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Check here regularly for the latest news from VBT. For further inquiries, please contact Kathie Gonzalez at [email protected], or by telephone at 1-800-707-9190 ext. 817.

You Go, Girls! VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations and Country Walkers Unveil the 10 Best Mother and Daughter Trips

Williston, Vermont – April 12, 2019 – Flowers and chocolate are nice, but there’s no better way to show mom how much you care than by spending some quality time together. This Mother’s Day, why not plan a special mother-daughter getaway to show mom how much she is appreciated?  To help inspire gift givers, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations and Country Walkers have identified the 10 best girlfriend getaways for mother-daughter trips. Whatever mom’s passion may be - wine tasting, the great outdoors, history, music, art, food, shopping, wildlife and more - these tours will create memories that will last…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations was named as one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont for 2018 and 2019

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations was named as one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont for 2018 and 2019. The thirteenth annual list of the Best Places to Work in Vermont was created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - Vermont State Council and Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2019…

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Celebrate Milestone Moments in 2019 with VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

Williston, Vermont – Dec. 18, 2018 – From celebrating a birthday, anniversary or long-anticipated retirement to finding the perfect honeymoon destination, life’s big milestones all deserve special treatment. Transform 2019’s noteworthy occasions into unforgettable experiences with a VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacation to some of the year’s hottest destinations. New Zealand: Bike & Walk the South Island In 2019, Auckland will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s voyage that put New Zealand on the map, literally. VBT’s unique 12-day itinerary combines biking and walking on routes that showcase the country’s natural wonders at their best, from breathtaking snowcapped…

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Why Ride in Just One Country When You Can Hit Two or Three?

Williston, Vermont – September 25, 2018 – Instead of choosing just one country to experience by bicycle, why not check off two – or even three – bucket-list destinations in one visit? With multi-country tours of Europe from VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, adventurers can discover the distinct cultures, scenery, and cuisine of different countries in one tour – and at the perfect pace to fully immerse with the local people, their vibrant history and their living heritage. VBT’s multi-country tours in 2019 include: Cycling Scandinavia: Copenhagen to Stockholm In this land of the midnight sun, riders pedal across two…

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That Bucket List Keeps Growing: VBT Unveils New Cycling Vacations Around the World

Williston, Vermont – July 17, 2018 – Get ready to exhilarate the senses in 2019 with new cycling tours around the world from VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, the leader in active travel since 1971. From pedaling the Basque wine country of Spain to cruising and cycling along the Danube between Germany and Hungary, and through the canals of Venice and the Po River Delta in Italy; to riding among the saguaro in the desert or by the ocean along the South Fork of Long Island, there is an itinerary and destination for everyone – whether a seasoned cyclist or…

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A European Vacation on a Grand Scale: Cycling and Cruising Along the Danube River

Williston, VT – June 13, 2018 – Next year, travelers looking for a unique experience can sail the fabled Danube, disembark to ride the continent’s longest riverside bike path—the famed EuroVelo 6—and go slow to immerse in the gentle scenic hills, sylvan forests, stunning wine country, and bike-friendly cultural capitals in the heart of Europe. VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Waterways tours allow guests to unpack just once for seven nights of indulgent comfort and promise an authentic biking and floating experience. With more time to enjoy the amenities of a “floating home,” VBT Waterways ensures camaraderie and ample time…

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Pack Your Bags (and Your Bike Shorts) to Experience the Best Cycling Jaunts in North America this Summer

Williston, VT – March 15, 2018 – Adventurers this summer can explore the beauty, art, culture and cuisine found in the iconic regions of North America. From California’s wine country and New England’s spectacular coastline, to the wilds of the Canadian Rockies and the idyllic Eastern Townships of Quebec, travelers with VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations go slow to experience these special places and discover the true pulse of everyday life. Offering cultural immersion at the heart of every VBT vacation, guests enjoy moments of discovery with each turn of the pedal, meeting locals and sharing their vibrant stories. The…

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Experience the Truly Artisanal: Immerse in Local Culture, Cuisine and History One Pedal Stroke at a Time

Williston, VT – February 6, 2018 – Discovering a new place is all the more gratifying when the region’s history and heritage are secret gems and an intimate connection with the land and culture is established. For travelers taking part in VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, a deeper bond grows as authentic and inspiring experiences with local traditions are shared with fellow travelers. For those seeking memorable moments and immersing in regional specialties, artisanal experiences, and an understanding of what the locals love about the place they call home, a biking or walking vacation offers the opportunity to deeply explore…

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Next Year, Unpack Just Once as You Cruise, Sail and Cycle Europe’s Most Iconic Destinations

Williston, VT – December 19, 2017 – Imagine the freedom of unpacking just once, relaxing on the deck of a floating hotel after a day spent pedaling some of Europe’s most beautiful destinations, being served by a devoted crew and a professional chef and enjoying the companionship only found in an intimate and convivial experience. For travelers taking part in VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations’ Barge & Sail Tours, life on the river unfolds at a slower pace, offering the glow of discovery burnished by the comfort of a barge or sailboat. Onboard, guests meander gentle waterways, through centuries-old villages,…

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Bless Your Heart, You Still Haven’t Rolled into Charleston and Savannah?

Williston, VT – November 9, 2017 – Some say North, East and West are just points on the compass, whereas the South is a place – one that is experiencing a renaissance and rediscovery for its charm, unique Southern heritage and truly distinctive culture, ranging from cuisine to architecture and literature to the Gullah people. These are not destinations to be rushed but to be embraced and appreciated in a slower, more relaxed manner. By bicycle is the perfect way to roll. Vermont Bicycling and Walking Vacations’ seven-day biking trip, “Charleston to Savannah: A Southern Reel,” offers guests an immersive…

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This Is How We Roll In Vietnam

Williston, VT – October 12, 2017 – A bucket-list destination for many Americans, Vietnam offers vacationers and cultural enthusiasts looking for a sense of place an authentic experience. Even better, embracing Vietnam by bike is an unforgettable way to appreciate this fascinating country and its culture for those in the know. These iconic names conjure strong impressions and emotions for many, like whispers from the past. VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations’ (VBT) 14-day bicycle tour (with airfare), “Journey through Vietnam,” delivers these places up close and personal to every guest, both on and off the saddle. During the trip, travelers…

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From Canada To New Zealand, Scandinavia To The Dolomites: VBT Announces 10 New Biking and Walking Destinations in 2018

Williston, Vermont – Sept. 27, 2017 – For those looking to escape the rushing, worried world, there’s VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations (VBT), which just unveiled 10 new trips for active travelers looking to add stamps to their passports and traverse the corners of the globe via bikes and by foot throughout 2018. Whether a seasoned cyclist or walker or a novice, there is an itinerary and destination for everyone to enjoy as VBT provides an intimate way to view the world – whether on two wheels or two feet. Biking Southern Portugal: Alentejo to the Algarve From Lisbon to…

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Marietta couple experiences Costa Rica from their bicycles

Story taken from a piece written by VBT travelers in the Marietta Times. Whenever you decide to leave the cold winter weather to go somewhere that’s warmer, you face the prospect of being delayed by that aforementioned cold winter weather. My husband Joe and I booked a trip to Costa Rica for the end of January. Leaving out of Akron well before sunrise, we had to be de-iced twice, and the runway had to be plowed. Luckily, all went well and we arrived in Costa Rica early afternoon. This was our fourth trip with a company called VBT. It offers…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations to Move Worldwide Headquarters to Williston, Vermont

VBT has made a decision to consolidate its 3 physical locations in Vermont into one new central location in Williston   BRISTOL, VT — Jan. 21, 2016 — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has announced that the company will relocate it’s Worldwide Headquarters, currently located in Bristol, to a new complex in Williston, Vermont. Since the relocation of their Sales and Customer Service department to Williston in 2012—and their 2014 acquisition of Waterbury-based travel company Country Walkers in 2014—VBT has been operating out of three locations in Bristol, Williston and Waterbury. “We have simply outgrown the space in Bristol and…

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VBT President Gregg Marston Quoted in Wall Street Journal Article

  Getaways now include getting away from your family and friends. Amid the rise of activity-specific trips, busy work schedules and mobile devices that make it easy to keep in touch, more vacationers are choosing to go alone, leaving significant others and friends behind. “People are definitely saying, ‘You know what, honey, I don’t care if you want to go—I’m going,’” says Gregg Marston, president of VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, a unit of Xanterra Parks & Resorts Inc. Solo travelers now comprise about a quarter of each VBT tour group, especially to destinations, such as Machu Picchu, Tuscany and…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Highlights New Tours, Traveler Favorites & Great Ways to Save for 2016

The Award-Winning Tour Operator Unveils 2016 Portfolio of Worldwide Active Travel Vacations with New Barge/Sail Offering, Big Savings and Popular Itineraries BRISTOL, VT — Sept. 16, 2015 — More travelers are reserving active travel vacations than ever before and many recognize there is no better way to engage their mind, body and spirit while on a vacation, than experiencing the world on foot or by bike. With this rising travel trend, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has seen bookings increase by more than 60 percent over the past year. Now for 2016, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations announces five new…

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Top Bike Trips For Multigenerational Groups

Now More Than Ever Groups of All Ages Are Booking Cycling Trips VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Unveils Good Buy Discount for Group Trips in 2016 BRISTOL, VT — August 24, 2015 — Multigenerational travel is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry and tops the list of travel trends, according to the Virtuoso Luxe Report. This type of exploration includes active tours, adventure trips and celebration travel. VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has seen a significant increase in group bookings, with reservations growing  by fifty percent for 2016 departures of the 54 unique itineraries offered by the Vermont-based…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Unveils Five New Itineraries for 2016

VBT Debuts New Destinations, Immersive Bike Itineraries and New Bike + Sail Itinerary Departures BRISTOL, VT — July 29, 2015 — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, the award-winning worldwide active vacation company based in Bristol, VT, has announced five new tours for 2016 in Florida, Spain, Germany, Holland, France and Chile, further expanding the company’s extensive portfolio of 45 cycling and walking vacations in 26 countries. A leader in immersive travel, VBT’s itineraries combine world-class biking and walking routes with organized off-the-trail activities designed to fully bring travelers into the local culture. New tours across the globe include: North Holland…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Named a “World’s Best” Tour Operator by Travel + Leisure for the Sixth Consecutive Year

BRISTOL, VT— July 15, 2015 – VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has once again been ranked among the World’s Best Tour Operators in Travel + Leisure’s readers’ poll for 2015. This is the sixth consecutive year that the company has received the award, and the second year it has ranked second highest in its category. “We are honored to receive Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award for the sixth year. This award is truly due to our valued customers who continue to book cycling and walking vacations with VBT and spread the word about our unique, cultural tours,” said VBT President, Gregg Marston. “We thank each and every traveler for voting, along with the worldwide VBT family who works hard to provide excellent active travel experiences at unsurpassed…

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Top 5 Reasons to Take an Active Vacation this Fall

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Provides Travelers with Unique Itineraries to Discover the Benefits of Fall Travel such as Reduced Crowds, Harvest Festivals and Vibrant Foliage BRISTOL, VT — June 24, 2015 — Fall in love with fall and venture out on a VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacation perfect for actively experiencing the beauty of the season. Embark on one of four enchanting New England tours including Acadia National Park and three in Vermont, where travelers cycle through the beautiful landscape where VBT first began more than 40 years ago. For travelers looking for more exotic fall excursions, branch out…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Unveils new Chile’s Coastal Vistas and Vineyards Bike Tour

From Santiago to Zapallar, Cyclists Explore Coastal Villages and Scenic Vineyards Partaking in Culinary Adventures BRISTOL, VT— May 5, 2015 – VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, America’s oldest bicycling tour operator, is expanding its lineup of award-winning itineraries with a new South American cycling adventure through Chile. Starting at $3795 per person including international airfare, Chile’s Coastal Vistas and Vineyards will begin departures in November 2015. Trip Advisor recently named Santiago, Chile as one of the “Top 10 Destinations on the Rise” in South America and now VBT guests can experience one-of-a-kind excursions throughout the country. VBT tour highlights for…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Awarded National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime”

VBT’s Holland and Belgium Bike & Barge Tour Receives Top Award for Guided Tours BRISTOL, VT— April 9, 2015 – VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime,” by the magazine’s editors. The Holland and Belgium Bike and Barge: Amsterdam tour will be featured in the May issue along with a competitive array of tours from operators all over the world. “We are honored to be recognized for our Holland and Belgium itinerary as one of the 50 Tours of a Lifetime for the first time,” said Gregg Marston,…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Celebrates the National Park Service

Save up to $150 on Close-to-Home Biking Tours from Coast to Coast BRISTOL, VT — March 24, 2015 —As The National Park Service approaches its 100th anniversary in 2016, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is proud to offer six bicycling vacations featuring scenic routes through America’s National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites, allowing travelers to discover breathtaking scenery and be immersed in history in close-to-home destinations. To celebrate our nation’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is offering up to $150 per person savings on all ten of their bicycling vacations in the United States…

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How to Experience Italy Like a Local

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Provides Tips on Off the Beaten Path Activities to Immerse Travelers into Italian Culture BRISTOL, VT — February 27, 2015 — Known as the Italy Experts, VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations  has been offering active vacations throughout Italy for over 20 years. From the scenic coastlines of Puglia and Sicily to the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy is a destination that simply can’t be experienced from the window of a tour bus. With eleven bicycling and walking vacations in Italy, VBT President Gregg Marston has curated tips on how to experience Italy like a local: 1) Go…

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Top 5 Healthy Reasons to Take an Active Travel Vacation in 2015

Studies Show That Active Travel is No Longer a Luxury, but a Necessity for a Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit  BRISTOL, VT — January 23, 2015 — As the leader in active travel, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has successfully operated bicycling and walking tours throughout the world for over 44 years, creating culturally immersive experiences for American travelers. With numerous studies showcasing the health benefits of an active vacation, VBT President Gregg Marston, an avid cyclist, walker and traveler, has compiled a list of the top five healthy reasons to book a trip that will benefit your mind, body and…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Caters to the Growing Active Travel Interest with New Trips and additional Departures for 2015

Studies Show That More Travelers Want to Participate in Healthy Activities Like Cycling and Walking While on Vacation, VBT Experiencing Double-Digit Growth in Bookings This Year  BRISTOL, VT — December 3, 2014 — According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure travel worldwide has grown at an average of 65 percent a year over the past few years to an estimated $263 billion in 2013. America’s oldest bicycling tour operator, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has been a leader in providing active vacations for over 44 years. With the number of cycling enthusiasts growing to 3.8 million in 2013, as…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces 2015 United States Active Vacations Including a New Itinerary in Colonial Virginia

Travelers on the New Virginia Tour Will Cycle the Colonial Parkway Along the James and York Rivers While Exploring Historic Sites, Meeting Members of the Community, and Sampling Local Wines. Starting at $1,995 Per Person BRISTOL, VT — Nov. 3, 2014 — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, America’s oldest bicycling tour operator, has expanded its broad portfolio of cycling vacations in the United States with a brand-new itinerary, Colonial Virginia: Riding the Road to Independence. Starting at $1,995 per person, this new active vacation immerses travelers in American history along a route that visits the Jamestown settlement, Williamsburg and Yorktown. Off…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Unveils New Immersive Walking Portfolio for 2015 Trips

For First Time Ever, VBT Visits China and Announces a Three-Country Walking Vacation to Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Plus the Return of Customer Favorites Like Walking Italian Lakes, the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany BRISTOL, VT — October 15, 2014 — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, announces new 2015 walking tours as part of their vast portfolio of vacations. VBT now offers 10 walking tours, including two new trips, ‘Walking China: Footpaths to Shangri-La’ and ‘Walking Austria, Germany & The Czech Republic: A Bohemian Rhapsody’. With additional destinations like Italy, Ireland, New Zealand and Peru, these 2015 itineraries create…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces 2015 Italy Tours Designed to Immerse Travelers into Local History and Culture

New for 2015, La Bella Toscana: Lucca, Montecatini and Pisa is One of Twelve Vacations Featuring Home-Hosted Experiences, Exclusive Guided Tours and Local Italian Guides BRISTOL, VT— Sept. 18, 2014 – With over 20 years of experience leading active travel in Italy, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is pleased to announce their 2015 catalog of Italian vacations which includes a new bicycling tour in the northwest corner of Tuscany—La Bella Toscana: Lucca, Montecatini and Pisa. The new trip brings VBT’s Italian portfolio to twelve, providing even more opportunities for active travel seekers to discover this culturally rich destination. Known as “The…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces 2015 Tours Debuting Six New Trips

VBT Redefines Active Travel with Authentic Experiences to Immerse Travelers in Local Culture BRISTOL, VT — Sept. 4, 2014 — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, America’s oldest bicycling tour operator, has announced its 2015 trips including six new tours in destinations like South Africa, China and Germany, further expanding the company’s extensive portfolio of 50 cycling and walking vacations in 26 countries. A leader in immersive travel, VBT offers world-class biking and walking routes with organized off-the-trail activities designed to fully immerse travelers into the local culture of their surroundings. Unlike its competitors, VBT includes roundtrip international airfare and airport…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Proudly Supports Vermont’s Largest Charity Bike Ride as Title Sponsor

9th Annual Kelly Brush Century Bike Ride Supports Adaptive Sports on Sept. 6, 2014 in Middlebury BRISTOL, VT — Aug. 25, 2014 — For the third consecutive year, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is proud to be the title sponsor of the ninth annual Kelly Brush Century Bike Ride on Sept. 6, 2014. The event begins and ends at the Middlebury College Alumni Field, Route 30, in Middlebury, Vermont. Riders have a choice of 25-, 50-, or 100-mile course routes with a 65- and 85-mile re-route from the 100. The ride fundraises to conquer the challenges of paralysis and improve…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Unveils Cycling South Africa: Cape Town & The Garden Route

From Cape Town to Tsitsikamma National Park, Cyclists Explore Coastal Towns, Scenic Winelands and Lush Gardens. Starting at $4,995 Per Person Including International Airfare BRISTOL, VT— July 14, 2014 – VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, the oldest active travel company in the nation, unveils a cycling adventure through South Africa’s coastal garden route and cosmopolitan Cape Town. Starting at $4,995 per person including international airfare, itinerary highlights include: Meeting a Sangoma, a traditional healer Indulging in homemade local cuisine during a picnic overlooking the coastline Sample traditional South African barbecue Visit local winery and indulge in a tasting Spotting South…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Named A “World’s Best” Tour Operator by Travel + Leisure for the Fifth Consecutive Year

Jumping to No. 2 Ranking, America’s Oldest Active Vacation Company Recognized By Readers Poll BRISTOL, VT— July 9, 2014 – VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has once again been ranked among the World’s Best Tour Operators in Travel + Leisure reader’s poll for 2014. This is the fifth consecutive year that the company has received this award, jumping up two spots to the second highest spot in its category. “This award is due to the valued customers who continue to book cycling and walking vacations with VBT and spread the word about our large travel portfolio,” says VBT President, Gregg…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces 2015 Warm Winter Getaways, Including new Cycling South Africa: Cape Town & the Garden Route Tour Itinerary

Local Experts Provide Insider Experiences in Temperate Destinations Starting at $2,795 Per Person Including International Airfare BRISTOL, VT— July 1, 2014 – VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations announces new winter departure dates for 2015, including a highly anticipated, new cycling tour in South Africa. Travelers can choose between a variety of active vacations—including ten cycling and two walking tours—in warmer climates like Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Central & South America, the Mediterranean, and closer to home in the southern U.S. The highly-anticipated Cycling South Africa: Cape Town & The Garden Route is a 12-day easy/moderate cycling tour along the country’s…

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Xanterra Parks & Resorts® Agrees to Acquire CW Adventures, the Latest in Recent Series of Active Travel Company Acquisitions

DENVER, April 17, 2014 – Xanterra Parks & Resorts has agreed to acquire international walking tour operator CW Adventures, expanding further the company’s fast-growing portfolio of active travel offerings. The transaction is expected to be completed in May 2014. Formerly known as Country Walkers and based in Waterbury, Vt., 35-year-old CW Adventures provides more than 130 active, immersive travel vacations on five continents. Trips include guided and self-guided walking and biking adventures, safaris, family adventures and private vacations. Long known as the largest concessioner in national parks, Xanterra has greatly expanded its offerings in recent years, including the acquisitions within…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Unveils 12th Italy Tour: Cycling Italy’s Middle Ages: Lucca to Pisa

VBT has 20 years of experience showing active travelers the real Italy BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is the Italy Active Travel Expert –providing excellent experiences for 20 years by using expert, local Trip Leaders, organizing unique home-hosted events and exclusive tours conducted by local guides, and utilizing their buying power to put guests in authentic and comfortable Italian accommodations. VBT offers eleven active vacations throughout Italy in 2014 including destinations in Tuscany, Sicily, Puglia, Veneto, the Dolomites and more. VBT has been offering active vacations to Italy since 1994 and now covers the whole country with a range…

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Travel with the Italy Experts—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

VBT has 20 years of experience showing active travelers the real Italy BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is the Italy Active Travel Expert –providing excellent experiences for 20 years by using expert, local Trip Leaders, organizing unique home-hosted events and exclusive tours conducted by local guides, and utilizing their buying power to put guests in authentic and comfortable Italian accommodations. VBT offers eleven active vacations throughout Italy in 2014 including destinations in Tuscany, Sicily, Puglia, Veneto, the Dolomites and more. VBT has been offering active vacations to Italy since 1994 and now covers the whole country with a range…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces 13 Walking Vacations for 2014

Introducing 6 new vacations along with the return of tours to Tuscany and Provence in new walking catalog BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has announced its full line of thirteen 2014 Walking tours featuring destinations from Peru to Tuscany to Yellowstone National Park. With VBT, travelers will see beautiful countries around the globe while experiencing new cultures, delicious cuisine and comfortable accommodations that reflect the destination. “We’ve long felt that there are few things that are more rewarding than a nice, peaceful walk,” said VBT President Gregg Marston. “Walking allows time for reflection, a chance to take things slowly…

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VBT Announces New Refer a Friend Program

Refer a Friend on a VBT Vacation and Now Earn $150 in Travel Credits—a 50% increase in rewards BRISTOL, VT — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has announced its new Refer a Friend Program for 2014. When a traveler refers a friend to go on any VBT Bicycling, Walking, or Cross-Country Skiing Vacation they will now receive $150 in Travel Credits when the friend completes their first vacation with VBT. As an added bonus, each referred friend will save $75 on their first reservation. Additional cash rewards will also be given to travelers who refer multiple friends. Travelers will receive…

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VBT Featured in Sept. Issue of the Champlain Valley Business Journal - "Leaf Peepers"

We’re excited to announce that VBT is featured in an article, titled “Leaf Peepers”, in the September issue of the Champlain Valley Business Journal.

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Joins the United States Tour Operators Association

Vermont-based travel company offering world-wide tours confirmed as active member of national association focused on improving industry standards, integrity and consumer advocacy in the American tourism industry BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has announced it has joined the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) as an active member. “We are delighted to welcome VBT to our membership,” said Terry Dale, president and CEO of the USTOA. “Adventure tourism is a growing market, as many of today’s travelers are seeking physical activity, nature-based and cultural experiences as a part of their journeys. VBT brings to USTOA a deep expertise in…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces 5 Cross-Country Skiing Vacations for 2014

Cross-Country Skiing in the Alps, the Dolomites, the Green Mountains, the Canadian Rockies or Yellowstone National Park Makes for a Perfect Winter Escape paired with VBT’s Tradition of Excellence and Unsurpassed Value. BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has announced its 2014 line of cross-country skiing vacations, including new tours to Yellowstone National Park and Vermont’s Green Mountains. With VBT, active travelers will experience new cultures, delicious cuisine and world-class accommodations after a soul satisfying day of cross-country skiing along the groomed trails in some of the world’s most spectacular winter destinations. “We had a very successful first year of…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces Sixteen New Tours for 2014

Featuring Off-the-Beaten-Path destinations in New Zealand, Thailand, the U.S. and throughout Europe BRISTOL, VT- VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is excited to add 16 new tours for the 2014 season including 6 bicycling trips, 8 walking trips and 2 cross-country skiing trips. The diverse variety of vacation options includes trips like Lake Constance: Germany, Austria & Switzerland, Bicycling France: Normandy & Brittany, Holland in Springtime Bike & Barge, Walking Vietnam: The Trails of Indochina and Yellowstone in the Winter: Skiing America’s First National Park. “Our trip planners have once again struck the perfect balance between unrivaled quality and unmatched prices.…

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Vermont Magazine: At Work in Vermont - "Tour Entrepreneur: Vermont’s VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations leads the way in traveling, eating, and cycling – locally”

We’re excited to announce that VBT is featured in an article, titled “Tour Entrepreneur: Vermont’s VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations leads the way in traveling, eating, and cycling - locally”, in the At Work in Vermont section of the July/August issue of Vermont Magazine. Please click here to read the article in PDF form or you may order a sample copy of the issue for only $1 by visiting the Vermont Magazine website (the information about purchasing a sample copy is found at the bottom of their homepage).

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VBT is Proud to Be Voted #4 in the World in the Travel + Leisure Magazine World’s Best Awards

VBT receives prestigious 2013 World’s Best Award for fourth consecutive year BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has been voted fourth among the World’s Best Tour Operators by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine for 2013. It is also the fourth consecutive year that VBT has made the list of the world’s top tour operators and the second year in a row VBT has been in the Top 5. “We are extremely appreciative of our travelers who continue to support us in a wide variety of ways” said VBT President Gregg Marston. “To be voted on to this distinguished…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces Title Sponsorship of 8th Annual Kelly Brush Century Ride

Vermont’s largest charity bike ride set for September 7, 2013 BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is the title sponsor of the 8th Annual Kelly Brush Century Ride, in Middlebury, Vermont, the state’s largest charity bike ride and the largest hand cycling event in the Northeast. “We’re are very pleased to be the title sponsor of the Kelly Brush Foundation’s Century Ride for the second year in a row,” said VBT President Gregg Marston. “VBT associates have participated in the Kelly Brush Ride since its inception six years ago. We have been truly inspired by Kelly Brush and we strongly…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Launches First Round of Vacation Videos on Website

Packed with travelers’ comments, these newly produced videos display cultural discovery moments, Trip Leaders in action, and the outstanding quality and unbeatable value of VBT vacations BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has unveiled its first round of newly produced vacation videos on its website, www.vbt.com. An average of a minute and a half in length, these colorful videos capture the tastes, smells, and sounds of each destination, as shown in the heartfelt reactions of VBT travelers themselves. “Hearing directly from our travelers is the best way to get an understanding of the quality and value of the VBT experience,”…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces New Epic Biking Vacation in Colorado Springs

Spend 4 nights at the iconic, 5-star Broadmoor Resort BRISTOL, VT — Due to traveler demand for more active choices for avid cyclists, VBT is introducing a new high performance bicycling vacation, Colorado Springs: Epic Cycling in America’s West. The starting price is $2195 for the 5-day vacation and the first departures go out in the fall of 2013 and include August 18, September 8 and 22, and October 13. Featuring invigorating rides within the scenic Garden of the Gods, along Pike’s Peak Highway and through the U.S. Air Force Academy, this biking vacation allows travelers to experience the unique…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces Return of Tuscany and Provence Walking Vacations in Fall 2013 Due to Traveler Demand

Special Limited-Time Offer, Travelers Who Reserve by March 15 Will Save $300 Per Person on these Walking Vacations BRISTOL, VT — Due to overwhelming interest from travelers, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has announced the return of its Walking Vacations in Tuscany and Provence. And in thanks to the many travelers who have helped bring back the itineraries in these two beautiful destinations, travelers who reserve these vacations by March 15, 2013 will save $300 per person. Italy: Quiet Pathways of Tuscany is a 10-day excursion in the heart of glorious Tuscany, a warm and welcoming landscape of undulating hills,…

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Xanterra Parks & Resorts® Expands Its Leisure And Travel Portfolio With Acquisitions Of Adventure Travel Company, Additional Cruise Ships And A Hotel

DENVER, Feb. 19, 2013 -- Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, the largest concessioner to the national parks, has completed a series of acquisitions that greatly expand the company's experiential leisure offerings. These acquisitions include three all-suite luxury cruise ships currently operated by Seabourn to become part of Windstar Cruises, VBT (Vermont) Bicycling and Walking Vacations and The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Ariz., adjoining the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park where Xanterra operates more than 900 rooms and numerous retail, food and beverage and tour operations. These acquisitions are on the heels of other recent additions – Windstar Cruises in…

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Win an Active Vacation to Tuscany with VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

Request a catalog or refer a friend and enter to win a trip to Tuscany with roundtrip airfare BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has announced a catalog request sweepstakes in which one winner will be awarded an active vacation to Tuscany. There are two ways to enter the sweepstakes. If you have never traveled with VBT, simply request a catalog at www.vbt.com and you will be automatically entered to win a trip to Tuscany. If you have vacationed with VBT in the past, then refer a friend to the active travel company on VBT’s website referral page and you…

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VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations Releases Newest Catalog of Active Vacations

With new departure dates and renegotiated air rates to lower prices, 2013 promises to be a banner year for travel with VBT BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations has announced the release of its latest catalog, featuring bicycling, walking and skiing vacations in 46 destinations through 28 countries around the world. VBT’s newest vacations have been extremely popular and due to traveler demand, new departure dates have been added to their Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages vacation. Additionally, VBT’s all-new Cross-Country Skiing tours have been very well received by guests. The first departures for these 2013 ski vacations are…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Highlighted in Chris Santella’s “Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die”

VBT Associates are Among the Top Biking Experts Sharing their Favorite Destinations to Bike BRISTOL, VT—The highly anticipated Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die has been received with great critical acclaim as the ninth addition to the bestselling Fifty Places series by author, Chris Santella. Ranging from Argentina to Angkor Wat, Santella’s comprehensive collection of outstanding settings takes readers bicycling around the world, filling them in on where to go, when to visit and what to see while you’re there. The author sought advice from leading international biking experts, including two VBT Associates – Catherine Dowling and Gerry Slager.…

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VBT Wins Most Active Partner from France Guide/Atout France

VBT’s Partnership with the French Tourism Bureau Shines BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacation’s partnership with France Guide, the official website of the French Government Tourist Office, was recognized as France Guide dubbed the active vacation company their “Most Active Partner” at their annual awards ceremony held Sunday, October 21 in Austin, Texas. With representatives from over 100 travel industry organizations in attendance, the two-day annual event represents the largest meeting between American tour operators and French travel industry partners. This year, France Guide welcomed French and European suppliers, including regional and city tourism offices, airlines, hotel groups, transportation companies…

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VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations Announces Debut of 2013 Catalog

Introduces 4 New Bicycling & Walking Vacations and 3 New Cross-Country Skiing Vacations in Europe and U.S. BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations has announced the debut of its 2013 catalog featuring more active vacations around the world than ever before, new cross-country skiing vacations, 2013 land-only prices lower than or equal to 2012’s prices, and new traveler benefits including custom air service and special Culinary and President’s Tour departures. “We are strengthening our solid commitment to tremendous choice, value, and traveler benefits in 2013,” VBT president Gregg Marston said. “The land-only price for every one of our vacations is…

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VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations Announces New Line of Cross-Country Skiing Vacations

Cross-Country Skiing in the Alps, the Dolomites, and the Canadian Rockies Provides a Perfect Blend of Outdoor Activity and World Travel with VBT’s Tradition of Excellence BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has announced a new line of cross-country skiing vacations, a wonderful way to bring together an active traveler’s love for the beautiful winter landscape with VBT’s long commitment of providing warm encounters with local people, access to fascinating cultural traditions, and stays in superb accommodations around the world. “This is the perfect way for VBT to offer a terrific outdoor activity, spectacular scenery, and our proven excellence in…

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VBT Named #3 Among World’s Best Tour Operators by Travel + Leisure Magazine

VBT receives prestigious 2012 World’s Best Award for third consecutive year BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has been named third among the World’s Best Tour Operators by Travel + Leisure magazine for 2012. It is the third consecutive year that VBT has made the list of the world’s top tour operators. “What a tremendous honor to be ranked this high in the World’s Best Awards by the readers of Travel + Leisure,” VBT President Gregg Marston said. “All of us at VBT offer our travelers a heartfelt thank-you for your great support. We are deeply gratified, and, I have…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Website Now Publishing Travelers’ Comments

Reviews and ratings of vacation experiences will inform and inspire prospective travelers, provide feedback to company BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations website, www.vbt.com, is now publishing travelers’ comments on their trips. This latest feature on the VBT website will allow travelers to share their discoveries and award star ratings from 1 to 5 on their vacations. “We know that travelers love to share their experiences with others,” said VBT president Gregg Marston. “We also know that all of us who are considering a travel experience to a new destination want to learn from those who have gone before. It’s…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces Four New Tours for 2013

Featuring Off-the-Beaten-Path destinations in Italy, France and the U.S. Bristol, Vermont- VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations will introduce four new destinations to their catalog of 2013 vacations including Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages, Walking the Italian Lakes, Heart of France Bike & Barge and Colorado: Biking the Rockies. Travelers can explore Sicilian culture and cuisine on a biking tour along the Mediterranean Island’s southern coast on Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages. VBT’s Walking the Italian Lakes vacation gives guests a chance to explore the secluded shores of Northern Italy’s waterways. The Vermont travel company presents a unique way…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces Title Sponsorship of 7th Annual Kelly Brush Century Ride

Vermont’s largest charity bike ride set for September 8, 2012 BRISTOL, VT—VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is the title sponsor of the 7th Annual Kelly Brush Century Ride, in Middlebury, Vermont, now the state’s largest charity bike ride and the largest hand cycling event in the Northeast. “VBT has had a close association with the Kelly Brush Foundation’s Century Ride since its inception six years ago, and because the partnership has been so rewarding for all of us, we wanted to take it to the next level,” said VBT President Gregg Marston. “We’re proud and delighted that the name of…

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VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations Unveils New Website

Redesigned “User Friendly” Website Offers Enhanced Features, Instant Access to Videos Bristol, Vermont – Visitors to www.vbt.com will find that navigating the website is smoother and more rewarding than ever, now that VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations has redesigned its site to be more user friendly. “More and more travelers are turning to our website for clear, concise, and up-to-the-minute information on our great selection of vacations, available departures, and value pricing,” Gregg Marston, President of VBT, said. “Our newly redesigned website makes it easier than ever for travelers to get to know us better—and faster—than ever before. “We’ve made…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacation Guests Help Save Rare Tawaki Penguin While Traveling New Zealand’s South Island

Adding a Penguin Rescue to the highlights of their New Zealand Biking Vacation BRISTOL, VT — On a recent biking vacation through New Zealand’s South Island, while staying at Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki, four VBT guests pitched in to help return a disoriented Tawaki penguin to the sea. Tawaki penguins generally leave the ocean for the rainforest as they molt throughout January and February. The penguin in question was prepared to return to Tasman Sea. However, hunger and fatigue caused him to lose his way and he ended up dodging traffic at Knights Point Lookout on Highway 6 in Haast.…

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Easy Adventure: A Supported Bike Tour Exploring Lake Champlain With VBT

Eastern Slopes - By Tim Jones My sweetheart Marilyn and I have done a lot of bike touring together since we bought our tandem bicycle. It’s great exercise, a wonderful way to appreciate beautiful scenery together, and definitely our favorite way to travel . . . We’ve done several “self-supported” tours, including Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket with our luggage in our BOB trailer. We’ve also done three “semi-supported” tours, including two in Quebec, one in the Eastern Townships , and one on theVéloroute des Bleuets in the Saguenay Region north of Quebec City. These semi-supported tours had us…

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VBT Releases Latest Catalog of Worldwide Bicycling and Walking Vacations

Latest catalog includes six new vacations for 2012 and a $200 special discount offer BRISTOL, VT — With the release of VBT’s latest catalog of bicycling and walking vacations the Vermont-based company is excited to enter into its 41st year of excellence in providing the highest quality vacations at unsurpassed value. VBT’s new, comprehensive catalog provides in-depth descriptions and itineraries of their full-line of 39 vacations in 26 countries, including some of their most popular biking trips, Tuscany by the Sea, Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast and The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria. Along with the catalog’s release, VBT is offering…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations and France Guide Announce Vitivini 2011 Sweepstakes

A Chance to win an air-inclusive, trip for two to France BRISTOL, VT — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has teamed up with France Guide, the official website of the French government tourist office, to giveaway a free, air-inclusive, trip for two to France. Vitivini/VBT 2011 Sweepstakes will give one winner a trip for two to experience France’s celebrated culinary and winemaking tradition while exploring some of France’s most enticing landscapes by bike. The contest winner will have the option to choose either VBT’s Burgundy: The Wine Route vacation or VBT’s Provence: The Alpilles vacation. On VBT’s Burgundy Bike Tour,…

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New York Times Travel: Tackling Maine’s Rugged Side by Bike

The New York Times - By Eric Lichtblau OUR ragged band of bike riders pedaled down Crooked Lane in search of a rest stop. In front of an old stone barn, amid a pastoral setting that is part Rockwell and part Cézanne, Harry Owen and his dog Rufus were waiting for us. Harry, a spry 85-year-old with a Mark Twain mustache and a wit to match, waved us onto his lush green farm. Then he gave us a tour of the place: the historic barn where he keeps his 1929 Ford Model A roadster pickup; the veranda where the Rockefellers…

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VBT Announces Publication of Complete Catalog of 2012 Bicycling and Walking Vacations

Offering 39 trips in 25 countries, VBT includes Air Fuel Surcharges in 2012 prices—The Best Value Guaranteed BRISTOL, VT — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has published the first comprehensive catalog of its 2012 line of active vacations. Available now, the lively, full-color catalog presents 4 new biking trips and 2 new walking trips among VBT’s 39 vacations in 25 countries. “This truly is a pathway to discovery,” VBT President Gregg Marston said, holding the 178-page catalog. “We’re tremendously proud of the way our vacations engage our travelers in the daily life, culture, and beautiful landscape of our destinations. More…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Honored by Gov. Shumlin

Shumlin Cites 40 Years of Economic, Recreational, and Cultural Benefits to Vermont and Its Residents MONTPELIER, VT — Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has honored VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations with an executive proclamation congratulating the award-winning tour operator on its 40th anniversary. Signed by Gov. Shumlin on July 21, the proclamation cites VBT’s four decades of significant contributions to the State of Vermont in the areas of economic development, recreational activity, and cultural achievement. “Since its establishment forty years ago, VBT has grown to offer an award-winning collection of thirty seven vacations to twenty six countries,” the Governor’s proclamation reads.…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Named Among World’s Best Tour Operators by Travel + Leisure Magazine for 2011

Second consecutive year that VBT makes prestigious top 25 list BRISTOL, VT — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has been named among the 2011 World’s Best Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters by Travel + Leisure magazine. It is the second consecutive year that VBT has made the list of the world’s top 25 tour operators. “We are so grateful to our travelers for voting us to this prestigious list,” VBT President Gregg Marston said. “It’s a strong sign of our deep commitment to providing our travelers with the best value, unforgettable cultural discoveries, and life-changing experiences. I’m extremely proud of…

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VBT pedals into fifth decade

The Addison Independent - By Andrew Stein When John Freidin founded Vermont Bicycle Tours in the early 1970s he never imagined that 40 years later the company would grow to annually serve 5,000 travelers in 26 countries. He didn’t know of any businesses at the time that were based on bicycle touring. A young Middlebury College professor of history, Freidin recently recalled that he was trying to escape the world of academia. On the suggestion of a colleague, he and a fellow professor took an overnight bike trip through Vermont. “About midway through the first day I had this flash…

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Vermont company offers a two-wheel view of the world

The Rutland Herald - By Bruce Edwards BRISTOL — As a former investment adviser, Gregg Marston always felt an obligation to get the best return on his clients’ money. Marston and his employees take that same approach at VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations — the 40-year-old tour company. “I feel a tremendous responsibility to our customers to deliver an excellent experience,” said Marston, who spent 23 years in the investment field before making a career change. Marston was already managing VBT for Grand Circle Travel in Boston when he and his wife, Caroline, purchased the Bristol company in 2005. Headquartered…

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Announces Four New Trips for 2012

Tuscan Hills Bicycling Tour Returns to Colorful Slate of Vacation Offerings Thanks to Overwhelming Interest of VBT Travelers BRISTOL, VT — Frequent requests from travelers have led VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations to bring back its Tuscan Hills bicycling trip, one of four new vacations for 2012 offered by the company, a leading provider of international deluxe active bicycling and walking tours. “The requests have been continual and passionate over the past few years,” Gregg Marston, President of VBT, said. “Our travelers made it clear that they want to encounter the extraordinary scenic beauty and unique way of life in…

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Homegrown- VBT Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Charlotte News - By Elizabeth Bassett Gregg Marston sounds like a motivational speaker. One you can trust. President and owner of VBT Vermont Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Charlotte’s Marston says, “I like to think we create ambassadors.” VBT operates about 400 small-group, deluxe bicycle and walking tours each year, from Vermont to Patagonia and Europe to the Far East. “VBT makes it possible for people to immerse themselves in other cultures, to meet people without barriers.” National Geographic Adventure magazine named VBT “one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth,” and, two years in a row, one of…

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Gregg Marston pedals success

Company Profile from the Charlotte Citizen Ever dreamed of sipping Burgundy wine in the vineyards of Côte de Beaune? Or perhaps tasting fresh pressed olive oil under the Tuscan sun? Or maybe just exploring the Lake Champlain Islands for the first time? VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has your ticket. Based in Bristol and founded in 1971 by Middlebury College professor John Freidin, VBT offers 37 bicycling and walking tours in 26 countries around the globe. Some of them include France’s famous wine country, Italy’s historic Tuscan coast and – as part of this year’s 40th anniversary celebration – Vermont’s…

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VBT, locally owned and operated company, celebrates 40 years in Vermont

Company founded by Middlebury College professor has been biking and walking the world since 1971 BRISTOL, VT — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, a locally owned travel company founded in an 18th-century barn in Bristol, Vermont, is celebrating 40 years of providing award-winning deluxe active vacations. VBT has small-town roots, founded in 1971 by John Freidin, a Middlebury College professor who then offered affordable weekend cycling getaways in Vermont. Today, VBT offers an award-winning collection of 37 vacations in 26 countries, including its core international Bicycling Vacations, Bike & Barge Vacations in Europe, and Walking Vacations around the world. Throughout…

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VBT Vacation is the top prize on The Price is Right

Special promotions tied to VBT’s 40th anniversary celebration BRISTOL, VT — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, an award-winning international tour operator, is appearing on The Price Is Right television show on Wednesday, March 16. The Price is Right is television's longest-running game show in this, its 39th season and is hosted by actor/comedian Drew Carey, on the CBS Television Network. VBT is marking its 40th Anniversary in 2011 and this appearance ties into VBT’s year-long celebration and includes the offer of an all-expenses paid trip for two. The showcase winner will enjoy VBT’s Burgundy: The Wine Route, a 10-day cycling…

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VBT Management Team to Join 40th-Anniversary Trips

Special events will thank customers and ask them to help shape company’s future BRISTOL, VT — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, an award-winning international tour operator, is marking its 40th Anniversary in 2011. To celebrate, the company is offering special events and tours throughout the year. “All of us – VBT associates here in Vermont and around the world – are so pleased to have ‘been on the map’ for four decades,” said Gregg Marston, president of VBT. “But there’s more reason than that to celebrate. What makes us most proud is the fact that we’ve been providing powerful experiences…

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VBT Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Vermont-Based Tour Operator Still Delivering Exceptional Value and Unique Experiences BRISTOL, VT — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, an award-winning international tour operator, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2011. VBT was founded in 1971 by a Middlebury College professor who offered affordable weekend cycling getaways in Vermont. Today, VBT is still a family-owned, Vermont-based business and offers an award-winning collection of 36 vacations in 25 countries, including its core international Bicycling Vacations, Bike & Barge Vacations in Europe, and Walking Vacations around the world. "Over the last 40 years, VBT has remained strong through many changes in the economic…

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VBT Announces New Facebook and Twitter Presence

President shares vision of “community of like-minded travelers” BRISTOL, VT — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has launched a new Facebook page and Twitter account, the company announced today. “Our travelers are historically very engaged with us, both before and after their trips,” said Gregg Marston, the company’s President. “We see these new venues of communication as two more ways to facilitate discussions between us, and a way for our travelers to connect with VBT and other travelers directly.” Marston calls his company’s new online presence “a passionate community of like-minded travelers” – one in which both present and future…

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VBT Releases Full Catalog of 2011 Bicycling and Walking Vacations

Catalog of dreams encompasses company’s 36 trips in 25 countries BRISTOL, VT — VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has announced its full line of 2011 trips in one comprehensive catalog, available now. The 174-page catalog describes in detail the 36 deluxe bicycling and walking vacations in 25 countries offered for the 2011 season. “We are especially thrilled this year to present all of our active vacations in one beautiful, full-color digest that will look great on anyone’s coffee table,” says Gregg Marston, the company’s President. “I consider this much more than a catalog,” Marston continues. “We’ve had great success in…

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VBT Active Vacations Announces Two New Trips

Walking Tour to Costa Rica and Bicycling Tour to Hungary Offer Trademark Value BRISTOL, VT — VBT Active Vacations, a leading provider of international bicycling and walking tours, has announced the launch of two new itineraries in 2010: Walking Costa Rica’s Central Highlands Walking Vacation and Hungary & Slovakia: The Best of the Danube Bicycling Vacation. According to VBT President Gregg Marston, these new vacations offer travelers “an enhanced selection of itineraries to choose from,” at the company’s trademark exceptional value. Walking Costa Rica’s Central Highlands represents the 39-year-old company’s newest addition to its new-for-2010 line of walking vacations, which…

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