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Asheville to Greenville Bike Tour
Asheville to Greenville Bike Tour

Welcome to the cycling center of the Eastern Seaboard. And welcome to this incredible trip, a celebration of breathtaking natural beauty, rich Southern Appalachia culture and some of the most glorious riding you’ll ever experience! From the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the undulating rollers of South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Foothills. From artsy Asheville to the outdoor lover’s mecca of Greenville. From George Vanderbilt’s opulent Biltmore Estate to George Hincapie’s cycle-centric hotel, get set to experience one of our most pedal-perfect offerings yet.


Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Traffic on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The majority of cycling on this trip is on roads with very little traffic. But we wouldn’t want you to miss the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, which is often more heavily trafficked. We've planned to ride the Parkway on quieter week days, but it's important to be comfortable sharing the road with cars or taking a lift in the shuttle. We can remove this straight talk for 2015!  -RP

Days 1-2 <p><s>Pedal past scenic overlooks and through lush forests&nbsp;along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway</s></p><p><span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">&nbsp;Step back in time&nbsp;as you&nbsp;explore George Vanderbilt&#39;s magnificent Loire Valley-inspired c  Step back in time as you explore George Vanderbilt's magnificent Loire Valley-inspired château and formal gardens, set on the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate. Pedal past scenic overlooks and through lush forests along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway  Learn about southern Appalachian culture and shop for unique local crafts at the Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Arts Center  Enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as you spin trough idyllic countryside near the charming town of Weaverville.

Day 3 Point your wheels south toward Travelers Rest, located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina If you enjoy rolling terrain, you'll love pedaling through this beautiful stretch of Southern Appalachia and classic Carolina farmland  Stretch your legs on a short walk to view the majestic waterfalls of Dupont after your picnic lunch  Challenge yourself on the ascent of Caesars Head or shuttle to the top - either way, the view from the summit is spectacular  Among the vineyards of Hotel Domestique, watch the sun set behind the mountains.

Days 4-5 Relax at George Hincapie's Mediterranean-style Hotel Domestique  Set out on a peaceful ride through the Greenville Watershed Area and experience a slower pace of life in the historic Victorian mountain village of Saluda Local pro George Hincapie calls this area one of the world's best places for cycling! At Restaurant 17, fuel up with a wonderful dinner created by chef Adam Cooke, "one of America's 40 Best Chefs Under 40" Ride the Swamp Rabbit Trail along the Reedy River into Greenville, one of the country's hippest emerging vacation destinations.


Trip Highlights
  • Ride the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway there’s "no ribbon of road more ideal for bicycling"
  • From art deco to abstract expressionism, the arts scene thrives in eclectic Asheville, NC
  • Ride on the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway there’s "no ribbon of road more ideal for bicycling" (should not be first bullet point!)
  • Feel the two-wheel love in Transylvania County, dubbed the Cycling Capital of the South
  • Luxuriate at Hotel Domestique, a hip new boutique hotel co-owned by pro rider George Hincapie
  • Greenville, SC, Outside magazine's "2013 America's Best Town Ever" - Popular Vote Winner
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Premiere Inns

Inn on Biltmore Estate (2 nights): Savor turn-of-the-century elegance and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at this gracious inn, nestled on Biltmore's majestic estate. (pool)

Hotel Domestique (2 nights): Set amid the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains and "uniquely catering to two-wheel aficionados," this stylish boutique hotel is the brainchild of 17-time Tour de France competitor George Hincapie and his brother Rich. (pool)


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.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 17* 1000 30 1900
2 23* 1950 29* 2350 35* 3000 50 5250
3 22* 1500 40* 3000 59 4200
4 21* 1450 35 3000 45 4000 57 5350
5 27 500
 
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* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 5/11-15 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/18-22 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/18-22 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/26-30 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/1-5 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/8-12 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/15-19 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/22-26 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/29-7/3 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/31-9/4 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/2-6 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/9-13 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/14-18 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/16-20 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/21-25 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/23-27 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/28-10/2 Price: $2598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)


Plus 7% North Carolina state sales tax.

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $2,898 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,598 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

The sights and sounds of the Carolinas are best experienced and explored actively - pedaling along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping to take in the picturesque vistas and beauty of the area, meandering along the pathways of the Biltmore Estate, reliving the past (Civil War, Antebellum South and Gilded Age), or being inspired by the local arts scene extending from Asheville to Greenville. This trip offers the perfect combination of stellar biking, natural splendor, history and southern hospitality.
Liz Barry- Trip Expert & Carolina native