VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
Founded in 1971 by a Middlebury College professor and originally known as Vermont Bicycle Touring, VBT offers deluxe, small-group bicycling, walking, river barge and cross-country skiing tours worldwide at unsurpassed value with destinations in Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, Peru, Argentina, Canada and the U.S. VBT focuses on creating life-changing vacations featuring all accommodations, meals, two expert local trip leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities and full vehicle support.
VBT is consistently in the top rankings by Travel + Leisure readers in the “World’s Best Tour Operator” category, was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and recognized as one of Bicycling Magazine‘s “15 Trips We Love” for its Vermont: Champlain Valley & Islands vacation. Based in Bristol, VT, VBT also operates offices in Europe and other destinations. VBT has been named “Most Active Partner” by the French Government Tourist Office and was honored by Vermont’s governor for “Contributions to the State of Vermont.”
“We are excited to expand into the adventure tour operator segment and believe that there are important synergies not only across our portfolio of properties but also properties owned by our sister companies in exceptional destinations that will now become part of VBT’s offerings,” added Todd.
The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Ariz. was built in 1998 and features 121 rooms, spacious lobby, timber construction, rustically elegant furniture and artwork, multiple dining options, an indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center. The hotel offers an alternative lodging option immediately adjacent to the park for those who want to visit the Grand Canyon during peak visitation periods when in-park lodging is near capacity, or for travelers who prefer to be close to Tusayan’s restaurants, shopping, tours and IMAX theater.
“This is a great addition to the six lodges we already operate at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and Phantom Ranch on the floor of the Canyon as well as Grand Canyon Railway and the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, Ariz. some 60 miles south. No matter how you choose to see the Canyon, you have many optaions with us,” commented Todd.
For more information about Xanterra Parks & Resorts, links to individual properties and reservations numbers, visit www.xanterra.com.