Great Italian Adventure—Tuscany by the Sea Traveler Review

VBT’s Traveler Ratings and Reviews have given our travelers lots of helpful feedback about our full Catalog of Biking and Walking Vacations. Of course, we’ve heard plenty of praise for our amazing local Trip Leaders and we’ve also gotten a lot of positive feedback about our unique approach to getting travelers in touch with local culture. VBT Traveler, Lisa W., has shared her experiences in Tuscany by the Sea with us and we couldn’t resist passing it along.

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“Our gang of twenty friends and acquaintances – all first time travelers with VBT, with bicycling backgrounds ranging from less-experienced to expert – had a wonderful time on our Tuscany by the Sea adventure.

Individually we came away with countless, great memories of Tuscany, Orvieto and Rome. The fabulous agriturismo accommodations had all the creature comforts including fabulous breakfast buffets and some very memorable dinners that let us experience the Tuscan way of life.

Our two wonderful guides not only saw to it that all our needs were met and that we stayed on track with our ambitious biking and sight-seeing schedules, they took us off the beaten path and shared their rich heritage with us. They made the experience fun, meaningful, and it will forever stand out in our memories.

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The trip included a Pre- and Post-Trip to Orvieto and to Rome where we stayed in very nice and conveniently located hotels and made the most of sightseeing. For me it was the trip of a life-time…”

-Lisa W.

Thanks Lisa! To give our travelers the opportunity to enjoy even more reviews, we’ve got a great contest. If you submit your own review about a previously taken VBT vacation by December 31, 2012, you’ll be entered to win $1,000 in Travel Credits!* Head to, find a tour that you’ve taken with VBT and click the Traveler Reviews tab to fill us in on your experiences.

*Contest rules: VBT travelers who post a review by Monday, December 31, 2012 will be entered into a contest to win $1000 in Travel Credits. This prize is non-transferrable and not redeemable for cash. Respondents must be 21 years of age or older and must have taken the VBT trip that they reviewed. Entries must be posted by Monday, December 31, 2012 and a winner will be drawn on Friday, January 4, 2013. To obtain the name of the winner, send your name and address to Paul Williams, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, 614 Monkton Road, Bristol, VT 05443. You may contact VBT with questions or concerns related to customer support and satisfaction.

A VBT Thanksgiving

Last week, many of VBT’s outstanding Trip Leaders made their way from their homes in Italy, Holland, Spain, Slovenia, Hungary and Costa Rica to Vermont. Some of our American Leaders from Maryland, South Carolina, Mississippi and our Leaders right here in our home state joined us as well at VBT Headquarters in Bristol for a VBT Thanksgiving Extravaganza.

Our Trip Leaders share their culture with our travelers on a daily basis. So we decided that there was no better way to welcome our team of Leaders, than by hosting a Vermont Thanksgiving and sharing a bit of our local custom with them.

We were fortunate enough to have a bit of snow, so we seized the opportunity to get out our cross –country skis and cruise along a few trails. The day got off to a brisk beginning, but with a clear blue sky and lots of sunshine we were warm in no time.

Speaking of snow, the dusting that we had was the perfect complement to our American football game. We all had a lot of fun sliding our way up and down the field, but don’t worry—we’ll be sticking to our day jobs, biking, walking and skiing.

Later in the day, we warmed up and worked up an appetite baking pies under the direction of our expert VBT bakers. Each pastry looked great, crowned with a bit of VBT flair, but none of them lasted very long.

That evening, we all came together for a potluck Thanksgiving dinner. The woodstove was roaring in the barn and so were the conversation and the merrymaking. We ate quite a bit of turkey and then moved on to those pies. Finally, we decorated the VBT Christmas tree that our Leaders helped us pick out. Each one of our Leaders added an ornament from their homeland and now the tree is all decked out and sitting in our VBT Barn, so that we have something to remember the event by.

Ultimately, we really appreciated the opportunity to better connect with our amazing Trip leaders and to show them around our home here in Vermont. And judging by the pictures, it looks like they had some fun, too!

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