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Top Tours for Group Travel with VBT

If you’ve ever thought about getting a group of friends or family together to take an active vacation then VBT has some great news for you. Take advantage of our Group Travel Program and you could save both yourself and your friends some money—you could even earn a FREE vacation! Because we already specialize in small-group active travel, our Group Tour Manager will guide you every step of the way and be able to take care of all the details for your group from flights to any extended stays at the beginning or end of our tours. All you have to do is pick a destination and we’ll do the rest! To help you get the ball rolling we’ve compiled a list of the Most Reserved Vacations for Groups so far in 2014.

Italy: Cycling the Dolomite Valleyswith departures from May–October
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5 | Difficulty Rating: Easy
ID Group
Explore the valleys of the majestic Dolomites where cycling on downhill and flat paths reveal meadows, orchards, forests, canyons and roaring cascades. We’ll visit ancient villages, discover local history and sample cuisine during special events like a barbecue feast and a picnic lunch beside a bucolic lake. At the end of each day of cycling we’ll pamper you with our selection of 4-star hotels and even the relaxing treatment baths and wellness facilities during our time in Terme Merano.

The Czech Republic, Germany & Austriawith departures from May–October
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Easy
CZ Group
Join us on an unforgettable adventure to the heart of Central Europe on an exciting tour that visits three distinct countries. We’ll travel from Prague to Czech’s beautiful Šumava National Park before crossing into Bavarian Germany. Along the way, you’ll take a guided tour of historic Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, learn about Bavarian culture from the owners of a local tavern, enjoy a home-hosted lunch, and view Neuberg Fortress during a riverside picnic.

Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands​—with departures from May–October
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Moderate
CI Group
Explore the awe-inspiring Dalmatian Islands of Brac and Hvar— acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful isles by Travel + Leisure magazine—as you discovery their fascinating history, stunning scenery and mild climate. We’ll enjoy authentic Croatian wine and cuisine at a home-hosted meal, tour one of the world’s last remaining stonecutting schools, and ride along beautiful coastal biking routes to some of the world’s best beaches and swim in their pristine waters.

NEW! Lake Constance: Germany, Austria & Switzerland​— with departures from May–October
Traveler Rating: N/A (new for 2014) | Difficult Rating: Easy
LC group
Covet the best of alpine splendor  on this new biking tour, like snow-capped peaks, a vast glistening lake, and easy bike paths that gloriously connect you to an often overlooked corner of Europe. Some highlights of this new tour include tastings of organic fruit brandy and German beer, marveling at the magnificent Romanesque churches of Reichenau, cruising across Lake Constance aboard a ferry with breathtaking views and waltzing through the riotous array of flowers on the island of Mainau.

Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villageswith departures from March–June and Sep–Nov
Traveler Rating: 4.6/5   | Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate
SB Group
Pedal back in time on a Mediterranean island that was courted by the Greeks, refined by the Romans and influenced by the Moors to develop its own distinct, Italian flavor. We’ll visit the baroque palaces of Noto and Ragusa Ibla, learn about Sicily’s Greek influence from a local historian in Syracuse, prepare Sicilian delicacies with a local chef and delight our taste buds further on a tour of a family-owned chocolate factory.

These are just a few examples of the amazing vacations that Groups are reserving this year. To learn more about the advantages of our Group Travel Program click here. To request a full catalog with all of our vacations please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with our Group Tour Manager, please call Laura at 800-245-3868, x3411.

Top 5 VBT Vacations for Solo Travelers in 2013

Solo Traveler 11-19Are you planning a solo adventure but aren’t sure if a small group tour is the best choice for you? Well we’d like you to know that VBT offers amazing vacations that welcome solo travelers. You’ll enjoy the camaraderie that comes with traveling with a small group and we’ll take care of all the logistics for you. You will always fit right with VBT, in fact 25% of all our travelers in 2013 were solo travelers. Why do so many solo travelers choose VBT? Because we are committed to providing you with the same value, quality, and care that every traveler deserves, and you’ll enjoy the lowest single supplements in active travel. Let us help you decide where to go.  We’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Vacations for Solo Travelers in 2013. Enjoy!

The Czech Republic, Germany & Austriaour most popular vacation in 2013!
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: EasyCzech beer
Single Supplement: $445
Join us in the heart of Central Europe on an extraordinary itinerary that touches three distinct countries. We’ll travel from mystical Prague to medieval Cesky Krumlov and on through the Czech Republic’s largest national park, Šumava. Along the way, you’ll visit a local home and learn about Czech life from our local expert, enjoy a home-hosted Bavarian lunch, taste world-class Czech pilsner beer, explore beautiful Passau—the “City of Three Rivers”—and admire one of the most scenic landscapes in Europe as we cruise the Danube.

Tuscany by the Seaa popular vacation for first-time travelers!
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate
Single Supplement: $495
Tuscany Biking
Come discover a hidden pocket of Tuscany: the unspoiled Maremma region. We’ll ride on bike paths through historic towns, nature reserves and on routes with sweeping views of the sea.  A hearty meal made from the freshest local produce is your reward every night and we’ll sample wines made right at our agriturismo and delight in a pastry-making demonstration and olive oil tasting at a local mill.

Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coastour most luxurious Italian vacation!
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Easy
Single Supplement: $445
Puglia TrulliIn this undiscovered region of Italy, we’ll cycle along stunning coastal roads that overlook the  Adriatic Sea and glide past ancient olive groves and sample their oils with a local family. Learn about the iconic trulli homes of Alberobello with a local specialist. And we’ll end each thrilling day at cozy masserie, authentic 16th-century fortified farms with their own Puglian tales to tell.

Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands​—a tour that abounds with scenic coastal cycling!
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Moderate
Single Supplement: $345
Group in HvarLong revered for its fascinating history, stunning scenery and mild climate, Croatia awaits your discovery. We’ll cycle along two picturesque Adriatic islands—including Hvar, acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful isles by Travel + Leisure magazine—and explore medieval villages and quaint fishing towns, and swim in pristine waters. Cultural highlights include a visit to one of the world’s last remaining stonecutting schools, a dinner in a family home, and a cooking lesson with dinner and a tasting of Croatian wines.

Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villagesour most popular new vacation in 2013!
Traveler Rating: 4.6/5   | Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate
Single Supplement: $295Sicily Solo
This bike tour makes its way through the southeastern corner of Sicily, where its varied history is most prominently on display. We’ll explore baroque palaces, ancient cathedrals and coastal country lanes before parking our bikes for swims in the sea or a tour of a family-owned chocolate factory.  Get at the heart of Sicily on this exciting vacation with VBT.

These are just a few examples of the amazing vacations that solo travelers went on in the past year. To learn more about Solo Travel with VBT click here. To request a full catalog with all of our vacations please click here. 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 or on Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

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