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Vermont: Middlebury & Idyllic Countryside

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Spectacular vistas of towering mountain ranges and rolling green farmland await you: pause between Vermont bike tours to explore nature trails and browse charming antique shops.
Former tour name: Classic Vermont

Guided Biking

  • Duration: 6 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35|
  • Biking: 2 - 4 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
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Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy / Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available
People
Guided Group Tour

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Bike Vacation Only

$2,145

(per person, double occupancy)

Vermont: Middlebury & Idyllic Countryside

Sweeping mountain vistas, rolling farmlands, tranquil roads… each day of your Vermont bike tour offers new panoramic views to gape at. Explore some of the state’s most charming towns in Middlebury, Vergennes, and Bristol, where you’ll find friendly locals, pretty galleries, and charming small-town shops. Along the way, enjoy stunning views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and the Green Mountains. Wake up in cozy accommodations to bird song, and enjoy unique activities that round out this one-of-a-kind Vermont sojourn. Kayak into a wildlife preserve, pause to explore a historic tavern that hosted Thomas Jefferson, cycle through state forests, swim in shimmering lakes, visit a stable of majestic Morgan horses, and much more.

What to Expect

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

  • Duration: 6 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35|
  • Biking: 2 - 4 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Relax amidst the comfort of an historic inn and a lakeside resort
  • Enjoy a reel on quiet country roads to Branbury State Park
  • Picnic alongside Lake Dunmore and go in for a swim
  • Explore the inimitable New England charms of Middlebury
  • Cycle alongside scenic views of Hogback Mountain Ridge
  • Reel along the gently rolling farmlands of the Champlain Valley
  • Kayak the picturesque Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, a haven for birdlife and river creatures
  • Marvel at views of the Green Mountains as you cycle through Panton village
  • Enjoy fine food and browse quaint shops in Bristol, gateway to the Green Mountains
  • Trace the banks of Otter Creek to Kingsland Bay State Park
  • Tour the fascinating Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
  • Stop by the Morgan Horse Farm for a tour and meet its magnificent residents

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Jun76º/54º

Jul81º/59º

Aug79º/57º

Sep69º/49º

Oct57º/39º

Average
Precipitation:

Jun3.0 in

Jul4.0 in

Aug3.6 in

Sep3.0 in

Oct3.0 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation Only

5 nights in an historic inn and a lakeside resort Check
10 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Sun, May 31 to Fri, Jun 5 - 2020

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Your bike tour in Vermont begins and ends at Burlington International Airport (airport code: BTV). Please plan to have lunch before leaving the airport or bring a packed lunch with you. VBT will offer a shuttle to the award-winning Swift House Inn in Middlebury, departing from Burlington International Airport at 2:00 p.m. The shuttle works on a “show and go” basis. Reservations are not required or available. Meet your trip leader outside the main exit door from baggage claim and across the road in the shuttle pickup area. Your trip leader will be wearing VBT staff garments and holding a VBT sign; the van will have a VBT sign on it.

If your flight arrives after this time, or you are delayed, you will need to arrange your own transportation to the Swift House Inn at your own expense. Please take any cab available at the Burlington airport or call one of the following taxi companies: Jessica’s Vital Transit (telephone 802-349-8833), Green Mountain Taxi (telephone 802-503-3096) or Burlington Airport Taxi (telephone 802-239-1515). Travel time from the Burlington airport is approximately 60 minutes.

Guests driving to the tour should meet the group at Burlington International Airport (BTV) and park your cars here for the week. Parking rates are approximately $12.00 USD per day. Burlington International Airport offers both short and long-term parking in their newly expanded, multi-level, covered parking garage. The main parking entrance is located just past the terminal building on the left. Credit cards and cash are acceptable payment methods. Alternatively, you may park at the Swift House Inn in Middlebury for the first two days of your tour. Then your trip leaders will escort you to Vermont Sun, Middlebury, Vermont, to park for the remainder of your tour.

Meet your VBT trip leaders at 3:30 p.m. in your cycling clothes for a bike fitting and brief cycling-skills clinic. This will be immediately followed by a short warm-up ride. Then gather at 6:00 p.m. for an orientation meeting and welcome cocktail. You will enjoy a candlelit dinner at the inn at 7:00 p.m.

Hotel: Swift House Inn
Meals: Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Warm-Up Middlebury: 8 miles

What to Expect: Your warm-up spin gives you the opportunity to fit your bike, shift the gears and practice riding. Cycle through Middlebury’s charming downtown and then continue along residential roads around the edge of town and cross the Pulp Mill Covered Bridge before heading back to the inn.

The first full-day of your Vermont bike tour starts with a journey through the quiet town of Salisbury, where you’ll traverse tranquil roads past antique stores, weeping willows, and stone walls. Your destination is Lake Dunmore and Branbury State Park (whose name is a marriage of the towns of Brandon and Salisbury). After a picnic lunch, enjoy a cool swim in serene Lake Dunmore. Refreshed and renewed, climb back on your bicycle and follow more scenic roads back to Middlebury.

This afternoon, explore the college town of Middlebury, with its Main Street full of shops, restaurants, and galleries. Visit Cannon Park and view the historic marker commemorating John Deere and his invention of “the plow that broke the plains.” From 1821 to 1825, Deere apprenticed at an area blacksmith shop before moving to Illinois, where he built the world’s first steel moldboard plow. Tonight, your trip leaders can direct you to one of the town’s fine restaurants, which are all within walking distance of our inn.

Hotel: Swift House Inn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 15 – 37

Morning
Lake Dunmore: 19 miles
Branbury Park: 3 miles

Afternoon
Swift House: 15 miles

What to Expect: Ride out of Middlebury on moderately hilly roads into Vermont’s farm country to Lake Dunmore, located in Branbury State Park (15 mile ride will access Branbury State park from the north end of the lake; 19 +3 mile rides will both access Branbury State Park form the south end of the lake). If you wish, you may take a short there-and-back ride to pretty Forestdale before enjoying a picnic lunch back in the park. After lunch and time to enjoy the lake, cycle back to the inn.

Today you cycle along Middlebury’s peaceful back roads and beside the scenic Hogback Mountain Ridge, a major foothill of the Green Mountains. Continue north to Bristol village, gateway to the Green Mountains. By Vermont standards, the village is amazingly flat due to ancient geologic events that deposited a level “fan” of gravel at the New Haven River “water gap” through the mountain ridge. Bristol has many interesting shops, including Vermont Honey Lights and Art on Main. After lunch on your own, cycle to Vergennes, passing picturesque Cedar Lake and rolling farm fields. Take in spectacular views of the Champlain Valley, the Adirondacks, and Otter Creek as you make your way to Basin Harbor. Dinner tonight is in Basin Harbor’s Red Mill Restaurant.

Hotel: Basin Harbor
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 16 – 52

Morning
Bristol: 16 miles
Lincoln: 10 miles

Afternoon
Basin Harbor Club: 26 miles

What to Expect: Cycle peaceful back roads over Hogback Ridge, a major foothill of the Green Mountains, to Bristol village, with its dramatic backdrop of Deerleap and South Mountains. After lunch, you may add a moderate ride to Lincoln along the New Haven River. Then cycle through rolling farmlands to Vergennes, enjoying spectacular views of the Adirondacks and Otter Creek.

After breakfast, choose from one of three loop rides through Vermont’s scenic countryside. First, you may cycle through a scenic valley and along the gently rolling farm fields to the quaint village of Panton, with panoramic views of the Green Mountains to the east and the Adirondacks to the west. If you wish, ride a little further to the town of West Addison. Today’s longer option takes you to Chimney Point Historic Site, home to the 1785 tavern that once served Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and the setting of countless stories of Native American, French colonial and early American history. Enjoy views of the Champlain Bridge, half a mile long and one of the few bridges that spans Lake Champlain. After time here, return to your hotel, riding past farmland, and lake and mountainside vistas.

After lunch at Basin Harbor, head to the shore for your private, guided kayaking excursion through the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, a tranquil haven for birdlife and river creatures. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Hotel: Basin Harbor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 18 – 30

Morning
Panton: 18 miles

Or

Addison: 23 miles

Or

Champlain Bridge: 30 miles

What to Expect: On your choice of three successively longer loop rides, cycle along Lake Champlain and into gently rolling farmland, the Green Mountains of Vermont and Adirondacks of New York across the lake always in sight. The longest option traverses the flat terrain of the Great Plains of Vermont.

This morning, ride into Vergennes along the Otter Creek River. Dubbed the “smallest city in America,” it’s an ideal spot for shopping and great food. Be sure to check out all the nooks and crannies, as some of the shops in Vergennes are located below street level. After lunch on your own, continue along Otter Creek River to Kingsland Bay, one of Vermont’s newest state parks. Follow our route through gently rolling farmland of the beautiful Champlain Valley to Ferrisburgh, adding to your daily dose of gorgeous views.

You have many options this afternoon. You may walk some of the area’s nature trails, swim in the lake, or golf. And don’t miss our included visit to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. With more than a dozen exhibit buildings, the museum presents a comprehensive overview of the maritime history and nautical archaeology of the Champlain Valley. You could also relax on the beautiful Basin Harbor grounds. Gather this evening to share stories about your bike tour in Vermont over a festive farewell dinner celebration in a private room off the club’s main dining room.

Hotel: Basin Harbor
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 7 – 41

Morning
Kingsland Bay and Vergennes: 20 miles

Afternoon
Vergennes to Basin Harbor: 7 miles
Ferrisburg: 14 miles

What to Expect: Follow the Otter Creek River into Vergennes, where you may pause for shopping and lunch. Ride or shuttle back to the hotel. Today’s longer option delivers you to more majestic Champlain Valley vistas as you cycle gentle terrain to Ferrisburgh.

This morning, leave Lake Champlain behind as you cycle to the quiet town of Weybridge, where you can admire fanciful Victorian farmhouses and westerly views across the Lemon Fair River. There’ll be time to explore before continuing to the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm, dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the Morgan horse through careful breeding and selection. Designated as a National Historic site, the farm is a significant chapter in the history of the Morgan breed. After your enriching and educational visit, pedal into Middlebury and enjoy lunch on your own.

The tour concludes at Vermont Sun Sports and Fitness on Exchange Street, where showers are available. VBT has made arrangements for a shuttle from Vermont Sun and Fitness in Middlebury back to Burlington International Airport, departing at 2:00 p.m. (travel time is approximately 60 minutes). We recommend flights out of Burlington no earlier than 4:00 p.m. If you need to get back to the airport prior to that time, the transfer back to Burlington will be at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choice:
Middlebury: 24 miles

What to Expect: Today’s ride follows quiet roads past Victorian farmhouses with views of the Green Mountains into Weybridge. After visiting the Morgan Horse Farm, ride into Middlebury for lunch on your own. The tour concludes at Vermont Sun and Fitness, where showers will be available.

Vermont: Middlebury & Idyllic Countryside

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2020

2020 Pre-Trip Extension - Burlington

  • 1 night at the Hotel Vermont
  • Full breakfast
  • City Information
  • Transfer to the main tour

Make your own arrangements for travel to Burlington, Vermont. You may take a bus or taxi from Burlington International Airport to your pre-trip hotel, Hotel Vermont. There are helpful tips regarding your arrival in your Traveler’s Handbook, under Tour Arrival and Departure Information.

Hotel: Hotel Vermont

Reviews

Guest Reviews 32 out of 32 (100%) of reviewers recommend this tour

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