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Vermont Gaps & Rivers Bike Tour

  • winding road with mountain views
  • View across Lake Champlain
  • Brandon Gap approach
  • Farm and Green Mountain view
  • Causeway in Lake Champlain
  • Ben & Jerry's stop
DURATION
6 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
50 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
5-Advanced
STARTING FROM
$2395
SINGLES ADD FROM
$500

Trip Overview

This exciting route includes four famous Vermont Gaps: Appalachian, Middlebury, Smugglers’ Notch and Brandon. You really work for your maple creemees (Vermont’s delicious maple ice cream) on this tour!

Every day on this spectacular tour includes challenging cycling with awe-inspiring views. You ride through quaint Vermont towns like Stowe, drink famous craft beer from The Alchemist and visit original Vermont businesses such as the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory!

Join us on a more challenging bicycle tour of some of Vermont's iconic gaps and river valleys!

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
DAY ONE | Distance: 50 miles | Terrain: Intermediate | Jay Peak Lodge
Meet your leaders at Hotel Vermont in Burlington at 9:30 a.m. for a shuttle leaving at 10:00 a.m. Our shuttle heads north to Cambridge where you start your lovely bike ride along the Missisquoi River into Jay. As you pedal, enjoy views of Canada to the north and the Green Mountains to the south.

Tonight, you enjoy a welcome dinner with the group at our lodge.
DAY 2 - Smugglers’ Notch
DAY TWO | Distance: 52 miles | Terrain: Advanced | Field Guide Lodge
Today’s ride takes you south along the Lamoille River into Stowe. It includes spectacular views of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

For lunch you are able to visit 158 Main Restaurant and visit Jeffersonville and Johnson — home of the famous woolen mill and outlet. You then take a beautiful ride up and over Smugglers’ Notch (with an optional lift from the van!). As you descend into Stowe, enjoy a well-deserved beverage at The Alchemist, brewer of the famous Heady Topper beer.

This evening, you are treated to the von Trapp Brewing Bierhall Restaurant (yes, that’s the real family from "The Sound of Music" film) for a tasting event and delightful dinner.
DAY 3 - Appalachian Gap
DAY THREE | Distance: 58 miles | Terrain: Advanced | Middlebury Inn
You hit the road heading south toward Waterbury, the home of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and then toward the Appalachian Gap, a mountain pass above Mad River Glen in the Green Mountains of Vermont. This Gap has an average grade of 8%, with small sections above 15%!

Before the climb, you can refuel in Waitsfield with lunch and a maple creemee from Canteen Creemee Company. While climbing the App Gap, you’re able to take in beautiful views — of both the Champlain Valley’s iconic Camel’s Hump ridgeline and of the Adirondacks.

It’s all downhill from here into Middlebury, where you relax and have dinner together.
DAY 4 - Brandon & Middlebury Gap
DAY FOUR | Distance: 60 miles | Terrain: Advanced | Middlebury Inn
Today you enjoy both Middlebury Gap and Brandon Gap! These mountain passes offer a steady climb, which levels off and then drops down into the White River valley. Enjoy this winding route showcasing the natural beauty of the state, as these are some of the most scenic spots in Vermont. This combination of riding two gaps in a day will surely give you a good night’s sleep.

Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own in Middlebury.
DAY 5 - Farmland and rural towns
DAY FIVE | Distance: 40 miles | Terrain: Intermediate | Hotel Vermont
This morning’s ride includes tranquil roads through farmland and rural towns and along the shore of Lake Champlain. Birch, pine and maple trees flank your path to your final destination of Burlington, a thriving city filled with art and history.

Your last night on this tour is at the fabulous multiple-award-winning Hotel Vermont. Described as “rustic and modern, natural and sophisticated, hand wrought and high tech,” this new hotel is located just a few hundred feet from Burlington’s Lake Champlain waterfront and the vibrant nightlife of Church Street.

You celebrate our tour tonight with a farewell group dinner in Burlington.
DAY 6 - Departure Day
DAY SIX | Distance: 26 miles | Terrain: Easier
Your last ride includes a taste of the iconic Lake Champlain bike path, with a short ferry ride to Vermont’s South Hero Island. Look west for beautiful views of the Adirondack Mountains.

You bike past the Accidental Farmer on South Hero Island for a snack and coffee. From there, cycle back into Burlington via the bike path along Lake Champlain, where you return for a final farewell.

Map

Map of Vermont Gaps and Rivers tour

Dates & Pricing

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.

Start End Cost Availability
Aug 02, 2020 Aug 07, 2020 $2395.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners (you are on your own for all lunches and one dinner in Middlebury) bike ferry on Lake Champlain’s causeway, bicycle and helmet. Airfare is not included.

Dates & Pricing

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.

Start: Aug 02, 2020
End: Aug 07, 2020
Cost: $2395.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners (you are on your own for all lunches and one dinner in Middlebury) bike ferry on Lake Champlain’s causeway, bicycle and helmet. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Jay Peak Lodge
In the summer, Jay Peak's famous ski center turns into a great place for events and lodging. It's surrounded by quiet forests of evergreen and coniferous trees, and farm fields that roll as far as the eye can see. Enjoy the mix of lovely views, comfortable rooms and handy amenities.
Field Guide Lodge
Ski, bike, hike, shop or just enjoy the beautiful Green Mountain scenery; Field Guide Lodge is an unexpected and delightful starting point for exploring Stowe in any season. Centrally located in the heart of downtown Stowe and a short drive from Mount Mansfield, Field Guide's rooms and suites in the Lodge and Trail House offer year-round accommodations perfect for an intimate escape, a friends’ weekend, or a family get-together.
Middlebury Inn
Walk through the doors of the Middlebury Inn and feel the warmth of New England hospitality that has been their tradition for generations. Look out over the beautiful Middlebury town green from the front porch and experience a place that’s been a part of Vermont’s history since 1827. The Inn offers unparalleled food, drink and lodging with all of the comforts and modern conveniences travelers have come to expect from a grand hotel.
Hotel Vermont
Vermonters are known for being independent, together. And like Vermont, Hotel Vermont is full of compatible contradictions. Located in downtown Burlington near the shores of Lake Champlain, they’re rustic and modern, local and global, natural and sophisticated, hand wrought and high tech.

Gallery

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winding road with mountain views View across Lake Champlain Brandon Gap approach Farm and Green Mountain view Causeway in Lake Champlain Ben & Jerry's stop