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Travel & Leisure's 2013 World's Best Award
  Take a trip to remember and enjoy La Dolce Vita with your Italy Travel Experts, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, voted fourth among the World’s Best Tour Operators by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine for 2013—our fourth consecutive year on the list. VBT offers 11 unique Bicycling, Walking and Cross-Country Skiing vacations throughout Italy and each trip includes roundtrip international airfare, all accommodations, many meals, two expert local Trip Leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and full vehicle support.

If you’ve never traveled to Italy or can’t wait to go back, know that VBT has been visiting the country since 1994, and we have selected the best places to take you including Sicily, Puglia and the Italian Lakes region. We also have a brand new bicycling vacation for 2014 called Lake Garda to Venice: Cycling Italy’s Veneto, and are reintroducing the Italy: The Quiet Pathways of Tuscany walking vacation. A VBT vacation also delivers the most authentic, cultural experience imaginable. With us, you’ll be immersed in local culture from insightful interactions with locals during home-cooked meals to tastings at family-run olive oil mills and locally-run vineyards.

Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Italy with VBT:


  1. We cover Italy from boot strap to heel and everything in between
    With 11 different Bicycling, Walking and Cross-Country Skiing trips to Italy there are so many wonderful places to go with a variety of activity levels. Click here for a complete list of our trips: vbt.com/Categories/Italy

  2. Immerse yourself in Italian Culture
    With VBT, you’ll get to know Italy from the locals that know it best. We’ll enjoy a tasting of wines produced right at our agriturismo in Magliano, visit the family-owned and operated Fonte di Foiano olive-oil mill in Strada del Vino and discover the secrets of braiding fresh mozzarella during a hands-on demonstration in Sorrento, and much more. And through warm encounters with local people and by experiencing their heritage and traditions as they do, you’ll be rewarded with a finer understanding of their history and environment.

  3. Our Amazing Trip Leaders
    Our expert, local Trip Leaders know the local customs and traditions, as well as inside information about reliable places to shop, eat, explore, and relax. 95% of VBT travelers rate our leaders as “excellent”.

  4. VBT includes international airfare in our prices
    Unlike other active vacation companies, VBT includes international airfare to overseas destinations in our tour prices and nobody beats our value—see for yourself on our website’s comparison chart: vbt.com/ways-to-save/price-comparison

  5. Rated #4 Tour Operator in the World by Travel + Leisure magazine
    VBT was rated by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine among the “World’s Best Tour Operators” for the fourth year in a row. Based on reader feedback, VBT ranked 4th in the magazine’s 2013 survey, with an overall score of 94.42.

  6. Engage all Your Senses for an Unparalleled Experience
    VBT provides an exceptional travel experience, rejuvenating your mind, body and spirit so you come back refreshed and exhilarated. And you can do it all at your own pace which allows you to take in your surroundings without ever having the feeling of being rushed.

  7. VBT offers a choice of daily routes and on-tour support vehicles—bike, walk or ski as much or as little as you want
    On all biking vacations, one of your Trip Leaders will be making sweeps along the route with our outfitted VBT support van, ready to assist if you need to fix a flat, have a snack or get a lift to the next village. On walking vacations your Trip Leaders will designate pre-arranged on-tour support vehicle pick-up points along the trails. We also provide all the equipment you’ll need to make your bike, walk or ski as comfortable as possible including custom adjusted bikes, walking poles and all skiing equipment: skis, poles, boots, trail maps, and a ski hat.

  8. Each trip includes most meals, all accommodations, and unique sightseeing and cultural activities
    Comfort, style, and a warm welcome await you at the end of each day. Depending on the vacation you’ll stay in historic hotels, ancient villas, classic agriturismos or gorgeous masserie. And we treat your dining experience as a vivid, essential, and unforgettable feature of regional heritage and local tradition: cuisine as culture.

  9. Small Group Size
    Each Italian trip has a maximum of 20 guests. Because our groups are so small it’s easy to get to know everyone. But there is also plenty of time on your own for personal discovery with some evenings free to explore local towns, shopping districts and enjoy a quiet meal.

  10. Best Value for Solo Travelers
    We embrace single travelers and have low single supplements. Perhaps you’re traveling with friends but prefer your own room or just enjoy the thrill that comes with setting off on your own through a new destination. With VBT you will always fit right in. 43% of all our travelers in 2013 were solo travelers. Why do so many solo travelers choose VBT? Because we are committed to providing you with the same value, quality, and care that every traveler deserves.


    Special Departures

    Culinary Departures
    If you can’t get enough of the delectable Italian cuisine, try one of our special Depatures to the Amalfi Coast & Capri (March 26, 2014) or Tuscany by the Sea (September 26, 2014). These special departures include enhanced culinary experiences like cooking classes, food and wine tastings, market excursions and conversations with local chefs.

    President’s Tours
    You’re also invited to join VBT President Gregg Marston and his wife Caroline on our special 2014 President’s Tour departure of our Lake Garda to Venice: Cycling Italy's Veneto vacation on September 7, 2014. This vacation includes all accommodations and many meals. Plus, you’ll be treated to an itinerary with special bonuses and a few surprises along the way, all at the same low-cost.


    VBT Vacation Videos

    We’ve made a few short, fun vacation videos for you to get a better idea about all the wonderful aspects of a VBT Vacation. Please click on the following trip names to view the videos on our YouTube channel.

    Tuscany by the Sea
    The Amalfi Coast & Capri
    Puglia: Italy's Undiscovered Coast



    Traveler Reviews

    Don’t take our word for it—Read what our travelers are saying about our vacations. Simply visit the Italy vacation page, find the trip you are interested in and once you are on the trip’s Overview page just click the “read all reviews” tab on the left side. Here are some examples:

    “We felt like family more than guests at each of our hotels. Our guides became friends, offering encouragement, good humor and tips for finding GOD (Gelato Of the Day) which made for great camaraderie with our fellow travelers!” VBT Traveler—Tuscan Coast

    “What a wonderful way to explore Italy’s scenery, food, people, and wine. Our Trip Leaders were phenomenal—fun, knowledgeable, and very helpful. The places we stayed at were lovely, and the food amazing. We had a fun group and enjoyed the camaraderie. We truly felt immersed in Tuscany.”
    VBT Traveler—Tuscany by the Sea

    “Whether I was biking next to my husband, with the “group” or by myself it was so exhilarating. Taking this trip was like being in the fountain of youth. It made me feel young again. We LOVED it and cannot stop talking about it.” VBT Traveler—Puglia

 

Returning VBT traveler promo code: INET 520 | NEW VBT traveler promo code: INET 521




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