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Explore on Your Own Terms

Seeking out spontaneity? With our itineraries and expert support from behind the scenes, choose your own adventure on these flexible vacations. This travel style is perfect for small groups, couples, or riders who are looking for freedom.

Follow your own schedule, starting and stopping whenever you want—maybe to picnic on those cheeses and fresh bread you bought at the market or to explore an ancient castle half-hidden behind the trees. Embrace your independence on a biking vacation with no guides, while still relaxing fully, knowing every detail is taken care of. Enjoy all the freedom with none of the planning—the ideal vacation for independent travelers who want to experience a destination on their own timetable.

Inclusions

  • Welcome orientation and bike fitting with local host
  • Custom VBT bike, helmet, and bike bag
  • 24/7 support system (a combination of your VBT local host and travel assistance hotline)
  • VBT Road Book with insider destination information like restaurant recommendations and points of interest
  • Boutique accommodations in town centers for easy exploring and resupplying
  • Breakfast every morning at your hotel to fuel you for the day’s ride
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Ride with GPS voice navigation and printed daily route notes
  • Flat kit and multi-tool
  • Even more with Self-Guided Air+

Spain: Barcelona & Costa Brava

Self-Guided Biking

Starting from 6 days at

$1,995

Savor a free-spirited reel on Spain’s Costa Brava. You’ll set your own agenda on this inn-to-inn Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation among Catalonia’s coastal ranges and medieval enclaves.

Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy/Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available

Portugal: Porto, the Silver Coast & Lisbon

Self-Guided Biking

Starting from 7 days at

$2,895

Portugal’s scenic Silver Coast points you from Porto to Lisbon during this Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation brimming with white-sand beaches, fragrant pine forests, and historic villages.

Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy/Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available

Italy: Puglia, Alberobello & Lecce

Self-Guided Biking

Starting from 7 days at

$2,395

Savor Puglia on this self-guided biking trip, riding from one stunning historic locale to the next and stopping to explore, swim, and savor gelato along the way.

Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy/Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available

Activity Level Guide

From independent meal discoveries to route distances at your own pace—your VBT vacation is all about choices that suit your style. Decide how much or how little you wish to ride or walk, opt for social time or quiet, and explore what intrigues you most. The activity chart below will help you choose the perfect trip for you.

Easy

Ideal for recreational cyclists and first-time VBT travelers.

  • Average Daily Mileage: 15-35 mi.
  • Average Daily Cycling Time: Up to 4 hrs.

Easy / Moderate

Ideal for active beginners to more experienced riders.

  • Average Daily Mileage: 20-40 mi.
  • Average Daily Cycling Time: Up to 5 hrs.

Moderate

Terrain includes more hills. Longer distance options can be very rewarding for those who cycle regularly.

  • Average Daily Mileage: 25-60 mi.
  • Average Daily Cycling Time: Up to 6 hrs.

Moderate / Challenging

A full range of terrain mixed with moderate and challenging hills. Ideal for experienced cyclists.

  • Average Daily Mileage: 25-60 mi.
  • Average Daily Cycling Time: Up to 6 hrs.

Choose Your Ride

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Road Bikes

For enthusiast cyclists who want high performance with more positioning options.

Hybrid Bikes

Upright handlebars and wider tires for a smooth, stable ride.

E-bikes

Electric-assisted bicycle that provides extra support when needed.

We've Got Your Back

We offer support throughout your journey, from our expert tour consultants—who are eager to help you prepare—to baggage transfers between hotels; detailed route notes; and a reliable, local host for virtual on-tour assistance. For emergency travel services, our travel assistance provider is a phone call away.

Independent Exploration

Your Road Book is more than just route notes, it’s your guide to experiencing your destination like a local. You’ll find expert recommendations for everything from the best locally owned restaurants to off-the-beaten path attractions, secret beaches, and the spots with the best views.

Typical Day on the Road

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You have a full day of exploring ahead of you, so you’ll want to fuel up with your included morning meal. Whether it’s a full English breakfast in the Cotswolds or fresh fruit and a cappuccino by the seaside in Italy, you’ll start every day off with delicious regional cuisine.

Linger over your breakfast or get an early start, the day’s schedule is up to you! Begin your ride in a charming Portguese village or take off along the coast of Vancouver Island; wherever your adventure takes you, you have the freedom to ride and explore at your own pace.

Pause in a small town to explore a charming boutique, or hop off your bike to take a quick dip in the sea. You choose when to stop and explore and when to push on to your next destination.

Arrive in town and head to the restaurant recommended for lunch in your Road Book, or find a quiet spot to pull over and enjoy the view while eating your packed lunch.

Back on your bike, cycle through picturesque English countryside, or encounter the beauty of charming medieval villages on the Costa Brava.

It’s time for a late-afternoon snack, perhaps a delicious pastel de nata in Portugal or high tea in the Cotswolds if you’re feeling fancy!

Check your Road Book again to find a hidden gem of a restaurant for dinner. Relax over a bottle of wine and a delicious, locally sourced meal.

Head out for an after-dinner drink in town, enjoy an evening passeggiata, or go to bed early so you can hit the ground running in the morning, your evening plans are entirely up to you.

Choice, Comfort, and Discovery

Our trips are not run-of-the-mill tours, but creative and unusual itineraries that are crafted with great care and research. Our tour developers are not only route planners, but travel experts and cultural ambassadors who know how to weave the best elements together with the safest routes, sightseeing highlights, travel logistics, and accommodations, so you get the most out of your VBT experience.

VBT tours give you the freedom to make your vacation truly yours. If you’re hiking along the sunny coast and feel like taking a dip in the sea, go for it. A trinket catch your eye in an artisan boutique? Check it out. And while you’re at it, stop to chat with a local along the way. Live your vacation your way.

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