No one wants to be cooped up in a bus when they're discovering a new place. Enter VBT, which offers deluxe bicycling and walking vacations for small groups in 26 countries throughout Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and here in the States. With intimate tour sizes of 14-20 and bilingual guides from the travel region, the packages especially speak to those who love immersive experiences with a healthy dose of physical activity. Even better is their seasonal sale, which is now offering up to $300 off prices that are already a good 30 percent less than similar tours on the market.All trips include accommodation, use of bikes and helmets, most meals, and cultural activities that you won't find on other tours. On the tour, for example, you might visit your local guide's home and learn to cook with his or her family, or enjoy a lunch buffet after visiting an olive oil farm. Many travelers also choose the Air Package Plus for convenience and savings: For another $1,000 per person (on average), you also get international airfare on major carriers, a one- or two-night extension, daily breakfast, and all transfers.
VBT has a fleet of three bike styles available for most trips, so you don't have to bother with shipping or renting, not to mention storage when you're not on the road. At the beginning of the trip, a support team will help adjust the bike for your comfort and build. If you're on a walking trip, you can borrow one or two walking poles to help you across tricky terrain. Aside from exploring on your own (after receiving maps, directions, and recommendations from your guide, of course), you have the option of sticking with the group or hopping aboard the support van, which always drives along with the group in case you need a break, some water, or a snack.
So what's the deal? VBT is offering up to $300 off late-summer and fall departures for 14 of their most popular itineraries in Europe, South America, and the States. Foodies will love the Croatia itinerary, which is filled with with cooking lessons, regional wine tastings, and dinner with a local family. Nature lovers will find scenic reprieve on an adventure to Lake Constance, which borders Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The tour features lakeside retreats, hot springs, and vineyards.
For a price comparison, the 6-night Croatia trip is $3,545-$3,945 in October with airfare through VBT. A 7-night tour with Backroads and a 5-night tour with Duvine – both without airfare – are $4,298 and $4,995 respectively. Book by June 2 and use promo code BCPZ 290 to secure this offer.