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Madison Self-Guided Bike Tour

Cycle the Lakes and Countryside of Wisconsin

Tour Duration

4D / 3N

Trip Style

Self-Guided

Activity Level

2, 3

Hotel Level

Explorer

Bikes

Trek Domane SL 7
Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

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Starting from

$1,499.00 per person

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Welcome to Madison, the home of Trek Travel - a vibrant college town, foodie hub, and the best place on Earth for a self-guided bike tour.

Let us introduce you to the cycling gem of the upper Midwest. Not only has Madison, Wisconsin been voted one of the “Best Places on Earth to Bike,” it is also home to Trek Travel and Trek Bicycle headquarters. Join us for a warm welcome into our hometown, and we’ll treat you like family. You’ll stay at the luxurious Mansion Hill Inn, a historic Trek-owned luxury property located a half-block from the Lake Mendota shoreline and just minutes from downtown. Madison, the college town to the University of Wisconsin, is not only ideal for cycling, it is also a hub for foodies with a wide selection of restaurants committed to local, farm-to-table menus. This is a self-guided trip with everything, from premium accommodations to great food and wine to, of course, outstanding cycling in the hills surrounding this cosmopolitan Midwest mecca.
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Trip Wows
  • Enjoy fantastic routes through pastoral landscapes and views of Lake Mendota and Lake Monona

  • Experience Madison's unforgettable farm-to-table food scene—traditional cheese curds, brats, craft brews, and artisanal cheeses

  • Stay at The Mansion Hill Inn, Madison's most celebrated boutique hotel located in downtown Madison with luxurious accommodations and historic charm

  • Visit Olbrich Botanical Gardens, winner of the national Garden of Excellence Award, featuring 16 acres of outdoor specialty gardens

  • Explore the bike capital of the Midwest, boasting over 200 miles of biking (and hiking) trails

Landscape around Madison, Wisconsin

Beautiful rural landscapes surrounding Madison, Wisconsin


What Guests are Saying
Cyclist in countryside near Madison

A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!

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John, Trek Travel Guest

A person wearing a cycling helmet smiles as her photo is taken with Lake Menona of Wisconsin in the background

We very much enjoyed our trip. We didn’t prepare at all and the bikes were a different style than we were used to. We very much enjoyed Madison, the Mansion Hill Inn and it’s staff, the restaurant recommendations, reading the Trek story, and the landscape around Wisconsin. Different length trip options were helpful to us and we chose the short options each time. We felt well supported by the Trek team during the trip. We celebrated our 60th birthdays by booking the trip and we are glad we did!

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Sheri, Trek Travel Guest

Lake Monona on Madison Self Guided Bike Tour

Our self-guided bike tour was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we intend to make a once-a-year experience!

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Scott, Trek Travel Guest


Arial image of the farmland, a red barn and dusk skies outside of Madison, Wisconsin

Great Ride

Belleville Loop

Experience first hand what makes Madison a platinum-rated cycling destination as you ride the bike trails through the city as well as endless quiet roads.


Dates & Pricing

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  • Limited Availability


Itinerary
Rider Information

Hotels
Mansion Hill Inn on Madison Self-guided bike tour
Mansion Hill Inn on Madison Self-guided bike tour
Mansion Hill Inn bar in Madison, Wisconsin
Mansion Hill Inn hotel room in Madison, Wisconsin
Mansion Hill Inn hotel room in Madison, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Mansion Hill Inn
Explorer

Enjoy your stay at the Trek-owned Mansion Hill Inn. Renowned for its signature blend of intuitive hospitality and warmly sophisticated design, the property has a prime location off the Capitol square and steps from Lake Mendota. For 160 years, the Mansion Hill Inn has been host to travelers from around the world and is today a chance to experience a glimmer of that past. The 10-room boutique hotel also features decades of photography showcasing the Trek Bicycle heritage. Every room is at once luxurious and supremely comfortable, seamlessly blending timeless design with modern amenities.

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Bikes & Gear
Ride the Best Bikes in the Industry
New in 2023 Domane SL 7 Road
Trek Domane SL 7

Experiencing your cycling vacation of a lifetime is not complete without a world-class bike and the Trek Domane SL 7 Gen 4 is the best on the road. It raises the bar to deliver incredible endurance road bike comfort without sacrificing performance and features highly responsive disc brakes, road-smoothing IsoSpeed technology, and electronic shifting. This new bike is lighter than ever before, and carbon wheels are standard on every Domane SL 7 bike.

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Verve+ electric assist lowstep bike E-Bike
Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

Fun from the first pedal stroke, venture further on our Trek Verve+. With its low-step frame design, upright riding position, and the barely-there Bosch electric motor, the Verve+ has one goal: pure enjoyment. Designed for both comfort and adventure, get a boost up the hills when you need it with energy to spare.

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Additional Gear
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Bontrager saddle
  • Bontrager helmet
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Garmin Edge 830 or 1030 GPS computer with pre-loaded routes
  • Shimano SPD-SL road style pedals, Shimano SPD mountain style pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • A flat pack containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator
  • For the most comfortable ride, we recommend you bring your own saddle. If you prefer, you can bring your own pedals and helmet on the trip and your host will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.
A collage of cycling gear guests will use on a Trek Travel Self-Guided Bike Tour.

Trip Inclusions

Additional Details

Your Day. You Decide.

Our self-guided vacations are designed to fit all types of travel styles. Whether you like to spend your time relaxing or on a non-stop adventure, you get to decide what your day looks like. Choose your mileage, itinerary, and experience level and leave the rest to us!

Your Trip Need to Knows:

  • We do our best to avoid busy roadways as much as possible, however, urban riding and sections of busy roads are unavoidable for some segments of your rides.

Before and After Your Trip

Weather

Average monthly temperature and precipitation

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High (°F) 28.0° 31.0° 44.0° 58.0° 70.0° 79.0° 83.0° 80.0° 73.0° 60.0° 45.0° 32.0°
High (°C) -2.2° -0.6° 6.7° 14.4° 21.1° 26.1° 28.3° 26.7° 22.8° 15.6° 7.2° 0.0°
Low (°F) 12.0° 15.0° 25.0° 36.0° 47.0° 57.0° 61.0° 59.0° 50.0° 39.0° 29.0° 18.0°
Low (°C) -11.1° -9.4° -3.9° 2.2° 8.3° 13.9° 16.1° 15.0° 10.0° 3.9° -1.7° -7.8°
Rain (in) 0.67° 0.69° 1.04° 2.13° 1.97° 2.14° 1.91° 1.74° 1.35° 1.15° 1.07° 0.84°
FAQs

Madison, along with the rest of southern Wisconsin, is characterized by variable weather patterns and a large seasonal temperature variance. Late spring through to early fall bring the most ideal temperatures and conditions. High temperatures in summer average in the lower 80s (27-28ºC) but can reach 90ºF on average 12 days per year, often accompanied by high humidity levels. Please check the forecast in the days prior to your departure, always be prepared to dress in layers, and bring your rain gear, as rain is always a possibility in this region.
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To reserve your space on a trip, you can either call us at 866-464-8735 to speak with an expert Trip Consultant or book online any time by clicking the “BOOK THIS TRIP” icon near the upper right of each destination’s overview page.* Once you have submitted your reservation online, a Trip Consultant will contact you within one business day to answer any questions you may have and to confirm space, bike, and room availability on your desired trip. Your booking will be finalized once your no-risk deposit is paid. If you make a reservation more than 90 days prior to the trip, a $750 no risk deposit is due at the time of booking.** If you reserve your trip less than 90 days prior to the departure, the full balance is due at the time of booking. Once your booking is complete you will receive an email confirmation with important information pertaining to your trip.

*Please note that select trips cannot be booked online at this time. For those trips, please call a trip consultant at 866-464-8735.

**Deposit amounts vary for all Race, Cross Country, Special Edition, Ride Camp, Discover, and Self-Guided tours. Please confirm deposit amounts for all trips with your Trip Consultant at time of booking.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start, you’ll receive an email containing your trip start meeting location reminder and any last-minute information that you’ll need to know before you go. Once you arrive at your destination, your Trek Travel host will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and give you an overview on the daily route information and detailed maps within the Ride with GPS app. Your host will also review with you the preloaded Garmin GPS computer that allows you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your tour.

Read our Cancellation Policy

Our Trip Consultants are available to assist and can answer your questions. Please call us at 866-464-8735.

Trek Travel recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help safeguard you and your travel investment against the unexpected. We offer a travel protection plan through Arch RoamRight that provides coverage for unforeseen events that could affect your ability to travel with us. Learn more about our Travel Protection

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Your Self-Guided trip price is per person based on two guests sharing a room. If you are a solo traveler or if you want to stay in your own private room while traveling with other people, you will have a Single Supplement Fee added to your trip price at the time of booking.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip. See Self-Guided FAQs


Guaranteed Trips

Our trips are guaranteed to run once we have one confirmed booking on the trip. Click here to view our full guarantee policy.

Trek Travel reserves the right to cancel trips with zero guests, therefore you must book with Trek Travel before making travel arrangements for the trip. We are not responsible for travel arrangements made prior to confirming your Trek Travel Trip. Select trips are not guaranteed.

Sold Out/Waitlist

This trip is currently sold out, but you may be added to the waitlist in the case of availability.

Limited Availability

If a date is marked with Limited Availability, there are few spots left to book. We will secure additional rooms from our hotels before confirming your reservation.

Looking to travel with a small group? Ask our trip consultants about private trips and learn more.

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discovor:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Private

If a date is marked as Private, it is reserved for a private group.

Looking to travel with a small group or looking for a custom date?
Call our trip consultants at 866-464-8735

What is the Difference?

Ultimate Luxury:

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

Luxury:

Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.

Explorer

These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.

Combined

On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of hotel levels, from Explorer to Luxury to Ultimate Luxury. Rest assured, no matter which level of hotel you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Activity Level

Level 1:

Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Level 2:

Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Level 3:

Road: 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Level 4:

Road: 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel: 4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discover:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Single Occupancy

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself