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Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket Bike Tour

Massachusetts' Classic Coastline

  • Circle the island on two wheels as you set off on tranquil rides past scenic beaches, scrub line forests and cranberry bogs
  • Pedal over rolling hills to the red-clay cliffs of Aquinnah, with a 200-year-old lighthouse and scenic views over the Elizabeth Islands
  • Explore Edgartown’s colonial roots, art galleries and spectacular architecture, not to mention plenty of ice cream shops
  • Spin around the island of Nantucket, followed by a trek through maritime history at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

It'll be early on. You'll round a corner on a beach road, maybe in ‘Sconset or Aquinnah. And it will hit you. The quiet. The open Atlantic pulsing on the shore. Seabirds above and a breeze fanning the dunes. You'll imagine selling your possessions and buying a lobster boat. It's ok, the urge passes eventually. But you'll have five days to enjoy it. 

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Downshift into island life on Nantucket | A gentle ride to Cisco Beach leads past 18th- and 19th-century sea captains’ homes and lighthouses | Explore the island by bike, with gardens, cranberry bogs, harbors, dunes and houses—sporting every shade of gray—enlivening your route | The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum chronicles the area’s maritime heritage | Up for a stroll along the Atlantic? Siasconset and Surfside beaches beckon with pristine stretches of sand.

Day 3 Soak up the rich history of Nantucket Town on a walking tour | A private boat transports us to Martha’s Vineyard | Pedal a bike path to Edgartown, known for amazing Greek Revival, Federal and Victorian architecture | Ride out to Katama Beach past beautiful homes tucked among pines along a stretch of unspoiled beach popular with local kite-surfers.

Day 4 Spin inland through forests and open meadows | Fond of art? Galleries tempt you off your bike with watercolors, photography and sculptures by local and world-renowned artists | Explore Chappaquiddick and the Cape Poge lighthouse—its first keeper in 1801 was appointed by Thomas Jefferson.

Day 5 Ocean views and breezes abound on our ride out to Vineyard Haven, overlooking Nantucket Sound | Explore the unique town of Oak Bluffs, home to historic gingerbread cottages | Enjoy a farewell lunch at the popular Black Dog Tavern.

This East Coast biking adventure takes you on stunning bike routes past Nantucket Island beaches, beautiful homes and fields of wildflowers, all while breathing in fresh sea air. We have so much to show you, old—historical European settlements, Aquinnah's 1856 lighthouse, Victorian architecture, and new—microbreweries, Martha's Vineyard fine dining establishments and farmers markets. And each night, kick up your feet at a lovely and incredibly charming inn.
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$3,398 - $3,598
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(+$1,000 to $1,150 for sgl. occ.)

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6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

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Nantucket Town, Massachusetts/Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

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All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners included

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Premiere Hotels

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White Elephant Hotel

White Elephant

Nantucket Town (2 nights)

A "stylishly refurbished in-town hotel on a quiet waterfront, a brief walk from the historic district," noted Andrew Harper. (spa)

Hob Knob Inn

Hob Knob

Edgartown (2 nights)

This 19th-century Gothic Revival home is now a country-style boutique hotel with lovely gardens. (spa)

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This East Coast biking adventure takes you on stunning bike routes past Nantucket Island beaches, beautiful homes and fields of wildflowers, all while breathing in fresh sea air. We have so much to show you, old—historical European settlements, Aquinnah's 1856 lighthouse, Victorian architecture, and new—microbreweries, Martha's Vineyard fine dining establishments and farmers markets. And each night, kick up your feet at a lovely and incredibly charming inn.

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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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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
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 10 50
2 20* 100 25 100 38 200
31 200
3 6 50
15 50
Guided City Walk (1.5 Hours)
Boat Ride (1.5 Hours)
4 10* 50 23* 400 35* 400 51 400
5 10 100
15 100
 

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* 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 Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

Point out Your Room in the Elephant

This is the only biking trip that stays at the White Elephant, rated one of the top 10 resorts in the U.S. by Travel and Leisure – an elegant retreat after a day of smooth, scenic riding on the island's well-maintained bike lanes. Combining a rich history of seafaring and whaling (Ishmael and Queequeg set out from here) with a rich contemporary culinary scene, Nantucket is the perfect setting for an active travel experience showcasing the East Coast at its best.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket 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.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket 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.

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 Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

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 Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. 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.

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.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket—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.

The Best Leaders in Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, 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.

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

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.  

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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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

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,598 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,398 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,898 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,398 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,898 pp dbl occ

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