VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations are designed to invigorate your mind, body and spirit. Based upon his article, Easy Adventure, our Vermont: Champlain Valley & Islands biking vacation did just that for writer and biking enthusiast, Tim Jones. To read about Tim’s experiences on our Vermont Bike Tour, please enjoy his detailed and entertaining account on Eastern Slopes.
At VBT, each of our 39 biking and walking vacations are deliberately selected to give you ample opportunity to explore both the landscape and the culture of your desired destination. But we recognize that it is, after all, your vacation, and we take comfort on the road very seriously. After an invigorating day of discovery, we relax and unwind at some of the world’s most acclaimed accommodations. The following is a collection of ten of our travelers’ favorite hotels of 2011.
Resting at the heart of Positano, the Palazzo Murat is an historic 17th-century palace updated to offer comfortable, luxurious hospitality. The hotel is perfectly situated for stunning views of the sea and easy access to local shops and restaurants. But with an inspired in-house restaurant surrounded by a botanical garden, you might not opt to stray far from your accommodations. Stay at the Palazzo Murat on VBT’s Amalfi Coast & Capri walking vacation.
Hotel Le Cep is located in the capital of Burgundy, the medieval town of Beaune. Formally Louis XIV’s favorite accommodation in this region, the elegant hotel remains highly acclaimed. In addition to having been rated very well by our travelers in 2011, Hotel Le Cep has been included in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 500 best hotels list for three years running. Enjoy the ambiance of the historic accommodation on our Burgundy: The Wine Route biking vacation.
Sitting on a cliff top, Hotel Bellevue offers an outstanding vantage of the Mediterranean. The 5- star hotel features several dining options, a full service spa and an understated air of luxury just minutes way from Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Recharge and rejuvenate at Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik on an extension after our Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands biking vacation.
The style and old-world charm of Budapest come together at the Mamaison Andrassy Hotel. Completely renovated in 2001 and redecorated in 2007, the unique accommodation was the first in Hungary to be accepted to the collection of Leading Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Enjoy the luxury and outstanding service of the Mamaison Andrassy Hotel while cycling Hungary & Slovakia: The Best of the Danube.
Known for its watchtower and its century-old olive groves, Masseria Torre Coccaro was originally built in the 16th century. Now, this 5-star deluxe resort provides tremendous service and exquisitely prepared food from products grown right on the property. Delight in the local cuisine and historic charm of Masseria Torre Coccaro on VBT’s Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast biking vacation.
Unpacking only once, travelers are treated to the perfect balance between exhilarating bike rides and leisurely exploration while staying aboard our spacious two-deck, 24-passenger barge. Each cabin has a private bathroom and shower, and plenty of space for extra storage. Best of all, as the Iris cruises along some of Europe’s most vibrant rivers, guests can relax, dine and explore all at the same time. Enjoy discovery on the water on our Holland and Belgium Bike & Barge vacation.
Set among a lush green forest of palms, the Pilgrimage Village Hue is a boutique resort constructed of natural materials that brings a simple kind of luxury to its guests. The tranquil country setting and traditional thatched villas provide a tremendous way to unwind. Featuring a spa and in-house restaurant with carefully prepared cuisine, Pilgrimage Village Hue is a full service boutique resort you won’t soon forget. Enjoy the tranquility on VBT’s Journey through Vietnam biking vacation.
The historic castle that is now the Schlosshotel Velden has beckoned travelers for centuries. Located on Carinthia’s Lake Woerthersee, the stunning hotel is known for its exquisite service. Condé Nast Traveler has featured Schloss Velden as a “Hot Hotel” and its spa as a “Hot Spa”, making it one of the 139 most luxurious and innovative hotels and resorts in the world. Explore Slovenia, Austria & Italy by bike and embrace the elegance with a stay at the Schloss hotel Velden.
Celebrated for its comfort and environmental responsibility, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu has been recognized in Travel + Leisure magazine’s Global Vision awards, and it’s no wonder why. In addition to treating its guests to outstanding rooms in its whitewashed bungalows nestled in terraced hills, Inkaterra is also actively involved in dozens of conservation projects throughout Peru. Recoup and indulge at Inkaterra on our walking vacation through Peru: Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley.
The Tubac Golf Resort & Spa dates to 1789, when it was originally a cattle ranch. Today, the 500-acre property has restaurants, shops, galleries, 36 golf holes and a 3,000-square-foot hacienda-themed spa. Additionally, each suite features a gas fireplace, patio with a garden and a separate sitting area, making the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa one of our travelers’ favorite places to stay on our Arizona: Sonoran Splendor bicycling vacation.