Discover Iconic Walks of the World with VBT
Walking is a great way to explore the natural beauty of the world at a slower pace. With VBT you’ll get to walk some of the world’s oldest and most revered paths and be immersed in new cultures, historic sites, and jaw-dropping vistas along the way. Yes, VBT will take you off the beaten track—and onto a path of revelation and enchantment. Learn more about some of our favorites…
The Path of the Gods on The Amalfi Coast & Capri walking tour
Italy’s Sentiero degli Dei—or “The Path of the Gods”—is named for its vistas of unsurpassed beauty, as well as for an elevation that seems headed for the clouds, and runs from Agerola to Positano along the southeastern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Born as a path for mule herders to transport goods between coastal villages, the trail is now a revered walking route chock full of simply divine views of the Lattari Mountains crashing into the Gulf of Salerno. While on tour with VBT, we’ll descend from Agerola to Nocelle, on a portion of the path still used by shepherds and farmers as it was centuries ago, noting remarkable rock formations, caves, and grottoes.
The Inca Trail on our Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley walking tour
Locally known as the Camino Inca, the Inca Trail is the most awe-inspiring way to approach the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu. As you wind your way up the final third of the 26-mile trail (VBT travelers begin at the km104 marker) you’ll notice that much of the trail has remained unchanged from its Incan construction. All your effort is rewarded when you arrive at Intipunku or the Sun Gate which was the original entrance to the “Lost City.”
The Baumwipfelpfad on our Walking Austria, Germany & the Czech Republic: A Bohemian Rhapsody tour
The Bavarian Forest National Park offers impressive walking paths along verdant forests, through sweeping meadows, and to compelling rock formations. Its unusual calling card, however, is only about five years old: the Baumwipfelpfad, or tree-top walk, is an ingeniously designed series of elevated platforms that extend nearly a mile. Walkers are brought up to the tips of the pine, fir, and birch trees that thrive in the forest by way of the walkways. With the Czech mountains providing a thrilling backdrop, the world’s longest tree-top walk spirals upward, becoming a huge tower with a magnificent outdoor viewing platform.
Kerry Way on our Ireland: Walking the West Country tour
This iconic walking route begins and ends in Killarney and traces the Iveragh Penninsula. Although it is the longest of Irelands National Waymarked Trails—the 133 mile roundtrip typically takes 9 days to complete—our guests will enjoy a select area of the path that circles Seefin Mountain. As you walk, you will be rewarded with spectacular views over Lough Caragh before either taking a minibus transfer to Glenbeigh, or walking to Glenbeigh up the mountain on a footpath through Windy Gap.
Way of St. James on our Spain: A Walking Tour of Basque Country tour
This historic path, which traverses the northern Spanish coast, is thought to be the oldest of all the paths leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where it is purported that St. James is buried. On this tour travelers will walk a section of the path that has been used for over a thousand years by the holy pilgrims. History aside, the natural beauty of this walk is sure to please as well. As we make our way to the top of Mount Jaizkibel, we’ll be treated to panoramic views of Bay of Biscay and its numerous rugged coves that dot the shoreline.
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