Top 5 Vacations for Multi-time VBT Travelers in 2013

Provence Biking

If you’re like many of our travelers and enjoy going on a vacation with VBT year after year, you might like to know that we are constantly refining vacations with the help of traveler feedback, offering new cultural experiences, and developing new vacations—we’ve announced 16 new tours for 2014. If your biggest decision is where to go next, than this is the perfect list for you. If you click on each tour name you will be taken to that tour’s webpage where you can find traveler reviews, photos, daily itineraries and everything you’ll need to make your choice.

CZ Bikers1.) The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria bicycling vacation with departures from May–October Journey through Central Europe and experience the uniqueness of three distinct countries on one amazing itinerary. Highlights of this vacation include a guided tour of historic Cesky Krumlov—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, experiencing Czech daily life over lunch in the home of a local family, learning about Bavarian culture from the owners of a local tavern, viewing the Neuberg Fortress during a riverside picnic, and exploring two scenic marvels of Austria: the Danube’s Schlögener Schlinge and the Wachau Valley.

Sicily Church2.) Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages​ vacation with departures from March–June and September–November
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. Highlights of this vacation include a guided tour of a historic chocolate making factory in Modica, exploring the baroque palaces of Noto and Ragusa Ibla, preparing Sicilian delicacies with a local chef, and cooling off with a swim in the blue waters of the Ionian Sea.


Dolomites Italy Biking 3.) Italy: Cycling the Dolomite Valleys​ vacation with departures from May–October
Easy cycling and breathtakingly dramatic alpine scenery are combined on this one-of-a-kind journey through the valleys of the Dolomite mountains of northern Italy. Highlights of this tour include relaxing in the treatment baths and wellness facilities of Terme Merano, a visit to the home valley of the secluded Ladin people, a picnic on the shores of Lake Calalzo, exploring the Duomo della Collegiata—the oldest monastery in the Dolomites—and a delicious barbecue prepared by a local host.

Puglia Pax4.) Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast biking vacation with departures from April–June and September–November
Explore a quieter part of the Italian coast, where local life moves at the gentle pace of the lapping sea. Highlights of this vacation include exploring the iconic trulli homes of Alberobello with a local specialist, stays at masserie, a home-hosted lunch and olive oil tasting with a local family, and cycling along the dramatic Adriatic Seacoast to the town of Porto Badisco—famous for its azure waters and prehistoric Cervi Grottoes.

Pont-du-Gard Provence5.) Provence: The Alpilles biking vacation with departures from April–June and August–October
Join us as we ride past rolling hills blanketed with vineyards that date back to ancient Rome in this magical corner of France. Highlights of this vacation include guided tours of St. Rémy and Avignon, a private walking tour of scenes that inspired van Gogh, a home-cooked dinner with a renowned pastry chef and a stop at the famous Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

These are just a few examples of the amazing vacations that our most frequent travelers went on in the past year. 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.

Discover the Beer of Central Europe with VBT

VBT Beer toast, Beers from Europe

While many of VBT’s European vacations in Italy, France and Portugal visit world-class wine regions, we also have many tours throughout Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic that give our travelers a chance to taste a variety of authentic, renowned beers from Europe. European beers tend to differ from the easy-drinking lagers, hoppy pale ales or fruit-tinged beer varieties that dominate the US market. There is a deeply rooted history of beer in Europe that tends to focus on traditional brewing styles that use wheat, barley and malt as key ingredients, especially in Germany—Bavaria in particular—Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Travelers on our The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria biking vacation will have the chance to sample  pilsners during Beer Tasting in Praguevisits to local restaurants or our featured home-hosted meal. If you opt for the trip’s pre-extension in Prague, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try pilsners from breweries all around the Czech Republic. This tour also includes a walk across the border—yes, you read that right— into Germany at Nove Udoli. This unique border crossing was closed in 1945 but reopened some time ago for pedestrians and bicycles only. Once we cross, we’ll stop at a Bavarian tavern for a typical lunch, prepared by the owner-family.

hofbrauhaus in Munich, German BeerIf you want to experience German beer at its best, be sure to take our trip extension to the Bavarian capital Munich—offered on both our Heart of Europe Bike & Barge and Lake Constance: Germany, Austria & Switzerland vacations​—which is best known for Oktoberfest and the Hofbräuhaus.  Although the Oktoberfest Fair only occurs for a 16-day span at the end of September into early October, you’ll always be able to lift a stein at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus, Munich’s largest and most famous drinking hall, where it’s Oktoberfest all year long. There is no better known beer hall in the world than this state-owned institution with seating for an astonishing 4,500 people. When visiting, you’ll be able to try any number of styles like weißbier, hefeweizen, lagers or bocks.

If Belgian beer delights your taste buds, you can taste some on our Holland and Leffe Abbey Belgian BeerBelgium: Bike and Barge vacation. Although Belgian beer can range in styles from lambics to sour ales to pale lagers, the country is best known for its Trappist and Abbey style beers. Both of these kinds have been brewed in monasteries for centuries and the monks follow a strict method of brewing to ensure their authenticity. While on tour with VBT we’ll bring these beers right to you with an evening of beer tasting right onboard your barge.

 To read more about our vacations in Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic, please click here.  If 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.