Vermont & Quebec Biking
- Two countries and cultures; one trip of idyllic mountains, valleys and lakes
- Bike quiet rolling roads past classic New England farms, maple syrup stands and covered bridges
- Québec's enchanting Eastern Townships, where artisans abound and French is spoken
- Taste maple syrup, fresh cheeses, foie gras, apple cider and other local delights
- Québec City, with impressive architecture and French heritage - why not extend your trip to see it?
From the Northeast Kingdom to the Eastern Townships & Québec City
Perfection cannot be rushed. Just ask anyone in Vermont or Québec. They know their sublime Northern Appalachian landscape didn't turn up overnight. It took eons. Continents collided. Glaciers scraped. Weather scoured. Each step doing its part to create a masterpiece of rolling hills, lush serene valleys and pristine lakes. Logical really, that the best things in life take time. Like biking through this untouched part of North America. Savoring fresh air. Hand-pressed apple cider. Winding roads. Handicrafts. The perfect vacation.
Days 1-2 Bike through quintessential Vermont, with classic New England scenery Idyllically set Stowe invites you into its historic downtown, full of handcrafted furniture and specialty foods like Ben and Jerry's Pedal on serene roads, passing perfectly manicured farms, forested mountains and tranquil lakes.
Day 3 Covered bridges and babbling brooks line our route north through the sleepy communities of Waterville, Belvidere and Montgomery Center Make your way up winding roads to Jay Peak and feast your eyes on sweeping vistas of Long Trail State Forest.
Day 4 Spin through Québec's enchanting Eastern Townships, where artisans abound and French is spoken Trace the eastern shore of beautiful 27-mile-long Lake Memphrémagog, rumored to house a sea creature Mont Orford rises above this verdant glacier-carved landscape Cycle past charming summer homes and an endless shimmering lake.
Days 5-6 Warm Québecois culture and mouthwatering cuisine, including fresh cheese, apple cider and duck foie gras Ride south through gorgeous valleys and past sparkling lakes, picturesque farms, craftsmen's stores and quaint villages In North Hatley, browse delightful galleries and antiques shops Shuttle back to Burlington or on to Québec City, North America's only remaining fortified city, with impressive architecture, cobbled streets and French heritage.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
We've combined two of our all-time favorite regions - northern Vermont and Québec's Eastern Townships - into a trip we're certain you'll love. You'll bike on quiet back roads, enjoying classic New England countryside and charming villages with a distinct Gallic flair. And you'll savor delectable local cuisine and elegantly welcoming inns. At the trip's end, we encourage you to extend your vacation with some extra time in Québec City.- Regional Manager
Premiere & Casual Inns*
Topnotch Resort & Spa
Stowe, Vermont (2 nights) This "120-acre resort has turned itself into the most sumptuous in Stowe," says Condé Nast Traveler. (pool, spa, tennis)
Tram Haus Lodge
Jay, Vermont (1 night) Old chairlift towers, sheave wheels and tram cables are cleverly incorporated into the décor of this welcoming modern lodge at the base of Jay Peak Resort. (spa, golf)
North Hatley, Québec (2 nights) Set on the shore of pristine Lake Massawippi, this luxurious 1899 Georgian inn was modeled after George Washington's home in Mount Vernon. Relais & Châteaux. (pool, tennis)
Nova Scotia Biking
The Lighthouse Route & Bay of Fundy
Quebec Multisport New!
Rich History, Idyllic Landscapes & Superb Cuisine in New France
Maine Biking New!
In Acadia National Park & Along Penobscot Bay
South Carolina & Georgia: Charleston to Savannah Multisport
Authentic Charm & Natural Beauty in the Coastal South
Vermont Biking New!
Quintessential New England from Stowe to Woodstock
This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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There is less than 5% of riding on hard-packed dirt on this trip. Since the overwhelming majority of the trip is paved, we've elected to use standard road bike tires on our titanium road bikes. Most guests find this to be the right answer. If you prefer to skip the dirt, a shuttle is always a possibility.
* Includes a shuttle