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Topic: Local Culture

  • Art of Andalusia: Islamic History and Architecture of Spain

    In some ways, Spain is one of the most diverse nations on the European continent. Depending on where you are in the country, you might hear Spanish spoken around you as well as other, much different tongues – Basque, French, Arabic, and more. Currently those of Arabic heritage living in the country constitute a small, albeit growing, ethnic minority. But… Read More

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  • Exploring New Zealand’s White Wine Regions

    New Zealand is famous the world over for its wine. Eastern coastal climates for both the North and South Islands are remarkably conducive to winemaking. Travelers enjoying the New Zealand: Bike & Walk The South Island VBT walking and bicycling vacation can look forward to savoring the tastes and sights of this renowned wine region, especially those who prefer white… Read More

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  • The Cultural Cornucopia of Northern Spain

    Every part of Spain is a worthwhile vacation destination, from the architecture in Barcelona to Ibiza and its endless fiestas. But there’s no part quite as diverse and intriguing as the nation’s northern locales. VBT focuses on three in particular on our Spain: Basque, Navarre & Rioja Wine Regions bicycling adventure. All three of these places blend distinct cultures together… Read More

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  • Discover the South African Tradition of Braai

    In the simplest sense of the word, braai is a synonym for barbecue. But any South African will tell you that this widely observed custom is so much more than that. A braai (pronounced like “fry”) is a social event that brings friends and families together to enjoy food cooked over an outdoor fire. The typical vibe is casual and… Read More

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  • The Legacy of Chilean Art and Literature

    Chile is a land of diverse and stunning landscapes, from rugged coastlines to vast deserts, soaring peaks, and everything in between. Equally varied and enthralling is the art, literature, and music of this South American nation. If you join Chile’s Coastal Vistas and Vineyards biking adventure with VBT, you’ll have the chance to explore the heart of Chilean culture for… Read More

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  • Top Moments of Discovery on VBT’s Most Popular Tours

    One of the things we pride ourselves on here at VBT is incorporating cultural moments of discovery into our tours. The price of a VBT vacation includes airfare, use of VBT bikes, many meals, all accommodations and 2 local Trip Leaders to guide the way; but it also includes fun, authentic  and enriching interactions with locals via home-hosted meals, guided… Read More

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