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Europe

Fantastic trip

Our first trip to Europe and our first bike trip and it was incredible. VBT made the trip hassle free allowing us to enjoy every moment of our trip. Seeing Europe on a bike is the best way to really see the country. Cycling through small hamlets, farm land and along rivers and canals is magnificent. The barge crew was great, trip leaders were awesome and the food was fantastic as well. A trip of a lifetime and we will return for another VBT trip.

TimN, California

Holland and Belgium Bike & Boat: Amsterdam

absorbing

Poland is fascinating. Warsaw and Krakow, especially are fantastic cities with staggering historical stories and modern vibrancy. Biking through the country side and staying in scenic villages is enthralling and extremely pleasant. Our trip leaders were extraordinary. Cheerful, expert, thoroughly knowledgeable about what we were experiencing. They always exerted extra effort to make our trip outstanding.

cliff portman, Seattle, WA, United States

Poland: Cycling through the Old World

Superb in Every way

The Croatia bike trip was simply outstanding. First and foremost, we could not have gotten better guides from Croatia to show us the islands of Hvar and Brac. The culture, the scenery, the comraderie could not have been better. Plus we learned how to ascend and descend rather large hills! Would absolutely do it again.

Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands

Great week of biking, wine and dining - perfect!

The trip was a perfect way to visit southern Portugal. The guides were awesome, always there to lend a hand or offer guidance. The bikes were outstanding – brand new fleet. The routes were interesting and scenic with little traffic. The food and wine were great. And above all the opportunity to spend time with old friends and to meet new friends was rewarding. Thanks

bikemonger, Tampa

Biking Southern Portugal: Alentejo to the Algarve

Beyond Expectations

Biking in Normandy and Brittany was recommended to us by a fellow VBT biker on our previous trip and we are so happy that we listened to him. The daily parade of classic French villages, farms, gardens, and estates were simply beautiful. Our guides Sophie and Jean were The Best, and we learned more about French culture, history, and language than we could have hoped for. We recommend this trip to everyone!

scienceteech, Elmira, NY, United States

Bicycling France: Normandy & Brittany

This tour has incredible scenery and enriching cultural attractions.

We visited Andalucia Spain with VBT in Nov. 2012. This was our 24th bicycling trip with VBT and was our best trip yet! Andalucia is more scenic than we ever imagined and the bicycling along rural roads and trails is the best way to experience this area. The longer cycling routes offered each day were through rolling hills with sweeping vistas overlooking olive orchards as far as the eye could see and small white-housed villages nestled in the hill-sides. Andalucia offers many cultural and historic attractions in Seville, Cordoba and Granada that make this a very enriching and rewarding trip.

Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky

Great family trip with two adult children

We took this trip with two adult children. One was a strong rider and the other inexperienced (they made a cyclist out of her and she came home and immediately looked at additional trips!). They both had a wonderful time and enjoyed traveling with the group. This was truly the best way to see the small towns and countryside in the area. The guides, Andrea and Zuzanna were fantastic and accommodating to all.

SG BG, Boston, MA, United States

The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria

You have to do this!

I wasn’t sure I would be able to do this ride. But I had no problem at all. I used an e-bike and kept up the group and had a ball! Everyone on the ride was wonderful and fun to be with. If you aren’t sure you might be up for a ride thru Spain, think again. Anyone can do it using an e-bike. I can’t wait to do my next trip!! Hum, where shall I go?

Linder, San Francisco, CA, United States

Spain’s Costa Brava: Cycling Dali’s Landscapes

Amazing!

Best trip I’ve ever done, I don’t intend on doing another vacation not through VBT. Great way to see the country, excellent local knowledge, best tips on local spots. The food took me by surprise at how delicious every meal was. Treated like royalty. Each B&B felt like being at home.

whitdrew10, Bend, OR, USA

Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast

Easy riding through beautiful scenery

The Belgium and Holland Bike and Barge Tour was like biking through scenes of the Dutch masters paintings. The countryside is so peaceful, and the unhurried pace of the tour gives you an opportunity to absorb this tranquility. The small towns have an old world charm about them, enhanced by the narrow roads and colorful gardens. Our fellow riders were a friendly group of people with varied interests. Having a master chef prepare the tasty and creative meals was a nightly dining treat. This was our first VBT Tour, and we are already planning our next trip.

Joyce, Auror IL

Holland and Belgium Bike & Boat: Bruges

Culturally and Historically Engaging

I never dreamed I would visit Poland and it was everything I imagined. The food, the cultural insights, and history were as fulfilling as any sensually oriented vacation. The cycling was refreshing as the countryside was clean and beautiful.

Jeannie, San Clemente, CA, United States

Poland: Cycling through the Old World

Visiting Bohemia, Bavaria and Austria

Enjoyed every minute of the adventure of riding through the countryside and exploring the cities and villages we visited. The lunch at the local home in the Czech Republic was a real highlight, as well as, the experience of crossing a small foot bridge to enter Germany.

Buzz, Chicago, IL, United States

The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria

Excellent in every respect!

This tour is excellent. The biking routes are interesting and offer challenge for all levels, with the option of a ride in the van always there for bikers who want to avoid some hills or just need a rest. The scenery is spectacular. The tour has a perfect combination of ride days and tour days. Our trip leaders were bright, personable, competent and a fun, integral part of the group. The hotels, food, and cultural events tied it all together. I highly recommend this tour. I want to go back tomorrow!

BarbBP, Wisconsin, USA

Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky

Loved Ireland!

Just returned from the VBT trip in Ireland and I can not say enough good things about it! The itinerary was excellent, the VBT guides were fantastic and loved the people on the trip with us!

JanetD, Newport Beach, CA, USA

Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast

Best time in Italy

We had a group of 12 friends and family, we had best time. We just returned a few days ago and many of our group are already talking about where should we go on our next VBT trip.

Glenn and friends, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Tuscan Coast

Bike paths were everywhere!

Belgium and Holland caters to the cyclist, so there are bike paths throughout the countryside. So nice not to have to compete with cars. The countryside and towns were as idyllic as you might imagine, and a bike is the best way to experience them.

KETL, North Carolina, USA

Holland and Belgium Bike & Boat: Bruges

first VBT trip—I loved it!

Very professionally run ! I love Aida and Samo. So hard working, knowledgeable, fun, and helpful!

Glculbe, Houston, Texas

Slovenia, Austria & Italy

Great Trip

VBT did an excellent job planning, staffing, and accommodations. The staff could not have been better. It was a beautiful river cruise with interesting villages around every bend. There were festivals and live music and delicious food and wine on and off the barge. Better than expected at every level.

Cincy Cycler, Cincinnati OH

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Metz to Cochem

Best way to see Spain

This was the best VBT trip I’ve had. Great biking,and mix of culture. Excellent unique hotels,and our guides were extremely fun and happy to share their culture.

Yukon, Parker,CO

Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky

Fabulous trip!

Our trip was wonderful! The scenery was beautiful & breathtaking! The biking & walking tours were very organized & well run! The bike routes were explained well & our bikes were well maintained! Our chef was fabulous preparing delicious meals. The barge crew did a great job keeping us fed, safe & comfortable!

Biking Mimi, St. Mary's County, MD, United States

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Metz to Cochem

Great Bike Tour!

I had a wonderful time on the VBT Andalusian Spain trip and would highly recommend this trip to anyone who might be interested. The scenery is beautiful and the towns we visited had so much history. Our guides could not have been better. They made the trip both fun and safe. I went solo and felt like I gained 18 new friends. The food and lodging were top notch and the rides were totally manageable even for someone who is not an avid rider – but if you have a doubt about your abilities rent an E-bike and your worries will be over!

Marilynh, Seattle, WA, USA

Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky

Great trip

VBT never disappoints. This was my 4th trip with VBT and it was fantastic. Our guides Oriol and Martin were outstanding. Loved the visit to the Dali Museum and came away with a new appreciation for his work. The landscapes were beautiful and the visit to the cider company was fun. The post trip in Mallorca was a pleasure.

Jerry 641, Denver, CO, United States

Spain’s Costa Brava: Cycling Dali’s Landscapes

Exceeded my expectations in every way!

This was my first VBT tour and I loved everything about. The destinations, culture, views, accommodations, food, our group, the choices for levels of activity, and especially our guides. I will definitely be planning another trip with VBT. Thank-You for doing it right.

SharAnn, Palm Springs, CA, USA

Lake Constance: Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Amazing experience

This was our 1st trip with VBT and our expectations were surpassed by the range of exceptional biking and cultural experiences The staff was wonderful and the food and accommodations were also great.

Alli, California

Heart of Europe Bike & Boat: Metz to Cochem

An Amazing Trip!

We had the best time on our bike and Barge trip through the Netherlands and Belgium. The food and accommodations were great, the tour guides were very friendly and the sights were amazing! The bicycling was flat which made it very nice to see the country and do the longer mileage each day. Loved this trip!

Kikitarr, Parker, CO, USA

Holland and Belgium Bike & Boat: Amsterdam

Bavarian bicyling, bells and beauty

We were enchanted by cowbells and church bells, vivid flowers on alpine chalets, rushing mountain streams and towering forests as we biked downhill from Schoppernau on a brilliant Fall day — the finest day ever. A week along Lake Constance has refreshed my life and reminded me that mastering challenges is the key to joy.

spcheryl, Saint Paul, MN, United States

Lake Constance: Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Lake Constance - best bike trip we ever had

This bike trip was outstanding. The guides were terrific and the scenary was so magnificent. This was the first VBT trip for us and we are already planning next year’s VBT trip.

Pat and Anne, Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

Lake Constance: Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Fun, Educational and Enjoyable!

An enjoyable, informative, special and new experience on a three masted schooner along with seeing a different part of the Netherlands which happened to be where my ancestors came from!

Eastern Shore1, Eastern Shore, Virginia

North Holland and Friesland Bike & Boat

Very Scenic Ride!

Very scenic bike ride through miles and miles of olive trees neatly planted in rows! Guides were so helpful and courteous. Time to tour Cordoba and Granada without biking. Beautiful accommodations – especially Hacienda Minerva in Zuheros. Post trip in Barcelona is a must! Gaudi’s architecture is so creative and beautiful!!

Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky

Lots to see and do

Nice choices for length and difficulty of daily rides. Diverse landscape. Loved the wine tasting. But, without doubt, what made this trip so great (other than the other travelers) were Kristin, Zsusy and Per. Incredibly accommodating, could think on the fly when the weather turned (who knew a rainstorm could be so much fun!) and they were just simply great people to hang with.

L from Music City, Nashville, TN, USA

Lake Constance: Germany, Austria & Switzerland

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