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For 44 years, we have been devoted to enhancing each itinerary’s cultural interactions, value, and quality for the active traveler. You can fully rely on our experience, expertise, and dedication for an unforgettable travel adventure.
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime,” by the magazine’s editors. The Holland and Belgium Bike and Barge: Amsterdam tour will be featured in the May issue along with a competitive array of tours from operators all over the world.
“We are honored to be recognized for our Holland and Belgium itinerary as one of the 50 Tours of a Lifetime for the first time,” said Gregg Marston, President of VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations. “The Holland and Belgium Bike & Barge trip is an extremely special tour within our broad portfolio of active vacations and truly reflects the immersive experience that travelers enjoy with VBT.”
Only VBT provides the unique opportunity to see a destination from both the deck of your own private river barge and the seat of your complimentary bicycle. The Holland and Belgium Bike & Barge tour is the only itinerary that offers travelers cultural immersion into Dutch and Belgian daily life through home visits, an onboard tasting of Belgian beer and regional delicacies, and through spontaneous local encounters in medieval villages.
The National Geographic Traveler Tours of a Lifetime features the best tours and outfitters for travelers as part of the magazine’s mission “to propel readers out of their armchairs and into the field.” National Geographic Traveler has the largest audience of any travel magazine, with more than 8.5 million readers.
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has once again been ranked among the World’s Best Tour Operators in Travel + Leisure reader’s poll for 2014. This is the fifth consecutive year that the company has received this award, jumping up two spots to the second highest spot in its category. VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations scored 96.67 out of 100, placing second in the category on the 19th annual poll.
“This award is due to the valued customers who continue to book cycling and walking vacations with VBT and spread the word about our large travel portfolio,” says VBT President, Gregg Marston. “We thank each and every voter for including VBT in their submission, along with the worldwide VBT family who work hard to provide excellent active travel experiences.”
Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards is a reader-based survey made up of the hotels, destinations and tour operators that define the best in travel. The tour operator portion of the survey includes categories in staff and guides, itineraries and destinations, activities, accommodations, food and value.
Thanks so much to all the readers and our travelers who voted for us. Click to read more!
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is proud to be voted #4 in the world in the 2013 Travel + Leisure Magazine World’s Best Awards. It is the fourth consecutive year that VBT has made the list of the world’s top tour operators and the second year in a row VBT has been in the Top 5. For the 18th annual poll, the readers of Travel + Leisure were asked to cast their votes for the hotels, destinations, and companies that define the very best in travel. In the Tour Operator category, readers were asked to assess each operator in six categories: staff/guides, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value. Out of a highest possible score of 100, VBT scored 94.42 placing it fourth on the list of the World’s Best and only a half of a point out of the first position.
Thanks again to all the readers and our travelers who voted for us. Click to read more!
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacation’s partnership with France Guide, the official website of the French Government Tourist Office, was recognized as France Guide dubbed the active vacation company their “Most Active Partner” at their annual awards ceremony in Austin, Texas. Click to read more!
VBT is thrilled to be voted #3 in the Travel + Leisure annual readers poll. This marks the third consecutive year that we have been ranked among the World’s Best in the Tour Operator category. We are very proud to have received a score of 95.36 in this poll.
Thanks to all the readers and our travelers who voted for us. Click to read more!
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations was honored by Gov. Peter Shumlin for Contributions to the State of Vermont. Celebrating VBT’s “economic, recreational, and cultural contributions to the State of Vermont,” Governor Shumlin recognized VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations with a State of Vermont Executive Department Proclamation. Click to read more!
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has again been named among the World’s Best Tour Operators by Travel + Leisure magazine. This is the company’s 2nd year receiving an accolade from the magazine. VBT scored 92.45, placing it 13th on the 2011 list. Click to read more!
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has placed 4th in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2010 “World’s Best Awards” in the Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter category. This is the company’s first year receiving an accolade from the magazine, and company owner Gregg Marston is grateful for a strong debut. We are incredibly thankful for our traveler’s votes. Out of a highest possible score of 100, VBT scored 94.73.
For the second year in a row, National Geographic Adventure named VBT as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth. We are particularly honored to have received a client satisfaction rating of 98.33/100 and a quality of service rating of 94/100. Thank you to all of our guests who made this possible!
VBT’s Vermont: Champlain Valley & Islands vacation was named one of Bicycling Magazine’s “15 Trips We Love” in December 2008. Soaking up the foliage season during the Champlain Valley & Islands tour was their pick, with highlights including red barns, white steeples, quaint New England villages and spectacular fall foliage.
Travel Weekly Magellan Award – 2009 Gold Award
Travel Weekly, on August 26, 2009 officially informed us that VBT Bicycling Vacations had been selected as a 2009 Gold Magellan Award Winner in the Tour Operators/ Advertising/ Marketing Campaign category. The 2009 Magellan Awards received entries from top travel organizations and professionals worldwide and the quality of the work was outstanding. As stated by Travel Weekly in their announcement to us; “Being selected a Magellan Award Winner is a tremendous achievement and proves you represent a high standard of excellence within the travel industry.”