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Top 5 Best Walks Around the World with VBT

Walking is a great way to explore the natural beauty of the world at a slower pace. With VBT you’ll get to walk some of the world’s most famous trails and discover new cultures, historic sites, and jaw-dropping views along the way. Each traveler on our walking tours will get to use custom VBT walking poles and have the support and guidance of our expert, local Trip Leaders along the way.  To learn more about the world-class walks that await you, check out our some of our favorites.

The Path of the Gods on The Amalfi Coast & Capri  walking tour
Path of the Gods

Italy’s Sentiero degli Dei—or “The Path of the Gods”—runs from Agerola to Positano along the southeastern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Once a path for mule herders to transport goods between coastal villages, the path is now a revered walking route chock full of simply divine views of the Lattari Mountains crashing into the Gulf of Salerno. While on tour with VBT, you’ll walk the scenic stretch between the Biscotto Caves and the hamlet of Nocelle and take in overlooks of the island of Capri and the islets of Li Galli and Sirenuse.

The Inca Trail on our Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley walking tour
Machu Picchu
Locally known as the Camino Inca, the Inca Trail is the most awe-inspiring way to approach the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu.  As you wind your way up the 8-mile trail you’ll notice that much of the trail has remained unchanged from its Incan construction. All your effort is rewarded when you arrive at Intipunku or the Sun Gate which was the original entrance to the “Lost City.”

Kerry Way on our Ireland: Walking the West Country tour
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This iconic walking route begins and ends in Killarney and traces the Iveragh Penninsula. Although it is the longest of Irelands National Waymarked Trails—the 133 mile roundtrip typically takes 9 days to complete—our guests will enjoy a select area of the path that circles Seefin Mountain. As you walk, you will be rewarded with spectacular views over Lough Caragh before either taking a minibus transfer to Glenbeigh, or walking to Glenbeigh up the mountain on a footpath through Windy Gap.

Way of St. James on our Spain: A Walking Tour of Basque Country  ​tour
Way St James
This historic path, which traverses the northern Spanish coast, is thought to be the oldest of all the paths leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where it is purported that St. James is buried. On this tour travelers will walk a section of the path that has been used for over a thousand years by the holy pilgrims. History aside, the natural beauty of this walk is sure to please as well. As we make our way to the top of Mount Jaizkibel, we’ll be treated to panoramic views of Bay of Biscay and its numerous rugged coves that dot the shoreline.

Abel Tasman Coastal Track on our Walking New Zealand: Splendor of the South Island​ tour
Abel
This trail is one of the highlights of the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. Designated one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks,” by the Department of Conservation this route will take us past rocky outcrops, sheltered coves and golden, palm-fringed beaches. We’ll walk a section of the 32-mile trail that leads us to Awaroa Bay and its eponymous lodge, our home for 2 nights. We arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon where you’re free to head down to the beach for a swim or relax on your room’s private deck.

To learn more about how you can walk some of these amazing trails with VBT please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit vbt.com. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Top Reasons to Take a Walking Vacation with VBT

VBT Amalfi Coast Walking Vacation
As renowned naturalist, John Muir, once said “in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks,” and we couldn’t agree more. Walking builds a connection with the culture, people, and landscape of a country that sinks in and enriches your soul. When you take a walking vacation with VBT, you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of traveling in a small group, our expert local Trip Leaders to lead the way, and the promise of new discoveries. Why should you take a walking vacation with VBT? Well, we’re glad you asked—here are some of the best reasons.

Experience natural and cultural wonders of the world up close and personalMachu Picchu
Your VBT walking tour will be full of enriching experiences both on and off the trail. We’ll take you places that bikes and cars simply can’t go like the awe-inspiring “Path of the Gods” on the Amalfi Coast; Machu Picchu via the Inca trail; or “tramping” along the breathtaking Abel Tasman Coastal Track in New Zealand. When you’re not on the trail, we arrange guided tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to help you learn about the culture and history of your destination including visits to the ruins at Pompeii, Avignon’s Palais des Papes, and the eclectic architecture of Hoi An’s Old Town in Vietnam.

Travel at your own pace
Travelers on a VBT vacation are able to relax and really soak in the surroundings while on tour. We encourage our guests to walk as much or as little as they would like to—everything can be done at your own pace. We’ll also provide free walking poles, local Trip Leaders to guide you, and on-tour support vehicles to assist you at designated points along the way.

Cultural interaction and learning from the locals are part of every trip
Braiding Mozzarella
Your VBT experience will be full of enlightening cultural interactions like conversing with local farmers in Vietnam, visiting with a local lobsterwoman in Acadia National Park, exploring the beautiful scenes of St. Remy that inspired many van Gogh paintings with a local historian, or learning a centuries old custom of how to braid fresh mozzarella with your own hands on the Sorrento Peninsula in Italy. Furthermore, our expert, local trip leaders are more than just tour guides on the trails. Since each leader is a resident of the country they lead in, they know the local customs and traditions, as well as inside information about reliable places to shop, eat, explore, and relax while on a VBT vacation. They’ll also be able to answer any questions you may have about the history or native flora and fauna of your surroundings.

We have trips designed for all levels
We rate the activity level of all of our vacations so you know both the length and difficulty of your daily walking Walking Irelandroutes. If you are an occasional walker and have never taken a walking vacation before, then check out our “Easy” trips to the Italian Lakes, Provence, Spain and Vietnam. If you walk regularly and are looking forward to a vacation that includes a little bit more activity, try our “Easy/Moderate” trips to Ireland, Tuscany, New Zealand and Acadia National Park. If you are an experienced walker and are looking to challenge yourself on a rewarding vacation, look into our “Moderate” trips to Peru or the Amalfi Coast as they are sure to fit the bill.

VBT Value
We offer the highest quality for the best price out there. Each trip includes all accommodations, most meals, two expert local Trip Leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and round trip international airfare with transfers.  How do we offer the lowest prices and best value in active travel? We buy direct, carefully manage our long-term vendor relationships and the exchange rates of our foreign currency, and most importantly, we accept lower profit margins in order to pass on savings to you. Does this focus on unsurpassed value affect the quality of our vacations? Absolutely not. For the past four years, we have been named to Travel & Leisure World’s Best Tour Operators list and have been voted into the Top 5 in 2012 and 2013.

To learn more about how you can walk the world with VBT please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit vbt.com. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Walking the Italian Lakes

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