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 and walking vacations throughout Italy and each tour includes round-trip international airfare, all accommodations, many meals, free use of VBT custom bicycles or walking poles, 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 launched 2 brand new bicycling vacations this year— Lake Garda to Venice: Cycling Italy’s Veneto and Cycling Italy's Middle Ages: Lucca to Pisa— and reintroduced our 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, guided tours of historic sites, and tastings at family-run olive oil mills and locally-run vineyards.
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Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Italy with VBT:
- We cover Italy from boot strap to heel and everything in between
With 11 different bicycling and walking 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
- 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, 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 culture.
- Our Amazing Trip Leaders
Our expert, local Trip Leaders know the local customs, history and traditions; provide insight into your destination's flora and fauna; as well as inside information about reliable places to shop, eat, explore, and relax. In fact, 95% of VBT travelers rate our leaders as “excellent”.
- 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
- Rated #2 Tour Operator in the World by Travel + Leisure magazine
VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has once again been ranked among the World’s Best Tour Operators in Travel + Leisure reader’s poll for 2014. This is the fifth consecutive year that the company has received this award, jumping up two spots to the second highest spot in its category. VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations scored 96.67 out of 100, placing second in the category on the 19th annual poll.
- 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.
- VBT offers a choice of daily routes and on-tour support vehicles—bike or walk 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 active experience as comfortable as possible including free use of our custom adjusted bikes, helmets and walking poles.
- 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 agriturismi 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.
- Small Group Size
Each Italian tour has a maximum of 20 guests. Because our groups are so small, it’s easy to get to know everyone and enjoy the camaraderie of discovering your destination with like-minded travelers. 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 on your own.
- Best Value for Solo Travelers
We embrace solo 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. 25% 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.
If you can’t get enough of the delectable Italian cuisine, try our special Departure of our Tuscany by the Sea biking tour on September 26, 2014. This special departure includes enhanced culinary experiences like a pasta making class, a tasting of the award-winning cheeses of Tenuta La Parrina, and enjoying the savory DOP 'Cinta Senese' cold meats from pigs bred only in this region.
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
Don’t take our word for it—Read what our travelers are saying about our vacations. To browse through our traveler reviews, simply visit the Italian vacation page of your choice and 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