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Lovingly restored dwellings that evoke centuries of history, from a French chateau to an Austrian shipmaster’s house. A self-sustaining eco-lodge, inaccessible by road, set in a verdant, New Zealand national park. An agriturismo farmhouse in Tuscany, where our wine and olive oil are nurtured to sun-blessed perfection. On a VBT active vacation, your lodging is a destination in itself—a haven meant to savor.

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Antica Fattoria La Parrina - Near Grosseto, Italy

Built a century ago as a working farm and vineyard amid the rolling hills of Tuscany, this classic Italian agriturismo now opens its doors to active travelers whose souls will be enriched by the tranquil, sun-burnished surroundings and lifestyle of this inimitable region. The estate covers 1,200 fertile, productive acres, yielding a bounty of wine, olive oil, cheese, produce, and flowers. We will live among it all, as each delightful moment becomes a vivid memory. Offered on Tuscany by the Sea.

Raffelsberger Hof - Weissenkirchen, Austria

Built as a shipmaster’s house in 1574, Raffelsberger Hof is an architectural delight, with vaulted ceilings, an exquisite cherry tree garden, and such intriguing details as antique door locks and lamp holders. Among the more evocative hotels in the Wachau region, it offers a simple yet deeply satisfying approach to comfort and contentment. The Anton family has overseen a careful restoration, and, befitting a boutique inn in a famous wine region, it offers an outstanding selection of wines. Offered on The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria

Chateau Roussan - Vaison la Romaine, France

Feel transported in time in this 17th-century chateau, a jewel set in a lovely 15-acre park. With terracotta floors, antique furniture, airy rooms filled with light, and pathways lined with centennial plane trees, Chateau Roussan reflects the heart of Provençal style. There is much to discover and savor. The 18th-century greenhouse is home to fascinating flowers and cacti, and the library features hundreds of antique books, along with newspapers and magazines—not to mention a magnificent view of the Alpilles. Offered on France: Slow Road Through Provence

Old Faithful Inn - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Just a short walk from beloved Old Faithful Geyser, our rustic inn perfectly embodies Wyoming’s western heritage, with an immense lobby and stone fireplace completed in 1904. Custom wood framing outside the lodge can also be found throughout the building. Log stairs and pine railings add to the Old Faithful Inn’s rustic charm. The inn reflects the rare wonder of daily life in Yellowstone, a place of breathtaking natural beauty and wildlife. Offered on Walking Yellowstone and Tetons 


The Iris - Our barge on the waterways of Holland and Belgium

Cruise the intimate waterways of Holland and Belgium in comfort, style, and grace on The Iris, a climate-controlled barge exclusively for VBT travelers. A bilingual crew of four joins our Trip Leader and professional chef, who creates delicious cuisine using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and who is happy to accommodate vegetarians. We’ll enjoy continental breakfasts, buffet lunches, and three-course dinners with regional wines and a sampling of cheeses. An inviting sundeck, salon, and bar await us. Offered on Holland and Belgium Bike & Barge 

Woodstock Inn & Resort - Woodstock, Vermont

Our stay at the inn ensures the ultimate in Vermont ambiance, from the forested mountain surroundings to colorful hand-dyed wool blankets, original local artwork, and Vermontmade bath amenities. We’ll even have Vermont’s delicious Green Mountain Coffee with our Keurig coffeemaker. Our inn sports a golf club, a racquet and fitness club, and a fabulous new spa that features locally inspired treatments and products. Here is where Vermont country style meets the best in contemporary service. Offered on Biking Southern Vermont

Hotel Vitranc - Podkoren, Slovenia

Set in northwest Slovenia, near the borders of Italy and Austria, our hotel was conceived in the period country style of the upper Sava Valley in the years before World War II. As we approach the check-in desk, it’s appropriate to feel as if we’ve somehow wandered onto the movie set of a romantic mystery. The design of the sitting rooms and dining areas follow the same lead, as does your cozy room, with its wood floor, rustic furniture, and colorful throw rugs. Offered on Slovenia, Italy & Austria: Cross-Country Skiing

Peppers Awaroa Lodge - Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

An eco-lodge carefully designed to free you from a world of distractions, our lodge in the heart of this spectacular national park is accessible only by foot, sea kayak, water taxi, or air. Our rooms have private decks with views of the wetland; a library, conservatory, and bar are open for our leisure; and there’s a fireplace for cooler nights. Integral parts of life at Awaroa, the café and restaurant feature fresh seasonal herbs and vegetables handpicked from the organic garden. Offered on New Zealand: Splendor of the South Island 

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