Top 5 Reasons to Take a Walking Tour of China with VBT

Guilin-Li River 3
China is an exciting and beautiful country steeped in tradition, history and culture. Travelers on our new Walking China: Footpaths to Shangri-La vacation will visit some of the country’s best attractions and learn about local life first-hand during this new tour that explores everything from the bustling streets of Shanghai to the beautiful tranquility of the Yunnan province.  Travelers who opt for our pre-trip extension in Beijing will also get a chance to walk along the Great Wall of China. Learn more by checking out our top 5 reasons why you should take a walking tour of China with VBT.

Learn about Chinese Culture First-hand
Lijiang Ancient Town with Naxi People
As with all VBT tours, we make a point to facilitate interactions with the locals as much as possible. On this vacation you’ll have many memorable encounters including chatting with local farmers during a walk along the Yulong River, visiting young students at a school in Wenhai, and discovering the centuries-old secrets of making Nixi’s distinctive black clay pottery during a demonstration with a local family in their home.

Walk to the Breathtaking Tiger Leaping Gorge
Lijiang Tiger Leaping Gorge 2
Fewer than 100 miles from its source high in the Himalayas, we’ll take an invigorating walk on Day 8 along the Jinsha River—a main tributary of the Yangtze—to the stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest river canyons in the world. Along the way our local Trip Leaders will fill us in on the story behind the canyon’s name as we admire the Jinsha’s jade-green waters.

Chinese Cooking Class
Yangshuo Cooking School

In addition to enjoying many authentic meals at local restaurants during our tour, we’ll learn how to prepare flavorful dishes during an included lesson at the Yangshuo Cooking School on Day 4.  Under the guidance of a local chef, we’ll prepare our own lunch full of several delightful dishes—including steamed stuffed vegetables and a traditional Chinese stir fry—made with just a few simple, fresh ingredients and a wok.

Visit Majestic Buddhist Temples
Shangri-la Songzanlin monastery 1
We’ll have the opportunity to visit a few Buddhist temples during our vacation but perhaps the highlight is our visit to the Songstam Monastery in Shangri-La on Day 9. This temple is one of the largest monasteries east of the Tibetan capital of Lhasa and is home to more than 500 monks. Once we arrive, you may explore the complex on your own or join one of our Trip Leaders to learn more about the history and culture of Buddhism.

Shanghai
Shanghai Skyline

The tour concludes in literally the largest city—by population—in the world, Shanghai. During our stay we’ll spend a morning on a walking tour down the famed Nanjing Road, a bustling pedestrian street with many shopping opportunities.  We’ll continue our walk along the Bund waterfront and slowly make our way to the city’s famous Yuyuan Garden. You’ll also have ample time to discover more of Shanghai on your own if you opt for the post-trip extension.

These are just some examples of the wonders you’ll discover on our new Walking China: Footpaths to Shangri-La vacation. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit www.vbt.com. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Cycling Highlights of VBT’s Biking Tours in New England

While New England may be known for its harsh winters, our summers and falls are the stuff of legend. Whether cruising along the quaint shores of Massachusetts or Maine, or discovering the rolling hills and pristine lakes of Vermont, our home state, there are miles and miles of amazing riding to be done on VBT’s New England tours. Of course there’s also plenty to do off your bike on a VBT tour as we carefully select charming inns, delectable meals, and exciting activities designed to provide the perfect window into local life. Check out some cycling highlights on our 5 New England cycling tours.

The Island Line Bike Path
found on our Vermont: Champlain Valley & Islands
Island Line Trail, vermont
In the town of South Hero, located on Grand Isle—the largest of the Champlain Islands—we’ll board the Island Line Bike FerryBike Ferry for a short cruise with our bikes across “the cut”, a gap in the causeway between South Hero and Colchester. Once we hop back on our bikes we’ll be treated to unparalleled views of the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains alike as we literally bike across Lake Champlain on a rail trail built on a causeway, and head straight into Burlington.

Cycling to Jordan Pond
found on our Maine Coast: Purely Acadia
IMG_7521Taking a quiet ride on Acadia’s famed car-free carriage roads is our favorite way to see the park. During your loop, we recommend stopping for lunch at the Jordan Pond House, which has an outdoor dining area that overlooks Jordan Pond, the Bubbles, and a field of wild blueberries—be sure to pick some if they’re in season! The specialties at the Jordan Pond House are their famous lobster stew and golden lighter-than-air popovers.

Scenic Windsor County
found on Biking Southern Vermont: A New England Idyll​
The Inn at Waters Edge
We’ll trace VT-103 and pedal past North Chester’s Stone Village—on the National Register of Historic Places—a community of homes built from locally-sourced granite. Afterwards, enjoy riding along the Williams River before heading east over the Springfield Dam and stopping for a picnic lunch at Stoughton Pond, the perfect setting for a mid-day chill-out. We continue cycling to the Inn at Water’s Edge where we reward ourselves by relaxing on a rocking chair overlooking Echo Lake.

The Aquinnah Cliffs
found on our Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard​
Aquinah Cliffs
On the final full day of this tour, we’ll ride along scenic island roads to the western side of Martha’s Vineyard to check out the breathtaking Aquinnah cliffs. Perhaps the best-known natural feature of the vineyard, the brilliantly colored cliffs at Aquinnah are a mile long and are sprinkled with tropical fossils. The Aquinnah lighthouse stands atop the cliffs, creating a very dramatic view, and the beaches below are a delightful spot to picnic and swim.

Cycling Western Addison County
found on Classic Vermont
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On this tour we’ll spend a terrific day cycling along the gently rolling farm fields of Addison County that offer panoramic views of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. Stops along the way include the town of Panton, the Chimney Point Historic Site, the Champlain Bridge, and the apple orchards that line Lake Street. As you may surmise by its name, the road that will lead us back to our hotel for the night is full of both lake and mountainside vistas.

These are just some examples of the great rides that you’ll enjoy on our biking vacations in New England. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit www.vbt.com. 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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