Several years ago, I had a great idea. Instead of the usual birthday presents for my adult kids, I would give them a trip that we could take together. Not only would this be more meaningful and memorable than the usual cash or clothes, but I could get to enjoy their birthday presents, too! Being an avid bicyclist, I decided that a bike trip with VBT would be the perfect opportunity to put this concept into practice. My son needed no arm twisitng, and off we went to Vermont for the Champlain Lake tour, and what a great time we had. Unfortunately, my daughter was not quite as enthusiastic when it came time for her trip because she is not really a biker, and was unsure if she could keep up or would even enjoy it for that matter. So wth this in mind, I selected the Natchez Trace tour since it seemed to offer many things in addition to biking. Trooper that she is, she agreed to give it a try -“I’ll try anything once” was a comment I remember! Any way, this turned out be be a great choice. We stayed in interesting and comfortable B&Bs, visited fascinating sites such as the Vicksburg Battlefield and Natchez Mansions, and cycled through scenic and for the most part flat country. How did she do on the bicycle? Just fine. She pedaled as long as she wanted to, and then before the whining started, along came the van to pick up the bike and her to whisk her down the road. On the last full day of riding, she did over 40 miles on the smooth, flat Natchez Trace. Not bad for someone who isn’t into biking! The great thing about this tour was the variety of activities it offered. In Vicksburg we toured the battlefield with an expert guide. In Port Gibson we had dinner at an antebellem mansion where a gospel trio performed before dinner. After dinner, the ladies dressed up in civil war era gowns, to the accompaniment of much laughter and camera flashes.One day when we had some drizzle, she opted to go with some of other ladies and visit some historic churches in the area and then met the bikers at “the world’s best chicken” place for lunch. In Natchez, we got tickets to visit several of the beautiful mansions that were within biking distance of the hotel. All in all, it was just great that there were opportunities to bike if you wanted to and alternatives if you didn’t want to. My son and I have already gone on a second bike trip and the question remains will my daughter go on another? Well, I’m not sure, but hey, no problem: Costa Rica hiking, here we come!
A Great Combination of Biking and Other Features
Shipnc, Concord, NC
This tour was a wonderful combination of exercise and relaxation.
The Natchez Trace Tour consisted of five days of biking at an easy pace on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Parkway with its excellent paved surface, light, non-commercial traffic, and a speed limit of 50 mph provided a safe and relaxing biking trail of undulating hills. We travelled through beautiful forests and farmland, with opportunities to take in some of the history of the Trace. The stays in the antebellum inns were delightful with large, well-appointed rooms and excellent dining. During our stays in Vicksburg and Natchez, we learned about the Civil War battles in this area and about the era of cotton plantations. The tour provided exercise, history and good food with attentive guides.
Strawberry12, Halifax, NS, Canada
Southern Charm and History Abounds
This VBT trip exceeded expectations. The mansions we stayed in were stunningly beautiful, and the rides along the Natchez Trace were lovely and well paced. Of special note, was the day riding through the Vicksburg National Park and seeing all the monuments and learning about the battle of Vicksburg. The guides and extra activities were marvelous, as were the meals and friendly folks we rode with and met along the trail.
Cricket, Charlotte, NC
Highly recommend the Mississippi trip
Biking on the Natchez trace and being immersed in the history and culture of the area was the perfect getaway. The trace is beautiful and, with few cars, a very peaceful place to ride. Doug and Michelle were the perfect leaders who attended to all details making for a worry free and relaxing week.
Biker101, Arlington, MA
I had never been to Acadia, what an introduction. This was an exceptionally well thought out adventure that gave us full exposure to Acadia and the people and culture of Maine. It was extremely well organized and first class in every way, accommodations, locations, guides, service. Safety was always paramount. Anne and Justin were a fabulous team. I will definitely be coming back to Acadia and to VBT!
Boba27, Boston, MA, USA
Our experience on the VBT Pure Acadia trip was outstanding! The trip leaders were seasoned, safety conscious, and serious about providing a great vacation for us. Very well organized and spectacular scenery. I wish I could do it again next week!
CES183, Greenville, SC, USA
This tour offered top notch lodging with charm and comfort, safe and varied routes that led us to and through many ecosystems.
When my husband and I sign on to a bike trip, we always choose VBT. We love the adventure that the daily itinerary provides as we seek yellow farmhouses, pass acres of vineyards and sample a variety of wines, sample fresh seafood, enjoy the smell and sight of crashing waves along the Pacific Coast, follow the Russian River to shady Redwood forests and charming towns. The lodging is always top notch and way beyond the sterile hotels and motels of many trips. The two staff are well informed about the area traveled and their language lessons, tips on proper etiquette and sense of humor make each day a learning and fun experience. The bicycles provided by VBT are trouble free, comfortable and fitted to each of us individually. The days are planned to allow us to choose the length and difficulty of routes as several options are always available. We feel free to independently go at our own pace, always finding others of like ability to cycle with. Yet the two staff, one on bike sweeping after the last biker and one driving the van and meeting us along the route with water refills and snacks make us feel quite secure and confident that we shall find our destination. Should trouble arise, we know that help will soon arrive. We have never had a bad experience with VBT and the extra learning opportunities provided by VBT beyond the biking make the price a fine value.
Val6, Boulder, CO 80305
How do you write a review saying your trip was perfection and make it sound plausible? Wine country was my first VBT, joining 5 friends for what was to become a fabulous week. Meeting13 new people who were all wild and crazy was a plus! But having to great ride leaders, Jonathan and Dan who were great domestiques added to the fun! I am sure that having great weather and just a “few” bottles of good Californian wine polished off what I would say was an A+ week. Thanks to everyone for making the week one to be remembered!
Candi1465, Steamboat Springs, CO
This was our 4th VBT trip and there is a reason we keep returning to VBT. This tour offered a perfect variety of scenery from ocean to redwoods to vineyards. Our trip leaders offered great options for riding and local activities. The lodging was very nice and the complementary beverages and treats were much appreciated. The lunches our trip leaders provided for us were lovely. I would highly recommend this tour!
Kitty, Rochester MN
Vermont fall colors and bike trails
I thoroughly enjoyed my VBT bike tour of Vermont. The guides were very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. I learned a lot about the local history of Lake Champlain. The food was excellent and integrated the local produce and culture well. Loved the trip and would highly recommend VBT for your next bike tour.
None at this time, Nowhere
Experience the beauty of the desert
My first trip to Arizona could not have been more special or memorable. I had no idea that there were so many different types of cactus. This trip included a visit to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as well as rides through Bisbee, Tupac, Tucson and Sagauro National Park. The co-participants were fun and pleasant companions. The accommodations were wonderful. The guide leaders were extra ordinary, knowledgeable, competent, fun, and very accommodating with request. The guide leaders were local and were exceptional in reading the weather, our personal meteorologists.
Gma little, Santa Clara, CA, United States
Southern Charm X's 10!
First time VBT rider and I can’t say enough good stuff about the trip, the guides or the company. The trip exceeded my expectations! Great southern history wrapped up in beautiful scenery, incredible food, great service, good accommodations and interesting people! If you’ve never ridden with a group, this is a great first time trip. It’s obvious VBT knows what they are doing and trains their people well. You won’t be disappointed!
Jenni 1960, Fort Worth, TX, USA
A Southern Treat!
This trip was customer support at its very best. It exceeded all of our expectations. Trip leaders, Sarah and Natalie created a relaxing, enjoyable vacation filled with fun! All tasks and special requests were met with smiles and a can do attitude. This incredible duo were a great, professional team.
Special, beautiful and loads of fun
There is no better way to see the Vineyard and Cape Cod than by bike, that is with VBT. I have taken lots of adventure trips with several different companies but VBT is, by far, the best.
The trip leaders are very seasoned, experienced professionals who truly care that the experience is a positive one for all of the participants. They are easy going, flexible and determined to meet each individual’s needs. I have never met a VBT leader that I did not genuinely like and admire.
Throughout the years, I have gone on 4 VBT trips and I now can say that I have finally learned my lesson, which is NOT to waste time with other companies who hire young, inexperienced leaders who are more interested in partying than leading. I cannot stress this enough. There is no comparison with VBT when it comes to professionalism and experience. The leaders truly do make all the difference on adventure trips.
The hotels on this particular trip do not get any better. They were charming and beautiful with great food and super service.
Honestly, it was a perfect experience for me and my daughter. I highly recommend it for anyone. Also, VBT is happy to customize a trip for a family or group that is big enough—fun, fun and more fun!
Mickie, Newport Beach, CA, USA
Wonderful biking experience
I now know first hand why VBT is rated number one biking company. The trip my husband and I took to Massachusetts in May exceed any and all expectations I had regarding our trip. Two standouts that “made” out trip were the fantastic, knowledgeable trip leaders and the fifteen other awesome folks that we shared this vacation with.
Rita, Mississippi Gulf Coast
We had an incredible time on our VBT multi-sport adventure to New Zealand. This was our third VBT trip. New Zealand is a special place and our guides, Jan, Josie and Broni brought magic to the tour. Their knowledge of the country, the people and the natural beauty of the South Island so enhanced our trip. If you like to hike, bike and kayak, enjoy good wine and great beer, fresh seafood, and love the natural beauty, amazing landscapes and warm friendly people, this is the trip to take.
TomWS, St Louis, MO, USA
The Best VBT trip Yet
We have been on several VBT trips over the years and everyone seems to to be better than the previous. This is true of the New Zealand trip. Our guides, Jan, Josey and Broni where not only helpful with all the loading, unloading and travel; but where extremely knowledgable of the plants, animals and geologic history. We would recommend the New Zealand bike and hike trip for anyone.
Marilyn and Marc
Marilyn and Marc, Saint Louis, Missouri
Amazing scenery, awesome guides and lots of fun!
VBT’s New Zealand hike & bike tour is fabulous! I really enjoyed the amazing scenery on both our trail rides and our hikes. The guides were super enthusiastic and knowledgeable, I learned so much about the culture and flora and fauna of New Zealand.
JenG, Portland, OR, USA
Exceeded my expectations!
This is our third VBT trip so we had high expectations. This exceeded them. Jan, Wayne & George were fun and were so informative in their knowledge of the flora and fauna of the areas we traveled, knowledge of the landscape, as well as the Maori traditions that we, not only learned but, we felt the pride of country they exuded. These guides were funny and warm and took us to places we would not have seen otherwise. Loved it!!
JOANNA, Albuquerque, NM
Really fun trip
New Zealand is a beautiful country with really fun and interesting people. But the trip leaders made this an exceptional experience. The trip was well organized and the leaders were knowledgable about the country, its history, and people. They even provided some unexpected fun activity option. The leaders kept us laughing the whole trip.
Great Kiwi Experience!
We loved our hiking/biking/kayaking trip to New Zealand South Island. The guides were amazing, there are incredible vistas around every turn and the trip coordination was flawless. Also, because VBT hires all local guides, we received great recommendations for restaurants and optional tours on our extension. We also learned some new Kiwi phrases. A gob-smacking adventure!
JanJan, St Louis
Rich in culture, excitement, and new experiences
This was an eye opening and culturely enriching experience that exceeded our expectations. We loved our exceptional trip leaders, the local people, the blend of cycling, spas, beautiful hotels, resorts, local history and local artesian shopping. Exotic fruits and fish were in abundance. We will never forget this trip. Already thinking about our next VBT trip.
Cher127, Ferrisburgh, VT, United States
An excellent adventure
This was an excellent tour. We learned a great deal about Vietnam and saw parts of the country that you could only see and visit on a bicycle. The trip was very well organized and the guides were outstanding.
ChuckF, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Incredible learning and cultural experience.
Tang and Dat were phenomenal guides. I loved that one was from Hanoi and and one from Saigon so we could get both perspectives. Our guide in Cambodia was also incredible- knew exactly how long things would take and what time we should get to the temples to see sunrise/sunsets and avoid crowds. All hotels were awesome but the Sofitel in Siem Reap was the best hotel I have ever stayed in.
A Unique Experience
Our previous VBT trips were wonderful, but this was over the top. We visited small villages that tourists could never find, rode past ornate Buddhist temples and water buffalo, and tasted dragon fruit out of the field. Our guides were everywhere and their crew was there to be sure no turns were missed or traffic to worry about.
The hotels were fabulous and the meals terrific. This is one we will be talking about for years.
SKMc, San Francisco, CA, United States
Great value, plus excellent guides!
VBT came highly rated from friends and family so we knew we were in for a treat. And we were, for sure! Great value compared to other similar outfits. The guides were professional, knowledgeable, and accessible. Fellow travelers were awesome and fun to spend time with. Of course the countries we visited were beautiful and so friendly. Vietnam was awesome. We are definitely going to vacation again with VBT. No doubt.
Jim Ford, Kensington, MD
VBT’s attention to detail in every way made our trip to Vietnam fun AND informative. Our guides were so knowledgeable about the country and biking while experiencing it all was a great way to go.
Vietnam is an fascinating country and it was great to see it by bicycle. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and went out of their way to make the trip enjoyable for everyone. Everything was incredibly well organized and all support staff were lovely.
susand, New Jersey
This trip far exceeded my expectations. The insight provided by the guides Dat and Kha into the culture and history of Vietnam was exceptional. Flying to three different portions of the country provided a nice perspective. The post trip to Cambodia was also wonderful with our guide Jun. He was thoughtful in his presentations and attention to our needs. Our accommodations were exceptional. The breadth of experiences both in the Vietnam trip and the post trip to Cambodia were outstanding.
Diane W, Winchester
Cultural Enrichment at its Finest!
The exquisite beauty of this country is astonishing. I love cycling in every country I’ve been to. You really feel and see the local way of life. I enjoy experiencing local culture up close and with local guides.
CynthiaT, Pensacola, FL, USA