Great Bike Tours
Great Bike Tours
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Great Bike Tours offers six-day all-inclusive bicycle vacations, staying at deluxe lodges and Inns along the way. We provide the bikes, the accommodations, most meals, and lots of included activities. Our average group size is 15-20 people. Most trips will have 3 guides and 2 vehicles (15-passenger vans) to support you throughout the week. In 2022-23 we'll be offering trips to 10 different exciting destinations: - Florida Keys & The Everglades - Georgia's Golden Isles - South Carolina Bike & Boat Tour - Rhode Island Bike & Boat Tour - New York's Adirondack Adventure - Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard - New Hampshire: Mountains to the Sea - Vermont's Fall Foliage - Virginia's Historic Triangle - New Zealand (13-day trip)
Shelburne, Vermont

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Jim T
3 contributions
Jan 2020
From the red carpet pickup on Saturday to our last sunset in Key West, Simon & Julian were the finest guided bike tour leaders we've ever had. The accommodations were beautiful, the food excellent, and the off saddle activities a lot of fun. Thanks for a great week!
Written January 22, 2020
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Michael S
2 contributions
Sep 2022
This was the first bike trip with Great Bike Tours for my wife and I, but we hope it won’t be our last.

There are several reasons why:

:: Simon, Jessica, Elliot and Julian are a smooth-running team who put the enjoyment of their participants first and foremost. They communicated frequently and well in advance of our Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket bike tour, and were always available to answer any questions we had.
:: They pay attention to details, including the little things, like slices of lemons and limes for our bottles of water. And during our sunset boat ride, in addition to lots of good snacks, Simon also was happy to share a stellar IPA brewed in their Vermont hometown. [If you’re a craft beer enthusiast – enough said.]
:: They also paid close attention to the needs and interests of the participants. It was common for us to be taking up the rear, but Simon, Elliot or Julian was always happy to ride with us to make sure we weren’t left on our own.
:: The itinerary also was infused with a great variety of non-biking activities, including stops at art galleries, museums, brewery/whiskey distiller and lighthouses.
:: Meals were tasty, running the gamut from a top rung meal on our first night together, to the delicious sandwiches and pizza at a local general store.

So if you want a memorable bike tour filled with adventure, good food, good company and run by a family that pulls all the pieces together seamlessly, then you don’t need to look any further than Great Bike Tours.

Michael Schwartz and Linda Jerkins
Written October 10, 2022
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Diana T
2 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Great Bike Tours was a class above other Groups I have toured with. I especially appreciated the diverse activities included on the Rhode Island Bike and Boat Tour. Loved the boating experiences. They were fun and educational. The Guides were so attentive, approachable, and in tune to our needs. I would highly recommend this Group to anyone interested in experiencing a well organized top notch Tour.

The quaint, and very comfortable accommodations were wonderful. The selected restaurants were great. The food was awesome.
Written June 11, 2021
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Thank you for your kind words Diana. We looking forward to travelling with you again very soon. Cheers, Simon
Written June 12, 2021
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Peggy H
Riviera Maya, Mexico17 contributions
Jun 2021
Recently took the Rhode Island Bike and Boat tour, and as a veteran cycling tour participant, I can honestly say this was a 5 Star experience. The Guides were always one step ahead of us in anticipating our needs: bags delivered to our rooms daily; tires pumped up and bike safety issues checked; water bottles filled (I'm not kidding); shower caps for our helmets when it rained; SAG support and snacks - it was amazing. then add the carefully planned routes, boat excursions, comfortable seaside hotels, delicious cuisine, and excellent cycling equipment - you have the ideal cycling vacation. These folks know what they're doing - I highly recommend taking a Great Bike Tours trip.
Written June 8, 2021
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Doug Woods
3 contributions
Jan 2020
Simon and Julian took such good care of us from booking great hotels with wonderful views to selecting unique and exceptional restaurants. My son (21) described the trip as "consistently awesome". Between the great bike rides, turtle hospital visits, swimming with dolphins to sunset sail boat cruises it was hard to pick a favourite moment.
My biggest takeaway from the trip was how everything was looked after for me and how this made it a truly relaxing vacation for both of us. Also, meeting so many interesting active travelers who were all a pleasure to spend the week with.
Looking to book the New Zealand trip next March with my wife.
Written January 12, 2020
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Peter B
Seattle, WA49 contributions
Feb 2020
Everything about our New Zealand tour with Great Bike Tours was first rate: the staff, vans, bicycles, housing, food, side trip options, and the route. They did a very nice job of accommodating our family of three without a single supplement. Lots of good things to say and nothing bad.
Written February 18, 2020
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Brahim S
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Solo
This my first time using Great Bike Tours and the exceeded my expectations. This tour includes Riding on a historical train along the river gorge weigh a breathtaking views, gravel biking on the first New Zealand Otago Trail across a variety of beautiful landscape, road biking with iconic sceneries and landscape. The accommodations were in top notch places including amazing ecolodges located in the rain forest along the Tasman sea and in Arthur Pass facing the mountains. I was surprised with the activity options available. I was also impressed with the service provided by the Tour owners Jessica and Simon, their efforts and kindness surpassed my expectations. Our guide Elliot and John were amazing and did the best job I have never seen in a bike tour and I have done many and all of them were overseas in Europe and in South America. This Tour by far was the best. Elliot and John kept up with group Individual needs and the maintenance of the bikes. The gravel bikes and the road bikes were in excellent shape and surpass my expectations. Along the way in the vans there were always a supply of fresh fruits, energy bars, nuts, electrolytes and water. Although I was a Vegan Jessica went beyond my expectations to make sure my diet was followed and in all the places we have eaten the food was good. Well done Jessica, Simon, Elliot and John. Bravo and Chapeau!!!!
Brahim
Written February 18, 2020
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PK_TN
Kingsport, TN4 contributions
Feb 2020
Great Bike Tours did an amazing job on the 13 day bike tour of the South Island of New Zealand. From biking rail trails to road, through the various geographies from East to West Coast and added activities on layover days made for a wonderful vacation - even with a couple of days of rain. Guides were great to adjust and with new friends made along the way, we all left as family.
Written February 9, 2020
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Jane H
Lebanon, IN5 contributions
Jun 2021
My husband and I recently toured with Great Bike Tours on their Rhode Island Bike and Boat trip. We would both highly recommend both the trip and GBT Co. Simon, Elliot, Julian, and John were extraordinary guides; very personable, knowledgeable, helpful, fun (and funny), and engaging. They were very responsive to all our needs. We have not toured with any other biking group, but based on other tours we have taken, we have never had the personal service and attention we received from this group.
The tour included paper and/or GPS navigation maps for the pre-planned bike routes and constant van support. In addition to the riding we enjoyed several boat excursions, including a teaching/formerly working lobster boat, and also a tour of The Breakers Mansion. The hotel accommodations were extraordinary, and the included meals were all delicious.
Simon and his group are extremely organized and the trip went very smoothly; even the transfers from Newport to two different islands.
We would highly recommend GBT if you are considering a bike trip in the future. We have already signed up for another one in May 2022 and plan to sign up for one in January 2023. We just can’t say enough good things about this company-superior in every way.
Written June 16, 2021
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Patricia K
Austin, TX30 contributions
Jan 2023
We recently went on Great Bike Tours’ Florida Keys trip, and I cannot say enough good things about it. Each day was amazing, the scenery was beautiful, the extra activities were so much fun, and I don’t think I have ever had better guides!

But the first thing I loved was the upfront support that I got as far as suggesting which apps to get. I am not particularly technically proficient, and I wasn’t happy at first about having to learn new apps. But I did it, and they turned out to be easy to learn and invaluable on the trip! The Cluster app allowed the participants to share their photos and that was a real treat. The Ride with GPS app worked superbly and prevented me from having anxiety about the route. I really, really liked that app! It was like having a GPS for your bike. I also appreciated having the Venmo app so that I could let Venmo give the guides their tip money at the end without having to carry around a lot of cash. That was a stress relief!

The scenery of the Florida Keys was amazing, and I appreciated the variety of the different biking days. One day we rode beside alligators in the Everglades. The alligators are sunning themselves and not interested in the bike riders, but riding and seeing them was quite thrilling! Another day was through a very undeveloped area on northern Key Largo, and it was pleasant riding through the woods. I even saw a raccoon run across the road! But of course, the star of the scenery was the beautiful, gorgeous turquoise water that we saw from the many bridges on the way to Key West. The rides through Key West were a variety of areas near the beach and ocean and quiet residential areas, all of them beautiful. We also had most of our meals in waterfront locations with great beauty to behold.

The extra activities were so fun! Besides the bike riding, we went kayaking in John Pennekamp State Park, we saw dolphins & iguanas in the Dolphin Research Center and ailing turtles at the Turtle Hospital, and went sailing on a 54-ft yacht. All of those were awesome activities and we enjoyed them a lot!

But, as others have said, the stars of the entire trip were the guides, Elliot, Julian and Dan. They were so professional and organized. Everything was so well-planned and worked out perfectly. They were so attentive to each person. We had a group of 12 on our tour, but the guides worked it out so that the people not in that group did not feel left out in the slightest. They were so friendly and welcoming that they put us at ease from the first moment.

I loved Great Bike Tours and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a bike tour!
Written January 24, 2023
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