The tour begins and ends at VBT Headquarters in Bristol,
Vermont. Guests driving to the tour may leave their car in the VBT lot without
charge for the duration of the tour. From Bristol, we will shuttle to our first
inn, North Hero House. Please plan to arrive between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
on the first day of the tour and have lunch before departing from VBT. The
shuttle to North Hero leaves promptly at 12:30 p.m. (travel time approximately
1¼ hour). If you arrive after this time, you will need to make your own
arrangements to get to the inn.
If you are flying to Vermont, Morf Transit, Inc./Benways
Taxi will make one complimentary transfer for VBT guests from the Burlington
International Airport, departing at 1:15 p.m. Look for the representative
holding a VBT sign outside the baggage claim area for your transfer. The
shuttle will be coming from the pre-trip hotel with VBT guests. Please allow
for traffic delays.
If your flight arrives after this time, you will need to
arrange your own transportation to North Hero House at your expense. Please
call one of the following taxi companies: Benways Taxi (telephone
802-862-1010), Jessica's Vital Transit (telephone 802-349-8833) or Middlebury
Transit (telephone 888-666-3471). Travel time from the Burlington airport is
approximately 60 minutes.
Please contact VBT at least 10 days prior to your vacation's
start date during regular business hours (Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30
p.m., ET) at 800-245-3868 to inform us if you will be taking the shuttle from
VBT with the leaders or if you will be taking advantage of the complimentary
VBT Pre-Trip Extension guests: You have another morning to
enjoy Burlington. At 1:00 p.m., the shuttle company will meet and transfer you
to North Hero House. The shuttle will stop at the airport to pick up arriving
At North Hero House, settle in and relax until 3:30 p.m.,
when your VBT Trip Leaders fit you to your bike and offer a brief
cycling-skills clinic, followed by a short warm-up ride. Enjoy dinner at the
inn at 7:00 p.m.
Day 2 - Cycle Isle La Motte and North Hero Island
This morning, we cycle northward along the lake, crossing
over a bridge causeway to Isle La Motte, one of the Champlain Islands. Ride
quiet back roads on Isle La Motte, stopping to visit the historic St. Anne's
Shrine and Fisk Quarry. The shrine has lovely views of Lake Champlain,
information on local history, short walking trails and inherent serenity. Spend
some time taking in the natural and historical sights, some of which date to
Samuel de Champlain's 1666 discovery of the area. After a picnic lunch, join
our guided kayaking excursion, continue cycling south along the beautiful
shoreline or simply relax before dinner at the inn.
Day 3 - South Hero / Bike Path to Burlington
After cycling along the Grand Isle shore, reach South Hero,
the largest of the Champlain Islands. Here, lake views and gentle terrain make
for very pleasant cycling. Along the way, we'll stop for a picnic lunch. After
lunch, we’ll join the Burlington Bike Path, where we'll continue cycling to our
After settling in, explore Burlington's Church Street
Marketplace and find a spot for dinner on your own in one of the many
restaurants within walking distance of the inn.
Day 4 - Explore Shelburne / Cycle along Lake Champlain / Shuttle to Shoreham
After breakfast, start cycling to the Shelburne Museum for
an included visit. Shelburne Museum has a fine collection of more than 150,000
works in a unique setting made up of 39 exhibition buildings. You may also
choose to continue to Shelburne Farms with its beautiful grounds and
interesting architecture. If you're looking for a bit more cycling, enjoy an
additional ride along the shores of Lake Champlain. Scan the waves and try to
catch a glimpse of “Champ,” the legendary lake creature that some say is
related to the Loch Ness Monster! Meet back at the Shelburne Museum parking lot
at 4 p.m. for the shuttle (approximately 45 minutes) to Shoreham. Relax or take
a stroll before dinner at the Shoreham Inn.
Day 5 - Ferry to New York / Fort Ticonderoga
During your ride this morning, enjoy a ferry crossing on the
Fort Ticonderoga Ferry, which provides scenic seven-minute crossings on Lake
Champlain between Ticonderoga, New York, and Shoreham, Vermont. The service
connects the Lake George and Adirondack regions of New York with the Middlebury
and Central Green Mountain areas of Vermont. Among Lake Champlain Ferries, the
Fort Ticonderoga Ferry is the oldest. It has operated officially on Lake
Champlain since 1799, and actually has provided sporadic service since 1759.
Only a handful of businesses in the United States can claim to have served the
American public longer. The ferry operates on a cable guidance system,
installed in 1946. This cable system, with many improvements, is still used
today. Today, the ferry barge is powered by the Addie B, a 16-ton, double-ended
tugboat built in 1979 in Maine. The ferry barge, the Fort Ticonderoga 11, is a
94-ton, unrigged steel barge built in 1959 in Warren, Rhode Island.
After crossing Lake Champlain, cycle a scenic loop in
Ticonderoga, enjoying vistas of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain before our
ride eventually takes us to Fort Ticonderoga. Take advantage of the included
entrance fee and explore America's Fort: the site that determined the
boundaries of this great country during two early wars. Much more than a
restored military fortress, it has rich and varied offerings, including
costumed interpreters, 30-minute guided tours, a world-class museum, daily
musket demonstrations and self-guided tours. Enjoy an included lunch during
your time here.
Finish this full-day excursion with another ferry crossing,
and cycle back to Shoreham to dine at the inn's British gastropub.
Day 6 - Middlebury / Depart for home
Enjoy our last breakfast together at the inn this morning.
Then, our last day of cycling takes us past weeping willows and stone fences
along quiet roads leading into Middlebury. We'll ride over rolling hills, past
farms and through fields along the way. Upon arriving in Middlebury you can
enjoy lunch on your own or with a group of your fellow travelers.
The tour concludes at Vermont Sun Sports and Fitness on
Exchange Street, where showers are available from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. VBT has
made arrangements for a shuttle from Vermont Sun and Fitness back to the
airport at 2 p.m. (travel time approximately 60 minutes). If you need to get
back to the airport prior to that time, the transfer back to Burlington will be
at your own expense. If you drove to the start of the tour, your leaders will
transfer you back to VBT headquarters at 2:00 p.m., and you may depart at your