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Vermont Walking & Hiking Tour
Vermont Walking & Hiking Tour

Vermont deserves it. The most beautiful six weeks in North America. Chances are you've heard of New England's fall foliage. Scientists have explained it. Poets have described it. Photographers have captured it. But you have to experience it. The hues of red, yellow and orange. Pumpkins on the side of the road. Cinnamon-spiced apple cider warming in rustic kitchens. You see, Vermont has endured four solid months of winter, a muddy spring and a short hot summer. Vermont deserves this. So do you.

Day 1 Spectacular vistas of Lake Champlain and the valley aglow in fall foliage  Enjoying the tableau of the Adirondacks to the west and the Green Mountains to the east, walk the extensive trail system at Shelburne Farms past historic buildings and beautiful gardens  On the National Register of Historic Places, this 1,400-acre Vanderbilt property is not only a working farm, it's also a wonderful place to spend our first evening together.

Days 2-3 Hike treelined paths past classic Vermont farms and lakes reflecting autumn's brilliant colors  Admire the Falls of Lana en route to Rattlesnake Cliffs, where jaw-dropping views of Lake Dunmore and the Adirondacks await Taste maple syrup and learn the fine art of sugarmaking at Havoc Hill Sugar House  A stroll through the Merck Forest & Farmland Center reveals sweeping vistas of the Taconic Mountains Opt to explore century-old Hildene Mansion, a Georgian Revival beauty built by Abraham Lincoln's son.

Day 4 Gourmet cuisine at the Prince & the Pauper restaurant Hike through a fern-laced hardwood forest below Mount Equinox Visit the famous Vermont General Store on our way to Woodstock.

Days 5-6 Picturesque Woodstock, a quintessential New England village  Watch for wild turkeys while striding on historic carriage roads in Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park  Sugar maples, 400-year-old hemlocks, bridges and wide-open pastureland make it a superb place to meander on foot Gentle switchbacks lead to the panorama atop Mount Tom - the patchwork of Woodstock unfurls below you while the Green Mountains rise in the distance.


Trip Highlights
  • Hike tranquil treelined paths past classic Vermont farms
  • Taste maple syrup and learn the fine art of sugarmaking
  • Gourmet cuisine at the Prince & the Pauper restaurant
  • Step on the famous Appalachian Trail surrounded by brilliant fall colors
  • Picturesque Woodstock, a quintessential New England village
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Premiere Inns

The Inn at Shelburne Farms (1 night): A National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain, this aristocratic mansion and 1,400-acre working farm welcomes you with traditional elegance and distant Adirondack views.

Reluctant Panther Inn (2 nights): A Zagat favorite, this sophisticated boutique hotel tucked in the mountains features a restaurant wine selection recognized by Wine Spectator. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member.

Woodstock Inn (2 nights): An "imposing landmark resort hotel facing the village green in a beautifully preserved village noted for its restored 18th-century homes," according to Andrew Harper. (pool, spa, tennis, golf)


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 3 300 4 400
2 4 1100 6 600
3 2 100 6 700 9 1500
4 3 300 4 500 5 1000
5 4 400 6 600 7 1000
6 1 100
2 400
 


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 9/15-20 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $930 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/20-25 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $930 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/22-27 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $930 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/27-10/2 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $930 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/4-9 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $930 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/6-11 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $930 for sgl. occ.)

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

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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

2015

2 - 3 guests from $5,998 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.


Guest Trip Reviews

Walking among the colors of autumn in Vermont will warm the heart and comfort the soul. You'll hike through the stunning Green and White Mountains, past sparkling lakes, verdant evergreen forests and beautiful historic villages. We crest high points that offer jaw-dropping views of blazing oranges, golds and reds for as far as the eye can see. Premiere historic inns, impeccable service and incredible cuisine are a constant. It's the right place to be in autumn.
Alison Iles- Regional Manager, Canada