MHT’s Shenandoah bike tour is a sumptuous blend of Civil War-era historic sites and idyllic American landscapes. You’ll ride through Virginia’s genteel Hunt Country, along Shenandoah National Park’s gorgeous Skyline Drive and then north toward Gettysburg. Breathtaking Blue Ridge overlooks, pastoral valley farms, and winding mountain passes provide the setting for this incredibly diverse tour. Ride along rolling farm roads, through valleys, down quiet forest roads, and along the famous ridge line of the Blue Ridge Parkway. These are some of the most beautiful bicycle routes you could ever hope to ride. We’ll retrace the Civil War’s key campaigns in Gettysburg, Antietam and Harpers Ferry. Nightly, relax in gracious inns — two in beautiful country settings, and three in downtown historic districts.
Tour Leader: Jamie Wiedhahn
Military Historical Tours is excited to offer a bike tour of three major battlefields; Antietam, fought in Maryland; Harper’s Ferry fought in West Virginia; Gettysburg, fought in Pennsylvania and the incomparable beauty of the Shenandoah Valley with out tour partner Wilderness Voyageurs. First we see Harper’s Ferry where it all began as Col Robert E. Lee, U.S. Army is sent by President Lincoln to diffuse John Brown’s siege. Next we see General Robert E. Lee, CSA believing if he invaded Maryland, a slave-holding border State, the population would rise up and join the Confederacy. Lee was wrong and compounding the situation, his opponent General George McClellan, USA head of the Union Army of the Potomac, was handed a copy of Lee’s campaign orders. He was aware that the Army of Northern Virginia was divided. This gave McClellan the confidence to engage Lee at Antietam Creek. Despite being heavily outnumbered, the Army of Northern Virginia fought the Army of the Potomac to a draw. McClellan would lose his command for failing to pursue Lee back into Virginia. Following his decisive victory at Chancellorsville, Lee decided to once again invade the North. This time his goal was to take the burden of feeding his army off of Virginia and to motivate the Northern peace parties to pressure the government to end the war. Trailing Lee’s move north, General George G. Meade as the new commander of the Army of the Potomac. Racing north, Meade ran into two Confederate Corps at Gettysburg. Lee was forced to consolidate his army at Gettysburg. Lee was successful on day one of the battle, the second day was basically a draw, and the third day was a decisive win for the Army of the Potomac. Lee was forced to retreat back to Virginia and Gettysburg is considered the high tide of the Confederacy and many consider it the turning point of the war.
BIKE TOUR DIFFICULTY RATING: 4
The daily routes: These rides feature longer mileage and/or mixed terrain. On road bike tours, you will encounter some traffic.
Your fitness level: You ride almost every day, and you can maintain a good pace (10 – 15 miles per hour) for a long time.
Tour Price: $ 2,595
Based on double Occupancy
Single Supplement: $ 795
Standard Bike Rental: $ 150
Tour Price Includes:
* 4 1/2— 5 Star Hotel Accommodations
* 27—50 Miles per Day
* 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 3 Dinners
* SAG—Support & Gear Vehicle
* Historical Trip information packet, containing maps & other tour information
* Ride through 5 National Parks & 4 states
* Services of experienced Tour Leader.
Airfare Not Included: Get your own or Book Optional MHT Airfare: Round-trip economy or business class airfare from your home price quoted upon registration!
Day 1, 22 May: Flight into Washington, DC. Hotel: Comfort Inn, Leesburg
Day 2, May 23: Begin riding on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail in Leesburg, VA. Pass through the cobblestone streets of Middleburg, VA, the “Horse and Hunt Capital” of the nation. Hotel: The Red Fox Inn & Tavern
Day 3, May 24: Hear the bays of hounds as you ride through the famous “horse and hound” country of Virginia. Visit The Plains, a buffalo hunting ground of the Sioux, and reach the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just in time for dinner. Hotel: The Marriott Ranch Bed & Breakfast
Day 4, May 25: Transport to Thornton Gap to spend the day riding in Shenandoah National Park on one of the country’s most scenic roadways – The Skyline Drive. Hotel: Inn at Vaucluse Spring
Day 5, May 26 : What a day! Three national parks and three states from the seat of your bike! Explore historic Harper’s Ferry and the C&O Canal on today’s whirlwind ride. Hotel: Bavarian Inn, Resort & Brewing Company
Day 6, May 27: We start the day biking to the Antietam Battlefield as we enter the Monocacy Valley via Catoctin Mountain, passing Camp David hidden in the woods. Take a step back in time for your night’s stay at the “Antrim 1844 Country House” used by Gen Meade as his Headquarters in Taneytown on his march to Gettysburg. Hotel: Antrim 1844 Country House
Day 7, May 28: Ride north out of Maryland, crossing the Mason-Dixon line into PA. Eat a delicious lunch before going on a fascinating tour of Gettysburg National Battlefield with a licensed guide.
MHT'S "Bike Through History" Leesburg to Gettysburg (22 - 28 May 2021)
- Product Code: 2105-EHT-BIKE
- Availability: In Stock