VBT Bicycling & Walking Tours is the oldest bicycling tour company in the United States, begun by a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont during the early 1970s. Over the years, the company expanded in the US and then globally throughout Europe and parts of Asia.
“Today we offer 51 bike tours in over 26 countries around the world,” says Gregg Marston, president of VBT. “We’ve had some really good growth, which in my view is a broad acceptance by the marketplace of what we have to offer as a product.”
Marston says this type of experience is perfect for team development, designed for a group that wants to become a more effective, productive business entity.
“It’s a shared experience to some of the most beautiful place in the world, and you experience the local culture like few other travel programs,” he explains.
VBT works well for medical groups especially, or anyone other type of group scenario with a continuing education requirement.
“We’ve had some medical groups where they’ll factor in an afternoon or two to do their professional development work, and then they’ll spend the rest of the week biking though the Dolomites, for example,” Marston says.
Maximum size groups are around 20 to 24. Planners can also build shorter, customized pre-post programs with VBT at destinations near major gateway cities.
For a full list of VBT’s biking, walking and skiing programs, visit the Search for a Tour section on the company’s website. VBT can also arrange for facilitators to lead numerous different team development sessions.
“You know, we’ll be sitting at a table, whether it’s in California or Europe, where we’re drinking wine and eating great food, and we can see the vineyards from where the wine was made,” says Marston. “Because of those types of experiences, we’re seeing a lot more multi-generational programs because this is something that all ages can do together, from Millennials to Baby Boomers.”