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Hudson Valley Bike Tour

New York's Hudson Valley & the Catskills

  • Pedal the peaceful rolling hills, woodlands, picturesque towns and meandering valleys of upstate New York
  • Explore a region rich in history—from Woodstock to the Vanderbilts and Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Marvel at superb vistas of the Catskills and postcard-perfect countryside, just a short trip from New York City
  • Taste the bounty produced by local farmers—delicious cheeses, wine, cider and maple syrup

Between the Big Apple and Albany lies a landscape of red, white and blue. The red grapes of America's oldest vineyard. The white limestone mansions of "Millionaire's Row." The blue Hudson River, your constant companion on this vibrantly colored journey into the heart of the Empire State, one of the country's most historic and captivating regions.

Hudson River Valley Bike Tour map


Day 1 Discover quaint towns and beautiful summer homes along the Hudson Valley | See how maple syrup is made—and enjoy a tasting!—at a family-owned farm | Ride past acres of farmland, horses, green pastures and white church steeples to Beacon, the town named after mountaintop fires set to warn General George Washington that the British were coming.

Day 2 Ride past farmland and local orchards to Dubois Farms—sample fresh apple cider or craft beer from their tavern | Pedal rolling hills sprinkled with apple trees, vineyards, flower gardens and posh homes | Stop in Marlboro for a wine tasting overlooking the historic Hudson River Valley.

Day 3 Follow a section of the Dutchess Rail Trail—the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world and rising 200 feet above the Hudson | In Hyde Park, stop by the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America | Pay a visit to the FDR Museum to look at artifacts conveying the story of the Roosevelt era | Spin past the beautiful Vanderbilt gardens | Enjoy a coffee in charming Rhinebeck.

Days 4-5 Take in views of the Catskill Mountains as you bike around Ashokan Reservoir | Linger over lunch in legendary Woodstock | Explore the town's galleries, shops and cafés | On foot, follow a secluded path to the picturesque Saugerties Lighthouse, built in 1869.

Outstanding routes and trip leaders. Good accommodations, great scheduling. A luxurious way to cycle!
Fred - East Brunswick, NJ

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. Read the Straight Talk

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 & Riding Conditions

While Backroads strives to find routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, in the Hudson Valley we sometimes have to bike on busier sections of road to reach the best riding. Most of these roads are designated as official bike routes and have a wide shoulder to accommodate cyclists and car traffic. Of course, you're always welcome to jump in the shuttle to avoid the busier stretches.
pp dbl. occ.
(+$600 to $670 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 8.125% New York state sales tax.


5 days, 4 nights
Activity Level

Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

Start / End
Hudson Valley, New York

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners included


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Casual Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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Beacon (2 nights)

A wonderful example of historic preservation in the Hudson Valley, featuring exposed brick and a picturesque setting along Fishkill Creek's falls.

Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern

Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern

Saugerties (2 nights)

Nestled between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, each guest room in this boutique hotel overlooks the falls of the Esopus Creek.

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Great experience


from East Brunswick, NJ

Comments about Hudson Valley Bike Tour:

Outstanding routes and trip leaders. Good accommodations, great scheduling. A luxurious way to cycle!


Beacon new york


from Memphis

Comments about Hudson Valley Bike Tour:

Beautiful views everyday as well as over the top leaders.. we loved every minute of our trip


Our family grew for a week!!


from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Hudson Valley Bike Tour:

This may have been one of the great trips of my life. The combination of venues, bikes, people, sights, camaraderie and food were pretty extraordinary!!


My first Backroads trip will be hard to match in the future


from Chicago, IL

Comments about Hudson Valley Bike Tour:

When my cousin suggested this trip, I was reluctant to take it on. I hadn't been on a real bike in 20 years, was just turning 70, and my knees are shot. Then he suggested an e-bike and that convinced me to give it a go. That made all the difference. It allowed me to go further and get a better workout than if I'd attempted it with only my own leg power. Highly recommend.

Every moment of the trip was minutely planned, every possible mishap had a contingency, the scenery was perfect, accommodations and meals were great and THE LEADERS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER!!

The price tag seemed pretty hefty at first, but only now do I recognize what a tremendous value it was.

I've always had a favorite vacation memory from when I was in my 30s that I recall whenever I recount my "best trip ever." Add one more to the list: 2017 Backroads Hudson River bike trip.

Never considered a bike trip before. Now I'm ready to plan my next one.


Great new trip in the Hudson Valley!


from New York, NY

Comments about Hudson Valley Bike Tour:

I was among the lucky riders on the very first Backroads tour of the Hudson Valley. This was my first Backroads trip, but I have done several others with other companies. The Hudson Valley is beautiful and I think this should prove to be a popular tour. The guides, Marlee and Ariel (and Lee providing support) are all outstanding and made the trip a lot of fun for all of us. It was great to have a slightly shorter trip, and so close to NYC (where I live).
The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is that there are a few issues that could use some adjusting, which are all understandable this being a brand new route. Though we met at 10:30 am, the first day's 32 mile ride was all after lunch, and it would have been nicer to ride some in the am, even just an hour. Similarly on Day 4, there were about 35 miles before lunch - most of our group did not opt for the afternoon ride, but they might have if there had been a real break mid-morning or an earlier lunch. While there is always an option to shuttle, for me it was not that I didn't want to ride, it was just wanting to space out the rides more with real breaks. The other days worked better in this regard, with well-timed picnic lunches and a stop at FDR's estate. Also, one day in particular had a lot of riding on very trafficked roads - the other days were on lovely backroads.
Our dinner on our own on Day 2 in Beacon was on a Monday, when many restaurants (and businesses) were closed. I believe this has already been noted and there are plans to start this tour on a Monday in future to avoid this.
The two hotels were lovely, and we were able to sample a lot of great Hudson Valley local cheese, wine etc. Our last dinner at Miss Lucy's was exceptional!
I am sure that with a few tweaks this tour will reach 5 stars in no time!


This trip lived up to our high expectations.


from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about Hudson Valley Bike Tour:

Back roads trips are fun with good food, great bike riding, awesome guides and fun guests. The Hudson Valley Ride met our high expectations. The off road riding was unique. The ride across the Hudson Walkway not to be missed. I had a eBike which gave me the chance to keep up on the most challenging hills which added to the fun while still providing a good workout. So glad we took this trip!

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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.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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Interested in a Private Trip? Check out the Make It Private tab for private dates available, or call us at 800-462-2848.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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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Daily Route Options
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 12* 500 22* 900 30 1200
2 20* 1400 31* 2000 43 2700
3 20* 800 36* 1500 52* 2400
4 23* 1600 35* 2300 52 3000
5 11* 800 24 1100


* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Hudson Valley

The Best Leaders in Hudson Valley

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Hudson Valley, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Hudson Valley—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Hudson Valley you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Hudson Valley trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in Hudson Valley

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Hudson Valley. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips


  • 10 or more guests: from $2,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,098 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,398 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ


  • 10 or more guests: from $2,698 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,398 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,198 pp dbl occ

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