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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

4.9 Excellent
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This operator is an Active Member in good standing in the United States Tour Operator Association and part of the $1 million traveler insurance program
# of trips 7 Trips
Type Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Trip prices $ 2,495 - $ 4,195
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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Reviews & Ratings

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Value
4.9
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4.9
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4.9
cliff portman
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2021-03-12
5.0
VBT Walking and Bicycling Vacations Company Reviews by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
absorbing
Poland is fascinating. Warsaw and Krakow, especially are fantastic cities with staggering historical stories and modern vibrancy. Biking through the country side and staying in scenic villages is enthralling and extremely pleasant. Our trip leaders were extraordinary. Cheerful, expert, thoroughly knowledgeable about what we were experiencing. They always exerted extra effort to make our trip outstanding.
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Cynthia T.
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2021-03-12
5.0
VBT Walking and Bicycling Vacations Company Reviews by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
Cultural Enrichment at its Finest!
The exquisite beauty of this country is astonishing. I love cycling in every country I’ve been to. You really feel and see the local way of life. I enjoy experiencing local culture up close and with local guides.
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Cricket
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2021-03-12
5.0
VBT Walking and Bicycling Vacations Company Reviews by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
Southern Charm and History Abounds
This VBT trip exceeded expectations. The mansions we stayed in were stunningly beautiful, and the rides along the Natchez Trace were lovely and well paced. Of special note, was the day riding through the Vicksburg National Park and seeing all the monuments and learning about the battle of Vicksburg. The guides and extra activities were marvelous, as were the meals and friendly folks we rode with and met along the trail.
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Judy B D
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2021-03-12
5.0
VBT Walking and Bicycling Vacations Company Reviews by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
Way better than hoped
We had such a wonderful bike tour in the Mosel. We enjoyed our fellow bikers. The barge was welcoming, clean and comfortable. The guides were capable, knowledgeable about the area, anxious to make sure that each of us was comfortable on our bikes, and very funny. The crew was ready, willing and more than able to assure our safety, take care of our onboard needs and feed us delicious and beautifully presented food Also, they were so much fun. No Kidding. Even the weather cooperated. Did I mention the worth while side trips? And picture-perfect German towns?
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Bikeal
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2021-03-12
5.0
VBT Walking and Bicycling Vacations Company Reviews by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
Awesome, memorable vacation
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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Karen M
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2021-03-12
5.0
VBT Walking and Bicycling Vacations Company Reviews by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
Fill your senses and your brain
This was, by far, the best VBT I’ve taken (and the rest have been great). Peru is physically gorgeous. The guides (a notch above excellent) spoke eloquently about the history, culture and geography of the country. We had local experiences that we never would have had if we had attempted this trip on our own. The food was outstanding and our lodgings were quite nice. We saw amazing sites (an agricultural experimentation station from the 1500s) and learned so much (the Incas were an extraordinarily accomplished group). Highly recommended!
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Editorial review of 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.

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From VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

VBT is ideal for travelers interested in an invigorating and immersive vacation with like-minded fellow explorers. Our small-group Bicycling Vacations include two local trip leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and full vehicle support. VBT also offers Self-Guided Biking vacations with detailed route notes and a 24/7 support system. Additionally, VBT includes roundtrip international airfare from over 30 North American cities for all overseas vacations. VBT has won Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” Awards for nine years.

We’ve Got Your Back

All you have to do is show up at the airport—we’ll handle the rest from there! From our tour consultants who help you find the perfect vacation to our expert local leaders who show you the best place for gelato, we take care of all the little details that make your trip memorable. We book your flights, arrange all your transfers and accommodations, and transport your bags between hotels. Our support vans are available to give you a lift up a hill or quickly fix a flat tire.

Travel like a local.

When you travel with VBT, you’re not just another tourist. You get to experience a destination with the help of a local, bilingual leader who is passionate about sharing their home with you. You’ll eat in local restaurants, stay in accommodations that have been family-owned for generations, and learn to make pasta with an Italian grandmother.

Spend less, experience more.

VBT offers exceptional value without compromising on quality. Simply put, no other US-based active travel company offers a comparably rich experience for such a reasonable price. On our tours, you can see more sights, have more local experiences, and enjoy more delicious, authentic meals—all while staying in high quality, boutique hotels and charming, family-run inns.

 

98% of our travelers say they would travel with us again.

VBT has been a leader in the travel industry for over 45 years. From our home in Vermont, we help thousands of people explore the world each year. Travel + Leisure magazine has recognized us as winners of their World’s Best Awards eight times. There’s a reason we’ve been around for so long—once someone travels with us they can’t wait to join us on another adventure, and another, and another…

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