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The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Southern Appalachians

In the mountains of western North Carolina you will find the highest peak east of the Mississippi, ancient rivers, breathtaking views, waterfalls and incredibly scenic roads.

Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and take in views of the Craggy, Balsam and Black Mountains rising in blue waves to the edge of the horizon. There is a strong sense of history and place here that can be heard in old-time bluegrass music and tasted in treasured recipes. According to Bon Appetit, Asheville may be America's best small city to eat and drink in right now, and it's been voted "Beer City USA" four years running. Come join us as we taste, sip and ride our way through the gorgeous landscape between Asheville and the small mountain town of Highlands.

Also available in 2017 is the Chef Jonny Hunter special edition trip in mid-September. Lucky guests on this departure date will be treated to a private farm-to-table meal and time with this James Beard Award-nominated chef at Gaining Ground Farm. This special evening will include live bluegrass musicians and a white tablecloth dinner in the fields where your food was raised. Read our latest interview on our blog with Chef Jonny Hunter»
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Featuring Chef Jonny Hunter on specific dates

Dates:


Day
1
Day
1

Today's Ride:

Marshall to Asheville
Approximately 31 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel at 11:00 AM. After a 30-minute private shuttle you’ll arrive in the small community of Marshall and will enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by your guides on Blanahassett Island, a park situated in the middle of the French Broad River. Upon arrival, your guides will lead a short round of introductions and fit you to your bike. Then you'll head out on today's ride, which follows the French Broad before crossing into the communities west of the river and eventually ending at your downtown Asheville home for the next three nights. Take some time to settle in before gathering for drinks in the courtyard and getting to know each other better. You'll hear about all the fun and adventure in store for you in the days ahead from your guides, then walk to Chestnut to enjoy unique and delicious dishes of American cuisine, sourced from local farmers and bakers.

Hotel:

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Leicester Loop
Approximately 28 miles and 2,075 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Leicester Loop plus Elk Mountain Loop
Approximately 45 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Explore Downtown Asheville

Description:

This morning, enjoy breakfast at the Writer's Bistro at the Renaissance Hotel before heading out on a ride through the community of Leicester, to the northwest of Asheville. This ride offers short climbs through rolling hills and beautiful farmland. Those who want to add another loop at the end of this ride may tackle the local’s favorite climb up Elk Mountain, which finishes with a fun descent down Town Mountain Road into downtown Asheville. After the morning ride, the rest of the day is yours to spend as you like. Grab lunch at one of the downtown cafes and explore the many unique shops, galleries, and the vibrant street scene that Asheville is known for. You may want to explore some of the South Slope breweries, within walking distance of the hotel. This evening the group will convene at Chef John Fleer's restaurant, Rhubarb. After 15 years as executive chef at the famous Blackberry Farm, John brings his fresh approach and love for all things southern (and local) to the table for you to enjoy.

Hotel:

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Craggy Pinnacle Return
Approximately 43 miles with 4,120 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mount Mitchell Summit Return
Approximately 69 miles with 7,800 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hike Craggy Pinnacle
Approximately 1 mile with 260 feet of climbing

Description:

Amazing riding awaits you today on the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. The route begins on the many switchbacks of Town Mountain as you climb out of town and drop onto the Parkway at Craven Gap. From here it's a 13-mile climb on mostly gentle grades, punctuated by panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as you make your way to the Craggy Gardens area. At the top of this long climb you can enjoy a boxed lunch and hike to Craggy Pinnacle with its 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks. In late May and early June, the Catawba rhododendron that cover the pinnacle show off their stunning pink and purple blooms, and in the early fall the foliage begins its colorful display at this elevation of almost 6,000 feet. After lunch you can choose to ride back to town (as you guessed, it's mostly downhill!) or continue to the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet. The final 4.5 miles to the summit are some of the steepest of the day, but the views from the observation tower at the top are quite a reward! At nearly 70 miles, the avid option today is the most challenging of the trip. Those who return to town after lunch can take some time to explore the various sections of Asheville on a historic trolley tour; arrange a visit to the Biltmore Estate; or browse the offerings of the many small vintage shops downtown. Whatever your day holds you are on your own for dinner this evening, with the impressive array of downtown options just a short walk away.

Hotel:

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Asheville to Sierra Nevada Brewing
Approximately 25 miles with 1,550 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Asheville to Sierra Nevada Brewing to Oskar Blues Brewery
Approximately 52 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Beer tastings at Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues Breweries

Description:

Pack your bags this morning for the only transfer day of the trip. Head out of Asheville through the beautiful and secluded Biltmore Forest neighborhood before riding a stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway on your way to the new Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River. Here you can take a self-guided tour of the brewery and enjoy some samples of the 23 beers on tap with a lunch of chef-driven dishes that feature farm-to-table ingredients. If you want to call it a day here and shuttle to more samples at the Oskar Blues Brewery in nearby Brevard, we won't blame you! However, for those who wish to ride between the two breweries, this afternoon offers some of the least hilly roads of the trip. Oskar Blues features a simple tasting room and outdoor patio where you can enjoy a pint before shuttling an hour to the small town of Highlands. Located on the Eastern Continental Divide at over 4,000 ft, Highlands is an oasis of high-end shops, restaurants, and lodging in the middle of a beautiful and rugged mountain landscape. This evening you are own your own to explore the culinary offerings of Main Street. Check out Wednesday bluegrass night at the Ugly Dog Pub for a taste of the local music scene and a hearty meal or try the upscale Madison's at the Old Edwards Inn.

Hotel:

200 Main by Old Edwards
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Highlands to Cashiers
Approximately 34 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Cashiers Loop with Walnut Creek and Whiteside Cove Road
Approximately 47 miles with 5,930 feet of climbing

Description:

Take a short walk across Main Street for a hot made-to-order breakfast at a local cafe, then decide how you'd like to spend your day. We’ll offer an incredible morning ride that descends beautiful Buck Creek Road before turning onto Walnut Creek Road to begin today’s first long climb to the Macon-Jackson County Line. The terrain becomes more rolling as you ride past mountain homes and farms on your approach into Cashiers. Take a break for lunch at Cornucopia where you can enjoy a hot, delicious lunch on the porch. After lunch you may continue riding along the low-traffic Whiteside Cove Road, taking in views of the granite rock faces of Whiteside Mountain before hunkering down for the climb back into downtown Highlands on Horse Cove Road. Alternatively, you may chose to get an espresso at Buck’s Coffee and check out the shops of Cashiers before shuttling back to Highlands for the rest of the afternoon. If you'd rather spend the entire day in Highlands and skip the ride you may schedule a day at the Spa at Old Edwards Inn, voted #1 Hotel Spa in North America by Condé Nast Traveler in 2010. Or, peruse the shops in town, visit The Bascom: Center for the Visual Arts, or book a tee time at one of many nearby golf courses. Tonight you will gather for a final social hour and dinner at the Grill Room of the upscale Old Edwards Club as you raise a glass to your week exploring the unforgettable roads of western North Carolina.

Hotel:

200 Main by Old Edwards
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Cullasaja River Gorge Loop
Approximately 25 miles with 2,850 feet of climbing

Description:

Following another delicious, made to order breakfast, you have a chance for one more fantastic ride-a local's favorite loop that takes you down "The Gorge." Start with a smooth 9-mile descent alongside the Cullasaja River. You may pause to ride your bike behind the 120-foot Bridal Veil Falls or take the short walk to Dry Falls, so named because you can walk behind it and stay (relatively) dry while enjoying this unique vantage point. At the bottom of the gorge you will begin the climb back to town on Buck Creek Road, ending by spinning along Mirror Lake, back to the hotel for a shower and check-out. After lunch in downtown Highlands at the Ugly Dog Pub you will shuttle to the Asheville airport, about an hour and a half away. Expect to arrive at the airport by 2:30 PM, and please do not schedule a flight out before 3:30 PM on this day. For those requiring a return to downtown Asheville, your guides can drop you off around 3:00 PM.

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


September 10, 2017 Trip with Chef Jonny Hunter

Day
1
Day
1

Today's Ride:

Marshall to Asheville
Approximately 31 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel at 11:00 AM. After a 30-minute private shuttle you’ll arrive in the small community of Marshall and will enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by your guides on Blanahassett Island, a park situated in the middle of the French Broad River. Upon arrival, your guides will lead a short round of introductions and fit you to your bike. Then you'll head out on today's ride, which follows the French Broad before crossing into the communities west of the river and eventually ending at your downtown Asheville home for the next three nights. Take some time to settle in before gathering for drinks in the courtyard and getting to know each other better. You'll hear about all the fun and adventure in store for you in the days ahead from your guides, then walk to Chestnut to enjoy unique and delicious dishes of American cuisine, sourced from local farmers and bakers.

Hotel:

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Leicester Loop
Approximately 28 miles and 2,075 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Leicester Loop plus Elk Mountain Loop
Approximately 45 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Farm-to-Table Dinner with Chef Jonny Hunter

Description:

This morning, enjoy breakfast at the Writer's Bistro at the Renaissance Hotel before heading out on a ride through the community of Leicester, to the northwest of Asheville. This ride offers short climbs through rolling hills and beautiful farmland. Those who want to add another loop at the end of this ride may tackle the local’s favorite climb up Elk Mountain, which finishes with a fun descent down Town Mountain Road into downtown Asheville. After the morning ride, the rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you like. Grab lunch at one of the downtown cafes or breweries and explore the many unique shops, galleries, and the vibrant street scene that Asheville is known for. This evening the group will head back out to Leicester for an evening hosted by our farmer friends Aaron and Anne of Gaining Ground Farm. Here you will meet Madison-based chef Jonny Hunter of the Underground Food Collective, a James Beard Award-nominated chef who is known for his creative and collaborative approach to farm-to-table cooking. Delicious appetizers and a custom cocktail will accompany you on a short tour of the farm before you can relax with lawn games in one of the fields where the bounty in which you are about to partake was grown. Live bluegrass music and the soft evening light of early fall in the mountains fill the air as this one-of-a-kind social hour draws to a close. Then sit down to a white tablecloth and candlelight dinner as Jonny presents each inventive and delicious course in its turn. Sweet treats and a campfire will cap off this unforgettable evening.

Hotel:

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Craggy Pinnacle Return
Approximately 43 miles with 4,120 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mount Mitchell Summit Return
Approximately 69 miles with 7,800 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hike Craggy Pinnacle
Approximately 1 mile with 260 feet of climbing

Description:

Amazing riding awaits you today on the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. The route begins on the many switchbacks of Town Mountain as you climb out of town and drop onto the Parkway at Craven Gap. From here it's a 13-mile climb on mostly gentle grades, punctuated by panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as you make your way to the Craggy Gardens area. At the top of this long climb you can enjoy a boxed lunch and hike to Craggy Pinnacle with its 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks. In late May and early June, the Catawba rhododendron that cover the pinnacle show off their stunning pink and purple blooms, and in the early fall the foliage begins its colorful display at this elevation of almost 6,000 feet. After lunch you can choose to ride back to town (as you guessed, it's mostly downhill!) or continue to the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet. The final 4.5 miles to the summit are some of the steepest of the day, but the views from the observation tower at the top are quite a reward! At nearly 70 miles, the avid option today is the most challenging of the trip. Those who return to town after lunch can take some time to explore the various sections of Asheville on a historic trolley tour; arrange a visit to the Biltmore Estate; or browse the offerings of the many small vintage shops downtown. Whatever your day holds you are on your own for dinner this evening, with the impressive array of downtown options just a short walk away.

Hotel:

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Asheville to Sierra Nevada Brewing
Approximately 25 miles with 1,550 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Asheville to Sierra Nevada Brewing to Oskar Blues Brewery
Approximately 52 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Beer tastings at Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues Breweries

Description:

Pack your bags this morning for the only transfer day of the trip. Head out of Asheville through the beautiful and secluded Biltmore Forest neighborhood before riding a stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway on your way to the new Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River. Here you can take a self-guided tour of the brewery and enjoy some samples of the 23 beers on tap with a lunch of chef-driven dishes that feature farm-to-table ingredients. If you want to call it a day here and shuttle to more samples at the Oskar Blues Brewery in nearby Brevard, we won't blame you! However, for those who wish to ride between the two breweries, this afternoon offers some of the least hilly roads of the trip. Oskar Blues features a simple tasting room and outdoor patio where you can enjoy a pint before shuttling an hour to the small town of Highlands. Located on the Eastern Continental Divide at over 4,000 ft, Highlands is an oasis of high-end shops, restaurants, and lodging in the middle of a beautiful and rugged mountain landscape. This evening you are own your own to explore the culinary offerings of Main Street. Check out Wednesday bluegrass night at the Ugly Dog Pub for a taste of the local music scene and a hearty meal or try the upscale Madison's at the Old Edwards Inn.

Hotel:

200 Main by Old Edwards
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Highlands to Cashiers
Approximately 34 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Cashiers Loop with Walnut Creek and Whiteside Cove Road
Approximately 47 miles with 5,930 feet of climbing

Description:

Take a short walk across Main Street for a hot made-to-order breakfast at a local cafe, then decide how you'd like to spend your day. We’ll offer an incredible morning ride that descends beautiful Buck Creek Road before turning onto Walnut Creek Road to begin today’s first long climb to the Macon-Jackson County Line. The terrain becomes more rolling as you ride past mountain homes and farms on your approach into Cashiers. Take a break for lunch at Cornucopia where you can enjoy a hot, delicious lunch on the porch. After lunch you may continue riding along the low-traffic Whiteside Cove Road, taking in views of the granite rock faces of Whiteside Mountain before hunkering down for the climb back into downtown Highlands on Horse Cove Road. Alternatively, you may chose to get an espresso at Buck’s Coffee and check out the shops of Cashiers before shuttling back to Highlands for the rest of the afternoon. If you'd rather spend the entire day in Highlands and skip the ride you may schedule a day at the Spa at Old Edwards Inn, voted #1 Hotel Spa in North America by Condé Nast Traveler in 2010. Or, peruse the shops in town, visit The Bascom: Center for the Visual Arts, or book a tee time at one of many nearby golf courses. Tonight you will gather for a final social hour and dinner at the Grill Room of the upscale Old Edwards Club as you raise a glass to your week exploring the unforgettable roads of western North Carolina.

Hotel:

200 Main by Old Edwards
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Cullasaja River Gorge Loop
Approximately 25 miles with 2,850 feet of climbing

Description:

Following another delicious, made to order breakfast, you have a chance for one more fantastic ride-a local's favorite loop that takes you down "The Gorge." Start with a smooth 9-mile descent alongside the Cullasaja River. You may pause to ride your bike behind the 120-foot Bridal Veil Falls or take the short walk to Dry Falls, so named because you can walk behind it and stay (relatively) dry while enjoying this unique vantage point. At the bottom of the gorge you will begin the climb back to town on Buck Creek Road, ending by spinning along Mirror Lake, back to the hotel for a shower and check-out. After lunch in downtown Highlands at the Ugly Dog Pub you will shuttle to the Asheville airport, about an hour and a half away. Expect to arrive at the airport by 2:30 PM, and please do not schedule a flight out before 3:30 PM on this day. For those requiring a return to downtown Asheville, your guides can drop you off around 3:00 PM.

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Dates & Pricing

THE EARLIER YOU BOOK, THE GREATER THE REWARDS

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price and date are guaranteed.

2017


May
28th -
Jun
2nd
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$2599 / Person, $650 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Value
Limited Availability
Jun
4th - 9th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2599 / Person, $650 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Value
Limited Availability
Jun
11th - 16th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2599 / Person, $650 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Value
Limited Availability
Sep
3rd - 8th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2799 / Person, $650 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Sep
10th - 15th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2899 / Person, $650 / Single Occupancy / Special Edition Trip with Chef Jonny Hunter
Guaranteed *
Sep
17th - 22nd / 6 days / 5 nights
$2799 / Person, $650 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Sep
24th - 29th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2799 / Person, $650 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *

What is 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.

Hotels

Stay at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel on a Trek Travel bike trip

Renaissance Asheville Hotel

Asheville, North Carolina

Downtown Asheville is an exciting mix of restaurants, brewpubs, nightlife and music, and this relaxing hotel is in the heart of it all. Walk to shops, sights, Pack Square and take in all the history of this charming town. Or, choose to relax by the pool and jacuzzi or in the bar, spacious lobby, or in-hotel restaurant. Then, settle into your recently remodeled room for total recuperation between rides.
Stay at the 200 Main Hotel on a Trek Travel bike trip

200 Main by Old Edwards

Highlands, North Carolina

Our homebase in Highlands is exactly where you want to be: right at the end of Main Street, close to all the shopping and restaurants. This charmingly chic, intimate accommodation is operated by Old Edwards Inn, a well-known luxury hotel in downtown Highlands. The remodeled rooms capture the perfect mix of style and utility.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Asheville to Highlands trip, you will stay in properties hand-picked for their character and location. You will stay in a spacious hotel in downtown Asheville, conveniently located a short walk from the bustling street scene, acclaimed restaurants, live music venues and galleries that make downtown a destination unto itself. In the small mountain town of Highlands you will settle into cozy accommodations at 200 Main, a recently remodeled motel at the end of Main Street.
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day

On our Asheville to Highlands trip, you’ll be experiencing a variety of regional cuisine. Asheville is famous for its vibrant food and beer scene, and you will experience some of the best the region has to offer. You will enjoy the inventive, farm-to-table dining that has put Asheville on the culinary map at downtown restaurants Chestnut and Rhubarb and you will cap off the week with toasts and a meal at the distinguished Old Edwards Club Grill Room. Along the way you will visit some of the distinctive breweries that have made Asheville the winner of the Examiner's "Beer City USA" poll four years running.

  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 31
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 2,800 ft.

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Asheville to Highlands is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can easily accommodate Type 3/2 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van or suggestions for alternative, non-riding activities (many of which are noted in the daily itinerary). Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain in western North Carolina is mountainous and the rides feature an average of about 90 feet of elevation gain per mile. Of course, shuttles are always available when you've had enough. There is also the option to take a day entirely off the bike in Asheville on Days 2 or 3 and in Highlands on Day 5 for those who would rather explore town on their own. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Explore the many shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Asheville and Highlands
  • Schedule a spa appointment
  • Visit the many studios and galleries of the River Arts District
  • Take a historic trolley tour through Asheville
  • Explore South Slope breweries such as Burial Beer Company, Hi-Wire Brewing and Greenman Brewing on a self-guided walking tour from your downtown Asheville hotel
  • Visit the Biltmore Estate
  • Visit The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Highlands
  • Play golf at one of Highlands' many courses

Asheville sits at an elevation just over 2,000 feet above sea level, and Highlands is located around 4,100 feet (one of the highest cities east of the Mississippi). Due to their elevations, these towns experience later springs, earlier falls, and milder summers than other locations in the southeast. In May, June and September the average highs range from the upper 70s to low 80s and lows range from the upper 40s to low 60s across the region. Rain is always a possibility any time of the year, and weather can change quickly in the higher elevations. On the Day 3 ride to the nearly 6,700' summit of Mt. Mitchell, temperatures can be 15-20 degrees cooler than in downtown Asheville, so plan appropriately when packing your riding gear.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

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

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). Delta, United, American, and Allegiant Airlines service this airport.

From the airport you can call or hail a taxi to take you downtown. It is approximately 15 miles from the airport to the meeting day hotel in downtown Asheville and a taxi ride should take about 20-25 minutes and cost $40 to $50. We recommend Diamond Executive Car Transportation (828-281-8139) or Marvels Upscale Transportation (828-280-1698; www.marvelstransofnc.com) for your in-town transportation needs.

Renaissance Asheville Hotel | Asheville, North Carolina

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You’ll then shuttle 30 minutes to Marshall, a small town on the banks of the French Broad River. Please have your first day's cycling clothes easily accessible, separate from your luggage. You'll enjoy a fresh, delicious lunch on the banks of the river and, after a brief orientation and safety talk, saddle up to begin the day's ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Renaissance Asheville Hotel (828-252-8211), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Asheville Regional Airport | Asheville, North Carolina

You will say farewell to your guides at 2:30 PM at the Asheville Regional Airport. If you need transportation back to downtown Asheville your guides can return you to the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, arriving around 3:00 PM. Please do not schedule your flight any earlier than 3:30 PM.

Before & After: Asheville, North Carolina

The mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, is truly a unique place in the southeast and we highly recommend taking a day or two before or after your trip to see what it has to offer. With an active community of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs, this engaging and eclectic town has a creative spirit and energy that visitors immediately sense. In spring, summer, and fall, a walk through downtown’s many small shops and galleries takes you past street musicians and through an array of inciting smells drifting out of the open doors of local cafes. Enjoy the farmer’s markets, the many yoga studios, restaurants, and outdoor concerts. Also, there are opportunities for whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, rock climbing, and pretty much any other outdoor activity imaginable within a short drive of downtown. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post trip hotel.

Renaissance Asheville Hotel

Downtown Asheville is an exciting mix of restaurants, brewpubs, nightlife and music, and this relaxing hotel is in the heart of it all. Walk to shops, sights, Pack Square and take in all the history of this charming town. Or, choose to relax by the pool and jacuzzi or in the bar, spacious lobby, or in-hotel restaurant. The Renaissance is also the meeting location on the first morning of your trip and the hotel where you will spend the first three nights of your trip. Ask your Trip Consultant for the best number to call for a discounted rate for your pre- or post-night stay.

31 Woodfin St, Asheville, NC 28801 | 828-252-8211 | www.renaissanceasheville.com | ~$300

The Inn on Biltmore Estate

Located on the grounds of the Biltmore Esate, this luxury property offers the closest accommodations to the largest privately-owned home in the United States: the Biltmore House. The refined rooms of the Inn have luxe furnishings, WiFi, flat-screen TVs and 24/7 room service, while the 8,000-acre grounds include hiking and biking trails, a winery and bike shop. It's the perfect place to relax and spend a day wandering a destination that's quintessentially Asheville. Amenities also include a gourmet restaurant, a bar and a library lounge serving light fare.

One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803| 866-336-1245 | www.biltmore.com/stay/inn | ~$500

Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

The Grand Bohemian Hotel is located in the center of the Biltmore Village historic area, steps away from the entrance of the famous Biltmore Estate, and two miles from downtown. This Tudor-inspired style is truly over the top and offers Old World ambiance unique in the area. Visit the Poseidon Spa, check out the on-site art gallery, indulge at the Red Stag Grill, and relax in style.

11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803 | 828-505-2949 | www.bohemianhotelasheville.com | ~$500


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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