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Finger Lakes Getaway Bike Tour

  • Taughannock Falls
  • Finger Lakes sunset
  • View from the end of Keuka Lake
  • Riding in the Finger Lakes
  • Seneca Lake waterfront
  • Discovery van with guests
  • Flowers by a house
  • Amish buggy in Ovid
  • Buildings in Ovid, NY
DURATION
4 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
18 to 52 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
2-Easier to Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$2195
SINGLES ADD FROM
$700

Trip Overview

New York's Finger Lakes region is home to vast and beautiful lakes dug by Ice Age glaciers. It’s filled with history, as it was one of the earliest settled farming areas in the U.S. Today, there are wineries, apple orchards and fields interspersed with small villages and colleges. It’s one of our favorite places to cycle, with delights that include fresh-made ice cream, local breweries, waterfalls and deep gorges.

On the Finger Lakes Getaway tour, you spend 3 nights in Watkins Glen at the southern end of Seneca Lake … at an award-winning hotel that offers top-notch service. This is a great spot from which to reach places like Taughannock Falls — the highest free-drop waterfall east of the Mississippi — and Ovid, a quaint town in the midst of Amish farms. You have a chance to hike along the Keuka Lake outlet past three sets of falls and bike along the ridgelines above the smallest and largest of the Finger Lakes. You are also treated to kayaking on Keuka Lake and a hike through the gorge in Watkins Glen State Park.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day & Catherine Valley Trail
Distance: 18 miles | Terrain: Easier | Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Join the group at the inn in Watkins Glen at 1 p.m. for a bike fitting and orientation. Ride right from the hotel along the valley, passing by two waterfalls. Today’s ride is mostly on an unpaved bike trail, allowing a casual introduction to riding the Finger Lakes. After the ride, you can check into the hotel and enjoy the hotel amenities on the Seneca Lake waterfront. Tonight’s dinner is together at a local restaurant.
DAY 2 - Taughannock Falls and Ithaca
Distance: 30 or 52 miles | Terrain: Easier | Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Today’s ride features ridgetop Amish farms and villages, a visit to the highest free-drop waterfall east of the Mississippi, and a downhill trail into Ithaca — home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. You can choose the longer route and start riding from the hotel, or take a van ride to Ovid, stopping at some overlooks above Seneca Lake and Hector Falls. Everyone regroups in Ovid for lunch, where you can sit in the gazebo and watch a variety of Amish buggies roll by. The ride after lunch features long-range ridge top views, then back roads into Taughannock Falls State Park. There is an option to hike down to the falls, then continue biking into Ithaca. Dinner is on your own in Watkins Glen tonight.
DAY 3 - Keuka Lake
Distance: 14 or 33 miles | Terrain: Intermediate | Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Today features a ride and kayak on one of the most scenic of the Finger Lakes — Keuka Lake. You start with a shuttle to Penn Yan, located on the northern end of the Y-shaped Keuka Lake. Avid cyclists ride down the ridge bisecting the two forks of the lake, then around the other lobe of the lake and through wine country to the southern end of the lake in Hammondsport. Otherwise, you can stay in the van for the first section and ride along the ridge to the west of the lake and into town. Following lunch near the town green, you switch to an afternoon of water activities (weather permitting) kayaking from the beach right in Hammondsport. After kayaking, shuttle back to Watkins Glen and enjoy views on Seneca Lake. Tonight’s dinner celebration is at a nearby Italian restaurant.
DAY 4 - Departure Day - Watkins Glen Hike
Hike Distance: 3 miles | Terrain: Easier
After breakfast, you walk into Watkins Glen State Park right from the hotel. The hike on the Gorge Trail is about 3 miles and offers amazing waterfall views. After taking in the scenery, return to the hotel for a shower and checkout by 11 a.m. Then say farewells as you depart for home.

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 24, 2024 Jun 27, 2024 $2195.00 Date SOLD OUT Sold Out Sold Out
Jul 19, 2024 Jul 22, 2024 $2265.00 Private Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

3 nights’ lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. A wine tasting, kayaking, (weather permitting). We also include detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support — plus the use of a bike and helmet. Up to 8 e-bikes included at no extra charge. 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 24, 2024
End: Jun 27, 2024
Cost: $2195.00
Availability: Date SOLD OUT
Sold Out
Start: Jul 19, 2024
End: Jul 22, 2024
Cost: $2265.00
Availability: Private
Reserve

What’s Included

3 nights’ lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. A wine tasting, kayaking, (weather permitting). We also include detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support — plus the use of a bike and helmet. Up to 8 e-bikes included at no extra charge. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Named “Best Waterfront Hotel in the Nation” by USA Today, the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel sets the standard for luxury accommodations as the area's only AAA Four Diamond property. Nestled on the shores of Seneca Lake in the picturesque town of Watkins Glen and adjacent to Glen Harbor Marina, this hotel provides the perfect vantage point from which to explore the area. Enjoy their fitness center, indoor swimming pool and hot tub.

Gallery

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

Taughannock Falls Finger Lakes sunset View from the end of Keuka Lake Riding in the Finger Lakes Seneca Lake waterfront Discovery van with guests Flowers by a house Amish buggy in Ovid Buildings in Ovid, NY