VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Places Fourth in "World's Best Awards"

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Earns Top Marks in Travel + Leisure magazine Readers Poll

We are humbled by this extraordinary recognition

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has placed 4th in Travel + Leisure magazine's 2010 "World's Best Awards" in the Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter category. This is the company's first year receiving an accolade from the magazine, and company owner Gregg Marston is grateful for a strong debut.

"We are humbled by this extraordinary recognition," he says. "This serves as a remarkable reward for our associates here in Vermont and all over the world for their diligent efforts to provide active travelers the very best in value, cultural discovery, and life-changing experiences."

Each year, Travel + Leisure works with an independent agency to poll its readers about their preferred worldwide hotels, cruise lines, airlines, and other travel industry providers. In the Tour Operator & Safari Operator category, readers were asked to evaluate six areas: staff/guides, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value. Out of a highest possible score of 100, VBT scored 94.73.
"We are incredibly grateful to our travelers for their votes," a beaming Marston continues. "They've motivated us to continue in our efforts to provide flexible bicycling and walking itineraries, internationally and domestically...and to provide a level of personal exploration that we believe fosters the most authentic experience."

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations was founded in 1971 as America's original bicycle tour company, and is now the leader in bicycling and walking vacations. Started by a Middlebury College professor with a love of the open road, the fledgling company quickly grew beyond its home turf to offer bicycle tours in Europe. Today, VBT offers active biking and walking vacations in 25 countries around the world, from the US to Asia to Europe and beyond. With headquarters in an eighteenth-century dairy farm in Bristol, Vermont, VBT has stayed true to its small town roots and values, which include a reverence for the great outdoors, a tradition of neighborliness (extended around the world), and a commitment to responsible tourism and community service.

For reservations or more information, call 1-800-245-3868 or log on to the company's website, http://www.vbt.com.


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