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Back in 1971, a Middlebury College professor turned his passion for cycling Vermont’s winding back roads into an experience that others could share. He established America’s first organized bicycle tours, setting up shop in a barn in the lovely rural town of Bristol. It wasn’t long before Vermont Bicycle Touring (now known as VBT) started to offer bicycle tours in Europe, and then around the world. We’re still based in our home state, working out of an office in Williston, though our team and tour offerings have grown.

Meet the crew who make your VBT adventures come to life:

Tour Development Team

These vacation virtuosos actually design your trip, and they have over 150 years combined experience doing so. A well-traveled bunch, they’re passionate about exploring, and have a knack for discovering off-the-beaten path attractions. Whether they’re working with local innkeepers in France to secure the best rooms for our guests or coordinating cultural activities like wine tastings in Portugal, they’re always hard at work behind the scenes making sure your vacation is made up of fun adventures, thrilling rides, delicious meals, and comfortable accommodations.

Tour Consultants

Ready to book your vacation? Not sure where you should travel to next? Call up our friendly and knowledgeable tour consultants! These travel experts can give you the inside scoop on our itineraries, recommend new destinations, and get your next adventure booked for you. As part of their job training, VBT tour consultants go on yearly trips to learn the ins and outs of a particular tour. (It’s a tough life!) When they get back, they present their experience to everyone else on the team, so everyone gets to know each and every tour, and can pass on their knowledge to you.

Guest Services

Got questions? Our guest services team has the answers! Whether you want to ask about your tour accommodations, have questions about your air travel, are wondering if you need certain travel documents, or need to know if your custom saddle will work on our bikes, this knowledgeable team has you covered.

Timo Shaw

In his role as the President of VBT and our sister brand Country Walkers, Timo oversees all aspects of the company’s day-to-day operations, keeps in touch with colleagues around the world, and pours the odd pint at staff get-togethers. He’s passionate about helping travelers experience local cultures around the world.

Our Trip Leaders Make the Difference

Local Trip Leaders

While other companies send American guides abroad with you, we believe there is no better way to experience a new place than with local guides who take great pleasure in showing you the special places they call home.

Our Trip Leaders are more than just bike tour guides, mechanics, translators, skilled cyclists, witty hosts, entertainers, motivators, and a friendly bridge between cultures.

They are also fascinating and talented people outside of their bike jerseys, with diverse interests and passions. Join them on an adventure and you’re sure to make fast friends.

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