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Quebec Eastern Townships Bike Tour

  • Waterfall over a dam in Quebec
  • Rider Quebec
  • Inn garden Quebec
  • Wine tasting Quebec
  • Cow in Quebec
  • A toast to the bike guests
  • Field and mountain Quebec
  • Quebec tour appetizers
  • Fall colors over vineyard
  • Farm stop Quebec tour
DURATION
6 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
20 to 50 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
2-Easier to Intermediate
REVIEWS
STARTING FROM
$2895
SINGLES ADD FROM
$800

Trip Overview

Bring your passport! This bike tour begins in northern Vermont, but you soon are cycling through the beautiful French-speaking Eastern Townships of Quebec where you are treated to gorgeous vistas, pretty villages, spectacular easy-to-intermediate biking and excellent inns. You begin your tour cycling past farms and covered bridges before crossing the border into Canada. Here you begin to immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of this unique area with visits to the village of Frelighsburg and to Standbridge East’s Musée Missisquoi. And we include a delicious lunch and wine tasting at Domaine du Ridge Vineyard.

In fact, much of this tour is along Quebec’s “Route des Vins” allowing you several opportunities to visit some of Canada’s most celebrated vineyards, including L’Orpailleur and Domaine Les Brome. You ride along Chemin Gaspé, passing the beautiful equestrian facilities of the 1976 Olympics, and later ride along the dedicated bike paths of Quebec’s famous Route Verte, paralleling the shores of Lac Boivin and the majestic Choinière in Parc Yamaska, and visit historic Bromont with its many shops and famous Musée du Chocolat.

Your tour includes stays at four superb and very different properties, including small boutique inns as well as the luxurious Hotel Chateau Bromont. You also get a chance to explore the celebrated resort towns of Knowlton and Sutton whose main thoroughfares are lined with bistros, specialty shops, and galleries. You end your tour by riding through the tiny mountain community of Abercorn before re-entering the United States in Richford and cycling the last few miles back into Montgomery Center along a bike path and winding country road.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Phineas Swann Inn & Spa
When you arrive, settle in at the Phineas Swann in Montgomery Center, Vermont. This beautifully restored 1880s farmhouse is now considered one of the most romantic inns in America (Trip Advisor). If you arrive early, stroll this small town or kick back at the inn and enjoy their homey atmosphere — or buy a drink and sample the free snacks in the living room. Meet your leaders and group for a 6 p.m. dinner.
DAY 2 - Entering Canada
Distance: 33 or 40 miles | Intermediate | Auberge & Spa West Brome
Cycle north into Canada, passing some of Montgomery’s famous covered bridges before arriving in French-speaking Frelighsburg. From here, you ride to Pigeon Hill, have a special lunch and wine tasting at Domaine du Ridge, visit the fascinating Musee Missisquoi and then begin to follow Quebec’s famous “Route des Vins.” You have several opportunities to stop and sample the wines and ciders at some of Quebec’s most famous vineyards, including Opailleur and Domaine des Côtes D’Ardoise and enjoy a tasting of cider wines and apple products at the renowned Union Libre Cidre & Vin. You will be a welcome guest at the beautiful Auberge & Spa West Brome. Access to the sauna, gym and indoor heated pool are also included with your visit.
DAY 3 - Scenic Routes & Chocolate
Distance: 25 or 40 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Chateau Bromont
Start the day with farmland cycling, passing a round barn and skirting the town of Cowansville to visit some covered bridges on your way north. Then take a scenic route along Chemin Gaspé with spectacular views of the area as you pass the equestrian facilities that were home to the 1976 Olympics. Your destination is the pretty village of Bromont, where you can explore its many shops and bakeries — and experience the delicious Musée de Chocolat before arriving as guests at the elegant Chateau Bromont and Spa. The hotel, with its four slope-side hot tubs, offers a commanding view over the ski mountain. Dinner is together tonight.
DAY 4 - Route Verte & Provincial Park
Distance: 27 or 37 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Chateau Bromont
This is a special cycling treat! 35 miles of today’s ride is on a section of the province’s Route Verte, a sprawling cycling network ranked as one of the “10 best cycling routes in the world.” Your ride includes 25 miles of pristine, paved bike path along with 10 miles of hard-packed gravel rail trail. The path takes you past many sculptural displays, lake shores, and a beautiful provincial park. Lunch can be enjoyed in the bicycle-hub town of Granby. After your ride, enjoy soaking in the hot tub back at the Chateau with a view of the mountain. Dinner is on your own, with options and shuttles available to local restaurants.
DAY 5 - Two wineries & Lake Brome
Distance: 26 or 32 miles | Terrain: Easier | Le Pleasant Hôtel & Café
You start out cycling toward Lac Brome and then along the lakeshore road with an option to add a 5-mile extension along a quiet bike path, before entering the charming Victorian town of Knowlton. The downtown section of this historic town has a number of lunch options plus antique stores, all housed in some fabulous 19th century buildings. Mystery book buffs know this as the home to famous mystery writer Louise Penny, who has used various locations in Knowlton (and along our route) in her novels. Your cycle route continues past a unique duck farm company store and a beautiful boutique winery before entering the town of Sutton, your destination for the afternoon. This town has a vibrant main street of sidewalk cafes, galleries, craft stores, and specialty shops. A celebratory dinner is with the group at a lovely craft brewery within walking distance of your hotel.
DAY 6 - Departure Day
Distance: 21 miles | Terrain: Easier
Your final ride takes you south through the tiny mountain community of Abercorn, where you might indulge yourself at the great little bakery, Boulangerie Abercorn, before re-entering the United States at Richford. Cycling options include a possible gravel bike path for a number of miles or a challenging roller coaster “short cut” into the town of Montgomery. The standard route is gentle, with your last few winding miles passing by covered bridges before arriving back at the Phineas Swann Inn in Montgomery Center between noon and 1 p.m. with showers available before we say "Au revoir!"

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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 18, 2023 Jun 23, 2023 $2895.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Jun 25, 2023 Jun 30, 2023 $2895.00 Hurry! Filling up! Reserve Reserve
Jul 09, 2023 Jul 14, 2023 $2895.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Jul 30, 2023 Aug 04, 2023 $2895.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Aug 13, 2023 Aug 18, 2023 $2895.00 1 to 4 spaces left! Reserve Reserve
Aug 27, 2023 Sep 01, 2023 $2895.00 Private Reserve Reserve
Sep 24, 2023 Sep 29, 2023 $2895.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights' lodging, 5 breakfasts and 4 dinners (you are on your own for dinner 1 night in Sutton), wine tasting. All entry fees to parks, museums, and free transfer at one time provided from/to Burlington. 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 18, 2023
End: Jun 23, 2023
Cost: $2895.00
Availability: Available!
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Start: Jun 25, 2023
End: Jun 30, 2023
Cost: $2895.00
Availability: Hurry! Filling up!
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Start: Jul 09, 2023
End: Jul 14, 2023
Cost: $2895.00
Availability: Available!
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Start: Jul 30, 2023
End: Aug 04, 2023
Cost: $2895.00
Availability: Available!
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Start: Aug 13, 2023
End: Aug 18, 2023
Cost: $2895.00
Availability: 1 to 4 spaces left!
Reserve
Start: Aug 27, 2023
End: Sep 01, 2023
Cost: $2895.00
Availability: Private
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Start: Sep 24, 2023
End: Sep 29, 2023
Cost: $2895.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights' lodging, 5 breakfasts and 4 dinners (you are on your own for dinner 1 night in Sutton), wine tasting. All entry fees to parks, museums, and free transfer at one time provided from/to Burlington. 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.

Phineas Swann Inn & Spa
Featured on HGTV, CNN,Yankee, New York and Boston Magazine, which named the Phineas Swann Inn & Spa near Jay Peak as one of New England’s Top 5 Romantic Inns, this boutique hotel welcomes you with that personal touch and fun decor. Enjoy the hot tub and deck or kick back on a couch in their cozy living room and sip a drink and nibble the free snacks.
Auberge & Spa West Brome
Located on 200 acres of picturesque farmlands, the Auberge is just north of the town of West Brome. Surrounded by the glorious rolling hills so characteristic of the Eastern Townships of Quebec, the Auberge is also close to Brome Lake, numerous golf courses, vineyards, and shopping. Access to the sauna, gym and indoor heated pool are included with your visit.
Chateau Bromont
Located at the foot of Mount Brome, the 4-star Domaine Chateau-Bromont is the ideal destination for a comfortable stay with friends or family. You’ll always be impressed with their warm welcome and attentive staff.
Le Pleasant Hôtel & Café
Le Pleasant Hôtel & Café will surprise you with its intriguing, authentic decor and exclusive design. Located in a sumptuous 20th century Victorian residence, the hotel has ten rooms with private European design bathrooms.

Guests say …

Quotes from guests about this tour:


"Loved the ride through the Yamaska Park. The bike trails were very relaxing and enjoyable. I liked the covered bridges on the ride too."

Christina and Kenny M.


"I had a wonderful time.  I loved the scenery in Quebec and that it was low trafficked roads. I had a great time."

Rebecca P.


"I enjoyed everything about the tour. The tour leaders, people on tour, the bike, hotels, and food."

Edward M.


"The hotels were wonderful. We liked the boutique small hotels."

Patty and Peter M.

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Waterfall over a dam in Quebec Rider Quebec Inn garden Quebec Wine tasting Quebec Cow in Quebec A toast to the bike guests Field and mountain Quebec Quebec tour appetizers Fall colors over vineyard Farm stop Quebec tour