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Rhode Island Bike Tour - By Land and By Sea
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Bike Tour in USA's Smallest State
Four Days, Three Nights
By Land and By Sea: A Rhode Island Bike Tour
Bike tour USA's Rhode Island, a place humble in size but impressively grand in beauty. The four-day, three-night bike tour is based in Newport, but from there moves across land and sea to explore Block Island, Conanicut Island and Aquidneck Island. Rhode Island’s small size means you can take it all in.
Iconic Newport Mansions and the Famous Newport Folk Festival
Bicycle past magnificent Gilded Age mansions built by wealthy tycoons like the Vanderbilts and Astors. Walk a section of the renowned Cliff Walk to view the mansions and grounds from the water side. Spend a wonderful evening at the famous Newport Folk Festival. Pedal a spectacular route along breathtaking seacoast past grand “summer cottages.” Traveling this “bucket list” route by bike - hearing the waves crash, smelling the salt air, stopping for photos and for gaping - is the best way to fully experience the splendor.
Tour in the Footsteps of the First US Explorers
Discover a fascinating region first inhabited by the Narragansetts and then settled by Roger Williams and his followers in 1636. The spirits and landmarks of these early inhabitants can be felt and seen throughout the tour. Ferry with your bike across Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound, plying the waters sailed by Verrazzano in the 1520s. Disembark on enchanting islands for tranquil cycling through landscapes and seascapes of salt-water farms, old stonewalls, picturesque harbors, stately lighthouses, wide beaches, quaint villages and wildlife preserves.
Up-close Tour of Rhode Island’s Colonial Heritage
Newport is a preeminent New England coastal town with one of the largest concentrations of colonial homes and buildings in America. Guests stay at a historic inn, perfectly situated in the heart of the beautiful Old Quarter. Walk to the bustling waterfront, fine restaurants and shops of every kind along cobblestoned, lantern-lit streets. Along the way, view first-hand the town’s rich colonial heritage and seafaring past.
Coastal New England Beauty
Newport remains a sailing and racing mecca for all sorts of vessels, from races for youth in dinghies to America’s Cup teams in carbon fiber machines that fly over the water. Enjoy viewing the colorful spinnakers in the harbors as we pedal coastal routes on each island and stroll the waterfronts to see the elegant yachts docked at the wharves. Great Freedom Adventures’ tour of Rhode Island by land and by sea showcases some of the very best of New England’s natural and man-made beauty to create an exceptionally rewarding experience.
Rhode Island Bike Tour Highlights
- Bike the three largest islands of Rhode Island
- Aquidneck Island
- Conanicut Island
- Block Island
- Stay in the heart of Newport at a fine inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places
- Enjoy two scenic ferry rides
- Tour the Breakers mansion – June 29 departure
- Attend the Newport Folk Festival – July 27 departure
- Learn fascinating Rhode Island history on a lantern-light tour
- View iconic Newport mansions
- Walk the renowned Cliff Walk as well as hidden wildlife trails
- See working lighthouses and historic forts
- Explore majestic bluffs and crescent beaches
- Visit some of Newport’s wonderful shops
- View colonial architecture on the many meticulously preserved homes in Newport and Jamestown
- Enjoy exceptional service throughout your worry-free tour of Rhode Island
If you have six days, you may wish to read about the cycling adventure on which you will tour Massachusetts’s southern coastline and Martha’s Vineyard as well as Rhode Island.
By Land and By Sea Itinerary
Four Days, Three Nights
For additional information such as arrival and departure details for the Rhode Island By Land and By Sea tour, please contact us and we will be pleased to email it to you.
Day 1 Meet at our inn in the heart of Newport’s Old Quarter for a welcome lunch and bike fitting. Bike to the Breakers Mansion for a tour of this National Historic Landmark and grandest of Newport’s Gilded Age mansions. Return to the inn before strolling to dinner along the beguiling lantern-lit streets. Note: Guests on the July 27 departure will bike to Fort Adams instead for the Newport Folk Festival!
Accommodations: The Clarkston Inn, Newport-3 nights
Biking Mileage: 4.1 or 8.0
Day 2 Hop on the small Jamestown ferry for a scenic ride across Newport Harbor, past Rose Island Lighthouse, to Conanicut Island. Explore the quaint village of Jamestown and pedal the quiet roads of this tranquil island, first used by the English around 1638 for grazing sheep. A number of farms remain, creating open vistas to Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. Pedal to Beavertail Lighthouse, the country’s third oldest, and explore the remains of military fortifications. Discover hidden trails to overlooks with spectacular views across the bay to the mansions dotting the shores of Aquidneck Island. Return to Newport with time before dinner to relax or to explore the sights and shops of town. After dinner, enjoy a fascinating (and occasionally spooky) lantern-light walking tour of Newport’s historic streets.
Biking Mileage: 14.1 or 29
Walking Mileage: About 1.5
Day 3 After breakfast, relax on the ferry to Block Island, a place the Nature Conservancy termed one of the “Last Great Places.” Pedal the coast along wide crescent beaches and pond-dotted moors. Visit a National Wildlife Refuge anchored by a handsome stone lighthouse set among the dunes. Walk scenic trails watching for fledgling seagulls. Bike to New Harbor, viewing sleek yachts from around the world, then explore majestic Mohegan Bluffs and a second historic lighthouse. Visit the charming shops of town and perhaps grab an ice cream before the ferry back to Newport and dinner.
Biking Mileage: 16.4 with options for more
Walking mileage: About .25-.75
Day 4 Pedal past some of the country’s oldest yacht clubs and gentleman farms where sheep graze against the backdrop of blue waters and golden rolls of hay. Bike a renowned seaside route where man and nature compete for the upper hand in achieving remarkable beauty. Jaw-dropping mansions line one side of the route, while waves crash against dramatic seacoast on the other. Bike rides don’t get much better than this. Pedal to the start of the water’s edge Cliff Walk to stroll an easy section, passing by some of the most renowned mansions and grounds along the route. Return to the inn to complete this remarkable journey. Rhode Island by Land and By Sea is a most extraordinary experience!
Biking Mileage: 9.8
Walking Mileage: .75
Questions? Please contact us and we'll be happy to help.
You may wish to take a look at our Maritime Massachusetts itinerary for a bike, hike and kayak adventure trip.
By Land and By Sea
Note - The July 27th departure includes an evening at the famous Newport Folk Festival!
What’s Included in the Four Day Tour:
- 4 days of bicycling and walking
- Bicycle and helmet rental
- 3 nights lodging
- 3 breakfasts
- 2 dinners
- 1 lunch
- Two round trip ferry passages
- Lantern-light tour of Historic Newport
- Admission to the Breakers in Newport - June 29th departure
- Newport Folk Festival - July 27th departure
- Guided hiking on nature trails and Cliff Walk
- Lighthouse tours
- 2 dedicated guides
- Van support
- Daily cold drinks and snacks
- Maps and cue sheets for each day's ride
- Tax and gratuities at inn and restaurants
- Pick up and drop off at Providence, RI airport or train station
- Featherweight, high visibility, reflective vest
Bike Tour Details:
Trip Length: 4 days, 3 nights
Start/Finish: Newport, RI
Daily Mileage: 4 - 29 with longer options if desired
Cycling Level: Easy
Terrain: Paved roads. Predominantly flat or rolling with some hills in parts.
Bikes: You may bring your
own bike or use one of ours. GFA bikes are lightweight, available with either drop or straight handlebars and are equipped with waterbottle, handlebar bag, map case and seat pack with essentials.
Clarkston Inn, Newport - 3 nights
Listed on The National Register of Historic Places, the Clarkston is one of the oldest inns in Newport. Each antique filled room is named and decorated after a famous or infamous person in Newport’s history. The home is nearly 300 years old, though you will enjoy today’s luxuries and amenities. The inn is located in the heart of the historic district, steps to restaurants, shops and the bustling waterfront.
2014 Dates and Prices:
June 29 - July 2
July 27 - 30 - Includes an evening at the Newport Folk Festival
Price: $1,650 pp, dbl. occ.
Single Supplement: $475
Frequent Adventurers, GFA alumni, may deduct 5% from the tour price.
Please contact us for youth and group rates.
Custom dates and duration are available for groups of six or more.
Please contact us to check availability or for the full itinerary, logistics or additional information on the Rhode Island By Land and By Sea Tour.
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