional amenities include a pub with a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, comfortable sitting areas, a large game room, and an outdoor firepit. The inn is set amidst lush gardens, expansive lawns, and woodland paths.

NORWICH INN, NORWICH, VT
This Vermont country inn has been welcoming weary travelers since 1797. Inn amenities include an alehouse, dining room, a wine cellar housing one of Vermont’s largest selections of wines, a microbrewery, and a fitness center. Great Freedom Adventures guests stay in spacious and beautifully appointed new rooms featuring gas fireplaces.

THE WOODSTOCK INN, WOODSTOCK, VT

The Woodstock Inn epitomizes New England country elegance. A Conde Nast Gold Club member, the stately inn and beautiful grounds are ideally located adjacent to the town green, in the heart of Woodstock village. Beautiful sitting spaces and fine dining rooms are enhanced by excellent service. Luxurious guest rooms feature furnishings handmade by talented local artisans. Additional resort amenities include a tavern, game room, pool, spa, gift shop, and afternoon tea & cookies. In addition, GFA guests may use the Athletic Club (indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, racquet sports, etc.) and participate in classes.