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Bicycling Cape Cod and Nantucket Island

Program Number: 2213RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/14/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Brewster, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $1,399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 6 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

With mild weather and the summer crowds gone for the season, September is a wonderful time to be on Cape Cod and Nantucket. Hop on a bike during this lovely time of year and explore some of the most scenic places in America as you learn about the region’s maritime and whaling history and encounter a diversity of native flora and fauna. Immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of the quaint coastal communities that dot Cape Cod and the islands, and venture onto barrier beaches to observe the shore- and seabirds that breed and rest there. Watch for waterfowl in marshes and ponds, look for crabs, starfish, sponges, coral and sea urchins along the shore and in tidal pools, and pedal to small museums that provide a glimpse of the lives of early settlers who made their livings farming, fishing and whaling.




Highlights

• Cycle along the famous Cape Cod Rail Trail and explore renowned beaches such as First Encounter Beach and Siasconset, among many others.
• Examine Cape Cod's roots in the cranberry industry as well as its natural and marine history through lectures and exhibits at local museums.
• Learn about Nantucket’s architecture and social history during a lecture and expert-led walk through the island's cobblestoned historic district, and visit the Nantucket Whaling Museum.



Activity Particulars

Biking 25-35 miles per day, no SAG wagon. Walking and standing up to two hours over varied surfaces.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Brewster, 3 nights; boat to Nantucket, 3 nights; boat to Hyannis, departure.




Brewster

On the edge of Cape Cod Bay, 85 miles southeast of Boston, Brewster is an old sea captain’s town that displays the affluence of its whaling past in the town’s elegant homes. Its attractions include the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, the New England Fire and History Museum, and Nickerson State Park with miles of trails.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotels.
Meals and Lodgings
   Old Sea Pines Inn
  Brewster, MA 3 nights
   Nantucket Inn
  Nantucket 3 nights
 Old Sea Pines Inn
Type: Inn
  Contact info: 2553 Main Street
Brewster, MA 02631 USA
phone: 508-896-6114
web: www.oldseapinesinn.com
  Facility amenities: Business Center, Free High-Speed Internet, Bar/Lounge
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Check with hotel directly Check with hotel directly
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Nantucket Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Library Lounge & Billiard Room.
  Contact info: 1 Miller's Lane
Nantucket, MA 02554 USA
phone: 508-228-6900
web: www.nantucketinn.net
  Room amenities: Television, Wi-Fi internet service is available in all guest rooms
  Facility amenities: Indoor and outdoor pools; health fitness center; lighted tennis courts; indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas; business center; coin-operated washing machines and dryers available for guest use, free shuttle service to ferry
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights after: Varies by season Please contact the Inn directly for availability and rates.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Brewster, MA, afternoon You will be staying at Old Sea Pines Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Hyannis, MA, around noon You will be staying at Nantucket Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Release and Assumption of Risk form must be signed and returned to International Bicycle Tours.
  Parking availability:
Parking at ferry terminal in Hyannis not included in program cost. This is approximately $20 per day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Brewster, MA
  Nearest highway: Route 6
  Nearest airport:  Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, MA
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departure
Travel Details
 

Boston

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Plymouth & Brockton Bus
phone: 508-746-0378

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 2 Hours 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 100 miles

   

Bus will transport from Boston Logan Airport to Hyannis Transportation Terminal. Bus departs every hour. Participant will need to take taxi to Old Sea Pines Inn in Brewster, MA.

 
Driving Directions
  If you are flying If you are flying, we recommend that you fly into Hyannis Airport (Boston is a 2 hour drive). Please note that transfers from and to Hyannis Airport are not included in the cost of the tour. The Hyannis Taxi Service (phone 508-775-0400) provides transportation to the Old Sea Pines Inn at a cost of approximately $65 and can accommodate up to four passengers.
  North or South From the Sagamore Bridge, follow Route 6 to Exit 10 - Brewster - Harwich. Turn left onto Route 124, follow this road to the end until you reach the Brewster General Store. Turn right onto Route 6A. Drive 1.1 miles on this road until you see the Old Sea Pines Inn on your left.
Equipment Requirements: Participants must bring and wear their own bicycle helmet.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/ Bicycle Fitting and Testing/ Group Introductions
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival by 2:00 PM at the Old Sea Pines is followed by bicycle fitting. Then we will test your bicycling skills to assure a safe, comfortable program.
 Dinner: Meet your fellow travelers during group introductions at our welcome dinner hosted by the Inn.
 Evening: All evenings in this program are free to relax or explore on your own.
   
Accommodations: Old Sea Pines Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cape Cod Rail Trail/ Brooks Academy Museum: Cranberry Industry
(Monday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Start the day with a lecture on safety, rules of the road and the IBT corner system. Bicycle on the famous Cape Cod Rail Trail, the Cape’s premier bike path, which will take you past salt marshes, cranberry bogs and ponds.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Bicycle to the Brooks Academy Museum to view a cranberry exhibit. Watch a short film documenting the history of the cranberry industry on Cape Cod before embarking upon a docent-led tour of the museum. Return to the Inn via bicycle this afternoon.
 Dinner: Dining room at the Inn.
   
Accommodations: Old Sea Pines Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Salt Pond/ Coast Guard Station and Nauset Light Beach/ First Encounter Beach
(Tuesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Your day begins with a field trip to the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center to view exhibits and learn how this pristine seashore came to be. Afterwards, enjoy an excursion to the Coast Guard Station and Nauset Light Beach. Here begins an unbroken 40-mile stretch of beach extending to Provincetown, the “Cape Cod Beach,” of Thoreau’s 1865 classic Cape Cod. The much-photographed Nauset Light tops the bluffs where the “Three Sisters” lighthouses once stood. Don't miss the opportunity to dip your toes in the water before we head back.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: On the return trip to the Inn, we stop at the First Encounter Beach, a great spot for watching sunsets. Near the parking lot is a bronze marker commemorating the first encounter between the local Indians and the passengers from the Mayflower, led by captain Myles Standish, who explored the entire area for five weeks before deciding to move onto Plymouth.
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room of Inn.
   
Accommodations: Old Sea Pines Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Cape Cod Museum of Natural History/ Ferry to Nantucket Island
(Wednesday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Your destination this morning is the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, which offers nature and marine exhibits as well as self-guided trails through forest, marshland and ponds, all rich in birds and other wildlife. A lecture and accompanying slide presentation on Cape Cod’s Natural History will introduce you to the area.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to Hyannis, MA where you will board a ferry to Nantucket Island. Those participants with cars can leave them at the Hyannis Ferry Parking. The parking rate is approximately $20 per calendar day. Please note that this fee is not included in the cost of the program.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Nantucket.
   
Accommodations: Nantucket Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Madaket, Nantucket/ Nantucket Whaling Museum
(Thursday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Madaket, on the west end of the island, is your destination this morning. After spending some time exploring, you continue biking to the town of Nantucket, well known for its cobblestone streets, charming antique homes and interesting shops.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit the Nantucket Whaling Museum and attend a lecture on “Nantucket’s Involvement in American Whale Fishery.” Return to the hotel this afternoon before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Nantucket.
   
Accommodations: Nantucket Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Siasconset, The Nantucket Life Saving Museum/ Nantucket’s Historic District
(Friday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Bike to the east end of the island, stopping in Siasconset to explore the cliffs and magnificent beaches. Stop at the Nantucket Life Saving Museum for a lecture on the history of the Coast Guard and life saving on Nantucket.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at a restaurant.
 Afternoon: Walk through Nantucket’s historic district as a local guide presents a lecture on architecture and social history.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Nantucket.
   
Accommodations: Nantucket Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Ferry to Hyannis/ Departure
(Saturday, September 14)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Board the ferry for the return to Hyannis.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Brewster, MA Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
Information on everything happening on the Cape. 1-888-33CapeCod or 508-362-3225 For additional information, visit www.capecodchamber.org/
  Cape Guide
This website is an excellent source for information about towns, events, museums, cruises, etc. For additional information, visit www.capeguide.com/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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