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THE BUTTERFIELD & ROBINSON BOOK OF LISTS


Front of Book Letter from Luc & George. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ways to Travel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Best of B&R. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . World Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Trip Collection France. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Italy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spain & Portugal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Central & Eastern Europe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Northern Europe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asia-Pacific . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Americas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Africa & The Middle East. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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You and your partner are like ships passing in the night. You’d like to meet. Preferably in the Med.

Or, you know, you just have a free week next September.

2. You’re not just burnt out, you feel like a 10,000-year-old carbon deposit.

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You want all the adventure you can handle... but none of the adversity.

You can’t get that Macau-style pork chop sandwich out of your head from your last B&R trip.

8. You need less news cycle, and a lot more bi cycle.

Top 10 Reasons You Need a B&R Trip in 2020

7. No matter how hard they try, nobody in your office will ever find you in the outer reaches of Patagonia.

4. You’ve found that jewellery, cars and new kitchens don’t say “I love you” nearly as much as a B&R trip.

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The closest you have come to wildlife lately is day one at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

While a B&R family excursion costs slightly more than family therapy, it works waaaaay faster.

(Frankly, any reason is good enough to book some B&R bliss. The real question is... why the heck not?)


LETTER FROM LUC & GEORGE

Seeing the world differently. For you, the right trip might mean a week of challenging bike rides—your mind singularly focused as you clock mileage up the crook of a mountain; it could be about connecting with friends over leisurely walks and lingering meals; perhaps it’s reckoning with the sublime while hiking vertiginous peaks paired with otherworldly lakes; or maybe it’s revelling in ancient traditions and finding rejuvenation in thermal hot springs (after zooming through the countryside on your e-bike); or, it’s hearing the spine-tingling crack of a hyena’s laugh with your family by your side. Our trips vary wildly. Underlying every trip, however, is the same way we aim to see, and savour, the world: slowly, and as people who are interested in the very best of each region on a local scale, with an eye to authenticity. As you parse through the pages of our 2020 Trip Collection, you’ll see lists curated by our travel experts­—true specialists in awe and wonder. We hope they’ll help you choose your next adventure. See you on the road, Luc Robinson and George Butterfield


WAYS TO TRAVEL

Slow Down to See the World Decades ago, we invented luxury active travel—and we’ve been reinventing it ever since. We journey from hotel to hotel on our own steam, immersing ourselves in the local culture. We slow down. We see more.

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Travel with your own group

Choose a trip, pick a scheduled departure date, and join one of our small groups

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Take over a B&R small group departure: you and your friends have it all to yourself

Off the rack: choose from our collection of Ready-to-Book private itineraries

Go Bespoke: have us design a custom trip from scratch, just for you

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Every trip includes: Consummate guides, spectacular food & wine, signature hotels, carefully researched routes, cultural immersion, unparalleled access to local experts, 100% worry-free travel

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Where you’ll end up All B&R trips lead to the exact same place: a feeling of joy and freedom you will never forget

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BEST OF B&R

BEST OF B&R Some of the most knowledgeable travel experts in the world have weighed in. Here are their favourite trips from our 2020 Trip Collection...

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BIKING

TOP 5 TRIPS FOR BIKERS Selected by Dale Sharrow

For Dale, a great bike trip doesn’t just move you from one luxe hotel to another. As you round corners and crest hills, it surprises you with something earthshattering. Again. And again. And again. 1. JAPAN BIKING Cycle the remote coastline of the Noto Peninsula, hitting the most serene and picturesque pockets on two wheels. Quiet yet epic rides ending with ice-cold beer and steaming mountain hot springs. | P. 69

2. MALLORCA BIKING With glorious views of limestone cliffs, azure waters, almond groves and artichoke fields, Mallorca is a biker’s paradise. We ride inland. We go coastal. We rip the world-renowned “Lighthouse Ride.” And the refuelling? Delectable. | P. 45

3. TUSCANY BIKING Tuscany isn’t just exalted for its food and wine— its rolling hills are as jaw dropping to ride as they are to view. Medieval hilltop towns, Super Tuscans, and super Tuscans. This is as good as biking gets. | P. 39

4. PROVENCE LUBERON BIKING Bike from one storied hilltop village to another, hitting valley vineyards in between. Cycle Les Alpilles, pass through picturesque villages, and reward yourself with three nights at the Provençal style La Bastide de Marie. The Vaucluse Mountains are within striking distance! | P. 28

5. BURGUNDY BIKING Dale Sharrow, Trip Designer | Resident B&R Roadie Dale has explored 83 countries on two wheels, guided over 100 B&R trips, and designed many more. He is a sommelier, as luck would have it, so expect some of his favourite rides to be in wine country.

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This place was made for biking. Literally. Nowhere else in the world is there so much history, culinary tradition, viticulture, and gorgeous countryside woven together by so many tiny, perfect roads. Ready to uncork? | P. 26


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WALKING

TOP 5 TRIPS FOR WALKERS Selected by Steph Gulledge

For Steph, the ultimate trip on foot doesn’t just offer up great views. There has to be variety, cultural immersion, and fabulous places to take a load off. Wanna hoof it? Here’s a little trail magic for you… 1. ITALIAN LAKES WALKING Unimaginably beautiful vistas and stirring lakeside walks await. Bask in Bellagio’s beauty, luxuriate in Lugano, and relax in stress-free Stresa. We walk, but we also have mahogany speedboats at our beck and call. | P. 35

2. DOLOMITES HIKING Experience the Dolomites’ unique jagged peaks, legendary alpine hikes, remarkable people, unforgettable hotels and all the spa time one deserves after a day of invigorating hiking in the surrounding mountains. | P. 34

3. PERU WALKING Go back centuries as you walk the ruins of the Sacred Valley, hike the misty cloud forests of the Inca trail, visit Machu Picchu free from tourists and dine in a perfectly preserved Incan palace. The stunning ancient landscapes haven’t changed—but you will. | P. 79

4. ANDALUCIA WALKING We walk deep into the soul of Spain—through whitewashed hilltop villages, valleys, pine forests, sierras, flood plains, along the coast— gorging on Spain’s best tapas and finest flamenco along the way. | P. 44

5. SICILY WALKING Steph Gulledge, Trip Designer | Dream Weaver After studying in Canada, Spain and France, Steph decided the best way to continue her education was to be on the move. Could she have found a better institute for higher learning than B&R?

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Stroll through lively Baroque towns, then walk seaside trails and finish high in the Mediterranean sky on the upper slopes of Mount Etna. We walk through history, and reward ourselves with incredible Sicilian cuisine. | P. 38


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BIG & WILD

TOP 5 TRIPS FOR WILDERNESS LOVERS Selected by Christine Tucker

Think BIG. Think WILD. The landscapes on these trips may make you feel like a speck, but we have the antidote: B&R’s legendary service will make you feel larger than life. 1. BEARS & WHALES FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE Hike, bike, swim and kayak your way through massive nature. From ocean to mountain, glacier to meadow, beach to rainforest. If the 330-ft Douglas fir trees don’t make you feel small, the 55-ton fin whales will. | P. 76

2. RWANDA WALKING & GORILLA TREKKING Hike through Rwanda’s lush mountain ranges, stunning national parks, hidden inland beaches, verdant farmland and misty cloud forests— tracking some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. | P. 85

3. TANZANIA WALKING From vast savannah sunsets to the thrill of the Serengeti’s Great Migration, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. By day, seek out lions and elephants; by night, unwind at luxe camps with wilderness experts. | P. 85

4. NEW ZEALAND WALKING The hiking is wildly varied, the coastal walks are wildly dramatic, swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura is wildly soul-stirring, and exploring Fiordland National Park is wildly awe-inspiring. Go wild in New Zealand. | P. 71

5. ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS BY SEA Christine Tucker, Trip Designer | Adventurer Extraordinaire When we found out Christine had been to Paris over 10 times and had never gone up the Eiffel Tower, we knew she was a keeper. She plots eclectic adventures everywhere from Spain to Tanzania.

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Discover the natural splendour of the Galapagos—a modern-day Eden with a trove of exotic wildlife—by luxury yacht. We get up close to sea lions, giant tortoises, penguins, dolphins and whales. Talk about a highly evolved trip. | P. 79


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HOTELS

TOP 5 TRIPS FOR HOTEL LOVERS Selected by Kathy Stewart

Oh, we can do grand, but we generally prefer sublime boutique lodgings—with hoteliers who greet us like old friends. If you really care about where you put your head down, you’ll love these trips. 1. SUPER TUSCAN Bike the stunning hills of Tuscany, then get pampered like never before at the 12thC Castello del Nero, the 10thC Belmond Castello di Casole, and the 13thC Castiglion del Bosco. | P. 39

2. AMALFI COAST WALKING The walking is heavenly (see “Path of the Gods”) but the hotels are even more sublime. Revel in Ravello (Palazzo Avino), go positively agog in Positano (Le Sirenuse), and in Capri? Cap it off with something divine (Tiberio Palace). | P. 34

3. BHUTAN CULTURAL JOURNEY If the sacred mountains, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas don’t take you to a transcendent state, the Gangtey luxury lodge will. Quite possibly the best hotel experience in the world. | P. 68

4. LAKES & VOLCANOES MULTI-ACTIVE Patagonia is exquisitely beautiful, especially when you retreat to luxury hotels with breathtaking views of lakes, forests and mountains. Las Balsas, the 10-room Loi Suites, Llao Llao, Vira Vira… all amazing amazing. | P. 79

5. COTSWOLDS BIKING Kathy Stewart, Trip Designer | Natural Born Traveller With parents in the Foreign Service, travel was Kathy’s life from the start—by age 18, she’d already been to 30 countries. After 25 years at B&R, it’s safe to say Kathy knows a thing or two about hotels.

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Cycle quiet country roads, visit must-see heritage sites, and stay at world-class hotels where you’ll get the royal treatment. Dormy House, Barnsley House, and the Royal Crescent—a 5-star haven of elegance. | P. 62


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FAMILY

TOP 5 TRIPS FOR FAMILIES Selected by Martha Butterfield

We craft family adventures that entertain, illuminate, inspire and (don’t tell the kids) educate travellers of all ages. We call it “family travel.” You’ll call it “family transcendence.” 1. VIETNAM & CAMBODIA FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE The kids will adore the cuisine, riding through verdant rice paddies, the jungle scenery, crossing bamboo bridges, exploring hidden grottos, awing at Angkor Wat, and cooking up a storm during a cooking class with our chef friends. Preeetty sure you will, too. | P. 71

2. COSTA RICA FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE Delight in rich immersion into this lush playground—and no end of action. Sky-high suspension bridges, gondolas, zip-lining, horseback riding to emerald waterfall pools, exotic wildlife… not to mention the Chocolate Trails. | P. 79

3. PUGLIA FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE Splash in the sparkling Adriatic, float on a catamaran, bike, kayak, zip-line, savour handson cooking lessons and let the kids get their Katniss Everdeen on (archery). The hotels? As magical for kids as they are for you. | P. 37

4. COSTA BRAVA BIKING Ride the captivating terrain that inspired Picasso, Dalí, and Gaudí. Join other families with young adults and cycle from the towering Pyrénées to volcanic flats to rolling pastoral hills to the rugged Costa Brava and its azure waters. You’ll see great art in the landscape. | P. 45

5. LOIRE VALLEY FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE Martha Butterfield | B&R Co-founder, Trailblazer Martha Butterfield has always felt that having kids is no reason to stop travelling—in fact, she feels it is MORE reason to travel. Want your kids to drop their jaws (and their iPhones?) Check out Martha’s picks.

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Ever so enchanting, the Loire Valley is a place where kings and queens once played (and stayed in insanely nice châteaux). Now you can too, with the whole fam damily. A true storybook adventure. | P. 27


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VINTAGES

TOP 5 TRIPS FOR WINE LOVERS Selected by David Butterfield

For David, it’s all about enjoying the right wine at the right time—not too much, just enough to make your food sing and your heart soar. Here then are his favourite B&R romps through wine country. 1. PIEMONTE BIKING Savour great vintages, epicurean delights and stunning rides in the home of Slow Food. Tipple Barolos, Barbarescos, Barberas, Dolcettos and up-and-coming Lessonas. | P. 37

2. BURGUNDY BIKING We coast from one world-famous vineyard to the next, clinking glasses with our vintner friends along the way. In our second home, miles of vine-side bike paths, exclusive access and oenological immersion await. | P. 26

3. CAPE TOWN & WINELANDS MULTI-ACTIVE An oenological biking and walking adventure— from Cape Town to Franschhoek. But it’s not just the Pinotages you’ll fall for. The stunning mountains, vineyards, hotels and local cultures will steal your heart forever. | P. 85

4. CHILE WINE COUNTRY BIKING From the soul-stirring wine regions of San Antonio Valley to the Apalta Valley, enjoy incredible riding, superb picnics, unforgettable barrel and cave tastings, feasts galore and the one-of-a-kind Hotel Viña Vik. | P. 78

5. BORDEAUX TO DORDOGNE BIKING David Butterfield | Resident B&R Wine Expert David Butterfield is an award-winning winemaker in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. While he has a deep love for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, he keeps a very open palate.

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Follow signs that read like a wine list as you bike your way through vineyards that belong to some of the most celebrated appellations in the world. Soak up private tours and exclusive tastings. Learn how to pronounce terroir. | P. 26


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FAR-FLUNG

TOP 5 EXPEDITIONS Selected by Tom Abraham

B&R Expeditions take you to the ends of the earth to experience new cultures. Whether you’re in a back alley or on the side of a glacier, we’re always right there when you need us. Prepare to be immersed. 1. NEPAL HIKING Experience the truly exotic in Nepal as we trek to ancient pagodas, spot rhinos in Chitwan National Park and luxuriate amid the mighty Himalayas. Nepal is as humbling as it is enlightening. You can’t help but come back changed. | P. 69

2. AUSTRALIA EAST COAST WALKING An epic 12-day journey through earth-shattering landscapes, book-ended by Oz’s great cities. Experience all the insider access you can handle in Melbourne and Sydney. In between, barrel taste, explore rainforests, and “glamp” your way along Queensland’s Scenic Rim Trail. | P. 68

3. OMAN WALKING Wander the land of the golden-orange Wahiba Sands, ancient souks, the soaring Hajar Mountains, and the Omani Grand Canyon. Mystical, magical and mysterious: this is exactly our cup of (cardamom) tea. | P. 85

4. MONGOLIA MULTI-ACTIVE A rugged adventure like no other. We meander like nomads through the Gobi Desert and grasslands, making our way by horseback, camel, bike and by foot—in constant awe of the landscape. At night? Your luxe ger (yurt) awaits. | P. 69

5. COLOMBIA MULTI-ACTIVE Tom Abraham, Trip Designer | Global Nomad Tom has visited over 50 countries, lived in six, and has a finely honed sense of how to knock travellers’ socks clean off the continent. Tom’s odysseys are known for being 97% life-affirming… 3% crazy.

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Dig deep into Colombia’s corners, from the majestic Andes to the Caribbean coast. Stay at hip new properties and traditional estancias, relish food worth writing home about—and enjoy a capital buzzing with modernity. | P. 79


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The World of Butterfield & Robinson | 2020

Alaska Iceland

Canadian Rockies

NORTH AMERICA

British Columbia

Quebec

California Arizona

Hawaii

Newfoundland

Utah

S PA I N & P O RT U GA L

Mexico Camino de Santiago

Nicaragua Costa Rica

GA L A PAG O S ISLANDS

Azores

Panama Colombia Ecuador Peru

Mallorca Alentejo

Brazil

L AT I N A M E R I C A Uruguay Chile

Douro Valley

Basque Country Costa Brava Rioja Ribera del Duero

Argentina Patagonia

Andalucia


F R A N C E & I TA LY Burgundy

Champagne

Alsace Normandy

Italian Lakes

Brittany Dolomites

Loire Valley

Veneto

Piemonte Bordeaux & Dordogne

Provence

Tuscany Umbria

Corsica

EUROPE

Sicily

Mongolia

Georgia

Japan Jordan Oman

AFRICA

Nepal

Laos Vietnam Cambodia

A S I A- PAC I F I C

Kenya Tanzania

Zambia

Namibia

China

Bhutan Myanmar Thailand

India Sri Lanka

Rwanda

Puglia Basilicata

Sardinia

Finland Norway Sweden Scotland Denmark Holland Ireland Germany England Czech Republic Austria Romania Switzerland Hungary Slovenia Croatia Bulgaria Montenegro Turkey Greece

Morocco

Amalfi Coast

Indonesia

Zimbabwe Madagascar Botswana South Africa

Australia

New Zealand

Slow down to see the world...


“B&R trips allow you to experience the locale intimately and in a way that makes you feel you’re on the inside track.” —John W. Craddock Jr., Bordeaux


France France isn’t a destination to us, it’s our home—and we certainly love showing it off! We ensure that you experience France as the French do: decadently, poetically, and fashionably before anyone else. Come along as we crack open France’s coolest, most charming, and sometimes even clandestine cellars (for private tastings), kitchens (for private meals), and ancient castles (for a divine, windswept night or two). Ooh la la.

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FRANCE

Our Experts These trip designers are downright crazy about France. They have the most fun jobs in the world, so don’t hesitate to put them to it.

Annik Boulva Burgundy, Normandy & Brittany — This lifelong jet-setter and competitive skier is a bloodhound for beautiful experiences—whether it’s finding the most adorable village in Normandy, or tracking down the richest, most buttery Chardonnay in Burgundy. Travellers say her trips don’t just wow you. They whoa you.

Dana Quinn Provence — Expat Dana Quinn has left few stones unturned in Europe. In Provence, she knows every hilltop village, limestone ridge, and lavender field worth seeing (or smelling). Want to sink your teeth into the culinary scene? The viniculture and legendary rosés? She’s your gal.

Jérôme Boré Alsace, Bordeaux, Champagne, Dordogne, Loire — The question isn’t “Should I go on a Jérôme-designed trip?” The question is: “How will I return to normal life after?” This Frenchman’s trips are famous for their passion, decadence, and thrills—visual, oenological, and gastronomic.

Marya Valli Corsica — With 15 years’ experience, this Corsica local’s trips are more poem than itinerary. We know, we know, that sounds a bit much: but when you’re floating on a gulet in a quiet cove, sipping a vermentinu from your new best friend (a local vintner), you’ll get it. And so much more.

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FRANCE

Private Travel Inspiration Exquisite biking and walking routes, exceptional wines, one-of-a-kind hotels, vine-covered hills and timeless villages. What’s not to love? A private Bespoke trip can be anything you want it to be! Things to consider: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

biking or walking from hotel to hotel exploring from a home base (château) river cruising on the Rhône wine tastings in private cellars visits with cheese makers & chocolatiers tennis on red clay, golf on green grass yoga, massages, trips to the spa dinners in our friends’ homes picnics on peaks; Michelin dining cooking classes with local chefs tours with experts: historians, artists… private gallery and architectural tours live music at lunch, dinner or après a wine grand journey—Alsace, the Loire, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne

Recent Bespoke Trips in France:

No Boys Allowed Provence Four women had a desire to hit the town (or, more specifically, the serene French countryside), sans the guys. We sent them to Provence for five days of the royal treatment: private châteaux lunches, lavender-lined paths, sensuous spa visits, and wine tastings that left them blushing rosé. History Buffs Dive in Normandy Eight friends asked us to immerse them in the history of Normandy from 1066 to 1944. They biked, walked, horsebacked and sailed their way through nine centuries of cultural and culinary refinement. Oysters? Calvados? Plenty. Our secret weapon? A historian who has a back door key to everywhere.

What does your dream trip look like? For more inspiration, we have dozens of private itineraries and thousands more in the backs of our heads. Email one of our travel experts (opposite) and start the conversation. They always love to talk about travel.

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FRANCE

Trip Collection Join one of our Small Group scheduled trips (with like-minded B&R travellers), or get your own gang together and take a Private trip. ALSACE E-BIKING (NEW!)

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,995

You may come for the amazing dry Rieslings, but there’s so much more. Ride winding cobble-stoned streets of medieval towns, up the Vosges Mountains for some war history and, of course, to the vineyards. Stay at the Auberge de L’Ill, a stunning riverside hotel with a two-star Michelin restaurant. Small wonder France and Germany squabbled over this region for centuries.

BORDEAUX TO DORDOGNE BIKING Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,595

In all our years, we’ve sampled few pairings finer than Bordeaux, land of legendary wine and equally lauded biking, and the Dordogne, verdant capital of foie gras. Go back in time exploring ancient cave art, picture-perfect riverside villages and the best-preserved fortress of the Perigord— all with the help of region’s best guides. Ride right into the heart of Saint-Émilion, and taste the finest of the region at private winemaking sessions and château tastings.

BURGUNDY BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$4,995

We spent one day in Burgundy decades ago and decided to never leave. You’ll spend five—so consider yourself warned. Sumptuous cuisine, miles of vine-side paths, exclusive access and deep oenological immersion await. We coast from one heavenly (and world-famous) vineyard to the next, clinking glasses with our expert friends along the way. Explore historic Beaune, where our hometown advantage grants us two nights at l’Hôtel de Beaune, a B&R exclusive.

BURGUNDY SELF-GUIDED BIKING Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$3,295

Can’t spare five decades of your time building up neighbourly goodwill with the Burgundians? No need, you can borrow some of ours. Pommard, Montrachet, Corton… some of the greatest terroirs in the world await. Savour private tastings and a fascinating walking tour of Beaune with an insider. Combining charming hotels and incredible routes, this is a delicious taste of Burgundy. Final night? At the Abbaye de la Bussière, where you won’t eat like the abbots. Michelin-starred restaurant Le 1131 anyone? Après vous.

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FRANCE

BURGUNDY SELF-GUIDED WALKING Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$3,495

We’ve called in favours from our local friends, reserved the best rooms in charming hotels, mapped out exquisite walking routes, hooked you up with famous vineyards, and lined up a local winemaking friend for a dégustation. Just tell ’em B&R sent you—or if you’d like, we can call ahead. Dinner at La Cueillette? Done.

BURGUNDY CANAL CRUISE BIKING (NEW!) Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$11,995

Let us show you Burgundy as only we know it. We’ll provide exquisite accommodation aboard a luxury Belmond boat that cruises the canal. At the perfect spots, we’ll hop off for bucolic biking on tiny roads to charming villages, historic abbeys and legendary vineyards. Our local knowledge will reveal out-ofthe-ordinary Burgundy. After all, we call it home.

CHAMPAGNE BIKING

Private Trip 5 Days / 4 Nights Recreational | From US$6,995

Champagne is more than just a region built on bubbles. Its history spans centuries, and riding through its historic hills means travelling through significant periods of France’s fascinating past. Ride quiet roads through rolling hills, taste the wine that made this region famous and stay at the Royal Champagne AND the Château les Crayères. Pop!

CORSICA WALKING

Private Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$6,395

Corsica. Not quite France or Italy, but an exquisite cocktail of both. Experience its vibrant coastlines, white cliffs, azure lagoons, soaring mountains, and hilltop villages by foot. Your nights will be blissful too, with stays at Hôtel La Villa in Calvi and U Capu Biancu in Bonifacio. (Warning: the woman who designed this trip up and moved here.)

LOIRE CHATEAUX BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$4,995

Not one but two castles await on this romantic ride through history. Château La Tortinière opens its Belle Époque doors to B&R, and a private visit to Château du Rivau gives you something in common with Joan of Arc. (Would you like to stay in her room? We’re drawing straws.) After this, slum it with the likes of Richard the Lionheart, Leonardo da Vinci, and a locally lauded chef.

LOIRE VALLEY FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$4,995

← FEATURED EXPERT Tatjana Buisson, B&R Guide Tatjana has elevated guiding to an art form. An artistic tour de force, Tatjana is a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer… no wonder her mise-enscène is always perfect. Since she’s half South African and half Bordelaise, her passion for extraordinary vistas, biking and wine comes as no surprise.

How do you get kids to forget about the Wi-Fi? Castles, canoeing, ropes courses and horseback riding help. If that doesn’t do it, they can take their frustrations out in fencing class (on the instructor, not their siblings) while mom and dad revel in the wines at Domaine de la Chevalerie. Video games, shmideo games: the Loire is next-level.

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NORMANDY & BRITTANY BIKING Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$4,995

History comes to life here—and you will too. More than 75 years after D-Day, let a deep appreciation for life wash over you as you ride past white sand beaches and memorial mark­ers, then let the spirit of the people buoy you as you sip Calvados with local nobility. After a stay at the one-of-a-kind Villa Lara, you’ll find yourself awing over a backstage tour of Mont Saint-Michel, and fawning over our gourmet finish.

PROVENCE LUBERON BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$4,995

Journey through lush landscapes, past perched villages and majestic cypresses on a trip that’s pure Provençal. Slow down to the quintessential pace of the region, and delight in everything from boules lessons to a stay in the 17thC Bastide de Marie. Bike along the Rhône, through hilltop towns along Les Alpilles, and visit unforgettable villages like Les Baux, Gordes and Roussillon. Along the way, enjoy antique shopping and a visit to a private domaine for a tasting hosted by a former Alain Ducasse sommelier you won’t soon forget.

PROVENCE SELF-GUIDED BIKING Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$4,795

Provence is one of France’s most sensuous regions, but it’s also pretty serious. To wit: Mont Ventoux— of Tour de France fame—is where serious cyclists stretch their legs. We take in the seriously delightful village of Roussillon, visit a 12thC necropolis, cross a Roman bridge and do some serious dining at Jérôme Blanchet. Hotel Crillon le Brave, perched above sprawling vineyards and olive groves, offers us seriously stunning views. Former B&R guide Vicki was so serious about Provence she up and moved here—and she’d love to show you around.

PROVENCE SELF-GUIDED WALKING Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$3,495

Strolling through the South of France doesn’t require a chaperone—just years of planning to find hidden trails to ancient hilltop villages, and charming hotels with pools where you can cool off when you’re done. Local connections help too, like at Domaine de Marie, where our friends host you for a tasting and exquisite dinner made from justpicked Provençal produce.

RHONE RIVER CRUISE BIKING Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$7,995

Why unpack luggage each day when you could be unpacking the best of Provence and the Côtes du Rhône? Cruise the Rhône aboard a Uniworld river ship and go overboard (in a good way): savour exceptional cuisine, the vineyards of Beaujolais, a tour of Arles, and a cooking class at the legendary Paul Bocuse Institute. Cruising the Rhône with bikes in tow? Vive la différence.

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← FEATURED EXPERT Denis Lucantoni, B&R Guide As a short-track speed skater, he competed in the Olympics and won at the European Championships. Denis bikes, hikes and surfs and, in the winter, teaches skiing in the French Alps. He also loves travel, so in the summer he slows down just enough to guide trips in France for us.


FRANCE

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“We keep coming back to B&R because we get great value: the price is quickly forgotten; while the wonderful experiences remain in our hearts forever.” —Ann Fudge, Amalfi Coast


Italy The secret to Italy? Communing with Italians (some of whom work in our Tuscan office). That’s why we don’t just find the best pasta on Yelp—we find out when our local friends are free, then invite you to a feast on their estate. (Grazie, Lungarellas!) We don’t merely visit the Statue of David—we host a private dinner party at the Accademia. And we don’t just “see” Italy—we plunge you directly into la dolce vita. Fellini wishes he could do Italy like us.

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Amalfi Coast Basilicata Cinque Terre Dolomites Italian Lakes Piemonte Prosecco

Puglia Sardinia Sicily Tuscany Umbria Veneto

Dolomites Prosecco Veneto

Italian Lakes Piemonte

Cinque Terre Tuscany Umbria

Sardinia

Rome

I TA LY

Amalfi Coast Basilicata

Sicily

Puglia


ITALY

Our Experts Spend enough time in Italy and you’ll learn a simple truth: its most unforgettable experiences can’t be unearthed by outsiders. You have to live here.

Christina Cain Basilicata, Puglia — If it’s off the beaten path, quiet, and soul-stirring— it’s probably Christina’s doing. This Italy aficionado loves to zig when others zag, whether it’s a Prosecco tasting at brunch (surprisingly transcendent) or Tuscany at Christmas (serious David Copperfieldlevel magic). christina.cain@butterfield.com

Courtney Mundy Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Umbria — When it comes to local immersion, no one tops Courtney. She’s now so entrenched in Tuscany that the locals consider her one of their own. At home wherever the Chianti and olive oil flow freely, she’s planned trips across Europe, but Italy remains her first and truest love.

Dana Quinn Cinque Terre, Italian Lakes, Sicily — With a travel career comprised of nearly two decades of guiding and designing trips, expat Dana Quinn has left few stones unturned in Europe. And underneath those stones? Under-the-radar gems like mountain pine grappa and a Sicilian cave that whispers to you.

Georgia Yuill Dolomites — Georgia joined B&R in order to spend one summer as a guide before getting a “real” job. That was 20 years ago. Now this Milan-based Italophile is our resident expert on la dolce vita, with over 150 beautiful, breathless, unforgettable, one-of-a-kind trips under her (fine Italian leather) belt.

Marya Valli Piemonte, Sardinia — With 15 years’ experience designing artful adventures, this Corsica local’s trips are more poem than itinerary. We know, we know, that sounds a bit much: but when you’re sipping Barolo in Piemonte and watching the willow trail its branches in the serene Po River, you’ll get it. And so much more.

Nathan Lane Prosecco, Veneto — Sure, he’s planned over a hundred mindboggling trips. Sure, Condé Nast Traveler named him Vietnam’s Top Travel Expert. Sure, he knows 17 regions—from Puglia to Sri Lanka—so well you’d think he was born there. But does that really mean you should have Nathan design a trip for you? Well... yes!

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Private Travel Inspiration Want to hunt truffles? Sample wine in exclusive cantinas? Learn how to make real Italian pasta with Nonna and dance in her backyard? A private Bespoke trip can be anything you want it to be! Things to consider: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

biking, e-biking, walking, hiking sailing on a luxury yacht staying at home base (think 14thC villa) swimming, kayaking & snorkelling private wine tastings (with winemakers) olive oil tastings right on the farm private historical & architectural tours private after-hours gallery tours cooking lessons of all kinds… mozzarella-making, pizza-making organic, farm-to-fork lunches meals with farmers in their farmhouses picnics; dining barefoot on the beach dining at Michelin-star restaurants dining al fresco & dancing to live music

Recent Bespoke Trips in Italy:

(Un)corporate Travel Tuscany How do you show your best client some love and strengthen your relationship? A gift basket? Sure... as long as it includes an invitation to a B&R Bespoke luxury retreat in Tuscany. Our unique style turns corporate travel (which is usually stiff and predictable) into something very uncorporate. And unforgettable. Coming Home Puglia Three generations wanted to explore the old country. We did it in style, visiting vineyards, grottos, trattorias and whitewashed villages. The coastal biking? Fun and easy. The hotels? Kid-friendly yet chic. And the cooking lessons? Mozzarella-making, pizza from scratch, and pampanella: ribs, Puglia-style.

What does your dream trip look like? For more inspiration, we have dozens of private itineraries and thousands more in the backs of our heads. Email one of our travel experts (opposite) and start the conversation. They always love to talk about travel.

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ITALY

Trip Collection Join one of our Small Group scheduled trips (with like-minded B&R travellers), or get your own gang together and take a Private trip. AMALFI COAST WALKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Avid | From US$8,995

“A dream place” — that’s how Steinbeck described Amalfi. And when you take in the Path of the Gods, the hotels (we stay at Le Sirenuse, just like he did), the food and the limoncello, you’ll understand why. Dream place? More like fantasy land—but who are we to correct a Nobel laureate?

DOLOMITES HIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Avid | From US$5,695

Explore the gorgeous (and little known) Alpe di Siusi. Experience the region’s remarkable people, unforgettable hikes, and sumptuous cuisine. Your taste buds will never, ever forget our three-Michelinstar dinner at St. Hubertus, the perfect reward after an invigorating (and jaw-dropping) alpine hike.

DOLOMITES SELF-GUIDED HIKING Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Avid | From US$4,595

There is breathtaking beauty around every corner. At the five-star Rosa Alpina, an invitation into Chef Norbert’s kitchen awaits. At the five-star Alpina Dolomites, your spa awaits. Hike to the highest peak, spend the day indulging in culture, or savour the cuisine—here, you can’t make a wrong turn.

DOLOMITES E-BIKING, HIKING & WELLNESS (NEW!) Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Avid | From US$6,495

See this Instagram-worthy region by foot, e-bike, gondola and helicopter (and if you’d like, try e-mountain biking!). Taste the Dolomites’ renowned wines. Eat delicious, healthy food. Get royal treatment at luxurious hotels. Swim the warmest lake in the Alps. Practise yoga by a waterfall. Be pampered with special spa treatments. If you can’t find your bliss here, we can’t help you.

DOLOMITES WINTER MULTI-ACTIVE (NEW!)

Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Avid | From US$5,995

Hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, alpine ski and snowboard across this gorgeous corner of the Dolomites, Europe’s largest alpine meadow. Dine in true B&R fashion: hearty meals in cosy mountain huts by day and fine dining in elegant settings by night. With stays at Alpina Dolomites and Rosa Alpina, both five-star, you won’t want to leave till summer.

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ISCHIA TO CAPRI WALKING & WELLNESS (NEW!)

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Avid | From US$8,595

These islands boast natural beauty, ancient history and modern glamour set against a sparkling sea. Hotel Mezzatorre has a sensational spa, thermal pools, a cove for swimming and a forest for yoga. The Capri Palace’s spa is one of Europe’s most prestigious. The Med diet produces the longest-living people in the world; ours is next-level, so eat up.

← FEATURED EXPERT Ernesto Fucci, B&R Guide Start with his southern Italian farm full of olive oil and aromatic herbs. Mix in his work as a private chef and yogaretreat organizer. Add fluency in five languages and studies in diplomacy and human rights. Finish with a dollop of his love for long-distance cycling. Serve proudly.

ITALIAN LAKES WALKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$6,995

Let the Clooney fans flock to Como. We’re the only ones who pop over to the stunning Swiss side, wandering Lugano and Ticino, and taking not one, not two, but three separate boat cruises to soak in the incredible views from the water. Our local friends? We tap into three exceptional local guides (one for each lake!), and in Bellagio? We can’t wait for you to meet Norberto, our wine expert.

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FEATURED EXPERT → Stefano Lopez, B&R Guide With extensive experience travelling in Europe and North America—including a bear encounter in the Yukon—he knows the road. But he’s from Florence so Italy is his home turf. And having studied languages and political science, he might even be able to explain Italian politics to you.

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PIEMONTE BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,495

Nowhere does slowing down feel more perfect than Piemonte, the birthplace of Slow Food, where epicurean delights await around every corner and verdant vineyards abound. We pair our meals with many of the best vintages (on us, natch), then kick back at the intimate and gorgeous La Villa.

PIEMONTE TO PORTOFINO WALKING Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$6,495

Prepare to savour some of the best meals of your life. Did we say meals? We meant wines (think Barolos and Barbarescos). Wait—we meant views (think Italian Riviera). Oh, shoot, no. We meant hotels (there’s a reason they call them Splendido).

PUGLIA BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$4,995

Between the sun, the shore and the food, Puglia has a way of making everything more sumptuous. Mozzarella’s more delicious when sampled at a cheese-making demo. Cycling’s more serene along the Adriatic. And a post-ride aperitivo is even more refreshing when sipped in our friend’s garden.

PUGLIA TO MATERA WALKING Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$4,995

Bask in olive groves and gorgeous whitewashed villages as you stroll along the aquamarine Adriatic in one of Italy’s most blissfully low-traffic corners (we’re the only walkers here!). Back at Hotel Sant’Angelo—a B&R exclusive in UNESCO Matera— feast on the freshest seafood you’ve ever had while you quaff luscious local Primitivo.

PUGLIA FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$4,995

Tell the kids you’re going to Puglia and they’ll ask “where-ya?” Tell them you’re going to snorkel in the sparkling Adriatic, fling arrows in archery lessons, make pasta by hand, and zip-line over olive groves and they’ll ask a different question: “when-ya!?”

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ITALY

SARDINIA & CORSICA BIKING Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Enthusiast | From US$8,495

These two jewels of the Mediterranean benefit travellers with both a bike and a private gulet (aka wooden yacht). Cycle to sheep-covered hills and sandy coves, fishing villages and glamourous Costa Smeralda, family farms and prestigious wineries. Then sail the glittering sea, hopping from port to port in the exquisite vessel that’s also your floating hotel.

SARDINIA & CORSICA WALKING (NEW!) Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Enthusiast | From US$8,495

Drink in what others miss when you walk coastal trails, ancient walkways and paths above stunning coastlines. Hit a private beach for a picnic and a swim in turquoise water. Indulge in fresh seafood and fabulous wines. And rest your legs in luxury at Corsica’s U Capu Biancu and Sardinia’s Hotel Romazzino. These islands were made for walking.

SICILY WALKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,495

Legends loom large here—and so will you. We start in Ancient Greek Siracusa, explore Baroque Noto (the “Ingenious City”), and finish on the giant of Mount Etna, where we hike the black volcanic paths, picnic in a secret spot, and taste the mineral vintages at our friend’s house overlooking his vineyards. (It pays to have friends in high places.)

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TUSCANY BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,295

Spin across the Val di Chiana, then hit the vinecovered hills of Chianti. Along the way? We take immersion to a new level. Savour a feast prepared by our friends—and enjoyed in their backyard. Take in the evening energy of Siena and join in the laughter radiating from the piazza. Dine under the stars, at a winery, on a meal prepared by our private chef. We don’t just visit Tuscany—we bring its story to life.

SUPER TUSCAN (NEW!)

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$6,995

Bike (or e-bike), walk and taste your way around the stunning hills of Tuscany, then learn what we mean when we say “Just wait till you see the hotel.” Get pampered like never before at the 12thC Castello del Nero, the 10thC Belmond Castello di Casole, and the 13thC Castiglion del Bosco. And savour estate-to-fork meals and super Super Tuscans.

VENICE TO VERONA BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Occasional | From US$5,995

Bike the fertile planes of the Veneto. Pedal an ancient Roman road. Visit charming Vicenza. Stay next door to the Palladian Villa Pisani. And plunge into Lake Garda. The Veneto is the breadbasket of Italy, so naturally, the gustatory adventures here are unrivalled. Fresh, local food? There is no other kind.

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“This trip was total immersion into the culture… an experience never to be forgotten.” —Susan Hansen, Portugal


Spain & Portugal We’ve been basking in the beauty and splendour of Europe’s sun-soaked southwest corner for decades, and we’ve learned how to seize every moment of it: gaping at the stunning Costa Brava, sipping Rioja’s worldclass vintages, communing with the Camino de Santiago, marvelling at the cascading hills of the Douro Valley. In the evening, gently nurse a glass of port in the perfect orange light and kick yourself for not coming along with us sooner.

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Alentejo Azores Andalucia Basque Country Camino de Santiago

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Costa Brava Douro Valley Mallorca Ribera del Duero Rioja

S PA I N & PORTUGAL Camino de Santiago

Rioja

Basque Country

Azores Douro Valley

Ribera del Duero

Lisbon

Madrid

Alentejo Andalucia

Costa Brava

Mallorca


SPAIN & PORTUGAL

Our Experts It’s a mad fight to design trips for B&R in this region—the only place in the world where there’s a love for slowing down that surpasses our own.

Christina Cain Costa Brava — If it’s completely off the beaten path, quiet, and soul-stirring—it’s probably Christina’s doing. She knows the Iberian Peninsula like the back of her hand, and loves to zig when others zag. On Christina’s trips, even during peak season, we ditch all the tourists for a remarkable ‘insider’ experience.

Christine Tucker Andalucia, Basque Country, Mallorca — When we found out Christine had been to Paris 10+ times and had never gone up the Eiffel Tower, we knew she was a keeper. With an MA in sustainable tourism to draw on, she elevates “the road less travelled” to a religion, plotting trips all over Spain and Portugal.

Oscar Biedma Portugal, Rioja — After guiding B&R trips in every nook and cranny of western Europe, it was time for Oscar to start writing his own stories. Now a master storyteller, all you have to do is give him a few details, and he’ll whip you up an epic poem, a thrilling serial, a gripping novel, an unforgettable aria—whatever moves you.

Steph Gulledge Camino de Santiago — After studying in Canada, Spain and France, Steph decided the best way to continue her education was to be constantly on the move. Could she have found a better or more exciting institute for higher learning than B&R? And her syllabus? Wildly varying. Visually stunning. Naturally arresting. And positively delicious.

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Private Travel Inspiration We can’t get enough of the Iberian Peninsula: the biking and walking is as good as anywhere else in the world. (So too is the rehydrating.) A private Bespoke trip can be anything you want it to be! Things to consider: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

biking, e-biking, walking, hiking yoga, massages, trips to the spa chic farmhouse inns and spa hotels lavish hotels with Michelin stars pintxos tour of San Sebastián foodie tour of the Basque region walk the stunning hills of Mallorca and combine the landscape of the Azores with Madeira, home of Reid’s Palace sip your way around Rioja wine country discover the festivals of Andalucia tastings with vintners & cheese makers dinners at our local friends’ homes cooking lessons with renowned chefs watching great flamenco (and joining)

Recent Bespoke Trips in Spain & Portugal:

Trading Places Mallorca A Long Island bike club traded the Hamptons for the famous hills of the Tremuntana Mountains. They enjoyed two spectacular coastal rides a day (fully guided, of course) and retired each afternoon to luxe hotels with infinity pools, gorgeous spas and fresh local food. Surprise hit? Gin tastings! A Big 5-0 Portugal Eleven friends and one birthday boy hiked the Douro, drooling over terraced vineyards, riverside hotels, Michelin-starred meals and the best port in the world. Then they switched gears and biked the glorious Alentejo—home to lush vineyards, olive and cork groves, and world-class farm-to-table dining.

What does your dream trip look like? For more inspiration, we have dozens of private itineraries and thousands more in the backs of our heads. Email one of our travel experts (opposite) and start the conversation. They always love to talk about travel.

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Trip Collection Join one of our Small Group scheduled trips (with like-minded B&R travellers), or get your own gang together and take a Private trip. ANDALUCIA WALKING (NEW!) Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Enthusiast | From US$7,495

Southern Spain evokes flamenco, Moorish architecture, bullfighting—and tourists. But we keep you far from the madding crowd. Stay at Finca La Donaira, an exclusive eco-luxury hotel. Visit Vejer, a rarely visited village. Converse with Flavio over a private lunch at his Descalzos winery. Savour Seville’s rising flamenco stars—then join in. Olé, indeed.

AZORES MULTI-ACTIVE (NEW!) Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$5,995

If Portugal, Hawaii and Ireland could get together to have a baby, they’d produce this unique island in the Atlantic. It has lush valleys, volcanoes, lovely lakes, hot springs, and fabulous hotels like the Art Deco Hotel Terra Nostra and Ponta Delgada. You’ll snorkel, kayak, hike and so much more. Oh, baby.

BASQUE COUNTRY HIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Avid | From US$5,995

Straddling the border between France and Spain, Basque Country is an experience unto itself. From beautiful Bidarray on the French side, we take in breathtaking views of the Pyrenees. Later, swap mountains for oceans on the idyllic Spanish Basque coast, then finish in San Sebastián, where pintxos lovers will have fits of gastronomic delight.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO BIKING Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$4,295

Traditionally, the Camino de Santiago is about soulsearching, but we’re more interested in soul-stirring. It starts with riding while others walk, to feel serenity in the saddle. It continues in the farm-fresh meals we enjoy en route, and the passion of the people who prepare them. And it culminates at the resplendent Reis Católicos, a stone’s throw from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO WALKING Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$3,995

This ancient pilgrimage is on just about everyone’s list. But don’t just check a box, make it your mission to revel in the best of the spiritual path, including the Puerta del Perdón, the Iron Cross and the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. No need to worry about hair shirts: stay in comfort at hotels like the Reis Católicos. The finest way to do the Way.

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← FEATURED EXPERT Gerardo Amortegui, B&R Guide Gerardo is an avid cyclist who is particularly passionate about Ultimate Frisbee—a sport that has taken him around the world. This athlete is also an intellect who has completed his bachelor of science in electronic engineering and a master of science in remote sensing.


SPAIN & PORTUGAL

COSTA BRAVA BIKING

MALLORCA BIKING (NEW!)

PORTUGAL BIKING

Soak up the warmth of the Med in a region we adore. Ride rolling volcanic hills dwarfed by the Pyrenees and explore villages stamped by time. Take sips and dips on B&R’s sailboat while cruising the Costa Brava, feast on farm-to-fork cuisine in Figueres, and let Spain’s best Dalí guide pour drinks before an intimate art tour. Melt like a clock for this sensuous region.

A biker’s paradise, Mallorca offers some of Europe’s best cycling and stunning views of limestone cliffs, azure shores and the Tramuntana range. Punctuate heavenly rides with divine food and wine, luxurious hotels and local experiences such as a tasting at a family-run winery and a private Mediterranean boat ride. Let us show you why Mallorca is a cyclist’s promised land.

“Slowing down to see the world” means seeing what others miss—and we’re the only ones going slowly enough to land exclusive invitations to both Monte dos Perdigões and Comenda Grande wineries. Ride through Alentejo’s olive groves, taste sublime reds, tour a farm-to-table estate, and see the Goth architecture of Évora. Our hotels? An historic estate, an ex-monastery and something totally avant-garde.

DOURO VALLEY WALKING & WELLNESS (NEW!)

MALLORCA WALKING

SPANISH WINE COUNTRY BIKING

Pssst. Want in on a secret? Join us as we explore Mallorca’s cobalt waters, pearly beaches, gaspworthy hotels, and magnificent walking trails. We walk the coast, along a medieval pilgrimage trail, and through olive groves and citrus orchards. With seafood feasts, a cliffside paella picnic and a gin tasting, we’ll prove to you, one way or another, Mallorca is one of the world’s most sensual secrets.

Riding Rioja is a sensory experience. Your eyes won’t believe the views of the untouched Basque hills in neighbouring Navarra. Your body won’t believe the comfort of the five-star Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine Hotel. Your taste buds will never tire of the tapas, pintxos and barbecued meats—not to mention the world-famous wine. And your mind? Totally and utterly blown.

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$5,195

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,995

Indulge yourself from Porto to the Douro Valley. Delight in terraced vineyards, the charming alleys of Provesende, and walks through the vine-covered countryside. With stays at three spa hotels—including the extraordinary Six Senses—there is plenty of time for yoga, meditation, massages, nature walks, and delicious organic repasts. You deserve it.

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,795

Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,495

Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$4,995

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,295

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“We were spoiled by what I call B&R magic: all those special relationships with locals and thoughtful surprises along the way.” —Mary Beth Manion Morell, Balkans


Central & Eastern Europe Fifty years ago or so, B&R made its first journey through Bavaria. We were young, scrappy, and eager to truly experience the region, its history and its people. Well, a few things have changed since then (the hotels are a lot nicer), but one thing remains constant: our style of deep cultural immersion. And that’s not just in the Weissbier.

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Austria Bulgaria Germany Croatia Czech Republic Greece Hungary

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Georgia Holland Montenegro Romania Slovenia Switzerland Turkey

CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE The Netherlands Germany Czech Republic Austria Hungary Switzerland Slovenia Romania Croatia Montenegro

Bulgaria Greece

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CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

Our Experts This is a rich, culturally diverse region. Fortunately, for every name on the map, there is a “—phile” at B&R. Pick your spot, we’ll provide the “—phile.”

Mario Koch Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands — As a former film producer, Mario knows how to put on a great show—with you the star, of course. As a former journalist, he stops at nothing to get the information he needs. And as a former sous-chef in a world-class resto? Let’s just say he knows where all the great chefs are. Want a taste?

Marya Valli Switzerland — With over 15 years of designing artful adventures, Marya’s excursions are more poem than itinerary. We know, we know, that sounds a bit much: but when you’re lunching on incredible cheeses on a jaw-dropping glacier, or taking in a panoramic view of the famed peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, you’ll get it. And so much more.

Tom Abraham Georgia, Turkey, Balkans — Tom has explored over 50 countries (mostly by bike), lived in six, and has a finely honed sense of how to knock travellers’ socks clean off the continent—with every single trip he designs. With Tom, there is no going halfway. His odysseys (his word, not ours) are known for being 97% life-affirming… 3% crazy. (Which, it seems, is the perfect ratio.)

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Private Travel Inspiration Pastoral beauty. Coastal charm. Urban sophistication. History. Modernity. Amble, roll or sail through it all, stopping to meet our friends along the way. A private Bespoke trip can be anything you want it to be! Things to consider: • • • • • • • • • • •

the best of Bavaria, bookended with Bayern Munich soccer games riding a private cable car in the Alps taking over an alpine restaurant for a massive celebration cruising the Dalmatian coast in a yacht & dining at water-access-only restos farm-to-fork Michelin meals in Slovenia biking and truffle hunting in Istria hopping aboard a private plane from Athens to Peloponnese (and your yacht) after-hours museum tours in Athens private visit to the Hagia Sofia museum a private cruise along the Turkish coast Balkan History 101 (via luxe yacht)

Recent Bespoke Trips in This Region:

Best in History Berlin-Prague-Munich Four couples wanted a journey into German, Czech and world history. They biked and walked (and ate) their way through time. The history was heavy, but the historians we had on hand knew how to lift their spirits (ice-cold Pilsner, anyone?) and our final days on Lake Tagern had them floating on sunshine. Mega Cruise Greek Islands A 25th anniversary bash—with the original wedding party—cruising the Greek Islands in a yacht (complete with two chefs). Included? Three B&R guides, hiking to whitewashed villages and ancient monuments, yoga, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, tennis, spa visits, and the freshest al fresco meals ever.

What does your dream trip look like? For more inspiration, we have dozens of private itineraries and thousands more in the backs of our heads. Email one of our travel experts (opposite) and start the conversation. They always love to talk about travel.

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Trip Collection Join one of our Small Group scheduled trips (with like-minded B&R travellers), or get your own gang together and take a Private trip. BERLIN TO PRAGUE BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Occasional | From US$4,995

We’ve plotted the perfect course from one energetic European gem to another, and we’re the only ones riding between them. Along the way, sink neckdeep into the history of Dresden, spend two days enjoying the serene bike paths of the Spreewald (and sumptuous spa of our hotel), then cap it off by riding to the door of our hotel in the City of Spires.

BUDAPEST & TOKAJ BIKING (NEW!) Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,495

Ride through architecture ranging from Neoclassical to Baroque to Art Nouveau; along the weaving Danube; and to Andrássy Boulevard, the Opera House, Hero’s Square and Gresham Palace (where you’ll stay). Then cycle riverside bike paths in the countryside and sample sweet Tokaj wines with our favourite vintner. Showstopper after showstopper.

DANUBE RIVER CRUISE BIKING Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$7,995

Should you float down the Danube or bike along it? Why not have your Gerbeaud cake and eat it too? Gawk at towering castles from the deck of our signature ship one day, cycle the riverbank the next. Our top-notch local guides lead you on insider tours of local culture and cuisine. Pop into castles, towns and abbeys. Win-win-win.

GEORGIA WALKING (NEW!)

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Occasional | From US$4,995

Warning: gorgeous Georgia will captivate you. Tbilisi will entrance you with its breathtaking setting, quirky architectural mix and bountiful restaurants, cafés and wine bars. The Kakheti wine region will woo you; the Caucasus mountains are spellbinding; and you’ll be swept off your feet by the superb food, unique culture and eager Georgian hospitality.

HOLLAND BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Occasional | From US$5,495

Tilt at windmills as you pedal the picturesque coast that inspired the Dutch masters. Not many get to ride in Zeeland! Savour fresh oysters at a picnic aboard a fishing boat. Drool over traditional savoury pannekoeken (pancakes). Soak up the local jenever (gin). And stay at the 12-room Manoir Inter Scaldes (replete with a two-star Michelin restaurant).

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HOLLAND WALKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Occasional | From US$5,595

Strolling is the perfect pace for those who want to stop and smell the tulips, or wander Holland’s bucolic countryside, historic cities, and tranquil canals. Experience UNESCO Kinderdijk’s 19 windmills, taste the fare at a local oyster farm and hit the museum to marvel at the Dutch masters.

MUNICH TO VERONA ALPINE E-BIKING (NEW!) Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,995

Roll up to mountain towns in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy along the Via Claudia Augusta, the first real road through the Alps. Bask in breathtaking landscapes, relax in wellness hotels and discover the region’s history and cultures. And don’t worry, even the peaks of the Alps are a breeze on an e-bike. Four countries, two wheels, one unforgettable adventure.

PRAGUE TO VIENNA BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$4,995

Our guide Marie knows all about the Velvet Revolution—she was there. Get the inside scoop over drinks. Bike from Prague’s Bohemian chic to Vienna’s stately elegance. Add vineyard cycling, towering castles, hilltop monasteries (one is our hotel), and dinner at the legendary Landhaus Bacher. Finish off at the best hotel in Vienna, the Hotel Sacher. Sweet dreams.

RHINE RIVER CRUISE BIKING

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$7,995

Thanks to our friends at Uniworld and their splendid ship, the S.S. Antoinette, you only have to unpack once as you explore Germany, France and the Netherlands in style. Live the river from both bike and ship as you take in stately cities, castles, terraced vineyards, and historic battle sites along one of Europe’s most iconic waterways.

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SWITZERLAND E-BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$6,995

Glide effortlessly through majestic mountain and glacial vistas on your faithful e-bike—we’re the only ones with a dedicated e-bike trip here, and it’s designed to electrify. For thrills, lunch in an almost impossible-to-get-to mountain hut, then traverse a high-altitude glacier via a looming suspension bridge. For culture, listen as our local friend brings the region’s folklore to life over an aperitif. And for dessert? Chocolate, of course!

SWITZERLAND WALKING Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$7,995

Hit the trifecta—luxury, beauty and superb hiking— on a journey from chic Lake Geneva to high Alpine ridges. Thrill in panoramic views from gorgeous flowering meadows, visit medieval Sion and an artisanal fromagerie, lunch in a mountain hut then cross a glacier with spectacular views below. Stay in divine hotels and savour the very best Swiss food and drink. What a payoff.

TURKEY WALKING & WELLNESS (NEW!) Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$5,995

The sea is the perfect place to dedicate yourself to activity and wellness. Your gulet, a luxurious wooden yacht, isn’t just for sleeping. Enjoy yoga on the teak deck and swim and snorkel from it. Go ashore to walk to archaeological sites and bike to stone villages. Enjoy fresh, light and delicious Turkish food on the gulet and in local restaurants. Read, meditate, daydream, soak up the views and take another dip off the stern. You will never feel better.

VIENNA TO BUDAPEST BIKING Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$5,795

Shabby chic and old-world charm: the Danube is Central Europe’s blissful conduit. We follow it through three countries and capitals, where quiet swimmable lakes, historic towns and globally ranked restaurants await around every bend— as do a night in Budapest’s Gresham Palace and another at Taubenkobel (where we’re the only bikers invited to stay). A lovely surprise? The red wines in Austrian Burgenland are truly world-class, and the whites around Lake Balaton in Hungary are equally impressive. Good thing we work up a thirst.

VIENNA TO ZAGREB BIKING (NEW!) Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Occasional | From US$6,995

With superb biking and matchless diversity, this trip gives you the best of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia—and only we offer it. Pedal past snowcapped peaks, turquoise-coloured lakes, dense forest and vineyard-covered valleys. We’ve found the prettiest routes, the most authentic hotels and the finest locally-sourced food and artisanal wine. So all you have to do is fall in love with the striking terrain, powerful architecture and uncommon hospitality that make the region so special.

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← FEATURED EXPERT Laura Manzano Outeiral, B&R Guide After studying tourism, Laura was a Parisian tour guide and a lecturer—in four languages—for France’s National Museums Network. She’s travelled far and wide, including to Ethiopia, where she supports local charities, and in Central Europe. That’s a great CV for a guide, don’t you think?


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Balkans BULGARIA BIKING (NEW!) Private Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$7,495

Embrace Bulgaria’s variety as you pedal between misty mountains and ancient ruins. The unspoiled terrain boasts farms, peaks and curious caves; the culture blends Eastern Orthodox tradition, Byzantine art and Ottoman architecture. This trip—Bulgaria’s only bike excursion—honours that diversity by perfectly balancing blissful bucolic moments and engaging cultural ones.

BULGARIA WALKING (NEW!) Private Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Occasional | From US$4,995

As one of B&Rs newest destinations, we love the stunning unspoiled terrain of Bulgaria. We know every nook and cranny of Sofia, one of our favourite capitals on the planet. Walk amongst the mountains, visit Thracian and Roman ruins, and bask in Balkan beauty. Our local friends here give you rare access to this beautiful country, enabling you to immerse yourself in the culture and indulge in the delicious cuisine. Just walk this way for your exclusive adventure.

CROATIA & MONTENEGRO MULTI-ACTIVE (NEW!)

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$7,495

Venetian and Roman influences blend with the local wine, food and joie de vivre to create a unique culture here. We cycle bucolic and coastal routes; walk the remarkable cities of Split, Dubrovnik and Tivat; and cruise to the islands on a catamaran. By spending time on the land and hanging with the people, we get to know the marvellous collective soul of the Balkans.

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DALMATIAN COAST MULTI-ACTIVE (NEW!)

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Enthusiast | From US$11,995

Ship out on a plush private yacht for an unparalleled way to see the dazzling Dalmatian coast. Navigate your days: cycle or hike dramatic islands; call on charming port towns; visit an oyster farm or a winery; eat at restaurants or on board. The boat, which finds secluded spots at night, has a crew of eight but you’re the captain of your own adventure.

DALMATIAN COAST BIKING

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Avid | From US$7,995

Here, the road less travelled means rolling island roads, hushed inlets, and secluded beaches. With our historic wooden boat as a floating hotel, we go ashore for coastal rides in the perfect spots. Others hop from hotel to hotel, but we only unpack once.

DALMATIAN COAST & ISTRIA BIKING (NEW!) Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Avid | From US$8,995

Eureka moments abound as we bike, hike and cruise on a luxe yacht like only we can do. Discover Istria, reminiscent of Tuscany but unknown outside Europe. Croatia’s Greek and Roman history, Venetian influence and peerless scenery will be a revelation. Find yourself sailing through unforgettable islands and islets as the sun sets.

GREECE BY SEA

Private Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$9,795

Legend has it Heracles fought the fearsome Nemean lion here. Retrace his footsteps through this patchwork of mountain paths, deep gorges, and emerald valleys. Stand at the southernmost lighthouse in Europe. Visit otherworldy ruins on the side roads of the Peloponnese. And don’t worry, the closest you’ll come to fighting a feline is battling the urge to take a post-picnic catnap.

GREEK ISLANDS MULTI-ACTIVE (NEW!) Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$6,995

FEATURED EXPERT → Tibor Barna, B&R Guide This Hungarian gets around. One year, he cycled 5,000 kilometres through Southeast Asia and, for an encore, biked for two months in New Zealand. He taught English in Vietnam, mentored local English teachers in Malaysia and is now a long-time B&R guide who knows Central Europe intimately.

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Sure, we take you deep inside can’t-miss spots like Athens, but also places others miss (but shouldn’t). Prepare for marvellous seascapes, lovely villages and fascinating archaeological sites; sea captains and other born-and-bred oracles riffing on history; a day on a private yacht; and mingling with the locals in tavernas and kafenia. See Greece like nobody else.

NORTHERN GREECE WALKING (NEW!) Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$5,995

That this may be the most enchanting part of the country is no myth. The region’s rare gifts include Thessaloniki on the Aegean Sea, the clear streams of Mount Olympus, Meteora’s monastic aeries on stone towers, the surprising culinary scene in Zagorochoria, and the uncommonly deep and gorgeous Vikos Gorge. No wonder the gods lived here.


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ROMANIA BIKING & WALKING Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$6,995

A trip that’s truly trans-Transylvanian. Delve into this historic region—all the way from the Saxon bastions of Brasov to the intricate architecture of Sibiu—while our Romanian friends provide deep local insight. Lap up idyllic landscapes, historic towns, quiet country roads and robust local wines. Creature comforts abound, like the renowned resto-hotel Valea Verde, where chef Jonas Schäfer joins us for dinner.

SLOVENIA & ISTRIA MULTI-ACTIVE (NEW!)

Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$6,995

This exclusive journey from the Alps to the Adriatic immerses you in a little-known part of Europe. You’ll bike, hike (and do a cave walk), wine, dine and stay at singular hotels as you soak up the history and culture. You’ll traverse ancient paths, explore cobalt-blue lakes and red-roofed towns and make friends with locals on this most memorable sky-to-sea adventure.

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“It’s just the best way to travel! One gets to see and do things that would never happen without the amazing research by B&R. Loved everything!” —Lucia Lundin, Scotland


Northern Europe It’s nice to have lifelong friends. Especially if they live in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, on the Emerald Isle, in the Cotswolds and across Scandinavia. It’s even nicer if they happen to be historians, naturalists, chefs, artists and raconteurs. Nicest of all? When they love giving our other friends (that’d be you) the inside scoop.

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Our Experts Northern Europe has always been earth-shatteringly beautiful. But now it’s more accessible than ever. Our designers are there. And ready to share.

Dane Tredway England, Ireland, Scotland — Dane’s personal connections are the stuff of legend. (Seriously: this is the guy who got by on the kindness of locals when his credit card was blocked for the duration of a trip across Thailand.) Fortunately, his connections can be yours: all of Dane’s trips are infused with visits with his close local friends and deep cultural immersion.

Gabriella Brundu Finland, Norway — Gabriella insists the best way to get to know a region is to run through it, so it’s no surprise she’s run marathons all over northern Europe. Now she helps others find their footing (albeit at a more tranquil pace) in Norway and Finland, which she will convince you are the two most stunning countries in the world.

Marya Valli Denmark, Sweden — With over 15 years of experience of weaving her magic, Marya’s trips are more poem than itinerary. We know, we know, that sounds a bit much: but when you’re careening across a snowfield in the dead of night to get the best possible view of the northern lights, hot chocolate in hand, you’ll get it. And so much more.

Orsolya Kako Iceland — This lifelong rover’s trips—backed by 15 years’ experience—have compelled gasps, cries of joy, and even the odd proposal (yes, really). Will your Orsolya moment be soaking it up in a geothermal hot spring after a long hike? Or popping the cork on some Champagne high atop a glacier? There’s only one way to find out...

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Private Travel Inspiration There is so much to do here in the great outdoors—summer and winter. And now, all across the region, the indoors are great, too. A private Bespoke trip can be anything you want it to be! Things to consider: • • • • • • • • • •

experiencing the midnight sun at summer solstice in Norway dogsledding in Lapland while you lap up the mind-boggling northern lights a private canal tour in Holland tastings of the finest Trappist and abbey beers with a certified expert exploring the great galleries and modernist architecture of Rotterdam trying your hand (and seat) at polo competing in a British “bake-off” with a cooking class and farm-to-table lunch medieval dinners in ancient castles bog walking with geologists cruising Galway Bay on a hooker

Recent Bespoke Trips in Northern Europe:

Meet the Ancestry Iceland The Jensen clan had done family reunion picnics... to death. So we sent them back to their Icelandic roots: glacial walks, cascading waterfalls, northern lights, otherworldly vistas, hidden hot springs and chic hotels. By journey’s end, even their surliest niece pleaded to stay longer. (Trust us: this was no small feat.) Re: Joyce Ireland How do you appease one James Joyce fanatic, eight golfers and three musicians? First we found the heart of Ulysses’ Dublin, then we hit the countryside—biking and golfing our way from one castle inn to another. We savoured live music every night and all the oysters we could (now expertly) shuck.

What does your dream trip look like? For more inspiration, we have dozens of private itineraries and thousands more in the backs of our heads. Email one of our travel experts (opposite) and start the conversation. They always love to talk about travel.

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Trip Collection Join one of our Small Group scheduled trips (with like-minded B&R travellers), or get your own gang together and take a Private trip. Scandinavia DENMARK BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$6,995

We’ve stuck to the principles of Scandinavian design: simplicity (wheeling giddily through the countryside), elegance (divine dinners fit for a monarch… seriously, the actual monarch), and ingenuity. To wit: we’re the only ones of our ilk who spend a week in this foodie haven. Our fave two nights? At Falsled Kro, a boutique hotel dating back to the 16thC. Overlooking Helnaes sound, it is arguably the finest (and most welcoming) hotel in the country.

FINLAND WINTER MULTI-ACTIVE (NEW!) Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$10,495

Get to the essence of why Finland’s Lapland and the Arctic are so magical. Travel by dogsled, snowshoes, skis, electric snowmobile (silently) and icebreaker. Swim (in an impermeable survivor suit), ice-fish with a local expert, join a reindeer caravan and hunt for the aurora borealis. Then lie in bed at the exclusive Arctic TreeHouse Hotel in Rovaniemi (appropriately named!) and gape as northern lights dance across the sky. It’s the greatest light show on Earth, and you get front row seats.

ICELAND FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE Private Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$7,995

Hike over lava fields, trek across glistening glaciers, and take a dip in a heated river. Iceland’s otherworldly terrain is all magnificence. Ride Viking horses, walk along paths woven into the Viking myths of the island, and splash around in steaming geothermic springs (the silica mud is great for your skin). Visit the Blue Lagoon and picnic overlooking a huge waterfall—we’re the only humans for as far as the eye can see.

ICELAND WINTER MULTI-ACTIVE Private Trip 5 Days / 4 Nights Recreational | From US$5,995

Icy glaciers, fiery volcanoes, black beaches and lava stone—welcome to a land of untamed natural beauty. We start in Reykjavik, where we delve into the eclectic architecture and burgeoning arts scene. Then we hit the countryside where conditions for viewing the aurora borealis are optimal. Hike otherworldly landscapes, warm up in hot springs, and rest up in chic hotels.

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← FEATURED EXPERT Sjoerd Vink, B&R Guide He grew up on a bike in Holland, so you know he’s active. He has a photography degree from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, so you know he appreciates art. He’s practised Bikram yoga every day for a decade— and teaches it, too—so you know he’s chill. What a great combo for a guide.

NORWAY BIKING (NEW!)

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$6,995

We raise the curtain on Norway’s natural drama. Awe-inspiring fjords, grand glaciers and dazzling waterfalls will keep you rapt as you cycle from charming Alesund to the crystal-blue gorges of Storfjord. Scandi-chic inns and stylish restaurants serving local, organic food and fresh-caught fish complete the spectacle. And our Nordic friends? They can’t wait to take you backstage.

NORWAY MULTI-ACTIVE

Private Trip 11 Days / 10 Nights Recreational | From US$11,695

Norway is easily one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Cycle, hike and kayak your way through southern Norway (hardly southern), where you’ll soon get a sense of the region’s flair for design. Travelling from cosmo Oslo to charming Bergen, you’ll gorge on gorgeous fjords, cascading waterfalls, and sharp mountain peaks (not to mention the incredible food).

SCANDINAVIA WINTER MULTI-ACTIVE Private Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$9,995

Ready for sparkling snowfields, frozen lakes, stunning fjords and the northern lights? We begin in Rovaniemi, where we break through icy waters and dash through snow with reindeer. Then we make our way across Finnish Lapland for cross-country skiing and dogsledding, before our finale in Norway where we fish for Arctic king crab and stay in a hotel made of ice (of course).

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UK & Ireland ← FEATURED EXPERT Matt Tricks, B&R Guide

COTSWOLDS TO BATH BIKING Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$6,995

Ride quiet country roads between honey-coloured villages and busy market towns, explore the heritage of historic cities like Oxford and Romaninfluenced Bath, enjoy world-class cuisine and sumptuous picnics, and wash it all down with a local ale at our favourite pub.

COTSWOLDS TO BATH WALKING Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$5,995

Take in the Cotswolds’ charm on foot and explore the lavish gardens, ancient sites, and honey-pot homes. From Churchill’s residence at Blenheim Palace to the Roman influences infused in Bath, strolling the Cotswolds is like stepping back in time.

DEVON & CORNWALL BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$7,995

Pedal through the foodie haven of Padstow— England’s Hamptons—and experience the splendour of the English Riviera. Bike old rail lines to charming coastal cities and stunning hotels. Two-Michelinstar Gidleigh Park? You’ll be Gidleigh with delight.

DEVON & CORNWALL WALKING Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$6,995

Brits tend to stick close to home for the holidays— and as you soak in the fab coastal views and dramatic National Parks, you’ll understand why. Feast at Rick Stein’s famous resto and find the Lost Gardens of Heligan beautifully restored.

IRELAND BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,795

Sweep through verdant hills and follow rocky coastlines. We have Connemara’s authentic landscapes, culture and music to ourselves. And if you’re a wee bit peckish? Fresh mussels, tender lamb, wild salmon and craft cheeses will sate your Irish appetite.

IRELAND WEST COAST WALKING Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational | From US$4,995

Once the beauty of the rugged west coast and the infectious local charm set in, it won’t be long before you claim Irish heritage. We walk coastal trails, visit villages, kayak, ride horses, fly-fish. And we stay in castles where music, Guinness and wit flow freely.

SCOTLAND WALKING

Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Recreational – From $6,795

Stroll the West Highlands through ancient forests to awe-inspiring peaks. Walk from one grand inn to another. Along the way, visit medieval castles, see 13thC ruins, and reach incredible peaks. And the single malts you uncork? Aye, singular indeed.

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Now a veterinary surgeon in Germany, this Brit has been a teacher in Africa and an investment banker. But he loves to be on the move: sailboats, skis and bikes are faves, and he once rode his motorcycle from London to Cape Town. And you’ll love moving through the UK and Ireland with him.


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“We wanted the best for our honeymoon and what an amazing way it was to start out our married life together!” —Marlena Shin, Vietnam


Asia-Pacific No stereotypes. No clichés. And above all, no clinging shyly to the road well-travelled. We’ve been here for several decades, so we focus on the special and stirring bits that many miss—soaking in steaming ryokans, sipping sake with the maker, gorging on mì quang (from a great-greatgrandmother’s secret recipe), taking in sprawling, emerald-green vistas, and falling silent in stunning temples. Come Westernized. Leave tenderized.

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Our Experts If you’re going to travel halfway around the world, these designers think you deserve a trip that moves you—and surprises—you at every turn.

Annalise Andrews Australia — If there’s one standout quality of this Australia native’s trips, it’s childlike wonder. Her big secret? Test-driving everything on her two teens (lucky them!). Expect isolated white sand beaches, lemon tarts with fresh Tasmanian cream, and communion with wombats. annalise.andrews@butterfield.com

Chris Litt Mongolia — Chris is a global nomad, so it’s no surprise Mongolia stirred his heart. Chris weaves wild, magical journeys through the Gobi and across the open country. He’s friends with everyone from herders to historians, and can get you from one spectacular setting to another on camels, horses and kayaks.

Karen MacRae Bali, Bhutan, Borneo, India, Nepal, Thailand — Karen’s first trip to Asia lasted three months. Her second trip? 10 years. Our resident expert on India, Bhutan, Bali and Thailand, Karen’s journeys are revelations. (Don’t blame us if you end up in a converted Bhutanese farmhouse, sipping ngaja and looking up local property values.)

Orsolya Kako Japan — This lifelong rover’s trips, backed by 15 years’ experience, have compelled gasps, cries of joy, and even the odd proposal (yes, really). Will your Orsolya moment be melt-in-yourmouth sukiyaki in Kyoto? Or aperitifs atop a sunbathed kasbah under the Skoura sky? There’s only one way to find out...

Nathan Lane Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Vietnam — Sure, he’s planned over a hundred trips. Sure, Condé Nast Traveler named him Vietnam’s Top Travel Expert. Sure, he knows 17 regions—from Puglia to Sri Lanka—so well you’d think he was born there. But does that really mean you should have Nathan design a trip for you? Well... yes!

Rob Grieve Australia, New Zealand — Definitely the B&R Trip Designer with the cutest accent, this native Kiwi loves nothing more than showing off his stomping grounds: he’s been our (wildly popular) New Zealand expert for a dozen years. But beware: Rob’s authentic, sincere, deep, moving, heart-on-sleeve journeys have left many misty-eyed.

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Private Travel Inspiration There is so much to do and so much to see in this magical region, it can be overwhelming. We’ll make sure you do the right thing at the right time. A private Bespoke trip can be anything you want it to be! Things to consider: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

travelling the Outback by private plane swimming with whale sharks in Ningaloo learning Aboriginal history at Ayers Rock surfing lessons on Noosa Beach biking New Zealand with a helicopter great white shark cave diving soaking in mountain hot springs in Japan learning how to tenkara fly-fish savouring a private dinner and behindthe-scenes tour at Angkor Wat cooking class with a Vietnamese chef helicopter rides to hidden temples biking along the Mekong River with a floating hotel (the Aqua Mekong) an epic walking tour in Southern India

Recent Bespoke Trips in Asia-Pacific:

Midlife Crisis Support Vietnam Mortality is hard enough already—so we planned Michael (and family) a getaway so lush it made time stand still. After all, why spend your 45th birthday cramped up in Manhattan when you can float up a river toward a cave of golden Buddhas, cup of organic, shade-grown Vietnamese coffee in hand? Family Routes Japan Three generations wanted the very best of Old Japan. We whisked them up the western coast to remote, unspoiled, traditional Japan—with quiet coastal rides to fishing villages, mountain hikes to ancient temples, and visits with our local friends. Gorgeous ryokans, serene onsens, and glorious seafood took us straight to nirvana.

What does your dream trip look like? For more inspiration, we have dozens of private itineraries and thousands more in the backs of our heads. Email one of our travel experts (opposite) and start the conversation. They always love to talk about travel.

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Trip Collection Join one of our Small Group scheduled trips (with like-minded B&R travellers), or get your own gang together and take a Private trip. AUSTRALIA EAST COAST WALKING Private Trip 14 Days / 13 Nights Recreational | From US$14,295

Can’t decide between glamourous cities and thrilling landscapes? You can hit Melbourne’s vibrant food and art scene, walk and glamp the Scenic Rim Trail, celebrate with spa and beach time at a bohemian-chic Byron Bay resort and take a behindthe-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House. Don’t deny yourself—you know you want to do it all.

BHUTAN CULTURAL JOURNEY Private Trip 10 Days / 9 Nights Avid | From US$12,995

Wander through mind-boggling mountainscapes, exploring monasteries where the monks greet us, sip tea with us, and then bless our journey. Trek ancient trails along mountain passes; visit ancient villages, temples and dzongs; and feel the sacred rhythm of a drum ceremony. Utterly transcendent? Two nights in the idyll of Gangtey Lodge.

CAMBODIA & VIETNAM BIKING Small Group Trip 11 Days / 10 Nights Recreational | From US$8,485

In a corner of Asia known for its magic, we pull back the curtain on two distinct cultures united in the undeniable warmth of their people—and their delectable cuisine. Soak up quiet rice fields and endless miles of scenic coastal roads as we take in colonial Hoi An and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, and visit Cambodia for a behind-the-scenes look at Angkor’s temples.

INDIA SPIRITUAL WALKING Private Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$12,495

Proceed from the thrilling chaos of Delhi’s streets to the spiritual hub of Varanasi, to the holy waters of the Ganges for a private Hindu ritual of worship. Contrast the irony of an elephant traffic jam with the opulence of the palaces and forts we visit and stay in. This is B&R’s India—a spiritual and cultural land and an adventure that will leave you forever changed.

INDOCHINA BIKING

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$6,995

Why choose between these remarkable countries when you can have all three? As you make your way from historic Hoi An in Vietnam to the world’s largest religious temple in Cambodia and take part in a traditional Baci well-wishing ceremony in Laos, one thing becomes clear: these countries may be close, but they’re utterly unique.

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← FEATURED EXPERT Alessio Frangioni, B&R Guide We don’t know if this Italian’s love of fixing up old houses helps make him a great guide, but his love of hiking and biking does. And we don’t know if his work as a veterinarian and carpenter helps him get to the heart of the Asia-Pacific region and its people, but he’s a master at it.

JAPAN BIKING

JAPAN WALKING

NEPAL HIKING (NEW!)

Modern life? Pfft. Cycle the spectacular coastline of old Japan, visiting sleepy fishing villages, sake masters, washi paper-makers, woodturners and gorgeous ryokans along the way. Buddhist temples, tea ceremonies, and steaming onsen baths are more our speed. We bike along the Noto Peninsula (sublime) and stay at the exquisite Kayotei (whose owner has raised many a glass of sake with us).

Start by experiencing the fine frenzy of modern Kyoto and Kansai, then slip into the peace and tranquility of rural Japan and ancient Nara. Stroll some of Japan’s most breathtaking walking trails and step back in time. Visit centuries-old temples, soak in mountain hot springs at the Kayotei ryokan, and marvel at the soothing stillness of the aweinspiring countryside.

From mountains to rivers to temples and monasteries to streets of ancient cities to Chitwan National Park’s rare animals, we bestow many intimate perspectives on this mystical place. Even your accommodations reflect and respect the nature, culture and hospitality of Nepal. Exotic and humbling, this powerful and unique journey promises to be a life-changing experience.

JAPAN E-BIKING

MONGOLIA MULTI-ACTIVE (NEW!)

THAILAND MULTI-ACTIVE

We’ve sought out some of the most picturesque rides on offer—epic climbs and all—made effortless in the saddle of your faithful e-bike. Ride through rugged coastline, rice paddies, farmland and lush cedar forests. You may not break a sweat as you take in sublime views of the Noto, but the mountain hot springs will have you sweating (and as relaxed as you’ve ever been) in no time.

Travel like nomads through the Gobi, meandering on camels, horses, bikes and on foot through pristine landscapes you thought only existed in a previous lifetime. Join expert local guides crossing paths with native wildlife and local herders. Dine beneath endless skies in spectacular settings. This rugged adventure will help you discover what it means to be truly free.

Discover a land that exudes both rustic beauty and serene elegance. We start by exploring the back streets of Bangkok few see. Then we jet north to Chiang Mai, where we focus on temples and food (no pad Thai for you! We go authentic). We ride, walk and raft through rice paddies, jungles, forests… past mountain landscapes… making deep new connections along the way.

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Avid | From US$9,495

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$9,795

Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Enthusiast | From US$8,995

Small Group Trip 10 Days / 9 Nights Recreational | From US$10,495

Small Group Trip 10 Days / 9 Nights Avid | From US$9,895

Private Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US5,995

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NEW ZEALAND FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE Private Trip 11 Days / 10 Nights Enthusiast | From US$12,245

New Zealand’s South Island is gobsmacking in every way. Towering mountains. Jaw-dropping fiords. Sparkling lakes. Huge granite rock faces with waterfalls. Bike (and hike, boat, train, and fly) your way across the island. It’s an epic family adventure: gorgeous boutique hotels, picturesque vineyards... and a finale at the “Adventure Capital of the World.”

NEW ZEALAND WALKING

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Enthusiast | From US$10,895

Incredible hiking, scenic coastal walks, excellent eats, and blissful relaxation in gorgeous boutique hotels: New Zealand has an embarrassment of riches—and we haven’t even mentioned the wineries yet. Sip Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough, swim with the dolphins in Kaikoura, and explore Fiordland National Park’s unrivalled beauty.

RAJASTHAN WALKING

Private Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$5,995

The fine frenzy of the city gives way to rural bliss when you leave Delhi for Rajasthan’s vast deserts and verdant landscapes. Immerse yourself in the omnipresent colours and smells. This is India—a country of people who conquer and create today as much as they did centuries ago. Let it conquer your senses and create a new view of life for you.

SRI LANKA BIKING

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$8,895

In this sensuous region, we explore golden beaches, vanished empires, tea plantations, Hindu temples, and mist-shrouded highlands. A host of fascinating local experts join us, including a tea expert, a botanist and an expat journalist. We’re blazing a trail through Sri Lanka, and lucky us: we’re invited for a rare stay at Amangalla.

VIETNAM & CAMBODIA FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$6,995

Ride through Vietnam’s viridescent rice paddies, then delve into the vibrant culture of Cambodia, where the whole family will marvel at ancient Angkor Wat. Not only will the kids adore the cuisine of this delectable corner of Asia, they’ll love the jungle scenery, crossing bamboo bridges, and cooking up a storm during cooking class.

VIETNAM BIKING

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$6,285

Roll past friendly villagers and rice paddies, and cruise up the Perfume River. Feel the rush of our favourite city, Hoi An, and savour the mind-blowing Viet fusion cuisine at Mango Mango. Our incredible local guides have been with us for decades and have real chops. What more could you want? How about three nights at Anantara Resort? Sleep on it.

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“So many amazing memories… a really special and fun time together as a family.” —Sandra Walsh, Hawaii


Americas Yes, our journeys in the Americas are the closest to home—but we’re proud to say that they’re also some of our most otherworldly. In Patagonia, glacial hikes through the Andes end at lavish haciendas. Further north, we have hush-hush new finds in favourites like Peru, the Galapagos and Costa Rica. And in North America, we taste at groundbreaking vineyards, surf bombs off secret beaches, rappel into canyons, and kayak with sea lions. Dorothy, you aren’t in Kansas anymore.

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Galapagos Hawaii Patagonia Peru Quebec Uruguay Utah

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AMERICAS Mexico Ecuador & Galapagos Peru Chile

Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama Colombia Brazil Uruguay Argentina


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Our Experts The Andes, from top to bottom, are our stomping grounds. And in the north? We love our own backyard, where our roots (and routes) are deep.

Ana Figueroa Argentina, Bolivia — Ana is well into her second decade of crafting journeys that capture the heart and soul of Argentina, her home country, and Bolivia, her second love. She can hook you up with the best bikes and hikes on the planet, but if you really want next level, ask her for an equine adventure.

Annik Boulva Utah, Southwest US — This lifelong jet-setter and competitive skier is a bloodhound for beautiful experiences—whether it’s finding the most spectacular ski chalet in Telluride or plotting an epic bike adventure in Canyonlands National Park. Travellers say her trips don’t just wow you. They whoa you.

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Dale Sherrow California, Central America — After surfing his way around the world, Dale decided to hang ten in Costa Rica and Mexico, the two places he loves most. But make no mistake, this is no surfer dude. He is deeply connected to the people, culture and cuisine here, and every trip he crafts feels like a piece of art.

Dane Tredway Canadian Arctic, Quebec — Dane’s personal connections are the stuff of legend. (Seriously: this is the guy who got by on the kindness of locals when his credit card was blocked for the duration of a trip across Thailand.) Fortunately, his connections can be yours: all of Dane’s trips are infused with deep cultural immersion.

Marianne Abraham British Columbia, Rocky Mountains, Alaska, Hawaii — Marianne is half of the first brother-sister duo to work their magic at B&R since our founders Martha and Sidney Robinson. A spectacular skier, chef and adventurer, no one knows more about going off-piste, off-menu and off-Google than Marianne. Travel + Leisure agrees. She’s on their “A-List.”

Steph Gulledge Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Patagonia — After studying in Canada, Spain and France, Steph decided the best way to continue her education was to be constantly on the move. Could she have found a better institute for higher learning than B&R? And her syllabus? Wildly varying. Visually stunning. And positively delicious.

Veronika Macas Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru — Slowing down to see the world is in Veronika’s blood: she had her own frequent flyer number by the age of six months. She also goes big as a B&R Trip Designer. Big grandeur. Big wilderness. Big vistas. Big whales. Big surf. Big tortoises (she is our Galapagos guru, after all). And big stories for the grandkids.

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Private Travel Inspiration There’s a lot of footwear to choose from: cycling shoes, hiking boots, riding boots, golf shoes, snowshoes, crampons, sandals, samba shoes... A private Bespoke trip can be anything you want it to be! Things to consider: • • • • • • • • • •

a wellness trip to Peru (meditation, yoga, organic food, Machu Picchu) hitting the market in Bogota with a top chef and dining at his home hiking to indigenous villages, learning about their culture and history floating down rivers surrounded by the majestic Andean Mountains exploring Chile from top to bottom staying in luxe jungle lodges in Ecuador touring the remote outer islands of the Galapagos with a marine biologist biking the back lanes of Quebec biking riverside trails in the Rockies fishing for salmon and heli-hiking

Recent Bespoke Trips in the Americas:

Spiritual Feast Peru Four mothers and their adult daughters wanted something restorative. We started in Lima in culinary heaven (great food nourishes the soul, right?), then we walked through the cloud forests of the Inca Trail to peak healing (Machu Picchu). Daily yoga, daily meditation and daily belly laughs included. Whale of a Time British Columbia Three families wanted the best of the Canadian West Coast. First we secured our favourite boat; then we plotted an ingenious tour of the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island with mind-boggling hiking, mountain biking and kayaking; stays at remote lodges; and yes, there were plenty of large whales (four species in all).

What does your dream trip look like? For more inspiration, we have dozens of private itineraries and thousands more in the backs of our heads. Email one of our travel experts (opposite) and start the conversation. They always love to talk about travel.

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Trip Collection Join one of our Small Group scheduled trips (with like-minded B&R travellers), or get your own gang together and take a Private trip. North America BEARS & WHALES FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE Private Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Enthusiast | From US$10,995

Experience the immense beauty of the northwest with your family and discover why it’s called Canada’s playground. Every ecosystem is here: sea, rainforest, fjords, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows, lakes, and rivers. Watch orcas frolic, photograph grizzlies, kayak with sea lions, and hike the Great Bear Rainforest. Did we mention we fly over BC’s fjords, glacial lakes, and mountain chains... and stay in remote luxe wilderness lodges? Ohhhhh, Canada.

NAPA & SONOMA LUXE BIKING Private Trip 5 Days / 4 Nights Enthusiast | From US$8,695

Let the big groups traverse the same trodden routes in pursuit of big reds—amidst California’s rolling hills and golden hillocks, we travel like a well-versed local. We avoid the busy tasting bars in favour of passionate (and peerless) mom-and-pop wineries, savour the world-class cuisine with bistro lunches and Michelin dinners, and luxuriate at hotels like Auberge du Soleil.

OAHU MULTI-ACTIVE

Private Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$7,495

Catch the perfect wave on this awesome adventure in the real Hawaii. Kayak, snorkel and soak in the sun at a bitchin’ beachside resort along the North Shore; get amped for a tubular session with your seasoned instructor at an epic surf beach; enjoy 360-degree views as you soar along a half-mile zip line; and take off on a radical hike up Diamond Head volcano. As gnarly as gnarly can be. And we haven’t even mentioned your crash pads.

QUEBEC BIKING

Small Group Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,595

How do you improve on the luscious cuisine, vibrant city squares and ethereal cultural charms of Europe? Put it much closer (on this side of the pond), and sprinkle in a dash of Canadian politeness. Nous vous présentons le Québec. Picnic along charming rivers, practise your French, and sample foie gras, organic cider and seasonal berries as you ride the bucolic countryside from cosmopolitan Montréal to 400-year-old Québec City.

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← FEATURED EXPERT Rupert Wilson Young, B&R Guide Always on a journey, Britishborn Rupert has hiked, biked, camped and guided his way through Canada and now lives in Montreal. He’s also ridden his 50cc scooter across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Even better, he loves to share his love of other places with other people.


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ROCKY MOUNTAIN WINTER MULTI-ACTIVE Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Enthusiast | From US$5,195

The majestic beauty of the Canadian Rockies isn’t just for staring at, especially not in the winter! Traverse ice cathedrals on crampons; snowshoe glittering snowfields; mush a dogsled team; and luxuriate in hot springs. Warm and cosy? The iconic Banff Springs Hotel and our luxe mountain cabin.

SOUTHWEST GRAND JOURNEY (NEW!) Private Trip 11 Days / 10 Nights Recreational | From US$16,895

If you haven’t seen the gorgeous landscapes of the southwest, you must. Gape at natural wonders, trek through hoodoos and arches and rappel into narrow canyons. Discover remarkable cultures and the history of the Native American people. And stay at a ranch and camp beneath the stars. We guarantee you’ll see America in a whole new light.

VANCOUVER ISLAND FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE (NEW!) Private Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Enthusiast | From US$6,595

Do it all in one of the most spectacular parts of a spectacular country. Kayak in search of sea lions and orcas, hike in old-growth forests, bike the wild West Coast and the Cowichan Valley, check out the artisan town of Sooke and Victoria, a cosmopolitan city with a touch of old British class. Just, please, don’t blame us if you end up wanting to move here.

YUCATAN MULTI-ACTIVE Private Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$6,895

Teeming with magnificent coastline, Maya ruins and drool-worthy gastronomy, the Yucatan Peninsula will surprise you. Bike, walk, swim, float and eat your way through its rich culture. Explore the ancient temples of the Maya, vibrant haciendas and colonial architecture. Breathtaking? Visiting Chichen Itza at sunrise; dining high over the Caribbean at sunset.

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Latin America AREQUIPA & COLCA CANYON MULTI-ACTIVE Private Trip 6 Days / 5 Nights Avid | From US$5,295

Discover Arequipa, known as “The White City” thanks to its signature sillar stone buildings. It is renowned for its colonial architecture, diverse cuisine and volcanic backdrops. Once our appetites (for food and culture) are sated, we venture into the depths of the Colca Canyon for rigorous hikes, swooping condors and endless unspoiled nature.

CHILE WINE COUNTRY BIKING Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Enthusiast | From US$7,995

Want sumptuous ceviche, world-class wines, oldworld charm and zero jet lag? Bienvenido a Chile. Here, quiet roads through the countryside open up to epic ocean views along the coast. Picnics, barrel tastings, and a cooking demo with a top chef reveal a culinary culture worth savouring. And the futuristic Viña Vik inspires all kinds of awe.

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FEATURED EXPERT → Amina Abdeljawad, B&R Guide She’s dived the depths of Lake Malawi, cycled to the top of the hills of Burgundy and danced the night away in the clubs of Andalucia. Originally from Sweden, Amina is an expert in Latin America, speaks six languages and is overflowing with irrepressible enthusiasm for life—and travel.

COLOMBIA MULTI-ACTIVE

ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS BY SEA

PERU WALKING

Experience an emergent country bursting with modernity. Bogota shines with creativity and the food scene rivals anywhere in the world. Get in on Ciclovia, a weekly cycling day that will blow your mind. Outside the city? Explore colonial architecture, lush hills and cloud forests; cruise the Caribbean and hike between 200ft palms in Cocora Valley. If that doesn’t get you buzzing, the organic coffee will.

It’s the land that stirred Darwin’s imagination and turned science on its ear. Now it’s your turn: sail into a turquoise cove with no other boats in sight, walk barefoot down a powdery beach, and try to hold it together as baby sea lions wiggle past. Only the highly evolved can appreciate B&R’s extraordinary private trip planning. You might call us the arrival of the fittest.

Peru offers some of the most incandescent landscapes on the planet. Walk the ruins of the Sacred Valley and hike the cloud forests of the Inca Trail. See Machu Picchu after the tourists have left and sleep next door at the Sanctuary Lodge. Then head back to Cusco on the Hiram Bingham Train and meet the finest weavers in Peru over a final-night dinner—in an Incan palace.

COSTA RICA FAMILY MULTI-ACTIVE

LAKES & VOLCANOES MULTI-ACTIVE

URUGUAY BIKING

Come to the jewel of Central America and witness your kids leaving the iPads in their hotel room. They’ll need both hands to cross a sky-high suspension bridge, ride horses to an emerald swimming hole, and explore the Chocolate Trails. See myriad monkeys and exotic birds in this jungle paradise for all ages. The kids and the iPads will come home fully charged.

Hike, bike, boat, sip and savour your way from Argentina to Chile across seven majestic Patagonian lakes. Walk through some of the rawest natural beauty in the world before retreating to (hard to believe) luxury accommodation each night. This really is an adventure at the ends of the earth. Kayak crystal-clear waters, and sip fine wine while drinking in the views of the roaring Villarrica Volcano.

Uruguay is South America’s best-kept secret! This is a land of rolling hills, colonial towns, elegant vineyards, sparkling beaches, rough-and-ready gauchos, and festive plazas. We bike its south-facing coast, soaking up its exquisite blend of beauty, simplicity and luxury that focuses on quality over quantity. Barrel tastings, river picnics, visits with artists, meals with chefs... Shhhhh, we do it all.

Private Trip 11 Days / 10 Nights Recreational | From US$6,495

Private Trip 11 Days / 10 Nights Recreational | From US$6,095

Private Trip 10 Days / 9 Nights Recreational | From US$8,995

Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$7,895

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Avid | From US$7,895

Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$7,895

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“An expensive vacation which we wouldn’t hesitate to repeat. Worth every penny.” —James Ritchie, South Africa & Botswana


Africa & The Middle East In the mood for something, say, completely life-altering? Combine the birthplace of humanity with B&R’s incredible knack for servicing it, and you get an unforgettable journey. A “farm-to-table lunch” in Cape Town becomes a private picnic and wine tasting—at the actual farm. “Seeing the desert” becomes a staggering stroll along the Omani Grand Canyon. (You get the idea.) Africa provides the adventure—we take care of absolutely everything else.

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Botswana Jordan Kenya Madagascar Morocco Namibia

Oman Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zambia Zimbabwe

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Kenya Tanzania

Zambia Namibia South Africa

Madagascar Zimbabwe Botswana


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Our Experts It’s a vast, mysterious place of startling extremes and ravishing beauty. You may come here only once. We, on the other hand, are never leaving.

Christine Tucker Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda — When we found out Christine had been to Paris 10+ times and had never gone up the Eiffel Tower, we knew she was a keeper. With an MA in sustainable tourism to draw on, she elevates “the road less travelled” to a religion: plotting eclectic trips everywhere from Spain to Tanzania.

Michele Harvey Botswana, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe — With 200 B&R trips in the books, calling this South Africa native “impressive” is a criminal understatement. Just one of her claims to fame? Spontaneously conspiring with Nepali locals to surprise her American B&R travellers with Thanksgiving turkey— at an altitude of 9,000 feet.

Nathan Lane Jordan, Oman — Sure, he’s planned over a hundred trips. Sure, Condé Nast Traveler named him Vietnam’s Top Travel Expert. Sure, he knows 17 regions— from Oman to Sri Lanka—so well you’d think he was born there. But does that really mean you should have Nathan design a trip for you? Well... yes! His trips take travel to a whole new level.

Orsolya Kako Morocco — This lifelong rover’s trips—backed by over 15 years of experience—have compelled gasps, cries of joy, and even the odd proposal (yes, really). Will your Orsolya moment be mechoui (slow roasted stuffed lamb) in High Atlas? Or aperitifs atop a sunbathed kasbah under the Skoura sky? There’s only one way to find out...

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Private Travel Inspiration The depth of our local knowledge is unsurpassed. We’ll set you up with the perfect journey for you, and we’ll be beside you right when you need us. A private Bespoke trip can be anything you want it to be! Things to consider: • • • • • • • • • • • •

dining in a private temple in Petra hot-air ballooning in Wadi Rum exploring the gorges & beaches of Oman biking the coast of South Africa, staying at some of the finest hotels in the world visiting the turtles of Maputaland tracking mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park with conservation experts walking with the Maasai in the Mara witnessing the Great Migration epic, once-in-a-lifetime, multi-country safari of east Africa via private plane surfing the incredible waves in Morocco floating down the Zambezi River touring Soweto & dining with our expert local friends

Recent Bespoke Trips in Africa:

Anniversary Gone Wild Tanzania When two people have stuck it out for 50 years (and counting), it calls for more than a toast. In Liz and David’s case: a multi-generational Tanzanian adventure with 12 ecstatic grandkids in tow. Nothing says true love like chasing wild elephants together, right? Twin Gifts South Africa & Namibia To celebrate their graduations, parents took their twins on the trip of a lifetime. First they delved into a graffiti tour of the new Jo’burg. Next they tracked the Big Five. Then they biked, sipped and surfed the Garden Route. And for their finale, they climbed the massive red dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Epic.

What does your dream trip look like? For more inspiration, we have dozens of private itineraries and thousands more in the backs of our heads. Email one of our travel experts (opposite) and start the conversation. They always love to talk about travel.

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Trip Collection Join one of our Small Group scheduled trips (with like-minded B&R travellers), or get your own gang together and take a Private trip. EGYPT MULTI-ACTIVE (NEW!) Private Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Enthusiast | From $6,995

Bypass the crowds with rare access to this amazing country. Hear Egyptologist Dr. Mark Lehner in a private enclosure between the Sphinx’s paws. Visit the Great Pyramid’s Queen’s and subterranean chambers when they’re closed for lunch. Get special entry to the tombs of Tutankhamun and Nefertari. All that exclusivity will make you feel like royalty.

JORDAN HIKING

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Enthusiast | From US$7,895

Discover a tiny kingdom full of big surprises as you explore Petra, weaving your way through its narrow canyons and colourful sandstone, and dine on authentic Bedouin cuisine cooked under the sands of Wadi Rum. Whether you’re floating in the Dead Sea or following in Moses’ footsteps up sacred Mount Nebo, in Jordan every trip is a journey.

MOROCCO MULTI-ACTIVE

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$8,995

Have the experience of a lifetime on a bike or, if you prefer, an amicable camel. Go from bustling souks to Berber villages and crumbling kasbahs. Lose yourself overnight in the silky Saharan dunes at a tented camp, and luxuriate at Kasbah Tamadot, Dar Ahlam and Riad Farnatchi. You’ll think you’re walking toward a mirage, but trust us, it’s all real.

MOROCCO E-BIKING

Small Group Trip 8 Days / 7 Nights Recreational | From US$5,995

As you cross sunbaked dunes and ascend towards the High Atlas Mountains, a strange sensation comes over you: Morocco seeps into your soul. From souk to kasbah to Berber village to mountain pass, this is one authentic experience after another, culminating in a warm welcome from our friend Mohamed Bouskri, owner of the renowned Riad Kniza.

MOROCCO WALKING

Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Enthusiast | From US$7,995

The heart of Morocco is off the beaten path—and we’ve woven together breathtaking walks that lead right to it. Hike along the Plateau du Kik and drink in the views of the High Atlas Mountains. Sip mint tea in Berber villages. Stroll the fragrant Valley of Roses. And put your feet up at luxe hotels—just in case the heart of Morocco is hiding out by the pool.

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AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

NAMIBIA WALKING

Private Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$6,795

Talk about surreal. This stunning region is where escape artists go to escape. Wander through landscapes of persimmon-hued sand dunes, white salt pans and burnt mountains. After trekking the Tok Tokkie, camp in the oldest desert on the planet. Immerse yourself in a land where lions and elephants thrive. Then, finally, ease yourself back into urban life with boutiques and bistros.

OMAN WALKING

Small Group Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Recreational | From US$7,985

Oh man, this is the land of the golden-orange Wahiba Sands, ancient souks, the soaring Hajar Mountains, and the Omani Grand Canyon. Setting sail in a wooden dhow in Muscat Harbour? Spending a night under desert stars? Mystical, magical and mysterious: exactly our cup of (cardamom) tea.

RWANDA WALKING & GORILLA TREKKING (NEW!) Small Group Trip 9 Days / 8 Nights Enthusiast | From US$14,895

Hit side streets and back alleys in Kigali’s Nyamirambo neighbourhood; check out the remarkable biodiversity in the Nyungwe rainforest; learn about coffee near Rubavu; and drop in on gorillas in Musanze’s Volcanoes National Park. You may come for the gorillas, but you’ll leave with the unforgettable story of Rwanda and its fiercely forgiving people.

CAPE TOWN & WINELANDS MULTI-ACTIVE Private Trip 7 Days / 6 Nights Enthusiast | From US$4,495

Locals fondly refer to Cape Town as the Mother City. Sailors called it the Tavern by the Sea, and you will too, for its wine culture and culinary scene. Once you tour the spectacular Winelands, and drink in the mountains, the sea, and the diversity of the people, you’ll be calling this the Mother Trip.

TANZANIA WALKING

Private Trip 9 Days / 8 Nights Avid | From US$7,995

Off the beaten path, and off the charts. Trek to the famous Ngorongoro Crater, through dense forest past waterfalls. Take a thrilling crater drive at dawn, keeping a lookout for the Big Five. Hike up the Olmoti volcano and meet our Maasai friends. Discover Lake Natron. And sleep under a billion stars at a fly camp. Eyes wide open.

← FEATURED EXPERT Thilo Erhardt, B&R Guide Worked as deep-sea diver? Check. Had a job at the European Space Agency? Check. Guided in many, many countries? Check. (Not many frontiers left, eh, Thilo?) You can’t beat this Puglia-based guide’s experience, but you sure can benefit from it. Just take a trip to Jordan or Oman with him.

ZAMBIA WALKING SAFARI Private Trip 9 Days / 8 Nights Enthusiast | From US$8,495

Zambia’s meandering rivers, lagoons, forests and woodlands—accessible only by foot and safari vehicle—are home to lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffalo, antelope, warthogs and crocodiles. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure you’ll never forget, especially after watching an elephant take a dip in a river from the bathtub of your luxury camp.

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Our People Top three reasons your next B&R trip will move you like never before...

� FEATURED EXPERTS Tabita Miotto & Lorenzo Santamaria, B&R Guides Tabita is the prototypical B&R guide: polyglot, wine aficionado, and avid cyclist. Born just outside of Venice, she knows Italy like the back of her hand. While Lorenzo also happens to be Italian born, he prefers to hang out in Copenhagen (but at any given time you could find him anywhere on the planet). His thirst for knowledge and love of music are both infectious.

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OUR PEOPLE

1. TRIP DESIGNERS (The Picassos of their field.) They know their turf like no one else because they’ve had years of on-the-ground experience sussing out the very best of everything. Want to go off-piste, off-Google and off-menu? Want something truly imaginative? Give them a blank canvas and it will come back a masterpiece.

2. GUIDES (The consummate hosts.) Our guides have the globetrotting expertise of a secret agent and the joie de vivre of an escaped goat. Equally prepared to summit a mountain, build an aqueduct, sing an aria, or host a dinner party of discriminating individuals (like you), they’re charming, fascinating and fluent.

3. LOCALS (Our friends, the local cognoscenti.) When it comes to cultural immersion, we like to get you in deep. Like, up-to-your-neck deep. We commandeer all of our local friends— artists, architects, historians, chefs, the local mayor—and they share everything they know with you. Count on insight, the inside scoop, and back doors opening for you.

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WHAT'S NEW

Top 5 shiny new things at B&R “Slow down to see the world” is a 50-year-old idea that we hold sacred. But we actively embrace change. With wildly varying trips on six continents, we are in a state of perpetual motion, constantly trying new things, exploring new places, searching for that next thrilling discovery.

1. A shiny new fleet of bikes. In 2020, we will hit the ground rolling with custom, state-of-the-art fleets of road bikes, hybrids and e-bikes. Our road bikes and hybrids were designed by Tim McDermott. For our e-bikes, we partnered with French manufacturer Moustache to customize the incomparable Dimanche 28.1 (as pictured above). Each of our new bikes will offer exceptionally smooth, responsive rides.

2. Far-out expeditions. We are now running epic expeditions to Nepal, Jordan, Mongolia and northern Australia. These are rugged adventures (except for the hotels, that is) that will change you forever.

3. B&R Winter trips in northern climes. Leave it to B&R to figure out how to stay warm while skiing, snowshoeing and dogsledding in glittering, winter wonderlands... and end the day in sublime comfort watching the northern lights, glass of grand cru in hand.

4. Big kids. Big fun. Scheduled during holidays, we’ve introduced family trips for families with kids in their older teens and twenties. These trips are designed to be a riot for parents and their kids, with active days and local experiences, all with people of the same age.

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5. Introducing B&R Wellness trips. Wait—aren’t B&R trips “wellness” trips already? Isn’t slowing down, getting plenty of fresh air and exercise, learning new things, and eating fabulously healthy, whole foods the epitome of wellness? Yes, exactly. But we wanted to take things up a notch. B&R Wellness trips take you one step closer to nirvana. Think more yoga. More meditation. More rejuvenation. More reflection. More connection. More healing. (But don’t worry, we won’t be tyrants about it. You won’t have to sneak profiteroles and glasses of wine.)


B&R FUND

Top 10 ways we’re giving back The B&R Fund gives back to the people who share their communities with us. Through educational, cultural and preservation initiatives, our fund helps protect various forms of heritage around the world.

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In Cambodia, we have partnered with the World Monuments Fund to help preserve priceless monuments.

In Peru, we contribute to the Ollantaytambo community scholarship fund for families that cannot afford school.

In Morocco, we support critical programs for women living in rural areas who have little access to education.

In Japan, we are helping Ozuchi village in the Kaga region maintain its important traditions of rural rice farming.

In Andalucia, we support a project started by chef Angel Leon that is bringing back birdlife to vast salt flats.

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In the Basque region, we support Academia Municipal de Folklore, who teach traditional Basque music and dance.

In Bhutan, we have partnered with Clean Bhutan, a program promoting sustainable waste management.

In South Africa, we support Uthando South Africa, a unique Responsible Tourism initiative based in Cape Town.

In Zimbabwe, we’re working with the Hwange Tuskers Project to protect elephant herds from poaching.

In Yunnan Province, China, we support female artists in training at the Baisha Naxi Embroidery Institute.

Want to see a B&R Fund project in action? Many of our trips in these regions feature visits to project sites. The people doing this great work—to whom we are hugely indebted—love to share their stories. Learn more about our fund here: butterfield.com/about/we-give-back

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