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
The 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
Join 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
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
Explore 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
Explore 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.