This fabulous four-day weekend bike trip begins on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont and continues north to Montréal, where it concludes with the famed Tour de L’Île — a 35-mile ride on a cordoned-off route through the streets of Montréal.
The trip follows the Island Line Trail north from Burlington to the Lake Champlain Islands. This former rail line is a (mostly) paved trail that follows the Lake Champlain shoreline north to a bike ferry that carries cyclists across a narrow gap in the trail to the Islands. Take a rest at Vermont’s first vineyard and winery for a picnic lunch hosted by your tour leaders. Later enjoy an opening reception and dinner overlooking Lake Champlain to kick off the fun at the conclusion of the first day’s ride.
En route to Montreal, rural roads, bike paths, and a choice of route options typify each day of cycling on this Montreal bike trip. Discover the enchanting European influences that warmly invite travelers to experience the city’s thriving arts and culture scene. Lodging ranges from lakeside inns in Vermont’s Lake Champlain Islands, to a full-service hotel in Montréal. You will also enjoy the opportunity to meet the delightfully energetic and personable Madame Boutin – the major promoter of cycling in the region just north of Lake Champlain and the owner of a hotel where the group will stay.
Ride north out of Burlington on the Island Line Trail. This former rail trail enables cyclists to follow the shore of Lake Champlain then cross to the Lake Champlain Islands via a bike ferry. After settling into your room at Shore Acres Inn, enjoy a swim in the lake or visit the tiny village of North Hero.
Cross the border into Canada. The Richelieu River, which flows north out of Lake Champlain on its way to rendezvous with the St-Lawrence, is never far from your route to the town of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Break for lunch at a beautiful Île-aux-Noix along the Richelieu River. Following lunch, ride north to Saint-Jeansur-sur-Richelieu and your lodging at Auberge Harris.
Today’s ride follows the Path du Canal-de-Chambly north to the charming village of Chambly along an intricate series of locks. The locks enable boats to avoid the unnavigable rapids of the Richelieu River as they pass between Lake Champlain and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The route continues from Chambly to Montréal following bike paths into the city. Explore the city from your hotel located conveniently on the edge of the Latin Quarter and the Quartier des Spectacle.
This morning, join your fellow tour participants and 15,000 others for the Tour de L’Île. This annual ride is a festive event that follows different routes through the Montréal on streets closed to vehicular traffic for this event. The route is often lined with bystanders who cheer for cyclists young and old, slow and fast, those dressed in costume, and those who are not. Following the conclusion of the ride, the group will be transported back to Burlington, Vermont.
Located in downtown Burlington near the shores of Lake Champlain, this boutique hotel also features a popular bar and restaurant.Lodging Website
Nestled in a quiet setting overlooking Lake Champlain, this lovely property features its own dock, tennis courts, and restaurant.Lodging Website
This spacious property along the Chambly Canal is owned and operated by the region's most spirited cycling advocate and is a short walk to restaurants in town.Lodging Website
Conveniently located to both the start and finish of the Tour de L'Ile, this full-service hotel is an easy walk to restaurants and shops.Lodging Website
Reserve one of our regularly scheduled trip dates for your private group and qualify for reduced pricing. The larger your group, the lower the per person price. Gather your friends and we’ll do the rest to provide your group with a truly personalized and memorable vacation. Smaller groups can join published trips and receive reduced pricing on trips that aren’t reserved as private trip dates.
For groups of 16-18 people traveling together on a published tour date, a 10% discount on the double occupancy trip price will apply.
For groups of 12-15 people traveling together on a published tour date, a discount of 8% on the double occupancy trip price will apply.
For groups of 8-11 people traveling together on a published date, a discount of 6% on the double occupancy trip price will apply.
Group discounts may not be combined with other offers.