Top Reasons to Take a Walking Vacation with VBT

VBT Amalfi Coast Walking Vacation
As renowned naturalist, John Muir, once said “in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks,” and we couldn’t agree more. Walking builds a connection with the culture, people, and landscape of a country that sinks in and enriches your soul. When you take a walking vacation with VBT, you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of traveling in a small group, our expert local Trip Leaders to lead the way, and the promise of new discoveries. Why should you take a walking vacation with VBT? Well, we’re glad you asked—here are some of the best reasons.

Experience natural and cultural wonders of the world up close and personalMachu Picchu
Your VBT walking tour will be full of enriching experiences both on and off the trail. We’ll take you places that bikes and cars simply can’t go like the awe-inspiring “Path of the Gods” on the Amalfi Coast; Machu Picchu via the Inca trail; or “tramping” along the breathtaking Abel Tasman Coastal Track in New Zealand. When you’re not on the trail, we arrange guided tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to help you learn about the culture and history of your destination including visits to the ruins at Pompeii, Avignon’s Palais des Papes, and the eclectic architecture of Hoi An’s Old Town in Vietnam.

Travel at your own pace
Travelers on a VBT vacation are able to relax and really soak in the surroundings while on tour. We encourage our guests to walk as much or as little as they would like to—everything can be done at your own pace. We’ll also provide free walking poles, local Trip Leaders to guide you, and on-tour support vehicles to assist you at designated points along the way.

Cultural interaction and learning from the locals are part of every trip
Braiding Mozzarella
Your VBT experience will be full of enlightening cultural interactions like conversing with local farmers in Vietnam, visiting with a local lobsterwoman in Acadia National Park, exploring the beautiful scenes of St. Remy that inspired many van Gogh paintings with a local historian, or learning a centuries old custom of how to braid fresh mozzarella with your own hands on the Sorrento Peninsula in Italy. Furthermore, our expert, local trip leaders are more than just tour guides on the trails. Since each leader is a resident of the country they lead in, they know the local customs and traditions, as well as inside information about reliable places to shop, eat, explore, and relax while on a VBT vacation. They’ll also be able to answer any questions you may have about the history or native flora and fauna of your surroundings.

We have trips designed for all levels
We rate the activity level of all of our vacations so you know both the length and difficulty of your daily walking Walking Irelandroutes. If you are an occasional walker and have never taken a walking vacation before, then check out our “Easy” trips to the Italian Lakes, Provence, Spain and Vietnam. If you walk regularly and are looking forward to a vacation that includes a little bit more activity, try our “Easy/Moderate” trips to Ireland, Tuscany, New Zealand and Acadia National Park. If you are an experienced walker and are looking to challenge yourself on a rewarding vacation, look into our “Moderate” trips to Peru or the Amalfi Coast as they are sure to fit the bill.

VBT Value
We offer the highest quality for the best price out there. Each trip includes all accommodations, most meals, two expert local Trip Leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and round trip international airfare with transfers.  How do we offer the lowest prices and best value in active travel? We buy direct, carefully manage our long-term vendor relationships and the exchange rates of our foreign currency, and most importantly, we accept lower profit margins in order to pass on savings to you. Does this focus on unsurpassed value affect the quality of our vacations? Absolutely not. For the past four years, we have been named to Travel & Leisure World’s Best Tour Operators list and have been voted into the Top 5 in 2012 and 2013.

To learn more about how you can walk the world with VBT please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Walking the Italian Lakes

Discover Tuscany’s Maremma Region with VBT

Tuscan landscape
A hidden gem in the western reaches of Tuscany is the unspoiled Maremma region. Ancient traditions thrive here along the rugged coastal farm lands. Once the territory of the butteri—horse riding cattle herders—the area is becoming a must-see travel destination that is perfect for active travel enthusiasts and foodies alike. We’ll ride through rolling foothills and smooth vineyard laden landscapes before retiring to our farm hotels—known as agriturismi—and enjoying meals so fresh that the vegetables were picked mere minutes before being served.

Giglio Island View
They say that drama defines all things Tuscan and nowhere is this truer than in its westernmost reaches. Just add water—in the form of the azure Tyrrhenian Sea—and this cypress-dotted region of Italy is transformed from glorious to sublime. Hill towns don’t merely perch atop earthen mounds; they seem sprouted from the soft limestone tufa that hoists them above pristine fields. And ancient subterranean caves, believed to have been carved centuries ago by Etruscans—the area’s original settlers—are now used as labyrinthine wine and olive oil cellars.

That’s only one hint that you’re not in central Tuscany anymore. If you need more, put your nose to the air and Orbetello windmillbreathe in the aromatic macchia scrub of lavender and rosemary that perfume the countryside. Listen to the whisper of palm trees in soft sea breezes. Admire precise rows of prickly pear cactus, laid long ago to delineate farmers’ lands. And a visit here isn’t fully realized without feeling white sand between your toes and wading into the sea, the green island of Giglio shimmering in the distance.

A new trend, agritourism, is taking hold in this land whose marshes once made it unfit for the building of civilizations. All the better that yesterday’s murky tidal flats attracted hundreds of species of birds that are here to stay, herons and storks among them. In keeping close to nature, rustic farmhouses in magnificent settings have been converted into elegant inns, where the makings for dinner are plucked straight from the garden—and cheeses appear on your plate courtesy of resident goats.

To learn more about how you can visit the Maremma region on VBT’s popular Tuscany by the Sea tour please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit 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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