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VBT’s Top 10 Hotels

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.

Palazzo Murat – 95% Excellence Rating

Amalfi Coast Tour, Amalfi Coast Vacation

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 – 90% Excellence Rating

Cycling France, Bourgogne, Wine Tour in France

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.

Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik – 92% Excellence Rating

Dubrovnik Croatia, Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia Hotels

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.

Mamaison Andrassy Hotel – 95% Excellence Rating

Budapest hotels, Travel Budapest, Luxury Hotels of the World

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.

Masseria Torre Coccaro – 91% Excellence Rating

Puglia Hotels, Puglia Vacation, Puglia Olives

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.

Barge Iris – 90% Excellence Rating

River Cruise, European River Cruise, Holland and Belgium

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.

Pilgrimage Village Hue – 93% Excellence Rating

Vietnam Hotels, Hue Resort, Vietnam 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.

Schloss Hotel Velden – 94% Excellence Rating

Austria Hotels, Slovenia 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.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu – 91% Excellence Rating

Machu Picchu Tour, Inkaterra, Global Vision Awards

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.

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa – 91% Excellence Rating

Arizona Golf, Arizona Hotel, Arizona Tours

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.

 

 

VBT’s Top Ten Vistas

Here at VBT, we offer travelers the opportunity to get in touch with unique cultures and landscapes around the world. Often some of the most rewarding moments on a VBT bicycling or walking vacation can be when we take a step back, and take in the scenery that has unfolded before us. We invite you to pause with us, and enjoy VBT’s Top ten Vistas.

Kinderdijk

Dutch Windmills

The mere mention of Holland usually prompts images of their highly celebrated windmills. Our Holland and Belgium Bike & Barge vacation offers travelers the chance to unpack only once, cruise and ridge through the Flemish countryside, and of course, see plenty of windmills. Featuring 19 historic mills where the Lek and Noord rivers meet, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk is the perfect place to explore the Dutch icon.

Green Mountains

Lake Champlain

Just beyond our front door here in Bristol, VBT’s Classic Vermont and Vermont: Champlain Valley & Islands vacations offer stunning views of our acclaimed Green Mountains. As we cycle along farm roads, and gentle valleys, we’ll also take in great views of Lake Champlain and neighboring New York State.

Cliffs of Moher

Irish Sea

Speaking of verdant landscapes, the Cliffs of Moher in western Ireland give travelers on our Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast bicycling vacation a staggering view from high above the Irish Sea. You’ll be treated to gentle routes, rugged coastlines and a few clever yarns on this captivating vacation through the Emerald Isle.

Mountains of Patagonia

Patagonia

VBT’s Argentina: Walking in Patagonia offers one of the best vantage points to marvel at the mountains of Patagonia. From the valleys below, we’ll peer up at some of South America’s largest glaciers and peaks while enjoying great walks, deluxe accommodations and tremendous local wines.

Italy’s Dolomites

Dolomite Mountains

If enjoying comfortable temperatures while riding below snow-capped peaks appeals to you, consider our Italy: Cycling the Dolomite Valleys vacation. Here we experience cultural diversity, exquisite cuisine and unparalleled views of South Tyrol’s Dolomite Mountain Range.

Český Krumlov 

Vltava River

Our biking journey through the Czech Republic, Germany & Austria begins in the capital city of Prague. As we pedal along the Vltava River we come upon the historic city of Český Krumlov, with its Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture. The view of the city from above the Vltava River is a sight that you’ll continue treasure long after your visit.

Florence’s Duomo

Duomo in Florence

Italy is so steeped in history and splendor that it’s impossible to pick just one sight to explore. However, it’s hard to ignore the allure of the Duomo in Florence. Take a minute to absorb the scenery of the city from the Boboli Gardens on our Tuscan Coast or Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike vacations.

Manuel Antonia Park

Beaches of Costa Rica

If you’re in the mood for sun and surf, take some time out at one of the beaches of Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonia Park. A natural paradise, Costa Rica boasts some of the most exciting wildlife reserves in the world, not to mention a few of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Enjoy the wildlife on our Walking Costa Rica’s Highlands and Coast vacation or take advantage of the optional visit on our Adventure Costa Rica! biking vacation.

Path of the Gods

Amalfi Coast

Undoubtedly, Amalfi’s most ethereal views are taken in along the Path of the Gods. As we descend upon the seaside village of Positano on our Amalfi Coast & Capri vacation, peer out over the seemingly endless blue waters of the Mediterranean, and enjoy an exhilarating walk high above the sea. You may want to take the opportunity to take a few photos, too.

Machu Picchu

Lost City

Few experiences can compare to looking out upon the “Lost City” from the Inca Trail. At VBT, our travelers complement that awe-inspiring view with a connection to local Andean culture while journeying through Peru: Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley. The result of exploring the culture along with the terrain is a rewarding and invigorating sense of discovery. Quite simply, it’s the reason that we travel.

Enrich your adventures, and join us for a biking or walking vacation filled with stunning views this year.