Bike Tour | Vermont North Hero House / Champlain Islands 4-Day / 3-Night 2018-03-19T20:43:35+00:00

Vermont > North Hero House/Champlain Islands Midweek

4-DAY / 3-NIGHT BIKE TOUR – $995
June 26-29, July 17-20, Sept. 11-14, and Sept. 18-21, 2018

It seems almost unfair that Vermont, so spectacular with its hills and valleys, should also have its western boundary defined by Lake Champlain, surely one of the most exquisite lakes in the country. Our tour of the Champlain Islands takes full advantage of this wealth of beauty. Connected by causeways to the rest of Vermont, these islands offer a unique combination of exceptional rural scenery that you can enjoy while cycling along quiet lakeshore roads with unsurpassed views of the Green and Adirondack mountains.

Our biking takes us along the western shore of the lake where we visit Snow Farm Vineyards and have an option for a wine tasting. We take a spectacular ride out on a former railway causeway that extends over a mile out onto the lake before looping back on the easterly shore. We ride over Alburg Passage and down West Shore Road to Alburg Dunes State Park, and include a lovely loop ride into Canada (bring your passport!). Friday’s easy cycling takes us to Isle La Motte, where we visit Saint Anne’s Shrine and the site of a French fort built in 1666. On this tour, we are guests at the historic North Hero House, a lakeside inn that has long been a local favorite.

North Hero House/Champlain Islands
Vermont Midweek Itinerary

Our tour of the Champlain Islands takes full advantage of this wealth of beauty. Connected by bridges and causeways to the rest of Vermont, these islands are blessed with a unique combination of exceptional rural scenery and farmland that you enjoy while cycling along quiet lakeshore roads that wander along the water’s edge. Our easy cycling includes exploring Isle La Motte, the site of a French fort built in 1666, an optional ride into Canada, a visit of Snow Farm Vineyard, and, sometime during your stay, a fun stop at Hero’s Welcome General Store, the local community gathering spot full of fresh baked goods, local arts, and rugged necessities.

We stay at the historic North Hero House. Built over a century ago, this lakeside inn has long been a local favorite. Recently redecorated, the inn provides comfortable rooms and excellent dining while still maintaining its essential old-fashioned character and charm.

DAY ONE  | Arrival Day | North Hero House
Settle in at the North Hero House located right on the shore of beautiful Lake Champlain. Perhaps enjoy an afternoon tea relaxing in a lake-side rocking chair before having an enjoyable dinner and meeting with your fellow adventurers.

DAY TWO  |  Distance: 38 miles  |  Terrain: Easier | North Hero House
Ride along the western shores of the islands looking across Lake Champlain to the towering peaks of the Adirondacks. Enjoy a visit of Snow Farm Vineyards and ride out the narrow causeway that extends far into a beautiful bay. On our return we have gorgeous views of the Green Mountains to the east and usually make a stop at the quintessential Hero’s Welcome General Store.

DAY THREE  |  Distance: 25, 28 or 47 miles  |  Terrain: Easier | North Hero House
Today we ride over Alburg Passage and  down West Shore Road to Alburg Dunes State Park where we enjoy exceptional views over the lake. Most will then opt for  a superb loop ride into Canada (bring your passport!) with a delicious visit to the  Fromagerie Kaiser where we can picnic and enjoy their superb cheeses, breads and local produce.

DAY FOUR  |  Distance: 26 miles  |  Terrain: Easier
Today we cycle north crossing  a narrow causeway onto Isle la Motte where we visit Saint Anne’s Shrine and the site of the first French settlement in the soon-to-be United States. An option takes us out to the Fiske quarry where we you might see evidence of the 480 million year old fossils along outcroppings of the Chazy Fossil Reef.

North Hero House/Champlain Islands Vermont Midweek

4-DAY / 3-NIGHT BIKE TOUR

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June 26-29, 2018: $995
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July 17-20, 2018: $995
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September 11-14, 2018: $995
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September 18-21, 2018: $995
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Final payment due 60 days prior to your tour (personal check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)

Single Supplement Fee: $270*

Default Single Supplement Fee: $135*

*Single Traveler? We are the most affordable tour company for single travelers, and our policies and rates are the very best. Please see our single traveler policies.

Cancellations: If you cancel your tour reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined as follows:

  • If you cancel 60 or more days prior to the start of your tour, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 45 and 59 days prior to the start of your tour, you will forfeit 50% of all tour payments.
  • If you cancel between 0 and 44 days prior to the start of your tour, all tour payments will be forfeited.

Inns

logo-vermont-north-hero-houseThe North Hero House is an 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.

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What’s Included

3 nights of lodging (double occupancy); 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners; detailed maps and itineraries; 2 experienced guides; full van support; cycling at your own pace along routes that we have carefully selected and continually improve; plus assorted epiphanies and serendipities.

FREE USE OF BIKES

We are happy to provide you with a bike to use at no charge. Our bikes come equipped with a front handlebar bag, rear carrier, water bottle, mirror and flat pedals. Pedal cages and soft gel seat covers are available on request. We are also happy to put your own clipless pedals (pedals that attach to your biking shoes) and seat on your bike if you wish. Specific details and styles of bikes available in each location are indicated under each photograph below. The make of bikes provided varies by location.

A collection of photos from a variety of our Vermont tours.