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.

Stay at the Hotel Borgo Pantano with VBT—One of Italy’s Top Ten Hotels

Hotel Borgo Pantano Exterior

One of the best features of any VBT vacation is the unique, local accommodations that we seek out for our travelers. We want you to have the most authentic experience as possible while on tour with us, and locally run hotels often provide just that. One of our favorites on our Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages vacation is the Hotel Borgo Pantano, located a few miles from downtown Syracuse. VBT guests will stay at this award winning accommodation—a Trip Advisor top ten hotel in Italy and ranked #22 in all of Europe— for two nights at the end of the tour. So, we thought we’d tell you a little bit more about what this fantastic hotel has to offer its guests.

One the 7th day of our biking vacation, we’ll ride the flat, scenic road that lead us to our final destination of the day: Borgo roomHotel Borgo Pantano—a tranquil 4-star boutique hotel located between the sea and the Ciane River, and surrounded by the Saline Nature Reserve. This old country estate—a former masseria—was restored in 2010 with artistic touches. The resulting décor mixes ancient and modern styles. One of its loveliest features is the large pool, which meanders like a lake along fragrant lemon and orange groves, lit at night by candles and lanterns. VBT guests can enjoy a soothing sit in the sauna, soak in the whirlpool, or perhaps treat themselves to a relaxing massage.

The Borgo Pantano also boasts a fully stocked bar and their restaurant serves outstanding Sicilian fare. After settling in and exploring the grounds, we’ll meet for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. Chef Stefano bases the menu on the freshest ingredients he can find. A typical day for him starts with a morning visit to the local market where he searches for fresh fish, local meat and cheeses, and whichever fruits and vegetables are in season. While on tour with VBT, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a post-dinner lecture right on the hotel’s grounds about Syracuse and the Greeks, followed by an orientation talk about Syracuse for VBT’s post-trip extension guests.
Borgo Pantano Pool

This is just one example of the unique and charming accommodations that you’ll stay at while on tour with VBT. To read more about our Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages vacation, 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.