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Explore Vermont Bike Tour

  • Gap with fall colors
  • bikes by corn maze
  • Hay bales and fall colors
  • Middlebury with falls
  • Sunset on Lake Champlain
  • Road biking near Lake Champlain
  • View from North Hero House
  • Bike ferry on Lake Champlain
  • fall colors along lake
  • Fall marsh along the lake
DURATION
Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
30 to 70 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
3-Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$2295
SINGLES ADD FROM
$600

Trip Overview

For cyclists who like long miles amid beautiful scenery, staying in luxury accommodations and enjoying great local cuisine — this tour is for you!

Our Explore Vermont Bike Tour spans the best cycling from Burlington to Stowe and between St. Albans and Middlebury. With daily mileages ranging from 50 to 70 miles, this tour covers a lot of ground! You stay in elegant, historied inns and lodges as you traverse the northwest corner of the state in search of great views, satisfying climbs and long downhills.

Enjoy stellar views of the Green Mountains, and across Lake Champlain to the Adirondacks of New York. Plus, spin through picturesque towns, taste famous craft beers and visit classic general stores … as you explore some of the best road touring in Vermont.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival, Smuggler’s Notch & Stowe
Distance: 45 miles | Climbing: 3,500 ft | Terrain: Intermediate | Green Mountain Inn, Stowe
Meet your leaders early at Hotel Vermont in Burlington, VT, for a safety talk and bike fitting before transiting 20 minutes to the route start in the nearby town of St. Albans. Head west for a nice warm up through the low hills and gentle terrain of Fairfield before turning south toward the classic mountain town of Jeffersonville — with its great cafes and general store. From Jeffersonville, you gear WAY down to make the climb up and over Smuggler’s Notch, enjoying the beautiful views all along this storied mountain pass. Descend past the famous Stowe ski resort and dart off close to town to enjoy a pristine paved bike path. You might be lured off the bike for an IPA tasting at one of the state’s premier breweries, The Alchemist, before finishing your final miles into Stowe. Check into the Green Mountain Inn and have time to enjoy their luxurious indoor and outdoor pools or sauna and hot tub. Dinner is with the group at the inn’s cozy “locavore” tavern, the Whip Bar & Grill.
DAY 2 - Mountain Views & Local Breweries
Distance: 45 miles | Climbing: 2,500 ft | Terrain: Intermediate | Green Mountain Inn, Stowe
After a sumptuous breakfast at the inn, cycle north, stopping for a brief walk to check out the cascades at Moss Glen Falls before continuing to the bustling little town of Morrisville. Enjoy a climb to Lake Elmore — one of the most photographed lake views in the state … especially in the fall. Then return through Morrisville, weighing the decision to stop or not at one or two fabulous local breweries. This figure-eight route returns to Stowe at mile 34, offering anyone who wants to cut the ride short (to explore the shops and sites of Stowe) an easy return to the inn. The remainder of the ride is a hearty loop south, west & north and features a challenging short climb up to the Trapp Family Lodge (of "Sound of Music" fame) which — low and behold — also has a great brewery! It’s all downhill from there, and you end the day with a few blissful miles along the paved bike trail. Dinner is on your own with many options within walking distance.
DAY 3 - Warren to Middlebury via Brandon Gap
Distance: 50 miles | Climbing: 2,900 ft | Terrain: Intermediate | Middlebury Inn, Middlebury
After another great inn breakfast, take a 45-minute shuttle south to start your cycling in the sleepy town of Warren. Vermont’s Route 100 rolls through bucolic valleys as mountains rise to your right and left. Pass through a number of small towns as you continue south, definitely pulling over in the town of Rochester to check out the local fare at the Rochester Café & Country Store whose eclectic menu will tempt you to load your picnic basket for enjoying after the upcoming climb. Climb, you say? Uh-huh. You have 1,500 feet of climbing in 10 miles as you savor the Brandon Gap. Enjoy a steeper descent on the western side of the Green Mountains and then begin to work your way to Middlebury, passing beautiful lakes and more Vermont small towns. Your destination is the Middlebury Inn, an elegant estate-house-style lodging establishment with a fantastic restaurant and award-winning chef. Dinner is with the group at the inn.
DAY 4 - Middlebury to North Hero with Bike Ferry
Distance: 70 miles | Climbing: 2,700 ft | Terrain: Intermediate | North Hero House, North Hero
An early start is in order for this epic day! Enjoy a great breakfast at the inn then saddle up for a journey that takes you to more classic small towns, through charming covered bridges, passing through farmland, orchard and horse country, to enjoy a terrific bike path as you head into Burlington to rest and refuel. The bike path north of Burlington features expansive views of Lake Champlain along a dynamic two-mile-long causeway where you enjoy a ride on the unique bike ferry that takes you across a “cut” in the causeway to Grand Isle. Cycling is now mostly flat as you enjoy the various sites on Vermont’s famous “Hero Islands.” Make your way north to the cute town of North Hero with its small marina, classic general store, and the beautiful North Hero House Inn & Restaurant. This classic old inn has a lovely beach, pier, and hot tub overlooking the lake. Dinner is in the inn’s great restaurant.
DAY 5 - Alburgh & Canada Option
Distance: 42 or 62 miles | Climbing: 1,100 ft | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | North Hero House, North Hero
Today you enjoy a pleasant ride north to Alburgh and then head north for an optional ride into Canada — if the border is open (bring your passport!). One Canadian highlight is a visit to Fromagerie Kaiser, a boutique cheese and bread shop and a great place to have a picnic before cycling back on a loop to the United States. Continue south along Alburgh’s West Shore Road, which leads down another beautiful side of the lake. Next, venture onto Isle La Motte, truly a cyclist’s dream and an area shrouded in fascinating history. You pass through Saint Anne’s Shrine, located at the site of a 1666 French fort. The fort was the first European settlement in Vermont and played a number of roles during the Revolutionary War. Continue your ride around the island — including a stop at the fossilized remains of an ancient coral reef — before steering along another lakeshore route, eventually leading back to North Hero. Dinner is at the inn.
DAY 6 - North Hero to Burlington
Distance: 30 miles | Climbing: 900 ft | Terrain: Easier
Today’s ride takes you south along the quiet bays and shoreline of Lake Champlain as you again enjoy the bike ferry across the “cut” on the Burlington Bike Path causeway. Enjoy more paved trail on your way back into Burlington where there will be an option to shower at a local gym. The Discovery van will help take people either to their cars left in Burlington or to the airport. That’s when you say your farewells after a fine week of cycling.

Map

Dates & Pricing

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start End Cost Availability
Oct 04, 2021 Oct 09, 2021 $2295.00 Private Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

Bike guide, van and trailer (with chairs, coolers, bike stand etc.), extra transport for three transfers if the total number of guests is over 14 (to start of first day's ride, from Stowe to start of Day 3 ride and from North Hero Island if needed), charter ferry for Thursday and ferry payment for Saturday (bike ferry on causeway), breakfast at North Hero House with other meals TBD, bike rentals as needed from our fleet of bikes (road, hybrid or e-bike, with up to 4 e-bikes included).

Dates & Pricing

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start: Oct 04, 2021
End: Oct 09, 2021
Cost: $2295.00
Availability: Private
Reserve

What’s Included

Bike guide, van and trailer (with chairs, coolers, bike stand etc.), extra transport for three transfers if the total number of guests is over 14 (to start of first day's ride, from Stowe to start of Day 3 ride and from North Hero Island if needed), charter ferry for Thursday and ferry payment for Saturday (bike ferry on causeway), breakfast at North Hero House with other meals TBD, bike rentals as needed from our fleet of bikes (road, hybrid or e-bike, with up to 4 e-bikes included).

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Green Mountain Inn
The Green Mountain Inn has welcomed guests with legendary hospitality since 1833. Situated in the heart of Stowe, the inn provides an ideal location to enjoy countless recreational activities year round. Enjoy their warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Charm and historic character are found at every turn, providing a true sense of the inn’s rich history. Just outside our door is vibrant Main Street with its many unique shops, restaurants and historic gems.
Middlebury Inn
Walk through the doors of the Middlebury Inn and feel the warmth of New England hospitality that has been a tradition for generations. Look out over the beautiful Middlebury town green from the front porch and experience a place that’s been a part of Vermont’s history since 1827. The inn offers unparalleled food, drink and lodging with all of the comforts and modern conveniences travelers have come to expect from a grand hotel.
North Hero House
The North Hero House is a historic, beautifully restored country inn. Nestled in the heart of a charming well-preserved 19th century village on Lake Champlain, the inn has been welcoming guests since 1891 when they arrived by paddle wheel steamer. Enjoy waterfront accommodations on Lake Champlain with access to kayaks and lovely views.

Gallery

Images from this tour. Click each to see it larger.

Gap with fall colors bikes by corn maze Hay bales and fall colors Middlebury with falls Sunset on Lake Champlain Road biking near Lake Champlain View from North Hero House Bike ferry on Lake Champlain fall colors along lake Fall marsh along the lake