New Bicycling Vacations from Ottawa to Montreal Debut with Sojourn Bicycle Tours for Summer 2012

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Two of the world's top cities for bicycling anchor each end of this exciting new bike tour. Sojourn Bicycle Tours brings a wealth of experience to new luxury cycling vacations in Canada.

Sojourn Bicycle Tours Montreal Old Port Ride

Old Port of Montreal

Sojourn Bicycle Tours debuts new bicycling vacation from Ottawa to Montreal for summer 2012. Building on the success of their perennial sell-out tour from Burlington, Vermont to Quebec City, Sojourn expands west to include Canada's Capital City of Ottawa and its extensive network of bicycle paths. On the eastern end of the trip, French-speaking Montreal is laced with bike paths and cloaked in history.

Trips include Sundays in Ottawa when the region's major parkways are closed to vehicular traffic, creating a perfect situation for cyclists. The lovely Lord Elgin Hotel serves as the perfect base from which to explore Ottawa's top sites by bike and by foot. Between Ottawa and Montreal, guests will enjoy several days of cycling through gently rolling countryside. An evening at Fairmont's famed Le Chateau Montebello, followed by one at a lovely country auberge, are in stark contrast to Montreal's chic St. Sulpice Hotel in the trendy Old Port.

While in Ottawa, guests will cycle on bike paths along the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River, and in scenic Parc Gatineau, across the Ottawa River in Quebec. Just steps from the Lord Elgin Hotel are Parliament Hill, lively ByWard Market, and the National Gallery of Canada which this summer is featuring a traveling collection of Van Gogh works.

The iconic Canadian hotel group, Fairmont has made their name by acquiring architecturally unique and historic properties, and Le Chateau Montebello is no exception. Built as a private wilderness retreat for business and political leaders in 1930, the property has been transformed into a luxury riverside resort while retaining its original rustic ambiance.

In Montreal, guests will spend two evenings at the St. Sulpice Hotel, a boutique inn on a quiet street in the heart of the Old Port. Sojourn's native Montreal-based tour leader will guide guests through two days of cycling and walking tours that will include a bicycle ride around the Formula 1 race track, a visit to bustling Atwater Market, and a ride up the city's namesake - Mont Royal.

The trip is eight days long and averages fifty miles a day over mostly gentle terrain. Sojourn specializes in bicycling vacations in the US and Canada. Trips feature premiere lodging, professional guides, and full van support. Custom and private trips are also an area of specialty. Sojourn is located just south of Burlington, Vermont and has been operating for nearly a decade.

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