Finger Lakes Fall Bicycle Tour

$1,379 per person

September 26-October 2, 2015

Join us for a "leaf peeping" cycling loop to beautiful upstate New York. Our trip starts in Syracuse and cycles a loop to visit as many Finger Lakes as possible. We plan to overnite close to the water and in interesting destinations where you can spend the rest of your day sightseeing. Of course, our routes will be full of beautiful landscapes to cycle and we always stop by as many points of interest as possible along the way.

NOTE: this trip is limited to 30 and we will fill on a first-come basis!

Trip Itinerary

Day One-Syracuse, NY — Check-in and Welcome

You'll check-in throughout the day at the Best Western Fairgrounds located by Onondaga Lake with a nice cycle around the lake by path and just a few miles by bike to the town center and Syracuse University.

The Best Western offers all of the best amenities including shuttle to and from the Syracuse Airport.

Tonight you'll meet your fellow cycling friends at a wonderful Welcome Dinner at "Daniellas" on the property of the Best Western.

Day Two-Syracuse to Geneva (50 miles )

Today we set off towards Geneva and our lakefront stay. Geneva is a lovely town at the northern tip of Seneca Lake and famous also as the home of Hobart and William Smith College.

Our route will start by following the Erie Canal bike route to Cayuga Lake and take a break in famous Seneca Falls for lunch and a visit to the Women's Rights National Historical Park.

We want to reach Geneva in time for our 4 p.m. boat tour of Seneca Lake aboard the 1953 Rose Lummis River Boat!

Finger Lakes Bike Tour

Rose Lummis Riverboat on Seneca Lake

Day Three : Lakeville (45 miles)

Today we head west along beautiful farm country to visit Canandaigua Lake- the third largest of the Finger Lakes.

The town of Canandaigua founded in 1791 has a rich history and our route passes the famous Sonenberg Gardens. The former "gilded age" summerhome of Frederick Ferris and Mary Thompson, Sonnenberg 50 acre estate is one of just two public gardens in the New Yoek State Parks System.

We will skirt parts of the Honeoye, Canadice, and Hemlock Lakes and rest for the night on Conesus Lake in the town of Lakeville. Conesus Lake is the westernmost of the Finger Lakes, prides itself with being smaller and quieter- and proud of its Native American name meaning "always beautiful".

Day Four : Penn Yan (54 miles)

Today we follow the Conesus Lake road south through little towns into the forrested area of Springwater and east into the Naples, NY.

The quaint, historic town of Naples is a perfect stop for lunch along our route today. Besides unique eateries, the town features shops with local artisans, three wineries and some gorgeous scenery with overlooks and waerfalls.

We will offer a longer and hillier option today along the beautiful Italy Valley, or others can enjoy equally lovely views skirting the west side of Keuka Lake into the historic town of Penn Yan

Regardless of your route, we'd like all cyclists to enjoy some yummy pick-your-own apples at the local Apple Barrell Orchards right in town.

Penn Yan Apple Orchards

Apple Barrell Orchards in Penn Yan

Day 5: Watkins Glen (32 miles)

Today's ride follows the wine trail of Seneca Lake to Watkins Glen.

We have made it a short and easy cycling day so you can arrive early to enjoy the wonderful trails and sights of the most famous of the Finger Lakes Parks-Watkins Glen State Park- with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound.

Within two miles, the glen's stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge.

Nestled amoung the pines just a stone's throw from the park gorge, we will enjoy the rustic atmosphere of Seneca Lodge.

 Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen State Park

Day Six- Auburn( 55 or 67 miles )

Our cycling today takes us to just north of Owasco Lake and the city of Auburn. The county seat of Cayuga County, Auburn is rich in culture, arts and history and famous as the home of Harriet Tubman, famous abolitionist and promoter of woman's suffrage rights.

Cyclists have a choice to take a shorter route traveling through the Finger Lakes National Forest, or a longer route which visits the city of Ithaca and skirts the Owasco Lake.

Tonight we enjoy lodging and the Hilton Garden Inn in the revitalized city center.

Day Seven- Back to Syracuse(40 miles)

We have planned this day for an early ride start and easy 40 miles back to Syracuse.

For those that would like to stay over at our host hotel, a special arrangement has been made for you to secure a room at a special group rate(not included in trip price).

Trip Difficulty

The terrain in the Finger Lakes will be a mixture of gently to moderately rolling with some hills every day. We have selected mostly quiet, picturesque routes also taking advantage of any area bike and rail trail systems as they afford great car-free and scenic cycling.

For full enjoyment of the trip, you should come prepared to cycle our daily mileages listed above. As always, we advocate a social touring pace and a "smell the roses" philosophy to bike travel.

There will be two ride leaders and our support van on route.

Getting There

If arriving by plane, you will be flying into Syracuse Hancock International Airport, just a few miles north of Syracuse center.

The Best Western will graciously provide complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel and back for our cycling guests.

Our host hotel also offers free parking for those driving to the trip start. In addition, they are glad to receive your bikes if you ship them to the property address. More information on shipping bikes is in the confirmation Welcome Letter.

Additional Information

Please visit our Trip Information page for general trip information and registration information.

Upon registration we will send you a Welcome Letter full of pre-trip details including how to get you and bike to the trip start, bike rentals, suggestions on packing, trip area and contact information, cycling and travel websites to enhance your trip experience, etc.

We are always happy to receive your e-mails or calls if you have any questions!