VBT Bicycling Vacations Rides into the Sonoran Desert and Great American Southwest with an Exciting New Itinerary

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Award-winning bicycle tour operator VBT Bicycling Vacations announces the upcoming debut of Arizona: Sonoran Splendor. The bicycle tour winds it way through the Tucson Basin, part of the beautiful Sonoran desert region.

VBT Bicycling Vacations announces its latest North American biking vacation, Arizona: Sonoran Splendor. The seven-day tour, which winds its way through the Tucson Basin, debuts in November 2008.

“We're very excited about showing our guests this amazing part of our country,” said Gregg Marston, president of VBT, an award-winning international bicycle tour operator. “The wide open spaces and soft rolling hills of the Tucson Basin make for great bicycling. We’ll ride not only through starkly beautiful desert, but also along grasslands, on a canyon-side road, and through a forest of rare cacti found only in Sonora. We’ll also visit a riverside bird sanctuary and the expansive Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a living museum of the desert ecosystem.”

The trip begins south of Tucson in Sonoita, continues to the artists’ enclave of Tubac, and concludes in Tucson, with cycling routes to Patagonia, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Sabino Canyon, and Saguaro National Park. This new vacation offers the opportunity to learn about the culture and get to know local people, a signature on all VBT trips. Travelers will meet wine growers at Sonoita Vineyards, a local bird enthusiast, and ranchers at a traditional barbecue. Lodgings are in authentic southwestern-style inns and a five-star resort.

The first departure is scheduled for November 9, 2008, with additional dates through March 2009. Prices for the seven-day itinerary range from $1,795 to $1,995, including six nights of lodging, use of a VBT bike, and full van support.

VBT Bicycling Vacations was named “Best Biking Outfitter on Earth” in a 2007 survey of more than 200 adventure travel outfitters by National Geographic Adventure magazine. Outfitters were ranked in six categories: education, sustainability, quality of service, spirit of adventure, references, and best overall. VBT emerged as the best overall in the Biking category.

Founded in 1971, VBT Bicycling Vacations offers deluxe bicycling tours at unsurpassed value in 18 countries worldwide, including destinations in Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, South Africa, Canada and the U.S.A. VBT promises its travelers worldwide bicycling and discovery vacations at the best value, guaranteed. For reservations or more information about VBT or its upcoming bicycle tour through the Sonoran Desert to Tucson, Arizona, call 1-800-245-3868 or log on to the company’s Web site, http://www.vbt.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Spencer Newman, Director of Marketing
802-453-4811 ext. 3414
snewman @ vbt.com

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