Insider Itineraries

BY Around The World

The gift of travel is that it is never the same experience twice, whether we return to a favourite and familiar locale or fly off to a completely foreign destination on a whim. Rather, it is the romance of wanderlust, the opportunity to experience the new and unexplored, to visit an old haunt for its house specialty or to plunge into a new culture and find our feet as we go, that is the enduring appeal of travel. So when we posed the question to B&R’s most inveterate travellers—our top travel experts—of what’s next for them, we received some fascinating responses.

George Butterfield

Co-Founder, Butterfield & Robinson
Rwanda Gorillas For the company’s grandmaster, a man who has obviously experienced an incredible variety of trips over our 45 years, the promise of new adventure always calls, but those familiar favourites still hold sway. “I’ll be travelling to re-visit those very special places that have no equal on earth—like Burgundy, Conques and the Lot and Alsace. Travelling to these places on a bike always make me pinch myself and marvel about the thoughtfulness of so many people over the centuries that thankfully designed a landscape, a culture, a uniqueness all for us to so happily enjoy,” he says. “But I dream of Rwanda and South Africa as my next more ambitious trips. Rwanda has captured my interest naturally for tracking gorillas in the mountains, but also it is a country with an emerging economy that is healing itself. South Africa is another beautiful country with wonderful wildlife, beaches, culture, and biking in the wine country around Stellenbosch—plus the great statesman Mandela’s imprint is everywhere.”  Inspired? Check out our Burgundy Biking and South Africa Private trips.

Chris Mark

Head of Trip Planning
Provence Travel Longtime B&R man Chris Mark is responsible for overseeing the research, planning and operations of all our published trips, so if anyone understands the available options, he’s the one. “If you’re a biker (and I fancy myself one) there’s no better place in the world to ride than in France. And nothing epitomizes France more than Provence. There is nothing novel about Provence—its hilltop villages, vineyards, and markets have been immortalized by everyone from Van Gogh to Peter Mayle—but there is plenty fresh and new. Like the stunning Hotel La Coquillade, perched above the Luberon Valley, with fine dining and even finer bikes available for use right on the premises. Further east, you find the burgeoning Petit Luberon, a lovely, little-known corner of the region where towns like Forcalquier thrive in obscurity relative to more famous cousins St-Rémy and Gordes. Proving Provence’s most enduring characteristic: there really is no bad time to go, especially if you love to move on two wheels.”  Check out our Provence Biking trip for a new spin on an old classic.

Norman Howe

Norman slippery sloped his way out of the field of law and writing and into the B&R fold after a short stint guiding for us long ago. After several years running his own travel company, we are pleased to welcome him back as President. “I’m heading to India this Christmas on a Bespoke family trip for what promises to be the adventure of a lifetime. We’ll be travelling via Delhi, but we’ll be spending most of our time amongst the fairytale walled cities, exotic pink palaces and colorful local markets of Rajasthan. We’ll be sleeping under the stars in romantic desert camps near Jaisalmer and living like royalty in the legendary Lake Palace of Udaipur; we’ll be travelling by elephant and camel, as well as by train, plane and private automobile; and we’ll be hanging out with the decedents of the proud Rajput warrior caste as well as taking tea with former maharajas in Jaipur. I would never dream of going without the insight and expertise of B&R’s Bespoke planning team and partners on the ground.” Learn more about our Bespoke Custom Trips and get the ball rolling on your adventure of a lifetime.

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