It's the full Erie Canalway trail only faster! This ride is a perfect balance of scenery and pedaling. With average daily distances of 60 – 70 miles, you get plenty of time in the saddle, but still have time to drop the kickstand to take in the sites and enjoy the awesome history of the Erie Canal and the beautiful countryside of Upstate New York.
On Demand: This tour is also available for custom dates for groups of 4 or more. Please call to discuss dates, details and availability.
Full Tour: Double Occ: $2289 Single Occ: $3689
A deposit of $500 per person (or 50% if tour is less than 90 days out), is required at time of reservation. You will be invoiced for balance, including any discounts or adjustments, in 2 separate installments. Final balance due 90 days prior to tour.
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Total Miles: 375 -- Avg. Daily Miles: 60 - 70 miles
Meals: Daily Breakfast; 2 Lunches; Ride Snacks
Day 1: Arrival and Orientation
Arrive Buffalo and spend some time at Canalside Marina. Be sure to check out the Naval and Military Memorial Park while at the waterfront.
Day 2: Buffalo to Medina
Cycling: 53.5 miles
Cycling begins at Mile Marker 0 in Buffalo and cycles along the Niagara River as you make your way to Tonawanda, the gateway to the Erie Canal. This is where early engineers gouged out the mouth of the Erie Canal from the Niagara River. You enjoy easy scenic cycling, passing through beautiful rolling farmlands and many colorful canal towns as you make your way to Medina, your destination for the evening.
Day 3: Medina to Macedon
Cycling 67 miles
Today’s ride has a gentle downhill slope making for an easy cycling day and the opportunity to enjoy the charming waterfront villages of Pittsford and Fairport. You’ll stop for lunch in Fairport before making your way to Macedon for your overnight.
Day 4: Macedon to Syracuse
Cycling 77 miles
Today you start on the bike trail, cycling through the little village of Lyons, where your route then follows scenic, but somewhat hilly, rural roads as you make your way to Port Byron and the awesome Erie Canal Heritage Park with cool, old dry docks and the restored Erie Canal Tavern. From there it’s on to historic Syracuse, cycling through one fantastic canal park after another before reaching the Erie Canal Museum which is only 1/4 mile from your hotel.
Day 5: Syracuse to Utica
Cycling: 57 miles
Heading out today you reach Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum in under 10 miles. This is a replica working canal village, and definitely worth a stop (opens 10AM). Cycling on, you’ll encounter the oldest sections of the original canal, preserved in their original state for over 200 years as you make your way to Rome where you’ll definitely want to explore Fort Stanwix (free) and grab lunch before continuing on to Utica, tonight’s stop.
Day 6: Utica to Amsterdam
Cycling 65 miles
Scenic cycling is in store between Utica and Amsterdam. You start out on rural roads as you head to Little Falls for lunch and exploring the quaint antique shops. After lunch continue on passing many historic sites, including Herkimer Home, Fort Plain and Schoharie Crossing before reaching Amsterdam on the banks of the beautiful Mohawk River!
Day 7: Amsterdam to Albany
Cycling: 50 miles
Today’s ride takes you through the Capital Region where you’ll visit beautiful Cohoes Falls, en route to Albany and passing several historic locks before dropping the kickstand in Albany for a well earn rest and the end of this amazing adventure!