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Erie Canalway Trail   Upstate New York

Tour Highlights

The Essentials

Duration:   11 Days / 10 Nights

Tour Type:  Cycling

Difficulty:    Easy

Daily Miles:  35 -- 45

Total Miles:  365  

Hills:        Easy to Moderate

Meals:     10 Breakfasts

                2 Dinners

Full Tour:

    PP Dbl. Occ.   $2489

    Single Supp.     $650

1/2 Tour:

    PP Dbl. Occ.   $1679

    Single Supp.     $350

Tour Type:  Cycling - Bike Trails and Country Roads

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. 

In addition to great cycling this tour also includes a canal dinner cruise and a dinner social on the banks of the beautiful Mohawk River.

Getting Here:  Tour originates in Buffalo, NY. Free shuttle from Albany or Syracuse available. Return shuttle to Buffalo or Syracuse available for small charge.

Half Tour:  Don't have time to ride the full Erie? Join us for a 1/2 ride and choose to ride either the WEST half, Buffalo to Syracuse,  or the EAST half, Syracuse to Albany. See full itinerary for details.

Tour Dates:  May 31 - June 10, 2020    ::    July 1 - 11, 2020    ::    Sept. 2 - 12, 2020

Hills Profile

Day 1  :  Arrival

11:00 AM  Shuttle from Albany to Buffalo

7:00 PM  -  Welcome social and full trip orientation.

Day 2  : Buffalo to Lockport

Cycling: 25/35 Miles

We begin our tour with beautiful cycling along the Niagara River and Tonawanda Waterfront where we enter the Gateway to the Erie Canal en route to charming Lockport, home of the famous Flight of Five Locks considered the engineering marvel of its day. 

Day 3  : Lockport to Brockport

Cycling: 25/35/42 Miles

A glorious day of easy, scenic cycling is in store today as we pass through the quaint villages of Medina, Albion and Holley. In Holley we take time to drop the kickstand for a short walk to lovely Holley Falls, before continuing on to Brockport our stop for the evening.

Day 4  : Brockport to Newark

Cycling: 25/45/55 Miles

Today's ride meanders through nearly a dozen charming and colorful canal towns, and a multitude of beautiful lift bridges, aqueducts, canal parks, and waterfronts as we glide along the ECT enjoying easy, scenic cycling before reaching Newark our night's destination.

Day 5  : Newark to Seneca Falls

Cycling: 25 Miles

Today’s ride is only 25 very scenic miles with easy to moderate hills. The short ride allows plenty of time to explore the many points of interest to be found in Seneca Falls including, beautiful Cayuga Lake with its beautiful beach, and the Women’s Rights National Park. In the evening its all-aboard for a fantastic Dinner Cruise on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal!

Day 6  : Seneca Falls to Syracuse

Cycling: 25/38 Miles

Enjoy the beautiful scenery as we cycle through Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and on to Erie Canal Heritage Park. Along the trail we enjoy fantastic canal parks including Jordan Aqueduct Park and Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct which has been historical restored to is original glory.

Day 7  : Syracuse to Rome

Cycling: 25/35/42 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.

Day 8  : Rome to Little Falls

Cycling: 25/35/44 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. 

Day 9  : Little Falls to Amsterdam

Cycling: 20/30/40 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. In the evening we enjoy a sunset dinner on the banks of the Mohawk River.

Day 10  : Amsterdam to Albany

Cycling: 25/35/46 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!

Day 11  : Departure

9:00 AM - Return Shuttle to Buffalo and Syracuse or departure to your home-bound destinations.