Our Travelers Top 5 Highest-Rated Vacations

Travel Reviews from fellow explorers can often be the very best resource in determining your next adventure. And submitting your own Traveler Reviews can be a great way to recount your favorite experiences. With that in mind, we’ve put together a collection of Our Travelers’ Top 5 Highest-Rated Vacations and we’ve even included what some of our travelers had to say about their Vacations with VBT.

Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast
Rated 4.94 out of 5 on our Traveler Reviews of Puglia

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At the heel of Italy’s boot, we cycle through centuries-old fortified villages, recharge at Southern Italy’s famed accommodations and even explore a village dotted with conical houses called trulli. And, of course, our daily rides will be highlighted by local Italian cuisine, especially on day 5 when we visit our local friends, Armando RosalbaIa, at Il Frantoio for a home-hosted lunch. Explore this captivating, hidden corner of Italy with VBT!

If you’re into beautiful scenery, miles of quiet country roads with almost no traffic, outstanding food, and great Masserie and hotels, this trip is for you. Everything about our trip was top of the line except the price, which provided more bang for the buck than anyone else.
Ben Z.

Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands
Rated 4.94 out of 5 on our Traveler Reviews of Croatia

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Join VBT in Croatia where we cycle Brac and Hvar— rated by Condé Nast as one of the world’s ten most beautiful islands. We’ll also explore stone-carved, limestone villages and ride past olive groves, poppy fields and a rugged Adriatic coast. We’ll also have the opportunity to see stonecutters at work when we visit one of the world’s last stonecutting schools on the fourth day of our Croatia vacation.

Croatia is a jewel of a country. It is one of the most beautiful and friendly countries I have visited… The trip leaders were very special people… the food was outstanding… and swimming in the Adriatic was pristine.
Cindy P.

Tuscany by the Sea
Rated 4.91 out of 5 on our Traveler Reviews of Tuscany

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In the untouched Maremma region, ancient Etruscan roads lead to white-sand beaches, protected wetlands teeming with birdlife and ancient castles overlooking timeless villages. We drink it all in as we cycle through magnificent coastal vistas, pedal past fertile vineyards and sample the bounty of the land at a tasting at an olive oil mill. Join us and experience it all for yourself!

The tour guides were wonderful… each hotel was charming and special in its own way. The option of taking the van at any point is nice, since I’m not an avid bicyclist, but I was surprised how many miles I was willing/able to pedal… perhaps because of the comfort of the bicycles! The daily routes appear to be hand-picked… In terms of value, it was worth every penny. I’m going on and on, and I haven’t even mentioned the wonderful food and wine yet!
James H.

The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria​
Rated 4.92 out of 5 on our Traveler Reviews of the Czech Republic, Germany & Austria

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Central Europe beckons on a charming itinerary that blends historic small cities with the wonders of nature. Traveling by train, boat and bicycle, you’ll wend your way to the gems of the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria and we’ll get in touch with locals when we join a Czech family for lunch in their home on this incredible VBT Vacation.

We discovered the charm and beauty of Prague – along with some of the world’s best beer! Our experiences during the biking days were equally exciting. The variety of environments – river valleys, historical sites, beautiful small cities and towns, forests, charming rural scenes – was far beyond our expectations.
Dan R.

Walking the Amalfi Coast & Capri
Rated 4.96 out of 5 on our Traveler Reviews of the Amalfi Coast

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On this Southern Italian vacation we’ll walk along hillsides that wind with the coast. We’ll get a sense of the culture and history of Southern Italy through pasta and paper-making demonstrations. And we’ve saved the best almost for last, as our walk along the “Path of the Gods” provides views fit for divinity. Explore the south of Italy with VBT at a pace that works for you.

The Amalfi Coast and Capri is a walking tour of a lifetime. I enjoyed the villages, the scenery, our walking group and especially our guides. As we traveled from one village to another we could absorb ourselves in the Italian food, majestic scenery, and people. I would recommend to everyone, get your walking shoes on and enjoy the journey.
Collette M.

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Winter Greetings from Salzburg

There are few better places in the world to experience the winter holidays than Salzburg, Austria. Steeped in holiday tradition, “Mozart City” is especially famous for its Christkindl Market, which attracts travelers from across Europe. And as you browse the bazaar, you can warm up with a glass of gluhwein (mulled wine) or a toasty kaiserschmarrn dessert, a caramelized pancake served with whipped cream and topped with roasted nuts and warm apple sauce.

Ski Vacations, Salzburg, Christkindl

Salzburg is also where the Christmas classic, Silent Night by Franz Gruber, was originally composed.  While the city may be silent on Christmas Eve, save for the chime of a few church bells, it explodes with the sound of fireworks on New Year’s. In fact, if it’s clear, you can catch glimpses of fireworks displays atop the looming peaks of the surrounding Alps.

Though the Alps may appear to be far off, the groomed Nordic trails and Alpine slopes of Flachau and Werfen are a mere thirty-minute train trip away. I was able to head into the mountains on several occasions to ski Austria over the holidays and even just two weeks after the Winter Solstice, the snow is deep, the sun is bright and every kind of winter activity is readily available. The highlight for me was a gondola ride to the top of Werfenweng, as paragliders buzzed the lift towers. After a big hamburger (yes, gotta have one of those) and plate of French fries, we rented classic Austrian rodel sleds to cruise down the 6km trail to the valley.

Ski vacations, Ski Austria, Austria

Our first group of VBT Ski Vacation travelers arrives in Salzburg tomorrow and we’re excited to get going! We’ll head deep into the Alps to the town of Obertilliach where 100km of groomed trails, sledding hills, alpine vistas and a few apple strudels await us. Interested in joining? We’ve still got a couple of spots available on our final departure in March. Check out our Ski Vacations to learn more.