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Empire State Trail Bike Tour

  • Manhattan Hudson River Greenway
  • Bikes on the Greenway Riverside Park
  • Battery Park Manhattan
  • Walkway Over the Hudson
  • Bridge across Hudson
  • Frank Gehry's building Fisher Hall at Bard
  • DBT leader on trail
  • Waterfall by the bike path
  • Tandem on the bike trail
DURATION
6 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
28 to 47 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
1-Easier
STARTING FROM
$2495
SINGLES ADD FROM
$550

Trip Overview

Explore an amazing new bike trail through a wide variety of landscapes in New York State. Join us for a scenic cycling adventure that gives you more than 200 miles of fun riding — with a mix of freshly paved, pristine bike path, rail trails and quiet roads. Cycle from the skyscrapers of Manhattan through forests, along lakes and rivers … with a triumphant finish in Albany, the state capital. You can be one of the first to enjoy this full section of the newly finished Empire State Trail, which allows cyclists to traverse the state almost entirely on dedicated hike/bike paths and routes.

Cycle up the west side of Manhattan Island on the Hudson River Greenway and see the waterfront and famous buildings. Spin along the Hudson with views of the towering cliffs known as the Palisades … into historic villages and through forests and farmland. Then leave the bustle of suburbia behind as you enter rural lands and farm country. Highlights are rides on the famous Walkway Over the Hudson and across the iconic Rosendale Trestle.

Visit the villages of Rhinebeck, Hudson and Mahopac and the town of New Paltz — with chances to enjoy fascinating history, unique architecture and stunning scenery. Take advantage of optional leader-led segments through the urban areas of New York City and the outskirts of Albany — or ride them on your own. At the finish, you can explore Albany itself … or continue your travels home by air or train from there. Or let us give you a lift back to your car at the start.

Traveling to/from this tour: Those driving to the tour will leave their cars parked in Hawthorne at the inn and will be returned to their vehicles on Day 6. For those flying or using trains, please contact our office for suggestions on best travel times for arrival at the start on Day 1 as well as departure plans from the Albany area after the tour ends.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day – Battery Park to Hawthorne
Distance: 34 miles | Terrain: Easier | Comfort Inn & Suites, Hawthorne
Meet the first morning either in Hawthorne, NY, or at Battery Park in New York City for a bike fitting and safety talk before starting your journey north on the renowned Hudson River Greenway recreational path that travels up the western side of the island. Enjoy views of the bustling commercial activity on the river as well as the Palisades — dramatic cliffs along the Hudson — on your way to Fort Tryon Park. There you have an option to cycle the quiet roads encircling the beautiful grounds of the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art featuring medieval art and gardens. You leave the city on dedicated bike lanes for a few miles before stopping for a picnic lunch. Once regaining the bike path, you skirt through the more suburban areas before stopping in the village of Hawthorne for the evening. Enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 2 - Hawthorne to Brewster
Distance: 37 miles | Terrain: Easier | Heidi's Inn
After breakfast, you return to the bike path and travel through Putnam County — home of crystal clear lakes that provide New York City’s water supply. Catch sweeping views of the meandering Croton Reservoir as you pedal across the old North Country Trailway railroad bridge. For lunch, you have many choices in the lively lake-side town of Mahopac. Your destination for the evening is the quaint little village of Brewster, where you stay at Heidi’s Inn. Enjoy another group dinner at a restaurant near the inn.
DAY 3 - Brewster to Poughkeepsie
Distance: 33 miles | Terrain: Easier | Best Western Plus Inn & Suites by the Falls
On this day of primarily rural riding, you pass more lakes, rivers and farms while enjoying newly paved bike path. A trail-side picnic lunch is included. As you explore the southern half of Dutchess County, you also cross the famous Appalachian Trail — the hiking route from Georgia to Maine. Your destination is a quiet suburban area in Poughkeepsie where you enjoy another group dinner.
DAY 4 - Poughkeepsie to Rhinebeck
Distance: 47 miles | Terrain: Easier | Beekman Arms
You get an early start to enjoy longer miles today — or to spend more time in our lovely destination town of Rhinebeck. Highlights of today’s bike path include the Walkway Over the Hudson, a fabulous cycling and pedestrian bridge spanning the Hudson River from Poughkeepsie to Highland, NY. From there, continue on rail trail to the fun town of New Paltz, where lunch and shopping options abound. More rail trail awaits after lunch, including a chance to cycle over the impressive Rosendale Trestle, a 940-foot bridge that crosses over Rondout Creek “a mere” 150 feet below. Cycling on, cross the Hudson again on the Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge Walkway before turning off the Empire State Trail to make your way to Rhinebeck, where you are a guest of the gracious Beekman Arms. The town is fabulous for strolling and is loaded with shops and galleries. You are on your own for dinner with many fine establishments from which to choose.
DAY 5 - Rhinebeck to Hudson
Distance: 30 miles | Terrain: Easier | The Wick
After a hearty breakfast, cycle north, regaining the Empire State Trail as you continue on quiet roads with intermittent sections of bike path and a section of un-paved path. One of the highlights today is passing through Annondale-on-Hudson, home to the attractive campus of Bard College with its Fisher Center Music Hall (2003), its facade an artistic triumph by architect Frank Gehry. Lunch is best had in the village of Germantown. Your destination today is another village that deserves some time to wander — Hudson, NY, a fashion, furniture, and foodie’s delight. Save room for dinner as you enjoy a final group get-together at a fine local restaurant.
DAY 6 - Departure Day - Hudson to Albany
Distance: 28 or 38 miles | Terrain: Easier
Your “home stretch” ride today includes more great cycling north, including some woodland paths as well as lake-side riding near the town of Niverville. Choose a lunch spot near Nassau and Nassau Lake. Afterward, there’s a choice to either finish the ride all the way to the Port of Albany or hop in the van for the final miles. Once in Albany, those returning to the NYC area by train are dropped off at the Rensselaer Station. Those heading to the Albany airport can catch a cab or Uber, and those with cars in Hawthorne are driven back to the first inn.

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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
Jul 25, 2021 Jul 30, 2021 $2495.00 1 to 4 spaces left! Reserve Reserve
Aug 01, 2021 Aug 06, 2021 $2495.00 1 to 4 spaces left! Reserve Reserve
Oct 03, 2021 Oct 08, 2021 $2495.00 Date SOLD OUT Sold Out Sold Out
Sep 11, 2022 Sep 16, 2022 $2495.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights' lodging, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners (you are on your own for 1 dinner in Rhinebeck), cycling routes with detailed maps and/or app-based navigation for those interested, plus bicycle, helmet, tour guides and van support, free week-long parking for guest cars in Hawthorne, NY. Free transfer on final day to either the Rensselaer Train Station (Albany) or take the van transit back to Hawthorne. Airfare not 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: Jul 25, 2021
End: Jul 30, 2021
Cost: $2495.00
Availability: 1 to 4 spaces left!
Reserve
Start: Aug 01, 2021
End: Aug 06, 2021
Cost: $2495.00
Availability: 1 to 4 spaces left!
Reserve
Start: Oct 03, 2021
End: Oct 08, 2021
Cost: $2495.00
Availability: Date SOLD OUT
Sold Out
Start: Sep 11, 2022
End: Sep 16, 2022
Cost: $2495.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights' lodging, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners (you are on your own for 1 dinner in Rhinebeck), cycling routes with detailed maps and/or app-based navigation for those interested, plus bicycle, helmet, tour guides and van support, free week-long parking for guest cars in Hawthorne, NY. Free transfer on final day to either the Rensselaer Train Station (Albany) or take the van transit back to Hawthorne. Airfare not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Comfort Inn & Suites Hawthorne
Comfort Inn & Suites® location in Hawthorne offers guests a relaxing experience just outside of Greenburgh and White Plains. Only minutes from the shores of the Hudson River and the shores of Long Island Sound, this area has an ideal mix of urban and natural features. Located next to the New York Medical College, the inn attracts business and leisure travelers alike.
Heidi's Inn
At Heidi's Inn, you enjoy a comfortable room with all the helpful amenities and a separate entrance for each room. Enjoy the outdoor pool and picnic area on this property with a garden atmosphere spread over 7 acres.
Best Western Plus Inn & Suites by the Falls
Enjoy this welcoming inn with scenic views and great access to the lovely Hudson River Valley. Recent renovations provide a pleasant atmosphere and the comforts of a country inn.
Beekman Arms
Since before the Revolutionary War, the Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn has welcomed guests to the beauty of the Hudson Valley. The property has operated continuously since 1766, retaining much of its colonial charm and character, while offering modern conveniences to guests seeking a historic vacation.
The Wick
Nestled in the heart of Columbia County, The Wick in Hudson is an idyllic getaway. Designed in the shell of a former candle factory, this boutique inn provides unique and stylish accommodations. Steps away are such renowned event venues as Basilica Hudson and the Hudson Opera House, which is located amid independent restaurants, art galleries, and antique shops. Other popular destinations nearby include the Hudson Athens Lighthouse and the FASNY Museum of Firefighting. Amtrak’s Hudson station is just three blocks away.

Gallery

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

Manhattan Hudson River Greenway Bikes on the Greenway Riverside Park Battery Park Manhattan Walkway Over the Hudson Bridge across Hudson Frank Gehry's building Fisher Hall at Bard DBT leader on trail Waterfall by the bike path Tandem on the bike trail