Back in 1971, a Middlebury College professor turned his passion for cycling Vermont’s winding back roads into an experience that others could share. He established America’s first organized bicycle tours, setting up shop in a barn in the lovely rural town of Bristol. It wasn’t long before Vermont Bicycle Touring (now known as VBT) started to offer bicycle tours in Europe, and then around the world. We’re still based in our home state, working out of an office in Williston, though our team and tour offerings have grown.
VBT has been a leader in the travel industry for over 50 years. From our home in Vermont, we help thousands of people explore the world each year. Travel + Leisure magazine has recognized us as winners of their World’s Best Awards eight times. There’s a reason we’ve been around for so long—once someone travels with us they can’t wait to join us on another adventure, and another, and another.
We’re a Best Place to Work in Vermont
Our work environment prioritizes communication, acknowledgment of a job well done, provides a relaxed work environment, embraces spontaneous fun activity, and hires people who believe in hard work, serious play, and excellent customer service. Our passionate and highly skilled staff embody community spirit and achieve collective goals in a manner that honors our company values. Every person who works here recognizes our purpose is to create excellent travel experiences that positively change people's lives. Integrity, excellence, travel, wellness, fun, and sustainability are at the core of everything we do here, no matter what department you work in, and are emphasized at every opportunity.
We have all the cool benefits, perks, and flexibility employees are looking for today and honestly, our travel benefits are pretty amazing. However, our employees and world-wide leaders and guides are the most talented travel professionals and awesome human beings available and quite simply they are what make VBT a great place to work!
We Travel Sustainably
Responsible tourism is integral to our core values. In all ways we strive to preserve indigenous cultures, support local economies, conserve wildlife, and protect the environment.
We roll up our sleeves to face challenges, head-on, aware that the business won’t succeed unless we do.
We’re driven in the pursuit of our mission, focused on our goals, and determined to never stop improving.
We’re open to the world around us, prizing different perspectives, people, and cultures while unshakably rooted in our personal integrity.
We care, treating our team, the people we meet, and the world we’re honored to explore with dignity and respect.
We enjoy the journey, with a passion for adventure, a keen sense of humor, and a bias towards fun.
We believe there is no better way to experience a new place than with a local guides. VBT Trip Leaders are actually native to the regions they tour in and take great pleasure in showing our guests the special places they call home. Our Trip Leaders are more than just bike tour guides, mechanics, translators, skilled cyclists, witty hosts, entertainers, motivators, and a friendly bridge between cultures. They are also fun, fascinating and talented people outside of their bike jerseys, with diverse interests and passions.
If a guest has a question, our guest services team has the answers! Whether they want to ask about tour accommodations, have questions about air travel, are wondering if they need certain travel documents, or need to know if a custom saddle will work on our bikes, this knowledgeable team has our guests covered. As part of the job training, Guest Services team members go on yearly trips to learn the ins and outs of a particular tour. (It’s a tough life!). When our guests get back, they present their experience to everyone else on the team, so everyone gets to know each and every tour and can pass on their knowledge to our Guest Service team.
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