Discover Hidden Gems in Eastern Germany on VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations’ New 2015 Berlin to Dresden Cycling Tour
Experience Germany, 25 Years After the Fall of Berlin Wall, Cycling Along the Gurkin Path From Potsdam to Dresden and Explore Local Towns, Starting at $3,745 Per Person Including International Airfare
BRISTOL, VT — Sept. 31, 2014 — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, America’s oldest bicycling tour operator, is expanding its European vacations with a new German cycling experience for 2015, Berlin to Dresden: Hidden Gems of Eastern Germany. Starting at $3,745 per person, including international airfare, this new tour honors 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, with immersive local experiences to learn about life in the former Soviet states and experience history first-hand. Travelers will also explore the Spreewald, a UNESCO biosphere known as the bayou of Germany due to its vast network of canals and irrigation channels.
Steeped in history, Eastern Germany is best explored on two wheels in order to experience a beautiful region accented by castles, windmills, and the breathtaking Karst Mountains of Swiss-Saxony at a slower pace. The tour provides many opportunities for travelers to step off their bikes and experience the local culture while dining on German cuisine, sampling regional beer and visiting with local families and businesses. Cultural highlights from the vacation include:
– Visit a family-owned pickling business, make sauerkraut and sample pickles.
– Ride on a Kahn—a traditional, flat bottomed boat—through the Spreewald’s canals.
– Tour the Meissen Porcelain Museum & Factory.
– Visit the Bastei rock formation in Saxon Switzerland National Park before cycling the beautiful and flat Elbe River bike path back to Dresden.
– Stop at a vineyard to taste award-winning wines.
– Spend extra time exploring Berlin and Prague with the pre- and post-trip extensions.
To make this German adventure as authentic as possible, VBT’s bilingual expert Trip Leaders provide their own personal knowledge of local customs while adding historical context and insight. Each morning, the guides share the day’s route, from tranquil to challenging, allowing each guest to pedal at their own comfortable pace with the freedom to stop and enjoy the sites along the way.
Every VBT itinerary includes an eclectic mix of award-winning boutique properties chosen specifically to allow guests to immerse themselves in the local culture such as the five-star Swissotel Dresden am Schloss, located in the heart of Dresden’s Old Town, walking distance to the ornate Residenzschloss (Royal Palace). Other accommodations include the Spree balance Kur & Wellness Haus, where guests will enjoy being pampered at the wellness area complete with sauna and relaxation room.
For more than 40 years, VBT has been providing travelers with outstanding quality and unparalleled value on its immersive active vacations. No other tour company includes so many features and advantages such as international roundtrip airfare, complimentary custom bicycles and accommodations.
Reserve a spot on Berlin to Dresden: Hidden Gems of Eastern Germany. To request a catalog visit www.vbt.com or call 800-245-3868.
About VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
VBT offers 50 deluxe, small group bicycling and walking tours in 26 different countries, including destinations throughout Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Vietnam, Peru, South Africa, China, and the United States. Each trip includes all accommodations, many meals, two expert local Trip Leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities and on-tour vehicle support. Unlike other companies, VBT also includes roundtrip international airfare from over 30 U.S. cities and select Canadian cities for all overseas vacations.In 2014, VBT was rated by the readers of Travel + Leisure among the “World’s Best Tour Operators” for the fifth consecutive year.