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Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky

Here in the sunny south of Spain, we’ll embrace the nation’s diverse heritage through visits to Christian cathedrals that once stood as Moorish mosques and by enjoying the region’s varying cuisine.

  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 18 - 45 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy / Moderate
  • Plane

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky​

We’ll dine with locals and even learn how to prepare a regional specialty with an Andalusian chef. And when we’re not experiencing village life, we’ll be enjoying peaceful rides past olive groves, through rustic farmland and along delicate plains, ending the day at charming hotels. Join VBT as we explore the history, culture and the stunning scenery of Spain.

Cultural Highlights

  • Explore the Mezquita of Cordoba and enjoy its magnificent gardens and stunning architecture on a guided tour
  • Ride to Zuheros, one of the most beautiful white villages, or pueblos blancos, in Spain
  • Eat and drink like a local, enjoying Andalusian specialties like Sangria and Jamón Ibérico, or cured ham
  • Dine with locals and learn about life in southern Spain at two home-hosted meals
  • Cruise along the sleepy Spanish Vega on the Via Verde biking trail, past farming villages and olive groves
  • Learn to prepare an Andalusian culinary specialty with a local chef
  • Taste the sweet Pedro Ximénez varietal at a wine bodega, and sample fresh olive oil at a local hacienda

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance.

Average Daily Mileage: 18 - 45 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2 - 5 hours

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Seville
Jan 61°  Feb 63°  Mar 69°  Apr 71°  May 79°  Jun 87°  Jul 95°  Aug 95°  Sep 90°  Oct 78°  Nov 69°  Dec 62°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Seville
Jan 2.5  Feb 2.1  Mar 1.4  Apr 2.2  May 1.5  Jun .5  Jul 0  Aug 0  Sep .8  Oct 2.2  Nov 3.2  Dec 3.6

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 3-, 4- and 5- star hotels
  • 13 meals – 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 3-, 4- and 5-star hotels
  • 15 meals – 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Seville – 2 nights for only $295 • Post-trip: Barcelona – 3 nights for only $695

Both Vacations Include

  • Free use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $345 | Land Only Single Supplement: $245

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What's Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Depart from home / Fly overnight to Seville

Depart from home and travel to Spain. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

DAY 2: Arrive in Seville / Transfer to Palma del Rio

Upon arrival at the Seville Airport (San Pablo Airport), meet your driver outside the customs area in your arrival terminal. The driver will be holding a VBT sign. Then transfer by private car or van (approximately 60 minutes) to your Palma del Rio hotel.

The rest of the day is free to settle in, explore the city and begin your Spain vacation. Choose a local restaurant for dinner on your own.

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 pm. If you are early, you may store your luggage at the reception desk.

Please note: Due to Iberia Airline's limited flight service to Seville on Saturdays, some guests may fly from Madrid to the town of Jerez and then transfer by vehicle to our Palma del Rio hotel. This will avoid long layovers in Madrid's airport and allow you more time in Palma del Rio. Travel from Madrid on all other days of the week will be directly into Palma del Rio. Please refer to your air itinerary to determine which location will be your final destination.

For guests flying into Jerez: Upon arrival at the Jerez Airport, meet your driver outside the customs area in your arrival terminal. The driver will be holding a VBT sign. Then transfer by private car or van (approximately 2 hours) to your Palma del Rio hotel.

Our hotel in Palma del Rio is Monasterio de San Francisco. As the name suggests, it was a Franciscan convent built in 1492 by the VII Señor de Palma's orders. About 20 years ago, it was turned into a charming hotel that preserves the simplicity and tranquility of a monastery. The European discovery of America is part of the building's history, since the Franciscan monks based here founded American missions, took their language and customs to the New World, introduced the famous orange groves in California and opened the Mission de Palma del Rio in San Diego. Columbus spent time here before setting out for his journey, as the monastery was a strategic and powerful centro de conocimiento, or center of learning and culture, during his time. The cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego all owe their names to the monasteries and holy places in this area. Today guests can still drink the orange juice from the garden's 65 orange trees, some of which are five centuries old.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Palma del Rio during your stay.

Hotel: Monasterio de San Francisco

DAY 3: Meet Trip Leaders / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception

VBT No-Air Package guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders and the rest of the group at our Palma del Rio Hotel (Monasterio de San Francisco, Avenida Pio XII 35, phone +34 957 710183) at 10:00 am. If your arrival at the hotel is scheduled later than 10:00 am, or if you are delayed, please contact the Monasterio de San Francisco hotel, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package guests & Pre-trip Extension guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at the Palma del Rio hotel at 10:00 am.

This morning, your Trip Leaders will host a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a warm-up ride in the surroundings of Palma del Rio. We will be riding on the fertile lowland of the Guadalquivir River. Please be dressed in your biking garments when meeting the leaders as our warm-up ride will be immediately following the safety and bike-fitting session.

Upon conclusion of the warm-up ride, you will have time for lunch on your own at the hotel or one of Palma del Rio’s restaurants. Spend the remainder of the afternoon relaxing by the quiet swimming pool, take a peaceful stroll through the vegetable gardens, or further explore the town’s sites. Ambitious riders may opt for an afternoon ride, as well.

Tonight, we gather for a welcome reception, including tapas and sangria, two of Andalusia's regional specialties. We'll learn about the history of the hotel before dinner is served.

Hotel: Monasterio de San Francisco
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 9 or 18 miles (13.3 or 26.6 km)

DAY 4: Cycle to Cordoba/Home-hosted picnic lunch with local family

En route to Cordoba today, we learn the differences among the typical farms scattered along our route: fincas, huertas, cortijos and haciendas. We stop along the way for a picnic lunch at a cortijo to meet a local family, the owners of a very large estate of 1,300 acres (530 hectares).

Later in the afternoon, we arrive at our beautiful and centrally located 4-star Cordoba hotel. In the 11th century, this was the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Europe. A developed system for running water and street lights existed, along with vast libraries where Arabic, Latin and Greek manuscripts were translated. Jews, Muslims and Christians all coexisted in this cultural crossroads. Exceptional monuments like the Mezquita of Cordoba are a good representation of the blend of these different cultures. Famous sons of Cordoba include the philosophers Seneca (Roman), Averroes (Arabian) and Maimonides (Jewish). Cordoba has been inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1984.

Our hotel is a few steps from the Mezquita in the Judería—the charming Jewish district and the very heart of Cordoba. It consists of ancient, private homes from the 17th and 18th centuries, with lovely patios and fountains. The property was carefully restored in 2009.

Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure enjoying all the amenities of your hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Hotel: Casas de la Judería
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 19, 31 or 42 miles (35, 50 or 68 km)

DAY 5: Explore Cordoba / Discover Mezquita Catherdral

After breakfast, we meet our local guide, Imma. With her, we discover what makes Cordoba such an enlightening city. We start by visiting a nearby synagogue, and then continue to the Mezquita.

Originally built as a temple, lighthouse and warehouse, the Mezquita (literally, “mosque”), was once the second-largest mosque in the world and was later consecrated as a Christian church, after Cordoba was captured by the Spanish in the 12th century. Today, it is considered one of the world’s greatest examples of Moorish architecture. Around the Mezquita, we will see the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and the Archiepiscopal Palais, the Roman Bridge with its 16 arches spanning the Guadalquivir River and the Jewish synagogue built in 1315 in La Judería. Cordoba is also an excellent place to shop for pottery, abanijos (fans), cotton and leather goods, embroidered mantillas (shawls) and wooden crafts. Those interested in bullfighting may also visit the Bullfighting Museum.

Take time on your own this afternoon to further explore the many sites and shops of Cordoba. You might want to enjoy an ancient local tradition: an Arab bath in one of the nearby hammams. Immerse yourself in its luxurious waters, followed by a relaxing massage with essential oils.

Tonight, choose a restaurant for dinner on your own in Cordoba. You might visit a flamenco house in the trendy Paseo Maritimo district, where you can also taste such local specialties as ragout of lamb, Cordero en Caldereta or sausages like Morcilla, Cana de Lomo and Salchicon de Pozo Blanco. Arab influences can be found in the sweet Alfajores and Pestinos with almonds and honey.

Hotel: Casas de la Judería - Cordoba
Meals: B
Daily Options: Non-Biking Day

DAY 6: Ruta del Vino / La Via Verde / Wine & olive oil tastings

After breakfast, we leave Cordoba and shuttle to the Cordillera Subbetica and the Ruta del Vino, or Wine Road. This hilly region is covered with olive trees and vineyards, and produces excellent white wines and olive oils, which are exported all over the world. We begin biking from Aguilar de la Frontera to Moriles, passing typical lagares and bodegas (where wine is aged but not produced) that sell local wines and goat cheese. One of the most renowned wines produced in this area is the Pedro Ximénez sweet wine, particularly recommended to complement local postres, or desserts. At lunch time, we stop at one of the oldest and most beautiful bodegas of the area and taste four different wines with our meal.

In Lucena this afternoon, we get on the Via Verde de la Subbetica, a well-kept bike path built on a former railway line. We will follow this trail through the end of our trip. Avid cyclists looking for some hills can opt for a more challenging route.

We arrive at our hotel in the afternoon. Enjoy time to relax by the pool before our cata de aceite, or olive oil tasting, followed by a tour of this historic property and ancient mill. The property also includes a library and a warm taverna bar. Dinner is served in the ancient oil press room.

Hotel: Hacienda Minerva
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 14 or 25 miles (23 or 40 km)

DAY 7: Explore Zuheros / Organic picnic Lunch / Cooking demonstration

Today we follow the bike path to Luque, passing peaceful farms, olive groves and lovely views of the surrounding hillsides. As we pedal along our gently rolling path, keep your eyes open for local wildlife, such as goats, storks and a variety of other birds.

Near Luque, we stop at a casa de campo for a picnic lunch made from local ingredients freshly picked in the garden of our host, Balbino.

After lunch, we retrace our way to Cabra on a scenic route, passing through the quaint white village of Zuheros. Built onto a rocky promontory, Zuheros is considered one of the most beautiful white villages of Spain. It is also known for its cheese and olive oil production. Here you can purchase many local products made from aceite (oil) and aceitunas (olives), such as soaps.

From Zuheros you can opt for the easy bike path via Verde to the hotel, or continue on a more challenging, scenic route.

Back at our hotel, enjoy a short cooking class with our Spanish chef. Learn how to prepare one of Andalusia's seasonal specialties! At dinner, enjoy the fruits of our labor, as well as many other local specialties.

Hotel: Hacienda Minerva
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 17, 31 or 33 miles (27, 50 or 53 km)

DAY 8: Transfer to Granada

After breakfast, we will start our journey toward the enchanting city of Granada and, historically, the land of ever-changing borders between Christians and the Andalusi Kingdom. We start our morning ride in the shadow of the impressive castle at Alcala la Real on the road of that fortress. Passing through towns that were heavily fortified in the Middle Ages prior to the final conquest of Granada in 1492, we will pass Colomera, enjoying views of its castle and towering church. As we continue on the Ruta de las Fortalezas, we will also find traces of Roman influence, including a bridge dating back several thousand years. Enthusiastic riders can continue riding into Granada, stopping at leisure for lunch along the way. Those wishing for more time in Granada may shuttle the last 12.4 miles (20 kms) to the hotel and enjoy lunch in one of Granada’s numerous outdoor cafes.

This evening, join your Trip Leaders for festive farewell dinner in a local restaurant, and sample some of the wonderful culinary delights of this region of Spain.

Hotel: AC Palacio de Santa Paula
Meals: B. D
Daily Options: 16 or 28 miles (25 or 45 km)

DAY 9: Alhambra Palace / VBT No-Air Package ends

After breakfast, we will meet our local guide and walk to the Alhambra Palace for an included visit of the Palace and Generalife Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

VBT No-Air Package guests: Due to hotel check-out times, you will need to settle your hotel bill and check out prior to our included visit of the Alhambra Palace. After the completion of the Alhambra tour, you will return to the hotel, where you can collect your luggage and continue to your next destination. Your flight from Granada should not be scheduled to depart earlier than 3:00 pm.

VBT Air Package and Post-Trip Extension guests: After your visit to the Alhambra Palace, the rest of the day is yours to explore. VBT provides you with City Information that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Granada during your stay.

Hotel: AC Palacio de Santa Paula
Meals: B

DAY 10: Depart for U.S.

After breakfast* this morning, you will transfer to the airport for your departing flight **. Please ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. Transfer times are approximately 30 minutes to the Granada airport or 90 minutes to the Malaga airport. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: B

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AC Palacio de Santa Paula

AC Palacio de Santa Paula is a luxury hotel that is part of Marriott’s “Autograph Collection” and is ideally located in the historic center of Granada near the Albaicín and Sacro Monte areas, the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, the historical Gardens of the Triumph, the Archeological museum and the Alhambra. The beautiful hotel, one of the best 5-star hotels in Granada, is a restored masterpiece that was also declared an artistic and historic monument. It replaced the Santa Paula Convent and the Casa Morisca, which existed in the 16th and 17th centuries respectively. This luxury hotel’s restaurant, “El Claustro,” where the Santa Paula convent refectory used to be, offers guests haute cuisine that fuses elements of traditional Andalusian gastronomy with modern culinary concepts. WiFi is available for free in the lobby and in the guest rooms for an additional cost.
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Hacienda Minerva

Located in the natural center of Andalusia, this enchanting property is close to the Sierra Subbetica Park and the famous Green Way bike path, surrounded by centuries-old olive trees and facing the white village of Zuheros. This historical farm, typical of this area, dates to the 19th century and has been carefully restored. Its unique architecture is embedded in the landscape, and it features all the modern comforts. The Hacienda has amazing public spaces, such as a library (with 10,000 books!), a wine cellar and a swimming pool. Complimentary WiFi is available in the reception area.
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Las Casas de la Judería - Cordoba

Hotel Las Casas de la Judería is located a few steps from the Mezquita and the very heart of Cordoba. It consists of ancient private homes from the 17th and 18th centuries, with charming patios, gardens and spring fountains. The property is beautifully restored, a perfect blend of history and comfort. It opened in 2009.
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  • One of the best VBT bike trips!

    The major stops in Seville, Cordoba, and Granada were outstanding cultural sites. Barcelona was a European jewel, and took the entire three days to see the highlights. Tour guides--local, remain a must. The biking was challenging on the extra trips added. Juan Carlos and Jorge were a great team.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 22, 2014
    Posted by: Doug68
    From: Fairfax, VA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • WONDERFUL TRIP IN EVERY RESPECT

    This is our 15th trip with VBT and one of the best. The weather was wonderful, the guides were terrific , the scenery was fantastic , and the food was tremendous. Without hesitation we would recommend the trip to others. The biking was a little more challenging than we are used to but with hills you get more scenery so it was worth a little extra effort.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 17, 2014
    Posted by: Brian
    From: Reston, Virginia, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Bicycle trip of a lifetime!

    Tina and I have been on many bike trips with several different companies. I can tell you, without a doubt, VBT is the best in EVERY category. This last trip in Spain was our favorite of all the trips we have been on. Our guides were awesome and unbelievably helpful and fun. The country and scenery were so beautiful, rural and agricultural in between spectacular villages and cities. The food was a true delight. I would do this trip again this week. Please keep up the great work and feel free to use us as a referral. Gary and Tina Johnson

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 13, 2014
    Posted by: Gary76
    From: Coeur d'Alene, ID, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Maravilloso!

    Southern Spain was much more than I expected. The scenery was beautiful and every ride was pure joy. The Spanish people were very friendly and always willing to communicate, even though most of the time it was through my sparse Spanish and hand signals. The food…Oh, the food! I'm thankful for biking the hills so I could eat the Tapas and drink Sangria without fear. And of course the camaraderie of our biking group that added a wonderful "family" dimension to the trip. This trip was a nice mix of cities and countryside. The cities are all special with their different attractions, but the times I enjoyed the most on the trip were visiting the countryside, the small villages and the farms. This gave a real feel for Spain outside of the tourist areas. I felt immersed in the culture. Our guides, Jose and Nicolas, were a great team and they kept everything running smooth. They were always there to help out and made the trip a lot of fun. When we left them, we felt like we had left family. I highly recommend this trip. There are some tough hills, but they make you feel like you've really ridden and accomplished something.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 11, 2014
    Posted by: JackieB
    From: Oro Valley, AZ, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This trip is an opportunity to see a part of Spain that is not often visited by travelers

    We wanted to see Spain. We looked at many tour offerings and decided VBT was the best available though we did not know much about southern Spain. It turned out to be a great choice. The trip was fantastic. Our group was very compatible. The tour leaders were responsive and knowledgeable. The hotels were first rate. The food was to die for. And the scenery was out of this world. We would go back tomorrow if we could.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 11, 2014
    Posted by: GerryT
    From: Montclair, NJ, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This trip has been honed to perfection!

    An excellent trip featuring outstanding, highly professional and experienced guides, fabulous hotels, and carefully planned routes that show off the variety of rural Andalusia. And our visits to the great, ancient cities of Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada were fabulous.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 08, 2014
    Posted by: DougD
    From: Albany, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • An Interesting Introductionto the Country that "Discovered America!"

    From the pre-trip to Seville's Alcazar and bull ring to our final night in Grenada during a festival featuring Flamenco music and dancing, this was a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of Spain's Andalusian region, with its history and culture. The cycling took us through medieval villages and a landscapes dotted with olive groves, vineyards and goat farms. Our guides Jorge and Juan Carlos were knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and caring, as well as true ambassadors of their country. They quickly learned everyone's name in our group, were always accessible and went out of their way to interact with each of us individually. Did I mention that they had a great camaraderie with each other, which was pleasant to witness, and were very easy on the eyes for us ladies?

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 02, 2014
    Posted by: VallieAnn
    From: San Diego, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fantastic

    This is one of my favorite VBT trips. The main reason is that we stayed in three amazing cities, Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada. The cities provide so much more to do when the cycling is finished. As with other VBT trips, the food, the hotels, the leaders and other guests were amazing. But, it was the cities that put this one at the top for me.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: May 06, 2014
    Posted by: Marty609
    From: Princeton, NJ, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This was an awesome trip with a challenging ride

    I was glad we picked this trip over an easy one. It was challenging in a good way every day we rode. One couldn't ask for better scenery as you cycled over the hills, valleys and mountains - castles, whitewashed hillside towns, orange and olive groves, etc. My only wish was that we had more days to ride. We added on the 3 day Barcelona post-trip but it would have been nice if VBT offered an option to cycle during those days as an alternative to tours, shopping and relaxation. The guided tours and host-sponsored lunches were exceptional. The guides were the most helpful, knowledgable, flexible, organized and sensitive young men. VBT is lucky to have them represent the company and Spain. Visiting Spain was on my bucket list and a great way to celebrate my 60th birthday. I am still pumped about it! I can't wait to do another cycling trip with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 29, 2014
    Posted by: Bumbia
    From: Mosinee, WI 54455, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Andalucia was beautiful

    Spain was a special trip. The biking was picturesque and there was lots of culture immersion. The meals and stay were well selected and in ideal locations.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: vckb
    From: San Jose, CA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This is a tour not to be missed!

    This tour was exceptional on all levels. Our guides, Roman and Juan Carlos provided truly 5-star service while still making the overall environment fun, entertaining and rich in Spanish culture and history. Having been on the trip during Semana Santa, "holy week" before Easter in Spain; it was remarkable to immerse ourselves in the culture and to experience the incredible history of the region first hand. The accommodations were lovely and charming and exactly what we could have wanted for an authentic Andalusian experience. We especially loved the Hacienda Minerva set amidst the olive groves and the spectacular scenery of the Spanish Vega. My husband and I live in the mountains and we are avid athletes, we loved the fact that there were routes that could be modified for all activity levels -- it made it fun and challenging for us. I have worked in luxury environments for some of the top brands in the world and we are avid travelers. I can honestly say that Roman and Juan Carlos provided a service experience for my husband and I that will set the bar for future travels. They are to be commended.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 22, 2014
    Posted by: JulieF
    From: Jackson, Wyoming
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great introduction to Spain.

    I felt like I got a good sample of Spanish culture on this trip. I really enjoyed riding among the olive trees as far as the eyes could see but was disappointed that most of the orange fields had fences around them for security. I would recommend spending the pre trip in Seville because there is a lot to see in the old city and it is really fun to walk around and get lost, which you can't avoid doing.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 22, 2014
    Posted by: Andrea3314
    From: Richmond, VA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • History and Hills

    We loved the challenge of biking the "small mountains" that this area of Spain had to offer. It was a great feeling to successfully finish the rides and with just a few exceptions our entire group did them all. We also loved the history and experienced places that amazed us. Who else has stayed in a place that Christopher Columbus did as he prepared for his exploration across the Atlantic? The Mosque in Cordoba was amazing with over 600 red and white aches and having a cathedral built inside of its walls. Our guides, Juan Carlos and Jorge, were extremely knowledgeable, worked well together, were organized and cautious, and best of all were great guys!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: April 16, 2014
    Posted by: nanc
    From: minneapolis, mn
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Imagine rolling hills full of olive trees, mountains in the distance, great food, wine and people!

    History came alive for me in Andalusia-- the Moorish architecture, the Roman ruins and the Christian churches. We were introduced to the country by two wonderful leaders as well as warm and welcoming people in their homes who prepared fantastic meals. The inns we stayed in were historic as well as comfortable. I thought Italy was my number one travel destination but Spain may have taken over that spot. VBT needs to develop more biking trips in Spain like this one. I loved every aspect from Seville through Granada.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: April 01, 2014
    Posted by: MVWT
    From: Kansas, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Amazing trip!

    This was one of the best trips I've ever taken. As a novice cyclist, I was a little apprehensive, but our guides were superb and allayed any misgivings I may have had about being able to do the rides. The itineraries, experiences, and accommodations were all fantastic. Can't wait to do another trip with VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 07, 2013
    Posted by: smendel126
    From: New York, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Outstanding tour - great value.

    This is a great trip. It is not too difficult and the countryside is beautiful. The selection of larger cities is also outstanding with fascinating sites.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 05, 2013
    Posted by: SusanG
    From: Indana
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour adequately provided opportunity to see major sites in Andalusia.

    There were a number of challenges with this tour. Cycling was not the first priority of this trip. Several days, we did not start to cycle until 10AM, despite projected 100+ temperature. Van support was spotty due to wide, wide range of abilities. Faster cyclists were frequently on our own, waiting a lot, up to an hour for the included, poorly organized lunches. Cycling route was not diverse; most days were filled with gently rolling hills through very, very arid groves of olive trees. Bike paths and roads were in poor repair and litter is everywhere. Perhaps it is, in part, a reflection of Spain's economic crisis. Guides did their best to meet needs, but overall, it felt like a mediocre, by the numbers group tour. There were some lovely accommodations. Also, do not choose a trip scheduled to be in Cordoba (free day) on a Sunday or Monday, as many museums, churches, synagogue, shops and restaurants are closed.

    Response from VBT
    VBT Product team - December 3, 2013

    Thank you for your feedback. We do our best to accommodate all levels of ability on our Easy/Moderate tours and only 2.39% of our guests think the cycling is too relaxed. Our guests also tend to agree with the rating of this tour as only 4.73% said it should be rated as ‘Easy’. If you are looking for a greater cycling challenge in the future, we suggest focusing on the Moderate rated tours. In regards to Cordoba, we will not have any groups there on Sundays and Mondays in 2014.

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    Posted on: November 19, 2013
    Posted by: Su09
    From: Utah, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Amazing!

    So many different ways to enjoy Spain! Seville was very colorful and full of many sights, sounds and food! In the evening we swam in the rooftop pool. We went on this trip with ten friends from our town. Next we biked for three days spending the nights at an old monastery that Christopher Columbus had stayed in. There was another fun pool there that we enjoyed after biking. Then we had a day to explore Cordoba! Relaxing and viewing the many sights of the ancient city right out our doorsteps! We even enjoyed a Haman bath! Then two more days of biking on a nice trail, staying in the middle of an olive farm. From here we were off to Granada and the Alhambra and then off to the many sights of Barcelona!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: November 17, 2013
    Posted by: Dogs4
    From: Mason City, IA 50401, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Best bicycle experience ever!!!

    This trip was everything I wanted it to be: biking in Southern Spain with other awesome bikers and then sightseeing, learning about the culture, and relaxing. The food was amazing. We stayed in unique and interesting hotels. The trip leaders were over the top fantastic. They made sure each of us had our own individual spectacular holiday and they made it easy and fun.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 06, 2013
    Posted by: KeepNTouch
    From: San Francisco, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Highly reccommend

    Everything about the trip was excellent, However, We were very dissapointed in the pre-trip shirt we recieved. Charge a little more and send out a quality shirt that indicates where the trip takes place. More about the trips location, perhaps images of sights, locations. The generic shirts wern't worth keeping!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 05, 2013
    Posted by: dochickox
    From: Morgan Hill, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour is great for many levels of ability

    This was my first tour to Spain but it won't be the last. It provided a wide range of landscapes, as well as climate. One evening at dinner, the owner & a guitarist came to provide Flamenco entertainment. It was quite a surprise and so intimately enjoyable. Of course the historical sites were extraordinary. There was just the right mixture of bicycling days, as well as off days to enjoy a particular city. Finally the bicycling days had alternative routes that were moderately to difficult challenging.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 04, 2013
    Posted by: Jonesspinner
    From: Wichita, KS, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • We really enjoyed the tour and thought the guides were excellent. We would rate the food as very good, but not exceptional.

    As stated above, we thought the overall tour and guides were excellent. We thought the food was very good, but not outstanding. May be the best available in the region though...We were very closely involved with a serious fall a cousin of my wife incurred. We thought Alex did an excellent job of handling the situation, but also had to be responsible to keep the rest of the group going and on schedule. It would be very helpful if VBT had an additional person available to come to the aid and support of accident victims, so that the tour guides can continue with their regular responsibilities. DGS

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 25, 2013
    Posted by: Dan57
    From: St. Louis, MO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Good bet for a warm weather fall trip

    Sun, wonderful scenery, comfortable accommodations, smooth roads, almost no traffic, and well-tested route directions. This was my fifth VBT trip, and I concur with the rating of easy/moderate. If you ride the hilly options, you will break a sweat, but some 60 and 70 year-olds on our trip weren't too exhausted to make it to the bar at the end of the day. The day spent in Córdoba was enlightening, although an additional day of cycling would have been welcome. Two things to bear in mind: Andalusia can be hot; connections between international and domestic flights in Madrid take more time than you might expect.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: October 19, 2013
    Posted by: ChicagoRefugee
    From: Hayward, WI 54843, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Memorable first bike trip and first trip to Europe!

    I took up biking 18 months ago and many friends recommended taking a bike trip in Europe. Three different couples recommended VBT. I started investigating and in addition to the many options (too many to choose), as a widowed person, I appreciated that the upcharge for being a single traveler was the lowest of the groups I looked into. As to the trip itself, memorable doesn't really cover it. The guides, JC and Nicolas, were amazing. They took care of us, educated us and we fun to be with. They gave us a native's view of the country and were steeped in the history. While I loved Seville, Cordoba and Granada, the small villages and hotels in between were the highlight. I felt like I was able to experience Spain in a unique way with the right combination of group time and independent time. As for the biking, being from Minnesota, I don't see too many hills. This was an appropriately challenging level of biking. I never felt pressured to do more than I was capable of, but appreciated being able to ride with the more experienced bikers. The weather was perfect and loved that the Spanish really know how to serve an ice cold beer! Can't wait to select my next trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 13, 2013
    Posted by: Ricky
    From: Shoreview, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A perfect trip

    This was a bucket list trip for my wife and I, and it exceeded expectations. The guides went out of their was to be helpful and ensure the comfort and safety of all. The itinerary was listed as easy to moderate, and I would say more like moderate for a person my age [70] despite years of biking, but the van was always at hand to assist. I enjoyed the moderate challenge. The equipment was tops and in perfect mechanical condition. The lodging was exciting and appropriate to the local atmosphere; not just the same old hotel atmosphere. The food was likewise appropriate, well served and tasty. This part of Spain is deep in history and a bike tour with VBT is a great way to experience it.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 04, 2013
    Posted by: Rdix
    From: Bellefonte, PA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Cycling, Scenic, Dining Extravaganza

    This trip had the perfect mix of riding, sightseeing and fabulous food. Riding among the orange trees, olive groves and beautiful farmland made Andalusia a pleasure for biking. Our guides, Juan Carlos and Niko made sure all our needs were taken care of. The Sevilla pre-trip was great, but not enough time in Barcelona for the post-trip. I have taken VBT trips to Provence, Tuscan Hills, Poland, New Zealand and Croatia. The Andalusia trip is one of the best.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 12, 2013
    Posted by: mguralni
    From: Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Wonderful

    This was my first experience with VBT and it was perfect. The accommadations were excellent. I never had to touch my suitcase until I was at the airport coming home. I had special food requests and at every meal they were met. They even made special meals for me. The biking was relaxed and the people were great. Our leaders kept us well informed. I can't wait to book my next trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2013
    Posted by: sportmom
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • super trip!

    this is one of the easiest assignments i've ever had. i had heard from friends how wonderful VBT was, so i decided to find out for myself. the spain trip exceeded all my expectations, including the personal and warm attention of the trip leaders, choice of hotels, food, biking options, and overall experience. i can't stop telling everyone how wonderful VBT organizes a vacation. thank you!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 28, 2013
    Posted by: TPBA
    From: Florida, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Action packed!

    My husband and I usually plan our own trips because we want to fit in as much as possible and hate waiting for tour groups. We absolutely were thrilled to find that we got to experience so much more than we would have on our own. I would definitely go on another VBT trip. By the way, I was also always the last rider and always had a guide with me which was awesome. My husband also had some medical issues on the trip and they took care of him, personally accompanying us to a medical facility. There was more than plenty of food. The accommodations were unique which I loved. I was also impressed with the quality of the bike and how easily it shifted gears. I will post my favorite pic.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 28, 2013
    Posted by: Luanne
    From: Fl
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Great countryside, sightseeing and accommodations. Thanks VBT!

    My wife and I found the hills to be a little more challenging than our Puglia trip. I think that it was correctly called easy/moderate. If I were to compare the two trips, I would go to Puglia for the food and the easy riding. I would go on this Spain trip for the sightseeing. Spectacular visits to the Alcazars, and most certainly the Alhambra. Granada, with its free tapas and snow capped mountains in the distance, was a great stop. Getting into Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, after all the interior scaffolding had been removed, was just spectacular! We sometimes get more than our fill of cathredrals while touring Europe, but to miss this place would be a great oversight. The place just defies description. You need to see it! Once again, great guides and accommodations. Again, the folks who travel with VBT seem to be just a great group of adventurers, so great sightseeing and good company. What could be bad?

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 21, 2013
    Posted by: Bartender
    From: Sarasota, FL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour is organized properly and managed well.

    I participated in the VBT Tour of Spain several years ago and was impressed at that time. This new tour is better organized and managed and the parts of Spain visited is outstanding. Trip leaders take their jobs seriously and customer service is a priority. I think one of the main features of the tour that was remarkable was the additional guides that were at the various sites to explain the history of that region. They were outstanding.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 22, 2013
    Posted by: Colonel
    From: St. George, UT, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great trip

    My wife, Andrea, and I have never been on a bike trip before and this was everything we hoped for in one. Interesting location, nice people, VBT leaders were very helpful, hotels and food were terrific. A great value for the money.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2013
    Posted by: JimON
    From: Boston, MA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Traveling with VBT is always an affirmation of the value of travel.

    Despite some heavy rain and extensive hills Andalusia revealed itself in dynamic ways. This group of riders was extremely compatible, the guides supportive and knowledgeable, and the accommodations unusual and reflective of local history and culture. The hotel locations superb providing easy access to to the highlights of Seville, Cordoba and Granada. The local guides for the Cordoba mezquita and the Alhambra were well informed and presented their information with interest. We had the good fortune to be in Andalusia during Holy Week and all the unique and dynamic ceremony that surrounded the week's events including the spectacle of the Easter processions. I was not quite sure what the tour 's billing as a "culinary tour" meant and was pleasantly surprised at the indigenous food and good, continuously flowing wine that appeared daily. Several meals were accompanied by dialogs on and tastings of sherry and olive oil. All in all I rode away with new knowledge, new friends and a sense of well being.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: April 19, 2013
    Posted by: Giddy
    From: Boston, MA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • What a blend of activity, scenery, culture, and learning!

    We've been on five VBT adventures, including the two historic destinations—Italy and France. We think Spain should be added to the list of distinctive locations for active and curious travelers. We did not know much about Spain for vacations since it does not seem to appear in most travel sources. Perhaps it is a secret to keep it from becoming too popular. What a blend of adventures and experiences that stimulated our body, mind, and emotions -- history, scenery, learning, and a cooking lesson. Did you know that the three monotheistic religions lived and worked together for centuries in Cordoba and Granada? We discovered how early architects designed their dwellings to be comfortable and peaceful oases. The owner of the Hacienda Minerva explained how the EU affects the olive industry in Spain and demonstrated how to make paella. VBT arranged for a dinner and Flamenco performance in place where locals meet. This was not the tourist oriented dancing and singing, but an authentic one. In Seville we discovered the family custom to gather in plazas in the early evening where adults chat and children play. The VBT guides also taught us the language and customs for the country. The hot water and massage with essential oils in the Arab bath in Cordoba was a welcome treat. We especially like the VBT approach for cycling. Each day we had choice of three routes to match the abilities of a wide range of ages we encounter from 30 to 90+. Before our first VBT trip we were not avid cyclists. We got ready during the winter by going to the gym and riding outside in the spring. It took two weeks of practicing in a parking lot before Lily was comfortable riding on the roads. But the guides and emphasis on safety gave her the confidence to ride every day of our trips. Frequently stopping for photos and guided tours let us travel farther than we expected, and there was always the option to take the van up a hill or back to the hotel. Pedaling through the olive groves and towns gave us a good feel for Andalusían Spain. The location is a good point for a breakaway trip. We like to take advantage of being in a place to explore the country. We usually do the pre and post trips, and add a break away. This time we visited the White Villages and took a day trip to Gibraltar. We are eagerly anticipating our trip to Ireland in September, and are confident it will be another engaging blend of activity, scenery, culture, and learning!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 31, 2012
    Posted by: Rflexible
    From: Washington, DC, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Best VBT tour so far... my second time to Andalusia (2009 & 2011)!

    5 different tours so far, 4 with VBT. And this is the only 5-star tour by my ratings. The second time to Spain even had enhancments: train from Madrid to Seville, better hotel location in Cordoba, extended tour of Cordoba besides the Mesquita, olive oil press & hotel to stay at several days before finishing at Granada. Take the pre-trip in Seville to do it justice seeing this first city of Andalusia. Even the best breakfasts so far!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: December 26, 2012
    Posted by: James
    From: Boulder, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky

    We signed up for this ride last year after deciding that early November would have excellent weather in southern Spain. We were exceptionally pleased with this trip: the varied routes, times spent in Sevilla, Cordoba, and Granada, food, super-excellent ride leaders, memorable sites and sights, great company, challenging conversations, excellent accomodations, and much more. Although we are doing VBT trips in Italy this coming year, starting with x-country skiing out of Venice in January, we might jump in again for another trip in Andalusia in the near future.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 11, 2012
    Posted by: TomPNW
    From: Seattle, WA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The Best of Spain

    Having lived in Spain, I can say that this tour takes in what I consider to be the best and most unique Spanish cities. One of the things that stands out about Spain is that it was not in World War II so it escaped the destruction experienced by most of Europe. And Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada have some of Spain's treasures. The Moorish influence seen in these cities like nowhere else in Europe. It was nice having good guides at these world class historical buildings. The accommodations were good to great. My favorite was the inn located in the olive orchards and right on the Via Verde (rail trail). I also enjoyed the class on olives and olive oil. The trip guides were great and very pleasant. I wish the trip had been longer.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 06, 2012
    Posted by: BigWYO
    From: Wyoming, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • No better way to see the country

    This was our first biking tour, so we were a bit apprehensive. VBT surpassed all of our expectations. Biking through olive groves, lunching at local farms, experiencing the history and culture up close -- it was all phenomenal. Our guides were knowledgeable, exceedingly friendly and entertaining. Accommodations were top notch. All in all, one of the best travel experiences I've ever enjoyed.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: December 06, 2012
    Posted by: GoSoxNextYear
    From: Williston, VT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Excellent in every respect!

    This tour is excellent. The biking routes are interesting and offer challenge for all levels, with the option of a ride in the van always there for bikers who want to avoid some hills or just need a rest. The scenery is spectacular. The tour has a perfect combination of ride days and tour days. Our trip leaders were bright, personable, competent and a fun, integral part of the group. The hotels, food, and cultural events tied it all together. I highly recommend this tour. I want to go back tomorrow!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 29, 2012
    Posted by: BarbBP
    From: Wisconsin, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great tour, super leaders

    This was our second VBT tour, and once again we were impressed with the logistics, the excellent leaders, the unique accomodations, the beautiful sites. Although the weather wasn't great throughout the week, the quality of the tour and the fun group made it an excellent experience. The highlights were the cities like Cordoba and Granada and especially the Alhambra. I highly recommend the post-trip extension in Barcelona, where we saw awesome Gaudi architecture. I wish we had done the pre-trip in Seville, since we didn't have time to see the Alcazar. The food was a bit disappointing: we had expected higher quality in Spain. Although we had a couple of very good meals, the overall quality was only okay. We loved all of the accomodations.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 28, 2012
    Posted by: Pamela
    From: Bucks, PA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Perfect blend of sighseeing and exercise

    The trip was perfect blend of sightseeing and exercise. Our abilities ranged from a moderately-in-shape 56 year old to an extremely fit 26 year old. Each of us was able to tailor the rides to fit his or her individual energy level for the day. We had some rain and wind during two of the days which were beyond the control of our guides and they handled the inconveniences well. These were the experiences from which stories are made. The tour leaders, Jorge and Nico, were the best! The hotels and locales were charming and the food was wonderful. The Alhambra and Mezquita tours were highlights of the trip. The tour was so enjoyable that I would like to do the same tour again and experience the scenery during the spring season also.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 27, 2012
    Posted by: Suz2
    From: Wyoming
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Very good - could be excellent

    I was pleasantly surprised at the high-end lodging and food included in the trip. Every hotel - from ancient homes to a monastery were quirky and very comfortable. The hotel manager would typically take us for a personal tour of the building and some treated us to a wine and cheese reception. I have 4 areas that can be improved: 1. ditch the first hotel, Casa Juderia in Seville. My room was moldy, w/broken a.c. The carpeted stairs were sopping wet. The staff were uniformly unhelpful. They also lied that the hotel was full. 2. Need more staff and an extra van. Our 2 excellent guides could not handle everything. The sweep van held only a few bikes, so some tired riders had to slog on. 3. The trip should have been classified as Moderate. Many riders were very slow and held up the group. Since lunch was a planned stop, the moderate riders had to wait an hour or more for the stragglers. We wanted to ride, not sit! There should be a cut-off time and a van to drive them to lunch. 4. The leaders should have the prerogative to change routes. We hit unrideable terrain and had to wait hours until lunch and then begin the afternoon part, which was rideable. Rather than sit around or ride in circles, we asked for an alternate route, even doing the afternoon portion twice, and were told that they were not allowed to vary from the proscribed VBT route. One leader remarked about the muddy terrain, "you should have seen this last week." That should have been fixed in advance.The route should have been modified before the next group lost half a day of riding. VBT work out the kinks and you'll have sterling trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 27, 2012
    Posted by: fairycastle
    From: Norfolk, CT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Excellent trip , great guides, nice lodging

    Pretty good bike trip with great guides. Lots to see and do as well. Food was better in Puglia and scenery nicer but all in all great value. Lodging was excellent and the side trips were interesting.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 19, 2012
    Posted by: Gitt
    From: Toronto, ON, Canada
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Cordoba was worth the trip.

    pros: Cordoba and Granada are wonderful to see with the Mesqita and Alhambra. The local guides were excellent.. The farmhouse and tapas bar visit and meals were very good. Transport was good.Hotels as usual with VBT sensational. cons: One did not actually go from one place to another on bikes so bicycling seemed somewhat incidental. Food in Spain is austere like the economy! Meals were good given by VBT but could not compare to Portugal, France and Hungary. One of he guide's English was hard to understand and I speak some Spanish. Farewell dinner not memorable at all.

    Posted on: November 18, 2012
    Posted by: lewis
    From: Treasure Island, FL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A great first trip to Spain

    We have taken numerous VBT biking trips and find them each to have something different and delightful to offer. Andalusia is a beautiful area in Spain to explore by bike with wonderful people, unique white villages, endless olive groves, Flamenco, a rich history, and beautifully preserved architectural treasures. The biking gets better each day, and the rest days, although not needed, are equally enjoyable. As always, the two local guides were excellent, and fortunately for me, they were both married or my wife would have decided to move to Spain!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: November 14, 2012
    Posted by: Grant
    From: Fort Myers, FL
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • A great adventure

    This was our first guided bike tour and I must say it exceeded our expectations. Our routes were scenic and afforded many opportunities for stopping in cafes to "smell the roses."The included lunches were in intimate settings with local folks who prepared scrumptious meals for our group. The settings were outstanding. VBT selects top notch accomodations and makes sure that many interesting events were included in the evening. We had a cooking class, an olive oil tasing and an evening in a local bar with Flamenco singers. I felt that my husband and I got to know Spain in a way that many tourists do not. I recommend VBT highly and are in the midst of planning yet another trip with the company.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 09, 2012
    Posted by: Cheche27
    From: Portland , oregon
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A wonderful trip overall

    This trip was a perfect way to combine learning about the history and culture of southern Spain with bicycling, seeing beautiful scenery and monuments. Our trip leaders could not have been better. The food was great and so were the accommodations. We even met up with a woman we had met on a VBT previous trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 09, 2012
    Posted by: AnneM
    From: Madison WI
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • VBT's attention to details makes this trip great!

    Traveling with VBT on its bicycle tour "Under the Andalusia Sky" was a fantastic experience. Everything from the choice of hotels and food to the tour guides themselves was top notch. Even the flights were arranged perfectly. What seperates VBT the most is it's attention to detail. I can't say enough about how pleased we are with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 08, 2012
    Posted by: Barry
    From: Delaware Valley, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Varied biking, stunning landscapes, great cultural content, outstanding guides.

    I don't know where to start, so in no particular order: * The guides, Jose and Jorge, were outstanding. * The bike routes took us through Andalusia with varying terrain. The instructions (maps) were excellent. * Andalusia is one of the most interesting regions in Europe I have ever visited - and I have seen a lot of the continent. The historical mix of cultural influences is nothing short of amazing (as is seen, e.g. in the Cordoba cathedral). The landscapes we biked through were hilly and flat, some on quiet roads. The landscapes of endless olive trees are unforgettable. The no-biking day (perhaps not a preference for avid bikers) in Cordoba, a city of remarkable history, with great guides and a visit to the spa (although newly built, very authentic!) was a true treat. Alhambra and Granada - what can I say? I simply must go there again. * Accommodations were fantastic. How often can one say "I spent two nights in the same place where Columbus stayed" ? The Hacienda Minerva, right near Zuheros, is exceptional, not only due to its secluded location, architecture, pool, views and spa, but even more so for the warm welcome of its owner, Luis. * Spanish food, Spanish wine. Enough said. * I have left out many other details and favorable features of this trip that I could list as well, but my review would be getting too long. I like to go for a different bike tour every time, but this one - I would not hesitate to repeat.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 08, 2012
    Posted by: Militsa5
    From: Montreal, Canada
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The Spain trip is awesome!

    I would definitely recommend both the pre and post trips. Seville is a great city, easy to get around in and so much to see. Barcelona is fabulous too. In either town a tour bus is an inexpensive way to learn about the city and to get to spots of interest. The biking, trip leaders, food and accomodations on this trip are wonderful. I totally enjoyed the bike rides. It is hilly for sure, but the trip leaders gave us options for short, medium or longer rides and explained the details about each ride thoroughly. They also spent time teaching us about Spainish history and local customs. Everyone we came in contact with was very gracious. One really special part of the trip was the people in our tour group. They made the trip extra fun!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 07, 2012
    Posted by: SusanZ
    From: Boston, MA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Great Trip!

    This was my first VBT tour and I had a great time. It was a great combination of physical activity and culture. The trip included great bike paths with optional loops to get more miles. The guides were extremely friendly (and knowledgeable, both about bikes and Spain) and do not mind picking you up in the van if you choose to opt out of a trail. VBT was also great in that it found very fantastic and interesting hotels, which, if I planned myself, I would not have found. My favorite hotel was a monastery converted to hotel. A minor "complaint" is that the first 2 biking days are less scenic. The last few days of biking portion had beautiful routes. Speaking to others on the trip, I heard some other VBT tours were more scenic throughout, but Andalusia views were still breath-taking! I loved that this trip stopped at major cities (Seville, Granada, Cordoba). Again, when speaking to others who have been on other trips, they said, while other tours may have been a bit more scenic overall, this trip was fantastic as it incorporated major cities.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 07, 2012
    Posted by: Jessica
    From: Washington, DC, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The feature of this tour is that you can choose the challenging route if you like.

    This tour would be excellent for someone who really enjoy biking and relatively fit. This tour includes some rolling hills and some steep hills. However, there are always easier route you can take. The good was that there was a lot of biking. The bad was that there was not a lot to see while you are biking. If you are going with a group of cyclists that everyone can stay together, that's great but not so great if everyone is at a different level. The tour guide is usually at the back with the last cyclist. Going through reservoir was neat. Part of the tour we also bumped into a lot of goats. The best part of the tour was on the last day of biking when we biked to the castle.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 31, 2012
    Posted by: Adraina
    From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great combination of free time, local culture and biking.

    This tour has a wonderful mix of biking, sightseeing with history information and pool/wine time in the afternoons. I highly recommend the pre and post trips to Seville and Barcelona to get a better feel for the cities combined with the rural feel of the tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 29, 2012
    Posted by: shgr
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • VBT provided us with a great introduction to the beauty and diversity of Spain, perfectly blending on and off-bike activities.

    A little less cycling than some of the other tours we've taken, but for every good reason. VBT has perfectly combined cycling with non-cycling activities on this trip. As usual, our VBT guides were smart, resourceful, and great ambassadoirs for their country. As well, tour guides with whom VBT contracted to take us through Cordoba and the Alhambra were fantastic.. The quality and location of accommodations were fine, with those outside of Seville and Barcelona preferred. While brief, the Barcelona extension gave us enough of a taste of the city to entice us to return.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: October 28, 2012
    Posted by: svasbe
    From: Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This is a wonderful tour. Visiting such wonderful places as the Mesquita, the Alhambra and the sites in Seville is breathtaking. Staying in a variet

    Staying in a variety of lodging venues was wonderful--monasteries, haciendas, and 5 star hotels. All city hotels are ideally located for walking around the old cities and seeing the sites. Seeing so many historic sites such as the Alhambra and the Mesquita was thrilling. And you even had time for bicycling!!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 26, 2012
    Posted by: Karla
    From: Va
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • We felt like we really got to experience Spain in all its diversity

    This trip was great from start to finish. Our guides were excellent, a good match for each other, one quiet and kind, the other witty and knowledgeable. The hotels were outstanding; the sorts of places we would never have found on our own. Extra experiences like the Iberian ham tasting, the Baths and the tour of Cordoba were wonderful. Our group of 20 bonded really well, very friendly and welcoming. This tour provided us with wonderful lifetime memories.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2012
    Posted by: TreeSaw
    From: Edmonton
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This trip has it all

    This bike tour combined perfect riding, great cultural activities, with amazing food and enough down time to enjoy the trip at your own pace. Every location we stayed at celebrated the area and was unique. The trip leaders were well versed in culture and history and did everything to accomodate all the guests. I would highly reccommend this trip to anyone.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 13, 2012
    Posted by: opihi
    From: Hawaii, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Andalusia is a cornucopia of cultural and scenic rewards.

    The visit to Seville should not be missed by anyone who has a curiosity or appreciation for flamenco music. There is nothing like a fiery flamenco show over a glass of wine to stir one's passion for cultural travel. The cycling is suited for a slightly more experienced rider, with some very satisfying climbs and longer distances but also has several shorter or flatter options to satisfy a more relaxed participant. We were incredibly awe struck by the beauty of the palaces and churches and had ample time to amble around the fascinating villages each day. The incredibly knowledgeable local guides on this trip provided insights into the important Arabic and Christian history. As is typical of VBT, the food was exquisite, with just the right balance of organized meals and evenings on our own. I was sorry to see it come to an end, and immediately began planning my next trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: August 05, 2012
    Posted by: Dixie67
    From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • 1st Time VBT Traveler

    i have done so much research on active vacations and selected VBT based on reviews and prices. All my expectations we exceeded. It was a great combination of organized time and free time to explore on my own. Due to the organized activities, I did things that I would have never done on my own. The best part were the trip leaders that went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and attended to. I plan on taking a VBT vacation every year.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 02, 2012
    Posted by: Johnili
    From: Long Island, New York, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
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  • from the leaders and the great terrain to the accomodations and scenary it is all we hoped for!!!

    our pre-trip in Seville was interesting with plenty to see and do. Our hotel was most unusual with the catacomb type corridors..a fun experience. Cannot say enough about our guides, Juan Carlos and Nicholas..superior in every aspect. I could elaborate but would require more space. The accommodations were so varied and special in their own way. I liked them all very much. The Minerva nestled in the millions of olive trees was outstanding esp sitting on the"roof" for breakfast and drinks in the evening with the quaint -white- building- town of Zuheras in the distance..the three LONG hills which we conquered leading up to this marvelous little village. This barely touches the surface of this wonderful trip but am sure you have gathered how special it was.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 20, 2012
    Posted by: Mare23
    From: Atlanta, GA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Magnificent exposure to the terrain, food, and culture of Andalusia.

    After several VBT rides this one provided yet another outstanding vacation. Accomodations were again superb, the food and hospitality were beyond expectations, and the cultural experience was very evident in this ancient land. The guides were more like hosts and they made a lot of effort to ensure we enjoyed the trip. Much of the trip was over terrain that a standard tour would not cover and it provided an experience to be remembered over and over again.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 11, 2012
    Posted by: Alvin
    From: St. Louis, MO
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • It was a fantastic trip. Accomadations were excellent

    It started off with a terrible driver from the Seville airport to our hotel. He dropped us off a couple of blocks from the place and just pointed in the direction. Luckly the group found their way. It just got better. Group was very friendly and add on trips were good. I hope to travel again next year with VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 09, 2012
    Posted by: Nano
    From: Houston
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Country, trip leaders, routes, food, hotels were terrific. Bikes should have an odometer on the handlebars, also bikes should have more gears.

    Bikes were not geared low enough, 18 is not enough, 27 would be the minimum. Las Casas Juderia in Cordoba, is a very nice hotel, except our room key never worked for the full two days. The configuration of the room was terrible. Could not reach the closet clothes bar, even if one was 6 feet tall. There was a step up to get to the bed and a step up to get to the bathroom. That made for all kinds of trouble during the night. Monasterio de san Francisco, was great, large rooms, big bathroom, good location, food good. Hacienda Minerva is a fabulous hotel. Room okay, shower leaked each time used, floor soaked, had to use all towels to wipe. One guest took the meaning of UGLY AMERICAN too far. She hung her wet laundry out to dry on the balcony every day. All other guests and us could walk by and look at this. The guides were great, they knew the area, routes, fixed bikes when needed, helped everyone who requested. All in all I/we had a wonderful time, and will look for another trip in 2013

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 08, 2012
    Posted by: Corvette01
    From: Greenbrae, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Mediocre trip

    Of the three VBT trips I've taken so far, Under the Andalusian Skys has to rank as last. The scenery was not very interesting (a main reason I go on these tours) and the food was mediocre. I also didn't like the fact of having a day off in the middle of the week to tour Cordoba and go to a Turkish Bath which was rather forgetable.

    Posted on: July 08, 2012
    Posted by: Hank
    From: Virginia
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The scenery, hotels and side trips are the best.

    This was our 8th trip with VBT and the hotels were the best. Their location in the cities made it easy to get around. Photos and words cannot describe their uniqueness. The side trips to the Mosque and Alahambra were fantastic. Of course as usual the guides were there for our every need.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 07, 2012
    Posted by: smiley22
    From: Texas
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Fabulous Experience! Great Place, Good Food, Fun Trip!

    This was my first VBT Experience as well as my first exposure to Spain. The tour was well organized & interesting too. The guides were great. They took great care of everyone. There were plenty of opportunities for lots of exercise or downtime if that is what you wanted. The pre-trip wasn't part of my program but next time it will be. I would have liked a little more time to adjust to the time difference before starting to cycle. When someone asks me about this trip, there are three things that come to mind. First off, the aromas were remarkable. At any given time you could detect orange blossom, olive or some type of herbal fragrance in the air. Secondly, the other members of the tour were great. For a group of 18 participants who, for the most part, only knew one other person in the group, it was absolutely amazing that everyone got along so well. I cried when I had to say good-bye to my new friends at the airport. Thirdly, next time I will be participating in one of the Bike & Barge Tours because I really didn't like changing hotels so frequently. I never sleep well any where new the first night. My favorite part of the trip was our stay at Hacienda Minerva in Zuheros. I would go back there in a New York Minute. Soooo...relaxing!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 07, 2012
    Posted by: EarlyBird
    From: Hamden, CT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Andalusia, Si !! VBT, Si Si !!

    From beginning to end, ourVBT bicycle touring of Seville, Cordoba, and Granada, and all points in between, was simply as rewarding as anything we have experienced in years of travel. The cycling was stellar, the food was superb, and our accommodations were typically both comfortable and charming in the extreme. And, as always with VBT, our guides were extremely well-trained in all facets of making the trip fun, informative, and comfortable. Tours of each city were an exercise in culture, religious history and architecture in a region with perhaps more of each than any other. What a sensory delight in every way! A tour of Alhambra, among the many other unique palaces and houses of worship of historical significance in Andalusia, was simply the icing on a wonderful cake! Away from the cities the ridng was very pleasant, on little- traveled roads, or on excellent trail through vineyards and hillside olive groves stretching as far as the eye could see. Olive oil and wine tastings along the way were special treats, as was our class in making pallella that became part of one evening's very tasty dinner! Our trip included a post trip to Barcelona, one of Europe's most attractive cities, and home to many superb galleries (Picasso's and Miro's, to name just two), an unmatched Mediterranean harbor, and unique architecture best personified by Gaudi's highly individualized sense of style. The hop-on, hop-off bus system made city tourig a real pleasure devoid of having to fight city traffic.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: JoeCam
    From: Lisle, IL
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Wonderful trip with beautiful scenery, historic locations, excellent cuisine, and lovely hotels.

    I had such as wonderful time on my bike trip in Andalusia and plan to do another in the not too distant future. The guides were excellent and easily managed the wide range of cyclists and experience levels.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: PJTraveller
    From: Calgary, AB Canada
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky

    This was our first VBT Tour and we haven't looked back. Everything we had hoped for and more; three very interesting cities, a variety of experiences in biking and culture, food and wine and other bikers. The bikes and trip leaders couldn't be beat. Oh Yes - check out the tapas-wonderful!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 05, 2012
    Posted by: AJRC
    From: Eagle CO
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A trip you'll never forget!

    This was our first trip with VBT, so we didn't know what to expect. Everything went smoothly and VBT made this trip really enjoyable. The rides were beyond what we had imagined! The rides take you into areas you would never see in a regular vacation. The small whitewashed towns were beautiful and you see them from the inside, not driving by on the highway. The guides (Jorge and Alejandro) were outstanding and very knowledgable. The stops during the rides were amazing. VBT has done their homework for the trip to Andalusia! If you've ever wanted to see Andalusia, this is the vacation for you!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 03, 2012
    Posted by: jaymjoe
    From: Amarillo, TX
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Quite an adventure

    What an amazing part of the world. I had wanted to go to Andalusia for years and the bike trip was a perfect way to experience the culture and the beautiful towns and villages. Our local guides were excellent and made it a great trip despite the fact that a flood had wiped out some of the "easy" bike trails. I really enjoyed my fellow travelers and learned a lot about a part of the world that balanced a wide variety of cultures in a spellbinding way.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 01, 2012
    Posted by: Edie
    From: Houston
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The variety of experiences were very rich

    We enjoyed all aspects of this trip. The leaders were excellent and we enjoyed making friends with our fellow travelers. This was one of those rare experiences where the brochure descriptions matched up with reality.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 28, 2012
    Posted by: Jayhawkfan
    From: Northfield, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky

    This was our first VBT Tour and we haven't looked back. Everything we had hoped for and more; three very interesting cities, a variety of experiences in biking and culture, food and wine and other bikers. The bikes and trip leaders couldn't be beat. Oh Yes - check out the tapas-wonderful! Bob and Aleda Ahlgren

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 27, 2012
    Posted by: AJ41
    From: Eagle, CO
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Extra special way to see southern Spain

    This trip was a perfect blend of interesting culture, fantastic hotels, exquisite cuisine...history, beauty, magic, not to mention the biking which was the perfect amount for us. High speed train to Sevilla, on to Cordoba, and then to the palaces of Granada, this vacation was filled with the blending of Moroccan, Spanish, European, Christian, Jewish and Moslem cultures. Biking through orange groves, olive groves, the vineyards and goat farms, was very impressive. This was our first trip with VBT and we enjoyed it so much that we are going in August to Prague - can't wait!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 27, 2012
    Posted by: MoAndJo
    From: Southwest Michigan
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great sights to vist and food was outstanding

    Enjoyed all of the sights we visted. The Hacienda Minerva was outstanding and a great area to bike. Barcelona is a must see.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 20, 2012
    Posted by: gates
    From: Georgia, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fantastic scenery

    Especially enjoyed the farm lunch with an opportunity to taste the local olive oil. Gorgeous views of olive tree groves everywhere. A little more difficult than anticipated since the bike trails were washed out from heavy rains. The guides were great and determined another route with lots of interesting sights

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: caroline1
    From: Bonita Springs, FL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Southern Spain in November

    Early November was a perfect time to be in Andalusia. For our first trip to Spain, this was a great opportunity to spend time in Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada and other stops in the countryside. Previewing our trip with a fair amount of reading, as well as seeing Spanish movies, greatly helped our perspectives on the trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: TomNorthwest
    From: Seattle, WA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Comprehesive and satisfactory in all categories!

    If end-to-end quality service appeals to you, then VBT's Under the Andalusian Sky bicycling trip delivers. Faultless hotels, fabulous meals, supportive and encouraging tour leaders, excellent route, and attention to detail mark each step of this fascinating exploration of Spain's southwest region. Quick, quick - sign yourself up!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Travelers2jd
    From: Summerville, SC
    Age: 65 or over
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  • Great experiences throughout!

    Fun to bike through the countryside, meet the people, and explore the history and culture. The hotel in Seville and the monastery were amazing. Got to experience flamenco and a bathhouse, as well as great food. The cities had amazing architecture everywhere you turned, with plenty of time to explore.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: KathyS
    From: Winfield, IL, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This tour was really fun and exciting

    Every detail was attended to in magnificent fashion by VBT. The riding, the sightseeing, the hotels and all of the activities were each really special. A lot of thought and effort was put into making this trip perfect for us. The guides were experts not only at presenting the culture and the activities but at promoting fun and camaraderie. It was a perfect vacation and I have no suggestions for improvement.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: MilwaukeeRed7
    From: Milwaukee, WI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Stay home.

    Not worth the effort. Biking on main roads and bike paths with very little to see. Food was very ordinary, call it cheap.

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    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Ultrachem
    From: Bedford, MA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Loved this trip

    This was a great tour, wonderful to bike through southern Spain, see beautiful countryside, meet the locals, and experience Andulucia....the VBT guides were terrific.....friendly and enthusiastic...and, all at such a great value....I have loved every trip we have been on with VBT and would recommend any of them....

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: gabagg
    From: Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Wonderful country, fantastic tour

    From the first day of the trip, we were fascinated by Spain. friendly people, magnificent historical buildings and some great riding. as always, VBT outdid themselves by anticipating our interests. wonderful time . thanks

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Lindy2304
    From: Wolfeboro, NH, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Beautiful country and wonderful people.

    We were very happy with this tour. All of the hotels were amazingly different and unique. Our guides were wonderful as well. Looking forward to our next VBT trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Neecy
    From: New Jersey, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • An absolutely wonderful trip--great itinerary, stunning beauty, fabulous accommodations and a great cycling experience!

    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our cycling trip through Andalusia. The scenery in some areas was spectacular--particularly through the olive groves. Cordoba was also a great place to visit--with interesting history. The accommodations were superb--most notably the hotel near Zuheros (where we were surrounded by beautiful olive groves) and the monastery that was converted to a hotel. The cycling routes were well planned and completely safe. Our leaders were enthusiastic and provided us with a wealth of information about the areas. I highly recommend this wonderful cycling experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Eloise
    From: Toronto Ontario Canada
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great views of Spain

    This was my first VBT tour and I really enjoyed the pampering. It was wonderful being picked up and taken to the airports, train stations and any other transportation needed. I really enjoyed the extra days on either end of the tours. The biking was short enough that you had a lot of time to tour and stroll the cities yourself or with a new found friend. We also asked for an additional loop one day so we could get more riding miles. The guides are very accommodating. I would recommend VBT tours.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Radnor3
    From: Carlisle, PA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful Country

    Spain is a beautiful and unique country. Experiencing it by bicycle is perfect. We loved riding through the olive orchards, and meeting so many interesting locals along the way. The accommodations were superb, and the food was fantastic. Highly recommend this trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: MeghanK
    From: Arlington, VA, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The best of our six VBT tours

    Four great cities. Seville, the Cathedral and the Alcazar. Cordoba, the Mesquite and Roman bridge. Grenada is the Alhambra. Then to Barcelona for the Sagrada Familia, the Picasso museum and the Gaudi houses. Biking through endless olive groves and beautiful country with small towns where we had "local" lunches. The monastery turned into a hotel with the bell tower that was unique which had very good food and the other night there that we went to the restaurant with flamenco and wine included. Of course Paolo was one of our guides and he is the best (third encounter).

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: DavidH
    From: Old Lyme, CT, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Nice balance of culture and nature

    This is my first time since my divorce traveling alone, and VBT made it easy and comfortable to do. This tour visits the highlight cities of southern Spain and crafts great cycling adventures around them, but still with enough time to see the historical/cultural sites. The leaders were fantastic and took care of all needs, so you always felt safe and in good hands. I would definitely recommend the pre-trip to see more of Sevilla, a lovely city. However, the post-trip to Barcelona is far too short to see much (and 2 of the 3 days are spent mostly in travel). If another day were added to the Barcelona trip, it might be worth the extra expense.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: BaggyMaggyCat
    From: Denver, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A wonderful tour

    This tour was spectacular from start to finish! I enjoyed everything about it from the rides to the accommodations. And, as usual the guides were excellent.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: sailor
    From: Centennial, CO, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Too many riders. too few guides

    The tour was well organized. The first several days were not terribly scenic. Then the landscape became very beautiful. Having a visit to the Alhambra as part of trip was an important addition to this tour. My only complain had to do with our guides. Because several in the group were completely novice riders and some others were "free For the majority of us, we had very little interaction with our two guides. There was too much responsibility for only two and we would have benefitted from additional help. The pre and post trip accommodations were excellent as were our accommodations during travel.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: CycleSuz
    From: Indianapolis, IN, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • One of the best trips ever.

    The rides, the hotels, the bikes, the side excursions, the history and culture as well as the food and wind were all superb. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: samson
    From: Greensboro, NC, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This tour takes you from Seville to Grenada with an especially memorable stop in Cordoba. A great trip full of history and interesting experiences.

    I thoroughly enjoyed pedaling through southern Spain and enjoying the mixtures of Moorish and Christian architecture. VBT does a terrific job of combining time on the bicycle with time to explore interesting places full of history and time to enjoy another culture. Knowledgeable and extremely capable guides as well as great food and accommodations all add to the memorable experience.

    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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  • Great biking, excellent guides, fun for all level of rider!

    Our tour was the last one for the season so the weather was chilly and windy. We still had a great time! The biking worked for the various skill levels in the group. The guides kept an eye on all the riders and even changed a tire as needed! The special events were well-planned and organized. The events provide a break from the biking but also offer an opportunity to understand the history and culture of Andalusia. One tour in particular was led by a local guide who was a history professor. She was excellent and provided a perspective we couldn't have gained from someone less informed. Our guide-in-training gave a yoga class every morning at 6 am (optional, as are all activities). This was the perfect way to start the day and I appreciated the extra effort it took to make this happen. We have already booked our next trip with VBT and look forward to many more!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: shuntley
    From: Olympia, WA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Big Sky: Great Adventure!

    Of the 13 VBT adventures so far...this is my absolute favorite! It is a perfect blend of culture, superb biking, gorgeous lodging, exquisite cuisine...history, beauty, magic. From the alleys of Seville, to the palaces of Granada, this ride was filled with the meeting of Moroccan, Spanish, European, Christian, Jewish and Moslem history and culture. Meanwhile, the biking under the infinite Andalusian sky was among the best ever. Past orange grove, olive trees, vineyards and goat farms, it was ever expansive. If you only have one trip to choose -- and I hope you don't -- this is the one!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: NancyK
    From: Evanston, IL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Exceed expectations

    Our family of 4 diid the Under the Andalusian Sky bike tour in March of 2011. What a perfect time to go...not to hot, not to cold. Trip was well planned. The overnights were in unique lodging, each presenting their own charm and character. Perhaps it was because of the time of the year, but our group of 12 often felt like we had the places to ourselves. Our trip leaders were both fun and informative. The route itself was easy to ride with plenty of stops and the ever present sag wagon a welcome sight along the way. The cities and towns that we passed through offered a great historical lesson and opened our eyes to the significance of this part of Spain to world history. We highly recommend VBT and this tour...

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: SilverMoon
    From: Columbus, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Best vacation ever!!!

    From our first contact with VBT to our return home the vacation was flawless. I have travelled for over thirty years and never felt so taken care of. Incredibly organized, perfect accommodations and amazing trip leaders. The was an excellent balance between cycling and tours and relaxing. They tailor the experience to each traveller. Lots of nice extras. I can highly recommend them. Looking forward to the next trip on VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: jackg
    From: Jericho VT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Upgrade hotels in countryside.

    Food could be improved at hotels. Hotels understaffed.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
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    Age: 65 or over
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  • super company

    VBT is definitely a great company to travel with. We have biked with our companies and come back to VBT. We love that VBT offers the air package to places around the world. This is the only company who do this. We are also thrilled to have someone meet us at airports and transfer us to our hotel. We get wonderful resources to help us plan our days when in a city too. I've already booked a Sicily trip for 2013 and then hope to book a Poland trip too. 95roe

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: 95roe
    From: Virginia
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The only way to holiday!

    This was my second VBT cycling tour and what another wonderful experience! Such a spectacular way to see a new country! Our hosts and team leaders were so very warm and friendly and always looking out for us. I made many new friends and really enjoyed the special treats such as learning how to make paella and lunching with a local Spanish family......and as a bonus......I didn't have to worry about the calories because I was cycling them all off!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: EllyK
    From: Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • So much to see and do

    We loved this trip for the touring as well as the cycling. The mystery and romance of the places we visited are beyond description. Alcazar, Alhambra, Mesquite etc. Not all in the cities, the Hacienda Minerva was amazing. We learned a lot about olive oils (complete with tasting) as well as Spain's position in the European Union. Highly recommend adding either the pre-trip to Seville or the post-trip to Barcelona--do both if you can!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Earl123
    From: Pittsburgh
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This tour has the ideal combination of beautiful scenery and cultural highlights

    This tour is ideal for so many reasons- beautiful scenery, culturally rich, knowledgeable, incredibly helpful tour guides, and unique accommodations that are in keeping with the ambiance of southern Spain. Another feature that I particularly enjoyed was the opportunity to choose easier or more moderate bike routes. My husband likes to challenge himself more than I do, and this tour provided the ideal amount of cycling for us both- we cycled together in the morning, and, in the afternoon he would choose the more difficult route and I would do the easier one, When we met up at the end of the day, we were both in a state of complete relaxation and contentment.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Joyce13
    From: Chicago, IL
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This cycling/hiking trip is fantastic!

    What a great way to experience the south of Spain. We did this trip in early October and the weather was warm and sunny. The hotel accommodations were lovely because they varied between a monastery and a modern hotel. The food was great and the tour guides were exceptional. You really experience Spain during this bike trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Mary
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A tour filled with many adventures!

    This biking tour provided an insider's perspective to the area. The lodging was lovely, the biking was varied and challenging and the guides were great!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Kurly
    From: Bedford, NH
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fantastic trip

    This was my first VBT trip and my second bicycle trip. On both I have traveled with a college friend. The feature that most attracted us to VBT was the air package and all the included transfers. (Which, by the way, all went smoothly.) Our guides were wonderful. The accommodations were great and, in some cases, imaginative. (An old monastery) Our traveling companions were from all over the US and it was fun getting to know everyone. We have already booked our next VBT trip for this fall. We will be doing Charleston to Savannah in October. And we are looking forward to doing more European trips in the near future.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: kathy77
    From: Central Texas
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The trip was fascinating. It had a wonderful combination of history and modern conveniences. The guides were friendly and informed.

    Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky After traveling with VBT before, we took advantage of the pre and post trips. They are not only a good bargain, but the VBT staff transfers us effortlessly and arranged for our flights, etc. Our stay at the Casa de la Juderίa was unique. It is made up of a cluster of homes combined by narrow passageways. On the pre-trip, we toured Alcazar, visited the Sevilla Cathedral and Christopher Columbus’s tomb. We walked up the tower to see the city. It was a beautiful view. We took a tour of the Plaza de Toro. I understand bull fighting better now, but still hold strong feelings about it. In the evening, we made reservations to see flamenco dancers. It was quite entertaining. After we met with everyone for the bike tour and checked out our bikes, we stayed at the Monasterio de San Francisco. It was a lovely converted structure with a lot of history. We had dinner with our guides and then went to an impromptu flamenco music gathering by the local musicians. As we biked to our lunch at a working farm, we passed the Almodovar Castle on the hill. In Cordoba, we visited the Mequite/Catheral. It is a fascinating combination of mosque and church. Its long and varied history was very interesting. A stop at the Arab baths and tearoom was a pleasant respite. On the way to our next hotel, we biked to a bodega for wine tasting and to learn how the grapes are distilled into wine. A fun stop. During the trip, I chose not to ride one afternoon, and two of us took advantage of the van. At our request, we stopped at an old cemetery along the side of the road. Burial is quite a bit different in countries other than the U.S. Spain has its own unique customs. When we got to Granada, we were ushered to the Alhambra Palace. What a sight! Its history and its gardens were spectacular. We were able to find a fun place for dinner and then walked back up to a hill across from the Alhambra to view it in the evening. It was lovely. The local residents were out enjoying the evening as well. And an extra was being able to hear the call to evening prayer at a local mosque. Our post trip to Barcelona was magnificent. We spent a lot of time in La Sagrada Familia by Gaudi and later, the Picasso Museum. We had dinner at a restaurant at the old port. We took a bus tour to see the city at large. So much fun, so little time! The food was great! The other riders were fun to meet! The lodging was awesome! Muchas Gracias VBT for a fun adventure!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: myron43
    From: Jacobson, Ball Bluff, MN 55793, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The Tour is Historic , Beautiful, and Second only to Provence

    Great Accommodations. Great leaders, Roman and Jose were superb. The fresh orange juice, and Iberian Pork are worth the trip. The olive oil in Andalusia is unmatched, I brought back 10 liters in my suitcase. Spain is not as advanced with networks for cellphones and computers at the locations we stayed at. There is connectivity but it is limited and I would not plan to do much work on a laptop. The history, cathedrals, and mosques make the trip worthwhile. The cost is very good for the value you receive

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: AlaskaBill
    From: Anchorage, AK, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour has great features.

    I love Spain, and I was absolutely thrilled with my Spanish experience on this trip, especially the guided tours thrrough Seville and the Alhambra. VBT makes everything so easy,, from being met at airports and train stations, to having the tour tickets ready with the guides. I found the biking experience less than wonderful, since the roads were not particularly good, and the VBT bikes a bit odd. Maybe I'm too used to my own Trek 520, but I was not really happy with the biking. Even the rail trail experienced was a bit problematic, and I ended up walking. The accomodations were really great, especially the old olive mill in the mountains. That was special, and almost worth the trip. The post-trip days in Barcelona were terrific, by the way. Great hotel, in the middle of things. I loved every part of the Spanish experience on this trip, I thought it was a great value, and maybe wished the biking was a bit better. Spanish roads are not wonderful.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: MaryPat87
    From: Schenectady, NY
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Our time in Spain with VBT

    This was our first trip with VBT and so our expectations where unsure of what to expect. Our research told us we where going to enjoy the trip, I told my wife if the person holding up the VBT card was waiting for us at the Madrid airport everything was going to be fine, the man was there and the trip proved to be our favorite vacation we have taken. The combination of taking the pre and post trip really worked out well for us, we got to spend time with each other in two great cities. The actual biking phase of the trip could not have gone better, from the selection of hotels, the size of the group, the activities that where included, the meals included, and not least of all the two tour guides a great value four our dollar was had. I tell anyone that wants to listen to check out VBT they will have an adventure to remember

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: scottRPH
    From: LasVegas,NV
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great scenery

    I thoroughly enjoyed this bike trip, a little hillier than I thought it was going to be but doable if you are fit. The guides were excellent and accommodation likewise. I will certainly take another tour with VBT sometime in the near future. We are always looking for trips during the winter as it is pretty cold here in Canada, but we like to be away for a month or so, longer trips would be appreciated. Sincerely Linda

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: Linda67
    From: Hamilton, ON, Canada
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A fabulous combination of cultural experiences, site seeing, and cycling.

    This was one of our favorite biking vacations.....and we have done many. It was the perfect mix of site seeing, immersion in the culture, and education about the area....with travel accomplished on bicycles. The terrain was challenging yet the mileage was very manageable. There was adequate time built into the itinerary for guided tours and self exploration of some of southern Spain's wonderful treasures....like Granada, Cordoba and Seville. It was a wonderful trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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

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  • This tour has everything --- and biking too!!

    This tour has everything --- local culture, wine, olive oil, flamenco music, architecture, landscapes, food, and, yes, even biking. The variety of biking route choices made the exercise portion of the tour suitable for all the riders. As expected the tour plan, the accommodations, the food, and ESPECIALLY the guides were first rate. I would recommend this trip --- including the "pre" and "post" extensions to anyone.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 13, 2012
    Posted by: wayne4743
    From: Michigan
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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