VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations vs Walking Connection - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Wonderful

0.0 August 2019
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We , Leslie Gault and Don Lucas went on the Galway & Connemara Coast ride.
I would like to give our review for the trip,
We have to say Steve and Brian were the best guides we have had out of the three VBT trips we have taken. The went above and beyond the call of duty, total pros. They both have great knowledge, ability, and the best of the Irish personality. We also loved Shane's wit and knowledge on the Burren. The rains did come at times but for the most part they are not that bad, the roads do not puddle much, so riding is still a lot of fun. The guides marked the turns with flour on the streets, wonderful, previously not done, and works even with rain, the greatest thing for carefree riding. Bikes as always great. The hotels are wonderful as always, lots great staff and perfect feel and style.We would like to thank Brian and Steven again for their hard work and caring personality.
Leslie Gault and Don Lucas
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Tour VBT Walking and Bicycling Vacations Company Reviews

Awesome, memorable vacation

0.0 July 2019
B
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Cruising on the barge gives a great overview of the breathtaking scenery. Then diving into the countryside gets you up close to the people, sight, sounds, and smells – a sensory experience, not just a glimpse from a bus or car.
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Tour VBT Walking and Bicycling Vacations Company Reviews

Reasonable challenges but very worthwhile

0.0 July 2019
S
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This was our 6th VBT trip and again it met our high expectations. The entire group of riders were great to be with all week. While some of the hills were challenging, they were doable, and the van was there (as were e-bikes) if you needed some assistance. Towns were charming, the scenery was beautiful and both guides were outstanding! Our hotels and food/drink were excellent and I learned much during our week. As usual with VBT, there were many added experiences and side trips which just added to the fun. And, the bikes were extremely well suited to this trip. Well done VBT.
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Tour VBT Walking and Bicycling Vacations Company Reviews

wonderful moments

0.0 May 2018
G
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The Walking Connection is top notch and second to none. I’ve now been on three trips with them and each better than the last. Detailed planning, spectacular accommodations, fun activities, and food and beverages that perfectly compliment the events of each day. Gene and Jo Ann’s extensive experience takes traveling to a whole new level. Thank you so much for all the wonderful moments, and I’m already planning for my next trip!
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Tour Walking Connection Company Reviews

Walking Connection is your best sourceIf you are looking for walking adventure travel

0.0 August 2015
AL
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I met JoAnn and Gene Taylor years ago right after they conceived the idea of Walking Connection and started the program. I knew from the start they are special, caring people who want to make a difference in people's lives by helping them be more active and healthier. Walking consistently will do that...so will the Connections we make as we walk and travel together.

My husband and I traveled with Gene and JoAnn several times. Our favorite trip was to Ireland where the weather was perfect and the sights were thrilling.

We moved to Virginia in the late 90s but have kept the connection and friendship with this very special couple.

If you are looking for walking adventure travel, the Walking Connection is your best source. The trips are well planned, the walks are Taylored to everyone's level of comfort, the destinations are often only available through the Walking Connection and your traveling companions are fun loving and full of life.
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Wonderful!

0.0 August 2015
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Wonderful and accommodating hosts, and first class, fantastic trips. The Walking Connection with Gene and Jo Ann truly make traveling everything it is meant to be. I’ve been on two trips with them and am looking to book my next amazing adventure!
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Tours 7 Trips 38 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 350 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Styles
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • Cycling
  • 50+
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
Headquarters Bristol, Vermont, USA Glendale, Arizona, USA
Year Established 1971 1989
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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    About VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

    VBT Bicycling and Walking offers cycling and walking vacations around the world. The company was established over 40 years ago, so has lots of experience serving active travelers. It is based in Vermont, USA. It also promises lower prices than other cycling tour companies without sacrificing quality. Most everything is included in the price, except for a few meals -- and that includes use of a customized bike on cycling tours or walking poles on walking tours, and special packages including international airfare.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    VBT is all about value. They offer many standard inclusions that some other tour operators do not, such as meals, airport transfers, and a special 5% ‘credit’ to use on a future VBT tour. They are also cycling and walking specialists, with tons of experience leading groups all over the world.

    Who Travels With Them?

    VBT attracts active travelers of all ages, but tend to focus on the adult 50+ market. As they are located in the US, groups are frequently comprised of American travelers. Focusing on value means you will likely travel with a group of like-minded companions who are more concerned with seeing the sights and breaking a bit of a sweat, than dining at the fanciest restaurants.

    Where Do They Operate?

    VBT sells tours that explore six continents. Some of their most well-known and sought after destinations include Italy, New Zealand, and France. More exotic cycling and walking tours can be found in Peru and Vietnam.

    Why Travel with Them?

    Both cyclists and walkers travel at their own pace during the day, but local trip leaders and support vans are always available, and some guided sightseeing is included. Trips are rated easy to moderate -- nothing too strenuous -- and walking or biking is usually limited to two to six hours a day. Routes and custom maps are all planned out. Another great feature on some trips is the use of e-bikes - bikes with an electronic assist to help you power up any hills you might encounter on the route. Overall, VBT has been doing these types of tours for more than 40 years, and they seem to have it down to a science.

    About Walking Connection

    Walking Connection, established in 1989, specializes in inspiring individuals to take a healthy approach to life by being active through walking and hiking. 

    WHO:

    Around since 1989, it was founded by Gene and Jo Ann Taylor, who started gathering groups for local walks. It got promoted through the local media, and soon the company started getting corporate sponsors. Companies such as Safeway, IBM, and Honeywell have participated in their programs.

    WHAT:

    The tours are best enjoyed by those who are looking for an active trip and want to explore a new area by foot. If you're looking for a more independent group tour, this is it. You'll be able to have someone set a general itinerary for you and take you to new places, while also having time to relax and explore on your own. You’ll walk around 3-5 miles a day, but a van is available if a ride is needed. They also specialize in luxury travel tours with walking and hiking incorporated into the trips. Groups average in size from 12-14 people, but can go up to 16.

    WHERE:

    Explore North America, South America, Australia, Europe, and Africa through the tours. Tours are currently available in 16 countries and growing each year. A wide variety of activities are covered, including hiking, safari, walking/cultural, trekking, and summit trips.

    HOW:

    The Walking Connection pride themselves on being able to explore at a leisurely pace. Trips are moderately challenging to challenging, so you can pick the right one based on your activity level. You will travel by bus or car to get to destinations that are further away. Rest days can be taken if you need to relax for a day.

    WHY:

    While Walking Connection tours cater to all age groups, they are most commonly explored by the 40-60 year old age group. Couples as well as individuals will enjoy the tours. Those who have a positive outlook on life and love exploring new cultures will do well on these tours. They have a 90% returning customer rate! You can commit to several weeks for a longer tour, or just 2 nights for a shorter tour. The guides will take the time to see what you're interested in to give personal recommendations. A detailed packing list will be given specific to the trip you pick to ensure you are fully prepared for your adventure.

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