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Traveling the VBT Way

Become a globetrotter on a VBT walking tour. Hike ancient footpaths through terraced hillsides, stroll along winding cobblestone streets, and immerse yourself in local culture as one of our Trip Leaders guides you through a thoughtfully designed walking tour. No matter what your speed or activity level, there’s something for experienced walkers and enthusiastic beginners to enjoy.

Ramble through the rolling hills and sheep-dotted pastures of the English countryside, walk over a 2,000-year-old Roman bridge in the heart of Portugal’s wine country, roam through the ruins of Pompeii, meander among the stalls of a sprawling outdoor market in Provence, and much more as you explore the little-known parts of the world’s most beloved destinations.

Inclusions

  • Local trip leaders
  • Luggage transfers
  • Admission fees to local attractions
  • Cultural activities like cooking classes and guided city tours
  • Speciality transportation like ferry and train rides
  • Accommodations and most meals
  • Set of walking poles (2)
  • Your choice of VBT branded gear for your adventure
  • Even more with the Air Package

Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America's First National Park

Starting from 6 days at

$3,195

The aroma of pine needles and the windblown mist of geysers await your arrival to the walker’s paradise of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy/Moderate
Walking
Walking Tour

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 explore, 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

Relatively flat terrain. Well-kept paths. Fine for occasional walkers.

  • Average Daily Mileage: 2–5 mi.
  • Average Daily Walking Time: Up to 4 hrs.

Easy/Moderate

Ideal for those who walk regularly. Footing may be on a variety of surfaces. No extended ascents or descents, but some rewarding climbs.

  • Average Daily Mileage: 3-6 mi. 
  • Average Daily Walking Time: Up to 5 hrs.

Moderate

Suitable for experienced walkers who are comfortable with ascents and descents. Uneven terrain is possible. Elevation gains of up to 2,000 feet.

  • Average Daily Mileage: 4-8 mi.
  • Average Daily Walking Time: Up to 6 hrs.

We’ve Got Your Back

We offer support throughout your journey, from our expert tour consultants—who are eager to help you prepare—to shuttle services, baggage transfers between hotels, and snacks and water along the route. For emergency travel services, our partner ONE CALL Worldwide Travel Services Network is a phone call away.

Meet Your Leaders

Your professional Trip Leaders are bilingual and native to the regions they guide, providing you with insider access and local knowledge. You will also meet locals and friends of VBT who delight in sharing their skills with you, which might include sailors, naturalists, sommeliers, kayak instructors, truffle hunters, professors, artists, tradespeople, and farmers.

Typical Day on the Trail

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You’ll be burning calories on your daily walks, so you can always look forward to a wonderful breakfast, with choices that reflect the regional cuisine. You might have yogurt, fruit, eggs, and croissants in Provence, or a fruit-filled bombolone pastry and cappuccino in Italy.

Your morning walk is underway, at a pace and distance that suit your fitness level and the way you feel today. Walking alone or with traveling companions, you’ll find that your route has been designed to highlight the beautiful natural landscape, whether alongside the waterfront of the Italian Lakes District or through a garden in New Zealand.

Refresh yourself with fruit and refill your water bottle when you meet our support van at an arranged place and time. As you continue walking, you might recognize the views of St. Gilgen, Austria, from the opening scenes of The Sound of Music, or a local might stop to share why it is known as Mozart Village.

Gather for a home-cooked lunch at an agriturismo farmhouse for an olive oil tasting and Tuscan specialties. Or perhaps your Trip Leaders will surprise you with a picnic lunch full of treats picked up at local markets.

It’s entirely up to you. You may carry on with another fascinating walk, keeping a sharp eye and a keen ear for local bird species. Or you might decide to take a swim in your inn’s pool and sit in the shade with a good book and a cold drink.

The afternoon shadows transform the ambiance at Machu Picchu and elegantly extend from Songtsam Monastery over Shangri-La. Then again, maybe it’s time for a late afternoon amble to a local pub in bucolic Ireland.

With an invigorating, satisfying day of walking and discovery behind you, it’s time to eat. Gathering for dinner is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow travelers, as you sit, relax, and share stories of your day on the trail. You can count on your Trip Leaders to arrange meals at restaurants with cuisine that shows off locally sourced ingredients and delicious recipes.

The stars are twinkling, the breeze is refreshing, and another day of walking and discovery awaits. In the glow of happiness, you might wish to toast the beauty of the world around before turning in.

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 around sunny Croatia 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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We came with good friends and made lots of new ones. Our two guides made the trip so much better than if we had done this on our own. Everyone in Portugal seemed to want us to have a good time.

JPBZone, Houston, TX, USA

Pathways of Portugal: Walking the Douro Valley

Did not think it could be as great as two earlier bike tours but it equaled or surpassed. Not a minute that was not enjoyable. People, views and places to stay were of high level. Guides were outstanding.

Kurt,

Pathways of Portugal: Walking the Douro Valley

This tour in the Douro valley of Portugal was a very rewarding experience. Great sights, knowledgeable guides and very interesting accommodations. The local people made you feel welcome everywhere, even in their homes. Also great wines.

tuxpearl, New Hampshire, USA

Pathways of Portugal: Walking the Douro Valley

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