I’d never been to the Natchez Trace, and certainly never on a bike. It was terrific and a great way to begin with VBT. I’m now hooked, and look forward to many more!
Mississippi: The Natchez Trace Reviews
This was my first trip and it hooked me on VBT - a great mix of terrific sites, and wonderful tour guides supporting us everywhere we went.
Bubba, Atlanta, GA
Great easy riding!
We have taken at lest 10 VBT bike tours but this was special as it was my first one back after battling cancer. The ride was easy and fun. Great tours included and I am not a history buff! The tour leaders made it both luxury as well as great picnics! We took home some wonderful recipes!
Mar27, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
A WONDERFUL TOUR OF THE DEEP SOUTH
THE ACCOMMODATIONS WERE T0P NOTCH, THE PRESENTATIONS OF CIVIL WAR HISTORY WERE VERY INTERESTING. THE ROUTE WAS GOOD DUE TO LOW TRAFFIC, ESPECIALLY THE NATCHEZ TRACE ITSELF. THE LEADERS WERE EXCELLENT. THE GROUP WAS VERY COMPATIBLE BOTH SOCIALLY AND RIDING. THE ENTIRE SCHEDULE WAS
JUST RIGHT THAT ALLOWED US AMPLE FREE TIME RIDING & SIGHTSEEING.
MAXIE, New Jersey, USA
Hotels Not Up to our VBT Expectation
We enjoyed the group and the leaders. They were excellent. The biking was good with good distances and a lot of flexibility. However, the hotels were not up to the VBT standard to which we are accustomed. In Vicksburg, we were put in a basement unit with no windows and separated from the rest of the group. This unit also had some bugs in the bathroom area. In Natchez, we were put above the gift shop in a very small room that was intended for a single (all of the others in that building were singles). We thought the food was good but not great and not up to our expectations of VBT. The food high light was a barbecue lunch prepared by the leaders.
Response from: Product Team
Thank you for taking the time to review your vacation and for filling us in. We have reevaluated our accommodations on this tour and we no longer stay at the unsatisfactory inn in Vicksburg.
debz1, Milwaukee, WI
A Great Combination of Biking and Other Features
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!
Shipnc, Concord, NC
Fine Southern Hospitality
I really enjoyed this trip through the Delta, which has a culture distinct from other areas of the country and even other areas of the south. The tour leaders were fantastic and attended to our every need. Our bikes were wiped down and ready every morning with our water bottles already full, and our suitcases appeared as if by magic in our rooms at each new hotel. The route was very scenic and great for cycling. The accommodations were really lovely over all, but varied considerably from room to room. Some guests on the tour had spacious suites with views and antique art, while I found myself in a basement room or sleeping on a sofa/daybed. I traveled as a single person and had a roommate assigned to me, which may have been why my housing was not as nice. The food was generally quite tasty and usually a good representation of regional cuisine.
adventuregirl, Memphis, TN, USA
Beat my expectations!
It was actually my wife that finally convinced me to try the Natchez Trace bike tour in April 2012. She read in a book the best chances of living a long, healthy life include taking active vacations. To my surprise, the trip was very enjoyable, and we have already scheduled another trip with VBT!
Larry, Mesilla, NM, USA
A great tour for Yanks!
If you’ve always wanted to learn more about Southern culture and the War of Northern Agression, then this tour is for you. The highlights are touring the Vicksburg Military Park and visiting the antebellum houses in Natchez, while staying in great B&Bs. The Natchez Trace is less interesting (and hot in the afternoon sun), but is a great road for bicycles with little traffic and few hills.
Oregonians, Portland, Oregon
Great way to see more of the South
Loved the Inns we stayed at, the food and the antebellum houses.
Always heard about Jackson, Natchez and Vicksburg, but did not actually realize how small these towns are.
Joysea, Honolulu, HI, USA
Super trip all around.
Excellent biking and agenda.
Rooms in Jackson and Nachez were great Room in Vicksburg was a level below rustic and very subpar.
Food everywhere was great.
ENJOYED THE PICNICS
IVAN, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Superb introduction to a special place in the Soutn
As will all VBT trips the route, hotels and attractions were well planned and selected. The guides were probably the best we have had, being from the area; Natchez and nearby. They added an important local color and information to the trip. The Trace is THE place to ride; the most idealized road and rural southern scenery.
Harold, Denver, CO, USA
An historical tour as compared to a scenic landscape tour
Riding the relaxing Natchez Trace was a good warm up to the summer cycling season. While not as scenic as the Canadian Rockies or the South Island of New Zealand tours, the day long guided historical tour through the Vicksburg park was superb. The tour guides’ knowledge and the ‘rest of the story’ about people who fought at this tragic site made the trip.
Thist way to see the south and review the history of the civil war. The riding is easy to moderate.
The B and Bs I thought were great and the food delicious for breakfast especially but also for the lunch and the dinner. We met great people. It was super to have a war hero give us a tour of the military park…. meaningful from someone who experienced those times. The biking was just right in length. It was fun to have a few meals alone. The Fairview Inn was spectacular. I would recommend this tour for those who are not looking for big climbs and those who are interested in the history of the south.
Fred, Oakland, CA, USA
History comes to life
If you like history, you’ll love this tour. Biking the Trace is a beautiful way to see the deep south. The cities, towns and Inns of the south are picturesque. I had never been to Mississippi, but will definetly return. Their hospitality, attitude and grace is apparent in everything they do. The Vicksburg Military Park was a highlight. And our guide there was had an amazing grasp of civil war history.
Our guides, Nichols and Matt, were fantastic. Both from the south of course and wonderful ambassadors. They both had great recommendations for further site seeing options for all the towns we rode through. We did our own trip extension to New Orleans and Matt went above and beyond our expectations. They spoiled us for future trips.
HappyCamper1, Red Wing, MN, USA
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
Wonderful cultural experience in the Deep South.
Not only does the present renovation of the South welcome the biker, but the history of the past is accessible in depth to comprehend. The tour allows for time to really see and participate at the various locations. The guides are knowledgeable of the terrain, every turn and incline, as well as of what to see and experience. The hospitality in the antebellum plantation homes is most gracious,giving apple opportunities to relax.
Joycers, Seattle, WA, USA
Great historical and Cultural Sites
The tour incorporates great historical and cultural sites of the Civil War and the South plus bike riding the Natchez Trace can’t be beat!
Relaxed pace with beautiful scenery and much history
This tour was a little low in mileage but high on beauty, with the rolling hills of Mississippi being a perfect background for learning about the Civil War at Vicksburg. The b&bs are beautiful and the trip is worth it just to see the architecture alone.
gypsyjack, Des Moines, IA, USA
Riding along the beautiful, lightly trafficked Trace is a great experience
This is a great way to see Miss. VBT has picked a very scenic section of the Trace to ride. The best way to see the Vicksburg battlefield is by bike, and the best way to visit the graceful antibellum mansions of Nachez is by bike. With great accomodations and charismatic leaders it made for a fun week.
Skip, Millville, NJ, USA
Southern History and Hospitality
If you’re interested in southern history and culture, this is your tour. The day at Vicksburg Battlefield is a highlight, as are the picnic lunches prepared by our guides. Every day’s ride includes multiple roadside historic sites. Staying in gorgeous ante-bellum homes rounds out the experience. Riding on the Parkway is easier than some other Easy/Moderate level tours; with the shaded roadway and plenty of water, even the temperatures were not too bad for this Montana girl! Nichols and Matt set the standard for high-quality guides,taking care of problems with their southern hospitality, grace and charm. I highly recommend this tour for both value and quality.
Mamose, Missoula, MT
Vicksburg Battlefied ride was the best.
Reading history only tells part of the story. Being on the field of battle with an historian telling what really took place is something we will remember forever. Following the ride a picnic lunch was served on the grounds and what a feast we had. Glad the ride back to the B & B was not too long.
Ray65, Louisville, KY, USA
Southern History and Culture
My wife and I had a great trip and a very nice introduction to biking on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Unfortunately, the Vicksburg National Military Park was closed. The biking we did off of the parkway was a lot less pleasant and due to auto traffic and sometimes rough, broken and potholed roads was actually somewhat stressful. We had a great group and excellent leaders. I’d recommend more mileage on the parkway and less off (side trip to Windsor, for example could be by van both ways… it was not a very pretty ride and the road was quite rough). We could have easily spent more time in Natchez. Overall a very positive experience.
weatherman, Decatur, GA, USA
Excellent for first-timers. Very good for others
The MIssissippi ride is marked easy, and it is. One day’s ride is 50 miles through the Natchez Trace, a straight road from Port Gibson to Natchez, so there is no need to read a map. Everyone will find the trip interesting, but it is great for first timers, who may find other trips difficult to navigate.
Another day was a trip through VIcksburg, short rides to historical sites where different local historians talked about the south and the Civil War. It was a nice mix of riding and sight-seeing.
As always, the guides were the best.
NJRider, New Jersey
Traveling the Natchez Trace
The Natchez Trace has been a destination for me for quite awhile and with this tour, I was able to see this beautiful trail.
The tour provided a wonderful riding experience on great roads, beautiful scenery and a lot of history. A fun filled week, thank you.
Rara, North Port, FL, USA
A beautiful drive through history
The Natchez Trace Parkway is such a gorgeous and peaceful drive. I love driving it in the spring and fall when the colors are bright and coming to life. If you’re a history buff, this journey is a must. The milemarkers along the Trace provide historic facts about each spot. I also love that you won’t find any commercial trucks, stop lights or traffic. It’s an enjoyable and leisurely drive.
Julianne, Ridgeland, MS, USA
My husband has been a regular VBT customer for years. I, on the other hand, did not even own a bike. It seemed he was having too much fun, so I bought a bike, learned how to shift gears (he was a patient mentor), and we booked a trip with VBT. I have absolutely no regrets. Our group ranged from highly accomplished cyclists to nearly non-cyclists, and all were made to feel equally welcome and pampered. The cycling was so good on the Trace, almost all of us wished for more. The bikes provided were comfortable, spotless and very well maintained. The leaders could not have been more professional yet warm, and technically competent. VBT sure made a great First Impression on me.
Trek, Tupper Lake, NY 12986, USA
If you are interested in experiencing the Deep South, this is an excellent way to start. The Inns are majestic with loads of Southern history, comfort, and hospitality of the employees.
If you live in the city and are not used to nature scenes, then the Natchez Trace will be impressive. We live in the country and I found the Trace to be a bit boring in scenery as it is simply country road with woods on each side and some fields here and there. It is, however, a great ride for biking as the traffic is low and the road smooth. It is not flat but also not too awfully challenging, but challenging nonetheless. You certainly will feel as if you have done something at the end of the day.
Of course the highlight is the Vicksburg Battleground and the town of Natchez with its beautiful Southern mansions that were not destroyed during the War.
The Vicksburg Battleground is very hilly but there is a guided tour that has many stops, and often, so you don’t feel as if you are doing much difficultly at all. Visualizing what occurred there was just an amazing experience.
All in all, a good trip and, as always, in the excellent VBT style!
Bugsterry1, Haw River, NC, USA
Smootest Bike Trip
THe first evening everyone introduced themselves to one another. Most of us became on a “first-name-basis”. Doug
fitted us with our bikes and explained the gearing system. It took me a day and one-half to adjust to this gearing, but after that it was easy.
The hostess of the home where we stayed Sunday explained the history of the home and the family that built it. All very interesting. We rode around town a little the djust to the bikes.
That was iportant too.
Each day was more pleasant than the last; each house was
as interesting as the first; and each rider was as nice as could be.
Each morning at breakfast Doug told us what historical places we would be seeing and they were interesting. Each home where we stayed ws as interesting as the memorials built to honor the
soldiers of the Civil War. And each day the road became easier and smoother to ride.
It was a great trip which I would recommend to anyone of any riding ability.
Great Introduction to the Deep South
The Natchez Trace tour was a great introduction to a part of our country that I had never been to. Turned out that Mississippi has great cycling, lots of history, beautiful scenery, magnificent architecture, and friendly and interesting people.
The VBT leaders were great, anticipating our every need. Their knowledge of the local culture and history was vast, and they shared it freely with the group. Their love for the area and its people is obvious.
Jerseyflyer, New Jersey
Riding & learning --what could be better!
I’ve never been to Mississippi and thought the VBT tour of the Natchez trace would be a perfect way to see the area, learn about the history all while riding my bike–which is my favorite way to go on vacation! Our guides were delightful and incredibly
knowledgeable about the history of the area. VBT tours are top notch –everything runs smoothly and there are never any glitches on a VBT tour. A true vacation with nothing to worry about!
pcbikegirl, Palm Coast, FL, United States
Great trip for me who hasn't ridden in a long time
Wonderful trip, guides, and participants. As the “designated” weatherman of the group, it was perfect as it was cloudy in the AM because of gulf air n warmed up nicely after lunch. True pleasure in early April! Great flowers n lovely ride! And of course great food at all the antebellum lodges we stayed at. Really easy trip to go by yourself….the single supplement was well worth the $! Loved every moment!
Weather Guy, Portland, OR, United States
Great cycling, food and civil war history
I joined a great group of folks from all over North America and enjoyed the riding, companionship and the history. The food was wonderful too! The lodging placed us right in the middle of historic spots so it was easy to explore both on and off the bike. My Fuji road bike was first-rate. We even were treated with some local entertainment in Vicksburg – Gospel singers!
IPATom, Long Beach, CA, United States
Wonderful trip; great route. VBT provides excellent service and pays attention to details. Makes your vacation stressfree.
Great for Newbies!
I started the trip not even knowing if I could handle the riding but ended up having a blast and discovering I really COULD do it! The trip was challenging to riders of all levels and the guides were not only amazing but two of the most interesting people I have ever met. All our needs were met and we could focus on enjoying the experience with great new friends!
LJM7, Clinton Townshiip, MI
Another Great VBT Trip
I have been on three VBT tours. Each one was a fabulous and unique experience. I cannot say I have a favorite, they were all equally great!!
Barb31385, Evergreen, CO, United States
Great mix of riding and local colot
Every room was beautifully decorated and comfortable. The Trace was a blast to ride. The leaders were always popping up at the right time to assure everyone’s happiness. The pre dinner activities were a wonderful representation of the local people and places. Thanks for a great time VBT
Bikinglaurie, Cleveland, TN, United States
Natchez Trace Spring 2015
Great rides, guides,and inns! Perfect weather, too!
maysand, Chardon, OH
Relive history, exercise, delicious cuisine
Tried to register in 2014 but found this popular trip fully booked. We made certain this year to be early. Can’t say enough about the colorful routes, excellent guides, and fine accommodations. We were encouraged to stretch our limits, yet accepted if we wanted to stop riding. The trip includes local color, such as local experts, appropriate music and optional sites. Nutritious lunches await prepared by the guides. You will want to continue learning once back home.
Beverly, Lebanon, OH, United States
Yet another wonderful VBT trip!
As I’ve come to expect from VBT, this was another excellent tour. There was plenty of biking and the days on the Natchez Trace Parkway were wonderful (minimal hills, good road surface, nice scenery). The other activities – learning about Civil War history in the military park and touring various antebellum homes – were excellent too. And of course, the leaders were great – anticipating our every need. The only time I had to think all week was when deciding where to go for a meal at those times where it wasn’t included.
GailMW, Boston, MA
Cycling and History
Wonderful easy ride through the historic Old South.
JayR, Wilmington, DE, United States
Great trip for learning about the WBTS
I’ve been traveling with VBT since 2002 and Mississippi has been on my bucket list for several years. Had been on part of the trace in the late ‘40s and had driven across the southern portion in the late ‘70s, so this trip was my introduction to the central part of the state. Was familiar with the WBTS and it was interesting to visit these sites and imagine what the people went thru on both sides.
The guides that we had on the visits to the battlefields and the guides from VBT (one was from Maine and the other was a local lass) were superb and highly knowledgeable of the area with great suggestions of where to visit and eat. Lodgings were excellent.
Definitely rate this one as an Aplus.
HeyYou, Virginia, United States
Nice scenery and lots of history
The Natchez Trace is a pretty ride through southern woodlands and easy rolling hills. The history is what makes this trip. We stayed at antebellum historical homes converted to bed and breakfast inns. This is the way to experience the south. Toured important civil war sites and cites. VBT makes the trip easy.
DrBob, Houston, TX, United States
Fun and eye-opening
Mississippi: The Natchez Trace was a great four-in-one tour. The Natchez Trace is fantastic biking. Absolutely lovely. The Civil War history of Vicksburg was a highlight of the trip. There is a subtle beauty to MIssissipi unknown to us before our travels. And finally: the tour leaders and group were fantastic
Sallie, Ann Arbor, MI
We absolutely loved this VBT trip. first One and will definitely look into another trip!
Strichs, Tacoma, WA, United States
History, charm and beauty - it has it all y'all!
This was my first bike tour and first extensive visit to the South. The tour was sandwiched between a week in Savannah, a drive across Alabama and into Mississippi and then a few days in Memphis. It enhanced my knowledge and appreciation of its history and culture. The bike ride was a highlight – it was fun, interesting and challenging . . . Great memories!
Quigger, Spokane, Washington
Thee best yet!
What a great state to check out — Mississippi is a hidden treasure. Biking on the Natchez Trace is safe, beautiful, full of history and just an all around delight. I would do it again. VBT does a super job of setting up the itinerary. The accommodations were beyond my expectations and the food was top notch. The best vacation I have had in a long time and many thanks to VBT.
Frani, Annapolis, MD, United States
I knew I’d enjoy this trip as we had been to Natchez once years ago, but this trip was better than I had expected. The guides were so helpful and friendly. They made themselves available at all hours to pick up those from the group that wanted to party the night away at wonderful locations. The accommodations were wonderful antebellum homes; very cozy and took us back in time. The ride through the Vicksburg National Military Park was my personal favorite day. I have letters from an ancestor that was there when Gen. Pemberton surrendered, (dated 2 days after the surrender!) and to be there in the same spot was surreal. (I ended up donating the letters to the Park after I returned home). Food was wonderful, as expected. There were more hills than I expected, but that was ok at I burned off enough calories to make up for all the great food I enjoyed. The group was cohesive and friendly. I would definitely recommend this trip!
Great Cycling and History Combination
Natchez Trace cycling was our first VBT tour and it was great. The cycling was a mix of Trace cruising and routes with significant climbs – just what we wanted. The stays in Vicksburg and Natchez refreshed our Civil War knowledge; each overnight location was uniquely South with excellent breakfast choices. The tour would rate 5 Stars if the Trace provided greater vistas, but there was little wrong with mile-after-mile of forest and tranquil fields. The Guides provided thorough and honest support.
viking, Asheville, NC, United States
Welcome to Mississippi
Great experience. Everything was taken care of! We’re already looking at another VBT tour.
Tom S, Tampa, FL, United States
As usual, VBT did an amazing job making every moment a memorable one. The overall itinerary is wonderful, full of fun and interesting activities. But what’s really amazing about their trips is the attention to detail provided by the leaders. Every effort is made to surprise us with activities, food, music and personal attention.
Sixties Susie, Washington, DC, United States
Great trip. We enjoyed learning a bit re area history and experiencing some of the local culture – gospel sign was great.
Margot, Cambridge, Ma
Indulged by luxury, history and dining!
Without Expectations pre-conceived, my wife and I arrived at the Fairview and knew immediately we about to have one of the most enjoyable experiences of our lives. Greeted by Michelle and Doug from VBT, we were warmly welcomed into the group as our bike fitting and checkout rides were arranged. The Fiarview was a plush, quiet, comfortable location for the start of the trip. The Trace provided a safe, pleasant route with excellent side trips from our first day of riding with sumptuous snack and water stops. Every subsequent mansion was comfortable and quiet; food was abundant. Throughout the week we were educated by our VBT staff, local resident experts and “docents” from the parks and other locations with historical importance. Every minute was filled with opportunity while the ride connected the experiences beautifully.
John D, Satellite Beach, FL
Staying in these wonderful old antebellum homes that have been turned into Bed and Breakfasts was in itself an amazing experience. Riding on the Natchez Trace was lots of fun and seeing and learning the history of the area was very interesting. Our guides were excellent. It was my first VBT experience in the States (after 4 European trips) but it won’t be the last
Red C, Florida
The Natchez atrace
Fun time, great adventure, good bed and breakfasts. Great food!
Was a great relaxing ride thru beautiful scenery. The old pre civil war mansions were amazing as well as the history lesson about the Civil War. And the Southern food was exceptional.
KarenL, Centennial Colorado
This vacation is the best kept secret. The charm and friendliness of the people along the Natchez Trace make this vacation one we’ll never forget. The beauty of the Trace, with its lush forest and rolling hills make for a very enjoyable ride.
Birdie 74, St. Louis, MO, United States
Vicksburg was the highlight of my trip.
An excellent varied bike trip. I’d recommend it to anyone.
DanO, Phoenix, AZ, United States
Loved viewing this area on bikes! The hospitality, kindness and welcoming people of Mississippi made our stays so enjoyable.
StaceyD, Oak Park, IL, United States
Who knew Mississippi could be so much fun?
The guides really knew the history, the biscuits were fabulous, and the traveling companions were so interesting. Just a great experience and wonderful biking!
1st stateside adventure, High Point, NC, United States
Our guides, driver, the history professor, the gospel singers, the riding trails, the museums, the places we stayed, and the food…all was wonderful. I enjoyed the company of the folks on the tour, the history I learned, and the State of Mississippi. I would highly recommend this tour. I am glad that I went in November, as the temperature was perfect. Kudos to all!
PMGO, Minnesota, United States
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
Lots of History
We had a great time with our new friends on this tour. The history of the area was told in many different ways during our tour. We loved the guided tour of the Vicksburg National Battlefield. We also enjoyed the gospel group and the reenactment of slavery in Natchez. We thought this tour was more to the Moderate end of the scale rather than Easy. Our group broke up immediately when we started riding and the larger number struggled with the activity level. The introduction of E-bikes next year should help. Given the separation we often found that we were riding by ourselves along the Trace. This became boring because there is little to see on the Trace itself. We recommend visiting the Civil Rights Museum in Jackson prior to the bike trip. Our guides Doug and Michelle were excellent and very helpful regardless of the request.
Sket101, New York, USA
Great history and architecture
I thought I would slide a “domestic” VBT tour in amongst my European tours with them and I was not disappointed. Per usual, the VBT guides were fantastic with great knowledge of history as well as the area (much Civil War info). The riding is labeled appropriately as there are a few hills, but it’s mostly flat. We did ride through the Vicksburg military park which was a treat, although the unrelenting sun in early May (90 degrees) was hard on this northerner.
The accommodations were lovely- huge historic inns with sweeping porches for a nice cocktail after a hard day’s ride. Our hosts/hostesses couldn’t have been more gracious. Southern hospitality at its best in MS! I would recommend this trip as a nice winter/early spring break or even later in fall. Beautiful area.
Maine bike girl, Berwick, ME, USA
Daily features were fair
There was way too much shuttling.
Did not see a reason to start and end in Jackson – why not Vicksburg?
Friday was all in the van.
A lot of standing and listening to presentations that were too long.
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Turtle2, Florida, USA
History and Biking together - a great combination
Guides for the trip were excellent. Doug and Michelle went out of their way to make this a fun vacation. The weather was the biggest challenge – highs in the 80’s; humidity 95%+ each morning (October tour). The riding was varied, rolling hills along the Trace and some ‘killer’ hills in the Military Park. A good end of summer tour or, if you live where you can cycle outdoors in winter, it would be beautiful in the spring. Getting some miles in before the tour is great, if you can. If you are not an avid cyclist, an E-bike would help with the hills in the Military Park. Bed and Breakfast Inns were southern hospitality at its finest.
BarbI, Madison, WI, USA
A beautiful and easy ride
There was very little traffic on the Trace, making for a peaceful and safe ride. Our guides were fabulous – always quick to respond to requests or questions.
As close to perfect as you can come....
My wife and I did this trip together. It was our first time cycling in 20 literally as a result of a bad cycling accident I had at that time. All of my anxieties melted away as soon as the trip started. Our tour leaders, Doug and Michelle, were just amazing. Smart, funny supportive and both from the region so volumes of information available. We stayed in 3 different grand mansions. All were spectacular. At the Fairview we had an incredible suite and were able to explore Jackson. Next was Anchuca that had a gorgeous pool surrounded by butterflies and flowers. Felt great after a long ride in the saddle. Last was Monmouth which had glorious grounds and 2 ponds which produced some trophy large mouth bass that was not expected. We spent a full day in Vicksburg riding with a professional guide at the park who taught us more than you can imagine. Other stops included gorgeous antebellum homes, ancient cemeteries, civil war sites nd more. The riding was perfect, rolling ups and downs on the Natchez Trace with super minimal traffic. A super highlight was the group itself which was friendly, gregarious and frankly a ton of fun. There is no way to guarantee such a cohesive group on every trip but ours was fantastic. At night we had a gospel music concert, a play examining slavery from the slaves’ perspective and of course great company. Meals were terrific. Breakfast was the whole group at whichever home/mansion we were in so lots of great Southern cooking. 2 lunches were picnics prepared by Doug and Michelle and they were awesome!! Couple of lunches were on our own at restaurants in Natchez or elsewhere and these were great to explore the local cuisine. I could keep on going but the bottom line is that was an incredibly well designed trip that brought cycling, history, culture and great comraderie into a vitally perfect week.
The Weatherman, Burlington, VT, USA
Great trip! Wonderful biking! Deep dive into Civil War history
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
Good Mississippi Experience
This was a good introduction to Mississippi. The VBT guides were excellent, and Michelle couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating. I found the ride a bit on the short side — only 4 days of riding. The Natchez Trace was easy and flat but I found it a bit boring. Several reviews say this ride is easy, so I was unprepared for the steepness of the hills on the day we biked Vicksburg Military Park. It was a lovely ride but I would have enjoyed it more on an e-bike. So, overall, it was a good trip, but not my favorite VBT experience.
Irene136, Minneapolis, MN