New York's Adirondack Adventure

August 29-September 3, 2021

Bike, Hike, and Paddle in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid

Less than a half-day’s-drive from Boston, New York, or Montreal lies a vast unspoiled wilderness where nature remains pristine and untouched. Come and join us in August as we escape to the Adirondack Park, an expansive playground for cyclists, hikers, and kayakers alike.

Whether by bike, on foot, or with paddle, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable week exploring the six-million-acre Adirondack Park – greater in size than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, and the Grand Canyon national parks combined. Luckily for us, nearly half of this Park is now a Forest Preserve, constitutionally protected to remain “Forever Wild.”

Highlights

  • Exciting multisport vacation with 5 bike rides, 5 short walks, 2 boat trips, 1 hike, and 1 signature kayak excursion
  • Explore the expansive Adirondack Park, famous for towering fir trees, sparkling lakes and rivers, and spectacular mountains
  • Stay at a luxurious Great Camp-style lodge with your own private three-bedroom suite with three bathrooms, Jacuzzi tub, washer/dryer, and private balcony
  • Visit the award-winning Wild Center (a.k.a. the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks)
  • Visit the top of Whiteface Mountain, New York’s fifth-highest peak, with spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of New York, Vermont, and Canada
  • Howl with the wolves at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge
  • Private narrated tour of Lake Placid on an iconic mahogany Hacker-Craft motorboat

2021 Tour Dates

August 29-September 3
(one exclusive date)
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Rave Reviews

This six day tour was jam-packed full of amazing activities in beautiful areas, without being exhausting. I can’t wait for our next adventure. Michelle E.

Tour Cost

$2,695 per person
(based on double occupancy)
Single supplement of +$1,000

Level of Difficulty

Easy to Moderate – 20-40 cycling miles per day with some hills, relaxed kayaking (3 hours max), and easy/moderate hikes (2 hours max)

Highlights (continued)
  • Private sunset cruise on Lower Saranac Lake to explore the many islands and quiet bays, and to follow the call of the loons
  • Complimentary use of kayaks, canoes, and SUPs at both lodgings
  • Tour the summer White House of President Calvin Coolidge
  • Dine at the luxurious Lake Placid Lodge, a Relais & Chateaux property
  • Kayak downstream on the sparkling Raquette River
  • Cycle down Whiteface Mountain, featuring 9 miles of downhill, a descent of 3,500 ft, and an average grade of 8%
  • Visit the Adirondack Mountain Club, known for its environmental advocacy work, and its beautiful hiking trails
  • Late August is the perfect month to visit the Adirondacks; the crowds are gone but the weather is still warm

What’s Included?

  • 5 nights of lodging overlooking the water (3 nights at Saranac Lake, 2 nights at Lake Placid)
  • 12 meals (5 breakfast, 3 lunches, 4 dinners), catering to all dietary needs
  • Free use of our bikes, along with a helmet, rear rack bag, rear safety light and triangle, basic bike computer, water bottle, and T-shirt. E-bikes available (limited supply)
  • Full van support throughout your stay (15-passenger vans, with AC)
  • The services of 2-3 professional bike tour guides
  • Ride with GPS navigation (using your own device) or paper route notes & maps
  • Exclusive GBT activities, including tour of White Pine Camp, private narrated boat cruise of Lake Placid, and signature kayak excursion
  • Admission to the Wild Center, Whiteface Mountain, High Falls Gorge, Olympic Jumping Complex, and the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge
  • Full access to our online photo gallery with photos/videos from your trip
  • Small group size of 12-18 people (or organize your own private trip)
  • Pickup & Drop-off at the Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK) near Saranac Lake, if required

BIKE in the fresh mountain air

The outstanding beauty of the Adirondack Park is best experienced from the seat of a bicycle. Cycle on beautiful country roads with unrivaled mountain views. Enjoy scenic rides alongside babbling brooks and majestic lakes. Soak up the thrill of an eight-mile downhill ride with views up to 125 miles away. Challenge yourself by cycling up Whiteface Mountain (or take the van up). Bike to your next hike, paddle, or meal.

We offer a total of five bike rides throughout the week. You may cycle at your own pace, and get a ride in the van whenever you like. We also have a limited supply of e-bikes available (no additional charge).

HIKE in the wilderness

With more than 2,000 miles of hiking & walking trails winding through the Adirondack Park, the adventure is yours for the taking. Interspersed with our bike rides, we also offer five easy walks through scenic gorges, wildlife refuges, around a natural history museum, an Alpine Nature Trail, and through Coolidge’s summer White House.

We also offer one longer walk in the heart of the High Peaks region – the hike up Mount Jo. This 2.3-mile loop hike near Lake Placid provides a healing walk through the woods, and one of the best views to be attained with so little effort. We also offer an easier alternative; a flat 1-mile walk around Heart Lake.

KAYAK in pristine lakes and rivers

The Adirondack Park boasts an impressive array of scenic waterways – over 3,000 pristine lakes and ponds and 2,000 miles of rivers. These waterways are a playground for paddling enthusiasts.

For our signature kayak/canoe trip we’ll treat you to a downstream journey on the Raquette River, through the heart of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. This river has been the main “highway” through the Adirondack wilderness for the last 200 years, and is now part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Our trip is 3-4 miles long (2-3 hours) and features a winding journey through an amazing series of twists, turns, elbows, and oxbows. The area is abundant in wildlife, and loons, osprey, great blue herons, bald eagles, river otters, and minks may share your journey.

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BOOK YOUR TRIP (or request more information)

This trip offers so much more than just biking… we will also treat you to our favorite panoramic hikes and scenic boat rides, not to mention the fantastic food and the great company. We only offer one exclusive departure per year, so sign up for this trip before it’s too late.

Great Bike Tours

3282 Mt. Philo Rd,
Charlotte, VT 05445

Have any questions? Contact us!

(802) 777-2009

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BOOK YOUR TRIP (or request more information)

This trip offers so much more than just biking… we will also treat you to our favorite panoramic hikes and scenic boat rides, not to mention the fantastic food and the great company. We only offer one exclusive departure per year, so sign up for this trip before it’s too late.

Great Bike Tours

3282 Mt. Philo Rd,
Charlotte, VT 05445

Have any questions? Contact us!

(802) 777-2009

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