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Top 5 Vacations for First-time VBT Travelers in 2013

Czech River Biking

If you’ve never been on an active vacation with VBT you might be wrestling with the decision of which tour you’d like to go on first. Maybe you know you want to see Italy, but which region? Or you’ve always wanted to visit Europe but you’re not sure about which part. Don’t worry, we can help you find the vacation that’s right for you. Depending upon the time of year you want to travel and which types of active and cultural activities really resonate with who you are, we have many options to choose from. To help get the ball rolling we’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Vacations of 2013 for first-time VBT travelers. If you click on each tour name, you will be taken to that tour’s webpage where you can find traveler reviews, photos, daily itineraries and everything you’ll need to make your choice. Enjoy!

1.) The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria ​bicycling vacation
Durnstein AustriaThe heart of Central Europe is revealed on an itinerary that touches three distinct countries. Highlights of this vacation include a guided tour of historic Český Krumlov—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, crossing into Germany at a unique, pedestrian-only border crossing, lunch and conversation with a Bavarian family, and a cruise on the Danube as you admire one of the most scenic landscapes in Europe.

2.) Tuscany by the Sea biking vacation
VBT Tuscany by the Sea Biking VacationJoin VBT to discover a hidden pocket of Tuscany—the unspoiled Maremma region. Highlights of this tour include stays at charming agriturismos that produce their own wines and olive oils, cooking lessons, walking the ramparts of ancient walled cities, gelato sampling, and cycling through historic towns, nature reserves and routes with sweeping views of the sea.

3.) The Tuscan Coast biking vacation
Tuscany Biking The exquisite beauty of Tuscany unfolds before you as we cycle along breathtakingly scenic routes – including one of the most beautiful wine roads in Italy. Highlights of this tour include delicious meals prepared by the world-class chef/owner of the Agrihotel Elisabetta, riding along the Strada del Vino, learning about olive oil production from the owner of a family-owned mill, and biking to ancient hilltop castles along Tuscany’s Etruscan Coast

4.) Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands bicycling vacation
Biking CroatiaExplore an area of Croatia long revered for its fascinating history, stunning scenery and mild climate. Highlights of this tour include an authentic Croatian dinner in the home of a local family, a visit to one of the world’s last remaining stonecutting schools, beautiful coastal biking routes, and a stay on the island of Hvar—one of the world’s ten most beautiful islands according to Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

5.) Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast biking vacation
Biking to Ostuni Masseria & Trees panorama PugliaExplore a different side of Italy, where local life moves at the gentle pace of the lapping sea. Highlights of this vacation include exploring the iconic trulli homes of Alberobello with a local specialist, stays at masserie, a home-hosted lunch and olive oil tasting with a local family, and cycling along the dramatic Adriatic Seacoast to the town of Porto Badisco—famous for its azure waters and prehistoric Cervi Grottoes.

These are just a few examples of the amazing vacations that VBT offers. To request a catalog 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.

Top 10 Most Popular VBT Vacations in 2013

Cesky Krumlov
Trying to choose which vacation to take with VBT can be quite the decision since we offer so many amazing tours—over 50 biking and walking vacations throughout the year to over 25 countries. Being that we just completed another successful year of active travel, we thought it would be fun to see which vacations were most popular with our travelers in the past year. As you can see, Europe remains a seemingly perfect destination to explore, exercise and experience endless possibilities with VBT. So without further ado, here are the “Top 10 Most Popular VBT Vacations in 2013.”

CZ1.) The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria ​bicycling vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5
Highlights include a guided tour of historic Cesky Krumlov, lunch in the home of a local Czech family, learning about Bavarian culture from the owners of a local tavern and viewing two scenic marvels of Austria: the Danube’s Schlögener Schlinge and the Wachau Valley.

2.) The Tuscan Coast biking vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  TC
Highlights include tasting the best varietals of the Agrihotel Elisabetta’s wine cantina, riding along the Strada del Vino, a home-cooked meal of delicious Tuscan cuisine, an olive oil mill tour & tasting, and relaxing on Tyrrhenian Sea beaches and seaside towns along the way.

PU3.) Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast biking vacation
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5
Highlights include stays at masserie, a home-hosted lunch and olive oil tasting with a local family, cruising along peaceful country roads tracing a glimmering coast and learning about the unique construction of a trulli house.

4.) Tuscany by the Sea biking vacation TB
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5
Highlights include stays at charming agriturismos that produce their own wines and olive oils, cooking lessons, a private tour of Giglio Island, gelato sampling and stunning cycling routes along the countryside, elegant villas and gardens, and the sea.

SB5.) Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages vacation ​| Traveler Rating: 4.6/5
Highlights include a sampling tour of a historic chocolate making factory, exploring baroque palaces, preparing Sicilian delicacies with a local chef and swimming in the blue waters of the Ionian Sea.

6.) Italy: Cycling the Dolomite Valleys vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5 ID
Highlights include admiring breathtaking scenery on thrilling descents, discovering the rare language of the Ladin people, picnicking on the shores of Lake Calalzo, and visiting the Duomo della Collegiata—the oldest monastery in the Dolomites.

SP7.) Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky​ bicycling vacation | Traveler rating: 4.7/5
Highlights include a guided tour of the Mezquita of Cordoba, cruising along the sleepy Spanish Vega on the Via Verde biking trail, an invigorating hammam massage, and learning to prepare authentic paella with a local chef.

8.) Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands ​bicycling vacation CI
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5 

Highlights include a visit to one of the world’s last remaining stonecutting schools, a dinner in a family home, a cooking lesson, a trip to Hvar, swimming in pristine waters and riding on spectacular coastal routes.

PA9.) Provence: The Alpilles biking vacation | Traveler Rating: 4.9/5
Highlights include stunning views of the Alpilles from the village of Les Baux, a private walking tour of scenes that inspired van Gogh, a home-cooked dinner with a renowned pastry chef, visiting the famous Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, and guided tours of St. Rémy and Avignon—the “City of Popes.”

TIE 10.) The Amalfi Coast & Capri walking vacation |Traveler Rating: 5/5 AW
Highlights include exploring the fascinating ruins of Pompeii, a braiding fresh mozzarella demonstration, a trek on the “Path of the Gods, learning about the ancient art of paper-making, and a stroll among ornate, historic villas and lush gardens on the celebrated isle of Capri.

CGTIE 10.) California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast​ biking vacation | Traveler rating: 5/5
Highlights include wine tastings at two prestigious vineyard estates, standing at the foot of some of America’s largest trees at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, cycling along the rugged Pacific coast and exploring three world-famous wine regions: Carneros, Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley.

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