Owasco Lake, Finger Lakes, New York
Backroads biker smiling while biking
View of small house in the woods
Vineyard in the Finger Lakes, New York
Meal of scallops and vegetables from the Inns of Aurora
Two guests posing for a photo
Aerial view of the Finger Lakes in early autumn
Person in Backroads' jersey looking over a balcony
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 & Historic Villages in Upstate New York

Couples, Friends & Solos

5 days 4 nights

Activity Level: 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $4,699 - $5,099 pp dbl occ

($1,100 - $1,500 for sgl occ) plus 8.00% tax

Be enchanted by shimmering lakes and rolling farmland. Handsome lakeside inns and the flavors of New York State’s countryside. The pleasure of cycling past lovely wineries sprawling across hilly landscapes. Here on the Finger Lakes bike tour, you’re 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.


  • Discover a region of New York lost in the upstate woods, where shimmering lakes nestle between tree-covered hillsides
  • Bike from one picturesque lake to the next—Owasco, Cayuga, Seneca, Canandaigua and many more!
  • 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


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

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 past vineyards, each with their own unique vibe | Take a moment to hop off your bike and sample the local flavors at a wine tasting | Enjoy the warm welcome of a country store | Cycle from Aurora to Ithaca and wonder at the magic of the Finger Lakes’ cascades | Our lakeside hotel offers stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and yoga when you’re ready for a change of pace | Be delighted by a private culinary experience where our personal chef prepares a specially selected seasonal meal.

Exterior view of Inns of Aurora
Inns of Aurora
| Premiere Hotel

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

Days 3-5

Pedal through rolling farmland from lake to lake (and more lakes beyond! | 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 gorgeous Canandaigua Lake, admiring the woodsy scenes and charming lakeside neighborhoods | Visit a tasting room and enjoy sweeping views of vineyards ripe with Cabernet Franc and Riesling grapes | Experience Canandaigua Lake from a different perspective as you cruise across its crystal-clear waters | Boats creak and shift in the nearby harbor as we toast to a dreamy week in our hotel’s elegant tavern.

Exterior view of Lake House on Canandaigua.
Lake House on 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. (pool, spa)

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.

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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.

Route notes

While Backroads strives to find routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, in the Finger Lakes we sometimes have to bike on busier sections of road to reach the best riding. Most of these roads have a wide shoulder to accommodate cyclists and car traffic. Of course, on certain routes you’re welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier stretches.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 2 | 22 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 28 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 24 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 37 miles* | 2000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 49 miles* | 2800 ft. gain
Level 5 | 67 miles | 3600 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 2 | 22 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 28 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 48 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 2 | 26 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 41 miles* | 2500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 50 miles | 2700 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 1 | 12 miles | 600 ft. gain
Boat Ride on Lake Canandaigua (2 Hours)

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! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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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, this 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
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Canyon Endurace SLX 9 Di2
Canyon Endurace SLX 9 Di2
Canyon Endurace SLX 9 Di2

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Canyon Endurace CF SLX 9 Di2. A performance-first flagship endurance bike engineered for comfort and race-level riding.

$650 rental fee; subject to availability

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, 5 lunches, 3 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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