Erie Canalway Trail

Upstate New York

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Tour Highlights

The Essentials

Duration:   12 Days / 11 Nights

Terrain: Canal Trails

Difficulty:    Easy to Moderate

Total Miles:  400

Avg. Daily Miles:  40 - 50

Meals:   11 Breakfasts;

             5 Lunches;  4 Dinners

Full Tour (Price Per Person):

    Double Occ.        $3189

    Single Occ.          $3789

1/2 Tour (Price Per Person)

    West - Dbl. Occ.   $2389

     East - Dbl. Occ.    $1789

2023 Dates:   June 13 - 24   **   July 25 - Aug. 5   **   Sept. 12 - 23

On Demand: Available for your dates. 6 person min required. Call or email for details.

Cycle through history on the amazing Erie Canalway Trail! The Erie Canal has been deemed "The Canal That Made America", with over 363 miles of cycling, this tour is packed with beautiful natural scenery, remarkable US history, and the incredible aqueducts, locks, lift bridges and canal parks of the historic Erie Canal. On this journey we'll cycle the full expanse of New York State from Buffalo to Albany passing through more than 200 colorful canal communities along the way. 

Half Ride Option: Cycle either the WEST half, Buffalo to Syracuse; or the EAST half, Syracuse to Albany. See itinerary for details.

Getting Here:  Tour originates in Buffalo, NY. Shuttle from Albany or Syracuse available. See itinerary for full details.

Elevation Profile      (click for larger view)

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Day 1:  Arrival

Arrive Buffalo and spend time exploring this historic city including its awesome waterfront with Navel and Military Museums.

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Day 2  : Buffalo to Lockport

Cycling: 35 Miles

Cycling begins in Buffalo with a beautiful ride along the Niagara River and the Tonawanda Waterfront, where we enter the Gateway to the Erie Canal en route to Lockport, and the famous Flight of Five Locks considered the engineering marvel of its day.

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Day 3: Lockport to Brockport

Cycling: 45 Miles

A glorious day of easy, scenic cycling is in store today as we pass through the quaint villages of Albion, Holley with its lovely park, Spencerport with its cool depot museum before arriving in lovely Brockport our stop for the evening. 

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Day 4:  Brockport to Palmyra

Cycling: 48 Miles

Today's ride meanders through nearly a dozen unique canal towns, all with beautiful lift bridges, aqueducts and canal parks, including the charming waterfront communities of Pittsford and Fairport offering great views, shops and lunch options.

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Day 5:  Palmyra to Seneca Falls

Cycling: 40 Miles

We make our way to Seneca Falls where a visit to the Women's Rights National Park and National Women's Hall of Fame are a must. Then spend the evening exploring the charming streets of this lively little town with great shops and restaurants.

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Day 6:  Down Day Seneca Falls

Cycling: Optional Wine Country Bike Tour - 30 Miles

Join in an optional Wine Country Bike tour, spend time exploring the charming main streets, or make it a true chill day enjoying sun and swimming at beautiful Cayuga Lake State Park.

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Day 7:  Seneca Falls to Syracuse

Cycling: 48 Miles

Enjoy beautiful scenery as we cycle through Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge as we make our way to the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse. passing through lovely canal parks including Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct Park  which has been historical restored to is original glory.

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Day 8:  Syracuse to Rome

Cycling: 47 Miles

Cruise effortlessly along the bike path to awesome Chittenango Landing a restored canal dry dock and partial village. Continuing we pass many aqueducts and awesome Lock 21 before reaching Rome, where we’ll tour Fort Stanwix with its impressive revolutionary war history.

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Day 9:  Rome to Little Falls

Cycling: 40 Miles

There's plenty to see along the trail including great canal parks, Remington Gun Museum, Fort Herkimer Churchyard and more as we make our way to quaint Little Falls and its lovely waterfront, Antique Mills and great shops and dining. 

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Day 10:  Little Falls to Amsterdam

Cycling: 44 Miles

Cycling between Little Falls and Amsterdam offers beautiful natural scenery as well as continued Revolutionary War History. Very short distances from the bike trail are Herkimer Home, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.

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Day 11:  Amsterdam to Albany

Cycling: 48 Miles

Enjoy today’s ride as we cycle through NY's Capital Region along the banks of the Mohawk River and passing through historic Schenectady, with Impressive Union College and past beautiful Cohoes Falls, before we drop the kickstand in Albany, the end of this amazing adventure!

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Day 12:  Departure

Departure to your home-bound or other destinations.

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