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:
In this land of the midnight sun, riders pedal across two of Scandinavia’s most bike-friendly countries: Denmark and Sweden. Cyclists experience legendary castles, seaside charms and a shimmering archipelago dotted with fishing boats and red cottages while traversing the famous Göta Canal trail. Adventurers tap into the heart of Norse culture, exploring mythical forests, lakes and islands while still enjoying easy coastal riding, taking in magnificent Baltic Sea views, including the Kattegattleden bike route, and savoring Swedish cuisine, including the famed smörgåsbord. Prices per person (including airfare) start at $3,995.
Easy cycling routes along the snow-capped Julian Alps reveal a majestic setting as travelers roll along tranquil rivers and emerald lakes, through mountain tunnels and national parks, and experience three cultures on a single adventure—even on a single day. Travelers cycle Slovenia’s Lake Bled and marveling at its extraordinary scenic splendor and traverse a scenic paradise of rivers and small emerald lakes set against the Alps in Austria. Along the way, guests taste celebrated wines from Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Gulia region, learn secrets of Slovenian cuisine, visit a farm, mingle with the locals at a pub, and enjoy a fine selection of accommodations—including one of the most luxurious and innovative hotels in the world. Prices per person (including airfare) start at $3,645.
Cyclists follow the renowned International Danube Bike Path, hugging the picturesque shores of the waterway bordering Hungary and Slovakia. Bucolic farmland, riverside byways, and pristine lakes point the way to legendary castles, artists’ enclave, the Fertod lake region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and towns brimming with remarkably preserved architecture and fascinating history. At every turn, locals share their rich culture (and strudel-making secrets) while guests sample the many fruit flavors of Pálinka—Hungary’s national spirit. Prices per person (including airfare) start at $3,495.
Cyclists discover fascinating variety of three distinct countries as they spin from the castle towns and hushed forests of the Czech Republic to charming German villages and some of the most scenic landscapes of Austria. Medieval fortresses, abbeys, cathedrals, vineyards and serene national parks unfold as the perfect balance of discovery by bicycle, boat and foot. Pedal bucolic routes past farms, meadows and villages and cross into Germany via a unique border crossing for pedestrians and bicycles only. Along the way, explorers get acquainted with the locals in a Bavarian beer garden, at a private home and in medieval villages and preserved UNESCO towns and landscapes. Prices per person (including airfare) start at $3,795.
Germany meets France on an itinerary that celebrates the best of both as cyclists explore pedestrian-friendly spa towns, the legendary Black Forest, where guests encounter charming traditions in half-timbered villages with cobbled streets, as well as stunning views of the Vosges Mountains. Then on to the renowned wine region of Alsace, where French and German culture, language and cuisine are uniquely fused. Hearty breakfasts, homemade pastry, fine dining and more ensure that travelers have a true taste of the region. Prices per person start at $4,345, including airfare.
About VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
Founded in 1971, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations offers over 50 deluxe, small group Bicycling, Walking and Waterways “bike & boat” 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 eight years. For more information on VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, visit vbt.com or call 800-245-3868.