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
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 They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Highlights of VBT’s Biking Vacation in South Africa

Cape of Good Hope

When our new Cycling South Africa: Cape Town & the Garden Route tour launches this January, it will be the only VBT vacation to a country on the African continent. The diverse natural beauty, flora, fauna and friendly people make traveling to this unique region so great. Travelers will be delighted to experience the stark contrast of the bustling streets of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the bare, craggy peaks that tower overheard—and that’s just Cape Town! This amazing new adventure has an itinerary that is so full of spectacular cycling, dramatic coasts, inviting wine country, and rugged mountain scenery that it will be a simply unforgettable travel experience. Take a look at some of the highlights of this new tour that you just can’t experience anywhere else with VBT.

Cape Town
Cape TownFramed by the iconic skyline of Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Lion’s Head; Cape Town’s “City Bowl” is a natural amphitheater that descends downward from the foothills through the city’s garden district and onward through the downtown neighborhoods and into the picturesque beaches and bustling waterfront that line Table Bay. As we make Cape Town our home for a few days, we’ll get to experience some great cycling as well as unique off-the-bike activities including a cable-car ride to the summit of Table Mountain, an enlightening home-hosted meal with a local family, a trip to the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and a chance to meet some new friends at an African Penguin Colony.

South African Wine
The historic town of Franschoek is located in the heart of South Africa’s Winelands in the region once known as “thephoto 12 Bolands”, which is derived from the Afrikaans word meaning “the higher land”. Founded in 1688 by French Huguenot refugees, the town’s farms soon became known for producing stellar wines, a reputation that continues to this day. The Winelands’ Mediterranean climate and fertile soil is the perfect area to grow some world-class grapes. We’ll get to cycle through the wine valley and admire both Franschoek’s arresting Cape Dutch-style architecture and lush landscape. Of course no visit to a wine region is complete without some sampling of the goods during a tour and wine-tasting at local vineyards and wine cellars.

Little Karoo
Little Karoo
As we journey eastward from the Western Cape, we’ll find ourselves in “Little Karoo”, a sprawling, semi-arid region known for its wildflower-filled valleys and majestic sandstone mountains—a perfect locale for some epic cycling. Our lodging is located in Oudtshoorn, a charming, Victorian-flavored town nestled in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. And when we say lodge we mean, working ostrich farm. Yes, you read that correctly. Owner Bartel du Toit is a delightful fellow and is more than happy to show guests around the ranch including the ostrich, cattle and alfalfa operations.

The Garden Route
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The final destination of our South African trip is a section of coastal landscape along the Indian Ocean known as the Garden Route. There are so many ecological wonders here that make the cycling so spectacular. We’ll encounter everything from densely forested hills to craggy cliffs to secluded coves and lagoons along the water. During an optional hike along the Robberg Peninsula be sure to look out for Cape fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, and even humpback or southern right whales (depending on the season) frolicking in the Indian Ocean-fed waters of Plettenberg Bay.

On safari Kruger 3-LThese are just some examples of the highlights you’ll enjoy on our new South African biking vacation. To learn more about this fascinating vacation—including the pre- and post-trip extensions of a safari in Kruger National Park and a visit to Victoria Falls—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 . They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

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