Whether you’re dreaming of Arizona’s springtime cactus bloom, a dazzling summer in the Canadian Rockies, the riotous scarlet and gold of Vermont’s fall foliage, or the lush azure coast of New Zealand during winter in the Northern Hemisphere—this post is for you.
To Every Adventure, There Is a Season
Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2023
Story by: Molly Waldstein | Travel Writer
Twelve Divine Vacations: One for Each Month of the Year
With a wealth of glorious cycling destinations, it’s tough to decide where to go. Maybe there’s a time when you can break away from the humdrum daily routine and launch your next adventure. That precious escape window might be aligned with a lull in the action at work—or maybe it’s the time of year you always find yourself wishing you were someplace else. No matter your reason—and no matter the season—VBT has a cycling vacation to put a little zing in your spin. Whether you’re dreaming of Arizona’s springtime cactus bloom, a dazzling summer in the Canadian Rockies, the riotous scarlet and gold of Vermont’s fall foliage, or the lush azure coast of New Zealand during winter in the Northern Hemisphere—this post is for you.
Vietnam: Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An & Saigon Guided Tour: Looking for a tropical winter getaway? January is the perfect time to explore the lush countryside of Vietnam by bike! Cycle past vibrant green rice fields—stopping to explore local markets and Buddhist temples. Glide down the Perfume River on a colorful dragon boat and learn to prepare Vietnamese cuisine during a cooking class with a local chef.
Chile: Coastal Vistas & Vineyards Guided Tour: February is the perfect time to escape the drab and chill of winter—and enjoy a summer adventure in the Southern Hemisphere. This unique cycling adventure pairs Chile’s superlative wine country with the vibrant, colorful coast. Explore quaint local fishing villages, innovative vineyards, and stay at a luxurious estate nestled at the foot of the Andes.
Arizona: Saguaro National Park & the Sonoran Desert Guided Tour: While much of North America is still covered in snow and ice, March is the perfect time to visit Arizona. The cooler temperatures make for perfect cycling weather, the rare desert wildflowers are blooming with color, and the evenings are cool enough for dining al fresco.
Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands Guided Tour: Discover the authentic pace of the Croatian springtime with this iconic cycling adventure in Croatia’s scenic Dalmatian islands. Cycle the Adriatic’s pristine shores—pausing to explore blossoming olive groves and grape vines. During two home-hosted meals, you’ll meet VBT’s local friends and enjoy authentic Croatian traditions and cuisine.
Spain: Andalusia, Córdoba & Granada Guided Tour: Spain blooms in springtime—as the scent of orange and olive blossoms wafts seductively through the ancient streets of Andalusia’s medieval cities. Here, you’ll explore the heart of Southern Spain—pedaling through the Andalusian countryside to explore the ancient cities of Seville, Jaen, Córdoba, and Granada along the way.
Italy: Valleys of the Dolomites Guided Tour: The high mountain valleys of the Dolomites stay cool in early summer—making June the perfect month to visit this stunning alpine region. Here, you’ll find incredible mountain views, lush alpine meadows, and tumbling waterfalls. In South Tyrol, you’ll experience its famous fusion of Italian and Austrian culture—with street signs in two languages and restaurants serving pasta and schnitzel side-by-side.
Canada: Banff National Park & the Canadian Rockies Guided Tour: The perfect escape from summer heat, the Canadian Rockies boast a pristine slice of natural beauty. Here, you’ll pedal along quiet roads framed by spectacular mountain views, turquoise rivers, wildflower meadows, and acres of untouched northern forest. You’ll learn about local wildlife conservation efforts—and may even spot moose, elk, bighorn sheep, or bear.
Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast Guided Tour: Ireland in August is an emerald treasure—lush green fields rolling down to an azure coast where harbor seals sunbathe on the rocks. Here, you’ll discover the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, learn about unique biosphere of the Burren from a local expert, pedal along the shores of the remote Aran Islands, and enjoy authentic Irish music in Lisdoonvarna.
Italy: Tuscany, Chianti & Marina di Castagneto Guided Tour: Experience Chianti’s festive harvest season as the heat of summer cools. Cycle past pristine hillsides clothed in vines of ripening grapes—then explore storied medieval villages where you’ll discover Chianti’s superlative vintages. Pedaling along the coast, you’ll be welcomed into the home of a special VBT friend who shows you how to prepare classic Tuscan cuisine.
Greece: Sparta, Monemvasia & the Peloponnesian Peninsula Guided Tour: Cooler October weather makes cycling the Peloponnesian Peninsula a breeze! With the summer heat far behind you, this is the perfect time to spin through the Sparta Valley to the shores of the Aegean Sea. Here, you’ll explore the walled medieval city of Monemvasia and discover the secrets of ancient Byzantine cooking with an experienced local chef.
South Africa: Cape Town & the Garden Route Guided Tour: When the weather gets chilly in the Northern Hemisphere, South Africa is bursting into the full bloom of summer. This is the perfect time to cycle the famed Garden Route, exploring rugged coastline, ancient forests, and arid veldts. Here, you’ll meet local people in Langa township, discover a deep forest nature retreat near Knysna, and stay with a charismatic ostrich farmer in Little Karoo.
New Zealand: The South Island Guided Tour: It’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere and the beauty of the South Island’s magnificent landscapes is at its peak. Glittering lakes, snow-capped peaks, ridge-top trails, and emerald-green forests provide a vibrant backdrop for this truly epic cycling adventure. Discover the magnificent shoreline of the Tasman Coast Sea as you enjoy cheerful Kiwi hospitality and splendid local cuisine.