Charleston & Savannah Bicycle Tour

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Celebrating 11 years bicycling the best of all 50 states, where will you go next?
 
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  • Bicycle throughout Charleston and Savannah and view the "Top City in the World" and "Favorite City in U.S." by Conde Nast Traveler.
  • Never a dull moment as we bike and stay in, around and near Charleston and Savannah. The cities are known for their scenic locations and for maintaining a historic character by preservation of their beautiful architecture and culture.
  • Each city has been featured in the New York Times, named the "Best Small Southern Town" by Southern Living, designated as a "Top 25 Small City Arts Destination" by American Style; and listed as a "Top 50 Adventure Town" by National Geographic Adventure magazine.
  • Immerse in the history that both cities have to offer you.
  • New for 2017, we will start and end the trip in Hilton Head, South Carolina, riding on the island’s paved bike paths that run throughout the entire island.
  • Take time to enjoy one of the world-class golf courses.
  • The bike tour has moved to the fall to take advantage of the relatively consistent temperatures. (We had the trip in the Spring, during an unseasonable cold spell…which was too cold; then we moved the trip to the late summer, during an unseasonable hot spell…which was too hot; so now we have moved the trip to the fall…which should be just right!
Day 1, Saturday
 

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Start your bicycling vacation in the renowned island of Hilton Head where we will find everything for the ultimate island retreat, including miles of dedicated bike pathes, 24 world class gold courses, 350 tennis courses and 250 restaurants; as well as ocean beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway. In fact Hilton Head Island was voted the second best Island in the US and Canda by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Take a short walk from the hotel to the world famous Coligny Beach on the Atlantic ocean. Hilton Head is one of the most visitor friendly destinations in the world. We will quickly feel we are on a vacation with all the area has to offer.  Enjoy welcome meeting at 5:00pm and then dinner with the group.

Lodging: 
 
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Hilton Head Best Western
(Brand New Hotel, opened in winter 2016)
Hilton Head, South Carolina
(Cologny Beach within walking distance, fitness center, hair dryer, coin laundry & Internet)
 
Dinner:
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Catch 22
  • Soup: Creamy crab, leek and potato Soup or Salad: Mixed Field Greens with roma tomatoes, almonds, flash-fried shiitakes and balsamic vinaigrette
Plus, choice of entrée:
  • Brasstown Grass Fed Top Sirloin Steak 8 oz. Brasstown grass fed top sirloin, seasoned then served over roasted garlic whipped potatoes,with sautéed asparagus, finished with cabernet reduction & fried onions
  • Miso Atlantic Cod – Pan seared Atlantic cod served with edamame risotto and a miso butter sauce
  • Eggplant Napoloen – Eggplant layered with tomato & mozzarella, served with a parmesan risotto and spinach, accompanied by a basil pesto
  • Chicken Parmesan Lightly breaded chicken topped with marinara, parmesan and mozzarella, finished with pesto and served over pasta du jour.
Day 2, Sunday
 
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We ride our bikes in Charleston, the seaport city of South Carolina after a van ride from Hilton Head. Stay in the heart of historic downtown and only a block from Charleston's world famous Market.  Charleston is a laid-back, but sophisticated city and has a friendly, welcoming feel which you will enjoy being part. Zigzag through the city to get a feel for the area and then ride to and optionally explore a floating aircraft carrier and a submarine memorial. 
 
Bicycling route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; 12 miles, riding through Charleston; or 28 miles, riding through Charleston and to the air craft carrier and back.
Breakfast: 
With the group
 
Lodging: 

 
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Historic District
Charleston, South Carolina
(Internet, fitness center and hair dryer)
 
Dinner:
 
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Hyman's
Southern Living Magazine, "Rated #1 in the Southeast, 9 years running"; Food Channel Network: Listed in Top 5 in The Best of Seafood category; Delta Sky Miles Magazine: "One of the top 5 best seafood restaurants in the nation"; Harvard Business School: Used as a case study on how to run a successful service-oriented business; and The New York Times: "Great Southern cuisine with impeccable service."
 
Menu:
  • Choose any three items to make your Seafood Platter:  including freshly caught fish (broiled, fried, cajun, scampi, sauteed or caribbean jerk), shrimp sea scallops, buffalo shrimp, chilled old bay shrimp in the shell, traditional shrimp & grits (brown gravy), Carolina Style shrimp & grits (white cheese sauce), fred's BBQ shrimp, Buffalo oysters, fried oysters, calamari, Hyman's lump crab cake, Hyman's deviled crab, PEI mussels or fried clam strips.
  • Soft Shell Crab dinner
  • Charleston Fish & Chips
  • Vegetarian:  Vegetable fettuccini with marinara or alfredo sauce
Day 3, Monday
 
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Spend another day in Charleston. Tour the city visiting the museums, the Citadel and other sites or schedule a visit to Fort Sumter, where the shots were fired that started the United States Civil War. Our hotel is in the middle of Charleston and overlooks the world famous market, so your options are limitless 
 
Bicycling route: On your own
 
Breakfast & Dinner: 
On your own
 
Lodging: 
 
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Historic District
Charleston, South Carolina
(Internet, fitness center and hair dryer)
 
Day 4, Tuesday
 
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Today we greet Savannah, exploring its interlocking streets adorned with natural foliage and centuries-old, moss draped live oak trees. Tour the city by bicycle, including viewing the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, City Market, stately mansions, beautiful squares and River Street.
 
Bicycling route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; 15 miles, riding throughout the historic city.
Breakfast: 
With the group
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn - Historic District (located in the heart of the historic district)
Savannah, Georgia
(Swimming Pool, Fitness Room, Hair Dryer and Internet)
 
Day 5, Wednesday
 
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Explore the city in-depth walking or riding to each of many historical sites and monuments, taking in the Southern charm of the city and its people. Or visit the various shops and restaurants all within walking distance of our hotel.
 
Bicycling route: On your own.
 
Lodging:

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Hampton Inn - Historic District (located in the heart of the historic district)
Savannah, Georgia
(Swimming Pool, Fitness Room, Hair Dryer and Internet)
 
Day 6, Thursday
 
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Now we bike aound almost the entire circumference of Hilton Head Island to take in the natural beauty and vacation friendly island. Once we arrive, there are many sights to see as well as recreational activities.
 
Bicycling route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; 25 miles riding throughout Hilton Head.
Breakfast: 
With the group
 
Lodging:
 
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Hilton Head Best Western
(Brand New Hotel, opened in winter 2016)
Hilton Head, South Carolina
(Ocean beach near by, fitness center, hair dryer, coin laundry & Internet)
 
Dinner: 
 
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BackYard Restaurant
"A Lowcountry Hilton Head Island Restaurant"
  • Side Salad
Plus, choice of entrée:
  • Shrimp & Grits: Pan sautéed shrimp, smoked sausage and shaved green onion over applewood bacon cream sauce and creamy grits. (The House Specialty.)
  • The Bischick: Marinated chicken breast, lightly breaded & pan fried over a homemade biscuit.
  • Daufuskie Feast: Catch of the day, fresh and blackened over Daufuskie crab rice topped iwth a shrimp stew.
  • Potato Chip Meatloaf: BackYard's delicious proprietary creation. Using potato chips instead of bread crumbs. Fresh ground pork and beef meatloaf, skilled grilled and brushed iwth moonshine BBQ sauce.
Day 7, Friday
 
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Take a short ride in the local area on your own before heading home
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Please note all trip information is based on previous trips and/or contracted lodging and restaurants and is subject to change based on availability or specific trip needs.
 
Riding difficulty:
Riders who are comfortable riding at least 10 miles per hour should have a very enjoyable trip. We have designed the routes to include as little traffic as possible, but there are some traffic areas that cannot be avoided.  Of course, if a rider is tired or does not feel like riding, the SAG vehicle will transport the rider to the hotel. All riders may ride at their own pace, slow or fast.
 
Arriving by automobile:
Drive to the Best Western,  11 Lemoyne Ave, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, leaving your car at the hotel for the duration of the trip.
 
Arriving by Plane:
You can fly directly into Charleston International Airport (CHS); or Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) and rent a car to take to the starting hotel.
 
Deposit:
$200 due to reserve your spot and the remainder due 45 days before the trip start.  
 
What's included:
  • Hotel lodging
  • Ride packets including maps & cue sheets (directions)
  • Fully sagged including ride leaders, luggage transport, van transportation and rider assistance.
  • Breakfast with the group most mornings (see above)
  • Dinner with the group three nights (see above)
  • Fun and Enjoyment
Bicycles:
  • Most riders bring their own bicycles.
  • To ship your bike, we would suggest using shipbikes.com or bikeflight.com for shipping.  Your bike can be sent to the start hotel: Best Western 11 Lemoyne Ave, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
  • Bike rental: Pedals Bicycles 888-699-1039, pedalsbicycles.com, located about 1 miles from the starting hotel.
Weather in October in the Charleston & Savannah area:   
  • Average high temperature 78° and average low 57°

 

Contact Information:

Vacation Bicycling, LLC
1860 Barnett Shoals Rd, Ste 103-514
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: 706-363-0341 or 800-490-2173 or email your question to our short Contact Form
 
Celebrating 11 years bicycling the best of all 50 states, where will you enjoy your time this year?
 
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