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Vermont Family

Explore Vermont from the Champlain Valley to the Green Mountains

If you are looking to recapture the old-fashioned magic of summer with your family, look no further than central Vermont. Unwind at a lakeside resort with endless activities for all ages. Pedal between farms and along rivers from one quaint town to the next in search of Vermont's best local ice cream. Cruise, kayak, paddle board on Lake Champlain and visit the Maritime Museum for a history lesson. Cross over to the Green Mountains, where you'll cycle to a local swimming hole and visit the hills that are alive with The Sound of Music. Time to relax completely as your guides take care of all the details, and you simply enjoy the timeless magic of our Vermont family vacation. This trip has something for everyone and we are excited to bring your dream vacation to life in this wonderful place.
From:
$2699 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Explorer
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 More options available
Reviews:
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Trip Wows
Kids will love everything about this trip: cruising on Lake Champlain, visiting lakes and swimming holes, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, riding bikes in the rolling countryside, and visiting Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
Celebrate Vermont's artisan food scene as you picnic at a local berry farm and make your own ice cream
Parents enjoy a night out in Vergennes at a local favorite bistro and craft brewery, while the guides entertain the kids at Basin Harbor
Ride quiet winding roads from Lake Champlain to the verdant forests of the Green Mountains
Hike to the fire tower atop Elmore Mountain for great views of the surrounding countryside
Watch the Experience
I am usually the person in my family that plans out our vacations. With the Trek Travel trip, every detail was taken care of, so I was able to relax and enjoy the entire trip, instead of playing tour guide and hostess! What a wonderful service!
-Dawn

Dates & Prices

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. Prices listed below do not include a 7% Vermont state and local sales tax.
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Jun 16  – Jun  21
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$2699 / Person, Double Occupancy / Kids 12 and under get 10% off Book this date
Jun 30  – Jul  5
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Jul 28  – Aug  2
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Looking for a one of a kind, once in a lifetime experience?
Look no further. All you need to do is pick any open trip date, get your group together and we will do the rest. Private trip pricing is as follows:
  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
  • 4-5 Guests +$1,500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
*Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details. Private pricing is not available on Ride Camp, Race, Special Edition or Cross Country style trips.

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

Short Option:

Shelburne to Charlotte Town Beach
Approximately 7 miles with 300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Basin Harbor

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Enjoy views of the mountains to the east and Lake Champlain to the west as we pedal through rolling farmland. You'll stop for a visit at the Morgan Horse Farm or a local dairy farm before arriving in the historic town of Middlebury. Take some time to explore town and take in views of Middlebury Falls, and enjoy lunch at the cafe of your choice. Afterwards, choose to ride back to Basin Harbor or shuttle back to take advantage of the pool, beach or lawn games or other activities at this family friendly resort. This evening you'll be treated to dinner at Basin Harbor's own Ardelia's overlooking Lake Champlain.

Today's Ride:

Basin Harbor to Middlebury
Approximately 21 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Basin Harbor to Vergennes
Approximately 7 miles with 300 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Middlebury Loop
Approximately 41 miles with 2,300 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, the guides will entertain the kids and grab dinner at Basin Harbor's Red Mill Restaurant, while parents will enjoy a night out in Vergennes with craft brews and a 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:

Panton Loop
Approximately 12 miles with 500 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 toward the Green Mountains. Anyone who wants to log some miles can choose to start their ride from the hotel, while those who prefer the short option will join the ride for the stretch that meanders along the Winooski River. Regardless, you'll arrive in Waterbury together where 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. Your next stop is 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! Afterwards, a short shuttle brings you to the historic Green Mountain Inn in the heart of Stowe. After you get settled in, we'll head to a sugarhouse to sample some pure Vermont maple syrup and learn how it is made. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own; but don't worry, your guides will have lots of great recommendations!

Today's Ride:

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

Short Option:

Richmond to Waterbury
Approximately 14 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Immerse yourself in the charm of Vermont’s quaint New England towns today. Adults start out on bikes by riding past the site of the original settlement of Stowe, which dates back to the late 1700s. Kids join the ride on Randolph Road to pedal through rolling farmland to the village of Morrisville. Clock a few extra miles up to crystal clear Lake Elmore where you’ll enjoy a packed lunch on its shores. Later take a dip in the lake, ride back to town, or tackle the hike to the fire tower lookout on Elmore Mountain. Until 1974 the tower was home to a ranger, whose job was to scan the surrounding area for forest fires. As you would expect, from the tower you’ll enjoy spectacular views of mountains and countryside—which definitely makes it well worth the hike! This evening you and your family will gather for a social hour and dinner at the Inn to share your stories and celebrate the many fond memories of your fun-filled Vermont family adventure.

Today's Ride:

Lake Elmore Loop
Approximately 29 miles with 1700 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Randolph Road to Morrisville
Approximately 7 miles with 100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hike to Elmore Mountain Fire Tower
Approximately 3.4 miles with 1,450 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

This morning’s loop offers the perfect final farewell ride to Vermont with a route through the quiet roads surrounding Stowe. You’ll ride past the Gold Brook Bridge which is one of the oldest and most storied (and allegedly haunted) covered bridges in Vermont as you soak in the New England countryside one last time. If you are up for one last challenge, 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, take the morning to sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast and enjoy a final stroll through the streets of Stowe for those last-minute 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

Short Option:

Gold Brook Bridge Loop
Approximately 8 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Basin Harbor

Vergennes, Vermont

New hotel in 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.

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, 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 location 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 the 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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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.

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Trek Domane SL 7

Trek’s latest innovation has led to the best bike on the road—a light weight, stable and technologically advanced machine to make even the hardest roads seem easy. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200.

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. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200. 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, 3 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. For the kids, the use of a Trek Superfly 20 or 24.
  • 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 t-shirt
  • 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. For the kids, the use of a Trek Superfly 20 or 24.
  • 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 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
28 miles
TOTAL MILES:
171 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,525 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
9,200 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is varied with the short options being on relatively flat sections and today's options being more rolling and hilly. Please be aware that you will encounter sections of gravel roads throughout the week. As always, if you wish to skip these sections you are welcome to shuttle in the support van. Vermont Family is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 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 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:
  • Visit the Stowe Craft Gallery, which houses an extensive collection of local artists’ work
  • Visit Shelburne Farms or Shelburne Museum
  • Visit Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory
  • Kayak or paddle board with the group on Lake Champlain
  • Stroll on the Stowe Recreation Path
  • Shop at boutiques in Middlebury, Waterbury and Stowe
  • Take a yoga class
  • Hike to the fire tower atop Elmore Mountain
  • Enjoy the amenities at Basin Harbor including the spa, tennis courts, golf, lawn games and more

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. Short options average 10 miles and 500 feet of climbing each day.

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

During the months of July and August, 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. Stop in for a visit to the Science Center: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, which is located on the Burlington waterfront next to the Trek Travel meeting and departing location. Or 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:

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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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