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France

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

Alsace and the Black Forest: La Route des Vins Land Package

The Best Experience Ever!

My sister called and asked me to join her friends on this bike barge trip and I agreed having no idea what I was in for. As it turns out this trip was one of the five best experiences of my life! I cannot wait until we sign up for our next trip!

Anne1952, Newport, RI, USA

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Cochem to Metz

Beautiful scenic biking!

Fantastic scenery along the Mosel/Moselle and Saar rivers! Biking is easy, the vistas are wonderful and the barge (Iris) is a great home on this trip.

Matt1W, San Mateo, CA, USA

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Cochem to Metz

Great Trip

VBT did an excellent job planning, staffing, and accommodations. The staff could not have been better. It was a beautiful river cruise with interesting villages around every bend. There were festivals and live music and delicious food and wine on and off the barge. Better than expected at every level.

Cincy Cycler, Cincinnati OH

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Metz to Cochem

Beyond Expectations

Biking in Normandy and Brittany was recommended to us by a fellow VBT biker on our previous trip and we are so happy that we listened to him. The daily parade of classic French villages, farms, gardens, and estates were simply beautiful. Our guides Sophie and Jean were The Best, and we learned more about French culture, history, and language than we could have hoped for. We recommend this trip to everyone!

scienceteech, Elmira, NY, United States

Bicycling France: Normandy & Brittany

Heart of Europe

Everything about the bike and barge trip from Cochem to Metz was first class. The barge was well appointed, the leaders were friendly, smart and brought laughter to each day. The crew was outstanding, talented and believe it or not I gained weight on a bike trip. The chef did it with his delicious five course meals. The bike routes were well thought out, safe and the scenery was speculator.

CTKy, Cape Cod, MA, United States

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Cochem to Metz

Exceptional vacation

This was our first VBT vacation and we have already registered for a second trip. Provence and the Alpilles is a beautiful region of France with abundant fruits, vegetables and other agriculture. The bicycle travel through the French countryside gives an up-close and personal travel experience.

CMMitch, Arlington, VA, USA

Provence: The Alpilles

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

Alsace and the Black Forest: La Route des Vins Land Package

Heart of Europe

Everything was perfect; the barge crew, the guides, the itinerary! Planning on doing another.

Parishma, Pa

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Metz to Cochem

Fun on the Moselle

This was a fantastic ride! Our guides were wonderful and extremely helpful. There were unexpected things like Wine Fests in town where our guides and captain changed our schedule so we could experience the festival. We traveled in September which was a perfect time of year. Everything was excellent!

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Cochem to Metz

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

Provence: The Alpilles

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

Burgundy: The Wine Route

Fabulous trip!

Our trip was wonderful! The scenery was beautiful & breathtaking! The biking & walking tours were very organized & well run! The bike routes were explained well & our bikes were well maintained! Our chef was fabulous preparing delicious meals. The barge crew did a great job keeping us fed, safe & comfortable!

Biking Mimi, St. Mary's County, MD, United States

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Metz to Cochem

Beautiful Moselle River Valley

What a peaceful biking experience along the Moselle! There were lots of opportunities to experience the culture of Germany as we biked along the river. At the end of the day, it was nice to spend time with other guests on the barge. One of the most fascinating tours was the bell foundry – who would have thought that could have been so interesting?! All in all, a wonderful experience!

pstmimi, Houston, TX

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Cochem to Metz

Incredible trip

We had a wonderfully-planned week of cycling along small, beautiful farm roads with itineraries bringing us to the coast of most days. Riding in August in 70 degree weather was great. We all loved seeing the texture of rural, historic France and learning more about Normandy and Brittany. The trip includes a focus on local food culture – the visit to the Cider farm was really special, as were the Cancale oysters and dinners at local restaurants. We also got so much out of learning more about WWII even though I did not choose this trip primarily for that reason. There were helpful guided tours, and the option to visit museums if you wanted more depth. I’m so glad we could take advantage of this aspect of visiting France. The Trip Leaders were extremely knowledgeable, good humored, well-seasoned guides who knew the area well and had set up a number of local experiences. We found the cycling to be engaging – beautiful rolling farmland that left me in a little better shape by the end of the week but wasn’t overly challenging. (The shorter option was also always available.)

bostonfam, Boston, MA, USA

Bicycling France: Normandy & Brittany

Awesome, memorable vacation

Cruising on the barge gives a great overview of the breathtaking scenery. Then diving into the countryside gets you up close to the people, sight, sounds, and smells – a sensory experience, not just a glimpse from a bus or car.

Bikeal, Lakeville, MN

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Metz to Cochem

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

Burgundy: The Wine Route

Wonderful trip

The trip through Normandy and Brittany was beautiful, historic, and fun! It was the perfect mix of biking though the country, visiting historic sites, and enjoying special treats along the way. Our guides Luc and Kevin were outstanding!

KHitchco, Canandaigua, NY

Bicycling France: Normandy & Brittany

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

Provence: The Alpilles

Wonderful trip to Alsace!

We had an amazing time – And I can’t speak highly enough of every aspect of this trip! Our VBT leaders, Sophie and Bruno, were exceptional, planning everything down to the smallest detail. They were a pleasure to be with in every way. We loved every hotel, each unique, and in the heart of a city, with lots to do in the area. Our e-bikes were brand new, and easy to navigate. We were blessed with beautiful weather and enjoyed our rides each and every day. I would highly recommend this trip – it will definitely not be our last. We are already booked for one next year!

Alsace and the Black Forest: La Route des Vins Land Package

Way better than hoped

We had such a wonderful bike tour in the Mosel. We enjoyed our fellow bikers. The barge was welcoming, clean and comfortable. The guides were capable, knowledgeable about the area, anxious to make sure that each of us was comfortable on our bikes, and very funny. The crew was ready, willing and more than able to assure our safety, take care of our onboard needs and feed us delicious and beautifully presented food Also, they were so much fun. No Kidding. Even the weather cooperated. Did I mention the worth while side trips? And picture-perfect German towns?

Judy B D, New York , NY

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Cochem to Metz

Amazing experience

This was our 1st trip with VBT and our expectations were surpassed by the range of exceptional biking and cultural experiences The staff was wonderful and the food and accommodations were also great.

Alli, California

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Metz to Cochem

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.

Bicycling France: Normandy & Brittany

Best views of France's Alsace Region

This trip was better than anticipated. We expected a great time, but this was outstanding in service, leadership and bike friendliness.

Meadows Two, New Meadows, ID, USA

Alsace and the Black Forest: La Route des Vins Land Package

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

Bicycling France: Normandy & Brittany

Trip

The coastal scenery was exquisite. There were beautiful views every day of the trip. I found the history of the towns and villages to be very interesting. Our guides, Sophie, Bruno and Jean-Marc, were outstanding.

Dennis Cullen, Durham NC

France: Bordeaux to La Rochelle

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