Owasco Lake, Finger Lakes, New York
Backroads biker smiling while biking
Vineyard in the Finger Lakes, New York
Meal of scallops and vegetables from the Inns of Aurora
Aerial view of the Finger Lakes in early autumn
Lake House on Canandaiuga, Library Bar
Wine glasses on a dock at sunset
Canandaigua Lake, Finger Lakes, New York
Hudson River Bike Tour
Cayuga Lake, Finger Lakes, New York
Person kayaking in the Finger Lakes at sunset
Pier on the Finger Lakes at dusk
Vineyard in the Finger Lakes, New York
Winding road under changing leaves in the Finger Lakes
Winding lakeside road in the Finger Lakes
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New York's Finger Lakes Bike Tour

Lakes & Vineyards in Upstate New York

Couples, Friends & Solos

5 days 4 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,049 - $5,199 pp dbl occ

($1,100 for sgl occ) plus 8.00% tax

Lakes and forest. It’s a match as tailor-made as wine and cheese. Who knew that here in the sleepy backwaters of New York State, you can pair both. And that’s not the only iconic duo. Bicycles and winding country roads. Colonial villages and handsome inns. It’s far from the beaten track. Yet it’s all right at your fingertips.

New York Finger Lakes Biking Tour
New York Finger Lakes Biking Tour

New York

Start/End Rochester

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Discover a region of New York lost in the upstate woods, where shimmering lakes nestle between tree-covered hillsides
  • Bike along Owasco, Cayuga and Canandaigua Lakes, then embark from one lake to the next via winding country roads
  • Taste the renowned wines of the Finger Lakes region at charming vineyards strung along our route, where a Riesling is best paired with a view
  • Relax in quaint historic towns like Aurora and Seneca Falls, which have long catered to a certain kind of visitor ready for a slower pace
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

A pastoral patchwork of fields makes for the perfect warm-up ride as you pedal the scenic route from Owasco Lake to Cayuga Lake | Bike from vineyard to vineyard and savor each winery’s vibe | Take a moment to hop off your bike and taste the local flavors at an optional wine tasting | Enjoy the warm welcome of a country store and delicious farm-to-table cuisine at a bistro where we break for lunch | Our lakeside hotel offers stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and yoga when you’re ready for a change of pace.

Accommodations
Inns of Aurora Hotel
Inns of Aurora
Aurora
| Premiere Hotel

This lovingly designed concept resort unites five historic mansions under a single brand while respecting their places in the village of Aurora, within walking distance on elm-lined Main Street. (spa)

Days 3-5
Description

Our journey continues as we ferry across the glassy waters of Cayuga Lake and start our ride on the opposite shore | See where history was made in Seneca Falls, home of the 1848 convention which kickstarted the women’s suffrage movement | This town was also the real-life model for the setting of the classic movie It's a Wonderful Life | Drink in the tranquil views over a picnic lunch by the water | Eager for more saddle time? Spend the day touring as you cycle a complete loop around the gorgeous Canandaigua Lake, admiring the woodsy scenes and charming lakeside neighborhoods | Boats creak and shift in the nearby harbor as we toast to a dreamy week in our hotel’s elegant tavern.

Accommodations
Lake House on Canandaigua
Lake House on Canandaigua
Canandaigua
| Premiere Hotel

Crisp whitewash, warm pine furnishings and windows brimming with light infuse this chic property with all the charm of the old Northeast. Travel + Leisure World’s Best. (spa)

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Biking
Level 2 | 22 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 29 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 29 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 37 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 49 miles | 1800 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 25 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 4 | 51 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 27 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 39 miles* | 2400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 50 miles | 2700 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 1 | 6 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 1 | 11 miles | 500 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip. (click the arrow to see all available options)

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package—it’s built for hard-core riders.
$400 rental fee

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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