Bike Tours For Seniors- Cycle Trips For Seniors

Well-planned Cycling Tours specifically for active seniors…

That’s what Senior Cycling is all about

Welcome to Senior Cycling. We offer custom designed bicycling trips developed specifically for active seniors. We hold our excursions in various parts of the country. Florida Keys and Central  Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C, New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Canada.   The trips range from 2 to 10 days. We also offer single-day bike rides for seniors in the Northern Virginia Washington DC area.

When we say “senior” cycling, we are referring to active older adults ages 50 and up. Like other active seniors, you probably want some degree of physical challenge but you also want time to see the sights along the way. Our bike trips are done at a reasonable pace and we adjust the pace to the needs and abilities of the group. We also do our very best to make sure your experience is a great one – we make things as convenient and accommodating as possible for you.

When you go biking with Senior Cycling, we arrange your lodging, transport your luggage, provide cue sheets, do minor bike repairs, provide van support, and either recommend restaurants or prepare delicious meals for you.

If you like to cycle at your own particular speed but you’d rather not tour completely on your own, it’s great to travel with other riders like yourself. That’s what Senior Cycling is all about. Whether you have taken several bicycle vacations or are planning your very first one, you will find that a Senior Cycling bicycle tour is a fun, rewarding vacation!

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Senior Cycling has been providing multi-day and single-day bicycle tours for over 15 years, with cycling trips held in the Florida Keys and Central  Florida, Cape Cod, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington D.C, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Canada and other locations. You never know where our bikes might take us next! Choose your next group ride by visiting our tour schedule.

Contact us  for more information about  Bike Tours For Seniors at (540) 668-6307.

 

Tours (click on tour name for description)

Tour Name Dates Difficulty Days Cost Miles Per Day
Washington DC Area TBD Intermediate 5 days $1390. average 35
Florida Keys 1 – 2 spots available January 25 - January 30, 2015 Intermediate 6 $1820. 25
Florida Rail Trails 1 – 2 spots available February 5 - February 9, 2015 Intermediate level 5 $1470. 19/32
Florida Keys 2 – 2 spots left February 15 - February 20, 2015 Intermediate 6 $1820. avg.25
Florida Keys 3 – 5 spots available March 1 - March 6, 2015 intermediate 6 $1820. avg.25
Amish Tour April 23 - April 24, 2015 intermediate 2 $350 32
Erie Canal, NY – May 21 - May 27, 2015 intermediate 7 days $1770. 30-45-45-45-19-43-29
Great Allegheny Passage, PA June 2 - June 6, 2015 intermediate 5 days $1010. 15/38/30/32/42
Ohio Bike Trails #1 June 8 - June 16, 2015 intermediate 8 $1750. 32/35/30/44/20-34/41/39/32
Michigan Trails June 20 - June 27, 2015 intermediate 8 days $1790.
Le P’tit Train Du Nord, Laurentian Mts, Quebec August 31 - September 4, 2015 intermediate 5 days $1390 Average 35
Lake Champlain Area, VT. September 7 - September 12, 2015 Intermediate 6 Days $1590. Average 35
Cape Cod, MA 1 September 15 - September 20, 2015 intermediate 7 $1740. 20-36
Northern Neck of VA. October 22 - October 23, 2015 Intermedite 2 days $345 32

Tour Descriptions

Washington DC Area

We spend five days in the Washington DC area.  Two on the C&O Canal from Harpers Ferry WV to Georgetown in DC.  One day at the Gettysburg National Battlefield and two days visiting the monuments, Lincoln’s, Jefferson’s, The Viet Nam Memorial, Korean memorial and George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon.  The best way to see the sights is by bicycle.  Includes:   5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, four overnight accommodations, sag wagon.

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Florida Keys 1 – 2 spots available

Our introduction to the Florida Keys is a glass bottom boat ride to Americas only living coral reef at John Pennekamp State Park. We will bike right from their parking lot to start our tour of the Keys. On the ride we will cross 42 bridges including the 7 mile bridge. We will have the opportunity to feed the pelicans at the Wild Bird center, see Humphrey Bogart’s boat the “African Queen”, visit the Hurricane memorial erected in memory of the 1935 hurricane that destroyed Mr. Flagler’s railroad, visit the Dolphin Research center, picnic in Bahia Honda St. Park, maybe visit the turtle hospital and even stop in at the no name pub for a cold beer on its own no name key. Then we arrive in the unique city of Key West. Here we spent two days and you are on your own with the possibility of visiting the “Little White House”, Truman’s vacation home, the Hemmingway House, sunset at Mallary Square (a most), or maybe a half day fishing or a snorkel trip or a day trip to the Dry Tortugas Nalt. Park. What ever you do it will be a memorable time in the Sun. Switch off the cell phones and beepers, don’t check your email, this change in latitude will definitely be a change in attitude. This is half bike path and half road riding.    Intermediate level
100 miles – Four days of riding – Meals included 5B/1L/2D

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Florida Rail Trails 1 – 2 spots available

This is a very special bike tour where you can see that Florida is not just beaches. We bike the West Orange Trail from Apopka Fl. to Oakland, Fl. (This trail won Rail to Trails trail of the year award in 1994.) Then we van over to the James Van Fleet trail, 29 miles of paved, flat, straight swamp and wilderness trail. If we are lucky, many birds, turtles and even a possible alligator may be seen. The third day we van to the Withlacoochee trail, the longest paved rail trail in Florida. We are in the country now, horse farms, small towns, ranches and wooded areas. We spend the night in Inverness, Florida and continue our tour on this trail the next day. The final day we start our ride in Tarpon Springs, Fl., which is now the sponge capital of the United States. We follow the Pinellas Trail for 35 miles through Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Seminole to St. Petersburg. Five days of riding all on flat, paved, bike paths. Beginner level    
130 miles – five days riding Meals included 4B/4L /2D

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Florida Keys 2 – 2 spots left

Our introduction to the Florida Keys is a glass bottom boat ride to Americas only living coral reef at John Pennekamp State Park. We will bike right from their parking lot to start our tour of the Keys. On the ride we will cross 42 bridges including the 7 mile bridge. We will have the opportunity to feed the pelicans at the Wild Bird center, see Humphrey Bogart’s boat the “African Queen”, visit the Hurricane memorial erected in memory of the 1935 hurricane that destroyed Mr. Flagler’s railroad, visit the Dolphin Research center, picnic in Bahia Honda St. Park, maybe visit the turtle hospital and even stop in at the no name pub for a cold beer on its own no name key. Then we arrive in the unique city of Key West. Here we spent two days and you are on your own with the possibility of visiting the “Little White House”, Truman’s vacation home, the Hemmingway House, sunset at Mallary Square (a most), or maybe a half day fishing or a snorkel trip or a day trip to the Dry Tortugas Nalt. Park. What ever you do it will be a memorable time in the Sun. Switch off the cell phones and beepers, don’t check your email, this change is latitude will definitely be a change in attitude. This is half bike path and half road riding. Intermediate level    -   
100 miles – Four days of riding – Meals included 5B/1L/2D

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Florida Keys 3 – 5 spots available

Our introduction to the Florida Keys is a glass bottom boat ride to Americas only living coral reef at John Pennekamp State Park. We will bike right from their parking lot to start our tour of the Keys. On the ride we will cross 42 bridges including the 7 mile bridge. We will have the opportunity to feed the pelicans at the Wild Bird center, see Humphrey Bogart’s boat the “African Queen”, visit the Hurricane memorial erected in memory of the 1935 hurricane that destroyed Mr. Flagler’s railroad, visit the Dolphin Research center, picnic in Bahia Honda St. Park, maybe visit the turtle hospital and even stop in at the no name pub for a cold beer on its own no name key. Then we arrive in the unique city of Key West. Here we spent two days and you are on your own with the possibility of visiting the “Little White House”, Truman’s vacation home, the Hemmingway House, sunset at Mallary Square (a most), or maybe a half day fishing or a snorkel trip or a day trip to the Dry Tortugas Nalt. Park. What ever you do it will be a memorable time in the Sun. Switch off the cell phones and beepers, don’t check your email, this change is latitude will definitely be a change in attitude. This is half bike path and half road riding. Intermediate level

100 miles – Four days of riding – Meals included 5B/1L/2D        5 spots left

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Amish Tour

A delightful and very interesting bike tour of the Amish area around Intercourse, PA. The eight team horse or mule-drawn plows, one room school houses, buggies and scooters. The truly unique culture of the Amish people can be observed. A look at the “simple life”. This tour is rated intermediate. We ride approximately 32 miles per day for 2 days on rolling country roads with little traffic.

Minimum number of riders: 8 / Maximum number of riders: 12. Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner. Support: Sag Wagon provided.

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Erie Canal, NY –

We have eliminated the road riding and hills.  Just biking the beautiful canal path. We ride from Buffalo to Albany but only on the canal path with a few exceptions of short unfinished pathways.  This means we have to van a bit and it is worth it. Unlike the C&O Canal this canal passes through small towns and even large cities. A flat biking experience.  This tour includes van support, admission to the museum in Medina (www.railroadmuseum.net) and a canal boat tour in Herkimer http://www.eriecanalcruises.com/   Pick up  is the Buffalo airport drop off is the Albany airport.

Our longest day is 42 miles our shortest is 26 miles.     

Minimum number of riders: 10/ Maximum number of riders: 13.  Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners. Support: Sag Wagon provided.  Local motel accommodations 6 nights.

 

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Great Allegheny Passage, PA

We have just added a 5th day to this tour so we can include the newly opened section from Pittsburgh Pa. to McKeesport. We will meet day one with the pick up the Pittsburgh airport at noon.   You will have time to ride around the three rivers in the afternoon.  Then after a short cocktail hour we will take the incline up Mt. Washington followed by dinner, included.  We travel through tunnels, over bridges and viaducts, including the Salisbury Viaduct 1908 feet long, through the Savage Tunnel, 3294 feet long on a easy stone dust surface. We will take a morning off to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house on the third day.  (included in the tour).  The final day is a treat with the last 22 miles down hill to Cumberland.  I think this may be one of the best rail trails in the country.

Minimum number of riders: 10 / Max 12   Meals 3 breakfast, 3 lunch, 2 dinner   Support: Sag wagon provided

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Ohio Bike Trails #1

Ohio BikeTrails, our newest tour, takes you on trails through the bike friendly, historic Ohio countryside with occasional views of its cities. We know you will fall in love with the many small towns you will ride through. We think you will come away with an image of Ohio as the hard-working, productive farming, beautiful river landscape area that it is.

We start this trip outside of Cleveland and head south on the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath. Our first day of riding offers an option for bikers to choose an on and off jaunt on the scenic railroad  that parallels the towpath. We end the day in Akron and van back to the trailhead there the next morning to continue south. This stretch includes a picnic lunch stop at St. Helena Heritage park where you can take an optional 1 hour canal boat ride on the St Helena III, a replica of an old freighter. We will spend the next night and bike the following morning in the Amish country of Holmes County.  We’ll visit the Amish and Mennonite Cultural Center to learn about the people of this area. The trail here in Holmes County is a unique wide trail built with separate lanes for bikes and buggies.

Next, we’ll move west to ride the Roberts Pass and Prairie grass trails that travel through farmlands from Georgesville (outside of Columbus) to Xenia (outside of Dayton).  We’ll spend two nights in Springfield with a morning ride along the northern leg of the Little Miami trail where you can make a coffee stop in Yellow  Springs, home of Antioch college. In Springfield we’ll visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Wescott house. The next day we’ll ride downhill  along the great Miami river on  the Great Miami trail from Piqua to Franklin . Our picnic lunch stop that day is a park with a dramatic view of the Dayton skyline.

Our last three days will include a ride across from Dayton to Xenia on the urban Cross Creek Trail and then south on the Little Miami trail, a scenic wooded trail. The southern part of the trail runs along the Little Miami river.  This trail finishes with a peddle-easy  downhill (afternoon break in the charming town of Loveland) to our final destination in Cincinnati.

This tour provides a wonderful trek from Cleveland in northeast Ohio to Cincinnati in southwest Ohio with all trails except the towpath paved. And while the areas around the trails are sometimes hilly, the trails are perfect for old folks on spokes.

Minimum number of riders: 10 / Maximum number of riders: 12.   7 nights Lodging, Meals: 6 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinner. Support: Sag Wagon provided.

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Michigan Trails

Our Michigan bike tour travels through Michigan’s rural farmlands, its peaceful woods and forests,   and into its welcoming lakeside villages and cities. We begin biking in Grand Rapids, a mecca of bike trails, and ride north out to the small town of Sand Lake. with a stop for lunch in the charming riverside town of Rockford. Next we head west to the shores of Lake Michigan and then up the coast to Michigan’s surprising huge sand dunes. A morning van ride brings us to Sutton’s Bay for lunch in this bayside town and an afternoon ride into Traverse City on the south end of the Grand Traverse Bay. Then it’s eastward to meet the coast of Lake Huron and a stay in Mackinaw City. From Mackinaw City we take the ferry to Mackinac Island and spend the day exploring this island where feet and horses and bikes are the only modes of transportation. No CARS. On the last day we head back southward along the Lake Michigan shoreline on a rail trail. This trail actually started in the late 1800’s as a pathway for bicycling and walking. It eventually was developed for train travel and thankfully now has returned to a bikeway. Along the way in Petosky, we’ll take a short side trail through a steep ravine beside the Bear River rapids. The rapids are a popular Michigan whitewater paddlesport location. Except for our first and last biking days when we are returning to our airport vicinity hotel, we’ll be biking in to each night’s lodging. If we van to a trail in the morning, we will load bikes for such trail connections. And most days find us lakeside at the end of the day. On our eight days of biking we’ll travel on pavement, crushed limestone, asphalt, boardwalks, through tunnels and across wooden trestles. And every day there will be water – rivers, streams, ponds, bays and lakes. Lots and lots of lakes – some Great and some smaller. The glacier that covered this area 10,000 years ago left Michigan with over 11,000 lakes that are 5 acres or more in size and thousands more that are smaller. No wonder you seem to encounter them at every turn in the trail. This landscape and lakescape are the perfect backdrop for eight days of biking in late June

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Le P’tit Train Du Nord, Laurentian Mts, Quebec

The original train track built between 1891 and 1909 between St. Jerome and Mount Laurier.  The last freight train ran in 1989 and by 1996 the P’tit Train du Nord Linear Park was completed.  We ride along lakes, Lac Nominingue for one and through forests and a series of small towns as we work our way from Mont Laurier through Labelle, Mont Tremblant, Ste-Agathe, Val David, Val Morin, Ste Adele to St Jerome. Many of the towns have the old train stations restored. We ride along the Rouge river in the North and along the Riviere du Nord in the South. This path is 50% paved and 50% stone dust.  Smooth enough even for a road bike.   125 miles, four days of riding.   Minimum number of riders: 10 / Maximum number of riders :12. Meals  4B-3L-4D  4 night accommodations.   Support:  sag wagon provided   

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Lake Champlain Area, VT.

We ride on the Vermont and New York sides of the lake and on the Champlain islands with many ferry crossing. We start out of Burlington, Vt. on the Island Line trail. We continue on beautiful low traffic roads on the Champlain Islands. We visit the site of Fort St. Anne, Vermont’s oldest settlement. The statue of Samuel De Champlain, sculpted at the Expo ’67. With a little bit of luck we arrive in Plattsburgh, NY for a re-enactment of battles of the War of 1812.   200 miles

Minimum number of riders: 10 / Maximum number of riders: 12. Meals: 4 breakfast, 3lunches, 2 dinner.  Support: Sag Wagon provided.

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Cape Cod, MA 1

Popular demand has us headed to the Cape.  Sea, sand, charming woods, and ferry rides.  All of these and more await you on our Cape Cod tour. We begin in the fishing port of Hyannis, traveling by ferry for a day trip to bike Nantucket Island. From Hyannis we bike up the Cape Cod trail to Wellfleet.  The next morning we bike back roads toward the upper cape and then van the final rolling roads and beach road into Provincetown.  We spend an afternoon and evening in this destination village at the tip of the Cape.  The next day we van back to ride the Shinning Sea trail and enjoy a nights stay in Falmouth.  Next we ferry to Martha’s Vineyard for biking this beautiful island and an overnight sty in Oak Bluff.  There’s time for exploring the village including its famous gingerbread cottages.  We return the following afternoon on the high-speed ferry to Hyannis.    Encluded 6 nights lodging, 3 bkfts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and sag wagon support.

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Northern Neck of VA.

A scenic peaceful bike tour of the Northern Neck of Virginia. We bike the back country roads of Northumberland and Mathews county. Barely a hill in sight and in Fall the weather is perfect.

Minimum number of riders: 10 / Maximum number of riders: 12. Meals: 1 breakfasts, 2 lunches 1 dinner. Support: Sag Wagon provided. Local hotel accommodations.

 

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