This was my third trip with Vermont Bicycle Tours (VBT) and once again they surpassed my expectations. This trip was a new one for 2018 and I expected some glitches, but that never happened. My tour guides, Bodhi and Pernilla kept the group well informed, fed, riding smoothly, and aware of all the options for each day. They both gave 100%+ to make sure each of us had a good time. There was nothing they overlooked to make sure we didn’t have to worry and could just ride and enjoy the places we visited. One of the perks they provided was emailing out a short daily video with pictures from the day. Since the season was about to end for this tour my group benefited from some tweaks made to the ride routes based on early season experiences. The trip was rated as easy and this was accurate. The riding days had mileage of approximately 6, 32, 23, 36, 10, and 8 miles. I rode all the miles including the rainy day and enjoyed every bike path, country lane, and city avenue. The temperatures were cooling down by my arrival day in Copenhagen on September 6th and the summer tourist peak was over so this was a plus of September travel. The hotels on my trip were all unique, well appointed, and well located. VBT finds the best boutique hotels and most had large rooms, in my opinion, by European standards. Including the pre and post trip I stayed at The Square, V Hotel, Klosterhotel, Elite Hotel Marina Tower, and Hotel Haven. For the post trip the transit from Stockholm to Helsinki was on a ferry. OK it did carry cars and trucks, but it was more like a cruise ship as far as the accommodations and a lovely overnight experience. I didn’t expect it, but the cabin had plenty of space and there was even a small bathroom in with a shower. I used the laundry service at the V Hotel in Helsingborg and the Elite Hotel Marina Tower in Stockholm which allowed for reuse of clothing, especially sweaty bike clothes, and helped with packing less and leaving room for purchased/gifts. I highly recommend doing this, for me it takes the stress out of doing laundry in the room and hoping it dries before we move to a new hotel. The use of credit/debit cards by merchants on this trip was so extensive, even preferred, that the only cash I took out at an ATM was for the guides tips. This made the switch between currencies easy. It helps to have a currency converter app installed on your phone. VBT had all the bike routes available for offline use in Ride with GPS and that turned out to be wonderful. I recommend playing with it a home ahead of time so you arrive knowing how to use it (I didn’t and it took a ride to figure out). I choose to ride a road bike and I brought my own saddle and SPD pedals. Note, I am 4’11” and the Fuji bike I used was well suited to a shorter rider and provided a great ride for the trip. The routes are on pavement or packed gravel 99% of the time. I don’t normally ride on gravel so it took a bit for me to relax. If I did the trip again I might select the hybrid for the luxury of the kick stand and the standard VBT pannier bag. Pernilla lent me a small lightweight backpack which came in handy, for rain gear, since the bike had a typical seat post bag which only fit the spare tire tube and a few small essentials. Otherwise my bike shirts held the quintessential camera and phone, yes I still like to bring both, but many tour mates just used their phones for pictures. Several off-bike activities I recommend are taking advantage of the spa/pool/Turkish baths at the Elite Hotel Marina Tower, visiting the Allas pools and sauna if you visit Helsinki for the post trip, and picking up dinner one or two times from the local supermarkets which allows you to see what daily life is like. I had VBT set up all my airfare from my small local airport and it was worth the extra cost. I didn’t have to drive to the closest major airport, pay for parking, add a hotel stay, and add extra travel days for the driving. In summary, why I love to travel with VBT is that on a bicycle I really get to see the daily life of the local folks, make eye contact, say hello, and even have a short chat with local residents with all the logistics figures out ahead of time. This trip was top notch from start to finish and I highly recommend it.