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Traveler profile: A Family’s First Vacation with VBT

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A few weeks ago our President, Gregg Marston, received a wonderful voicemail from Dr. Warren G, who had recently returned from our Tuscany by the Sea vacation, about the amazing time he had on his first trip to Italy. We had a chance to catch up with Warren to hear more about his first VBT experience and his first trip to Europe since he spent a week in Paris in the 1980’s.

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Warren first learned of VBT while on a vacation to Acadia National Park where he noticed a tour of VBTers cruising Coast Housearound the famed Maine island park and thought to himself “what a great way to see the sights and fully experience the surroundings”.  So he looked up VBT, did some research on our pricing and all the places he could travel with us, and booked his first vacation.  With Warren’s eldest son preparing for his freshman year of college, the summer of 2013 presented itself to be a perfect time for the whole family to join in a new adventure together. So with his wife, three boys and 69 year old mother-in-law in tow, the family set out for the coast of Tuscany.

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Warren told us that the food and sights of the region were so amazing that “3 days into the trip I was like ‘alright, where are we going next year’? It was just so great.”  But what really made the trip so memorable for Warren and his family was Bike Route FlowersVBT Trip Leaders Marcello and Angelo, “those two guys in particular were just fantastic. We were with another couple who had been on many VBT trips and they said they had never had guides as good as those two guys.” He added, “Every morning they would teach us local expressions and some of Italy’s most used hand gestures which made interacting with the locals so much easier.”  Warren even mentioned that after every lunch break and pit stop, when the family returned to their bicycles, “all the water bottles on the bikes were refilled with fresh water and even included fresh lemon slices in the bottles.”  He went on to mentionSunflower Field with son that it was the “little things” that VBT does that he was so impressed by, such as detailed trip planning and all the small transfers that he didn’t really think about logistically before going on the trip.

After returning home to New Hampshire, and while browsing the 700+ photos he took, Sunny MeadowWarren says he’s already begun thinking about his next vacation with VBT.  At the moment he is leaning towards The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria bicycling vacation but is also contemplating a return to Italy because of the amazing experience the family had there, a sentiment echoed by Warren’s initial message to Gregg – “Thank you VBT for making my first trip to Italy so unbelievable…you have a superior product, I just loved it.”

Great Italian Adventure—Tuscany by the Sea Traveler Review

VBT’s Traveler Ratings and Reviews have given our travelers lots of helpful feedback about our full Catalog of Biking and Walking Vacations. Of course, we’ve heard plenty of praise for our amazing local Trip Leaders and we’ve also gotten a lot of positive feedback about our unique approach to getting travelers in touch with local culture. VBT Traveler, Lisa W., has shared her experiences in Tuscany by the Sea with us and we couldn’t resist passing it along.

Tuscany Bike Tour, Travel Reviews, Tuscany Vacation 

“Our gang of twenty friends and acquaintances – all first time travelers with VBT, with bicycling backgrounds ranging from less-experienced to expert – had a wonderful time on our Tuscany by the Sea adventure.

Individually we came away with countless, great memories of Tuscany, Orvieto and Rome. The fabulous agriturismo accommodations had all the creature comforts including fabulous breakfast buffets and some very memorable dinners that let us experience the Tuscan way of life.

Our two wonderful guides not only saw to it that all our needs were met and that we stayed on track with our ambitious biking and sight-seeing schedules, they took us off the beaten path and shared their rich heritage with us. They made the experience fun, meaningful, and it will forever stand out in our memories.

Travel Reviews, Italy Bike Tour, Tuscany Vacation

The trip included a Pre- and Post-Trip to Orvieto and to Rome where we stayed in very nice and conveniently located hotels and made the most of sightseeing. For me it was the trip of a life-time…”

-Lisa W.

Thanks Lisa! To give our travelers the opportunity to enjoy even more reviews, we’ve got a great contest. If you submit your own review about a previously taken VBT vacation by December 31, 2012, you’ll be entered to win $1,000 in Travel Credits!* Head to www.vbt.com, find a tour that you’ve taken with VBT and click the Traveler Reviews tab to fill us in on your experiences.

*Contest rules: VBT travelers who post a review by Monday, December 31, 2012 will be entered into a contest to win $1000 in Travel Credits. This prize is non-transferrable and not redeemable for cash. Respondents must be 21 years of age or older and must have taken the VBT trip that they reviewed. Entries must be posted by Monday, December 31, 2012 and a winner will be drawn on Friday, January 4, 2013. To obtain the name of the winner, send your name and address to Paul Williams, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, 614 Monkton Road, Bristol, VT 05443. You may contact VBT with questions or concerns related to customer support and satisfaction.

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