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, past slowly spinning windmills, and along pastoral paths thick with radiant flowers and green pastures. Daily cycling excursions provide unforgettable opportunities to immerse in local culture, cuisine and the beauty of each region.
VBT is offering seven unforgettable waterways trips in 2018, including tours in Luxembourg, France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Highlights include:
Around the IJsselmeer: Bike & Sail North Holland
Guests discover the beauty, history, and sheer ingenuity of Holland’s IJsselmeer—a massive freshwater lake that was once a North Sea bay—aboard a romantic, three-masted schooner. Cycling tours include pedaling across polder lands reclaimed from the sea and through Weerribben-Wieden National Park, the largest freshwater wetland in northwestern Europe. Prices per person, including airfare, start at $4,495.
Adventurers follow the sweep of the Moselle River as it winds along half-timbered fairytale villages, old Roman outposts, iconic castles, and a gorgeous wine route connecting some of the world’s most celebrated vineyards. Bike, private barge, and rail transport guests through a fascinating corner of Europe where three countries—Germany, France, and Luxembourg—share overlapping traditions, dramatic histories, and mouth-watering cuisine and wine. Prices per person, including airfare, start at $4,465.
The adventure begins in cosmopolitan Amsterdam; as the tour progresses the spirit of the Old World reveals itself as guests cruise the timeless canals of the Low Country and view Dutch and Belgian beauty up close by bike. Explore the UNESCO-listed windmills of Kinderdijk, quiet farmlands and fishing villages, medieval Bruges and Ghent, and beyond. Enjoy Belgian beer on tap, a delicious canal-side picnic, and immerse in local customs and cultures. Prices per person, including airfare, start at $4,345
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 van 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.