NEW - Rhode Island Bike & Boat
Providence, Newport, and Block Island
Our six-day Bike & Boat Tour explores the many islands and waterways of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. We’ll treat you to great cycling on islands, cycling within view of islands, and boat rides between the islands. All week we stay at deluxe Inns overlooking the water: one night in Bristol, three nights in historic Newport, and one night on Block Island.
Great Rhode Rides
Starting in Providence, we head south on a 15-mile paved bike path on our way to exploring the many bike-friendly islands in the Narragansett Bay. We promise you breathtaking rides along the shore, where the road curves and bends around headlands, with ever-changing views of picturesque coves, crashing waves, lighthouses, and waterfront estates clinging to rocky outcroppings.
At other times we’ll be riding on quiet back roads through rolling farmland, meadows, wildlife refuges, and seaside towns – all framed by the sparkling waters of the Narragansett Bay.
Great Boat Rides
Even though it’s the smallest state in the country (only 37 miles wide), Rhode Island boasts over 400 miles of shoreline to explore, thanks to the Narragansett Bay – New England’s largest estuary. Rather than thinking of the water as a barrier (to our cycling), we relish the opportunity to venture out on the protected waterways that are a treasured part of everyday life here. During the week we’ll take several boat excursions – via a lobster boat, water taxi, car ferry, rum runner, and sailboat – to explore the Bay and its 30 islands and 29 lighthouses.
Ride the Rails on a Rail-Bike
Besides biking and boating, we will also explore the scenic beauty of Rhode Island in a totally new and exciting way, aboard a fleet of pedal-powered rail-bikes. Utilizing a six-mile stretch of historic track not used by trains (thankfully), our excursion will “ride the rails” along Aquidneck Island with spectacular views of the water.
- Sample fresh local seafood, including lobsters, quahogs, and “chowdah”
- Cycle on Rhode Island’s first multi-town bike path – the paved East Bay Bike Path that hugs the shoreline of Narragansett Bay
- Ride on the railway tracks using a fleet of pedal-powered rail-bikes
- Spend three full days in the coastal town of Newport, a town rich with history, culture, and natural beauty
- Stroll along Newport’s Cliff Walk, rated the #1 attraction in all of Rhode Island
- Cycle along Newport’s famous Ocean Drive, known for its jaw-dropping splendor – from the opulent mansions of the Gilded Age, to the spectacular views over Narragansett Bay
- Private tour of The Breakers mansion, once owned by the Vanderbilt family, and considered the grandest of all Newport's Gilded Age mansions
- Get up close and personal with lobsters on our educational lobster boat tour. Learn about the life of the lobster, and the lives of the lobstermen who catch them
- Enjoy a breathtaking boat ride on a restored 1929 rum runner boat, and relive the thrill of the chase of the smuggler boats from the days of Prohibition – all while sipping on our own rum punch
- Set sail on our 80-foot schooner, which we’ve chartered to take us out on the waters around Newport, which is known as “the sailing capital” of the United States
- Immerse yourself in a little Gilded Age glamour by having lunch on the front lawn of Newport’s Castle Hill Inn
- Optional boat trip on an America’s Cup racing yacht ($)
- Stay at resort island (Block Island) that was deemed one of the “Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy: there are no traffic lights; all 17 miles of beach are open to the public; almost half the island is preserved open space; and all the Island’s power is provided by an offshore wind farm
- 6 days of cycling, boat trips, a rail-bike excursion, and other activities
- 5 nights of lodging (one night at the Bristol Harbor Inn, three nights at Gurney’s Newport Resort, and one night at Hotel Manisses on Block Island)
- 9 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners)
- Full van support (2 vehicles) throughout your stay
- The services of 3 professional bike tour guides
- 5 different forms of water transport (lobster boat, water taxi, rum runner, car ferry, and sailing schooner)
- Daily route notes & maps, Great Bike Tours T-shirt & water bottle
- Easy flat cycling; daily mileage of 20-45 miles
- Perfect weather for cycling - the average max temp in late May is near 70 degrees
Come a few days early for our May 20-25 tour and you’ll be able to catch the Newport Oyster Festival (May 18-20) along with the Volvo Ocean Race (Newport Stopover on May 8-20).