Charming Accommodations on VBT’s Czech Republic, Germany & Austria Biking Tour

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The places you stay while traveling in a foreign country can play a big part of your overall travel experience. This is why we try to avoid the big hotel chains and seek out authentic, local accommodations that are centrally located and uniquely reflect the atmosphere of your destination. Travelers on our biking tour, The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria​ will enjoy nights spent in hotels in the heart of some of Europe’s greatest cities—like Prague and Vienna—as well as locally-owned spots in gorgeous rural areas like Austria’s Wassau Valley.  Here is more information about some of the best-rated accommodations on this tour.

Mamaison Hotel Riverside in Prague, Czech Republic
Trip Advisor Rating:
4.5 stars (91% Thumbs Up)
Travelers’ Choice® 2014 Winner for Luxury
Mamaison Riverside
The Mamaison Hotel Riverside is one of our favorite hotels in Prague. This upscale boutique hotel, which boasts an Mamaison Bedaward-winning Art Nouveau design, is ideally located on the west bank of the Vltava River and provides easy access to the city’s historic and tourist districts. The National Theatre, Dancing House, Prague Castle and numerous other architectural and cultural treasures are all within walking distance of the hotel. Music lovers will appreciate the proximity to Mozart’s Prague residence. Travelers who opt for the pre-trip extension will receive a 3-Day Prague Transportation Pass to facilitate easy, unlimited public transportation to other areas of Prague.

What our travelers say:
 “We did the pre-trip extension and toured around Prague on our own. The hotel was in a perfect spot as it was close to everything we wanted to see.” - Deb from CA

Hotel Stefanie in Vienna, Austria
Trip Advisor Rating:
4 stars (89% Thumbs Up)
Received a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013
Hotel StefanieOne of the oldest Austrian hotels, the Stefanie boasts more than 400 years of hospitality, making it the oldest hotel in Vienna and also one of the most beautiful. It was named after the wife of Crown Prince Rudolph, Princess Stefanie, and blends modern comfort with traditional charm. The hotel is located near the Danube River on the Taborstrasse, the main road that leads to the heart of the city. This perfect location puts you within walking distance to such notable sights as St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Mozarthaus—where the famed composer lived and wrote many musical masterpieces from 1784 to 1787.

What our travelers say: “Our hotels were all well-located and very comfortable …the opportunity to spend time in Vienna with the post-trip extension was also wonderful. We were able to experience the incredible culture of Vienna, its wonderful parks, the varied neighborhoods, and delightful foods.” – Dan from WI

Hotel Raffelsberger Hof in Weissenkirchen, Austria
Trip Advisor Rating:
4.5 stars (88% Thumbs Up)
Raffelsbergerhof, Weißenkirchen
This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Austria’s stunning Wachau Valley. This beautiful, late-Renaissance  Hotel Raffelsberger Hofstructure was built in 1574—recently restored by the Anton family—and is full of antique furnishings, wrought-iron lamps and vaulted ceilings, that give it the flair of days gone by. The historic feeling of the hotel is complemented with modern comforts like internet access, a wine lounge, and Sanarium sauna.

What our travelers say: The accommodations were first class. I especially liked the Raffelsberger Hof in the beautiful Wachau Valley in Austria (A family run hotel housed in an old renaissance building).” – Jim from VA

These are just some examples of the unique accommodations you’ll stay at on our biking tour, The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria​ . If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Explore the Treasures of the US National Parks with VBT

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One of our favorite things about what we do here at VBT is being able to provide once in a lifetime vacations to over 25 different countries throughout 5 of the worlds continents around the world.  From the beaches of Costa Rica to the jungles of Vietnam, the gorgeous peaks of New Zealand or the picturesque sea coast of Italy – that are so many destinations full of rich and diverse beauty for our guests to discover. However, in 2014 in particular, we are extremely excited to help our travelers explore the immense beauty and natural wonders in our own country with 8 vacations that visit National Parks.

The National Park Service—which turns 98 years old in August—does an astounding job preserving the rich historical, cultural and geographical treasures of this great country. With VBT, you’ll be able to visit multiple aspects of this nearly century-old parks system. We’ll take you to the “crown jewels” of the Parks Service like Yellowstone National Park and Acadia. You’ll explore National Historical and Military Parks, ride through a National Monument and even bike along a National Seashore! All the while knowing you’ll have comfortable accommodations and delectable regional cuisine waiting for you at every stop. So join us in 2014 and we’ll help you experience magical places in every corner of these United States in a way that one just cannot do while driving through in a car.

The West
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Perhaps the most diverse types of natural wonders and terrain that VBT will take travelers to 2014 are Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Death Valley National Parks. One of our newest additions to VBT’s National Park vacations is the fabulous Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness tour which brings travelers into the heart of both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. For unspoiled splendor and sweeping wonder, perhaps no other places embody American idealism like Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. You’ll explore jagged granite peaks, pristine alpine lakes, towering geyser eruptions, colorful hot springs, and unprecedented wildlife viewing on a VBT vacation as Yellowstone is renowned for its vast range of wildlife including bears, elk, bison, and antelope and bighorn sheep.

Death Valley_Lead for webEscape the chill in the air this fall on our new Winter Sun: Cycling California’s Death Valley vacation. Travelers will ride through, rich hues of otherworldly beauty while hexagon-laced salt flats paint the horizon and the wide open space reminds you why you ride. Conquer challenging climbs with staggeringly scenic rewards or just go at your own pace along the flat desert floor. Every night culminates in comfort at the renowned 4-diamond Inn at Furnace Creek.

The Northeast
IMG_0779Travelers can visit three different aspects of the Parks system on our various tours in New England.  Immerse yourself in the coastal delights of Acadia National Park both by foot—on our new Coastal Maine: Walking Acadia tour—and by bike, along the famous carriage roads and other beautiful ocean-side roads on  ​Maine Coast: Purely Acadia, a classic vacation for VBT for many years.

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If biking by the ocean is a passion of yours, join us on a lovely rail trail ride through the protected Cape Cod National Seashore on our Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard bicycling vacation.  You’ll bask in the ocean scenery before stopping to learn about the area at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. In VBT’s neck of the woods, travelers on our new  Biking Southern Vermont: A New England Idyllvacation will walk along the carriage trails of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT —a beautiful pastoral site that preserves where Frederick Billings established a managed forest and a progressive dairy farm.

The Southeast
Learn about American history on two biking vacations that visit a National Monument, Parkway and Military Park. On our Charleston to Savannah: A Southern Reel, ​cycle through the seaside Fort Moultrie, part of Fort Sumter National Monument. The fort is made up of a series of citadels on Sullivan’s Island that were constructed out palmetto logs—hence South Carolina’s nickname—and Edgar Allen Poe was once stationed here.

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Further inland, our Mississippi: The Natchez Trace​ vacation features lovely ride along sections of the Natchez VicksburgTrace Parkway, which follows the 440 mile eponymous path that was created by Native Americans and used for centuries thereafter by explorers, traders and immigrants. Guest on this tour will also enjoy a day delving deeper into American Civil War history on a ride through the Vicksburg National Military Park, which preserves the site of the Battle of Vicksburg.

For more information regarding, dates, prices and itineraries of these wonderful vacations in the United States please visit vbt.com. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.