Top Tours for Group Travel with VBT

If you’ve ever thought about getting a group of friends or family together to take an active vacation then VBT has some great news for you. Take advantage of our Group Travel Program and you could save both yourself and your friends some money—you could even earn a FREE vacation! Because we already specialize in small-group active travel, our Group Tour Manager will guide you every step of the way and be able to take care of all the details for your group from flights to any extended stays at the beginning or end of our tours. All you have to do is pick a destination and we’ll do the rest! To help you get the ball rolling we’ve compiled a list of the Most Reserved Vacations for Groups so far in 2014.

Italy: Cycling the Dolomite Valleyswith departures from May–October
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5 | Difficulty Rating: Easy
ID Group
Explore the valleys of the majestic Dolomites where cycling on downhill and flat paths reveal meadows, orchards, forests, canyons and roaring cascades. We’ll visit ancient villages, discover local history and sample cuisine during special events like a barbecue feast and a picnic lunch beside a bucolic lake. At the end of each day of cycling we’ll pamper you with our selection of 4-star hotels and even the relaxing treatment baths and wellness facilities during our time in Terme Merano.

The Czech Republic, Germany & Austriawith departures from May–October
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Easy
CZ Group
Join us on an unforgettable adventure to the heart of Central Europe on an exciting tour that visits three distinct countries. We’ll travel from Prague to Czech’s beautiful Šumava National Park before crossing into Bavarian Germany. Along the way, you’ll take a guided tour of historic Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, learn about Bavarian culture from the owners of a local tavern, enjoy a home-hosted lunch, and view Neuberg Fortress during a riverside picnic.

Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands​—with departures from May–October
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Moderate
CI Group
Explore the awe-inspiring Dalmatian Islands of Brac and Hvar— acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful isles by Travel + Leisure magazine—as you discovery their fascinating history, stunning scenery and mild climate. We’ll enjoy authentic Croatian wine and cuisine at a home-hosted meal, tour one of the world’s last remaining stonecutting schools, and ride along beautiful coastal biking routes to some of the world’s best beaches and swim in their pristine waters.

NEW! Lake Constance: Germany, Austria & Switzerland​— with departures from May–October
Traveler Rating: N/A (new for 2014) | Difficult Rating: Easy
LC group
Covet the best of alpine splendor  on this new biking tour, like snow-capped peaks, a vast glistening lake, and easy bike paths that gloriously connect you to an often overlooked corner of Europe. Some highlights of this new tour include tastings of organic fruit brandy and German beer, marveling at the magnificent Romanesque churches of Reichenau, cruising across Lake Constance aboard a ferry with breathtaking views and waltzing through the riotous array of flowers on the island of Mainau.

Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villageswith departures from March–June and Sep–Nov
Traveler Rating: 4.6/5   | Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate
SB Group
Pedal back in time on a Mediterranean island that was courted by the Greeks, refined by the Romans and influenced by the Moors to develop its own distinct, Italian flavor. We’ll visit the baroque palaces of Noto and Ragusa Ibla, learn about Sicily’s Greek influence from a local historian in Syracuse, prepare Sicilian delicacies with a local chef and delight our taste buds further on a tour of a family-owned chocolate factory.

These are just a few examples of the amazing vacations that Groups are reserving this year. To learn more about the advantages of our Group Travel Program 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 our Group Tour Manager, please call Laura at 800-245-3868, x3411.

Walk Yellowstone National Park with VBT

OFI an Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park, the large swath of land resting on the Yellowstone plateau in the northwest corner of Wyoming, is home to diverse wildlife, unique geological formations and the most concentrated amount of geothermal activity in the entire world. Originally home to Native Americans some 11,000 years ago, present day Yellowstone history began in 1872, when President Grant signed the “The Act of Dedicationinto law making Yellowstone the first National Park in the world, let alone the United States. Travelers on our Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness vacation will get to visit the park and view its famed geysers, traverse its nature trails, get up close to its wildlife and relax in a rustic lodge and lakeside hotel.

The vastness of Yellowstone National Park allows one to visit many times before they can fully experience all the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstonepark has to offer. There are so many things to do in Yellowstone National Park and visiting with VBT takes away the stress of worrying about all of your options and enables you to focus on the few that we have organized on amazing, adventure-filled days during your stay.  During our stay at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel— the oldest hotel in any National Park—we’ll  summit  Elephant Back Mountain on a trail that takes us through shaded old-growth lodge pole pine forests to an overlook offering impressive views of the lake below. Another day, we’ll spend discovering the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, whose oxidizing iron walls give off the appearance of the yellow color, perhaps the namesake of the river that formed the canyon. We’ll walk along the rim of the canyon and stop at spectacular viewpoints of the two largest waterfalls in the park—the Upper and Lower Falls.

Old Faithful Inn Lobby.Our final day of this vacation includes a scenic shuttle ride to the western part of the park so be on the lookout for unique wildlife like bison, elk, wolves, bighorn sheep and more. Once we’ve arrived, we’ll enjoy nature walks to the Grand Prismatic Spring and the Old Faithful Geyser. Our last night is spent in The Old Faithful Inn, a rustic-style lodge that opened in 1904 and was inspired by the great camps of the Adirondacks.  Most of the building materials used, including lodge pole pine and rhyolite stone, were found within a 5 mile radius of the Inn. Guests will enjoy relaxing by the magnificent fireplace or taking in the sunset on one of the giant porches with spectacular views.

Be sure to check back later in the week for a blog discussing some of the park’s geothermal attractions more in-depth. For more information about the rest of our Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness​ tour, please visit our website. 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 and Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm EST.