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Georgia & Florida: Jekyll Island & St. Augustine
Many cycling tours of Georgia and Florida miss out on this region’s historic and cultural center—but not us! Dating back to pre-colonial times, the vibrant historical district of St. Augustine is beautifully preserved—and your bayfront accommodations are the perfect vantage point for exploring all the city has to offer. As you cycle along the Georgia coast toward St. Augustine, our route will take you through pristine Jekyll Island, pedaling along sun-drenched coastal byways as you watch for signs of bald eagles, snowy egrets, and dolphins cavorting in the surf. In the company of knowledgeable trip leaders, you’ll explore the richly biodiverse saltmarsh around Big Talbot up close during a guided kayaking excursion—and sail the blue waters off Florida’s Atlantic coast on an authentic replica of a 19th-century schooner. This is truly the south Atlantic seaboard at its best!
- Cycle past the sprawling beaches, grand “cottages,” and historic ruins of Jekyll Island.
- Navigate your kayak through a salt marsh preserve in search of eagles, otters, and dolphins.
- Visit the scene-stealing St. Augustine Lighthouse and the nearby pristine four-mile beach of Anastasia State Park.
- Embark a sunset cruise on the Schooner Freedom, a fine testament to Civil War blockade runners.
- Cycle the farmlands of St. John’s County, pedaling past potato and cabbage fields, small farming communities, and the tranquil St. John’s River.
What to Expect
This tour offers riding on bike paths and roadways alongside vehicular traffic. In many cases, roadways have marked bike lanes. We have chosen quieter options where possible. Scenic A1A is busier but accustomed to cyclists. There are no hills or dirt roads (except for some short dirt driveways to access some sites). Of course, your VBT support vehicle is always available for those who would like assistance or wish for a shorter ride option.
- Daily Mileage: 5 - 26 miles|
- Biking: 1 - 4 hours|
- Group Size: 20
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|5 nights in historic hotels|
|11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners|
|Transportation from Jacksonville International Airport to Jekyll Island|
|Transportation from St. Augustine to Jacksonville International Airport|
Accommodations (May vary depending on departure date. )
Days 1, 2
The Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Days 3, 4, 5
Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront
This trip's activities were perfectly balanced. In addition to the daily biking, there were historic tours, kayaking, and down time. The leaders anticipated my needs before I even knew what I needed! They were great company too. The bike routes were planned thoughtfully with plenty of options to bike more or less. This part of Florida is enchanting, and I learned a lot of it's fascinating history - one I never knew.
Florida’s Historic Coast
What a lovely trip! This was my first VBT trip, and it certainly did not disappoint. Everything went off without a hitch due to all the planning of the VBT staff and our great guides. Wonderful accommodations and delightful bike rides through both scenic areas as well as historic city sections, with options for shorter or longer rides. All the guests on the trip were friendly and helpful. Good people in the great outdoors; who could ask for better.
Florida’s Historic Coast
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