Top 5 VBT Vacations for Solo Travelers in 2013

Solo Traveler 11-19Are you planning a solo adventure but aren’t sure if a small group tour is the best choice for you? Well we’d like you to know that VBT offers amazing vacations that welcome solo travelers. You’ll enjoy the camaraderie that comes with traveling with a small group and we’ll take care of all the logistics for you. You will always fit right with VBT, in fact 25% of all our travelers in 2013 were solo travelers. Why do so many solo travelers choose VBT? Because we are committed to providing you with the same value, quality, and care that every traveler deserves, and you’ll enjoy the lowest single supplements in active travel. Let us help you decide where to go.  We’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Vacations for Solo Travelers in 2013. Enjoy!

The Czech Republic, Germany & Austriaour most popular vacation in 2013!
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: EasyCzech beer
Single Supplement: $445
Join us in the heart of Central Europe on an extraordinary itinerary that touches three distinct countries. We’ll travel from mystical Prague to medieval Cesky Krumlov and on through the Czech Republic’s largest national park, Šumava. Along the way, you’ll visit a local home and learn about Czech life from our local expert, enjoy a home-hosted Bavarian lunch, taste world-class Czech pilsner beer, explore beautiful Passau—the “City of Three Rivers”—and admire one of the most scenic landscapes in Europe as we cruise the Danube.

Tuscany by the Seaa popular vacation for first-time travelers!
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate
Single Supplement: $495
Tuscany Biking
Come discover a hidden pocket of Tuscany: the unspoiled Maremma region. We’ll ride on bike paths through historic towns, nature reserves and on routes with sweeping views of the sea.  A hearty meal made from the freshest local produce is your reward every night and we’ll sample wines made right at our agriturismo and delight in a pastry-making demonstration and olive oil tasting at a local mill.

Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coastour most luxurious Italian vacation!
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Easy
Single Supplement: $445
Puglia TrulliIn this undiscovered region of Italy, we’ll cycle along stunning coastal roads that overlook the  Adriatic Sea and glide past ancient olive groves and sample their oils with a local family. Learn about the iconic trulli homes of Alberobello with a local specialist. And we’ll end each thrilling day at cozy masserie, authentic 16th-century fortified farms with their own Puglian tales to tell.

Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands​—a tour that abounds with scenic coastal cycling!
Traveler Rating: 4.9/5  | Difficulty Rating: Moderate
Single Supplement: $345
Group in HvarLong revered for its fascinating history, stunning scenery and mild climate, Croatia awaits your discovery. We’ll cycle along two picturesque Adriatic islands—including Hvar, acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful isles by Travel + Leisure magazine—and explore medieval villages and quaint fishing towns, and swim in pristine waters. Cultural highlights include a visit to one of the world’s last remaining stonecutting schools, a dinner in a family home, and a cooking lesson with dinner and a tasting of Croatian wines.

Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villagesour most popular new vacation in 2013!
Traveler Rating: 4.6/5   | Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate
Single Supplement: $295Sicily Solo
This bike tour makes its way through the southeastern corner of Sicily, where its varied history is most prominently on display. We’ll explore baroque palaces, ancient cathedrals and coastal country lanes before parking our bikes for swims in the sea or a tour of a family-owned chocolate factory.  Get at the heart of Sicily on this exciting vacation with VBT.

These are just a few examples of the amazing vacations that solo travelers went on in the past year. To learn more about Solo Travel with VBT 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.

Discover Slovenia, Austria & Italy on One Magical Vacation with VBT

Biking Slovenia

VBT’s unique Slovenia, Austria & Italy biking vacation visits a triangle where Romance, Germanic and Slave Europe meet. Cultures extend across country borders and blend into one another in a diverse region like no other in Europe. There’s plenty to discover in this enchanting pocket that is full of emerald valleys and dense forests in between snow-capped peaks. With VBT you’ll visit inspiring alpine villages and meet charismatic locals and learn their traditions through cooking demonstrations, home-cooked meals, farm tours and wine tastings. To get your sense of wanderlust motivated, we’ve compiled a list of the top 3 places to visit in each of the three countries on this one-of-a-kind tour.

Ljubljana Castle–
Perched high above the old town, this medieval castle can trace its Lubljana Castlebeginnings back to 1200BC when the Celtics built a structure here. Today visitors are free to wander around the grounds free of charge but there is a small fee to climb the bell tower. Visit the castle on our optional Pre-trip extension during your 3 days in the Slovenian capitol.

Kranska Gjora
—This charming village located in the Julian Alps is a world-class ski resort that hosts the Vitranc Cup every year. In the summer you can marvel at the mountain views, as it is a peaceful retreat for nature lovers. Be sure to explore the village during your visit and perhaps find a quaint restaurant to enjoy a traditional Slovenian lunch.

Lake Bleg ChurchLake Bled—This storybook setting is one of the most pristine alpine lakes in Europe. In fact, Travel + Leisure named the town of Bled as one of Europe’s Most Beautiful Villages. During you visit you may opt to circumnavigate the lake by bike or perhaps hop on a small boat to visit Slovenia’s only natural island, home to the beautiful Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. Or walk up the hill to Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia, which offers amazing views over the lake. 

The Canal Valley—In between the rugged peaks of the Carnic and Julian Alps lies this tunnel valley. In 1919, the Treaty of Saint-Germain formally annexed this area to Italy canal valleyfrom the Duchy of Carinthia. Today you may enjoy riding on its picturesque bike paths and enjoy many mountain vistas.

Tarvisio—This small commune is located in the aforementioned Canal Valley. Stroll through the town’s quaint shops or treat yourself to some delicious Italian gelato after your day’s ride. With VBT, you’ll stay at The Hotel Edelhof, a charming family-run inn set between the surrounding forests and the town center.

VenzoneVenzoneThis small commune in the Province of Udine was nearly demolished by a large earthquake in 1976. When reconstruction concluded in 1990 it was declared an Italian National Monument. The reconstruction efforts included the Cathedral of St. Andrea, home to the mysterious Chapel of St. Michele with its famous mummies dating back to 1647. Prior to burial, these bodies were perfectly preserved and recognizable decades later, leading some people to periodically retrieve the bodies and commune with their dead ancestors.

Worthersee lake
Wörthersee Lake
Cycle around Austria’s famed lake known for the distinctive blue-green color of the water and the amazing views of the surrounding peaks. Although it was historically inhabited by peasants, Austrian nobility started to vacation here as a summer retreat with the completion of the Südbahn railway.

Velden—Known as the little “Monte Carlo” of Carinthia, Velden is a town of elegant Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Veldenmansions, colorful gardens and refined lakeside restaurants. While on tour with VBT you’ll stay at the magnificent Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden, an ancient castle on the lake’s banks. Condé Nast Traveler has featured it as a “Hot Hotel” making it one of the most luxurious and innovative hotels and resorts in the world.

Mozart's BirthplaceSalzburg—Our tour concludes with a night in Salzburg, or you can stay longer if you opt for the Post-trip extension. The birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg has been a cultural center for centuries, offering a host of museums, concert venues, cathedrals and more to discover at your leisure.

For more information about the bike routes, accommodations and cultural highlights you’ll experience while on our Slovenia, Austria & Italy bikingtour, 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.