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Topic: France

  • Touring the Picturesque Places that Inspired Artists

    There are dozens of reasons for taking a biking tour of Europe, but art lovers will be especially thrilled by what some of our vacations afford them: a chance to view the homes of some of the world’s most renowned artists and see settings that inspired their masterpieces. France, Spain, and Italy stand out as the best biking tour destinations… Read More

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  • Beaujolais Nouveau: The Story of France’s Youngest Wine

    If red wine is best enjoyed aged, and always served at room temperature, then Beaujolais Nouveau is the ultimate exception to the rules, and a highly celebrated exception at that! At one minute past midnight, on the third Thursday of November, the wine world erupts in a frenzy to distribute, serve and ultimately enjoy a taste of the new vintage.… Read More

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  • Top 10 Bike Tours in Europe

    Trying to choose which vacation to take with VBT can be quite the decision since we offer so many amazing tours—over 49 biking and walking vacations to 26 countries. Biking through Europe is a great way to slow down and really immerse yourself into the sights, sounds and culture of the Old World. We thought it would be fun to… Read More

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  • 5 Comparable VBT Tours in Different Countries

    If you’re thinking about where to take your next vacation, the breadth of our line of active tours may prove somewhat overwhelming considering you can bike or walk you way through 26 countries on 5 continents with us. We want you to find the perfect itinerary for your preferences. Perhaps nothing is more rewarding than a glass of wine after… Read More

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  • Moments of Cultural Discovery on our New for 2017 Vacations

    The best way to become immersed in the local culture of any destination is by learning about the native history, traditions, and cuisine first-hand. This is why we tie in engaging off-the-trail activities into each day spent on tour so our guests experience the world as travelers, and not tourists. We’ve already announced seven new vacations for the 2017 season… Read More

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  • Cultural Discovery on Fall Vacations

    We feel that the only way to fully experience a country that you’re visiting is by cultural discovery, not through the window of a tour bus or with a large group. The best way to do that is to engage with locals and learn about their history, cuisine, crafts and even goods they produce like wine, cheese or olive oil.… Read More

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  • Recipe: Spring Nicoise Salad

    Caroline J, a longtime associate who seemingly worked in every department at VBT over the years has shared one of her favorite recipes to make a delicious and healthy Salade Nicoise.  Caroline is an avid gardener and supporter of Vermont’s renowned farm-to-table movement and loves making this dish in the summer time when her garden is bursting with fresh veggies,… Read More

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  • Recipe: Gaston Gerard Chicken from Burgundy

    The story behind this traditional Burgundian dish begins with its namesake. Well, actually, his wife. In 1930 the Mayor of Dijon, Gaston Gerard, was entertaining the gastronomic writer, Maurice Sailland (aka Curnonsky), when his wife decided to cook chicken for their guest. The lore states that she accidentally tipped over a bottle of mustard, which landed in the chicken dish… Read More

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  • A Guide to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited on VBT Vacations in France

    An active vacation with VBT to France is an amazing, all-encompassing experience.  Along with world-class biking and walking routes, you’ll also stay in unique accommodations, taste local wines, enjoy delectable French cuisine and visit a variety of historical sites and attractions. Most of VBT’s French vacations visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the tour and travelers who choose our… Read More

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  • Bike Through the Côte de Nuits Wine Region with VBT

    Côte de Nuits, an area located along the northern flank of the Cote d’Or limestone ridge that serves as the heart of the Burgundy Wine region, is known for cultivating the best Pinot noir in the world. Six of the region’s communes produce Grand cru wine—the highest distinction of wine in the Burgundy region—mostly made from Pinot noir with one… Read More

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