Experience the VBT Difference
Excellent experiences + low prices = unsurpassed value
We only have ten days to wow you, so we pack them with creative itineraries, dazzling routes, fun activities, cultural interaction, and daily choices. It all happens in between stays at charming accommodations with great amenities and cuisine. Two superb Trip Leaders make sure all goes smoothly, sprinkling in a few surprises along the way. The biggest surprise? It’s all yours at an amazingly low price no one can beat.
98% of our travelers plan to travel with VBT again and more than 99% say they’ll recommend us to their friends
It’s All Included!
- Roundtrip international airfare (with Air Package Plus)
- All transfers to and from the airport
- All accommodations
- Most meals
- FREE use of a customized VBT bicycle and helmet or VBT walking poles or skis
- Services of two local, expert, bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
- Guided sightseeing as described in your itinerary
- Unique authentic, cultural activities
- 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
- Special Good Buy Discount
- On-tour support vehicle and transportation between sites
- Daily maps and directions
The most affordable, comprehensive trips of their class
Simply put, VBT’s prices are lower than any other active vacation tour companies’, and we give you more for your money — without sacrificing quality. Why over pay when you can enjoy outstanding quality that is not only affordable, but more comprehensive? Unlike our competitors we include almost everything for one low price – with no last-minute “extras” to boost your price.
How do we do it? We buy directly, leverage our long-term vendor relationships, manage our currency conservatively, and most importantly, we accept lower profit margins in order to pass on savings. For more details on how we help you save, click here.
Forty two years of travel expertise
In 1971, a Middlebury College professor decided to turn his private passion for cycling Vermont’s back roads into something others could share: America’s first organized bicycle tours. He set up shop in Bristol, Vermont, and soon afterwards the growing Vermont Bicycle Touring began offering bicycle tours in Europe.
Today Bristol is still our home, but we now offer a full active vacation repertoire that includes 48 VBT Bicycling, Bike & Barge, Walking and Cross-Country Skiing Vacations on five continents. But no matter how far afield we roam, we never stray too far from our Vermont roots. These include a reverence for the great outdoors, a tradition of neighborliness (extended around the world), and a commitment to honest value.
It’s all about the people
We know you have other choices when it comes to active vacation providers, and we know that you will come back to the one that understands your individual needs and delivers on them. For us, it’s all about the people: we are staffed by dedicated and talented individuals who are fully invested in making this your own personal dream trip. So while your VBT vacation may be a group tour, nothing about it will feel “packaged.”
It starts with our seasoned trip planners, who carefully design unique itineraries in the world’s most interesting places. They work with our Trip Leaders to map out the most scenic and exhilarating routes. Then, they leverage our long-term group buying power with suppliers around the world, securing wonderful lodgings in top quality hotels where charm and character are complemented by comfort and convenience. Our air specialists do the same, working with major carriers to provide the best flight options at prices you could never match on your own.
When you call VBT to inquire about a trip, you won’t have endless automated phone menus but will be answered courteously by an expert Tour Consultant. He or she will explain every detail of your trip—including air travel, available optional pre- or post-trip extensions, and our optional Travel Protection Plan. Curious about the altitude on our new Colorado Rockies bike tour? Interested in detouring to your family’s Hungarian home town? Just ask your Tour Consultant. Their job is not just to take a reservation, but to make sure that the trip you reserve is the ideal one for you. And after you’ve booked, they’ll be standing by to help with any questions, right up to your departure date.
Social responsibility around the world: a VBT tradition
VBT practices socially and environmentally responsible travel, and is committed to treading lightly, respecting local cultures, and giving back to the communities that welcome us. One way we do this is by patronizing small businesses and local establishments everywhere we go. We avoid the big hotel chains in favor of smaller, more authentic lodgings where you have the opportunity to know your hosts. We patronize many family-run businesses or neighborhood cooperatives that help provide opportunities for the local population. And we partner with local experts—historians, resident artists, and community leaders—to help you get an insider’s view of the culture. In this way our host communities can be self-sustaining, while helping you sustain memories for a lifetime.