At B&R we make it incredibly easy for you to journey with your friends, family, colleagues or on your own. Create your own private trip by taking over one of our dates—or we can request a fresh one. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers. Interested in tweaking the itinerary? We can do that too. Ask us for details!
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.
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.”
Guilin to Hangzhou
On this 7-day biking and hiking journey, we’ll introduce you to the China that exists outside of Hong Kong and Shanghai. Relax on the Li River, then revel in a tantalizing light show designed by the orchestrator of Beijing’s 2008 opening Olympic ceremonies. Traverse scenic roads through bamboo forests; explore the stunning Yellow Mountains; and luxuriate in West Lake, a haven where poets and painters have found inspiration for centuries. Here, we truly are slowing down to see the tranquil side of China.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Chris Litt
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Day by Day
Take a relaxing ride down the Li River, then spend the afternoon pedalling through the sublime countryside. This evening, enjoy dinner among the spectacular karst limestone formations.
Set forth on a ride through Yangshuo's incredible countryside, then refuel with a traditional Chinese cooking class! This evening, we're treated to a light show by the same artist who choreographed the opening ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Explore peacefully isolated villages and fruit orchards deep in hidden valleys, then go on a bike ride or learn the art of traditional Chinese calligraphy and brushwork with a local artist.
Arrive in the Yellow Mountains and explore a village, meeting friendly local artisans, merchants, and farmers. Later, enjoy dinner on a terrace overlooking the dynamic sweep of the pastoral valley, tucked away in the mountains.
Ride along the picturesque roads in the national parkland and fields surrounding Hongcun. Let our friend Ray show you around his tea farm, where he produces some of the most sought-after tea in China.
Travel to Hangzhou and spend the afternoon hiking along the idyllic shores of West Lake and the surrounding hillsides, filled with enchanting views and hidden natural and architectural marvels. Dinner tonight is a special surprise!
This morning after breakfast, we will say farewell. From Hangzhou, there are many flights to Beijing, Hong Kong or a high-speed train to Shanghai.
You’ve never seen mountains like this before.
Banyan Tree Yangshuo, Yangshuo County
Banyan Tree Yangshuo radiates an understated elegance with its gorgeous latticed windows, fresh flowers and bamboo finishings. The resort is set against the backdrop of an emerging metropolis along the tranquil Li River and features mesmerising views of the surrounding Karst Mountains. View hotel website »
Banyan Tree Huangshan, Hongcun Town
Nestled at the foot of majestic Mount Huangshan, this rural resort embodies everything we love about the Yellow Mountains: picturesque, romantic and utterly relaxing. The jaw-dropping accommodations and stunning grounds are truly unforgettable. View hotel website »
Four Seasons Hotel, Hangzhou
Set on beautiful West Lake, this property is the perfect escape from urban China, and central to exploring the tea fields and ancient feel of Hangzhou. Meander down the tranquil garden paths, relax in the indoor pool, or enjoy a cocktail on the gorgeous sun terrace. View hotel website »
Our guides were fantastic – informative, enjoyable, accommodating, fun and eager to show us an insider's view of China. We enjoyed lots of great Chinese food, local farmers’ markets, a tea plantation, Buddhist temples and stunning historic sites. We would highly recommend B&R!— Barbara Marxer
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Hikes are between 3-6 km (1.8-3.6 mi.) and include moderate climbing for short periods. Bike rides on this trip are fairly flat with a few hills and range between 20-35 km (12.5-21 mi.).
“I ride my bike once or twice a month and am comfortable on two wheels.”
Relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- Hotel accommodation as indicated
- Meals as indicated with select drinks
- Services of a B&R guide, a national guide, a local guide in each city and a support vehicle
- All special events, tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off and all baggage transportation
- Detailed maps, route suggestions, use of bicycles, each equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- All gratuities for local guides, drivers, baggage, porters and hotel service
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip, we’ll use well-tuned, high-quality, local bikes that provide a good fit to your size and weight.
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
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