Important Tour Details
Choosing a Trip:
We offer custom weekend and scheduled mid-week tours. Most tours have multiple departure dates. Read the tour descriptions for dates, price, ability and special notes. If you still can't decide, call us for more in-depth descriptions. Group size is limited to 16 guests on 4, 5 & 6 day tours. Our average tour size in 2016 was 10 guests. Custom tours have no size limit.
Mid-week tours begin Sunday with your arrival between 4:30 and 6:00 pm at your bed & breakfast. Dinner is at 7 pm, followed by a brief welcome meeting. The Cycle Vermont Tour begins Sunday at 9:00 am. The tours end usually between noon and 3 pm at the same place they started. Most guests drive to our tours either from home or from an airport. You may always leave your vehicle at the inn where your tour begins and ends. There are showers available at the end of the tour. Please note, all Champlain Valley & Middlebury Tours end by 2:00 pm with showers available until 2:45 pm.
Cycling Mileage & Route Notes:
Most tours offer at least two and usually three route options to choose from each day. You will notice a mileage range under each tour description. For example, "20 to 60 mile options each day." This means that the longest route is 60 miles and the shortest route is 20 miles.
Road Conditions and Unpaved Roads:
Road conditions vary. We choose cycling routes for their safety, beauty and practicality. 95% of our routes are on paved roads. Some tours do have short stretches of unpaved road. These roads are generally stunningly beautiful, hard packed and able to be ridden on any bike. Occasionally these roads are graded and therefore not as hard packed. This is the exception and not the rule. For those on road bikes we recommend 700 x 25 tires or larger.
We offer 16 and 24 speed TREK Road and Hybrid Bicycles for rent. Road bikes have a compact front chain ring while Hybrid bikes have a triple chain ring. Each bike comes equipped with a gel seat, water bottle (with one water bottle cage), helmet, kickstand, map carrying case, rear rack and saddle bag. Please see each tour description for prices. Guests may bring their own clip-in pedal system with shoes, saddle and or helmet. Click here to view bicycle rental options.
Our tour leaders are the best in the industry. We are all trained in bike repair, basic First Aid and CPR, and Gourmet Camp Cuisine (for custom camping tours). We are a highly responsive team, focusing on your needs to provide a safe and unforgettable experience.
A support vehicle/bike shop/fruit and snack bar will follow the routes throughout the day to offer you assistance, whenever possible. A second tour leader, carrying a complete set of tools and a first aid kit, will be cycling the routes. On tours with seven or fewer guests, there will be one tour leader.
Well behaved children and young adults 10-to-18 years of age with adult supervision, are welcome on all tours. They must ride bicycles with 18 or more gears.
Reservations are confirmed with your full payment for 2- and 3-day tours and a deposit for 4-, 5- and 6-day tours. We take deposits by check, Mastercard, Visa or money order. The balance must be paid by check or money order, 30 days prior to departure.
For those choosing to travel solo with POMG, you have two rooming options. You may reserve your own room for an additional fee (see single supplement on tour description) or you may choose to share a room with another guest of the same sex for no additional charge. However, due to pricing with our inns, for those solo travelers who are willing to share, we must still collect a supplement with your tour fee to cover our costs in case we are unable to match you with a roommate. Our costs are substantially higher per person based on single occupancy. If we are able to match you with a roommate, your supplement will be refunded.
Meals & Dietary Information:
Each inn has a different dining set-up. Some inns operate restaurants on their property; others serve dinner and breakfast just to us. Some meals are served family style, others off of a menu. For dinner, you will always have at least a three-course meal with vegetarian and meat entrée options. Each inn serves a full country breakfast with hot and cold options always available. Dietary restrictions are accommodated by all of our inns as long as you provide POMG with the information when registering for your tour. Alcohol is never included. On our Lake Champlain and the Islands Tour, we eat dinner out one night and have a fun take-out dinner another night. See your confirmation packet for further details.
Cancellation & Refund Policy:
All cancellations are subject to a $125 administrative/cancellation fee per person. The remainder of your payment is refundable up to 30 days prior to departure. No refunds of any kind will be made for any reason after this deadline, including, but not limited to, acts of terrorism and war, weather, natural disaster as well as family or personal emergencies. There is no refund for leaving a trip early or arriving late. Tours are not transferable from one person to another. You may switch your 2017 tour choice and or tour date 60 or more days prior to your originally scheduled tour departure on a space available basis for no fee. No tour switches are permitted less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure. There are no exceptions for any reason.
Trip Cancellation Insurance:
We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to adequately cover yourself in the event of lost baggage, unforeseen emergencies or trip cancellation. Travel-Ex offers excellent coverage and may be reached at 1-800-228-9792. We suggest inquiring about the "Travel Lite" policy. Price varies based on your age, tour cost and level of coverage you choose.
Occasionally (but rarely) we must cancel a tour. If we are unable to provide you with another tour that is satisfactory, all payments received by POMG Bike Tours will be refunded. We are not responsible for additional expenses such as non-refundable "advance purchase" airline tickets. Again, we strongly urge the purchase of travel insurance.
A POMG Bike Tour makes the perfect gift for any occasion, graduation, birthdays, weddings, or for no reason at all. Purchase a gift certificate and the recipient may choose the tour. Call for details 888-635-BIKE (2453).