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Monday, September 12, 2011

VBT Announces 2 New “Warm Winter” Vacations in Egypt and Thailand for 2012

Egypt Walking Vacation first since country’s inspiring rebirth. Thailand Bicycling Vacation returns due to travelers’ demand

BRISTOL, VT — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has announced two new Warm Winter Vacations for 2012, bringing travelers to warm-weather countries that offer rich opportunities for cultural and historical discovery and rewarding encounters with local people.

On Egypt: In the Footsteps of Pharaohs, an 11-day walking vacation, travelers enjoy a relaxed pace with 3-night stays in Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, discovering the timeless Pyramids of Giza, the majestic Temple of Luxor, and Nile Valley farmlands rarely visited by tourists. The two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders are certified Egyptologists, who bring wonderful insight to a country rich in history, mythology, and legend.

“Now more than ever before, the home visits and meals we’ll share with Egyptians and their families, as well as the discussions we’ll have with local experts in aspects of Egyptian life and culture, will bring to life the extraordinary current events that are reshaping this great nation,” VBT President Gregg Marston. “What a thrilling time to discover Egypt, whose people are warm and welcoming and eager to make new friends.”

Travelers also will sail the Nile at sunset on a traditional felucca, discover the tombs of pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings, stroll the colorful, narrow streets of Cairo’s Islamic district, and revel in the excitement of the Kahn al-Khalili bazaar. There is also an optional excursion to Abu Simbel, where massive twin temples to Pharoah Ramesses II and Queen Nefertari were relocated to save them from the rising waters behind the Aswan High Dam.

On Exploring Northern Thailand, an 12-day bicycling vacation, travelers cycle past ancient Buddhist temples and along the tranquil Mekong River, meet modern-day monks at monasteries set in lush forests, and kayak in beautiful Sri Lanna National Park—all in the company of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders. Discovery awaits along the way, from savoring Thai cuisine in a cooking class, to indulging in traditional Thai massage and a soak in a thermal spring.

“We’re thrilled to bring back Thailand thanks to the demand of our travelers,” said Chris Skilling, VBT Director of Worldwide Product. “This gives travelers another exotic option for a Warm Winter destination. We are taking reservations now and the first departures will be in March 2012.”

Offering 39 trips in 25 countries, VBT is including Air Fuel Surcharges in 2012 prices—The Best Value Guaranteed. Marston is encouraging travelers to “Dare to Compare” for themselves.

“If travelers find a U.S.-based active vacation company offering a lower-priced trip that also includes round-trip international airfare, free use of a custom bicycle or walking poles, and local Trip Leaders and accommodations of the same quality as ours, we’ll give you one VBT vacation—for FREE,” Marston said. “None of our competitors can match our features and unsurpassed value.”

For even more value, travelers SAVE $200 per person off all International Vacations and SAVE $100 per person off all U.S. Vacations if they reserve by October 14, 2011.

VBT was recently named one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s “World’s Best Tour Operators” for the second year in a row. Based on reader feedback, VBT ranked 13th in the magazine’s 2011 survey, with an overall score of 92.45.  The company has also been named among the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic magazine, ranking among the top two “Best Bicycle Outfitters on Earth” two years in a row.

Founded in 1971 by Middlebury College professor, John Freidin, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. The company offers 39 deluxe, small group bicycling and walking tours in 25 countries worldwide, including destinations in Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, Egypt, Peru, Argentina and the U.S.A.  Each trip includes all accommodations, many meals, two expert local Trip Leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and full vehicle support.  Unlike other companies, VBT also includes international airfare and air fuel surcharges in its trip cost.

For reservations or more information, call 1-800-245-3868 or log on to the company’s website, www.vbt.com


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Paul Williams, Director of Marketing
802-453-4811 ext. 3414
pwilliams@vbt.com
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