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Atlanta to Savannah + Tybee Island Tour

Duration
8 nights
BASE PRICE
$3,379-$3,999
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Active
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type
Guided
DISTANCE
33-57 miles/day

Overview

Travel Georgia off the beaten path by bicycle with our fully-supported and guided bicycle tours. This 8-day, 8-night, 295-mile tour winds you through the scenic Georgia countryside from Madison to Savannah. Experience beautiful small towns across Georgia with your local guides, who will share the history and local stories as you explore Southern backroads and hidden gems. This bicycle tour is designed for intermediate-level cyclists, but e-bikes will also be available.

Each day of the tour averages about 42 miles of multi surface road cycling including some short sections along dirt and gravel roads with planned excursions along the way. Enjoy a cold Georgia beer as you relax after each day’s ride and explore your overnight location. Enjoy Southern flavor with locally prepared meals daily.

The tour begins in Madison, a quaint town outside of Atlanta, GA. Arrive early to explore local shops and fill your bellies with food, drink, and entertainment before starting our bicycle adventure the following morning.

As we spend the week riding to Savannah by bike, we’ll experience the variety of Georgia’s cities from bustling college towns to quiet small communities. We seek out adventure, stories, friends, and food along the way for a memorable journey toward coastal Savannah, rich with history and charm.

To avoid high trafficked roads into Savannah, we transfer riders to Tybee Island to enjoy a seafood lunch and a leisurely paced ride around Tybee Island before making our way to Savannah's historic downtown district on the final day of riding.

Highlights

  • Charming and traditional country lodging
  • Wonderful Southern dining
  • Southern charm and hospitality
  • Savannah’s music, arts, beer and food scene
  • Sparta Organic Gardens
  • Ogeechee River Mill
  • George L. Smith State Park
  • Tybee Island + Georgia's Coast
  • Historic Downtown Savannah

Difficulty

Active
Level 3 of 4

Terrain is relatively gentle and mostly downhill, but please note distances and short sections of gravel/dirt roads in rural settings. Hybrid bikes are best suited for this tour. Road bikes will have to walk some sections or hop in the support vehicle to avoid the dirt/gravel sections.

Descend Georgia’s rolling hills during this eight-day tour. Our first two days travel through the Georgia Piedmont region, which is more hilly than mountainous. Our third day transitions us to gentle, mostly downward terrain that falls quickly as we enter the Fall Line. We approach the Coastal Plain of Georgia on Day 4 with long rolling hills on Days 4 and 5. It’s smooth cycling on Days 6 and 7 with mostly flat terrain from Statesboro to Ellabell. On Day 8 we transfer to Tybee Island and ride from the Island into downtown Savannah.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Atlanta/Madison
Welcome, orientation a + bike fitting 4:30-5:30 pm at James Madison Inn

Arrive early to settle in and enjoy the quaint town of Madison, GA.

Overnight at James Madison Inn


Gillen House B&B

Day 2: Madison to Maxeys (37 miles)
We begin our bicycle tour in Madison at the James Madison Inn with a full service breakfast. We’ll set off for adventure down back roads through the Oconee National Forest and Scull Shoals Experimental Forest. We will reach our overnight destination, the Gillen House Luxury Bed and Breakfast in the small town of Maxeys, where we can explore its two acres of grounds including a pecan orchard and a vegetable and herb garden, relax on the back deck with the sounds of the waterfall, or head to the upstairs screen porch to enjoy a wonderful sunset.

Overnight at Gillen House Bed and Breakfast in Maxeys.



Day 3: Maxeys to Jewell (49 miles)
After breakfast at the Gillen House, we continue to Georgia’s Fall Line. This is a geographic point of interest where the land falls quickly at the rivers creating rocky outcrops in the rivers, perfect for making hydroelectric mills back in the 1800s and early 1900s. We’ll explore these old mills as we pass them on our ride for the next few days including a private guided tour of the historic Ogeechee River Mill. We’ll also explore the riverbank of the Ogeechee River and historic mill town architecture of Jewell.

Ogeechee River Mill

We’ll explore Georgia history and beautiful architecture in the rural communities of Mayfield and Jewell. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in Union Point provided by the Union Point Garden Club.

We end our ride in Hancock County, where we settle for the night and have a chance to meander along the riverbank of the Ogeechee River and discover historic mill town architecture of Jewell.

Overnight at The Jewell House in Jewell.

Fueling for the ride

Day 4: Jewell to Tennille (54 miles)
We’ll start day four with breakfast and a tour of a mushroom production facility in Sparta! Then travel through the beautiful community of Linton and on to Sandersville and Tennille in Washington County, the kaolin capitol of the world. We'll pause for a beer trackside and enjoy local shops in downtown Tennille before arriving at the Lavender Country House to watch the sun set over the pond and enjoy a home cooked meal from our lovely host Ann.

Overnight at The Lavender Country House, Tennille

Day 5: Tennille to Swainsboro (41 miles)
After a filling breakfast at our inn, we have a day dedicated to cycling—and then resting. We’ll travel down backroads from Tennille to Twin City, with rest stops at points of interest along the way including a picnic lunch (guided tour only) at a country church.

Edenfield House Bed and Breakfast

Overnight at Edenfield House Bed and Breakfast.

Day 6: Swainsboro to Statesboro (42 miles)
Enjoy breakfast at the Edenfield House before heading out for a picnic lunch at George L. Smith State Park where we will spend some time walking around enjoying this beautiful state park with a pond, cypress knees and a covered bridge. Guests can opt for an hour long paddle adventure on the pond before getting back on our bikes and heading into the college town of Statesboro.

Overnight at Holiday Inn in Statesboro

Savannah Waterfront

Day 7: Statesboro to Ellabell (32 miles)
As we leave Statesboro on our way to Ellabell, we’ll roll back into rural Georgia and rolling farmland. With very few accommodations in this section, we will stay overnight in a 100 year old farm house with local hosts and find dinner at the golf course restaurant adjacent to the property.

Overnight at 100 year old country house

Day 8: Ellabell to Savannah with transfer to Tybee Island riding into Savannah (33 miles)
With few roadways going over the Ogeechee River into Savannah, avoiding high trafficked roadways is tricky. To keep everyone safe and happy, we provide a transfer to Tybee Island to enjoy a seafood lunch on the coast before biking around the island and along the McQueen Historic Trail into downtown Savannah. When we arrive, you’ll have time to enjoy the walkable downtown historic district and its squares. Explore the history and people of Savannah and perhaps enjoy a taste of local food and drink before our farewell dinner at the Olde Pink House.

Overnight at Courtyard Savannah Downtown/Historic District or Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District

Day 9: Departure

After breakfast, departure or extra nights. Transfers to Savannah Airport, Madison or Atlanta available at additional cost.

Dates & Pricing

Dates

Guided: March 19, April 16, Oct. 22  
Supported: May 21, Sept. 17, Oct. 8 and Nov. 12, 2022
Additional dates available upon request for groups of 4 or more, subject to availability

Pricing

Base tour price (per person)
Guided: $3,999 double occupancy
Supported: $3,379 double occupancy
$797 single room supplement

Rental bikes (limited availability)
Hybrid touring bike or road bike: $350/week
Electric-assist bike: $590/week

Inclusions
  • 8 nights lodging
  • 3 dinners (Days 2-4), excludes alcohol
  • 6 breakfasts (hot and continental)
  • 2 lunches (plus 2 picnics for guided tour)
  • Activities as described in itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Ride-along guide (guided tour dates only)
  • Driver in support vehicle
Map
Gallery

Day 1: Arrival in Atlanta/Madison
Welcome, orientation a + bike fitting 4:30-5:30 pm at James Madison Inn

Arrive early to settle in and enjoy the quaint town of Madison, GA.

Overnight at James Madison Inn


Gillen House B&B

Day 2: Madison to Maxeys (37 miles)
We begin our bicycle tour in Madison at the James Madison Inn with a full service breakfast. We’ll set off for adventure down back roads through the Oconee National Forest and Scull Shoals Experimental Forest. We will reach our overnight destination, the Gillen House Luxury Bed and Breakfast in the small town of Maxeys, where we can explore its two acres of grounds including a pecan orchard and a vegetable and herb garden, relax on the back deck with the sounds of the waterfall, or head to the upstairs screen porch to enjoy a wonderful sunset.

Overnight at Gillen House Bed and Breakfast in Maxeys.



Day 3: Maxeys to Jewell (49 miles)
After breakfast at the Gillen House, we continue to Georgia’s Fall Line. This is a geographic point of interest where the land falls quickly at the rivers creating rocky outcrops in the rivers, perfect for making hydroelectric mills back in the 1800s and early 1900s. We’ll explore these old mills as we pass them on our ride for the next few days including a private guided tour of the historic Ogeechee River Mill. We’ll also explore the riverbank of the Ogeechee River and historic mill town architecture of Jewell.

Ogeechee River Mill

We’ll explore Georgia history and beautiful architecture in the rural communities of Mayfield and Jewell. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in Union Point provided by the Union Point Garden Club.

We end our ride in Hancock County, where we settle for the night and have a chance to meander along the riverbank of the Ogeechee River and discover historic mill town architecture of Jewell.

Overnight at The Jewell House in Jewell.

Fueling for the ride

Day 4: Jewell to Tennille (54 miles)
We’ll start day four with breakfast and a tour of a mushroom production facility in Sparta! Then travel through the beautiful community of Linton and on to Sandersville and Tennille in Washington County, the kaolin capitol of the world. We'll pause for a beer trackside and enjoy local shops in downtown Tennille before arriving at the Lavender Country House to watch the sun set over the pond and enjoy a home cooked meal from our lovely host Ann.

Overnight at The Lavender Country House, Tennille

Day 5: Tennille to Swainsboro (41 miles)
After a filling breakfast at our inn, we have a day dedicated to cycling—and then resting. We’ll travel down backroads from Tennille to Twin City, with rest stops at points of interest along the way including a picnic lunch (guided tour only) at a country church.

Edenfield House Bed and Breakfast

Overnight at Edenfield House Bed and Breakfast.

Day 6: Swainsboro to Statesboro (42 miles)
Enjoy breakfast at the Edenfield House before heading out for a picnic lunch at George L. Smith State Park where we will spend some time walking around enjoying this beautiful state park with a pond, cypress knees and a covered bridge. Guests can opt for an hour long paddle adventure on the pond before getting back on our bikes and heading into the college town of Statesboro.

Overnight at Holiday Inn in Statesboro

Savannah Waterfront

Day 7: Statesboro to Ellabell (32 miles)
As we leave Statesboro on our way to Ellabell, we’ll roll back into rural Georgia and rolling farmland. With very few accommodations in this section, we will stay overnight in a 100 year old farm house with local hosts and find dinner at the golf course restaurant adjacent to the property.

Overnight at 100 year old country house

Day 8: Ellabell to Savannah with transfer to Tybee Island riding into Savannah (33 miles)
With few roadways going over the Ogeechee River into Savannah, avoiding high trafficked roadways is tricky. To keep everyone safe and happy, we provide a transfer to Tybee Island to enjoy a seafood lunch on the coast before biking around the island and along the McQueen Historic Trail into downtown Savannah. When we arrive, you’ll have time to enjoy the walkable downtown historic district and its squares. Explore the history and people of Savannah and perhaps enjoy a taste of local food and drink before our farewell dinner at the Olde Pink House.

Overnight at Courtyard Savannah Downtown/Historic District or Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District

Day 9: Departure

After breakfast, departure or extra nights. Transfers to Savannah Airport, Madison or Atlanta available at additional cost.

  • Charming and traditional country lodging
  • Wonderful Southern dining
  • Southern charm and hospitality
  • Savannah’s music, arts, beer and food scene
  • Sparta Organic Gardens
  • Ogeechee River Mill
  • George L. Smith State Park
  • Tybee Island + Georgia's Coast
  • Historic Downtown Savannah

Active
Level 3 of 4

Terrain is relatively gentle and mostly downhill, but please note distances and short sections of gravel/dirt roads in rural settings. Hybrid bikes are best suited for this tour. Road bikes will have to walk some sections or hop in the support vehicle to avoid the dirt/gravel sections.

Descend Georgia’s rolling hills during this eight-day tour. Our first two days travel through the Georgia Piedmont region, which is more hilly than mountainous. Our third day transitions us to gentle, mostly downward terrain that falls quickly as we enter the Fall Line. We approach the Coastal Plain of Georgia on Day 4 with long rolling hills on Days 4 and 5. It’s smooth cycling on Days 6 and 7 with mostly flat terrain from Statesboro to Ellabell. On Day 8 we transfer to Tybee Island and ride from the Island into downtown Savannah.

Dates

Guided: March 19, April 16, Oct. 22  
Supported: May 21, Sept. 17, Oct. 8 and Nov. 12, 2022
Additional dates available upon request for groups of 4 or more, subject to availability

Pricing

Base tour price (per person)
Guided: $3,999 double occupancy
Supported: $3,379 double occupancy
$797 single room supplement

Rental bikes (limited availability)
Hybrid touring bike or road bike: $350/week
Electric-assist bike: $590/week

  • 8 nights lodging
  • 3 dinners (Days 2-4), excludes alcohol
  • 6 breakfasts (hot and continental)
  • 2 lunches (plus 2 picnics for guided tour)
  • Activities as described in itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Ride-along guide (guided tour dates only)
  • Driver in support vehicle
Maps are for reference only and may not be the actual routes used.
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