2022 Cycle & Bike Tours in Vermont

The lower Champlain Valley provides the best cycling in Vermont.  While much of the rest of Vermont is mountainous, ours is a rolling terrain of open farmland dotted with truly picturesque villages.  Our 2022 self-guided Vermont tours, designed for cyclists who want luggage transported between inns but have no need for a guide, provide 3, 4, or 5 days of leisurely paved-backroad biking with accurate maps, augmented by an orientation talk at the first inn and daily turn-by-turn cue sheets. Our guests have been thrilled that we are have obtained a license to provide our cyclists with a RideWithGPS app for their phones displaying turn-by-turn directions, spoken-aloud if desired.  Well-vetted routes provide 20 to 40 miles of safe, scenic, moderate biking per day, or more if you prefer.  Benefit from our 47 years of experience in searching out rewarding, safe, and scenic cycling routes and fine Vermont country inns.

Explore the charming villages of Brandon, Middlebury, Vergennes, Bristol, Shoreham, Addison, and Proctor.  Perhaps pop across Lake Champlain to check out the historic fort and village of Ticonderoga, NY or climb the stone lighthouse and clamber over the pre-Revolutionary War forts at Crown Point, NY.  Enjoy a refreshing swim at a state park along several of our routes.  Visit museums and exhibits which present Vermont’s fascinating history.  Cruise through a covered bridge.  Pause while a farmer drives his (or her!) herd from field to field across your route.  And, enjoy the magnificent scenery all along the way.

The cycling season runs from about the beginning of May through about the third week of October. In 2022, the innkeepers expect to be facing the same labor shortage (housekeepers, waitstaff, kitchen help, etc.) that challenged Vermont hospitality enterprises in 2021.  As we partner with small, independent, owner-operated properties, we’re concentrating our cyclists at the inns on one or two nights each week.  As the travel and tourism world attempts to get back “on balance” in 2022 after two topsy-turvy pandemic years in a row, we are only able to offer our popular Vermont biking program as a three-, four-, or five-night itinerary checking in Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday afternoon and departing Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday mornings.

Comfortable accommodations at unique Vermont country inns, including farm-to-table dinners and hearty breakfasts, round out the package.  Occasionally, accommodations may be at charming bed-and-breakfasts (B&Bs), giving you the opportunity to dine at whim at fine local restaurants.  Trips start and end in “the Art and Soul of Vermont,” the village of Brandon, where you will receive a personal overview of your trip.  Hosting our cyclists in 2022 (our 47th year) are Lilac Inn, The Inn on Park Street, Brandon InnShoreham InnStrong House Inn B&B, and Swift House Inn. The actual inns in your itinerary will depend on the distance you wish to ride each day, your starting date, and the availability of rooms at the inns.  Bring your own bike, or rent from our well-equipped shop.  We do not plan biking for your arrival day.  Biking starts after your first overnight, when we meet you before breakfast to do a quick orientation talk and answer any day-of questions.  The bike shop also delivers rentals before breakfast.  We do generally plan to bike on departure day, but if your travel schedule does not allow, please advise during the tour planning process so we can design your tour with that in mind.

Rental bikes are customized to your height and inseam measurements and your preferences for pedals.  Rental bikes come equipped with helmet, water bottle, and small trunk over rear wheel for sundries.  Each pair of bikes comes with spare tube(s), mini-pump, adjustment kit, and lock.  Additional comfort and safety items that come with your bike are a mirror and a handlebar-mounted phone holder to avail yourself of the RideWithGPS cues.  (Non-electric) Hybrids are recommended.  These are not knobby-tired, heavy mountain bikes with shocks; they do have a bit beefier tire than a thin-tire road bike.  All the routes you ride will be paved, but more than half the road distance in Vermont is unpaved, and hybrids will give you more freedom to choose a quiet lane, take an extension that looks promising, or shortcut off the cued route using your large-format map.

Our 2022 independent Vermont cycling packages feature

  • high-quality rental non-electric hybrid or non-electric road bike for one day of cycling for each overnight stay booked (or add $25 per rental day for an electric-assist eBike)
  • relaxed Old World dinner service at your inn each evening (except one dine-out off-package in Vergennes)
  • comfortable country inn accommodations (private baths; non-smoking inns)
  • full country breakfast at your inn each morning
  • daily luggage transfer while you cycle
  • an in-person orientation talk if starting at Lilac Inn in Brandon, Vermont
  • cue sheets and tour details in advance through a fun and informative “Vamoos” app
  • detailed maps and turn-by-turn cue sheets for cycling well-vetted, paved back roads that have been enjoyed by our clients for safety and scenery for more than forty years
  • RideWithGPS app for on-bike directions on your phone sitting in a holder on the handlebars (audible cues spoken aloud if you desire)
  • housekeeping and waitstaff gratuities
  • Vermont meals and rooms taxes (9% or 10%, depending on the town)

Out-of-pocket expenses:  lunch daily along the way (or gather a picnic before setting out from the village this morning — we’ll let you know what the best approach is for each day) and any alcohol.  “PPDO” pricing is “per person, double occupancy” and is the amount one person pays when there are two to a room.


2022 Summer Five-Night Tour (mid-May through September 15th)

Tour 1S:  arrive at Lilac Inn Sunday afternoon; finish at Lilac Inn Friday morning

$1545 ppdo / $3090 per couple or $2045 ppso (solo guest / private room); includes bikes for 5 days

Bring-your-own-bikes rate:  $1420 ppdo / $2840 per couple or $1920 ppso

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2022 Summer Four-Night Tour (mid-May through September 15th)

Tour 2S:  arrive at Lilac Inn Sunday afternoon; finish at Lilac Inn Thursday morning

$1345 ppdo / $2690 per couple or $1695 ppso (solo guest / private room); includes bikes for 4 days

Bring-your-own-bikes rate:  $1245 ppdo / $2490 per couple or $1595 ppso

Tour 3S:  arrive at Shoreham Inn Monday afternoon; finish at Shoreham Inn Friday morning

(3S is a “BYOB” itinerary only – Bring Your Own Bikes – no rental bike possibility)

Bring-your-own-bikes:  $1245 ppdo / $2490 per couple or $1595 ppso

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2022 Summer Three-Night Tour (mid-May through September 15th)

Tour 4S:  arrive at Lilac Inn Sunday afternoon; finish at Lilac Inn Wednesday morning

$1095 ppdo / $2190 per couple or $1445 ppso (solo guest / private room); includes bikes for 3 days

Bring-your-own-bikes rate:  $1020 ppdo / $2040 per couple or $1370 ppso

Tour 5S:  arrive at Shoreham Inn Monday afternoon; finish at Shoreham Inn Thursday morning

(5S is a “BYOB” itinerary only – Bring Your Own Bikes – no rental bike possibility)

Bring-your-own-bikes:  $1020 ppdo / $2040 per couple or $1370 ppso

Tour 6S:  arrive at Strong House Tuesday afternoon; finish at Strong House Friday morning

(6S is a “BYOB” itinerary only – Bring Your Own Bikes – no rental bike possibility)

Bring-your-own-bikes:  $1020 ppdo / $2040 per couple or $1370 ppso

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2022 Fall Season Five-Night Tour (Sept 18th – October 21st)

Tour 1F:  arrive at Lilac Inn Sunday afternoon; finish at Lilac Inn Friday morning

$1695 ppdo / $3390 per couple or $2245 ppso (solo guest / private room); includes bikes for 5 days

Bring-your-own-bikes rate:  $1570 ppdo / $3140 per couple or $2120 ppso

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2022 Fall Season Four-Night Tour (Sept 18th – October 21sth)

Tour 2F:  arrive at Lilac Inn Sunday afternoon; finish at Lilac Inn Thursday morning

$1445 ppdo / $2890 per couple or $1845 ppso (solo guest / private room); includes bikes for 4 days

Bring-your-own-bikes rate:  $1345 ppdo / $2690 per couple or $1745 ppso

Tour 3F:  arrive at Shoreham Inn Monday afternoon; finish at Lilac Inn Friday morning

(3F is a “BYOB” itinerary only – Bring Your Own Bikes – no rental bike possibility)

Bring-your-own-bikes:  $1345 ppdo / $2690 per couple or $1745 ppso

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2022 Fall Season Three-Night Tour (Sept 18th – October 21st)

Tour 4F:  arrive at Lilac Inn Sunday afternoon; finish at Lilac Inn Wednesday morning

$1195 ppdo / $2390 per couple or $1595 ppso (solo guest / private room); includes bikes for 3 days

Bring-your-own-bikes rate:  $1120 ppdo / $2240 per couple or $1520 ppso

Tour 5F:  arrive at Shoreham Inn Monday afternoon; finish at Lilac Inn Thursday morning

(5F is a “BYOB” itinerary only – Bring Your Own Bikes – no rental bike possibility)

Bring-your-own-bikes:  $1120 ppdo / $2240 per couple or $1520 ppso

Tour 6F:  arrive at Strong House Tuesday afternoon; finish at Lilac Inn Friday morning

(6F is a “BYOB” itinerary only – Bring Your Own Bikes – no rental bike possibility)

Bring-your-own-bikes:  $1120 ppdo / $2240 per couple or $1520 ppso

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Electric-assist bikes are available for rent!  These are purpose-designed/built hybrid bikes factory-outfitted with small electric motors to help give you that little push you might appreciate on the hills.  Many, many of our guests have reported that their e-bike made the trip just that much more enjoyable because it was just that much less work.  Add a premium of $25 per biking day to the trip cost.

If bringing your own bikes:  Rentals have 24 gears (3 by 8), and you will want a similarly-geared bike for this trip.  A “beach cruiser” is not appropriate for distance touring, nor is a ten-speed.  Have your bike inspected by a reputable mechanic, and consider equipping your own bike similarly to how the bike shop equips the rentals (read above), including a handlebar-mounted holder for your cue sheets / map and phone to avail yourselves of the RideWithGPS app assistance.

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