Author Archives: Dave Bowden

About Dave Bowden

Wandering through the worlds of newspaper and magazine publishing, Dave Bowden traded ink on his fingers for stamps on his passport when he stumbled upon Butterfield & Robinson and The Slow Road. Having hiked Ireland’s Croagh Patrick and Italy’s Cinque Terre, he’s got the walking portion of B&R’s “Walking and Biking Since 1966” slogan down pat. Chewing gum simultaneously, however, remains an ongoing challenge.

6 Best Bespoke Tour Operators

When my wife and I did a bespoke solo cycling trip though Burgundy with Butterfield & Robinson, it began with their local guide coming to our hotel… more…

Rave Reviews: Catalonia

Whether you’ve been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it’s always nice to hear an encouraging word (or two). more…

Rave Reviews: Bordeaux
to Dordogne

Whether you’ve been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it’s always nice to hear an encouraging word (or two). more…

The Best Bangkok Hotels

In a city that looms so large, the trick to finding excellent accommodation is narrowing down the list to find the best Bangkok hotels. more…

Tyler Dillon: Top
Travel Specialist

Today Condé Nast Traveler magazine made official what we at B&R have known for years, naming our very own Tyler Dillon a Top Travel Specialist for Myanmar. more…

Ode to Puglia

A B&R traveller presents an ode to Puglia to her group at the end of a great trip — with glass of wine close at hand, of course! more…

Venetian Masks: Veiled
in History

Though they conceal a wearer’s face, the masks of the Venetian Carnival reveal an entire spectrum of emotion. more…

Rave Reviews: Wine
Grand Journey

Whether you’ve been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it’s always nice to hear an encouraging word (or two). more…

The Tour de France Explained

How did the Tour de France start? Who was the first winner of Le Tour? How long is it? more…

B&R Among the World’s Best!

Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have voted Butterfield & Robinson among the Top Tour Operators in the world. more…

Know Before You Go: Iceland Travel Tips

Our ongoing series of frequently asked questions continues, as we fill you in on what you need to know before travelling to this land of soaring mountains and rumbling volcanoes. more…

Know Before You Go: Dalmatian Coast Travel Tips

As invigorating, exciting and intoxicating as it is to explore an unknown land, it can be inconvenient and even a little intimidating to go in completely blind. more…

Who Sits on a Beach Anymore?

“There is so much more to experience walking or biking through the countryside than seeing it from a car window or lying on a beach, and it is a great way to get some exercise to justify all the gourmet food you will eat.” more…

Tortellini di Valeggio,
The Knot of Love

Every third Tuesday in June, a 600-metre-long table is set up on the Visconti bridge in Valeggio and some 3,500 guests delight in the taste of a handkerchief with a knot. more…

Vietnam in Two(ish) Minutes

“There are quiet pleasures to be found in a rice paddy full of workers and in the subtle gentleness of the people,” says B&R Guide Erin Reed. more…

The Best Buenos Aires Hotels

With its impressive hotel line up, Buenos Aires perfectly blends an old-school European vibe with South America’s new-world cool. more…

Kurt Russell’s Passionate Pursuits

During a Butterfield & Robinson bike trip that he took in France’s Burgundy area, Kurt Russell admired the acres and acres of vineyards and fell in love with the wines. more…

Gourmand Bike Vacations

On cycling tours, rides range from easy to very challenging, and some tours offer a daily ride selection of varying difficulty… more…

A World of Fun

Hop on customized Cannondale bikes to navigate the charming vineyards and villages along the Danube when you book the six-day Vienna to Prague Family Biking… more…

Experts + Insiders:
Nathan Lane

Before it happened, Nathan Lane was starting to feel overwhelmed. It was his third day of guide training in Beaune and the litany of guidelines, knowledge and accounting spreadsheets was getting a bit dizzying. more…


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