Cycling Highlights of VBT’s Biking Tours in New England

While New England may be known for its harsh winters, our summers and falls are the stuff of legend. Whether cruising along the quaint shores of Massachusetts or Maine, or discovering the rolling hills and pristine lakes of Vermont, our home state, there are miles and miles of amazing riding to be done on VBT’s New England tours. Of course there’s also plenty to do off your bike on a VBT tour as we carefully select charming inns, delectable meals, and exciting activities designed to provide the perfect window into local life. Check out some cycling highlights on our 5 New England cycling tours.

The Island Line Bike Path
found on our Vermont: Champlain Valley & Islands
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In the town of South Hero, located on Grand Isle—the largest of the Champlain Islands—we’ll board the Island Line Bike FerryBike Ferry for a short cruise with our bikes across “the cut”, a gap in the causeway between South Hero and Colchester. Once we hop back on our bikes we’ll be treated to unparalleled views of the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains alike as we literally bike across Lake Champlain on a rail trail built on a causeway, and head straight into Burlington.

Cycling to Jordan Pond
found on our Maine Coast: Purely Acadia
IMG_7521Taking a quiet ride on Acadia’s famed car-free carriage roads is our favorite way to see the park. During your loop, we recommend stopping for lunch at the Jordan Pond House, which has an outdoor dining area that overlooks Jordan Pond, the Bubbles, and a field of wild blueberries—be sure to pick some if they’re in season! The specialties at the Jordan Pond House are their famous lobster stew and golden lighter-than-air popovers.

Scenic Windsor County
found on Biking Southern Vermont: A New England Idyll​
The Inn at Waters Edge
We’ll trace VT-103 and pedal past North Chester’s Stone Village—on the National Register of Historic Places—a community of homes built from locally-sourced granite. Afterwards, enjoy riding along the Williams River before heading east over the Springfield Dam and stopping for a picnic lunch at Stoughton Pond, the perfect setting for a mid-day chill-out. We continue cycling to the Inn at Water’s Edge where we reward ourselves by relaxing on a rocking chair overlooking Echo Lake.

The Aquinnah Cliffs
found on our Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard​
Aquinah Cliffs
On the final full day of this tour, we’ll ride along scenic island roads to the western side of Martha’s Vineyard to check out the breathtaking Aquinnah cliffs. Perhaps the best-known natural feature of the vineyard, the brilliantly colored cliffs at Aquinnah are a mile long and are sprinkled with tropical fossils. The Aquinnah lighthouse stands atop the cliffs, creating a very dramatic view, and the beaches below are a delightful spot to picnic and swim.

Cycling Western Addison County
found on Classic Vermont
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On this tour we’ll spend a terrific day cycling along the gently rolling farm fields of Addison County that offer panoramic views of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. Stops along the way include the town of Panton, the Chimney Point Historic Site, the Champlain Bridge, and the apple orchards that line Lake Street. As you may surmise by its name, the road that will lead us back to our hotel for the night is full of both lake and mountainside vistas.

These are just some examples of the great rides that you’ll enjoy on our biking vacations in New England. If you would like to reserve a vacation—do so by July 31st and save up to $150!—or to speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit www.vbt.com. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Top 5 Best Walks Around the World with VBT

Walking is a great way to explore the natural beauty of the world at a slower pace. With VBT you’ll get to walk some of the world’s most famous trails and discover new cultures, historic sites, and jaw-dropping views along the way. Each traveler on our walking tours will get to use custom VBT walking poles and have the support and guidance of our expert, local Trip Leaders along the way.  To learn more about the world-class walks that await you, check out our some of our favorites.

The Path of the Gods on The Amalfi Coast & Capri  walking tour
Path of the Gods

Italy’s Sentiero degli Dei—or “The Path of the Gods”—runs from Agerola to Positano along the southeastern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Once a path for mule herders to transport goods between coastal villages, the path is now a revered walking route chock full of simply divine views of the Lattari Mountains crashing into the Gulf of Salerno. While on tour with VBT, you’ll walk the scenic stretch between the Biscotto Caves and the hamlet of Nocelle and take in overlooks of the island of Capri and the islets of Li Galli and Sirenuse.

The Inca Trail on our Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley walking tour
Machu Picchu
Locally known as the Camino Inca, the Inca Trail is the most awe-inspiring way to approach the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu.  As you wind your way up the 8-mile trail you’ll notice that much of the trail has remained unchanged from its Incan construction. All your effort is rewarded when you arrive at Intipunku or the Sun Gate which was the original entrance to the “Lost City.”

Kerry Way on our Ireland: Walking the West Country tour
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This iconic walking route begins and ends in Killarney and traces the Iveragh Penninsula. Although it is the longest of Irelands National Waymarked Trails—the 133 mile roundtrip typically takes 9 days to complete—our guests will enjoy a select area of the path that circles Seefin Mountain. As you walk, you will be rewarded with spectacular views over Lough Caragh before either taking a minibus transfer to Glenbeigh, or walking to Glenbeigh up the mountain on a footpath through Windy Gap.

Way of St. James on our Spain: A Walking Tour of Basque Country  ​tour
Way St James
This historic path, which traverses the northern Spanish coast, is thought to be the oldest of all the paths leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where it is purported that St. James is buried. On this tour travelers will walk a section of the path that has been used for over a thousand years by the holy pilgrims. History aside, the natural beauty of this walk is sure to please as well. As we make our way to the top of Mount Jaizkibel, we’ll be treated to panoramic views of Bay of Biscay and its numerous rugged coves that dot the shoreline.

Abel Tasman Coastal Track on our Walking New Zealand: Splendor of the South Island​ tour
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This trail is one of the highlights of the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. Designated one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks,” by the Department of Conservation this route will take us past rocky outcrops, sheltered coves and golden, palm-fringed beaches. We’ll walk a section of the 32-mile trail that leads us to Awaroa Bay and its eponymous lodge, our home for 2 nights. We arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon where you’re free to head down to the beach for a swim or relax on your room’s private deck.

To learn more about how you can walk some of these amazing trails with VBT please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit vbt.com. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

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