Cycling Ottawa to Montreal (TourzPlus!)
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Day 1: Burlington, Vermont
Highlights: Arrival Day
Arrive at your leisure and make your way to downtown Burlington and Hotel Vermont, Burlington's newest boutique hotel which is nestled between Lake Champlain the Church Street Marketplace, the pedestrian-friendly commercial district. Burlington is a vibrant and cosmopolitan small city, featuring a rich arts culture and a population of avid outdoor enthusiasts. It has been voted as one of the best places to live by numerous magazines. Plentiful shops and restaurants, complete with the works of local artisans and fresh, locally sourced foods, await your discovery. Stroll to the waterfront and enjoy views across the sparkling waters of Lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains that frame the skyline. We'll put the sunsets over from Burlington's waterfront up against any in the world. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of many local restaurants.
Lodging: Hotel Vermont
Day 2: Ottawa
Highlights: Drive to Ottawa, city exploration ride
Your tour leaders will pick you up at the Courtyard at 8 am for the scenic four hour drive through the countryside of upstate New York to Ottawa. Upon arrival at the Lord Elgin Hotel, an elegant Ottawa landmark, your leader will fit you to your bike, conduct a route review, and provide an introduction to Ottawa. Loosen up your legs with an afternoon spin along bike paths looping around the city. Watch boats navigate the locks on the Rideau Canal and stop to visit impressive Parliament Hill, Canada's government seat. The Bytown Museum, overlooking the locks on the Rideau Canal where the canal meets the Ottawa River, is Ottawa's oldest stone building and houses over 7000 artifacts dating to the city's origins in 1826. Following your afternoon ride, return to your lodging for the next two nights at the Lord Elgin, ideally located in the heart of downtown. Join your tour mates for dinner this evening at the Hotel's outstanding restaurant, Grill 41. Cycling Options: 20 and 35 miles.
Lodging: Lord Elgin Hotel
Day 3: Ottawa
Highlights: Capital Pathways, Gatineau Park, Byward Market
Ottawa and neighboring Gatineau roll out their best on Sundays when several major parkways in the downtown area are open only to bicycles and pedestrians. Spin through the wide streets or cross the Ottawa River to ride the famed Gatineau Park road bike loop - free of vehicular traffic! For those who want to spend the day cycling, opt for the longer loops and hilly terrain in the wilderness of Gatineau Park on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. Immerse yourself in the best of Ottawa by spending the morning on your bike and then visiting the city's finest sites in the afternoon. The Byward Market is one of Canada's oldest public markets and is just a few blocks from the Lord Elgin. What began as a rough working class neighborhood in the 1830's has evolved into one of Ottawa's trendiest neighborhoods. The Market features a farmer's market, artisans, shops and restaurants. The National Gallery of Canada is located on the edge of the Market. Dinner this evening is on your own in the city, with an array of fine options just steps from the hotel. Cycling Options: 21, 37, 52 or 65 miles.
Lodging: Lord Elgin Hotel
Day 4: Montebello
Highlights: Ontario's Pastoral Landscapes & The Montebello
Leave the Capital City behind as you follow bike paths east along the Ottawa River. The suburbs soon give way to farm fields filled with sheep, dairy cows, and seas of grain. Rejoin the Ottawa River along a remote section of road where the miles just seem to fly by. Cross the river on a small locally owned ferry to the Fairmont Montebello, an immense and historic log lodge - the largest in the world - where "old world charm meets nature's splendor." Built on the site of a 17th-century seigniorial estate, this stunning property has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of Canada's top luxury resorts. Relax on the grounds, in the pool, or enjoy a massage in their luxurious spa. Immerse yourself in the finest of rustic elegance at this classic wilderness resort. Dinner this evening is in the Montebello's dining room or on the terrace overlooking the river. Cycling Options: 33, 49 or 61 miles.
Lodging: Fairmont Le Château Montebello
Day 5: Montebello
This perfectly situated layover day at the remarkable Le Château Montebello allows considerable room for choice when it comes to how you decide to spend your day. The Montebello overlooks the Ottawa River just south of Québec's Laurentian Mountains and the grounds of the resort offer many amenities such as swimming pools, Jacuzzi, a luxurious spa, tennis courts, golf course, boating, and walking trails, to name a few. For those wishing to explore the nearby countryside, your tour leaders will offer two rides. The longer ride will take you on a hilly loop north through small towns and forested roads. The shorter ride will take you to spectacular Chutes du Plaisance waterfall with the option to visit the wildlife sanctuary of Parc National de Plaisance for a peaceful picnic or wildlife viewing. Dinner this evening is on your own in the village of Montebello or at Le Château Montebello. Cycling Options: 25 or 50 miles. Lodging: Fairmont Le Château Montebello
Day 6: Québec
Highlights: Québec countryside
Quiet back roads and small hamlets of eastern Ontario and western Québec rule the day as you wind your way closer to Montréal. Today marks the day where you will encounter to more consistently French-speaking locals. Visit the town of Vankleek Hill where 250 homes feature gingerbread styling, and the town's Victorian and Edwardian style buildings are reminders of a once flourishing brick factory. Nowadays, Vankleek Hill may be best known by locals for
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company. Sample the local I.P Eh? (you'll understand the "Eh" by the time you arrive!) or their signature Lug Tread Kolsch style lager. Your tour leaders will host a picnic lunch at the brewery, providing hearty fare which will pair nicely with whichever beer you sample. Follow the river to Auberge Willow Place Inn, a beautifully renovated historic property situated on the shore of Lake of Two Mountains. Dinner this evening is overlooking the lake in the Auberge's highly regarded restaurant, featuring gourmet regional cuisine.Cycling Option: 53 miles.
Lodging: Auberge Willow Place Inn
Day 7: Montréal
Highlights: Follow the Saint Lawrence River to Montréal
Follow country roads east along the Saint Lawrence River toward Montréal then wind you way along the wonderful Lachine Canal bike path to Atwater Market. This historic market, first opened in 1933, is surrounded by farm stands whose colorful flowers and vegetables add a rich seasonal dimension. The interior of the building is lined stands and shops featuring selections of local cheese, fresh baked bread, and other regional products. Continue to Old Montréal and the chic Saint Sulpice Hotel - a boutique property located on a quiet cobblestone street in the heart of Old Montréal and just steps from some of the city's finest restaurants. The Saint Sulpice perfectly blends old world charm with modern styling and amenities. Guests of the Hotel receive privileged rates at Spa Scandinave which offers exquisite Scandinavian bath and massage treatments. The Old Port has transformed into a vibrant neighborhood where people live, work, and play on narrow streets lined with restaurants and shops. This evening, enjoy your final dinner together at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Cycling Options: 35 or 46 miles.Lodging: Le Saint Sulpice Hotel
Day 8: Montréal to Burlington
Highlights: Montreal By Bike, Formula One Grand Prix, Mont Royal,
Those up for an early morning spin will be treated to a ride around the actual Formula One Grand Prix race track. Featured during the Grand Prix Circuit's annual Formula One stop in Montréal which attracts the top drivers in the world, you can just imagine the thousands of fans ringing the track as you race your tour mates around the loop. Following the ride, a Montréal-based tour guide will lead a walking tour of Montréal's Old Port. This section of the city is historically rich and includes such icons as Notre-Dame Basilica, a beautiful architectural masterpiece whose history dates to the mid 1600's. This immense, twin-towered Gothic structure was constructed with the intention of featuring similarities in interior design to Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. The group will be transferred back across the border to the airport in Burlington, Vermont in mid-afternoon. Post-tour lodging arrangements at Hotel Vermont are available for those wishing to spend additional time in Burlington, or we'll transfer you to the airport for flights home between 4:00 and 5:00PM. Cycling Options: 15 miles.
HighlightsExtraordinary accommodations, Ottawa, Montreal, Sunday Bike DayKeep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.
Includes9 days, 8 nights' accommodation; Use of a 27-30 speed bicycle; all breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 4 dinners; van support; snacks; admissions for all events listed in itinerary; group transfer from and to Burlington, VT
Arrive/DepartBulington, VT (BTV)
Total Distance264 - 382 miles
Daily DistanceAverage per day mileage: 40 to 60 miles
Rating201-301 40-60 miles per day average. Gently rolling terrain with a mix of bike paths and bike routes.
TermsTerms & Conditions
Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes
* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.