A Choice of Routes for Every Walker

Whatever path you take, walk with confidence at your own pace

 

Whatever path you take, walk with confidence at your own pace

Perfect pacing and ongoing vehicle support ease the way throughout your walking vacation. Each day, your Trip Leaders will preview the planned activity, explaining the options for routes of varying length and degrees of challenge to satisfy every level of walker. You’ll also hear about unique landscape features and native species, along with diversions you might enjoy along the way. Choose your activity level based on your energy, your interests, and your whim. If you prefer to relax back at your inn, go ahead. Or explore on your own, if you prefer. The choice is always yours.

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A well-paced approach leads to in-depth discovery

From your first delighted step to the final route of your active vacation, you’ll find that our walking tours are designed to be leisurely paced, with plenty of opportunities for spontaneous diversions, encounters with local people, relaxation, and refreshment. You’ll never be worn out by a whirlwind itinerary. We focus on a particular region, with overnight stays in just three to four locations, each a great home base for further exploration.

Customized maps and all the tools of the trail

Each day we provide you with a clear, well-marked map for your walk. Then we outfit you with complimentary, custom VBT walking poles with straps, so you’re always sure-footed. You may choose to walk with one walking pole, two poles, or without poles.

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The advantage of walking poles

  • They help walkers maintain balance while crossing slippery terrain, bending under low branches, or
 traversing hillsides.
  • They support a walker’s legs, feet, knees, ankles, and back.
  • They can help prevent a fall.
  • A walker may lean on them or simply use them to push aside brush, debris, spider webs, and anything 
 else that impedes your progress or obstructs your view.
  • They are visible signs that help you locate travel mates on the trail.
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Your VBT support vehicles

Most often, your support vehicle waits at a designated checkpoint to offer a lift if you’d like to rest. Occasionally, we walk from one lodging to another, while the support vehicle shuttles luggage ahead of us. When our walking route includes unpaved roads or inaccessible trails, we use various local resources, so support is never far away: a gondola, motorboat, or ferry, a cable car, public bus, or even a horse-drawn jaunting cart. These are great ways to offer you a helping hand and add the flavor of local life.

VBT Walking Vacation Rating System

Every VBT vacation is designed to satisfy a wide variety of fitness levels of our travelers. You’ll have choices of routes with varied terrains and distances each day, so you can walk as much or as little as you wish. If you find that your pace differs from one day to the next, or from that of your traveling companion or group, there will always be a suitable route option.

Easy

EASY: Relatively flat terrain. Well-kept paths. Fine for even occasional walkers.

  • Average daily distance: 2–6 miles
  • Average daily walking time: Up to 4 hours
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Moderate

EASY TO MODERATE: Ideal for those who walk for a morning or afternoon on a regular basis. Footing may be on a variety of surfaces. No extended ascents or descents, but some rewarding climbs.

  • Average daily distance: 4–8 miles
  • Average daily walking time: Up to 5 hours
Moderate

MODERATE: Suitable for experienced walkers who are comfortable with ascents and descents (but no scrambling!). Uneven terrain possible. Elevation gains of up to 2,000 feet.

  • Average daily distance: 6–10 miles
  • Average daily walking time: Up to 6 hours
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