Start the tour in beautiful Burlington, on the shores of Lake Champlain

Vermont Bicycle Tours: Vermont to Montreal's Tour de L’Île

4 days
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$2,272 USD

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.

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    4 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    111.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    28 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts by 10:00am at the Champlain College parking lot in Burlington, Vermont. It will end by 5:00pm at Burlington as well with a group transfer. The operator can make drop offs at Champlain College, hotels or airport.

    Burlington International Airport (BTV) is close by and there are lots of transport options available from/to there. Departure flights should not be scheduled prior to 6:00pm.

  • How long is the tour? How many days cycling?

    The tour is 4 days long with all 4 days being riding days.

  • What's the tour like?

    The tour is described as intermediate with varying options given per day for different distances you can cover. E-bikes are also available if you're worried about distances or just prefer to relax more and the support van is always handy. The terrain is over level to gently rolling terrain and involves participation in a festive race on the last day.

  • Is a bike included and equipment?

    A road or hybrid bike are included in the tour price. There's the possibility, subject to availability, to hire an E-bike or Tandem bike for an additional cost.

    Equipment supplied with the bikes are:

       Helmet (required)
        Seat bag for road bike
        Rear rack bag for hybrid
        Bar-end mirror
        Water bottles
        Rear daytime light and safety triangle
        Map case
        Cycling jersey - Yours to keep

    Pump, spare tube, and tire irons are available for those interested. Tour leaders carry plenty of supplies and tools, and quickly repair flat tires during tours.

  • What are the requirements for entry into Canada?

    As you will be crossing the border between the US and Canada, appropriate documents are required. All travelers are required to have a valid passport, valid passport card, or other (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) WHTI compliant identification. Please be advised that there are a variety of reasons why Canadian Customs may refuse entry to US citizens. These include prior alcohol related driving infractions in the US.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are eligible to enter Canada. Sojourn is not responsible for anyone who is refused entry into Canada.

    For additional information please check the Visit Canada or Visit The USA websites.

  • Health Safety and Trip Modifications During Trips

    Traveling or not is your personal choice. It is, however, our responsibility to keep you fully updated if and once you choose to travel with us. As a guest booked on our trip, we will keep you posted continuously via emails, on factors driving our decisions for trips in 2023.

    Out of an abundance of caution, the Tour Operator is requiring a proof of vaccination or a negative PCR or rapid antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of trip start or a medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 no more than 90 days or less than five days before your departure.

    The Tour Operator has always been a boutique small group travel company. They strive to keep an average group size small and use multiple vans wherever possible. Also, your choice to join any group activity outside of riding, including meals or social gatherings, will be completely optional. They plan on working around your preferences.

    The Tour Operator works only with the best partners in the hospitality business. The hotels, restaurants, and activity partners are working with them to make sure that the most up to date cleaning, sanitization, and social distancing protocols as per the CDC are being followed. They will also ensure that the standards are maintained on tour, as part of pre-tour check in with the properties.

    The Tour Operator office is currently on standby 24/7 for emergencies and will be available to offer support to guests and leaders alike. Please know that your trip leaders are fully vaccinated, trained in First Aid and CPR and are undergoing special training to provide support and maintain health, sanitization, and communication protocol as per CDC guidelines.

    Face mask is not required while on tour. However, the Tour Operator strongly recommends guests bring face-covering, whether they’re face masks or bandanas, especially while riding the shuttle or the van. They also have hand sanitizers available at all times.

    Depending on the group size, the Tour Operator plans on offering multiple vans to help reduce the maximum capacity and offer ample distancing options for every guest. When appropriate, they will add shuttles to provide flexibility for guests to start and end at different times.

    Now more than ever, the Tour Operator is taking their cleaning standards to a whole new level. All bikes, equipment, and gears will receive a deep cleaning at the end of every single day of the tour. This includes sanitization as per CDC guidelines. Tour leaders will also clean and disinfect every exposed surface of the vans at the end of each day, with special attention to high touchpoints.

    Food and the camaraderie during meals have always been an integral part of the tour experience. This year, there will be all of that, but with flexibility and options to dine as you wish. We are limiting table sizes and giving you the option to choose what makes you comfortable. Our leaders, known for presenting one of the best picnic lunches in the industry, are well trained in food handling safety. Now they are keeping additional CDC and WHO guidelines and training in mind while preparing food.

Overall Rating:
Chris Weeks
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

One to be remembered! I can't believe we did the Tour de L'ille! It was awesome.

Bill Wunderlin
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

I loved this trip. It was pure joy. There was a variety of scenery, and it was all nice. The lake was beautiful. The bike ferry was fun.

Maureen Willey
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Given that this was my first trip with a tour company, I wasn't sure what to expect. EVERYTHING on this tour exceeded my expectations. I was happy and comfortable for the entire tour. Greatly appreciated.