NY Finger Lakes Bike Tour

New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour

Overview

Enjoy World-Class Vineyards, Stunning Natural Beauty and Charming Small Towns

Home to almost 100 wineries and breweries, our bike tour weaves between three of the largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes. You’ll visit unique and world-class wineries, ride along the shores of lakes, hike along stunning waterfalls and visit fascinating sites, including the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Cornell University’s stunning campus, It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, and the spell-bounding Watkins Glen State Park. Bring your camera, your curiosity and your taste buds!

New York’s Finger Lakes region is home to 11 pristine, glacial lakes, sparkling waterfalls, small farms, and magnificent parks! You’ll get up close and personal with three of the lakes — Cayuga, Seneca, and Keuka. We’ll visit charming villages with one-of-a-kind museums and unique shopping opportunities. The Finger Lakes Wine Country has a rich cultural history with ties to glassmaking, winemaking and viticulture, aviation and motorcycle history, literary history, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil War. In addition to smooth and quiet cycling, this history provides unique cultural experiences.

If you are drawn to wine-making regions like Tuscany, Piedmont, Napa Valley, and the South of France, then the Finger Lakes is a must-visit destination.

This tour is guided in partnership with Ciclismo Classico. Who better to guide a tour than local, experienced experts.

Details

Rider Level

Active (Intermediate)

Distance

Average 45 miles Daily

Travel

Fly into Ithaca or meet at our Starting hotel ready to ride by 9AM

Meals

3 Lunches, 4 Dinners

Accommodations

5 nights – Please see the detailed itinerary

Included
  • Van Support
  • The services of 2 bike tour guides
  • Accommodations for 5 nights
  • Wine tasting at the world-class Dr. Konstantin Frank vineyard
  • Snacks
Tour Highlights
  • Daily rides along silky smooth roads that follow the shores of Lake Cayuga, Seneca and Keuka Lake
  • Wine tasting at the world-class Dr. Konstantin Frank vineyard
  • Two night stay at the Inn at Glenora Winery, rooms with stunning views of Lake Seneca
  • Visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the Fight for Civil Rights that changed the world
  • Ride across George Bailey’s (It’s a Wonderful Life) bridge
  • Explore Cornell University vibrant stunning campus, the Cornell plantation, and the famous The Lab of Ornithology
  • Visit Taughannock Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Explore Watkins Glen State Park and its 18 cascading waterfalls and breathtaking gorges
  • The beautiful village of Hammondsport and a vintage biker’s dream visit to the Glenn Curtiss Museum, named after the pioneer in aviation and bicycle frame builder
  • Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, a 10,000-acre wildlife preserve home to eagles, heron, snow geese and much more
  • Picnic Lunch on the lush grass of Long Point State Park on the shores of Lake Cayuga

Dates

Call For Availability

  • 2022 Dates to be Determined
  • 5 Nights

Pricing

Per Person
$2895/person
  • Single Room Supplement - $700
  • RENTAL BIKES:
    Not Available; Please Bring Your Own Bike
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Itinerary

Day 1: 37 miles, 3600 ft
Day 2: 60 miles, 3000 ft
Day 3: 50 miles, 1700 ft
Day 4: 50 miles, 1700 ft
Day 5: 50 miles, 2200 ft
Day 6: 22 miles, 1100 ft

Daily Average: 45 miles
Daily Elevation Average: 1100 ft

Day 1 - Welcome to the Finger Lakes! Ride from Ithaca to Glenora

Meet the group at 9 am at the Statler Hotel, ready to ride! Today we will start our tour with a ride through Ithaca, then up and away from Cayuga Lake to Glenora, through the southern part of the Finger Lakes region. The quiet roads and low traffic will let you relax and warm-up for the wonderful week to come! Lunch will be in Watkins Glen, located on the southern shore of Seneca Lake. We will ride to Watkins Glens State Park, the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks. The Glen Creek drops 400 feet, between 200-foot cliffs, carving out 19 stunning waterfalls. It’s truly gorgeous! We’ll walk through the refreshingly cool gorge to visit the stunning gorges and Rainbow Falls, known to be the most scenic of all the glens in the Finger Lakes region. Tonight, we will be staying at the Glenora Wine Cellars hotel, where your room will have a stunning view of Seneca Lake! Time to pour some wine and relax!

Ride Details: 37 miles; 3600 feet

Lunch: Watkins Glen

Dinner: At Glenora Wine Cellars

RWGPS Link DAY 1: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35085777?privacy_code=P3pSevfeA5C8yJNI

Accommodation: Glenora Wine Cellars

Day 2 - Keuka Lake Loop

On today’s ride, we get a taste of the rolling farmland that makes this region such a perfect area to ride. The rolling ups lead to an incredible downhill to meet our third Finger Lake as we ride along the lovely shores of Keuka Lake. We stop in the tiny village of Hammondsport with its traditional Town Square surrounded by local lunch spots. Hammondsport was voted the “Coolest Small Town in America” and is referred to as “The Cradle of Aviation.” It is home to The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, dedicated to the memory of the pioneer aviator and housing such exhibits as a full-scale replica of the first naval aircraft and many original planes and developed by Curtiss. Curtiss began his career as a bicycle messenger, bicycle racer, and bicycle-shop owner. In 1901, he developed an interest in motorcycles when internal-combustion engines became more available.

After lunch, we head north on the west side of Keuka Lake through the heart of the Finger Lakes wine country and have a very special visit to Dr. Konstantin Frank Vineyard, one of the most prestigious and beloved wineries in the Finger Lakes and named one of the top 100 vineyards in the world! Dr. Frank introduced vinifera (classic European grape varieties) to the Eastern United States which ignited a winemaking renaissance in the region. Without the contributions of Dr. Frank, the Finger Lakes wine region would not be where it is today. The winery was established in 1962 and is now in its fourth generation of Frank family ownership. The winery’s tasting room overlooks beautiful Keuka Lake and some of the oldest vinifera vineyards in America. In the afternoon we ride along the north end of Keuka Lake and through the town of Penn Yan, we pedal past Amish farmhouses before returning to the Inn at Glenora away from the lake and through verdant farmland back to our hotel.

Ride Details: 60 miles; 3000 feet

Lunch: Hammondsport (on your own)

Dinner: Potentially at a winery

RWGPS Link DAY 2: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35086087?privacy_code=Irjkjl4E9tvdCHJu

Accommodation: Glenora Wine Cellars

Day 3 - Glenora to Seneca Falls

Today we head north, enjoying views that alternate between open fields and vineyards with beautiful Seneca Lake in the background. Like Keuka Lake yesterday, the western shore of Seneca plays host to numerous wineries, and who knows where we may stop for some refreshments. (The Finger Lakes Region is home to over 100 different wineries!) Once north of Dresden, we take a turn, the lake disappears, and fields full of corn and other crops will remind you of the Great Plains. Then we’ll ride through Geneva at the northern outlet of Seneca Lake with its beautiful lakefront park. From there it’s only a short trip east to historically Seneca Falls famous for the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women’s rights convention in the United States. The meeting held in July of 1848 launched the women’s suffrage movement, which more than seven decades later ensured women the right to vote. Spend the rest of the afternoon visiting the National Women’s Hall of Fame and don’t forget to grab a selfie on the bridge from the iconic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life!”

Ride Details: 50 miles; 1700 feet

Lunch: Geneva (on your own)

Dinner: Free in Seneca Falls (on your own)

RWGPS Link DAY 3: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35086105?privacy_code=mhbDh8TN9c49zaAv

Accommodation: The Gould Hotel – Seneca Falls

Day 4 - Cayuga Lake Loop

On today’s ride we will enjoy cruising easily along the western shore of Cayuga Lake, home to beautiful views and (surprise!) more of the wineries that make the region famous. Eventually, we will turn away from the lake, climbing back onto the flats where the main attraction is mile after mile of flat roads, open fields and skies, and the freedom that two wheels offer. After our finish back in Seneca Falls, we will once again return to the Gould Hotel and have time to visit this historical treasure and the landmarks that mark this hamlet as the birthplace of women’s rights in the United States.

Ride Details: 50 miles; 1700 feet

Lunch: Picnic

Dinner: Seneca Falls

RWGPS Link DAY 4: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35086198?privacy_code=f7ObXNu3gz8P8NUc

Accommodation: The Gould Hotel – Seneca Falls

Day 5 - Seneca Falls to Ithaca

We start our spin today with a spin through Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, an 8,000 acre refuge serving as a major resting area for waterfowl and other waterbirds on their journeys to and from nesting areas in northeastern and east-central Canada. From here we head South and pedal along the Eastern side of Lake Cayuga. 40 miles in length, Lake Cayuga is the longest of all the Finger Lakes. We’ll stop in the small college town of Aurora, home to Wells College and was the site of a major Cayuga Indian village, Chonodote, which stands near the present-day site of Aurora village. During the 19th century, Aurora developed as a minor center for manufacturing and was a stopping point for canal traffic after the Cayuga–Seneca Canal. It became a port, shipping produce from farmers in the region up Cayuga Lake, then by the Erie Canal to other major markets. The grand finale of our ride is our arrival at Cornell University, with its incredible views of the area and its stunning campus with its eclectic architecture styles, including ornate Collegiate Gothic, Victorian, and Neoclassical buildings. Dinner tonight is a special Tuscan feast at Taverna Banfi, recipient of the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Ride Details: 50 miles; 2200 feet

Lunch: Somewhere Picnic

Dinner: Taverna Banfi

RWGPS Link DAY 5: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35086206?privacy_code=EsyiMMtfCNbpNSXh

Accommodation: The Statler Hotel – Ithaca

Day 6 - Taughannock Falls Loop

We ride the beautiful Black Diamond Trail to Taughannock State Park, the Rail Trail is part of the old line that was once the flagship passenger line of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Known as the Black Diamond Express, a luxury passenger service ran from New York to Buffalo. Experience a range of natural landscapes from a towering canopy of mature maple, hemlock, oak, and hickory, to views of pastoral agricultural lands, and dozens of ravines with the sounds of cascading waters all heading for the picturesque Cayuga Lake. At the end of the 9 mile trail, we will bike to the top of Taugannock Falls, one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast that plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. We’ll return to Ithaca and for lunch at an outdoor cafe before we say our goodbyes!

Ride Details: 22 miles; 1100 feet

Lunch: Back in Ithaca (CC)

Dinner:

RWGPS Link DAY 6: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35086213?privacy_code=3pCe7d4gndisqu2f

Accommodation: No Overnight

“Super beautiful, well done! If you are looking for a magical and romantic place then this is a great place to go! I’d recommend this to anyone who loves a good adventure!”
Ali McBeth
Adventurer

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