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Hudson Valley Bike Tour

New York's Hudson Valley & the Catskills

From $2,698 pp dbl. occ. | 5 days / 4 nights

(+$670 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 8.125% New York state sales tax.

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.

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Highlights

  • 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
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Itinerary

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.

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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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.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 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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Prices

From $2,698 pp dbl. occ.
5 days / 4 nights

(+$670 for sgl. occ.)
Plus 8.125% New York state sales tax.

Casual Hotels

Roundhouse
Roundhouse

Beacon (2 nights)

Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern
Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern

Saugerties (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Hudson Valley

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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 View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Roundhouse

Roundhouse

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.

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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 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
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

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 or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

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—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 more about our bike fleet.

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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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.
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