New Itineraries VBT Bicycling Vacations and Country Walkers for 2021

by Kristy Tolley
New active and physically distant tours for every type of traveler.

AAA preferred travel partners VBT Bicycling Vacations and Country Walkers, leaders in active vacations for more than 40 years, have unveiled new tours and destinations for 2021. From the legendary Swiss and French Alps and the world-famous wine regions of France and Italy, from the breathtaking grandeur of Patagonia to the natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands and Andes Mountains, the new itineraries offer the perfect blend of active and physically distant adventures that allow travelers to enjoy the pure and simple contentment of walking or biking while enjoying the great outdoors.

“This spring, many discovered the mental and physical benefits of walking and biking, even if only during daily strolls and rides around the neighborhood. That’s why, as we slowly emerge back into the wider world and look for safe and secure travel options, walking and biking vacations make more sense than ever,” said Timo Shaw, President of Country Walkers and VBT Bicycling Vacations. “Walking and biking vacations offer a welcome respite from being confined indoors, a low-impact physical activity, and an easy way to maintain physical distancing – which, unlike social distancing, allows us to be physically apart but still have much-needed social interaction with friends, family, fellow travelers, and guides.”

 

Couple taking a bike tour

 

New tours for 2021 include:

VBT Bicycling Vacations
  • Maine: Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park (Self-Guided Biking): Explore cozy beaches, craggy shorelines and fishing harbors with views of working lobster boats. Departures June – October 2021, with rates starting from $1,795 per person, double occupancy (6-day bike vacation).
  • California: Napa, Dry Creek Valley & The Pacific Coast (Self-Guided Biking): Cycle among classic “NorCal” landscapes of lush vineyards, golden hills, dense forests of redwoods and dramatic ocean shores while stopping to sample California’s finest wines. Departures April – October 2021, with rates starting from $1,995 per person, double occupancy (6-day bike vacation).
  • Vermont: Middlebury Countryside & The Lake Champlain Coast (Self-Guided Biking): Pedal the picture-perfect farmlands of the Champlain Valley surrounded by the Green Mountains and Adirondacks, dotted with classic red barns, timeless silos and sweeping fields grazed by dairy cows. Departures June – October 2021, with rates starting from $1,795 per person, double occupancy (6-day bike vacation).
  • Switzerland & France: Lake Geneva, Annecy & Valleys of the Alps (Guided Biking): Cycle well-paved bike paths amid the stunning alpine beauty of the legendary Swiss and French Alps, following the Rhône and Isère rivers to Lakes Geneva, Annecy, and Bourget. Departures May – October 2021, with rates starting from $4,995 per person, double occupancy (10-day bike vacation and air package).
  • Spain & Portugal: Coastal Camino de Santiago (Guided Biking): Cycle along sections of the sacred Camino de Santiago on this bike tour of Spanish Galicia and Portugal’s northern coast, with a diverse array of landscapes and charming medieval centers. Departures April – November 2021, with rates starting from $3,995 per person, double occupancy (10-day bike vacation and air package).
  • Greece: Sparta, Monemvasia and the Peloponnesian Peninsula (Guided Biking): Cycle into past millennia along Greece’s Peloponnesian Peninsula, legendary crossroads of civilizations offering sweeping coastal and mountain vistas. Departures April – October 2021, with rates starting from $4,295 per person, double occupancy (10-day bike vacation and air package).
  • France: Vineyards of Beaujolais (Self-Guided Biking): Cycle into the tranquil heart of Beaujolais wine country to discover fine wines, sublime cuisine, and an array of world-class biking routes. Departures April – October 2021, with rates starting from $3,195 per person, double occupancy (9-day bike vacation and air package).
  • Croatia: Dalmatian Coast: Split to Dubrovnik (Self-Guided Biking): Cycle Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Islands, exploring emerald-green hills, traditional stone villages, magnificent beaches and the medieval treasures of Split and Dubrovnik. Departures April – October 2021, with rates starting from $4,495 per person, double occupancy (10-day bike vacation and air package).
  • The Netherlands: Holland’s Golden Age Towns and the North Sea (Self-Guided Biking): Discover the pleasures of cycling North Holland’s tulip country along serene canals, through Renaissance-era cities and cheese markets, and along blissful meadows, tidy farms and breathtaking fields of blooming flowers. Departures March – September 2021, with rates starting from $2,745 per person, double occupancy (9-day bike vacation and air package).
  • Italy: Tuscany, Lucca to Siena (Self-Guided Biking) – Ride from Lucca to Siena, inn-to-inn, at your own pace, traversing the rolling landscapes of vineyards, cypress-lined lanes, olive trees and dramatic hill towns that have long inspired travelers. Departures April – October 2021, with rates starting from $3,495 per person, double occupancy (9-day bike vacation and air package).

 

Walking along Ireland's Cliffs of Moher

 

Country Walkers
  • Greece: Athens, Delphi and Meteora (Guided – Full): Find your own oracle – and epic views – hiking on sky-high trails to Greece’s sacred sites, including the medieval monasteries of Meteora and the archaeological site of Delphi. Departures April – October 2021, with rates starting from $4,698 per person, double occupancy (10 days Flight + Tour Combo).
  • Chile and Argentina: Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park (Guided – Full): From fossil-hunting with a paleontologist guide to sharing a gaucho-style barbecue on a 100,000-hectare working estancia to listening to the roar of ice slabs crashing down from the Perito Moreno Glacier, this Patagonia walking tour conjures up unforgettable visions of grandeur. Departures March – December 2021, with rates starting from $8,798 per person, double occupancy (11 days Flight + Tour Combo).
  • Ecuador: Andes and the Galapagos (Guided – Full): Experience two breathtaking worlds of cultural and natural marvels while strolling pristine beaches, hiking highland forests, exploring remote coves, and more. Departures March – October 2021, with rates starting from $9,798 per person, double occupancy (10 days, Flight + Tour Combo).
  • Lithuania and Latvia: Vilnius to Riga (Guided – Flex): Take in sights straight out of the pages of a fairy tale while visiting magnificent Baltic castles and grand, historic palaces nestled in beautiful settings. Departures June – September 2021, with rates starting from $4,698 per person, double occupancy (11 days, Flight + Tour Combo).
  • Ireland: Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Aran Islands (Self-Guided): Walk along the spectacularly scenic Cliffs of Moher, explore the lunar-like rockscapes of The Burren National Park, explore the Aran Islands, and enjoy authentic pubs and cuisine. Departures April – September 2021, with rates starting from $2,448 per person, double occupancy (5 days, tour only).
Choose from six active travel styles:

Guided – Full walking

Guided – Flex walking

Self-Guided walking (Country Walkers)

Guided biking

Self-guided biking

Guided bike and boat (VBT Bicycling Vacations).

All itineraries include bilingual expert guides and leaders, local restaurants and small, family-owned accommodations. E-bikes, which have seen a recent surge in popularity, are also available on most VBT Bicycling Vacations tours.

Call your local AAA Travel Agent at 800-374-2865 for visit AAA.com/GoTravel to book your adventure today!

About Country Walkers and VBT Bicycling Vacations

For over 40 years, Country Walkers and VBT Bicycling Vacations have been providing active, experiential, and stunning travel experiences throughout the world. From their shared location in Williston, VT, the companies’ unique adventures and insider access bring the beating heart of a destination to life with well-crafted itineraries for walking and biking vacations. A range of guided and self-guided options highlight local cuisine, authentic accommodations, and immersive cultural experiences. Country Walkers and VBT are recognized as leading providers of active vacations worldwide, having garnered countless awards including National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime,” AFAR’s “Traveler’s Choice” Awards, and Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” Awards. For more information, visit VBT.com and CountryWalkers.com.

 

 

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