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A Memorable Adventure to Start VBT’s New Yellowstone & Grand Teton Walking Vacation

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A fun way to start any VBT vacation is the welcome reception we hold at the beginning of each trip. This is a great way to ease in to your vacation and get to know your VBT Trip leaders as well as your fellow travelers. Depending on the destination, these welcome receptions can be anything from cocktails on a hotel terrace overlooking the Tuscan countryside to a dinner on the barge as we float down the Loing River in France, or even a warm-up bike ride followed by drinks in the Bohemian city of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic.  However, on our new walking vacation—Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness—we embark on our tour with a unique, western flavor…a riverside cookout followed by rafting down the illustrious Snake River in northwest Wyoming.

The first day of this vacation includes several stops en route to Grand Teton National Park, like the famed “Mormon Row”Jackson Lodge of iconic western homesteads—including the famous John Moulton Barn.  We’ll have time to take photos at this beautiful overlook often populated by herds of buffalo and elk, which are very common around these old homesteads. After a stop at the Grand Teton National Park Visitor Center to get our National Park Passport stamped and pick up souvenirs, we check in to our home for the first two days, the Jackson Lake Lodge—the largest and most famous hotel in the park. Early this evening, we’ll transfer to the Snake River for our very special welcome reception.

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Snake RaftOur festivities kick off with a fabulous, authentic western cookout on the river banks that features fresh river trout and charbroiled steak. After our meal, we’ll board large rafts for a scenic trip down the Snake River. The Snake is an iconic western river whose headwaters are just north of nearby Jackson Lake. Lucky for us, the views from the Snake’s first 50 miles are some of the most impressive in the river’s 1,000 mile journey before emptying into the Columbia River in eastern Washington. This evening we’ll relax along a beautiful 10 mile stretch of the river with breathtaking panoramic views of the Teton Range—punctuated by the iconic Grand Teton—to the west. After our evening float, we’ll head back to relax at our charming park lodge full of anticipation for the natural discoveries that will come in the days ahead…

To request a catalog or learn more about this vacation or any of our other exciting trips to US National Parks please visit www.vbt.com. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST.

Explore the Treasures of the US National Parks with VBT

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One of our favorite things about what we do here at VBT is being able to provide once in a lifetime vacations to 27 different countries on 5 continents around the world.  From the glaciers of Patagonia to the jungles of Vietnam, the gorgeous peaks and valleys of New Zealand or the picturesque sea coast of Italy – it’s all there for our guests. However, in 2014 in particular, we are extremely happy to help our travelers explore the immense beauty and natural wonders in our own country via the U.S. National Parks System. VBT is offering 10 vacations to 11 National Parks in 2014, more than doubling our 2013 destinations to the parks.

The National Park Service – which turned 97 years old on August 25th – does an astounding job preserving the rich historical, cultural and geographical treasures of this great country. With VBT, you’ll be able to visit multiple aspects of this nearly century-old parks system. We’ll take you to the “crown jewels” of the Parks Service like Yellowstone National Park (in both winter and summer!) and the Grand Canyon. You’ll explore National Historical and Military Parks, and a ride through a National Monument and even bike along a National Seashore! All the while knowing you’ll have comfortable accommodations and delectable regional cuisine waiting for you at every stop. So join us in 2014 and we’ll help you experience magical places in every corner of these United States in a way that one just cannot do while driving through in a car.

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The Southwest
Perhaps the most diverse types of natural wonders and terrain that VBT will take travelers to 2014 are Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Zion National Parks. A wonderful five day tour of both Zion and the Grand Canyon is new in 2014. The Zion_angels_landing_viewaptly named Walking the American West: Zion & Grand Canyon ​will take guests from the epic sandstone walls of Zion to the monumental south rim of the Grand Canyon via the Grand Canyon Railway. And after a wonderful day out on the trails you’ll be delighted to stay right in the middle of both parks in fabulous accommodations such as the Zion Lodge and the El Tovar Hotel.

Death Valley_Lead for webEscape the cold on our new Winter Sun: Cycling California’s Death Valley vacation. Travelers will ride through, rich hues of otherworldly beauty while hexagon-laced salt flats paint the horizon and the wide open space reminds you why you ride. Conquer challenging climbs with staggeringly scenic rewards or just go at your own pace along the flat desert floor. Every night culminates in comfort at the renowned 4-diamond Inn at Furnace Creek.

The Northwest:  Wyoming and Montana
We cap off our newest additions to VBT’s National Park centric vacations in the great states of Wyoming & Montana. We’re offering a fabulous Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness tour in the heart of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. For unspoiled splendor and sweeping wonder, perhaps no other places embody American idealism like Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. You’ll explore jagged granite peaks, pristine alpine lakes, towering geyser eruptions and unprecedented wildlife viewing on a VBT vacation as Yellowstone National Park hosts a vast range of wildlife including bears, elk, bison, and antelope and bighorn sheep.
Buffalo wintering in the Upper Geyser Basin.  Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

New this year, we’re also offering Yellowstone in the Winter: Skiing America’s First National Park, a cross-country tour through a wintry wonderland in the wild Wyoming wilderness. In the winter, the steam billowing from the hot springs sparkles as it hits and freezes in the crisp winter air.  The wildlife congregates to graze in the Lamar Valley where we’ll experience a winter safari as we observe buffalo, elk, and perhaps even wolves.  We’ll wind down our days in two special park lodges, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.

The Northeast
IMG_0779Travelers can visit three different aspects of the Parks system on our various tours in New England.  With VBT, you’ll immerse yourself in the coastal delights of Acadia National Park both by foot – on our new Coastal Maine: Walking Acadia tour – and by bike, along the famous carriage roads and other beautiful oceanside roads on  ​Maine Coast: Purely Acadia, a classic vacation for VBT for many years.

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If biking by the ocean is a passion of yours, join us on a lovely rail trail ride through the protected Cape Cod National Seashore on our Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard bicycling vacation.  You’ll bask in the ocean scenery before stopping to learn about the area at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. In our neck of the woods, travelers on our  Biking Southern Vermont: A New England Idyllwill walk along the carriage trails of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT – a beautiful pastoral site that preserves where Frederick Billings established a managed forest and a progressive dairy farm.

The Southeast
Take a tour of history with VBT on two vacations that visit a National Monument, Parkway and Military Park. On our Charleston to Savannah: A Southern Reel, ​cycle through the seaside Fort Moultrie, part of Fort Sumter National Monument, where South Carolina got its nickname – the fort is built partially from palmetto trees – and Edgar Allen Poe was once stationed here.

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Further inland in the lovely state of Mississippi, you’ll ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway – which traces the 440 mile eponymous path – and take a day to delve deeper in to the history of the civil war with a ride through the Vicksburg National Military Park, which preserves the site of the Battle of Vicksburg on our Mississippi: The Natchez Trace​ vacation .

For more information regarding, dates, prices and itinerates of these wonderful vacations in the United States please visit vbt.com