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Vietnam
How About a New Lang Syne?
B&R Staff | Jul 31, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

We asked a few of our veteran guides for their favourite reasons to abscond over the holidays. more...

Burgundy
The Order of Burgundy
Eugenie Weiss | Jul 3, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

There’s no prize to win – just fun. And a little bit of pride when you guess it all right on the first go. more...

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Experts + Insiders:
Christina Cain
Dave Bowden | Jun 13, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

B&R guide turned Trip Designer Christina Cain has once again found herself the perfect fit for B&R's growing team. more...

Myanmar
Ask An Expert
Dave Bowden | Jun 3, 2014
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Dan Tredway, B&R's top Myanmar guide, is happy to discuss all things Burmese. more...

Burgundy
#myBNR: Burgundy
Dave Bowden | May 22, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

There are few places that mean more to us than Burgundy, our European home. Check out a few shots that should help illustrate more...

Atlantic France
#myBNR: Atlantic France
Dave Bowden | May 22, 2014
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Among those in the know, the Ile d’Oléron and Ile de Ré are the most famous and fashionable islands along the French Atla more...

Burgundy
2014 Guide Kick Off
Dave Bowden | May 20, 2014
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Have you ever gone to a party where everyone is the host? I have. more...

Around the World
New Kids on the Bike
Dave Bowden | May 6, 2014
Experts + Insiders | Guide

After a few days spent with our newest crop of guides, I'm happy to report that our newest recruits are more than up to snuff more...

Around the World
B&R Partners with XOJET
Norman Howe | May 4, 2014
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Like B&R, our new friends at XOJET never wanted to be the biggest company in the world—just the best. more...

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Experts + Insiders:
Karen MacRae
Dave Bowden | Apr 22, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

Like so many of B&R's intrepid world wanderers, Trip Designer Karen MacRae has never been much for sitting still. more...

Prague to Vienna
Notes from the Road:
Prague to Vienna
Lewis Evans | Apr 16, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

To travel between Prague and Vienna, two of Central Europe’s great capital cities, is also to travel in time. more...

Colombia
Colombia: An Explorer’s Paradise (Part II)
Dave Bowden | Apr 15, 2014
Experts +Insiders | Columnists

As cheesy as it sounds, there is a magic in the air. And as much as I may hate to admit it, Colombia’s new motto, “Magica more...

Colombia
Colombia: An Explorer’s Paradise (Part I)
Dave Bowden | Apr 15, 2014
Experts +Insiders | Columnists

That's the kind of place Colombia is—this mix of modern hubs like Bogota and tribes that have never seen concrete, mere mil more...

Colombia
Colombia: Undiscovered
and Emergent
Tyler Dillon | Apr 15, 2014
Experts +Insiders | Columnists

I had heard Colombia described as "a dream state," and what I found fit the bill. more...

Umbria
Umbria: Italy’s Green Heart
Georgia Yuill | Apr 15, 2014
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Often passed over by visitors seeking out its better-known neighbour, Umbria rewards travellers in ways both scenic and culin more...

London
In London, Tons
to Do with Tots
Kathy Stewart | Mar 18, 2014
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

The great thing about bringing your brood to London is that, while it can be expensive, a lot of the best things to do with k more...

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Experts + Insiders:
Lindsay Owen
Dave Bowden | Mar 4, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

But believe it or not, a career in the travel industry wasn't inevitable for B&R trip designer Lindsay Owen. more...

Profiles
Experts + Insiders:
Michele Harvey
Dave Bowden | Mar 3, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

For some kids, a family vacation means a week at Disney World or a day at the beach. For B&R's Michele Harvey, it meant... so more...

Puglia
Trip Tales: Chef Roberto
to the Rescue!
Sonia Ter Hovanessian | Feb 27, 2014
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

Chef Roberto is easily my favourite person I met in Puglia all year – and I was down there A LOT and had the chance to meet more...

Germany
Trip Tales: The Spreewald Complot
Abby van Oers | Feb 25, 2014
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Between two of Germany's most famous cities lies a region largely unknown to many travellers—the perfect place to plot a su more...

France
Experts + Insiders:
Geoff Sandquist
Dave Bowden | Feb 20, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

When B&R began the search for a new Director of European Operations this past fall, we didn't need to look very far. more...

France
Experts + Insiders:
Jérôme Boré
Dave Bowden | Feb 19, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

Born in France, Jerome Bore describes himself as "a true gastronome" with a deep passion for food and wine. more...

Around the World
B&R and Bianchi: A
Perfect Pairing
Chris Mark | Feb 3, 2014
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

B&R's "bike czar" Chris Mark explains the exhaustive search that resulted in our partnership with legendary Italian bike make more...

Africa
Q&A with Ralph Bousfield
Dave Bowden | Feb 3, 2014
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

You could say that Ralph Bousfield knows a thing or two about safaris. I mean, you could say that. But you'd be significantly more...

Italy and Croatia
Italy and Croatia
With the Kids
Kathy Stewart | Dec 9, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

We had travelled to Italy and Croatia with the kids before, but my husband, who is Croatian-Canadian, never gets tired of eit more...

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Experts + Insiders:
Kathy Stewart
Dave Bowden | Dec 6, 2013
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

"It was the classic ‘What colour is my parachute?’ experience," says Trip Designer Kathy Stewart of her start at B&R. more...

Catalonia
Notes From the Road: Lovingly Lost in Catalonia
Nancy Towns | Dec 6, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Catalonia’s ever-changing landscapes are, like its inhabitants, both enduring and endearing. more...

Fogo Island
Q&A: Zita Cobb,
Fogo Island Inn
Dave Bowden | Nov 8, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

When Zita Cobb went back to Fogo, the tiny island of her birth just off the coast of Newfoundland, she returned with not just more...

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Experts + Insiders:
Orsolya Kako
Dave Bowden | Oct 25, 2013
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

It's a not-uncommon element in the origin story of inveterate world wanderers: the travel bug bites early, and once its teeth more...

Around the World
A Season to Celebrate: The 2013 B&R Guide Gathering
Dave Bowden | Oct 25, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

After a spectacular European season we had a lot to celebrate this year, and we did it in typical B&R style at our annual Gui more...

Alsace
The White Storks of Alsace
Erik Rutherford | Oct 24, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

For many centuries, the white storks of Alsace have been a yearly presence during the warmer months, and have featured largel more...

Iceland
Icelanders: A Historic, Nordic Cool
Norman Howe | Oct 23, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Iceland has long occupied a unique position in in the cartography of my travel imagination—not only is it a stepping stone more...

Burgundy
Q&A With David Butterfield
Dave Bowden | Oct 22, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

It’s been 26 years since David Butterfield first set foot in Burgundy, and boy how times have changed. more...

Holland
Dutch Cuisine: Europe’s
Best Kept Secret?
Abby van Oers | Oct 11, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Take it from a Dutchy: in Holland, your sense of taste will not be left out! more...

Galapagos
The Morphing Multitudes of the Galapagos Islands
Tyler Dillon | Sep 26, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

It is balanced, constant, yet constantly struggling at all times. This is what it means to be in the Galapagos, a place that more...

Paris
City Art Insider:
Paris in the Fall
Carolyn Smith | Sep 26, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

Certain artists’ works have to be experienced to be believed. Fall 2013 sees Paris hosting a number of thought-provoking, o more...

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Experts + Insiders: Tom Abraham
Dave Bowden | Sep 26, 2013
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

After a youth spent staring at National Geographic puzzles, it comes as no surprise that Tom Abraham now finds himself a B&R more...

Europe
Of Wine and Wheels
Chris Mark | Sep 25, 2013
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

Regardless of how you define them, Old World wine regions offer some of the best recreational biking on the planet. more...

Burgundy
Experts + Insiders: Jane Eyre-Renard
Dave Bowden | Sep 10, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

Don't let the accent fool you: while Jane Eyre-Renard may not have been born among Burgundy's vines, her pedigree is beyond r more...

Atlantic France
Of Oysters and Pirates
Olivier Maillard | Aug 29, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

In 1983, I was a young little French guy and summer time meant something to me. more...

Corsica
Corsica: A World of Her Own
Marya Valli | Aug 16, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

The Greeks called her Kalliste, The Beautiful, and a few thousand years on, she continues to ravish. more...

Paris
A Weekend in Paris, Part II
Norman Howe | Aug 8, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Paris is a city built for walking, and the best place to indulge in the peripatetic pleasures is in the meandering streets of more...

Paris
A Weekend in Paris, Part I
Norman Howe | Aug 8, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Whenever I visit our European headquarters in Burgundy, I always add on a weekend in Paris to explore the city and to indulge more...

Paris
A Weekend in Paris, Part III
Norman Howe | Aug 8, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Paris is a city that constantly evolves, and I’m always looking for new ways to experience it. more...

India
In Rajasthan, A Range
of Emotion
Dave Bowden | Aug 1, 2013
See + Do | Must Sees

"The Land of Kings." It's a lofty title to live up to, but to hear B&R's Lucy Davison tell it, Rajasthan fits the bill. more...

France
Eating Healthy in
France, Part 2
Jennifer Moore | Jul 22, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Combine these tips with those from my earlier post, and you'll enjoy the best of France without having to add a new notch to more...

France
Eating Healthy in France
(Really, you can!)
Jennifer Moore | Jul 15, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy that French je ne sais quoi and still make it home without gaining five pounds? more...

Around the World
Ode to the Club Sandwich
Tyler Dillon | Jul 11, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

If you want to take over the world, you really only need three things: Bob Marley, Irish pubs and club sandwiches. more...

Champagne
At Les Avisés, Modernity Meets Tradition
Olivier Maillard | Jul 2, 2013
See + Do | Hotels

At first glance, Anselme Selosse appears to be a normal, even quintessential, Frenchman. You wouldn’t necessarily think him more...

Puglia
Puglia and B&R:
From Folly to Visionary
Chris Mark | Jun 25, 2013
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

The year was 1989, and I was toiling as a mechanic in our Burgundy depot, when word arrived of a mysterious new trip in a pla more...

Vietnam
Vietnam in Two(ish) Minutes
Dave Bowden | Jun 21, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

"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 more...

Profile
Experts + Insiders:
Nathan Lane
Dave Bowden | Jun 18, 2013
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

Before it happened, Nathan Lane was starting to feel overwhelmed. It was his third day of guide training in Beaune and the li more...

Piemonte
Lost in the Land of Barolo
Dave Bowden | Jun 11, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Just when we think we have our guides figured out, they go and surpass our expectations (again!), this time with an awesome c more...

Italy
Beaches in Italy: Andiamo al Mare!
Georgia Yuill | Jun 6, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Few countries the size of Italy can boast such diverse geography and a wealth of summer destinations for its citizens—and f more...

France
Century Ride: “Le Tour”
Turns 100
Dave Bowden | Jun 4, 2013
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

As Le Tour de France celebrates its 100th anniversary, a few of B&R's biggest bike fans recall their favourite moments from a more...

Video
Behind the Scenes
with B&R Guides
Dave Bowden | May 28, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Watch as a guide team adds "Worker bees" to its list of roles in these cool time-lapse videos. more...

Around the World
A Cast of Character
Dave Bowden | May 17, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Spend some time with one B&R guide, and you'll quickly come to believe that anything is possible. Spend some time surrounded more...

Around the World
Guide Kick Off 2013
Dave Bowden | May 16, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Our 2013 European season kicked off with a bang earlier this month with the 2013 B&R Guide Kick Off. Check out this slideshow more...

Burgundy
Beaune: Our Medieval Jewel
Olivier Maillard | May 13, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

A well-preserved medieval jewel in the heart of Burgundy, wine is more influential in the history and development of Beaune t more...

Burgundy
A Riding Revelation
Dave Bowden | May 10, 2013
Experts & Insiders | B&R Experts

Pedalling an easygoing route through the forests around Beaune, I couldn't help but feel that after six months with B&R, I wa more...

United States
Utah Adventuring: A Stroke of Genius
Norman Howe | May 2, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Its ski hills may be legendary, but on a recent family trip I found that when it comes to outdoor adventures, Utah has much m more...

Profile
Experts + Insiders:
Chris Mark
Dave Bowden | May 1, 2013
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

The head of B&R’s planning and operations department, CMark has become a one-man resource for all aspects of B&R’s Europe more...

Catalonia
The Edge of the World
Marya Valli | Apr 17, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

On a recent research trip to Catalonia, I began my voyage tracing our cycle route down from the rolling green of the Garrotxa more...

Rioja
On the Road in Rioja
Dave Bowden | Apr 1, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Following last week's awesome clip of our Tuscany Biking trip, B&R guide Phil Haemmerle shares this great compilation of the more...

South Africa
A Chat with Chef Bruce Robertson
Brad Crockett | Mar 28, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

A staple of South Africa's culinary scene, chef Bruce Robertson has both learned from and cooked for the best. more...

Tuscany
Three Minutes in Tuscany
Dave Bowden | Mar 26, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Every once in awhile, it can be fun to hit fast forward. B&R Guide Philipp Haemmerle did just that with video shot during our more...

North America
Sneak Peek: A Venetian Skier in B.C.
Dave Bowden | Mar 25, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Venice native, B&R Guide and adventure-seeker Giacomo Fano recently published a book recounting his time traipsing British Co more...

Morocco
In Morocco, Mint Tea
Means Time
Olivier Maillard | Mar 20, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Mint tea is the cement of Moroccan society. You drink mint tea to calm down, to chill, to take time, to relax, to look at the more...

Peru
Chef Q&A:
Brisa Deneumostier
Tyler Dillon | Mar 19, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

When Brisa Deneumostier's parents named her after the wind (Brisa means breeze in Spanish), they chose a moniker as prescient more...

Italy
Where to Eat: Milan Restaurants
Georgia Yuill | Mar 18, 2013
Eat + Drink | Resto

Some cities simply offer too much delicious fare to fit into a single Insider's Guide. more...

China
The Zen of Guiding, Part II
Tyler Dillon | Mar 14, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

Here, I continue the explanation I started in my post The Zen of Guiding, Part I. more...

Tuscany
An Enchanting Encounter at Villa La Foce
Georgia Yuill | Mar 14, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

With gorgeous grounds, incredible views and a location well positioned to bike, walk and explore, Villa La Foce is one of my more...

Ireland
In Ireland, an Ancestral Adventure
Tyler Dillon | Mar 8, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

This notion of returning to my Irish roots has been in my head since I plucked my first four-leaf clover at the age of five. more...

China
The Zen of Guiding, Part I
Tyler Dillon | Mar 7, 2013
Essentials + Advice | Need to Know

There are a few simple skills it took a number of years for me to realize as a guide, which can create a wonderful trip out o more...

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Experts + Insiders:
Anne Zakula
Dave Bowden | Feb 27, 2013
Experts & Insiders | B&R Experts

Saying Trip Designer Anne Zakula knows France would be roughly akin to saying Bill Gates knows computers. more...

Tuscany
A Few Lessons in
Family Travel
Norman Howe | Feb 27, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

The first thing I learned about family travel to Europe is that matching the destination with the configuration of your famil more...

Tuscany
Dinner with David
Georgia Yuill | Feb 27, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Facilitating memorable experiences is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. Participating in them, however, is something more...

Columnist Profile
Olivier Maillard:
Posting His Passions
Dave Bowden | Feb 27, 2013
Experts + Insiders |

“It was one of those nights where wine is going a little too far,” Olivier says today, recalling the sort of introduction more...

Columnist Profile
Georgia Yuill:
Hotels and Haute Couture
Dave Bowden | Feb 27, 2013
Experts + Insiders |

When asked to pinpoint the best thing about being a Bespoke Trip Designer, Georgia Yuill demurs. After pausing to think, her more...

Columnist Profile
Norman Howe: Big Ideas
from B&R’s President
Dave Bowden | Feb 27, 2013
Experts + Insiders |

Butterfield & Robinson President Norman Howe will be the first to tell you he came to B&R through unconventional means. more...

Columnist Profile
Tyler Dillon:
World Wanderer
Dave Bowden | Feb 27, 2013
Experts + Insiders |

Wine and cheese. Peanut butter and jelly. Tyler Dillon and The Slow Road. Some things were just meant to be. more...

Columnist Profile
Marya Valli:
In Deep and Up Close
Dave Bowden | Feb 27, 2013
Experts + Insiders |

For most of us, immersing ourselves in a region means staying for a week or two while we sample the food and wine. more...

Profile
Experts + Insiders:
Brad Crockett
Dave Bowden | Feb 12, 2013
Experts + Insiders | B&R Experts

Learn more about B&R's Director of Private Travel and resident expert on all things Africa. more...

Myanmar
Housing from the Heart
Tyler Dillon | Jan 30, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Trip Designer Tyler Dillon recounts the project that brought him to tears. more...

Puglia
In Puglia, It’s All About Love
Dave Bowden | Jan 17, 2013
Experts + Insiders | Guides

B&R guide and native Italian Luca Pacchioni shares some of his favourite sights and moments from Puglia. more...

Spain
In Cadaques, A Gathering
of Guides
Stephanie Gulledge | Nov 4, 2012
Experts + Insiders | Guides

B&R's multi-talented tour guides travel to Cadaqués Spain near Barcelona. more...

Scandinavia
Too Swede for Words
Kyl Chhatwal | Sep 25, 2012
Experts + Insiders | Guides

B&R’s former Regional Director for Sweden, Kyl Chhatwal, shares his impression of Scandinavia. more...

Italy
Great Guidance:
Italian Ambassadors
B&R Staff | Jul 2, 2012
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Link, catalyst, connector, advisor, tutor, guru and guardian, our B&R guides for Italy can be many things to many people. more...

France
Stellar Guides: Great Guides in France
B&R Staff | May 16, 2012
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Permit us to introduce you to some of the B&R guides in France who’ll be showing you the way, whichever road you may choose more...

India
India: Experiential and Extraordinary
Norman Howe | May 9, 2012
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

India is an extraordinary, life changing destination for family travel. It is a destination that fully envelops you and will more...

Provence
A Chat With Chef Christophe Renaud
Olivier Maillard | Apr 4, 2012
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

B&R Trip Planner Olivier Maillard enjoyed an opportunity to sit down with chef Christophe Renaud to get a taste of what feeds more...

Around the World
B&R Partners
B&R Staff | Mar 7, 2012
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

As any experienced Butterfield & Robinson traveller realizes, we pride ourselves on keeping good company wherever we go. Over more...

United States
Augusta Masters Golf
Norman Howe | Feb 8, 2012
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Here at B&R, we recently managed to secure an additional allocation of patron’s badges, the most coveted (and difficult to more...

Argentina
A Patagonian’s Perspective
B&R Staff | Nov 14, 2011
Experts + Insiders | Guides

The mark of any good guide is their ability to take you into the very soul of a place—to help you discover, experience and more...

Piemonte
Sticky Fingers, Fat Bunches
Marya Valli | Oct 15, 2011
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

With a later summer lingering into October, the Nebbiolo grapes ripened early this year. Add a rare weekend-long gap between more...

Africa & Middle East
In the Beginning, There
Was Jordan
Thilo Erhardt | Oct 3, 2011
Experts + Insiders | Guides

Longtime B&R guide and Regional Director Thilo Erhardt shares his impressions of Jordan with us, a country that has clearly c more...

Burgundy
A Family Affair At Domaine Aleth Girardin
Olivier Maillard | Aug 29, 2011
Eat + Drink | Vines & Wines

Aleth Girardin, owner of Le Domaine Aleth Girardin, wants to keep the tradition of the harvest in Burgundy alive. more...

Piemonte
Cheers, Cavour!
Marya Valli | May 11, 2011
Experts + Insiders | Columnists

Home to Italy’s first (and last) kings, the Savoys Piemonte also gave birth to Count Camillo Benso Cavour. more...

Around the World
An Insider’s Itinerary
B&R Staff | May 9, 2011
See + Do | Must Sees

When we posed the question to B&R’s top travel experts of what’s next for them, these where their fascinating responses. more...

Bordeaux
Backstage Pass to Bordeaux & the Dordogne Valley
Lewis Evans | Apr 25, 2011
Experts + Insiders | Our Friends

The riding is smooth, the landscape stunning, the local culture alluring, the feasts incredible, and then there's the wine. more...

Canada
Go West, Young Man
(and bring the family)
Georgia Yuill | Apr 21, 2011
Experts + Insiders |

Coming up with activities that engage and interest multiple generations makes family vacation planning both challenging more...

Rwanda
Remarkable Rwanda
Chris Goodwin | Jan 24, 2011
Experts + Insiders | Guides

When B&R asked me to put together a unique African experience in Rwanda for a trip, they didn't need to ask twice: I've long more...

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