VBT’s Top 5 Pinterest Boards

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so while we could describe to you how wonderful our vacations are…sometimes a picture is all you need. And there is no better place to browse through amazing photos than VBT’s Pinterest boards. So hop on over to http://www.pinterest.com/vbtvacations and comment on, repin, like or subscribe to our photos! To get you started we’ve compiled a list of our Top 5 VBT Pinterest Boards. Check them out!

Tuscany Collage1.) Italy—Tuscany: http://www.pinterest.com/vbtvacations/tuscany/

VBT offers 3 biking vacations and 1 walking vacation to this amazing region of Italy. The exquisite beauty of Tuscany unfolds before you as we cycle along breathtakingly scenic routes – including one of the most beautiful wine roads in Italy on our Tuscan Coast vacation. Or discover a hidden pocket of Tuscany’s unspoiled Maremma region on our Tuscany by the Sea vacation. Further inland, our Tuscan Hill Towns By Bike vacation explores two “must-see” medieval masterpieces– San Gimignano and Siena —that await you on this delightful cycling adventure. If a lovely walk is more your speed, enjoy strolling through fertile meadows awash with vibrant sunflowers and picturesque hilltop villages steeped in Renaissance history on our Italy: The Quiet Pathways of Tuscany​ walking vacation.

2.) Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands:Croatia

Long revered for its fascinating history, stunning scenery and mild climate, Croatia awaits your discovery. From your base on two picturesque Adriatic islands—including Hvar, acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful isles in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine—you’ll explore medieval villages, see lingering Venetian influences in quaint fishing towns, swim in pristine waters and enjoy spectacular coastal bike routes. You’ll also enjoy exclusive cultural excursions like a visit to one of the world’s last remaining stonecutting schools, dinner in a family home and a cooking lesson with dinner and a tasting of Croatian wines that ensure you’ll experience, not only Croatia’s beauty, but also its soul.

3.) Costa Rica: Costa 2Collage

VBT has both a biking and a walking vacation in beautiful Costa Rica where you’ll explore one of the greenest countries on earth, both in vegetation and in philosophy. Soar through the rainforest on a thrilling zip line and bike through the countryside, keep the adventure going and cycle near the base of Arenal Volcano, and let your thoughts wander as we drift with the current on a river safari. We’ll also sample the bounty of these lush lands – local coffee and delicious produce. And at day’s end, we’ll rest and relax in deluxe 4- and 5-star accommodations, indulging in our luxurious resorts’ spas and hot springs. It’s the ultimate Pura Vida!

4.) Ireland: Ireland
Whether discovering Ireland by bike or foot, you’ll be sure to have the time of your life. Immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes, ancient roots and the colorful people of Ireland. Along the way, you’ll stay in charming, family-run inns and enjoy special events, such as a chat with a historian and an authentic pub lunch that will put you in touch with the warm-hearted locals who have the gift of making everyone’s eyes smile.

5.) Italy—The Amalfi Coast & Capri: Amalfi

Few places can rival the dramatic beauty of the Amalfi Coast, an enchanting region where soaring, rugged mountains plunge suddenly to meet the sparkling azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Join us as we walk ancient footpaths through terraced hillsides redolent with lemon trees, explore the fascinating ruins of Pompeii, and stroll through winding cobblestone streets on the famed isle of Capri. We’ll also enjoy some local culture, learning time-honored techniques for mozzarella-braiding and paper-making, and savoring fresh, flavorful cuisine at family-run trattorias. Delight in the sublime scenery of southern Italy on VBT’s most popular walking vacation.

A Special Culinary Departure to the Amalfi Coast with VBT

Amalfi Coast Scenic

Do you love Italian food? Is experiencing the amazing cuisine one of the big reasons you want to visit Italy in the first Pizza servedplace? Then the special culinary departure on our “The Amalfi Coast & Capri” walking vacation is perfect for you. On the March 26, 2014 departure you’ll get to fully experience the wonderful tastes of this region like gelato, wood-fired pizza, fresh vegetables, pastries and Limoncello. This special departure—featuring all the great walking excursions and accommodations of our regular departures—also includes bonus cooking classes, tastings, market excursions and conversations with local chefs that aren’t part of the normal itinerary.

IMG_6473Besides pasta, when you think of Italian food what comes to mind? Pizza! We’ll learn the art of preparing wood-fired pizzas with Chef Michele in his restaurant and then get to enjoy our creations together. Another added excursion is a visit to a local bakery during a stop in Bomerano. We’ll learn all about the different pastries they make daily and get to pick out our own bread for that day’s picnic lunch on our walk. Speaking of lunch, on another day during  the vacation we’ll get to tour a typical orta—vegetable garden—and enjoy the crispy organic vegetables that we just picked for lunch.


Limoncello_ready_for_drinking!If you’re a big fan of gelato you’ll love our visit to a gelato workshop in Sorrento. We’ll learn how to make this authentic Italian treat and even get to enjoy a generous tasting of all the best flavors—which will make the day’s bike ride that much more rewarding! If you like satisfying your sweet tooth with a bit of a kick, later in the trip we’ll learn the recipe to make the best Limoncello…and also Melon-cello, Chocolate-cello and more! This sweet liqueur—Italy’s second most popular—is generally believed to have originated in the Sorrentine peninsula around a century ago. Traditional Limoncello involves steeping the zest of Femminello St. Teresa lemons in alcohol before mixing with simple syrup to get the delicious after-dinner digestivo. Salute!

Amalfi Cooking

For more information or to reserve a spot on one of our fantastic culinary departures please visit http://bit.ly/VBTCulinary to view the special features for each. If you would like to speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST.