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Shenandoah Valley Gravel Bike Tour

Discover an unpaved cycling paradise surrounding Harrisonburg, Virginia

Tour Duration

5D / 4N

Trip Style

Discover, Gravel

Activity Level

3

Hotel Level

Explorer

Bikes

Trek Checkpoint SLR 7
Trek Electric-Assist Domane+ SLR 7

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Starting from

$1,899.00 per person

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Discover the beauty of Virginia’s landscapes and uncharted roads as you explore the unpaved side of the Shenandoah Valley.

On our Shenandoah Valley Gravel bike tour, you'll discover the beauty of Virginia's breathtaking landscapes and uncharted roads. It is a region known for its undulating terrain, historic towns, and farmlands that reach to the horizon. Journey along pristine unpaved roads nestled in the broad valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Wind your way through quaint Mennonite communities on the outskirts of historic Harrisonburg. Pedal beneath canopies of black walnut trees and towering oaks and admire sweeping views as you pass through centuries-old towns and communities that retain much of their original character. Enjoy an epic gravel adventure through the forest to the summit of Reddish Knob and enjoy the views. Refuel each day with meals from small cafes and welcoming restaurants serving up delicious fare. If you have been searching for friendly people, small-town vibes, a local food ethos, and an outstanding hub for outdoor recreation, look no further — your gravel adventure in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley awaits. Learn more about Gravel trips and if they're right for you »

Trip Wows
  • Explore the Shenandoah Valley's endless array of undulating roads with breathtaking views at every turn

  • Unwind at one hotel, an easy walk away from vibrant downtown Harrisonburg

  • Tackle the iconic climb to Reddish Knob and be rewarded with panoramic views

  • Savor wood fired pizzas at Bella Luna and tasty farm-to-table fare at Rocktown Kitchen

  • Enjoy rides through peaceful, verdant farmland deeply rooted in the Brethren and Mennonite traditions that have shaped the surrounding communities

Farmland with mountains in background

Fall in Shenandoah Valley

Endless rolling farmland through Mennonite country

Savor broad vistas framed by the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains as you pedal the peaceful roads of the Shenandoah Valley.


What Guests are Saying
Group of cyclists taking a break on gravel road in front of church

My first Trek Travel experience was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to book another trip! In today's world where good customer service is hard to come by, Trek Travel excelled and it's truly appreciated!

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Laurel, Trek Travel Guest

Three women cyclists standing at summit with Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.

I loved the whole flow of the trip, and the way each day built off the previous day. I especially appreciated the mixture of pavement and gravel, the rolling hills, and the day of a long, more serious climb. Each day's trip was also well thought out with perfect rest stops in great locations for shedding clothing or getting refueled. I loved the bike, the shifting was terrific, and I especially loved the grippy tires.

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Brenda, Trek Travel Guest

Group of cyclists on dirt road with hands in the air triumphantly

All around excellent trip. Well planned, well executed. Couldn’t have been happier with our two guides and all riding companions. A very fun group and future new friends. Thanks for a great time. Would certainly recommend to anyone who asks.

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Michael, Trek Travel Guest

Cyclist couple with Blue Ridge Mountains in background

We had high expectations from our previous Trek Travel trip a year ago and this one was just as great. For us, riding is half the experience but the guides make up the other half with their welcoming nature, hospitality and being so fun. We felt taken care of throughout the whole trip. They really knocked it out of the park.

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Erika, Trek Travel Guest


Aerial landscape of top of climb and rolling mountains

Great Ride

Reddish Knob

Climb one of the highest peaks in Virginia, at 4,398 feet (1,340 m), and you'll be rewarded with 360-degree views from the summit.


Dates & Pricing

Book early for the best price

  • Guaranteed

  • Join Waitlist

  • Private

  • Limited Availability


Itinerary
Rider Information

Hotels
Exterior view of Hotel Madison
Inside a King bedroom at Hotel Madison in Shenandoha Valley, Virginia
View of spacious lobby of Hotel Madison with chandeliers and furniture
Saltwater pool inside Hotel Madison
Hotel Madison front desk lobby
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Hotel Madison
Explorer

The Hotel Madison is a situated a few blocks from downtown Harrisonburg in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. It has a warm and welcoming lobby, full service bar, coffee shop and restaurant, indoor salt water pool, and workout facility. Your Deluxe room features one King or two Queen beds and modern decor along with a television, wifi, Keurig coffee maker, and mini fridge. If you are driving to the trip, you can park in the adjacent parking garage for $5 per day.

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Bikes & Gear
Ride the Best Bikes in the Industry
Trek Checkpoint SLR 7 Gravel bike Gravel
Trek Checkpoint SLR 7

Take on the challenge of gravel with the knowledge that you are riding the best gravel bike in the business. With a high performance frame designed to be nimble yet stable, and the smoothing effect of rear IsoSpeed technology, it will let you ride with ease on any type of surface. The rugged drivetrain allows you to enjoy smooth and reliable shifting no matter the terrain. It also features Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for predictable and safe stopping power wherever you go. The 45mm tubeless gravel tires will give you confidence to tackle any bump in the road. If you want to escape the concrete, and adventure unpaved, let this bike take you there.

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Trek Domane+ SLR bike Electric road
Trek Electric-Assist Domane+ SLR 7

Take the tailwind with you and leave your limits behind on the Domane+ SLR 7. With a groundbreaking ratio of ultra-lightweight design and electric assist, the Domane+ has everything you love in a road bike, with the extra boost to take you farther than ever before. This performance e-road bike will assist you on the climbs and enable you to venture further on your cycling vacation. So go ahead—take the long way. With Domane+ SLR 7, there’s always room for more distance, more speed, and more fun!
Upgrade to the Domane+ SLR 7 on this trip for $399 (3-6 day trips) or $599 (7+ day trips). Available in limited quantities. See trip dates for details.

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Two cyclist and one rider

Trek Travel Guides

The World’s Best

From the moment you meet our guides, you'll understand the difference. You'll feel the genuine care they take to make your vacation perfect. From their expert support to sharing their favorite hidden spots, they tailor every moment to you.

Certified Guides

Additional Gear
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Bontrager saddle
  • Bontrager helmet
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer with pre-loaded routes
  • Shimano SPD mountain style 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 our guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.
A collage of cycling gear guests will use on a Trek Travel Ride Camp, Discover, or Self-Guided Bike Tour.

Trip Inclusions

Additional Details

Know Before You Go!

We want you to be fully prepared for your cycling vacation of a lifetime. This involves making sure that you choose the appropriate trip for you and that every aspect of your experience is flawless. Each Trek Travel trip is unique to ensure maximum enjoyment every time.

Your Trip Need to Knows:

  • Getting off the beaten path means there may be limited services during gravel rides. There is no cell service in the National Forest on the Day 4 ride. Your guides will be equipped with walkie talkies and a satellite communication device to enable them to communicate and provide effective support even when cell service is lacking.
  • There may not be traditional restrooms available on some routes, but there will be plenty of trees.
  • On this trip, you will shuttle 30 to 40 minutes to and from the rides on Days 2 and 4. The shuttles will pass quickly and are necessary to get to the quiet and scenic roads we all crave.
  • For breakfast, Hotel Madison serves a simple buffet daily. They also have a coffee shop serving espresso drinks, pastries, and a rotating selection of other fare, like breakfast burritos. Both of these options are available to you daily.

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) 46.0° 49.0° 58.0° 69.0° 76.0° 84.0° 88.0° 86.0° 79.0° 69.0° 58.0° 49.0°
High (°C) 7.8° 9.4° 14.4° 20.6° 24.4° 28.9° 31.1° 30.0° 26.1° 20.6° 14.4° 9.4°
Low (°F) 28.0° 29.0° 36.0° 45.0° 54.0° 63.0° 67.0° 65.0° 58.0° 46.0° 37.0° 30.0°
Low (°C) -2.2° -1.7° 2.2° 7.2° 12.2° 17.2° 19.4° 18.3° 14.4° 7.8° 2.8° -1.1°
Rain (in) 1.26° 1.17° 1.58° 1.79° 2.15° 2.03° 2.08° 1.59° 1.91° 1.07° 1.49° 1.59°
FAQs

Late summer in Harrisonburg is generally warm with some chance of rain, averaging 84ºF (29ºC) for the high temperature and 60ºF (16ºC) for the low. In September, there is still a chance of rain and it starts to cool down, particularly in mornings and evenings. Temperatures average 78ºF (26ºC) for the high and 54ºF (12ºC) for the low. October is cooler still with less rain and brilliant fall foliage at 66ºF (19ºC) for the average high and 42ºF (6ºC) for the low. Light layers and rain gear is always recommended. Don't forget a jacket for cool autumn evenings and mornings. View our Packing List

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 email 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. You will also receive instructions to download the Ride with GPS app before your trip to provide you the day to day plan and daily route guides.

With one person booked on a date, the trip becomes guaranteed.*

In the case where trips are at one or two guests, we will contact you prior to final payment to give you the following options:

Pay a small trip fee of $500 per person for two guests or $1000 for one guest, which ensures your preferred trip date will run. If there are three or more guests before departure date, the fee will be refunded in full.

or

Switch to a different trip or different departure date. Should there be any difference in trip price between your original trip and the new one, you will be expected to pay the difference, or we will refund you accordingly.

Offer only valid if Trek Travel contacts a guest to discuss these specific options. Bike trips with fewer than three guests may operate with only one guide. The guide will support all rides with a Trek Travel van. If you would like to discuss the option of having two guides, please speak with your trip consultant.

The small trip supplement for Ride Camps is as follows – for two guests an additional $250 or for one guest an additional $500.

*Cross Country, Discover, Race, and Special Edition trips as well as a small number of select departures have a minimum guest count to guarantee. Please check with your Trip Consultant for more information.

Unforeseen events may make it necessary to cancel or modify a trip. Our Guest Services team will update you with any changes. We reserve the right to cancel departures in cases of force majeure or the failure of third parties—such as hotels—to honor their reservations, in which case all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes full settlement. Trek Travel is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled trips, such as airline tickets, or for costs that are incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations, or illness. We strongly encourage Travel Protection for complete coverage.

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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Sharing the joy that comes with wow moments

Trek Travel guides are dedicated to making moments that last a lifetime, and we invite you to thank them with a trip gratuity. These are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this Discover Gravel trip, we recommend $150-$200 per guest and, of course, you may choose to give more if your guides made your trip an unforgettable experience.

Like everything else about your vacation, the Trek Travel team is here to make this experience easier for you. While local currency is preferred, you may also tip through the following options:

Via PayPal (please have this account set up in advance when possible) or with your guest services representative on the phone before or after the trip.

Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip.

You cannot put a price on a wow. But you can show your thanks for an exceptional experience.

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 Gravel 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: 3-5 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 - 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.

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