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Charleston to Savannah: A Southern Reel

Bask in the coastal charms of the American South on an active vacation ideal for beginning and casual cyclists.

  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Daily Mileage: 13 - 28 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 3 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Charleston to Savannah: A Southern Reel​

Anchored by the historic cities of Charleston and Savannah, our journey brings us along the scenic Intercoastal Waterway to the idyllic Sea Islands, where we encounter vestiges of a bygone era amidst towering oaks draped with Spanish moss. We’ll also pause from pedaling to immerse ourselves in the region’s fascinating Gullah culture … partake in a proper Beaufort social, where we’ll dance the Virginia Reel …  and luxuriate in elegant, distinctive inns that embody the South’s legendary hospitality.

Cultural Highlights

  • Cycle along the tranquil Intercoastal Waterway and experience the history and beauty of the Sea Islands
  • Marvel at 1,500-year-old Angel Oak, one of the oldest living oak trees in America
  • Tour the Charleston Tea Plantation, purveyors of America’s only domestically-grown tea
  • Dance the Virginia Reel while partaking in a Beaufort social, a time-honored Southern tradition
  • Delve deeply in the region’s fascinating Gullah culture during a visit to historic Penn Center
  • Stroll through the charming streets of Beaufort with a local guide
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Savannah, the celebrated “Hostess City of the South”
  • Behold the haunting beauty of Wormsloe Plantation, among the South’s most photographed sites
  • Savor a festive Farewell Dinner at The Old Pink House, a Savannah institution since 1781

What to Expect

This tour offers options for easy rides throughout the trip. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance. This vacation is ideal for beginning and casual cyclists.

Average Daily Mileage: 13-28 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2-3 hours

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Beaufort
Apr 76°  May 83°  Jun 88°  Sep 85°  Oct 77°  Nov 69°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Beaufort
Apr 3  May 3  Jun 5.5  Sep 5  Oct 3.1  Nov 2.4

What’s Included:

  • 6 nights in distinctive Southern inns, each in the heart of town
  • 12 meals – 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • Transfers
  • Historic walking tour of Beaufort
  • Beaufort Social
  • Narrated tour of Savannah
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount 
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DAY 1: Arrive Ansonborough Inn / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception and dinner

Travel to Charleston and gather at the Ansonborough Inn, the first hotel on our Southern Reel itinerary. If you’re flying in, you can arrange to meet VBT’s complimentary shuttle after your arrival at Charleston International Airport. The shuttle leaves the airport at 2:00 pm. Please call Mount Pleasant Shuttle at 843-971-4901 or toll-free 866-223-7226 to make a reservation, clearly stating you are a VBT guest. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of travel. Mount Pleasant must have your names and the airline and flight number you will be arriving on.

If you are arriving after this shuttle departs, or your flight is delayed, you must make your own arrangements to reach the inn. For guests who are driving to the tour, parking will be available at the Ansonborough Inn for the week at a charge of $15 plus tax per day. Parking is also available at the Charleston airport for $8 per day.

Please contact the Ansonborough Inn to advise of any travel delays or changes; they will pass your message along to your VBT Trip Leaders.

Meet your VBT Leaders at 3:30 pm for a safety briefing and bike-fitting session, followed by a warm-up ride. We’ll wind our way through historic “South of Broad”, taking in wide views of the harbor and Fort Sumter, then continue riding through the historic Market. We will also pass St. Philip's Church, one of Charleston's oldest, located on appropriately named Church Street

Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome reception at the inn, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Ansonborough Inn
Meals: D
Daily Options: 4 miles

DAY 2: Cooper River / Cycle through Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms

After breakfast, we’ll cycle along a dedicated bike/pedestrian lane on the dramatic Cooper River Bridge. We ride through Sullivan’s Island and over another bridge to the Isle of Palms, passing by some of the area’s most sought-after homes and traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway, where we’ll be treated to views of the beach and access ways.

After lunch at a local restaurant on the Isle of Palms, we continue cycling to Fort Moultrie. Edgar Allen Poe was stationed here from 1827 to 1828, while serving in the U.S. Army. The fortress played a key role in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. After our visit, we return to the Ansonborough Inn, where you’ll have time at leisure to explore Charleston on your own. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a stroll along the Battery, the promenade flanking the city’s scenic harbor.

Dinner is on your own tonight.

Hotel: Ansonborough Inn
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 19 or 30 miles

DAY 3: Shuttle to Wadmalaw Island / Charleston Tea Plantation / Experience a Beaufort social

Today, shuttle south to Angel Oak, a Southern live oak tree located on Johns

Today, we shuttle south to Johns Island to see the famous Angel Oak. Estimated to be more than 1,500 years old, this beloved, ancient tree is one of the oldest oaks in the country. It stands 65 feet tall and measures 28 feet in circumference. Its widest crown is 180 feet, point to point, and it shades 17,000 square feet.

After marveling at this natural wonder, we shuttle to Wadmalaw Island. Wadmalaw Island is home to the Charleston Tea Plantation, makers of American Classic Tea, the only tea grown in America. Here, we’ll enjoy a tour of the working tea factory, visit the tasting room, and enjoy a trolley tour of the fields. Your leaders will provide a picnic lunch on the grounds after your exploration.

Then we cycle to Irvin House Vineyard and Firefly Distillery. Choose to visit the tasting room (at your own expense), meander through the rows of grapes, or visit the farm. Afterwards, we'll shuttle on to Beaufort (approximately 90 minutes), where you can make yourself at home at the Beaufort Inn. The inn is conveniently located to give you easy access to the city’s waterfront and beyond.

Enjoy dinner at the inn before partaking in a famous Southern tradition: a Beaufort social. We’ll have the opportunity to dance the exuberant yet dignified Virginia Reel, a Colonial folk dance.
Hotel: The Beaufort Inn
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 12 or 16 miles

DAY 4: St. Helena Island / Walking Tour of Beaufort

After breakfast, we ride through beautiful farmland to St. Helena Island, passing the historic Chapel of Ease along our way. During the Colonial period, rice and cotton planters who found themselves too far away from the churches of Beaufort constructed informal houses of worship—which came to be known as “chapels of ease”—on their plantations. Built in the mid-18th century, St. Helena’s Chapel of Ease was largely destroyed by a fire more than one hundred years later. Its four original walls remain, making it an evocative historic landmark.

After our ride, we enjoy a visit to the Penn Center. Founded in 1862 to educate freed slaves, it’s now a cultural center for African-Americans residents of the Sea Islands, a community also known as Gullahs. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also held the annual retreat for his Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the center. After our visit, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by our Trip Leaders, then return to Beaufort via shuttle or on our bikes.

Later, we embark on a walking tour of Beaufort. We’ll stroll through the city’s mix of antebellum mansions, live oaks, and 1950s storefronts with a resident guide, who will explain why the town has lured so many moviemakers to its charming streets. A number of critically acclaimed films have used Beaufort as their backdrops, including Forrest Gump, with Tom Hanks; The Prince of Tides, with Barbra Streisand; and The Great Santini, with Robert Duvall.

Make your own dinner plans in Beaufort this evening; there are many excellent restaurants from which to choose.

Hotel: The Beaufort Inn
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 23 or 38 miles

DAY 5: Shuttle to Savannah / Tour of Savannah / Lunch and free time

This morning, we shuttle to Savannah (a journey of approximately 90 minutes) and spend time exploring some of the most memorable spots of this city. We’ll embark on a walking tour of Savannah’s picturesque streets and squares, gaining an understanding of the city’s history, architecture, gardens, and abundant charm. Did you know that Savannah has the oldest standing antebellum railroad complex in America? Or that Savannah had the first practical cotton gin? Our guide will help us envision Savannah as a colony, through the Victorian Era, to present day.

After settling in to our hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore Savannah at leisure.

Lunch and dinner are on your own today.

Hotel: Andaz Savannah
Meals: B
Daily Options: Non-Biking Day

DAY 6: Cycle Isle of Hope to Wormsloe Historic Site / Farewell dinner

After breakfast, we ride out from the center of Savannah toward the Isle of Hope. Featuring a number of attractive old homes dating from the first part of the 19th century, the Isle of Hope looks out over the Intracoastal Waterway.

Our destination is informally known as Wormsloe Plantation, and is a State Historic Site. One of the most photographed sites in the entire South, it features a 1.5-mile-long live oak avenue framed by a graceful stone entry arch. The remains of the estate—which was constructed using “tabby,” a building material similar to cement and made from lime, ash, and crushed oyster shells—constitute the oldest standing structure in Savannah.

After some free time for lunch on your own in the Isle of Hope area, we continue our ride. Our route brings us past Savannah State University’s Thunderbolt campus and the moss-hung gardens of Bonaventure Cemetery, an 18th-century plantation that featured in John Berendt’s critically acclaimed novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

You'll have free time to explore Savannah when we return.

Tonight, celebrate with the group during a farewell dinner at The Olde Pink House, a Savannah institutions since the 1700s.

Hotel: Andaz Savannah
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 26 or 38 miles

DAY 7: Depart for home

Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. A complimentary VBT shuttle is available to take departing guests back to the Charleston airport (CHS), arriving around 11:30 am. For this reason, we suggest a flight departing no earlier than 2:00 pm. Guests with cars parked at the Ansonborough Inn should plan to take a taxi from the Charleston airport to the inn (cost is approximately $30).

If you wish to avoid the transfer back to Charleston, you may choose instead to fly out of Savannah. We do not offer shuttle service to the Savannah airport. A taxi to Savannah International Airport costs approximately $25.

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Andaz Savannah

This sparkling hotel prides itself on savvy local connections and the best of sophisticated Savannah. You're exactly where you want to be when staying at Andaz, in the heart of the fun and just-a-little-funky restored historic district. Across the street is Savannah's newest jewel, the recently restored Ellis Square. A short stroll down the street and you're enjoying the breezy charm of City Market.
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The Ansonborough Inn

The Ansonborough Inn is located within Charleston’s historic district of Ansonborough, so named when Admiral George Anson won the property in a spirited poker game. Just one block north of the Market Street area, centrally located and close to all of historic downtown Charleston. Once a shipping warehouse, the property was transformed into a luxury hotel after a $3.5 million renovation. With just 46 rooms, guests are made to feel very much at home. Rooms range in size from 450 to 750 square feet and feature individual climate control, voice mail, mini-fridge and microwave, and in-room safes. Enjoy the hotel’s expanded continental breakfast and daily wine-and-cheese reception. The rooftop deck and cozy pub offer relaxing spots for a drink.
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  • First VBT biking tour and we loved it.

    The tour was fabulous. The leaders were terrific - The Hotels were surprisingly nice and the food was great too. Did not care as much for the Beaufort Inn, but still very nice. Loved the American Tea Tour. Savannah could have been a little better. We traveled some rough areas of town.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 05, 2014
    Posted by: Carole
    From: Atlanta, GA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The greatness of biking through history and eating great food.

    Imagine riding under live oak trees filled with Spanish moss or riding along the waterfront to view dolphins feeding under a bridge. View the greatness and history of the antebellum mansions and see where the Civil War began. Then after a day of adventure return to a wonderful hotel to rest and enjoy a glass of fine wine. Experience a paper mill that was converted into the fabulous Ansonborough Hotel or the quaintness of the Beaufort Inn or the modern contemporary feel of the Andaz. Shrimp and grits. crab cakes, jambalaya, collard greens, pecan pie or limoncello mascarpone cake to satisfy your palate at the end of the day. What a BLAST!!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: May 31, 2014
    Posted by: Kari
    From: Centennial, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fabulous tour of the Lowcountry with top notch guides, fabulous food, and great introduction to local history

    My husband and I just returned from our bike tour of Charleston, Beaufort and Savannah. We have toured with VBT domestically and overseas, and we've never been disappointed. The Charleston tour was no exception. First, and perhaps most importantly, the guides are outstanding. Aside from being an avid biker, Van is a Charleston native and a treasure trove of historical information who allowed us to get a much deeper understanding of the slave trade and plantation life during the slave era. Ann typically guides the Maine tours, but she too was extremely knowledgeable and her 14 years with VBT have caused her to be a guide par excellence. These two professionals left nothing up to chance and provided the best service anyone could ask for. Both my husband and I feel that part of traveling is experiencing the local cuisine. On this tour we enjoyed the best of lowcountry cooking, be it the famous shrimp and grits or the rich and delicious She-Crab soup. However, the culinary delights extended beyond these well known specialties. Charleston has become quite a foodie town and with farm to table restaurant options like Husk and Fig, even the most discriminating food experts will be more than satisfied. Of course, this is a biking tour and therefore the biking routes are important. The terrain is flat and that accounts for the 'easy' rating for this trip. The biking options allow for almost daily 40 mile rides through beautiful countryside, along river banks, past gorgeous colonial mansions, and under canopies of ancient live oaks. We loved every minute of it. For anyone who wants to become steeped in the history of the South, sample fabulous food, and enjoy pleasurable rides, I highly recommend this tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 26, 2014
    Posted by: Iris
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • charleston - savannah

    had a really good time, great leaders ( sarah and ann). had never been to the area so was a real treat for riding, friends and history and of course terrific eating.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 15, 2014
    Posted by: munzerss
    From: Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • I will be doing this again with VBT it was a wonderful experience.

    My first tour ever and it will be only the start. The equipment was excellent and between that and the leaders it was a "no worry ride". Cheerful competent leaders. Well planned and executed cycling plans. Options were always available for choice of distance for the ride. The hotels, meals,on and off bike tours, and entertainment were an excellent value and quality. We booked extra hotel days at the beginning and end on our own and it was obvious that the time in the hotels with the tour must have been at a better rate than we had to pay booking on our own.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 09, 2014
    Posted by: birthdaygirl
    From: Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • What does not kill you makes you stronger

    This was my first bike trip and I had a great time. At the encouragement of my friend, I signed up for this trip with her. I did prepare for the trip by refurbishing my 1977 road bike and taking a couple of rides on our local bike trail. I also rode the stationary bike a couple of days a week for two months or so before the trip. The preparation paid off and I was able to ride 40 miles on the last day and I survived. I really enjoyed each city we visited and I particularly loved riding our bikes over the Charleston Bridge and riding on the back roads and bike paths. The sightseeing trip to the tea planation was really interesting and I loved the walking tours of Beaufort and Savannah. Hotels and restaurants were also very good. Everyone in our group was great and our leaders were excellent. My biggest challenge was riding on roads with traffic and trying to follow the directions will biking.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 28, 2014
    Posted by: wamstad
    From: McLean, VA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great tours in great towns!

    The tour of Charleston, through beautiful neighborhoods and historical sites, was very rewarding. The hotel and meals were excellent. History came alive during our tour of Fort Moultrie. Such a well preserved and important historical site. Our visit to the Charleston tea plantation was a pleasant surprise. Very educational, and we discovered and sampled some very good teas. We had two great days in Beaufort, a beautiful and picturesque town we had not previously known. And Savannah! Touring this city by bicycle was an excellent way to see so much of the city and at a leisurely pace. Every day had new discoveries, Our trip leaders could not have been more helpful. They are bicycle experts and tour masters. Whatever needed doing, they did. They were very personable and pleasant, making whatever arrangements were needed. We were very impressed by all their abilities!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: JohnQ
    From: Sacramento, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • beatiful scenery and interesting history

    the biking was easy, mostly flat, and mostly out of the traffic, The landscape was lovely, the old mansions elegant and dignified. The Inns were excellent and the guides great,

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 22, 2014
    Posted by: sdav
    From: Boxford, MA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Not for beginners!

    Although this trip is rated "easy" it is not for beginners. There were a fair amount of challenges- the biggest one for me was the traffic. Physically the bike riding is pretty easy as most of the routes are fairly flat. But, you are reading directions off of a map on your handle bars and navigating a LOT of traffic! If you are a beginner cyclist this is not a good place to start.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 06, 2013
    Posted by: Ellie
    From: New York, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • It was a great trip! It combined 23-30 miles of biking with great accomodations and restaurants, and historical/cultural tours of the areas.

    The biking was pretty flat, except for the bridge in Charleston. The grade was 2.5% one way and 4.5% the way back. I liked the challenge and was in shape to do it. If it's too hard, there's no problem walking! The first day's biking led us to two islands with enormous homes along the water. We had time to spend on the beach before lunch and enjoyed a great, group lunch. This was my favorite day biking. We did 30 miles and it was tiring. I needed a nap before dinner! Our whole group walked to dinner, about a 15 minute walk, to a restaurant and we had a private room upstairs. The food was great! We biked for three days, then had the 4th day, Thursday, off. I was happy not to bike Thursday, as I needed a break. By Friday, I was ready to bike again! I was actually sad to park my bike for the last time on Friday afternoon. I enjoyed the free time we had in Savannah! The squares are like parks every few blocks. The city is well-planned. Make sure you go to the southernmost park and visit the fountain! Getting to know the people on the trip was terrific! Our group ranged in age from 41 to 74. Most of us had kids in college or just out of college. At the end of the trip, it was very sad to say good-bye to the people we'd met. The trip leaders were so friendly and couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating! They know the area well and shared their knowledge with us. So, in short, I highly recommend the trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 01, 2013
    Posted by: bikergal
    From: Detroit, MI, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A cultural, historical Odyssey

    Who would've thought you could get great exercise while biking to and through 400 years of our American Heritage. Great tours to off-the-beaten track sites, time to explore on our own, and unanticipated extraordinary culinary experiences.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 25, 2013
    Posted by: DocBob
    From: San Francisco, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Recumbent friendly

    The trip leaders were very helpful in accommodating our recumbent tandem on the tour. We also appreciated the mostly flat terrain. Charleston and Savannah were great places to visit. All in all, a great trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 25, 2013
    Posted by: Steve65
    From: Hamilton Township, NJ, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great trip for even a less experienced biker!

    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Dan and Sarah were so patient and accommodating! The bikes were in top shape and the snacks provided were a wonderful treat. I was very apprehensive about biking so much but was pleasantly surprised by the ease of the trip. The Inns we stayed in were fabulous. I highly recommend Charleston, Beaufort and Savannah as places to visit.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 15, 2013
    Posted by: MichiganKathy
    From: Canton, MI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Charming Southern cities

    Charleston, Beaufort and Savannah are all really charming cities with beautiful homes and parks. From the pastel-colored homes along East Bay Street in Charleston to the park-like squares every two blocks in Savannah, it was all just lovely. There's no better way to see these cities and the coastal lowlands than on a bike. The riding was easy, very flat except for crossing the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, and that is not difficult. As always VBT does a great job on accommodations, meals, etc. One call, no worries. _____________ -Video of 2013 Southern Reel posted here: https://vimeo.com/66793220 -Video from 2012 VBT Bike & Barge trip here: https://vimeo.com/45316772 VBT: if you think you can get past any copyright issues with the music used, feel free to use them. Maybe hire me to go on lots of these trips and produce videos! :) PL

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 13, 2013
    Posted by: Paul56
    From: West Hartford, CT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Anyone and everyone can do this no pressure trip.

    What a fabulous first time trip. The level of fitness was accurate and there was never any pressure to keep up or go the full distance. What an amazing time I had. The hotels were nicer than I expected and the maps very easy to read. The best vacation I've had in a long time.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: May 01, 2013
    Posted by: Chrissy
    From: Orlando, FL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The trip was a nice combination of good routes for riding and interesting places to visit.

    We enjoyed experiencing a new part of the country for us - - the "low country" of South Carolin and a bit of Georgia. Each day brought new vistas and points of interest. The Penn Cener, a museum about a school that Quakers started back in the days of slavery to provide some education for slaves, was a very worthwhile stop. A tea plantation (didn't know the US had any!) tour was fun and interesting. Cycling on some of the islands just off the coast was lovely. The inns were deightful, the food was always very good, the other participants were congnial, and our two leaders took very good care of us. Also, Charleston, Beaufort, and Savannah were all great cities/towns to visit We're glad we chose this trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 01, 2012
    Posted by: Phyl38
    From: New Jersey
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The tour has great scenery and allows participants to learn the unknown history of the South, with phenomenal food choices. Excellent trip!!

    Sometimes it is the little things that matter. Like being able to finish my first, but not not last bike trip with VBT tours. I came in last everyday, but I reached my goal of finishing by bike and not ride in the support van. Preparing for this trip required new bike shoes, padded bike shorts, slathering on SPF 50 sunscreen daily, and a new bike seat purchased during the tour. Participants needed many ingredients to make the tour safe, fun, and memorable. However, the one ingredient that made everything most memorable was the gratitude that all the bikers possessed. Gratitude and infectious energy was served with love, laughter, and compassion by our guides and the best new friends made during the trip. Our guides sprinkled patience, safety tips, and provided many teachable moments, like how to change a tire, sharing great photo opportunities and they were phenomenal storytellers. They were our cheerleaders who encouraged everyone daily. For me, it wasn’t just the destination from Charleston to Savannah, but the indelible memories and friendships made during the journey. I am grateful for being a part of the VBT tribe and plan to return time and time again.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 25, 2012
    Posted by: LindaB
    From: Cleveland, Ohio
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • So much history in this low-country VBT trip!

    The two leaders for our Charleston to Savannah tour anticipated our every need, in some cases, even before we were aware of a specific need! They went about the work of keeping us well-fed, well-guided, well-entertained, and excited about each leg of the trip. Each of the three hotels was outstanding and reflected the gentility of the area in which it was located. The special walking tours and local points of interest offered much history and variety to balance each days' bike ride. Beaufort was the biggest surprise of the trip for me. I was anticipating swamps and shanties, but instead found this beautiful gem of a small town with its historical district and Main Street shops!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: November 16, 2012
    Posted by: Charlotte
    From: Missouri
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • It didn't rain!! Really enjoyed the barge and having time to sit and watch the scenery

    Food was great! Barge staff was friendly, helpful and fun. Since this was the first trip on this route, we had a few direction mistakes, but it gave us extra time to see more of the beautiful country. It would have helped if turning points had a landmark instead of the long street names. I would definitely take another bike and barge adventure

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 08, 2012
    Posted by: Bunny
    From: Arizona
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Wonderful southern vistas and historical places.

    Bicycling through and around Charleston and Beaufort, past swamps and woods, under great trees hanging with Spanish moss was simply lovely. The tour leaders were especially good - considerate and knowledgeable. The evening learning the history of Beaufort and dancing was joyous. Learning about the Gullah culture and the tea plantation was really interesting. The reason why I rated the tour good rather than excellent is that there was little variety in landscape over the five days. The trip is rated easy, so little in the way of hills were expected, but it was really, really flat riding. Not VBT's fault. It is what it is.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 08, 2012
    Posted by: Matsuye8
    From: San Francisco, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Perfect outing to enjoy Spring in the South!

    Riding my bike along beautiful views of the water, past blooming gardens with the fragrance of lilacs wafting through the air, Spanish moss touching the top of my bike helmet as I pedaled under live oak trees, conversation with my biking companions , picnic lunches in the shade made for a wonderful bike trip on the Southern Reel!! Our accommodations were a variety of charming inns and modern hotels, all very comfortable. Dinners out as a group were delicious and usually a historic setting. Tours and attractions along the route were always interesting. Our guides were pleasant and helpful, they were not only knowledgeable about biking, they were interesting people. This was a first bike trip for my husband and I. We were so happy with VBT and this trip, we are anxious to sign up for another!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 08, 2012
    Posted by: Sunny
    From: West Hartford, Connecticut
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great trip

    This trip was a favorite of ours. He have told many of the wonders of Puglia. This is ranked near the top of all of our trips (15 to date). The caves of Matera were spectacular, Riding the coastline was a super ride and the food......What can i say about the food is that it was right up there at the top. The guides were Italian, knew their stuff and were always a step ahead of the needs of the rider. A memorable trip in anybody's book

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 03, 2012
    Posted by: romidor
    From: Granaite Bay
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Anticipated all our needs before we know we had any!

    Everything was so well planned and executed. We had a great time.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 26, 2012
    Posted by: Margie
    From: Millville, NJ, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful country, interesting history, delicious food

    I highly recommend this tour. Middleton is lovely country (the third picture used for this site is mine), and for Civil War buffs it is endlessly fascinating, as is the rest of the tour. Beaufort is what everyone expects in a Southern town, a kind of gentility and simple elegance. Be sure to check out all you can about Robert Smalls. Savannah is, like everyone says, a true gem. I loved biking through the different squares. And between the towns there are many smaller areas, including beaches and islands and historical sights. Biking was always easy to moderate.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 26, 2012
    Posted by: Ollie
    From: Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Savannah

    Our flattest terrain for VBT. It was the smallest group (9 I think) and I like more guests than that. We enjoyed the Charleston pre-tour add-on as well as all the history interjected into the trip. For a fall trip it was great weather for a Michigander.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 24, 2012
    Posted by: Nanny58grammie
    From: rockford, MI
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour provided great exposure to a variety of southern treasures

    The tour leaders were excellent, with alot of knowledge, and calm leadership. The bikes were very comfortable. Loved having refreshed cold water and treats waiting for us after tour stops. That was a nice touch. The tour route was great, with a nice mix of coast and inland routes. We especially liked the area through the salt marshes. The food was very good, with the exception of the very first night. We enjoyed the ghost tour and other local stops. All in all, a very good trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: AHoogie
    From: Denver, CO
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great biking, great fellow travelers, great food, great guides.

    For several years I have wanted to visit the low country and this tour gave me the opportunity. I have a mental snap shot that I will never forget: riding along a salt marsh as the sun was going down, the light on the water and the marsh vegetation was pure gold! I would heartily recommend this trip for anyone interested in the area and the low country sub culture--it gives the traveler a taste without overwhelming.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Penny
    From: Birmingham, Alabama
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • genteel south viewed from slow lane

    If you enjoy tree-lined paths and cruising by waterfronts-you can't miss with this trip. The leaders are keen on giving you the local experience and work hard to make sure you have a good trip. Couldn't ask for a better ride-go in November when it's not hot!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: char
    From: san francisco bay area
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This is a wonderful tour with great scenery, history, food, and accommodations.

    Everything about this trip was great. I especially liked the terrain -- no hills and the interesting historical places we visited. Savannah and Charleston are great cities to explore and all the small towns in between were a delight.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Elaine
    From: Bloomington, IL
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This was one of the best vacations we've ever taken.

    It's so great to go on vacation and feel like you are in better shape when you get home than when you left! The accommodations were top notch and our guides were the best. Always helpful and cheerful. We will definitely travel VBT again.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: pkay
    From: Joplin, MO
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great trip; scenery, paced biking, hotels, misc. activities

    Great variety in this trip: biking, mostly flat; wonderful hotels and food, scenery true to the south, beaches and city life of Charleston and Savannah. Evenings of fun with fellow bikers, entertaing nights in Beaufort and Savannah: night tour and trolley in Savannah! Can't beat this trip for TRUE Southern hospitality!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: KAYAKER
    From: Western NY
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The scenery and architecture were beautiful on this tour. The bicycling was easy and enjoyable!

    This trip combined beautiful scenery, architecture and easy biking with a lot of history. The food and company were also great!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Peggy2012
    From: Palo Alto, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The low country means the low country

    This is a great ride for the person who wants beautiful scenery, learning about the southern US, eating great southern food and not worrying about a single hill. The guides were very knowledgable and the rides were mini history lessons. This is a must ride for anyone just starting the biking experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 13, 2012
    Posted by: Jords
    From: Wisconsin
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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