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

Posted in on Thursday, March 31th, 2018

Story by: cierra | Travel Writer


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 leader in active vacations since 1971, VBT provides travelers with the opportunity to both move their body and fully engage the senses, enriching the outdoor experience and creating awareness of the most nuanced sensory impressions. (Video: The VBT Experience)

Top summer jaunts include:

California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast

Travelers cycle rolling hills glistening with ripening grapes in Napa Valley and Sonoma County, tasting the region as they ride along landscapes that inspired Jack London and Alfred Hitchcock. From carefree beach culture of the Pacific to the arts and crafts scene of Healdsburg, and imbibing big California reds at Carneros, pinots in the Alexander Valley, and Zins in the Dry Creek Valley, the tour offers an intimate immersion into the culture, cuisine and farming of this unique region of America. Prices per person (land only) start at $2,195.

Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard

Pedaling the Cape Cod Rail Trail—a converted former railway with sweeping views of sea and shore—travelers explore quaint New England towns and famous artist colonies along the Cape Cod National Seashore. From dramatic cliffs crowned with historic lighthouses to the Cornelius State Forest, the well-crafted itinerary provides travelers an enchanting look at this idyllic escape that has drawn everyone from sun worshippers to Presidents. Select accommodations at hand-picked inns and resorts round out the experience. Prices per person (land only) start at $2,195.

Walk the Canadian Rockies: Banff & Yoho National Parks

Adventurers explore two of Canada’s most iconic National Parks—Banff and Yoho—by foot, walking beside glassy turquoise lakes and a visual bounty of glaciers, jagged peaks, diverse wildlife, and meadows bursting with wildflowers. Whether strolling through spruce and fir forest or getting a lift by gondola to hike breathtaking ridge trails, including the stunning Plain of Six Glaciers trail, or indulging in creative farm-to-table fare, travelers revel in the richness of this Rocky Mountain region. Prices per person, including airfare, start at $3,395.

Maine Coast: Purely Acadia

Traversing Maine’s craggy shoreline, soaring mountains and spruce-clad islands, cyclists experience a traditional New England way of life, riding through Bar Harbor and in Acadia National Park and meeting the hardy people who call Mt. Desert Island home. Paddling a sea kayak, enjoying a sunset cruise or whale watching, delighting in a picnic among the pines, and experiencing life as a lobsterman round out this immersion into the essence of Maine. Along the way, guests savor fresh Atlantic seafood at top-notch restaurants and resorts and the region’s famous, mouth-watering scones, pies, cobblers, and martinis infused with forest berries.

Prices per person (land only) start at $1,995.

Bicycling Quebec: Best of the Eastern Townships

Cyclists venture into the heartland of Quebec’s Eastern Townships, an idyllic haven just north of Vermont that exudes Quebecois charm and New England ambiance. Pedaling along scenic roadways skirting wide valleys and glacial-formed lakes, travelers stop at family-run vineyards to sample vintages and at a lakeside abbey to try the monks’ artisanal cheeses, indulging in the region’s unique epicurean culture—including locally-made chocolate, cider, and maple syrup pie. Prices per person, including airfare, start at $3,195.

Visit vbt.com or call 800-245-3868 for more information.

About VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

Founded in 1971, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations offers over 50 deluxe, small group Bicycling, Walking and Barge & Sail vacations at unsurpassed value throughout the world. Each trip includes all accommodations, many meals, two expert local Trip Leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and full vehicle support. Unlike other companies, VBT also includes round-trip international airfare from over 30 U.S. cities and select Canadian cities for all overseas vacations. VBT has been rated among the “World’s Best Tour Operators” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for seven years.

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