A Typical Biking Day with VBT
Choice, comfort, and unforgettable discoveries
Live for the day. That’s our approach to planning your VBT itinerary. Each day’s activities and encounters stimulate your five senses, engage your mind, and refresh your spirit. We begin with an appealing choice of bicycle routes through the world’s most beautiful landscapes. We include distinctive cultural interaction from village markets to family homes, exceptional regional cuisine, and charming lodgings that are destinations in themselves. You choose the pace that’s right for you—and we take care of everything else.
Active days require fuel, so we always include a hearty morning meal. Be it an Irish farmhouse breakfast with rolled oats, eggs, kippers, and sausage, or a Tuscan offering of Italian figs, prosciutto, cheese, and biscotti, your choices reflect the bountiful regional cuisine. Then gather with your Trip Leaders to review the day’s route options. Strap on your helmet, and you’re off.
You might prefer a flat, easygoing ride on the barge towpath of a Dutch canal, or a more challenging route along the hilly seaside roads of Sicily on the way to a rustic castle. Whatever your choice, all VBT routes are bicycle-friendly, so ride and explore at your own pace. Stop to take some pictures and to chat with local bicyclists, if you like.
You’ll rendezvous with our support van at an arranged time and place to refill your water bottle and enjoy a healthy snack— perhaps some fresh fruit or a crunchy granola bar. Then head for the Spanish whitewashed village of Penaflor and stop at local taverna
for a bite.
You’ve arrived at an agriturismo farmhouse for an olive oil tasting and lunch of Tuscan specialties, with all the produce from the family’s organic garden. Or perhaps your Trip Leaders will surprise you with a sumptuous picnic spread out by the water in the Croatian fishing port of Jelsa, followed by a dip.
2:00 p.m.Back on your bike, you cycle past Vietnamese duck and fish farms to the village of Cau Ngoi Thanh Toan, where you chat with locals at the colorful market. Perhaps you’ll bike through a forest of California redwoods to your new lodging in Healdsburg, stopping to explore its historic downtown plaza.
4:30 p.m. A late-afternoon stroll through the Alpine village of Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Italy’s Dolomite Valley sounds just about right. So does relaxing on the deck of your Dutch barge with a drink and that novel you brought along. Perhaps a walk through the lush gardens of your Pugliese masseria resort followed by a spa massage.
You’ve been active all day—now comes the reward. Perhaps some Spanish sangria and tapas, garlicky patatas bravas, and tuna with red pepper. We take our included dinners together, but we intentionally leave a few meals free so you can try local restaurants on your own. You might find a local restaurant in St. Remy for a dinner of Provençal delights, or sample a steaming bowl of Vietnamese phô, brimming with noodles and aromatic herbs. Dessert? The candles are lit, the wine uncorked, and your friends await.
The starry sky reminds you of van Gogh’s brilliant canvas, which he painted not far from where you sit now gazing upward. Yet the stars are just as beautiful above the rugged coast of Maine. Perhaps you’ll pause for a nightcap, enjoying a sweet Malaga wine in Spain or a raspberry eau de vie in California. A wonderful day is done, and a wonderful day awaits.
"Where do I start? The food was fantastic, the accommodations were perfect, our Trip Leaders were efficient and entertaining, and the cycling was through some of the most picturesque countryside. What more could one want from an active vacation? And the food! The Italians have elevated the evening meal to an art form. It really was the trip of a lifetime. Thanks, VBT, for thinking of everything!”
VBT Traveler—Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast