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France

Nice bike tour for less experienced riders

Good flat rides in interesting rural areas of the Rhône Valley. Staying on a river boat and not living out of a suitcase was a plus. Accommodations were quite comfortable. The food on the ship was excellent and it was nice to not have to hunt for restaurants.

Wisconsin newbies, Door County Wisconsin

France Bike & River Cruise: Lyon to Nice

Review of Rhone River Bike Trip Sept 2022

Sophie & Bruno, the trip guides, are very enjoyable, accommodating and knowledgable about France, the historical sites and culture. The rides were easy, scenic and offered the appropriate level of activity for beginner to intermediate riders who are over 50 and not wanting hilly courses. Sophie and Bruno did provide us with additional options for a couple days when we wanted to go further. The food on the ship was excellent. The hybrid bike I rode and the road bike my husband rode were both very good. The GPS system to guiding us is very good. We did get off course a few times but with the GPS system it is possible to get back on course. The rooms on the ship were very small but very comfortable - we upgraded to a panorama level room and it was well worth it. This way of biking and sightseeing is great for us "older" people who want to get out in the countryside and bike but don't want the extra work of packing and moving every couple days. This is not for people who want hard challenging bike rides but more for people who enjoy flat roads through countrysides, vineyards, along the river and canals. We didn't really like the last hotel in Nice but the location was great so that was OK.

CjBM, Idaho

France Bike & River Cruise: Lyon to Nice

Fabulous Trip

This late September trip was our 17th VBT trip and in our top two along with Valley of the Dolomites. We had great riding weather and spectacular scenery. Most of the riding is on bike paths. There are several interesting towns to visit during the rides. The guides, Sophie and Eve, were among the best VBT guides we have had and were able to suggest a slightly longer ride on Day 4 with great views of Lake Annecy and successfully deal with two medical issues during the trip. Unfortunately we had rain during the pre-trip to Chamonix and did not get great mountain views until the day we were leaving. The post-trip in Lyon is worthwhile. I would recommend getting the 48-hour Lyon Pass at the TI center, which is close to the Hotel. Another reason to recommend this tour is that in every town you can find a very good chocolate shop.

Fast Bob, Wellesley MA

Switzerland & France: Lake Geneva, Annecy & Valleys of the Alps

France is Magnifique!

Beautiful scenery everyday. Guides were fabulous and ready for anything at all times! We had way more rain than hoped for, but still each day was enjoyable. Food was divine.

6 Timers,

Switzerland & France: Lake Geneva, Annecy & Valleys of the Alps

Fantastic!

My husband and I really loved this trip. We have taken many guided tours (which we love) but really enjoyed the independence that a self-guided tour gives you. The accommodations were excellent, the bike routes were challenging (we did the long options each day with road bikes), and the scenery was pretty French countryside on quiet bike paths and small roads. We needed some mechanical assistance one day and our local contact was just a phone call away and very helpful. Overall a great experience and in the right location we would definitely consider another self-guided tour.

Erika S, Portsmouth, NH

France: Vineyards of Beaujolais

Reasonable Value

The self-guided Beaujolais tour is a reasonable value and can be enjoyed without the guide (although the VBT guides are always great).  We appreciated the excellent lodging and quality bikes, per usual with VBT.  Locals in this region are very friendly but fewer folks speak English than in the big cities. The Beaujolais tour has a few really nice views, but the views and scenery aren't as good as other VBT tours. Twice on our tour, the hotels said they didn't have our luggage (not a great thing to hear when you arrive bedraggled after a day of riding) but eventually the hotel found it after some haggling. This tour includes a miserable hilly detour around what appeared to be a perpetually closed tunnel, and it was hard (for us and other riders) to find our way back on the route once we slogged the unplanned hills. The "Ride with GPS App" was okay in general but gave confusing and contradictory directions more often than I'd think...but it wasn't much of a problem.

bob28, Washington DC

France: Vineyards of Beaujolais

The best mother, daughter trip!

The boat and bike was an excellent choice. Our guides, Werner and Chris were like being with family. Chris entertained us with his guitar playing and singing! The people working on the boat were friendly, respectful and funny.

Lanie, Quebec Canada

France, Luxembourg & Germany Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley

Mosel Bike and Barge - An Idyllic Adventure

A trip well done from beginning to end, from bike to barge, from guides to chef and captain.

Tom and Ann, Montana

France, Luxembourg & Germany Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley

Loved this Tour

Everything about this tour was amazing. Highly recommend!

Deborah B, Connecticut

Germany, Luxembourg & France Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley

Cycling the Mosel was a peak experience

We couldn't not possibly have enjoyed this trip more. To begin with, the setting of the Mosel River exceed my expectations—it was far more beautiful than I'd anticipated. As someone who's always been comfortable with self-organized travel, I didn't know how I'd feel about a guided trip, but it was flawless. The cycling routes were excellent, the support on the road was everything one could need, and the accommodations on the barge were outstanding. All the personnel were delightful to deal with. I particularly want to call out our guides Axel and Arnoud, who were deeply knowledgeable, funny, and personable in a way that set a tone for all the tour's participants. They helped create an atmosphere of relaxed congeniality.

Scot O, Boston, MA

Germany, Luxembourg & France Bike & Boat: Mosel River Valley

Great trip

Loved the trip, but would prefer a VBT only barge like on the Mossel river trip I took 6 or 7 years ago.

Rhine Bike & River Cruise: Basel to Amsterdam

Bike 4 Countries in a Week

As always a great VBT adventure. Great bike routes through vineyards and orchards, along canals and rivers, and through quaint villages and countryside. Excellent tour leaders who were knowledgeable of the culture and area. Good group of bike riders. This was our first bike/river cruise. Emerald was a great partner. Past VBT trip have allowed us to become more immersed in the culture by staying at local hotels and dining at local restaurants. It was nice not having to move every other day. Overall an excellent adventure and would certainly recommend.

Gary Hemmer, Columbia, Illinois

Rhine Bike & River Cruise: Basel to Amsterdam

Amazing trip!

We had a wonderful experience. The itinerary, guides and bike routes couldn’t have been any better. Everything was planned the minute we landed in Paris. Would definitely recommend to anyone with an interest in the Normandy history.

Tami O,

France: Normandy & Brittany

Bicycling France Normandy/Brittany

Planning and ride with VBT was priceless!. Our bicycle hosts did a fabulous job taking care of our every need. We also did the 3 day in Paris pre-trip, which if you do the 3 day Paris pre-trip, make sure you book all excursions in advance. We pre-booked Eiffel Tower, Palace Versailles, Tuk Tuk Paris, Louvre Museum. My one negative comment was in the city of Dinan. We had a tour guide that was obviously very familiar with the City, Architecture and history. Unfortunately, we could not hear a thing she said. She talked softly, kept walking away, talking to 1 or 2 people....you get the idea. It would have been much better if she had us wear earpieces while she talked. Other than that, fantastic time and would recommend this trip.

Beech9A, DC

France: Normandy & Brittany

Fantastic trip!

The Burgundy Wine Route trip was an exceptional vacation...it was a great mix of activity, leisure, learning and sightseeing. The trip leaders were personable, knowledgeable, and fun-loving, our fellow travelers were all interesting and friendly people, and the food, accommodations, and scenery were all first class. The daily route length choices ensured that everyone would be happy with their activity level, too. I’d highly recommend this trip to anyone who loves good food, wine, and outdoor activity. The pre and post trip extensions are also well worth it...especially the pre-trip in Lyon...there was so much to explore there!

karen27, Denver, CO, USA

France: The Burgundy Wine Region & Dijon

Best vacation ever.

This was our first Vermont Bike vacation but it certainly will not be our last! What a great time .For us it was a perfect mix of activity,culture ,wine and food. The countryside is just delightful and beautiful. The guides were excellent and our fellow travelers were wonderful .

Goldenboy1, Vancouver, WA, USA

France: The Burgundy Wine Region & Dijon

loved our rides thru Provence!

Great trip! Our guides were great hosts and made sure everyone was safe, comfortable, and getting the most out of each day. Gorgeous part of the world.

TrishB, Northern California

France: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux & Avignon

Provence is a Pleasure!

Bike routes were beautiful and enjoyable! Loved the town of St. Remy and the location of our hotel. Really enjoyed Avignon and again, the location of the hotel made exploring the city very easy.

Idaho21, Idaho

France: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Les Baux & Avignon

Couldn't be better.

I LOVED this vacation. I am an avid biker; my husband is not; and we both enjoyed the levels of activity and flexibility. The vineyards and villages were amazing to see, especially by bicycle. Jean and Jean Francois took care of our every need, and the accommodations were wonderful. What's not to like?

Jenny H, Plymouth, MN, United States

Switzerland, Germany & France: The Black Forest & the Alsace Wine Route

Highly recommend - VBT and Alsace Region

This was our first VBT trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The guides were knowledgeable, positive, friendly, helpful and very professional. The GPS navigation was great. The routes were scenic, culturally diverse, and well thought out. The excursions/tours were interesting too. Recommend the ebike for the hills!

L Byrne, Outside Philadelphia PA

Switzerland, Germany & France: The Black Forest & the Alsace Wine Route

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