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Mississippi: The Natchez Trace

Greek Revival mansions that survived the Civil War to welcome visitors with warm tradition and flavorful cuisine...

  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 49 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy / Moderate

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Mississippi: The Natchez Trace

Turn back the hands of time and immerse yourself in the rich history and captivating culture of the American South. Pedaling along the famed Natchez Trace Parkway—once a rugged trail blazed by Native Americans and pioneer settlers, now a pastoral pathway flanked by lush forests, fertile farmlands, and scenic overlooks—we’ll stop to explore now-tranquil fields that witnessed fierce Civil War battles and imposing antebellum homes that recall the splendor of a bygone era. We’ll also experience the region’s legendary hospitality with a memorable horse-drawn carriage ride, sumptuous five-course candlelight dinner, and rejuvenating stays in intimate, historic inns.

Cultural Highlights

  • Pedal past lush, tranquil landscapes on the idyllic Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Explore Vicksburg National Military Park’s hallowed battlefields and poignant monuments with a local historian
  • Discover the USS Cairo, a Civil War ironclad that in 1862 became the first ship sunk by a mine
  • Behold Emerald Mound, one of the largest Native American ceremonial mounds on the continent
  • Partake in the Natchez tradition known as “Pilgrimage,” with guided tours of three stately antebellum homes
  • Climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage for an unforgettable evening ride in Natchez
  • Savor a delectable, five-course candlelight dinner at the award-winning Monmouth Historic Inn
  • Experience true Southern hospitality with relaxing stays in historic antebellum inns

What to Expect

This tour features easy terrain mixed with some rolling hills (most notably on Day 3, inside Vicksburg National Military Park). Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance. This trip is ideal for both beginning and experienced cyclists.

Average Daily Mileage: 15-49 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2-5 hours

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Vicksburg
Mar 71°  Apr 78°  May 84°  Sep 87°  Oct 80°  Nov 70°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Vicksburg
Mar 6.4  Apr 5.5  May 5.5  Sep 3.7  Oct 3.8  Nov 5.1

What’s Included:

  • 5 nights in historic, antebellum inns
  • 11 meals – 5 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
  • Guided tour of the Vicksburg National Military Park
  • 5-course candlelight dinner at Monmouth Plantation
  • Tour of the USS Cairo, a Union gunboat sunk by a mine
  • Entrance into three of Natchez's antebellum homes for guided tours
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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DAY 1: Arrive Jackson / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception and dinner

Make your own arrangements for travel to the Fairview Inn, where we stay for one night and enjoy our first taste of the legendary Southern hospitality.

If you’re flying to Mississippi, VBT has arranged for a complimentary shuttle to bring you from Jackson-Evers International Airport to the inn. Shuttle reservations are not required, as the shuttle works on a “show and go” basis and will make its only departure from the airport at 2:00 pm. Meet the driver, who will be holding a VBT sign, in the baggage claim area on the ground floor. There will also be a chauffeur in the third lane as you exit the airport from the baggage claim area. They will also be holding a VBT sign. If you are scheduled to arrive at the airport after 2:00 pm, or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi to the inn at your own expense.

If you are driving to the tour, we recommend that you park your vehicle at the Fairview Inn. You may return to the inn at the end of the tour by way of the VBT van. If you are delayed, or your travel plans change, please contact the Fairview Inn; they will inform your VBT Trip Leaders.

At 3:30 pm, meet your VBT Trip Leaders and your fellow travelers at the inn for a safety briefing and bike-fitting session, followed by a short warm-up ride. Our route, which brings us through a primarily residential neighborhood of Jackson, brings us past the Eudora Welty House, a National Historic Landmark at 1119 Pinehurst Street. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, celebrated for her novels highlighting the Southern experience, lived and wrote here from 1925 until her death in 2001.

Later, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome reception at the inn. Then, we’ll venture out with our Trip Leaders for an included dinner at a nearby restaurant.

If you wish to enjoy the Fairview Inn’s spa services during your stay, VBT encourages you to make your reservations well in advance of our arrival.

Hotel: Fairview Inn
Meals: D
Daily Options: 3 miles

DAY 2: Rocky Springs / Vicksburg

After a hearty Southern breakfast, we’ll set off to begin what is sure to be a memorable ride along the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway.

This pastoral parkway loosely follows the Old Natchez Trace, a nearly 500-mile footpath blazed by Native Americans several centuries ago and connecting Natchez, Mississippi with Nashville, Tennessee. Traversing lands belonging the Natchez, Choctow, and Chickasaw nations, this historic route became a vital artery for transportation and trade. In 1938, the area came under the management of the National Parks Service, and construction of the modern Natchez Trace Parkway began soon after. It took more than 71 years to complete, but the end result was well worth the wait, especially for cyclists: The entire 444-mile-long, two-lane paved parkway is a designated bike path; has no stop signs or stop lights (and, thus, no cross-traffic); is off-limits to commercial vehicles; features a speed limit of just 50 mph; and is framed by lush forests, fertile farmlands, scenic overlooks, and scores of historic sites.

We’ll begin our ride in Rocky Springs. A shuttle (approximately 60 minutes) brings us to the haunting ghost town, once a thriving community on the Old Natchez Trace. In 1878, however, the town’s population was decimated by an outbreak of yellow fever, a tragedy compounded further by the boll weevil epidemic, which devastated the cotton fields of local farmers at the turn of the 20th century. One by one, residents abandoned the beleaguered town, and the last store in Rocky Springs closed its doors in the 1930s. Today, one of the only remaining, intact buildings is the Methodist Church, an antebellum structure dating back to 1837.

Leaving Rocky Springs, we cycle along the Natchez Trace Parkway to Port Gibson, the town Union General Ulysses S. Grant famously declared “too beautiful to burn” during the Civil War’s infamous Siege of Vicksburg. We’ll alight here to explore the historic town, as well as the nearby Windsor Ruins. Built between 1859 and 1861, Windsor was an opulent Greek Revival mansion set on a sprawling plantation spanning more than 2,600 acres. During the Civil War, the four-story property’s expansive rooftop was used by Confederate soldiers to observe the movements of Union troops. Although Windsor survived the Civil War intact, irony lent a merciless hand in 1890, when the mansion burned to the ground during a fire started by a careless smoker. Today, all that remains of the once-magnificent property are 23 of the original 29 columns, each 45 feet tall, and a portion of the elaborate balustrade that once connected them.

After lunch at a restaurant in Port Gibson, we’ll shuttle to Vicksburg, where we stay for the next two nights. Our group will be staying in two of the town’s finest historic inns: Baer House Inn and Anchuca Mansion. Both properties are located in the city’s Historic District, so you’ll savor every moment no matter which one you call home. After settling in, we gather for dinner together at Anchuca Mansion.

Hotels: Baer House Inn, Anchuca Mansion
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 20 or 41 miles

DAY 3: Vicksburg Battlefield loop

Riding out from our inns today, we cycle through Vicksburg and past scenic overlooks of the Mississippi River. Our destination is Vicksburg National Military Park, home to the country’s largest Civil War cemetery. We stop at the Visitor’s Center to watch a short documentary film, then join a local historian for a guided tour of the park’s historic battlefields, which feature reconstructed forts and trenches and are punctuated by more than 1,330 monuments and memorials to both Union and Confederate soldiers.

Encompassing more than 1,800 acres, the park is rife with rolling hills, making today’s ride the most challenging of our tour. We’ll alight to explore the USS Cairo Museum, enjoying a closer look at the formidable Union ironclad, which in 1862 became the first ship to be sunk by a mine. We’ll also pause for a picnic lunch, during which our local guide offers more Civil War insights, chronicling the decisive Siege of Vicksburg.

Cycling back to our inns, you may choose to visit the Old Courthouse Museum. The impressive and imposing antebellum building, which was named a National Historic Landmark in 1968, houses an eclectic array of Civil War artifacts—including the tie Confederate President Jefferson Davis wore to his inauguration—many of which were donated by local residents.

Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own in Vicksburg.

Hotels: Baer House Inn, Anchuca Mansion
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 15 or 20 miles

DAY 4: Natchez Trace Parkway / Emerald Mound

After breakfast, we’ll return via shuttle to Port Gibson, where we’ll begin another relaxing, scenic ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

You’ll have the opportunity to set your own pace today, stopping to take in the parkway’s striking vistas as we cycle south toward Natchez. For example, you might pause for a stroll through the hardwood pine forests around Bullen Creek. We’ll regroup at Coles Creek for a picnic lunch with our Trip Leaders, then explore the Mount Locust Inn & Plantation. Built in 1780, Mount Locust was one of the first “stands,” or inns, in Mississippi, and provided warm meals and comfortable beds to weary Natchez Trace travelers.

Next, we pedal to Emerald Mound, one of the largest Native American ceremonial mounds in North America. Believed to have been built and consecrated by ancestors of the Natchez Indians between the 14th and 16th centuries, Emerald Mound covers an area of more than eight square acres and boasts a carefully-constructed, flattened plateau rising more than 35 feet. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

Continuing on to Natchez, perhaps you’ll pause to visit the Elizabeth Female Academy. Opened in 1818, it was the first educational institution exclusively for women in the state of Mississippi—and, many believe, the first college in the United States to award women advanced degrees. Our ride concludes at the Monmouth Historic Inn, a National Historic Landmark and proud recipient of AAA’s elite Four Diamond rating for more than 30 years. We’ll stay here for the next two nights, perhaps indulging in a few games of croquet or a relaxing stroll through the property’s expansive gardens during our leisure time.

Tonight, horse-drawn carriages carry us through town, where we’ll find a number of excellent options for dinner on our own.

Hotel: Monmouth Historic Inn
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 23 or 41 miles

DAY 5: Antebellum Pilgrimage / Natchez

Natchez is known for its Spring Pilgrimage, an annual tour of the town’s most impressive antebellum homes. Katherine Grafton Miller, president of the Natchez Garden Club, came up with the idea in 1932, when an unexpected cold snap jeopardized the club’s annual fundraiser: guided tours of members’ lushly landscaped, magnolia-, azalea-, and camellia-filled gardens. Deciding to bring visitors inside the stately homes, Miller envisioned the event as an opportunity for others to see “where the Old South still lives and where shadowed highways and antebellum homes greet old and new friends.” Visitors, many of whom hailed from the north, were personally driven from home to home and regaled with tales told by ladies wearing hoop skirts and holding parasols. The first Spring Pilgrimage in 1932 was a resounding success, and a well-publicized visit by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1939 further cemented the tradition, which continues to this today. Now referred to simply as “Pilgrimage,” it has grown into a multi-week event, occurring in both spring and fall. What’s more, many of the city’s historic homes offer guided visits year-round.

Today, we mount our own Pilgrimage, VBT-style, cycling through the picturesque streets of Natchez, which in spring are lined with fragrant magnolia and dogwood trees. You can set your own pace, pausing when you like to take advantage of your included admission to three of the city’s grandest antebellum homes, all of which are designated National Historic Landmarks. Enjoy guided tours of Rosalie, known for its Federal-style columned portico and ornate rosewood furniture; Greek Revival-style Stanton Hall; and Longwood, an unforgettable (and unfinished) property featuring a unique octagonal design.

Should you feel parched, you may wish to stop and savor a mint julep over lunch at the Carriage House Restaurant, located on the grounds of Stanton Hall. The Carriage House is the locals’ choice for Southern culinary staples like fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, and warm pecan cobbler.

On the last night of our stay in Mississippi, we’ll be treated to a memorable five-course, candlelight dinner of contemporary Southern cuisine in our inn’s acclaimed dining room.

Hotel: Monmouth Historic Inn
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 10 or 33 miles

DAY 6: Depart for home

Our tour concludes after breakfast. VBT’s complimentary shuttle will bring you to either Jackson-Evers International Airport or to the Fairview Inn in Jackson. The shuttle departs Natchez at 9:00 am, arriving at the airport around 11:30 am and at the inn at 12:00 pm. We suggest you schedule your flight home no earlier than 1:00 pm.

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Baer House Inn and Anchuca Mansion

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Baer House Inn was originally a residential home built in 1870. Considered one of the finest examples of Eastlake Victorian architecture in Mississippi, the property’s seven guest rooms are decorated with period furnishings—and feature modern amenities such as king- and queen-sized beds, and complimentary wireless Internet access. Built around 1830, the Greek Revival-style Anchuca Mansion is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to legend, Confederate President Jefferson Davis made one of his last public addresses from the property’s front balcony. Anchuca Mansion has seven guest rooms, three in the main property and four in the adjacent carriage house. Each is comfortably equipped with air conditioning, private baths, and complimentary wireless Internet access. Both Baer House Inn and Anchuca Mansion are located in Vicksburg’s Historical District, within easy walking distance of each other and many of the city’s restaurants, museums, and other attractions.
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Monmouth Historic Inn

Bask in Southern luxury at its finest. Built in 1818, the 26-acre, Tara-like Monmouth Historic Inn features lovely gardens and pergolas, a gazebo, bridge-spanned ponds and walking trails. This magnificent manse was once owned by U.S. Congressman and State Governor John Quitman. His dream for Monmouth has been fully realized through the loving and careful restoration of the mansion and the addition of seven other buildings on this historic property. Relax and feel at home amid the quiet elegance of the 29 beautifully appointed rooms and suites. This National Historic Landmark has earned praise from the likes of Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times and Architectural Digest. Take your breakfast in Quitman’s Retreat, meet for drinks in the Quitman Study and savor “Chef’s Table Dining” during our special farewell dinner.
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  • Great Introduction to the Deep South

    The Natchez Trace tour was a great introduction to a part of our country that I had never been to. Turned out that Mississippi has great cycling, lots of history, beautiful scenery, magnificent architecture, and friendly and interesting people. The VBT leaders were great, anticipating our every need. Their knowledge of the local culture and history was vast, and they shared it freely with the group. Their love for the area and its people is obvious.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 24, 2014
    Posted by: Jerseyflyer
    From: New Jersey
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Smootest Bike Trip

    THe first evening everyone introduced themselves to one another. Most of us became on a "first-name-basis". Doug fitted us with our bikes and explained the gearing system. It took me a day and one-half to adjust to this gearing, but after that it was easy. The hostess of the home where we stayed Sunday explained the history of the home and the family that built it. All very interesting. We rode around town a little the djust to the bikes. That was iportant too. Each day was more pleasant than the last; each house was as interesting as the first; and each rider was as nice as could be. Each morning at breakfast Doug told us what historical places we would be seeing and they were interesting. Each home where we stayed ws as interesting as the memorials built to honor the soldiers of the Civil War. And each day the road became easier and smoother to ride. It was a great trip which I would recommend to anyone of any riding ability.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 23, 2014
    Posted by: Ginnie
    From: Illinois
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Nice

    If you are interested in experiencing the Deep South, this is an excellent way to start. The Inns are majestic with loads of Southern history, comfort, and hospitality of the employees. If you live in the city and are not used to nature scenes, then the Natchez Trace will be impressive. We live in the country and I found the Trace to be a bit boring in scenery as it is simply country road with woods on each side and some fields here and there. It is, however, a great ride for biking as the traffic is low and the road smooth. It is not flat but also not too awfully challenging, but challenging nonetheless. You certainly will feel as if you have done something at the end of the day. Of course the highlight is the Vicksburg Battleground and the town of Natchez with its beautiful Southern mansions that were not destroyed during the War. The Vicksburg Battleground is very hilly but there is a guided tour that has many stops, and often, so you don't feel as if you are doing much difficultly at all. Visualizing what occurred there was just an amazing experience. All in all, a good trip and, as always, in the excellent VBT style!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 14, 2014
    Posted by: Bugsterry1
    From: Haw River, NC, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • First Impressions

    My husband has been a regular VBT customer for years. I, on the other hand, did not even own a bike. It seemed he was having too much fun, so I bought a bike, learned how to shift gears (he was a patient mentor), and we booked a trip with VBT. I have absolutely no regrets. Our group ranged from highly accomplished cyclists to nearly non-cyclists, and all were made to feel equally welcome and pampered. The cycling was so good on the Trace, almost all of us wished for more. The bikes provided were comfortable, spotless and very well maintained. The leaders could not have been more professional yet warm, and technically competent. VBT sure made a great First Impression on me.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: Trek
    From: Tupper Lake, NY 12986, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A beautiful drive through history

    The Natchez Trace Parkway is such a gorgeous and peaceful drive. I love driving it in the spring and fall when the colors are bright and coming to life. If you're a history buff, this journey is a must. The milemarkers along the Trace provide historic facts about each spot. I also love that you won't find any commercial trucks, stop lights or traffic. It's an enjoyable and leisurely drive.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 04, 2013
    Posted by: Julianne
    From: Ridgeland, MS, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Traveling the Natchez Trace

    The Natchez Trace has been a destination for me for quite awhile and with this tour, I was able to see this beautiful trail. The tour provided a wonderful riding experience on great roads, beautiful scenery and a lot of history. A fun filled week, thank you.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: November 30, 2013
    Posted by: Rara
    From: North Port, FL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Excellent for first-timers. Very good for others

    The MIssissippi ride is marked easy, and it is. One day's ride is 50 miles through the Natchez Trace, a straight road from Port Gibson to Natchez, so there is no need to read a map. Everyone will find the trip interesting, but it is great for first timers, who may find other trips difficult to navigate. Another day was a trip through VIcksburg, short rides to historical sites where different local historians talked about the south and the Civil War. It was a nice mix of riding and sight-seeing. As always, the guides were the best.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 15, 2013
    Posted by: NJRider
    From: New Jersey
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Southern History and Culture

    My wife and I had a great trip and a very nice introduction to biking on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Unfortunately, the Vicksburg National Military Park was closed. The biking we did off of the parkway was a lot less pleasant and due to auto traffic and sometimes rough, broken and potholed roads was actually somewhat stressful. We had a great group and excellent leaders. I'd recommend more mileage on the parkway and less off (side trip to Windsor, for example could be by van both ways... it was not a very pretty ride and the road was quite rough). We could have easily spent more time in Natchez. Overall a very positive experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 14, 2013
    Posted by: weatherman
    From: Decatur, GA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Vicksburg Battlefied ride was the best.

    Reading history only tells part of the story. Being on the field of battle with an historian telling what really took place is something we will remember forever. Following the ride a picnic lunch was served on the grounds and what a feast we had. Glad the ride back to the B & B was not too long.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 23, 2013
    Posted by: Ray65
    From: Louisville, KY, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Southern History and Hospitality

    If you're interested in southern history and culture, this is your tour. The day at Vicksburg Battlefield is a highlight, as are the picnic lunches prepared by our guides. Every day's ride includes multiple roadside historic sites. Staying in gorgeous ante-bellum homes rounds out the experience. Riding on the Parkway is easier than some other Easy/Moderate level tours; with the shaded roadway and plenty of water, even the temperatures were not too bad for this Montana girl! Nichols and Matt set the standard for high-quality guides,taking care of problems with their southern hospitality, grace and charm. I highly recommend this tour for both value and quality.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 13, 2013
    Posted by: Mamose
    From: Missoula, MT
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Riding along the beautiful, lightly trafficked Trace is a great experience

    This is a great way to see Miss. VBT has picked a very scenic section of the Trace to ride. The best way to see the Vicksburg battlefield is by bike, and the best way to visit the graceful antibellum mansions of Nachez is by bike. With great accomodations and charismatic leaders it made for a fun week.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 28, 2013
    Posted by: Skip
    From: Millville, NJ, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Relaxed pace with beautiful scenery and much history

    This tour was a little low in mileage but high on beauty, with the rolling hills of Mississippi being a perfect background for learning about the Civil War at Vicksburg. The b&bs are beautiful and the trip is worth it just to see the architecture alone.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 18, 2013
    Posted by: gypsyjack
    From: Des Moines, IA, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
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  • Great historical and Cultural Sites

    The tour incorporates great historical and cultural sites of the Civil War and the South plus bike riding the Natchez Trace can't be beat!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 02, 2013
    Posted by: Barbara48
    From: Minnesota
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Wonderful cultural experience in the Deep South.

    Not only does the present renovation of the South welcome the biker, but the history of the past is accessible in depth to comprehend. The tour allows for time to really see and participate at the various locations. The guides are knowledgeable of the terrain, every turn and incline, as well as of what to see and experience. The hospitality in the antebellum plantation homes is most gracious,giving apple opportunities to relax.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 27, 2012
    Posted by: Joycers
    From: Seattle, WA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
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  • This tour was a wonderful combination of exercise and relaxation.

    The Natchez Trace Tour consisted of five days of biking at an easy pace on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Parkway with its excellent paved surface, light, non-commercial traffic, and a speed limit of 50 mph provided a safe and relaxing biking trail of undulating hills. We travelled through beautiful forests and farmland, with opportunities to take in some of the history of the Trace. The stays in the antebellum inns were delightful with large, well-appointed rooms and excellent dining. During our stays in Vicksburg and Natchez, we learned about the Civil War battles in this area and about the era of cotton plantations. The tour provided exercise, history and good food with attentive guides.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 01, 2012
    Posted by: Strawberry12
    From: Halifax, NS, Canada
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • History comes to life

    If you like history, you'll love this tour. Biking the Trace is a beautiful way to see the deep south. The cities, towns and Inns of the south are picturesque. I had never been to Mississippi, but will definetly return. Their hospitality, attitude and grace is apparent in everything they do. The Vicksburg Military Park was a highlight. And our guide there was had an amazing grasp of civil war history. Our guides, Nichols and Matt, were fantastic. Both from the south of course and wonderful ambassadors. They both had great recommendations for further site seeing options for all the towns we rode through. We did our own trip extension to New Orleans and Matt went above and beyond our expectations. They spoiled us for future trips.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 09, 2012
    Posted by: HappyCamper1
    From: Red Wing, MN, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Thist way to see the south and review the history of the civil war. The riding is easy to moderate.

    The B and Bs I thought were great and the food delicious for breakfast especially but also for the lunch and the dinner. We met great people. It was super to have a war hero give us a tour of the military park.... meaningful from someone who experienced those times. The biking was just right in length. It was fun to have a few meals alone. The Fairview Inn was spectacular. I would recommend this tour for those who are not looking for big climbs and those who are interested in the history of the south.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 08, 2012
    Posted by: Fred
    From: Oakland, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • An historical tour as compared to a scenic landscape tour

    Riding the relaxing Natchez Trace was a good warm up to the summer cycling season. While not as scenic as the Canadian Rockies or the South Island of New Zealand tours, the day long guided historical tour through the Vicksburg park was superb. The tour guides' knowledge and the 'rest of the story' about people who fought at this tragic site made the trip.

    Posted on: July 07, 2012
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    From: New England
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Superb introduction to a special place in the Soutn

    As will all VBT trips the route, hotels and attractions were well planned and selected. The guides were probably the best we have had, being from the area; Natchez and nearby. They added an important local color and information to the trip. The Trace is THE place to ride; the most idealized road and rural southern scenery.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 07, 2012
    Posted by: Harold
    From: Denver, CO, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Super trip all around.

    Great leaders. Excellent biking and agenda. Rooms in Jackson and Nachez were great Room in Vicksburg was a level below rustic and very subpar. Food everywhere was great. ENJOYED THE PICNICS

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: IVAN
    From: Oklahoma City, OK, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great way to see more of the South

    Loved the Inns we stayed at, the food and the antebellum houses. Always heard about Jackson, Natchez and Vicksburg, but did not actually realize how small these towns are.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: Joysea
    From: Honolulu, HI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A great tour for Yanks!

    If you've always wanted to learn more about Southern culture and the War of Northern Agression, then this tour is for you. The highlights are touring the Vicksburg Military Park and visiting the antebellum houses in Natchez, while staying in great B&Bs. The Natchez Trace is less interesting (and hot in the afternoon sun), but is a great road for bicycles with little traffic and few hills.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: Oregonians
    From: Portland, Oregon
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Beat my expectations!

    It was actually my wife that finally convinced me to try the Natchez Trace bike tour in April 2012. She read in a book the best chances of living a long, healthy life include taking active vacations. To my surprise, the trip was very enjoyable, and we have already scheduled another trip with VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: Larry
    From: Mesilla, NM, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Fine Southern Hospitality

    I really enjoyed this trip through the Delta, which has a culture distinct from other areas of the country and even other areas of the south. The tour leaders were fantastic and attended to our every need. Our bikes were wiped down and ready every morning with our water bottles already full, and our suitcases appeared as if by magic in our rooms at each new hotel. The route was very scenic and great for cycling. The accommodations were really lovely over all, but varied considerably from room to room. Some guests on the tour had spacious suites with views and antique art, while I found myself in a basement room or sleeping on a sofa/daybed. I traveled as a single person and had a roommate assigned to me, which may have been why my housing was not as nice. The food was generally quite tasty and usually a good representation of regional cuisine.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 25, 2012
    Posted by: adventuregirl
    From: Memphis, TN, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A Great Combination of Biking and Other Features

    Several years ago, I had a great idea. Instead of the usual birthday presents for my adult kids, I would give them a trip that we could take together. Not only would this be more meaningful and memorable than the usual cash or clothes, but I could get to enjoy their birthday presents, too! Being an avid bicyclist, I decided that a bike trip with VBT would be the perfect opportunity to put this concept into practice. My son needed no arm twisitng, and off we went to Vermont for the Champlain Lake tour, and what a great time we had. Unfortunately, my daughter was not quite as enthusiastic when it came time for her trip because she is not really a biker, and was unsure if she could keep up or would even enjoy it for that matter. So wth this in mind, I selected the Natchez Trace tour since it seemed to offer many things in addition to biking. Trooper that she is, she agreed to give it a try -"I'll try anything once" was a comment I remember! Any way, this turned out be be a great choice. We stayed in interesting and comfortable B&Bs, visited fascinating sites such as the Vicksburg Battlefield and Natchez Mansions, and cycled through scenic and for the most part flat country. How did she do on the bicycle? Just fine. She pedaled as long as she wanted to, and then before the whining started, along came the van to pick up the bike and her to whisk her down the road. On the last full day of riding, she did over 40 miles on the smooth, flat Natchez Trace. Not bad for someone who isn't into biking! The great thing about this tour was the variety of activities it offered. In Vicksburg we toured the battlefield with an expert guide. In Port Gibson we had dinner at an antebellem mansion where a gospel trio performed before dinner. After dinner, the ladies dressed up in civil war era gowns, to the accompaniment of much laughter and camera flashes.One day when we had some drizzle, she opted to go with some of other ladies and visit some historic churches in the area and then met the bikers at "the world's best chicken" place for lunch. In Natchez, we got tickets to visit several of the beautiful mansions that were within biking distance of the hotel. All in all, it was just great that there were opportunities to bike if you wanted to and alternatives if you didn't want to. My son and I have already gone on a second bike trip and the question remains will my daughter go on another? Well, I'm not sure, but hey, no problem: Costa Rica hiking, here we come!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 22, 2012
    Posted by: Shipnc
    From: Concord, NC
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Hotels Not Up to our VBT Expectation

    We enjoyed the group and the leaders. They were excellent. The biking was good with good distances and a lot of flexibility. However, the hotels were not up to the VBT standard to which we are accustomed. In Vicksburg, we were put in a basement unit with no windows and separated from the rest of the group. This unit also had some bugs in the bathroom area. In Natchez, we were put above the gift shop in a very small room that was intended for a single (all of the others in that building were singles). We thought the food was good but not great and not up to our expectations of VBT. The food high light was a barbecue lunch prepared by the leaders.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: debz1
    From: Milwaukee, WI
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • A WONDERFUL TOUR OF THE DEEP SOUTH

    THE ACCOMMODATIONS WERE T0P NOTCH, THE PRESENTATIONS OF CIVIL WAR HISTORY WERE VERY INTERESTING. THE ROUTE WAS GOOD DUE TO LOW TRAFFIC, ESPECIALLY THE NATCHEZ TRACE ITSELF. THE LEADERS WERE EXCELLENT. THE GROUP WAS VERY COMPATIBLE BOTH SOCIALLY AND RIDING. THE ENTIRE SCHEDULE WAS JUST RIGHT THAT ALLOWED US AMPLE FREE TIME RIDING & SIGHTSEEING.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: MAXIE
    From: New Jersey, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great easy riding!

    We have taken at lest 10 VBT bike tours but this was special as it was my first one back after battling cancer. The ride was easy and fun. Great tours included and I am not a history buff! The tour leaders made it both luxury as well as great picnics! We took home some wonderful recipes!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Mar27
    From: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This was my first trip and it hooked me on VBT - a great mix of terrific sites, and wonderful tour guides supporting us everywhere we went.

    I'd never been to the Natchez Trace, and certainly never on a bike. It was terrific and a great way to begin with VBT. I'm now hooked, and look forward to many more!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Bubba
    From: Atlanta, GA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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