Unique Accomodations on VBT’s Biking Vacations in Central Europe

Salt Mine web
At VBT, we know how important your accommodations are to your overall trip experience and strive to offer unique and distinctive lodgings on all of our tours. When you’re exploring a new destination with VBT, we want to fully immerse you in that culture, so instead of putting our guests in big chain hotels we carefully select historical, locally-owned or world class small hotels. With that in mind we’d like to tell you about some of the unique accommodations offered on two of our Central European biking vacations: Hungary & Slovakia: The Best of the Danube and Poland: Cycling through the Old World. Don’t forget that you can save up to $300 on these vacations if you book by March 28th!

 

Mamaison Hotel Regina, Warsaw, Poland
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Poland: Cycling through the Old World
Regina Facade

Set within historic Mokrowski Palace and conveniently located in Warsaw’s restored Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the upscale deluxe Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw gives you easy access to all the city’s attractions including Wilanow Palace and the Koneser Cultural Center, a former vodka factory. In the hotel you can enjoy gourmet dining at La Rotisserie Restaurant and relax at the swimming pool, sauna and massage room. Your cozy room features a unique décor, including hand-painted frescoes, fine Italian furniture and a view of either the nearby gardens, the Old Town or the hotel courtyard.

 

Hotel Grand Sal, Wieliczka, Poland
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Poland: Cycling through the Old World
Front Grand Sal

The Hotel Grand Sal, located in the picturesque St. Kinga Park, occupies an impeccably renovated structure that once housed the Salt Baths of the Wieliczka Salt Mines (pictured at the top of this blog). Lavish and cozy at once, the building dates to the turn of the 20th century and was refurbished to emphasize the hotel’s intimate connection with the mines. During our stay we’ll go on a private tour of the fascinating chambers and tunnels created in the mine. One of the highlights of the tour will be the “Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland” where everything is carved from salt – including the chandeliers! On the final night of this vacation we’ll enjoy a festive farewell dinner at the hotel and dine on the savory creations of the hotel’s renowned chef.

 

Szidonia Manor House, Röjtökmuzsaj, Hungary
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Hungary & Slovakia: The Best of the Danube
Szalon

This 16th-century structure was rebuilt in 1750 into a Romantic and Classical style castle. In 1926 the Hungarian ambassador to the Vatican became the new owner of the castle and reconstructed the castle with 20th century comforts. At that time a park was developed around the castle that also features a swimming pool. History is abound in the main salon’s furniture as it comes from the Amsterdam palace of Louis Bonaparte, Napoleon’s brother. Throughout the years, the castle has hosted royal counts, archbishops and prime ministers. During your stay you will sense the atmosphere of old times, while still enjoying all the modern comforts and amenities the hotel offers.

 

Hotel Arcadia, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Hungary & Slovakia: The Best of the Danube
Hotel Arcadia Library Bar
The Arcadia Hotel is one of the Leading Small Hotels of the World and was the first 5-star hotel that opened in the city. Set in the middle of Old Town Bratislava, the hotel is close to the city’s main attractions such as the Opera House, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava Castle and Hviezdoslav Square. During your stay at the carefully restored 13th-century building you’ll admire the arched hallways and painted glass ceiling of the foyer as well as the classic historical style of each guest room. The hotel’s Restaurant L’Olive features Slovakian and international delicacies as well as an excellent wine list. Another great feature is the 24-hour Library bar with its open fireplace. Or you may relax at the Arcadia Spa in its sauna, steam bath or private Jacuzzi.

Mamaison Andrassy Hotel, Budapest, Hungary
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Hungary & Slovakia: The Best of the Danube
Mamaison Andrassy Budapest Lounge

The sister hotel to our accommodation in Warsaw, the Mamaison Andrassy Hotel is located in Budapest’s exclusive Embassy neighborhood on the Pest side of the city. The hotel, built in a Bauhaus style by Alfred Hajos in 1937, was recently renovated to feature a sleek contemporary interior design. During your stay here you will discover why it was the first hotel in Hungary to be accepted to the collection of Leading Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The Art Deco styled Baraka Restaurant features a sunny terrace overlooking Andrássy Avenue—the Champs-Elysées of Budapest—and creative cuisine that blends East and West.

 

These are just a few of the unique accommodations featured on our Hungary & Slovakia: The Best of the Danube and Poland: Cycling through the Old World vacations. To learn more about VBT’s on tour accommodations please click here. To request a full catalog with all of our vacations 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 or on Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

 

 

Explore Ireland with VBT

Cliffs of Moher
celtic cross-LEvery year, in the middle of March, many parts of the world turn their attention to Ireland—a gorgeous island nation full of history, culture, and amazing biking and walking routes. St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland, Northern Ireland and certain parts of Canada that occurs annually on March 17th—the death date of Ireland’s most famous Patron Saint—and celebrates the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. While religious ceremonies are an integral part of the holiday within Ireland, it has evolved into more of a cultural celebration by Irish diaspora around the world with parades, festivals, consumption of traditional Irish food and alcohol, green clothing and plentiful displays of shamrocks—Saint Patrick’s preferred symbol for the Holy trinity.  Although VBT doesn’t run tours to the Irish homeland during St Patrick’s Day, we have many departures on both our Irish biking and walking tours from May through September this year. So join us and discover the beauty, people and rich history of this amazing country.

Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast ​Biking Tour
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate
Ireland BikingImmerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes, ancient roots and colorful people of Ireland one of the best ways—thatch roof lunch stop by bicycle—on this sweep of the country’s west coast. Highlights of this tour include a visit to the Burren (a rare place where arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants thrive side by side), a stay at a family-run guesthouse in the Aran Islands, a walk along the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, learning about Irish culture from a local historian, attending live traditional Irish music performances, an authentic home-cooked meal, and chatting with locals at a lively pub. We’ll also spend 2 nights at one of Ireland’s best-loved small hotels—Sheedy’s Country House Hotel—and enjoy dinner prepared by the owner, John Sheedy, who is also considered one of Ireland’s finest chefs.

Ireland: Walking the West Country​ Tour
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate
Ireland Beach Vista
Discover why Ireland has long been a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts as we walk through some of the Waterfall in Gleninchaquin ParkEmerald Isle’s most splendid scenery from the soaring peaks of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks to the sandy shores of Derrynane Bay. Along the way, we’ll stay in charming inns and guesthouses, and delight in the warmth and wit of the famously friendly locals we’ll mingle with in lively pubs and charming restaurants. Highlights of this tour include walking in the lush meadows and glittering lakes of Killarney National Park, exploring the Gap of Dunloe— a stunning glacial valley—on foot or via a horse-drawn jaunting cart, walking a stretch of the scenic Kerry Way, Ireland’s most famous walking trail, savoring tea and scones with a Killarney family in their home, and discovering picturesque Kinsale, the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland.”

GuinnessIf 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. To request a catalog or for more information on these tours please visit www.vbt.com