Giving to
Bryn Mawr

Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center

Vermont Bike Trip: Champlain Valley & Islands

with President Jane McAuliffe and her husband, Dennis McAuliffe, professor of Italian

July 4 - July 9, 2010

Join Jane McAuliffe, President of Bryn Mawr College, and her husband, Dennis McAuliffe, professor of Italian, on a unique bike trip through the beautiful Champlain Valley in Vermont. We will cycle along the sleepy back roads of Isle La Motte and swim in the clear waters of Lake Champlain, all the while getting to know the rich culture that makes Vermont so special. There will be opportunities to pause for picnics in the shadow of the Green Mountains while enjoying the companionship of President McAuliffe, her husband and your fellow Mawrtyrs. Back to the top »

Itinerary Map below...

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itinerary map



July 4, 2010 - Bristol, Vermont

Start from Bristol, Vermont OR Fly into Burlington/Transfer to North Hero. The tour begins and ends at VBT Headquarters in Bristol, Vermont. From Bristol, we will shuttle to our first inn, North Hero House. Please plan to arrive between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on the first day of the tour and have lunch before departing from VBT. The shuttle to North Hero leaves promptly at 12:30 p.m. (travel time approximately 1 1/4 hour). If you arrive after this time, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the inn.

At the North Hero House, settle in and relax until 3:30 p.m., when your VBT Trip Leaders fit you to your bike and offer a brief cycling-skills clinic, followed by a short warm-up ride. Enjoy dinner at the inn at 7:00 p.m.

Meals: D
Hotel: North Hero House

Mileage: 11 mile ride

July 5, 2010 - Cycle Isle La Motte and North Hero Island

This morning we cycle northward along the lake, crossing over a bridge causeway to Isle La Motte, Champlain Islands. Ride quiet back roads on Isle La Motte, stopping to visit the historic St. Anne's Shrine and Fisk Quarry. The Shrine has lovely views of Lake Champlain, information on local history, short walking trails and inherent serenity. Spend some time taking in the natural and historical sights, some of which date to Samuel de Champlain's 1666 discovery of the area. After a picnic lunch, join an included guided kayaking excursion, or you may choose to continue cycling south along the beautiful shoreline or relax before dinner at the inn.

Meals: B, L, D
Hotel: North Hero House

Mileage: 26 mile ride with an option to ride 5 or 17 additional miles

July 6, 2010 - South Hero/Bike Path to Burlington and Shelburne

After cycling along the Grand Isle shore, reach South Hero, the largest of the Champlain Islands. Lake views with gentle terrain and some unpaved roads here make for pleasant cycling. We will board a bicycle ferry operated by Local Motion and cross “the cut” to the Burlington Bike Path. After a picnic lunch, continue cycling to Burlington.

After settling into the historic Lang House in downtown Burlington, enjoy some free time before we attend a picnic dinner in our honor hosted by the Burlington Club of Bryn Mawr at the home of Alison Kosakowski, Class of 2001.

Meals: B, L
Hotel: Lang House

Mileage: 29 mile ride with an option to ride 12 additional miles

July 7, 2010 - Shelburne, Lake Champlain, East Middlebury

Explore Shelburne/Cycle along Lake Champlain/Shuttle to East Middlebury

After breakfast, enjoy a ride along the shores of Lake Champlain. Scan the waves and try to catch a glimpse of “Champ,” the legendary lake creature that some say is related to the Loch Ness Monster!

At the conclusion of your ride, continue on to either Shelburne Farms or Shelburne Museum for an included visit. Shelburne Museum has a fine collection of more than 150,000 works in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings. Shelburne Farms has beautiful grounds and interesting architecture. Meet back at the Shelburne Museum parking lot at 4 p.m. for the shuttle (approximately 45 minutes) to East Middlebury. Relax or take a stroll before dinner at the Waybury Inn.

Meals: B, D
Hotel: Waybury Inn

Mileage: 18 mile ride with an option to ride 10 additional miles

July 8, 2010 - Explore Middlebury

During your ride this morning take time and stop to see the magnificent animals at the famous UVM Morgan Horse Farm, dedicated to the preservation of a breed with a long Vermont heritage. Then, ride into Middlebury, a charming college town that borders the Green Mountain National Forest. Settled around the time of the Revolutionary War, Middlebury is the home of prestigious Middlebury College---and the quintessential picture of a charming old New England town, with its white steeples, beautiful natural surroundings and vibrant downtown area. It was here that John Deere, inventor of the world's first steel moldboard plow, served as an apprentice in a blacksmith's shop from 1821 to 1825. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Visit Danforth Pewter, a workshop and store owned and operated by a fifth-generation pewtersmith; view the exhibits at the Middlebury College Art Museum, where you can discover thousands of objects ranging from antiquities to contemporary art; browse the many quaint shops downtown; or find your own adventure.

Finish the day with a scenic ride back to East Middlebury to dine at the inn's fine restaurant. For those looking for more riding, take a late-afternoon ride from the Inn to Lake Dunmore and Branbury State Park for a refreshing swim.

Meals: B, D
Hotel: Waybury Inn

Mileage: 21 mile ride with an option to ride 9, 13 or 19 additional miles

July 9, 2010 - Cycle north to Lincoln and Bristol/Depart for home

This morning, relax while you eat breakfast at the Inn. Your last day of cycling takes you through some classic farmland. Ride peacefully on back roads along the Hogback Ridge, a major foothill of the Green Mountains, and north to Bristol. Visit the quaint shops in Bristol and Lincoln, and stop to swim along the New Haven River. After lunch on your own, cycle to VBT Bicycling Vacations Worldwide Headquarters. VBT has made arrangements with Bristol Fitness for shower facilities to be available from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. A shuttle will be provided from VBT Headquarters to the Burlington International Airport departing at 2 p.m. If you need to get to the airport prior to that time, your leaders can assist you with making reservations at your own expense with a local taxi service. Guests who drove to the start of the tour may depart at their leisure.

Meals: B

Mileage: 20 mile ride with an option to ride 10 additional miles

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Land-Only Tour $2,195.00

  • 5 nights in historic inns
  • Welcome reception
  • 11 meals - 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • FREE use of custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of VBT Trip Leaders
  • Full Van Support
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Visit to Danforth Pewter's Workshop and Store
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • Kayaking excursion on Lake Champlain
  • Visit to Shelburne Museum or Shelburne Farms

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North Hero House
The North Hero House is an historic, beautifully restored 26 room inn, nestled in the heart of a charming well-preserved 19th century village on Lake Champlain. The Inn has been welcoming guests since 1891 when they arrived by steamer. The North Hero House Steamship Pier, which still stands today, harbors a small marina and serves as the Inn’s most celebrated event site.

The Lang House
Just 3 miles from Burlington International Airport (BTV), the Lang House on Main Street is conveniently located between the University of Vermont (UVM) and downtown Burlington. It’s a short walk to the UVM or Champlain College campuses. Also within walking distance are the Lake Champlain waterfront (we are seven blocks east of Lake Champlain) and Burlington’s downtown, including the Flynn Theatre, galleries, museums, restaurants, shops and the Church Street Marketplace (a 4-block thriving city center made for walking and browsing Burlington’s eclectic mix of shops and eateries).

Waybury Inn
Registered with the National Register of Historic Places, the Waybury Inn was used in the filming of The Newhart Show and was a favorite dinner spot for Robert Frost. For more than 180 years, the Waybury Inn has welcomed guests for dinner and overnight stay. The Inn’s restaurant serves fresh, innovative New England cuisine and Vermont-raised products.

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General Terms and Conditions

These Terms and Conditions govern the relation¬ship between you, the passenger, and us, Otago LLC, d/b/a VBT Bicycling Vacations (herein¬after, “VBT”). By booking a trip, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. They outline, among other things, our cancellation policy and certain limitations of liability. These terms affect your rights to sue, governing law, forum, and jurisdiction; please be sure to carefully read these terms and make sure you understand your rights and obligations and our rights and obligations.

Reservations & Payments
A deposit of $350 per person is required to secure your reservation. To secure reservations on a trip departing within 90 days, a full payment is required by credit card at the time of booking. Payment of your deposit indicates your acceptance of these terms and conditions. Final payment for all trips must be made in full to VBT at least 90 days prior to departure. Reservations will be cancelled if final payment is not received by the due date and cancellation charges will apply. Tour prices stated are per person and based on double occupancy. Departure taxes, surcharges, and government fees are not part of the trip price and will be billed as a separate item on your invoice. Every effort has been made to produce pricing information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors.

Changes in Plans
For any changes you make to your reservation that affect destination, departure date or program extensions, a $100-per-person administrative charge applies, in addition to any cancellation charges or applicable fees imposed by hotels or cruise lines. For changes made within 121 days of your original departure date, our cancellation policies apply. All changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.

Late Bookings
Reservations made within 90 days of the tour departure may require 72 hours for confirmation. There is a late booking fee of $25 when reserving 35 days or less prior to departure. VBT’s Airfare Package is subject to availability within 95 days of departure and may incur late fees or higher airfare cost.

Cancellations and Refunds
If you must cancel your trip, you must do so in writing. Cancellation refunds will be calculated as of the date we receive your written cancellation.

All payments for travel services not provided to the passenger shall be refunded in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and in accordance with VBT’s cancellation policy.

Processing Fee:
There is a non-refundable fee of $150 per person for each program you cancel. This low fee reflects only our costs of administering a reservation, and is not intended to be punitive in any way. We realize the majority of those who cancel their reservations do so out of necessity.

To receive any refund, your air tickets (if applicable) must be returned to VBT. Refunds will be processed 30 days after our receipt of your written cancellation and air tickets. Please note that if you cancel on or after the scheduled date of departure, you will not receive any refund.

Cancellation Charges for Land Tours:
Unless otherwise stated in the catalog, for all cancel-lations we will refund the cost of your trip less the following per-person charges. Charges shown include the $150 processing fee:


Prior to departure Charge
91 days or more $150
90-71 days 25% of selling price
70-46 days 50% of selling price
45-30 days 65% of selling price
29-0 days 100% of selling price

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