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Erie Canal West 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 45 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.

This tour allows you to ride the entire western section of 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 meet in Syracuse and shuttle to start cycling from the outskirts of Buffalo … passing through colorful canal communities along the way. You also stay in Seneca Falls, an important landmark in women’s rights. End your tour back in Syracuse.

There’s an option on some departures to ALSO continue further east on the Erie Canalway Trail and add another 6-day bike tour that extends this one — from Syracuse to Albany. If you do both tours together, we offer a 10% discount (can't be combined with other discounts or offers).

Learn more about cycling the eastern section of the trail with us on the Erie Canal East Bike Tour

See a list of our all of our New York State tours.

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 9 a.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites Syracuse North Airport where you meet your leaders for a shuttle transit to the start where you have a delicious lunch option. Then start the ride in Tonawanda along the lovely 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. Dinner is together.
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 on gravel bike trail 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 from the 1800s. 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: 25, 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 at a park designed by the famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead (whose first project was designing Central Park in NY City). You can cycle into the city of Rochester along the Genesee River, or ride in the van, past the Susan B. Anthony Museum at mile 25, and on to High Falls for lunch on us … before continuing back to the canal 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 - Lift Bridges and Locks
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. Cycle on to Lyons, home of the Peppermint Museum and more than a dozen Canal-themed murals. Finish riding near the Clyde Blockhouse Fort, where the original structure dates to 1722, then shuttle to the historic town of Seneca Falls. Stay at The Gould Hotel, and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the restaurants in walking distance to the hotel. Seneca Falls has 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.
DAY 5 - Rural Riding to Syracuse
Distance: 45 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Hotel TBD, Syracuse
Shuttle back to the trail in Clyde for a mix of trail and road riding through scenic farmland and quiet towns. Keep an eye out for bald eagles and ospreys as you pass the bird-watchers' paradise that's the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Lunch is on your own in Weedsport. Then it's back to trail riding with a stop at the replica Sim's Store in Camillus, through the New York State Fairgrounds, along the shores of Onondaga Lake, and through the city on protected bike lanes to the hotel. A celebratory dinner in Syracuse on us caps off your Erie Canal West trip.
DAY 6 - Departure Day
Distance: 11 miles | Terrain: Easier
Wrap up your tour with a relaxing ride to Green Lakes State Park, then return to the hotel for a departure shuttle back to the start at the Hampton Inn and Suites Syracuse North Airport. (If you are continuing on to join us for the optional Erie Canal East tour, this can be a rest day for you ... and you can explore Syracuse before you start the next part of the Trail on Saturday.)

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
Jun 04, 2023 Jun 09, 2023 $2595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Jul 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023 $2595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Aug 06, 2023 Aug 11, 2023 $2595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Sep 03, 2023 Sep 08, 2023 $2595.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners. We also include detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support — plus use of a bike and helmet. 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: Jun 04, 2023
End: Jun 09, 2023
Cost: $2595.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Jul 02, 2023
End: Jul 07, 2023
Cost: $2595.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Aug 06, 2023
End: Aug 11, 2023
Cost: $2595.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Sep 03, 2023
End: Sep 08, 2023
Cost: $2595.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners. We also include detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support — plus use of a bike and helmet. 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