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Vermont: Champlain Valley & Islands

Discover the unspoiled beauty of northwest Vermont’s island paradise at a pace that reflects its rural way of life.

  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 13 - 33 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 4 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy / Moderate

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Vermont: Champlain Valley & Islands

Slow down and take in draw-dropping views of the Green and Adirondack mountain ranges from a one-of-a-kind cycling route that hugs, and crosses, Lake Champlain before leading you into the welcoming arms of Burlington—the state’s educational, commercial and artistic hub.  We round out our week with delicious local cuisine, stays at charming inns and journey into American history on included visits to Shelburne Museum and iconic Fort Ticonderoga.

Cultural Highlights

  • Learn about Vermont history at Shelburne Museum’s fascinating indoor and outdoor exhibits
  • Cycle from mainland Vermont to Grand Isle by way of a bike path causeway and unique bike ferry
  • Browse the storefronts that line Burlington’s pedestrian only Church Street Marketplace
  • Explore the setting of historic battles at Fort Ticonderoga—an 18th century star fort
  • Visit an outcrop of the ancient Chazy Reef Formation at Isle La Motte’s Fisk Quarry

What to Expect

This tour offers the full range of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance with the hills.

Average Daily Mileage: 13 – 33 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2 – 4 hours

What’s Included:

  • 5 nights in historic inns
  • 12 meals – 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • Transfers
  • Kayaking excursion on Lake Champlain
  • Visit to Shelburne Museum or Shelburne Farms
  • Visit to Fort Ticonderoga
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extension: Pre-trip: Burlington  1 night for only $145
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Land Only Single Supplement: $445

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Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Start from Bristol, Vermont OR Fly into Burlington / Transfer to North Hero

The tour begins 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 at VBT Headquarters between 11:45 am and 12:15 pm on the first day of the tour. We recommend that travelers stop for an early lunch in Bristol—Main Street offers a few options—or bring a to-go lunch with you to eat on the shuttle. The shuttle to North Hero leaves promptly at 12:30 pm (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, VBT will make one complimentary transfer for guests from the Burlington International Airport, departing at 1:15 pm. Look for the representative holding a VBT sign outside the baggage claim area for your transfer. 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: 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 am to 6:30 pm, ET) at 800-245-3868 to inform us if you will be taking advantage of the complimentary shuttle from the airport, meeting our shuttle at Hotel Vermont if you are on the pre-trip extension, or driving to the start of the tour.

VBT Pre-Trip Extension guests: You have another morning to enjoy Burlington. At 12:30 pm, the shuttle company will meet and transfer you to North Hero House. This transfer is only available to guests who purchase the pre-trip extension through VBT.

At North Hero House, settle in and relax until 3:30 pm, 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 pm.
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Hotel: The North Hero House
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 8 miles

DAY 2: Cycle Isle La Motte and North Hero Island

This morning, we cycle northward along the lake, crossing over a 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. Enjoy time taking in the natural and historical sights. The island was the first land visited, in 1609, by French navigator and explorer Samuel de Champlain and his party of Frenchmen and Native Americans as he entered the large lake to which he gave his name. He described the place as “covered with the most beautiful pines that I have ever seen.” After a picnic lunch, join our guided kayaking excursion, continue cycling south along the lovely shoreline, or simply relax before dinner at the inn.

Hotel: North Hero House
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 17, 26 or 31 miles

DAY 3: South Hero / Burlington Bike Path

After cycling along the Grand Isle shore, we’ll reach South Hero, the largest of the Champlain Islands. Here, lake views and gentle terrain make for very pleasant cycling. We'll stop at a local vineyard for a wine tasting and picnic lunch, and then continue cycling. We will board the Island Line Bike Ferry for a short cruise with our bikes. This service joins the two sides of “the cut” between South Hero and Colchester along the recently resurfaced marble causeway, and allows us to “ride” uninterrupted from the islands into Burlington. After crossing the cut, we’ll join the Burlington Bike Path and continue cycling to our Burlington hotel.

After settling in, we can explore Burlington's Church Street Marketplace and find a spot for dinner on our own in one of the many restaurants within walking distance of the inn.

Hotel: Lang House
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 22 or 35 miles

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 comprising 39 exhibition buildings. The museum has exceptional holdings, including 500 quilts, 1,400 waterfowl decoys, 120 weathervanes, and 50 carousel figures—along with the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga, built in 1906 at the Shelburne Shipyard on Lake Champlain. 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 could be a distant cousin of the Loch Ness Monster. Meet back at the Shelburne Museum parking lot at 4:00 pm for the shuttle (approximately 45 minutes) to Shoreham. Relax, or take a stroll before dinner at the Shoreham Inn.

Hotel: Shoreham Inn
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 10, 15, 22 or 25 miles

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 the ferries crossing Lake Champlain, 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 our 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. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch during our time here.

Finish this full-day excursion with another ferry crossing, and cycle back to Shoreham to dine at the inn's British gastropub.

Hotel: Shoreham Inn
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 24 miles

DAY 6: Middlebury / Depart for home

Enjoy our last breakfast together at the inn this morning before 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, we can enjoy lunch on our own.

The tour concludes at Vermont Sun Sports and Fitness on Exchange Street, where showers are available from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. VBT has made arrangements for a shuttle from Vermont Sun and Fitness back to the airport at 2:00 pm (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 Trip Leaders will transfer you back to VBT headquarters at 2:00 pm, and you may depart at your leisure.

Meals: B
Daily Options: 24 miles

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Accommodations

Hotel Vermont

Vermont’s newest hotel, the Hotel Vermont offers perfectly situated accommodations in downtown Burlington. The natural splendor of this “green,” sustainably operated hotel, coupled with its desire to embrace the outdoors and shared community values, promises a truly memorable experience. The natural sense of freedom that guests feel from the warm, attentive service and special touches improves one’s mental and physical well-being. The hotel's rooms are simple yet elegant, with clean, crisp design elements and a warm rustic charm. Rooms include flat-screen TVs, MP3 docking stations, and complimentary Internet access.
Free WiFi Included

Shoreham Inn

The inn has recently attained Green Hotel status and has an ongoing commitment to the environment. The inn has wireless service but no televisions. Instead, enjoy games, puzzles, books and magazines—and lots of that wonderful Vermont outdoors. Each of the inn’s 10 individually decorated rooms has a private bath, and individual air conditioning units are located in all bedrooms during the warmer months. There is no smoking at the inn.
Free WiFi Included

North Hero House

Located directly on Lake Champlain, this 1891 inn features antique furnishings with modern conveniences, as well as elegant dining in its 3-diamond restaurant.
Free WiFi Included

Lang House

Relax in this beautifully restored 1881 Victorian style mansion, complete with period furnishings, dramatic woodwork and impressive 19th century architectural detail.
Free WiFi Included
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Reviews
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    44 out of 44 travelers would recommend this tour to a friend.

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  • A wonderful time

    The tour ranges from flat rides along a causeway to sportier venues with rolling and a few extended hills. Vermont isn't flat, but it has beautiful scenery and anyone in reasonable shape will easily manage all the rides. There is little traffic on the roads we cycled, and the cars were very polite. Our tour leaders, Chip and Bill, were great - knowledgeable, helpful and fun. The inns were all different, but the accommodations and the food were wonderful in all three. Even when the weather was not perfect, we cycled and had fun. This was our second VBT tour and again we had a fabulous time. I highly recommend VBT due to its wonderful staff and this tour in particular.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 24, 2014
    Posted by: bd1224
    From: Morgantown, WV, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • outstanding

    VBT trips are excellent values (this is my third). The trip leaders are top notch, organization and planning is thorough, places to stay and food are excellent and equipment is very good.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 03, 2014
    Posted by: Chips14
    From: SC
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Spectacular Experience

    If you love verdant, stunningly beautiful scenery, excellent food, entertaining and educational experiences, as well as great company, this is the trip for you. Our guides were enthusiastic, patient, and enlightening, the accommodations never failed to impress and please, and I could not be happier that I signed on. This is my second VBT trip and I will be back for more. The value for the money is really outstanding.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 03, 2014
    Posted by: GTC1
    From: Kentucky, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • beautiful, active, fun vacation

    After this trip, i bought a road bike and started biking with a group. People were very nice, guides helpful and interesting, going thorugh pastoral Vermont-beautiful and peaceful. Inns and food were certainly a plus. For anyone who likes active vacations and does not want to travel too far for it, this one is perfect.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 30, 2014
    Posted by: raisa29
    From: Westbrook, CT, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Any rider will enjoy the tour

    Leaders adapt the tour to the level of the guests. Competitive riders and novice riders were easily accommodated.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 01, 2013
    Posted by: Cathy
    From: Lancaster, OH 43130, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful country

    We had a wonderful time. Beautiful part of the US we have never seen before. Chip and Tracy were wonderful guides and took great care of all of us. Wonderful food, great new friends and memories forever. Talking about a European bike and barge trip for next year.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 16, 2013
    Posted by: Steve56
    From: Conroe, TX, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • wonderfull riding

    We had a wonderful time. The riding around the lake and through the Vermont countryside was scenic and just the right lengths to be able to enjoy the rides and stops .Our ride leaders were very helpful and dedicated to meeting our needs. They even taught us some new bike lingo like" wheel sucker" The food was excellent. We really enjoyed the North Hero House and Lang house.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 07, 2013
    Posted by: oldfatguy
    From: Texas, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Wonderful riding over rolling hills, bridges and pathways surrounded by green and mountains and water vistas

    My daughter and I loved the quiet roads and scenery of Vermont. Such a fun ride and we had excellent guides and friendly company with whom to share the journey. It is always fun to learn about different places from the seat of a bicycle and the comfort of the inns, food and conversations that follow at the day's end.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 17, 2013
    Posted by: janetta
    From: seattle
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Best Bike Trip I've Ever Taken

    Ok, so this is also the first bike trip I've ever taken as well. But based on this experience it won't be my last with VBT. In fact, the only thing my partner and I are having trouble agreeing on is where will be our next VBT vacation. I had alway wanted to visit the Lake Champlain region, and this was the perfect way to see a good sampling of the area. The routes where well thought out, the stops along the way well spaced, the sights along the routes interesting, and the scenery magnificant. All the inns we stayed at were quaint but with up to date amenities and helpful friendly staffs. The dinners provided at the inns were all great. But most of all I have to say how great our guides were. Aside from their friendly personalities and general knowledge of the area, I can't imagine what more they could have done for us. The bikes were always ready to go, any adjustments or repairs made on the spot, and the fact that we could always depend on their assistance anywhere along the route provided a sense of security that you don't get when you're riding on your own.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 24, 2013
    Posted by: Dean
    From: Baltimore, MD, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful vistas and wonderful rolling hills

    This was our third VBT bike trip. If you love beautiful vistas at every turn, quaint country inns and lots of rolling hills....then Vermont by Lake Champlain is for you. We met great bicyling companions and terrific guides. The hills didn't stop, but even an advanced beginner like me was able to keep up (most of the time)! It was a great thrilling ride!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 16, 2013
    Posted by: sm40
    From: Medford, NJ, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Breath taking!

    This was our 5th VBT trip and was a great time led by two capable guides, Chip and Bill. The biking through the beautiful countryside with the challenging hills was especially meaningful to us as we had three generations of our family with us. We ranged in age from 76 to 18 and everyone thought it was an outstanding trip with great fun, beautiful accommodation and tasty food.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 12, 2013
    Posted by: Grandma
    From: Columbus IN
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Best trip ever!

    I can honestly say this was the best trip I ever took. The scenery, lodging, food and mostly the guides made it an unforgettable trip. It was a very well planned blend of riding and socializing. I will definitely take another trip with VBT next year.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 30, 2013
    Posted by: Michele13
    From: Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great value, beautiful scenery, knowledgeable leaders, great food and accomodations

    There isn't one thing that I could see that would have made this tour better. Nothing was overlooked--from the big (safety) to the little (a bit of candy on the bike seat each morning). Well thought out to make the most of your time with knowledgeable guides that want you to love Vermont as much as they obviously do...and they did it all well, effortlessly, and cheerfully. The accommodations and food were tops with friendly hosts that reflected the local charm. Can't wait for the next trip!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 27, 2013
    Posted by: Marg
    From: Reston, Va. USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A perfect trip, never felt so cared for!

    We took the trip in October. The weather was a bit rainy but even that did not diminish our enjoyment. The equipment was in perfect condition, just wish I had a bike like that at home! Our guides were top notch; professional and extremely knowledgeable both about the bikes, the terrain and the history and culture of the area. They were also very, very kind and thoughtful. It was a wonderful, wonderful trip. And Vermont is "picture postcard" beautiful, even in the rain! It was my first VBT tour but definitely not my last.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 11, 2012
    Posted by: yogapt
    From: Virginia
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Something for everyone

    The Lake Champlain Tour has features that would appeal to everyone. The biking is lovely; there are many rolling hills, some not so rolling hills but beautiful scenery all the way. We also got to see an amazing and unusual outdoor museum, a goat farm, and a winery. We ate great meals and had terrific and varied accommodations. All in all, a fantastic experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 07, 2012
    Posted by: CJC52
    From: Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Good trip, but they made me use their bike

    I have a custom-made bicycle that I like to use for road trips. I proposed taking it on this trip and asked whether there would be any discount for not using a VBT bike. They said no to the discount, also said they would not help me with any adjustment or breakdown problems with my own bicycle. I want anyway, and used the VBT bike. It was OK, but not as good as the one that I ride at home, resulting in a fair, not great, experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 06, 2012
    Posted by: JimH1
    From: Cambridge, MA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Awesome!

    My buddy and I did this tour back in 1988 and it was fantastic! The people we met on the tour were awesome and mostly alot older than us (we were in our mid 20's). We did the tour the first week of October-PEAK! Foliage Season! Breath taking, Outstanding! The food we had was most excellent. Support was top notch when my buddy blew out a groin muscle the first day-ouch! So these are the memories you keep your whole life long. Now I see they have a trip to Hungary...will shoot to do this next year!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 03, 2012
    Posted by: LuckySailor
    From: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great guides and itinerary

    This was my first VBT trip and it was wonderful. Particularly outstanding was the quality of the guides, the itinerary and the bicycles. The food was great and the Historic Inns perfect. I hope to take many more VBT trips!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 28, 2012
    Posted by: Susie7
    From: Southern California
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The leaders were outstanding. The Inns and B & B's were also good.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Bill and Chip made everyone feel totally involved in every aspect of the experience. The food was delicious. The small group aspect of VBT made for total camaraderie.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 25, 2012
    Posted by: Hanky
    From: Boston, MA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • I would call it a luxury vacation in the great outdoors with wonderful leaders.

    The vacation is one I can't stop talking about. The exhilaration of biking through the countryside with the beautiful views on all sides! Imagine biking along Lake Champlain with the Adirondack Mountains on one side and the Green Mountains on the other. I felt like I had a private tour guide explaining the history as landscapes passed by. Snacks and words of encouragement along the way made it even better. Our accomadations were like being at home but with someone else taking the responsibility...we just had to follow. Very relaxing.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 19, 2012
    Posted by: CarolandPaul
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A wonderful way to experience the Champlain Valley

    This was our first VBT trip and we thoroughly enjoyed everything about it, except the last day when we had to say goodbye to our leaders, the other guests, and beautiful Vermont! The cycling was a great experience for us, and our guides were very helpful, especially, being bicycling newbies and flatlanders, we were unaccustomed to hills! Having optional rides and activities was a plus and we really enjoyed our visit to the Shelbourne Museum. Most of the roads chosen had little traffic and offered lovely views of Lake Champlain. We enjoyed our stays at the three inns and liked the fact that each was different and the meals were delicious. All in all, it was a great way to celebrate our 30th anniversary.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 02, 2012
    Posted by: CatLady
    From: Haslett, Meridian Charter Township, MI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful scenery.

    Cycling through a new area is undoubtedly the best way to capture its true essence. Our days in Vermont were filled with breathtaking rolling pastures, untamed wilderness and scenic waters. Each day's adventure began and ended with a fantastic meal and warm hospitality.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 09, 2012
    Posted by: DFowl
    From: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Age: 18 to 24
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Wow, what a trip!

    The VBT Lake Champlain tour was everything we could have hoped for and more. We loved all of the rides and how well thought out they were; we loved the trip leaders for their knowledge, grace under pressure (a lot of rain) and enthusiasm. We loved the people on our trip for their fun loving attitudes and good recommendations of other tours we could take. We are looking forward to figuring out our next trip as we will definitely be back!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 09, 2012
    Posted by: Carolyn
    From: Bala Cynwyd, Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This biking vacation excd all our expectations. The biking in and around Lake Chaplain was

    This biking vacation exceeded all our expectations. The biking in and around Lake Champlain was a delight; we enjoyed the birds, butterflies and gentle breeze. The kayaking, wine tasting and a visit to a goat cheese farm added to the total enjoyment of our biking week. Lodging in a 200 year old in was most pleasurable and the food was gourmet. The bikes, guides and other participants made this vacation one of our most memorable. We look forward to biking again with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 31, 2012
    Posted by: Johnny
    From: Loveland, CO
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • We loved every aspect of the tour.

    It could not have been better. It provided a taste of some of Vermont's best terrain, Inns and dining. Our guides were knowledgeable and shared history of the areas we visited.They were personable and helpful. They even prepared an outstanding, delicious and healthy lunch along the way one day. I liked the combination of biking and sight seeing. My favorite Inn was North Hero House. I loved every bit of the biking, so every day was a favorite!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 09, 2012
    Posted by: Mare
    From: Michigan, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful trip in the fall

    This trip was a wonderful introduction to cycling vacations. The colors in the fall were tremendous - we loved the whole trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 20, 2012
    Posted by: LauraB
    From: Denver, Co
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great novice trip.

    For someone who had not pulled the old Schwinns out of storage for a couple of decades, the terrain plus the hybrid bikes were ideal. The fact that our leaders were so knowledgeable about the area and cycling were definite assets. The B&B accomodations were all excellent, and we gained weight even after cycling 20-35 miles a day. The countryside is beautiful beyond words, and the evenings were fun.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: Bobb
    From: Pittsboro, NC, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The tour was an excellent and exciting experience.

    This was our first bike tour. We (my wife and I) found it to be quite rewarding. We met wonderful people and the team leaders were outstanding. We still maintain contact with several of these individuals. I would recommend VBT to anyone looking for a positive biking vacation where getting away from the day to day grind is your objective and where thinking and planning your own day can be placed on hold.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Stan
    From: Vienna, VA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great tour with amazing scenery and without a long, international flight

    I loved this trip. I'd wanted to see the leaves change in Vermont for years and finally did so last year with VBT. our guides took care of every detail and concern and also made the trip fun. My 3rd VBT trip and certainly not my last!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: CVE1966
    From: San Francisco, CA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Beautiful Northern Vermont

    Few who have not visited Vermont appreciate what the landscape looks like without billboards. Vermont is unique in its dedication to preserving natural beauty. On this tour, we loved seeing the islands, ponds, woods, and small towns of the North Hero area, had a great boat trip on Lake Champlain, and ate really well. The inns were just charming. One was the Waybury Inn of Bob Newhart fame! We visited several small businesses including a soapmaker and a brewery - really fun! The cycling was not too hard and we loved every minute.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
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    From: Texas
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Ocean and hillsides, together on one trip

    Loved the quaint shops and side excursions. The Morgan horse farm was our favorite with wonderful tour guides and the brief history lesson. We will never forget the quaint B & B, on lake Champlaine. Meals here were delicious and the accomodations--wow!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
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    From: Aurora, OH, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A Vermont fall spectacular!

    We had a spectacular mid-October week in the full glory of fall color season. With temperatures ranging from the high 50's to mid 70's, we couldn't have asked for a nicer week. The biking routes began very flat in the Champlain Islands, becoming more hilly in the 2nd half of the week, after we left Burlington. The biking was supplemented by delightful visits to vineyards, the Shelburne Museum, a jaunt across the lake to Ft. Ticonderoga in NY, and a very different afternoon kayaking on Lake Champlain. Chris and Mark were wonderful guides, knowledgeable about the area, its people, and (of course!) bikes and biking. Accommodations in lovely B&B inns were superb. Included dinners and picnic lunches were unfailingly good. And, as always, our fellow bikers were diverse, interesting, and totally gregarious. This was our 5th trip with VBT and we'll be back for more!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: ProfDave
    From: Chapel Hill, NC
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • It really was the trip of a lifetime!!

    I absolutely loved my VBT biking experience. From the friendly booking of my trip to the tearful hugs and goodbyes, I had an absolute amazing experience. My best friend, my dad and I were all amazed and satisfied above and beyond what we expected. Every part of the trip was interesting, fun and wonderful. I have been talking about it to everyone I know for 2 years. Thank you VBT for creating such a warm, fun, and exciting trip that I'll never forget. I am excited to travel again with VBT this September to Cape Cod/Martha's Vineyard. I KNOW I will have a great time and my husband will experience for the first time what it feels like to be apart of the VBT family. Thank you so much. Sherry

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Sherry
    From: Wasilla, Alaska
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Worth Doing Twice!

    Picture mountain dressed in flame colors: Autumn in Vermont is eye candy! How much did I love this ride? Enough to do it twice! The colors draw you in...the ride leads you from quaint New England town to the shore of Lake Champlain...the 6th Great Lake! The inns are the definition of charming, comfortable and inviting. Fall in Vermont -- don't miss it!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: NancyK
    From: Evanston, IL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Perfect way to see magnificent fall foliage!

    I had always wanted to see the magnificent fall foliage in Vermont. I started biking about 10 years ago while living in Atlanta. My husband and I talked about doing the VBT trip through Vermont during the fall, but the timing was never right. After moving to NY, I was able to do the trip with a girl friend, and it was everything I had hoped it would be....Amazing!! The quaint inns that we stayed in, the wonderful regional cuisine, and the informative guides made the leaves more gorgeous than I ever imagined possible! It was well worth the 10+ years I waited to do the trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Bikerhiker
    From: New York, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A First Timer

    Never having done a biking vacation before I decided to try the Vermont tour of the Valley and the Islands. The weather was great, the accomodations were excellent. The tour guides were there for whatever you needed. The dinners and snacks were all top notch. So, what more can one say? I've recommended VBT to friends and am heading off on another tour in three weeks.....

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: carl
    From: Connecticut, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great group, great food, great views!

    We had never been to Vermont before and I can not think of a better way to enjoy it than by bicycles. We toured with a great group of strangers. The Inns were so inviting,greeting us with fresh baked cookies. We really loved that our meals were served at the Inns making it very homey. We went in October so we were able to enjoy the colors.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Toni
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Excellent choice of lodging,very personable staff,the bikes were easy to ride & the experience was unequaled!

    Being a veteran of many tours, I have recommended VBT over all the rest & plan to travel again with this company & have told all my cycling friends about the care & consideration we experienced. From start to finish, VBT made the trip one to remember fondly.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Rusty
    From: Oregon
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The people, the place, it all came together perfectly.

    Enjoyable, peaceful ride. The rolling hills were challenging enough, making the down hill flying fun! Attentive guides, great food and quaint lodging, helped make this an amazing trip of a lifetime. I was surprised at how quickly our group went from acquaintances to friends! I picked the right tour by choosing VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Sheri61
    From: Dewey, OK, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • VBT trips are always great!

    We enjoyed everything about this trip but the weather (which even VBT cannot control.) The only problem I had was after sleeping in the lakeside room, I had some allergy challenges. (This is an old building in a damp climate, and although the room did not smell moldy, I was battling upper respiratory problems after sleeping in the room. Felt better a day or two later.) But this does not reflect on VBT. Food and people are always great! Hope to do another one soon - maybe a bike and barge in Europe.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: LindaBiker
    From: Oregon
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The best way to see Vermont

    The guides were super. The best service on a bike tour I have ever seen. The tour was excellent the accommodations and group was very very good. The best part of the trip was the ride over the reworked railway. The view of the lakes was just unmatched. The food was excellent and the rustic locations in Vermont made me want to move there.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: AlaskaBill
    From: Anchorage, AK, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great Scenery

    I live in Hawaii so I love to experience fall foliage. The scenery was spectacular and on the last day, we found the peak season and it was so beautiful. I kept asking the guides is it peak yet and they kept saying not quite, but on the last day I just knew it was at the peak of the fall colors. The streams with the boulders and the trees over them were so picturesque. Also loved the inns we stayed at, the great dinners and of course the maple syrup where we could buy some directly from the family that produced them from their own trees.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Joysea
    From: Honolulu, HI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This is the standard tour that is suggested for those just beginning this type of vacation experience

    VGT does their normal outstanding job of organizing, coordinating and facilitating this tour for everyone's enjoyment.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: JMiller6
    From: Scottsdale, AZ, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Vermont has a little bit of everything

    My first ever VBT trip and it was wonderful! Some of the best scenery in the US and I loved exploring all the hills and valleys. I am from the midwest and I enjoyed exploring a different part of the country. The positive experience was instrumental in booking another trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 13, 2012
    Posted by: Jords
    From: Wisconsin
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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