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Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket Biking: Atlantic Islands & Beachside Villages

Massachusetts, United States

from $2,698* per person 5 Days June, September
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Backroads 24 people max
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It’ll be early on. You’ll round a corner on one of the beach roads, maybe in 'Sconset or Aquinnah. And it will hit you. The quiet. The open Atlantic pulsing on the shore. Sea birds above and a beach breeze rustling the dunes. It gives you that "I’m never going back" feeling where you imagine selling all your possessions and buying a lobster boat. It’s okay, the feeling passes eventually. But you’ll have five days to enjoy it.

    Gentle, tranquil rides past scenic beaches and cranberry bogs
    Fresh seafood and gracious island hospitality
    Tackle hills to the red-clay cliffs of Aquinnah, with a 200-year-old lighthouse
    Edgartown's Colonial roots and art galleries
    Learn maritime history at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

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Massachusetts, United States

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Downshift into easygoing island life on Nantucket  A gentle ride to Cisco Beach leads past beautiful 18th- and 19th-century sea captains’ homes and lighthouses Circle the island on two wheels - gardens, cranberry bogs, harbors and dunes enliven your route The Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum chronicles the area’s maritime heritage Up for a stroll along the Atlantic? Siasconset and Surfside beaches beckon with pristine stretches of sand.

Day 3 Edgartown's Colonial roots and art galleries  Soak up the rich history of Nantucket Town on a walking tour A private boat transports us to Martha’s Vineyard, simply called "The Vineyard" by locals Stroll through historic Oak Bluffs, a chic stop for shoppers  Pedal a bike path to Edgartown, known for spectacular Greek Revival, Federal and Victorian architecture.

Day 4 The red-clay cliffs of Aquinnah, with a 200-year-old lighthouse  Spin inland through forests and open meadows, past houses sporting every shade of gray Fond of art? Galleries tempt you off your bike with watercolors, photography and sculptures by local and world-renowned artists Explore the Cape Poge lighthouse - its first keeper in 1801 was appointed by Thomas Jefferson.

Day 5 Exhilarating ocean views and breezes  Ride to Vineyard Haven for lunch at the ever-popular Black Dog Tavern  Ferry across Nantucket Sound to Woods Hole.

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