VBT Bike Tours Reviews
About five years ago, VBT (Vermont Bicycle Tours) was a relatively small player in the travel scene. With over 40 years designing top-notch vacations, they slowly grew their reputation in the industry. Today, they're owned by resort giant Xanterra Parks & Resorts and in a very short time have become a major player in the bike tour industry.
A typical VBT bike tour is filled with culinary pit-stops, local café treats, olive oil tastings and miles of bike-friendly routes. The tours are perfect for travelers who like the idea of getting a little exercise on vacation. On these trips you won't find many, if any, 40-year-old's with a desire to crush the Col du Tourmalet. While other operators focus on the cycling, VBT focuses on the destination, culture, food and experiences that turn the cycling into a vacation unlike any other.
VBT claims to stay at many of the same hotels as their higher-priced competitors, but this is usually only the case in regions where hotel options are limited and there are very few choices. You'll typically be staying at the more rustic, albeit very comfortable, options within the region. However, you're getting a great price for these trips and as hotels are often a large percentage of the overall operating cost, VBT has made this sacrifice to ensure that their prices are reasonable for most travelers.
Don't expect any highly-customized private or themed tours with VBT. They've developed their itineraries with cost in mind, leveraging every partnership they have and aren't in the business of creating luxury trips. However, they do offer group tours that become 'private' if you are able to reach 16 travelers. UPDATE: VBT has announced that they are developing 'culinary vacation tours' for the 2016 tour season.
VBT is one of the few tour operators to offer airfare with their new Air Package Plus options. Use caution when considering this option. Their flights are competitively priced because they have multiple layovers and you'll travel for much longer than if you were to purchase a ticket yourself. The convenience of having the airfare built into your travel package may not be worth it in every instance. They do appear to be developing their Air Packages into a more convenient add-on, but we still recommend asking a lot of questions if you're considering this travel option.
Number of Tours: 49
Meals: Breakfasts / 1 Lunch / Some Dinners
VBT Bike Tours are much easier than the industry average. While they have tours that average 50+ miles per day, most routes are ideal of beginner or recreational cyclists. Learn More
Headquarters: Bristol, VT, USA