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Québec

Bicycling: Day Trips To Paradise

Program No. 2760RJ
Bike through quaint towns, over covered bridges and rolling hills as you discover the charm of Vermont and Québec, learning local history from expert cyclists along the way.

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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.

DATES & PRICES

Off Campus Main Lodge Off Campus w/ Bike Main w/ Bike Off Campus w/ E-Bike Main w/ E-Bike
Jun 16 - Jun 21, 2024
Off Campus Room 2,049
Main Lodge 2,099
Off Campus Room w/ Std. Bike 2,149
Main Lodge w/ Std. Bike 2,199
Off Campus Room w/ E-Bike 2,349
Main Lodge w/ E-Bike 2,399
Filling Fast!
Jul 14 - Jul 19, 2024
Off Campus Room 2,049
Main Lodge 2,099
Off Campus Room w/ Std. Bike 2,149
Main Lodge w/ Std. Bike 2,199
Off Campus Room w/ E-Bike 2,349
Main Lodge w/ E-Bike 2,399
Aug 11 - Aug 16, 2024
SOLD OUT
Off Campus Room 2,049
Main Lodge 2,099
Off Campus Room w/ Std. Bike 2,149
Main Lodge w/ Std. Bike 2,199
Off Campus Room w/ E-Bike 2,349
Main Lodge w/ E-Bike 2,399
Itinerary Note

Kings Biking Club

Filling Fast!
Aug 25 - Aug 30, 2024
Off Campus Room 2,049
Main Lodge 2,099
Off Campus Room w/ Std. Bike 2,149
Main Lodge w/ Std. Bike 2,199
Off Campus Room w/ E-Bike 2,349
Main Lodge w/ E-Bike 2,399
Oct 13 - Oct 18, 2024
Off Campus Room 2,049
Main Lodge 2,099
Off Campus Room w/ Std. Bike 2,149
Main Lodge w/ Std. Bike 2,199
Off Campus Room w/ E-Bike 2,349
Main Lodge w/ E-Bike 2,399

DATES & PRICES

Off Campus Main Lodge Off Campus w/ Bike Main w/ Bike Off Campus w/ E-Bike Main w/ E-Bike
Filling Fast!
Jun 16 - Jun 21, 2024
Off Campus Room 2,469
Main Lodge 2,519
Off Campus Room w/ Std. Bike 2,569
Main Lodge w/ Std. Bike 2,619
Off Campus Room w/ E-Bike 2,769
Main Lodge w/ E-Bike 2,819
Filling Fast!
Jul 14 - Jul 19, 2024
Off Campus Room 2,469
Main Lodge 2,519
Off Campus Room w/ Std. Bike 2,569
Main Lodge w/ Std. Bike 2,619
Off Campus Room w/ E-Bike 2,769
Main Lodge w/ E-Bike 2,819
Aug 11 - Aug 16, 2024
SOLD OUT
Off Campus Room 2,469
Main Lodge 2,519
Off Campus Room w/ Std. Bike 2,569
Main Lodge w/ Std. Bike 2,619
Off Campus Room w/ E-Bike 2,769
Main Lodge w/ E-Bike 2,819
Itinerary Note

Kings Biking Club

Aug 25 - Aug 30, 2024
SOLD OUT
Off Campus Room 2,469
Main Lodge 2,519
Off Campus Room w/ Std. Bike 2,569
Main Lodge w/ Std. Bike 2,619
Off Campus Room w/ E-Bike 2,769
Main Lodge w/ E-Bike 2,819
Oct 13 - Oct 18, 2024
SOLD OUT
Off Campus Room 2,469
Main Lodge 2,519
Off Campus Room w/ Std. Bike 2,569
Main Lodge w/ Std. Bike 2,619
Off Campus Room w/ E-Bike 2,769
Main Lodge w/ E-Bike 2,819

At a Glance

Enjoy the way cycling was meant to be as you explore the exquisite natural beauty of quaint rural communities, rolling green hills and the rich heritage of French Canada and Vermont along paved, idle roads. Experience the culture and delights along the way, as you pedal the unhurried, high-quality biking roads on both sides of the U.S.-Canada frontier.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Daily rides on varied terrain, paved and rural roads and converted rails-to-trails, with modest inclines. Cycling around 25 miles per day over the course of approximately 5 hours, with frequent stops. Please be comfortable on a bike and with the use of gears. Please see photos and video above for examples of terrain and be prepared for days of vigorous exercise.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy a variety of riding options over quiet, paved rural routes and converted rails-to-trails with scenic landscapes.
  • Explore historic towns, French cafés, local cheeses and wines, covered bridges and the charm of lovely Vermont and Québec villages.
  • Gain deeper insight into the history and natural wonders of the region from expert cyclists.

General Notes

Participants may bring own bikes or choose bike-rental option (standard or e-bike) at added cost. Helmets must be brought from home. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices will be unavailable
Featured Expert
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Stephen Giesler
Stephen Giesler lives for the outdoors and all the sporting pleasures that can be found there. As an instructor and active participant in Road Scholar’s outdoor programs, he is the person you want with you when you’re ready for an adventure. He has been downhill skiing since he was three, is a multiple Gold Bar Canadian Ski Marathoner, and has white water kayaked on four continents. Along with his wife Joy, they organize outdoor experiences in the countryside of southern Quebec and northern Vermont.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Stephen Giesler lives for the outdoors and all the sporting pleasures that can be found there. As an instructor and active participant in Road Scholar’s outdoor programs, he is the person you want with you when you’re ready for an adventure. He has been downhill skiing since he was three, is a multiple Gold Bar Canadian Ski Marathoner, and has white water kayaked on four continents. Along with his wife Joy, they organize outdoor experiences in the countryside of southern Quebec and northern Vermont.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die, Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
by Chris Santella
Santella showcases a wide variety of expertly selected places to bike, from the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia and the Indochina Trail in Vietnam to the urban jungle of New York City.
It's All About the Bike, The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
by Robert Penn
A paean to craftsmanship and tradition. En route to building his dream bike (oh, what a brilliant quest!), Robert Penn explores the culture, science and history of the bicycle.
Shadows on the Rock
by Willa Cather
Set at the end of the 17th century in rural Quebec, this beautifully realized novel highlights the struggles of the Parisian widower Auclair and his young daughter to adapt to their new land.
Mud, Sweat, and Gears: A Rowdy Family Bike Adventure Across Canada on Seven Wheels
by Joe Kurmaskie
Kurmaskie, his long suffering wife and three kids (including a one-year-old) pedal across Canada in this latest by "The Metal Cowboy."
A People's History of Quebec
by Robin Philbot, Jacques Lacoursiere
This swift overview of Quebec’s 450-year history by a leading historian covers everything from the earliest days of colonization to the province’s recent efforts to gain independence. Includes helpful timeline.
Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories
by Robert Bothwell
An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.
Selected Stories
by Alice Munro
This collection of 28 short stories represents some of Munro's finest work. A powerful range of emotional, evocative tales set throughout the cities and rural towns of her native country.
Champlain's Dream
by David Hackett Fischer
In this stunningly researched and engaging biography, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hackett Fischer weaves together the epic story of soldier and explorer Samuel de Champlain, a colonizer of North America who spent 30 years bringing his vision of a New France to life.
Cyclopedia, It's All About the Bike
by William Fotheringham
The distinguished journalist and cycling fan William Fotheringham brings humor and substance to this irresistible compendium, organized A-to-Z. With maps and illustrations.
Three Weeks in Quebec City: The Meeting That Made Canada
by Christopher Moore
A riveting history of the earliest drafting of a Canadian national constitution during the Quebec Conference of 1864.
Arundel
by Kenneth Roberts, N. C. Wyeth (Illustrator)
The grand historical novel of Colonel Benedict Arnold's doomed march on Quebec in 1775, told through the eyes of a soldier in the Continental Army. Rich in historical detail.
A Traveller's History of Canada
by Robert Bothwell
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.





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