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Vermont

New England's Champlain Valley and Green Mountains: Vergennes to Stowe

There's no better place to celebrate the brilliance of summer or the beauty of changing seasons than Vermont’s Champlain Valley and Green Mountains. Enjoy unforgettable rides along the shore of Lake Champlain, past hillside farms, across covered bridges and up into the forested slopes of the pristine Green Mountains. Stay in historic Inns, explore the charm of quaint town squares and sample regional specialties from golden maple syrup to smooth Vermont cheddar and rich, velvety ice cream. Refuel with farm fresh meals and some of those famous Vermont craft brews along the way.
From:
$2799 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 / 2 - Active / Recreational Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Explorer
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 Disc More options available
Reviews:
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Trip Wows
Celebrate Vermont's artisan food scene as you visit a local berry farm and make your own ice cream
Ride quiet winding roads from Lake Champlain to the verdant forests of the Green Mountains
Explore quaint, historic towns of Vergennes, Middlebury and Stowe
Enjoy time on Lake Champlain including an evening cruise
Experience true farm-to-table dining at chef-owned restaurants
Watch the Experience
The choice of hotels on this trip was perfect. They conveyed the beauty of the area, and gave us a chunk of the history of the region. Very comfortable and up to date, yet quaint.
-Jaimie

Dates & Prices

Prices listed below do not include a 7% Vermont state and local sales tax.

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After a brief shuttle, you’ll arrive at Fisher Brothers Berry Farm in Shelburne where we'll kick off the week with a signature Trek Travel picnic prepared by your guides. At the farm, you'll meet the Castle family and learn about the variety of berries they grow and feature in their small batch Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream. You'll even have a chance to pick berries and try your hand at making ice cream for dessert! Afterwards, your guides will familiarize you with your Trek bicycle and make sure you have a comfortable fit before setting off on your first ride. You'll pedal through the countryside as you make your way to Basin Harbor on the shore of Lake Champlain. Explore the resort and get settled into your room before joining the group for social hour cruise on the Lake - be sure to ask your captain about the famous shipwrecks that have occurred nearby. After we dock, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner featuring local Vermont fare and your guides will fill you in on the details of the week to come!

Today's Ride:

Shelburne to Vergennes
Approximately 29 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Basin Harbor

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

This morning we pedal south and east through rolling farmland. Enjoy views of the mountains to the east and Lake Champlain to the west before arriving in the historic town of Middlebury to enjoy lunch at the cafe of your choice. Afterwards, take in the distinctive New England culture in the art galleries, antique shops or bookstores in the area before continuing your ride back to Basin Harbor, or alternatively choose to shuttle back to relax at the Inn. If you're up for more miles, tackle Middlebury Gap—a tough but rewarding climb past the Middlebury College Snow Bowl and Bread Loaf Campus. This evening you'll be treated to dinner at Basin Harbor's own Ardelia's overlooking Lake Champlain.

Today's Ride:

Middlebury Loop
Approximately 41 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Basin Harbor to Middlebury
Approximately 22 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Middlebury Loop with Middlebury Gap
Approximately 74 miles with 4,900 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Basin Harbor

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

Today's ride is a relaxing spin to the south following the contour of the lake. Take some time to enjoy the scenery once again as you make your way to Chimney Point and back to the hotel. After a casual lunch, choose a kayak or paddle board and we'll head out for a relaxing afternoon paddle on Lake Champlain. Tonight, we'll head into Vergennes to sample craft brews and enjoy another farm fresh dinner at Bar Antidote. Chef and Brewer Ian Huizenga, who grew up on a farm nearby, is committed to sourcing his ingredients from area farms including meat, cheese, vegetables for his inspired comfort food as well as the hops, malt and barley for his beers. It just doesn't get any more local than this!

Today's Ride:

Chimney Point Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Short Option:

West Addison Loop
Approximately 22 miles with 800 feet of climbing

Afternoon Activity:

Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board on Lake Champlain

Hotel:

Basin Harbor

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today you'll say goodbye to the Champlain Valley as you ride north and continue exploring Vermont by following the Winooski River towards Waterbury. Here you can browse local boutiques and gift shops like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters or the Craft Beer Cellar and enjoy lunch at a cafe of your choosing. As we exit town and head toward Stowe, whether by bike or in the comfort of the van, your next stop is the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, where the company motto decrees “Life is short; eat dessert first.” Choose from many interesting flavors for your afternoon treat! Afterward, continue to the historic Green Mountain Inn in the heart of Stowe. Once you are settled in, join us as we head to a sugarhouse sample some pure Vermont maple syrup and learn how it is made. Tonight you’re on your own for dinner; your guides, however, will have lots of great recommendations!

Today's Ride:

Vergennes to Waterbury with Shuttle
Approximately 47 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Richmond to Waterbury with Shuttle
Approximately 14 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Vergennes to Stowe
Approximately 59 miles with 3,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Your morning ride will take you past the site of the original settlement of Stowe, which dates to the late 1700s. Enjoy a fantastic loop through lush Vermont farmland that passes through the village of Morrisville. Then tackle the beautiful rolling hills on Garfield Rd before turning back toward Stowe. Lunch is on your own today, and the options are plentiful. You can stop at Lost Nation Brewing in Morrisville or enjoy one of the many great cafes back in Stowe. If you want to tackle the climb to Smugglers' Notch, you'll start from the center of Stowe and wind your way into the heart of the Green Mountains over the next 10 miles before turning around and enjoying a nice long descent. This evening you and your traveling companions will gather for one last round before heading out to Michael’s on the Hill for a delicious dinner. Michael and Laura Kloeti, the chef and owners of Michael’s, have been awarded Vermont Restauranteurs of the Year and the restaurant has received The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Santé Magazine’s Sustainable Restaurant Award. Their firm commitment to local, organic products and the slow food movement is evident in their menu, which makes for the perfect plate over which to toast new friends, great adventures and your week experiencing quintessential New England culture.

Today's Ride:

Morrisville Loop with Garfield Rd
Approximately 32 miles with 2,150 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Morrisville Loop
Approximately 20 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Morrisville Loop with Smugglers' Notch
Approximately 51 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

This morning’s loop is the perfect final ride and farewell to Vermont as you cycle the quiet roads surrounding Stowe, past the Gold Brook Bridge—one of the oldest and most storied (and allegedly haunted) covered bridges in Vermont. Soak in the New England countryside one last time and ride up to the Trapp Family Lodge, a reconstructed version of the grand lodge once home to the family whose story inspired "The Sound of Music." If you’d rather skip the ride, sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast and then enjoy a final stroll through the streets of Stowe to savor a few last moments of your week and maybe pick up some souvenirs and gifts. A private Trek Travel shuttle will depart from the Inn at 11:00 AM to take you to Burlington.

Today's Ride:

Von Trapp Loop
Approximately 14 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Basin Harbor

Vergennes, Vermont

New hotel for 2019! Basin Harbor is quintessential Vermont. Managed by the Beach family for 5 generations, you'll feel right at home as soon as you arrive. Take advantage of the many amenities by day (golf, day spa, lawn games and kayaking to name a few) and watch the sun go down over Lake Champlain as night falls. The resort has a mixture of charming guest rooms and lakeside cottages all decorated to reflect the casual lakeside theme.
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Green Mountain Inn

Stowe, Vermont

Situated in the center of the village of Stowe, the Green Mountain Inn has a rich and interesting history. The property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been welcoming guests (including former U.S. Presidents) since the mid-1800s, when it served as a stagecoach stop, and has operated under its current name for 122 years. Over the generations, the Inn has been transformed into the beautiful property that it is today through upgrades designed to retain and blend the Inn’s historic charm and traditional feel with the very best amenities and comfortable accommodations.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

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.

bike

Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. Starting in 2019, we’re upgrading our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
is also available on this trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

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.

More Information

Rider Level: 2/3 - Recreational/Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
32 miles
TOTAL MILES:
195 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,740 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
10,450 feet
TERRAIN: FLAT TO HILLY
The terrain near Lake Champlain is flat to rolling hills, with rides along the lakeshore to wide valleys of rolling farmland. The hills pick up as we head toward Stowe and the Green Mountains. All of the rides are highlighted by rewarding vistas and winding roads, thanks to the beautiful scenery. Please be aware that you will encounter sections of dirt and gravel roads on a daily basis. As always, if you wish to skip these sections you are welcome to shuttle in the support van. Vermont is best suited for our Type 2 and 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 and 2 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. 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 3+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage and climbs the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
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. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Take advantage of Basin Harbor's many amenities, including the day spa, golf, lawn games, kayaking or paddle boarding, tennis, or relax at the pool or beach
  • Visit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, the Shelburne Museum or Shelburne Farms
  • Visit Stowe Craft Gallery, which houses an extensive collection of local artists’ work
  • Stroll on the Stowe Recreation Path
  • Shop at boutiques in Middlebury, Waterbury, Vergennes and Stowe
  • Take a yoga class
  • Hike to Stowe Pinnacle for expansive views of the Green Mountains
  • Enjoy a voyage to total relaxation at one of the spas near Stowe

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. 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. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer 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.

Averages and totals are calculated from our Today’s Ride options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Burlington International Airport (BTV)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hilton Burlington, Burlington, Vermont

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Burlington International Airport (BTV)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:00 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Hilton Burlington or Burlington International Airport (BTV), Burlington, Vermont

Arriving

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 Burlington International Airport (BTV). From the airport, you can call or hail a taxi to take you downtown. It is approximately 4 miles from the airport to the meeting day hotel in downtown Burlington and a taxi ride should take about 10-15 minutes and cost $20-$25.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Hilton Burlington (60 Battery Street, Burlington VT 05401) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You and your traveling companions will shuttle 30-minutes to Shelburne for lunch and a bike fitting session before beginning the first ride of the week. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and 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, Basin Harbor (802-475-2311), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from Burlington to the first night’s hotel is available from Green Cab for approximately $75 plus gratuity. Call 802-864-2424 to make arrangements.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM at Hilton Burlington or Burlington International Airport (BTV). Please do not schedule a flight out of Burlington International Airport before 2:00 PM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

During the month of July, expect daytime temperatures in the mid 70s and nighttime lows in the low 50s. Layers are always recommended, as you can expect cool mornings all season. Rain is also a distinct possibility in Vermont any time of year, so check the forecast in the days prior to your departure and always bring your rain gear, just in case. Packing List»

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: Burlington, Vermont

Burlington is a vibrant and beautiful college town on Lake Champlain, with a great variety of leisure and outdoor adventure activities at your fingertips. Not to be missed are the shopping and dining opportunities along Church Street, Burlington’s pedestrian mall. Rent a kayak or sailboat and set out to enjoy Lake Champlain from Burlington Harbor. Visit the Shelburne Museum, one of the finest museums in New England, highlighting the history and the culture of the region, or maybe stop by the Magic Hat Brewery and sample one of their many exceptional seasonal brews. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

Customer Reviews

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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