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Erie Canal & NY Lakes Bike Tour

  • Erie Canalway with bikes
  • Erie Canal trail water view
  • Brockport store front with mural
  • Strolling along the Erie Canalway
  • Sarah and Jean on the Erie Canalway Trail
  • View of Lake Ontario
  • Erie Canalway tunnel
  • Historic sign in Seneca Falls
  • Women's Rights National Historical Park statues
DURATION
6 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
15 to 30 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
1-Easier
STARTING FROM
$2595
SINGLES ADD FROM
$600

Trip Overview

Cycle through history on the amazing Erie Canalway Trail! Known as "The Canal That Made America," the Erie Canal was built starting in 1817 and was the most ambitious public works project of its time. It provided a waterway connection from Albany to Buffalo, New York, and was a feat of engineering.

Now you can ride the Erie Canalway, which is a recreational path that runs on or near the original route of this historic treasure. The Canalway is packed with beautiful natural scenery, remarkable U.S. history, and the incredible aqueducts, locks, lift bridges and canal parks of the Erie Canal greenways. On this journey, you start from the outskirts of Buffalo … passing through colorful canal communities along the way. You also loop down from the main route to end your exploration in the area around Seneca Falls, an important landmark in women’s rights.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day & Niagara River
Distance: 15 miles | Terrain: Easier | Hampton Inn, Lockport
The tour starts at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Airport where you will meet your leaders and enjoy lunch. Cycling begins in Tonawanda with a beautiful ride along the Niagara River and the Tonawanda waterfront. There you enter the gateway to the Erie Canal en route to Lockport — and the famous Flight of Five Locks considered an engineering marvel of its day.
DAY 2 - Lockport to Brockport: Parks & Villages
Distance: 22, 33 or 48 miles | Terrain: Easier | Hampton Inn, Brockport
After breakfast, climb aboard your bike to enjoy a day of easy, scenic cycling as you pass through charming villages with mom-and-pop restaurants and classic storefronts — many over 100 years old. At 22 miles, you reach Medina and the Medina Falls. In the village of Albion you see classic storefront buildings, like the former Woolworth Building opened in 1879. Then spin through Holley — with a pretty park along the canal. Next on to Spencerport with its canal museum … before arriving in the college town of Brockport, your stop for the night. Dinner is together in Brockport.
DAY 3 - Bridges & Aqueducts
Distance: 23, 33 or 36 miles | Terrain: Easier | The Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa, Pittsford
On today’s ride, you roll through almost a dozen unique canal towns. Take a moment to admire the beautiful lift bridges, aqueducts and canal parks along the way. Enjoy lunch together, on us. You leave the Canalway Trail in Rochester and arrive at the Susan B. Anthony Museum at mile 26. You can end your riding here or continue on past High Falls and back onto the trail. The riding ends today in the waterfront town of Pittsford with its great views, shops and eateries. You stay here for the night. Dinner is on your own tonight with numerous choices nearby the hotel.
DAY 4 - Great Embankment & Seneca Falls
Distance: 33 miles | Terrain: Easier | The Gould, Seneca Falls
Start cycling today right from the hotel onto the Canalway Trail. You pass along the Great Embankment, another engineering feat of its day, carrying the canal 70 feet above Irondequoit Creek. Continue spinning through the Village of Fairport with the last lift bridge heading east, before reaching Palmyra, the lunch spot for today. Stop here or cycle on to Lyons, home of the Peppermint Museum and more than a dozen Canal-themed murals. You end your ride here and shuttle to Seneca Falls with many points of interest — including the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Cayuga Lake State Park, the Seneca Knitting Mill Civil War historical site, and other museums, shops and great restaurants. Tonight's dinner is together as a group at the inn.
DAY 5 - Farms & Wineries
Distance: 24, 44 or 60 miles | Terrain: Intermediate | The Gould, Seneca Falls
After breakfast, bike a loop with an optional shuttle through Amish and Mennonite farms, state parks, and wineries overlooking the two largest of the Finger Lakes — Geneva and Seneca. Visit an Amish market if you wish. Enjoy lunch in the quaint town of Ovid and a wine tasting at the Thirsty Owl vineyard overlooking Cayuga Lake. Enjoy a visit to the historic sites in Seneca Falls to explore the importance of the area to the U.S. suffragette movement. The final group dinner is at a local farm-to-market restaurant.
DAY 6 - Departure Day
Distance: 15 miles | Terrain: Easier
Wrap up your tour with a relaxing ride to Cayuga Lake State Park to enjoy the pristine beach or continue biking further. Then rendezvous at The Gould hotel for a shuttle back to the Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Airport or the Hampton Inn in Lockport if you left your car there.

Map

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). 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 03, 2022 Jul 08, 2022 $2495.00 Private Reserve Reserve
Aug 07, 2022 Aug 12, 2022 $2595.00 Date SOLD OUT Reserve Reserve
Sep 04, 2022 Sep 09, 2022 $2595.00 1 to 4 spaces left! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 3 lunches, wine tasting, leaders, van support, maps and route directions. Free use of a bicycle, helmet, and bike lights. Airfare is not included.

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). 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 03, 2022
End: Jul 08, 2022
Cost: $2495.00
Availability: Private
Reserve
Start: Aug 07, 2022
End: Aug 12, 2022
Cost: $2595.00
Availability: Date SOLD OUT
Reserve
Start: Sep 04, 2022
End: Sep 09, 2022
Cost: $2595.00
Availability: 1 to 4 spaces left!
Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 3 lunches, wine tasting, leaders, van support, maps and route directions. Free use of a bicycle, helmet, and bike lights. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Hampton Inn Lockport
Hampton Inn Lockport NY is a comfortable stay in the heart of wine country. Enjoy modern accommodations near Niagara Falls and other attractions.
Hampton Inn Brockport
This hotel is a few steps from Main Street. Stroll along the Erie Canal and check out shops and restaurants, or visit the SUNY Brockport campus. It's less than half an hour to hiking, boating, and fishing on the shore of Lake Ontario.
The Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa
The Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel & Spa is located in the upscale small town of Pittsford, right on the Erie Canal Heritage Trail. The Del Monte Lodge offers stylish comfort near celebrated attractions. Embrace luxury accommodation in beautifully appointed rooms.
The Gould, Seneca Falls
The Gould, Seneca Falls is located in the heart of America’s best wine region and adjacent to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. The Gould Hotel builds upon the building’s rich history of social importance in the Finger Lakes Region with a unique and fresh feel. This modern boutique hotel and its exceptional restaurant have again become a vibrant social center and premier destination for guests in the quaint village of Seneca Falls.

Gallery

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

Erie Canalway with bikes Erie Canal trail water view Brockport store front with mural Strolling along the Erie Canalway Sarah and Jean on the Erie Canalway Trail View of Lake Ontario Erie Canalway tunnel Historic sign in Seneca Falls Women's Rights National Historical Park statues