Every experience in our Private Trip Collection offers the hallmarks B&R's known for with the flexibility of going with your own group and on your own schedule. Simply pick your dates, pack your bags, and go.
India Walking Tours
The extraordinary diversity of Southern India is truly distinctive from the rest of India. Where the North has great forts, the South has temples. Where northern cuisine is emphasized by substantial meat dishes and influenced by its desert conditions, southern cuisine is light but fiery and influenced by the sea. You’ll experience the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey, the grand temples of Mysore, watch classical Indian dance in Cochin and dine on freshly caught fish along the coastal beaches of Goa.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
9 Days / 8 Nights
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Day by Day
Begin your trip with a 2-day cruise along the backwaters of Kerala. Your cruise sets sail along the main waterway of Vembanad Lake and enters the Alleppey Canal. Lunch will be served on board, where you’ll enjoy traditional cultural performances.
Observe the rich-life along the water highways while passing through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level. Later, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close in a traditional rice barge, which can navigate the more narrow sections of the backwaters.
Embark on a heritage walk in Alleppey with Mrs. John, the keeper of Alleppey's history. Mrs. John is an incredible wealth of knowledge given her background growing up in the Nilgiri hills on a tea plantation that is still owned by her family.
Explore the jumble of antique and spice shops, visit the oldest synagogue in India, shop on Bazaar street, explore Palace Road, immerse yourself in local fish-vendor auctions and taste the famous Kerala fish curry.
After arriving in Mysore, begin on a walking tour of the amazing markets with a local historical expert and sample all the incredible food Mysore has to offer!
Begin your day by visiting some of Mysore's incredible sites, including Mysore Palace, the centerpiece of this vibrant city. Later, engage in a cooking lesson lunch with long-time residents of the region
Once you arrive in Goa, the rest of the day is yours to relax and explore, however, a bike ride or a walk can be easily arranged if you so wish. A private beach dinner featuring excellent Goan cuisine is on the agenda for this evening.
Embark on a morning tour of Fontainhas, Goa’s Latin Quarter, with B&R’s great friend Oscar, a long time Goa resident and wonderful storyteller whose intimate knowledge of the area contributes hugely to the understanding of the history of India’s European influenced coastal state.
This morning you will drive to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Farewell!
Oberoi Alleppey, Kerala
The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda is an exclusive Backwater Vessel with eight tastefully appointed Deluxe Cabins, all with king size beds and large picture windows overlooking the lake. Wake up to the backwaters almost at level with your view and feel the calmness while the world floats by. The Cabins are elegantly designed with timber flooring. Each has its own private and well-appointed bathroom with shower. View hotel website »
Malabar House, Fort Cochin
In the heart of historical Fort Cochin, this boutique heritage hotel is ideally located for sightseeing and shopping. Featuring 17 unique rooms and suites, The Malabar House seamlessly combines tradition and contemporary design, while tradition finds itself at a crossroads with innovation at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant—one of the finest seafood restaurants in the South. View hotel website »
Windflower Resort, Mysore
Rewind to a land where the body and soul are still honoured, where inspired art and architecture echo vibrations of a time that stands still and proud. Mysore is home to kings and warriors and is named after the demon Mahishasura, it was the seat of Wodeyar and Vijayanagara dynasties. View hotel website »
The Leela, Goa
The Leela combines the opulence and luxury of a 5-star hotel with the natural beauty and Portuguese heritage of South Goa for a truly wonderful experience. Set on 75 lush acres with a pristine beach, a 12-hole golf course and world class dining.View hotel website »
This trip is appropriate for people who enjoy leisurely walking and feel comfortable while on the move.
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- All hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated
- Services of B&R-trained local guide(s)
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- Internal flights as indicated (Cochin to Mysore and Mysore to Goa)
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.Learn more about our guides »
“The best moments were the unscripted ones -- buying masala tea from a roadside stand, bargaining with local villagers for costume jewelry, talking to local school children.”
— Lisetta Lavy
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12 Days / 11 Nights
Price from: $11,745 USD
9 Days / 8 Nights
Price from: $11,495 USD
10 Days / 9 Nights
Price from: $13,495 USD
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