2022 Niagara Falls, Erie Canal & Empire State Trails New York Tour

Buffalo, NY to Herkimer, NY - August 13 - 19

August 13 - 19 

    • A beautiful 7-day, 227 mile journey near and along the New York Empire State Trail across New York. Lush summer greens and bucolic trails that meander across the state from Niagara Falls to Albany New York await us. We begin by meeting our group in Buffalo; the home city of that tasty American delight and late-night snack of buffalo wings (chicken). Heading north on bike trails from Buffalo, we cycle with the flow of the Niagara River on its way to Niagara Falls. After a stop to view the falls from the US side, we head directly east along the Empire State Trail taking in the beauty of the Erie Canalway across the state. We’ll see canal boats, hikers, walkers and other cyclists throughout the tour. Small quaint towns dot the route providing many opportunities for window shopping, a quick cafe, or a snack. Although we will be on some road surfaces, a majority of this tour will be on crushed stone bike trails. Our route will be relatively flat with an occasionally short steep climb. Our trip ends in the town of Herkimer, NY where we share a celebratory meal, overnight and head home (transfer to Albany) with a week well spent. Unless you’ve decided to join us for a two week tour and continue on with the New York State to Boston Tour.

      During our adventure you will visit the towns of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Herkimer.

      This tour has been created to support Stroke Across America – a 4,400-mile ride across America to raise awareness about stroke, aphasia and the need to support the emotional journey in recovery. We are asking all participants to contribute to the campaign.

      The tour itinerary is offered to support Stroke Across America – a 4400-mile journey across America led by stroke survivor Debra Meyerson and her husband Steve Zuckerman. They are riding to raise awareness about stroke, aphasia and the need to more fully support the emotional journey in recovery from traumas like stroke. Each participant on this tour is asked to contribute at least $250 to the Stroke Onward Stroke Across America campaign. You can make your donation here, or by going to: https://strokeonward.org/donate. If you join our tour we will share your contact information with Stroke Onward, and they will share more information about Stroke Across America and ways you can get more involved if you would like. (Sharing participant information is contrary to our standard policy, but we are doing so as this tour was designed in support of their work.)

      What to Expect:

      This is a fully supported tour with indoor hotel accommodations, meals in local establishments, on-route SAG, and luggage transportation. The weather will be warm and the scenery spectacular. We will traverse smooth pavement, bike paths and low traffic paved roads. Daily mileages range from 45-60 miles. Temperatures will range from the upper 60s at night to the mid 80s during the day. Rain is possible during August;  always be prepared.

      Highlights:

      • Niagara Falls
      • Erie Canal Trail
      • Empire State Trail

      What’s Included:

      • Welcome reception and orientation
      • 6 nights in hotels
      • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
      • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
      • Snacks and beverages between meals
      • Full van and baggage support
      • 2 BIKEternity trip leaders
      • Daily route directions via GPX files for your GPS or phone app
      • Transportation to Albany International Airport.

       

      Not Included

      • Insurance of any kind
      • Guide gratuities
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Items of a personal nature
      • Bike Rentals
      • Bike Rentals (if available, BIKEternity will facilitate)
      • Personal Bicycle Shipments (BIKEternity will facilitate)
      • Transportation from Buffalo Niagara International (shuttle services available).

       

      Bicycle Rental and Shipping Information

      You may bring your own bike to this tour or you can rent a bicycle if it is available. Learn more about bikes on this tour HERE.

       

      Airport Information

      Start: Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), Buffalo, New York
      End: Albany International Airport (ALB), Albany, New York
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