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.
- Difficulty Level
Level 1: Occasional
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Level 2: Recreational
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km (5-7 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Level 3: Enthusiast
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Level 4: Avid
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Level 5: Expert
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
Bask in the Balkan North
With its astonishing wealth of natural attractions and a unique blend of histories and cultures, Northern Greece is arguably the country’s most fascinating region, yet one that remains relatively undiscovered. Its major centre, Thessaloniki, offers exceptional gastronomic opportunities, nightlife and shopping, while the smaller towns and cities deliver a blend of traditional architecture, historical sites and welcoming local characters. Indeed, getting off the beaten track in Greece’s Balkan north brings many unexpected rewards for the curious traveller.
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Day by Day
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vergina and its royal tombs. Hike through the foothills of Mount Olympus and explore charming villages along the way.
Wander up Mount Olympus, following a mountain stream beneath a canopy of pines. Relax by the pool of your hotel before enjoying dinner in a traditional tavern.
Take a scenic trail into Meteora, marveling at the landscape of cliffs and monoliths. Lunch will be a spiritual affair as you discover age-old traditions and homemade cuisine.
Today's walk passes by aromatic forests and views of the mountains surrounding Metsovo. Experience an ancient tradition along your next hike before settling in for the evening.
In Upper Zagorochoria, traverse the canyon floor to the Voidomatis River, where you'll board rafts and drift through the gorge past a deserted 16thC. monastery.
Depart Zagorochoria after one final hike through the majestic landscape. This afternoon is yours to explore Ioannina's pedestrian markets, brimming with museums and hip locales.
You’ll have spare time to relax over breakfast, or you may spend more time exploring Ioannina. Your guides will arrange for your transportation to the airport. So long!
Arrive to unexpected natural pools deep in the valley
Hotel Antique, Ioannina
Hotel Antique is housed in a gorgeous neoclassical building that has been meticulously restored with an eye to simplicity and luxury. From the original artworks by locals to the Persian rugs to the bed linens made from Egyptian cotton—Hotel Antique exudes personality, complete with personalized service.
Ktima Bellou, Pieria
Cradled between Mount Olympus and the Pierian mountains, Ktima Bellou is a boutique hotel that combines slow-food values (the property includes a working farm) and exceptional service. The Macedonian style buildings were crafted with natural materials and in the tradition of local trades people to maintain continuity with the landscape. With a slew of delightful amenities the property held the title of best small hotel in Greece in 2012 and 2013.
Aristi Mountain Resort, Zagorochoria
A hidden gem in the mountains of the Zagori region, Aristi Mountain Resort comprises a group of pretty stone buildings that reflect the traditional villages set along the Vikos Gorge. With awe-inspiring mountain views from the rooms, an indoor pool, restaurant and spa, this is a wonderfully understated and charming place from which to discover this intriguing part of north-west Greece.
Grand Forest Metsovo, Metsovo
Set amid a pine tree forest, the Grand Forest Hotel in Metsovo features a gourmet restaurant and mountain-view bar, a farm with horses and a spa centre with a hot tub, an indoor pool and a sauna. Guestrooms and suites are fitted with hardwood floors, dark-wood furnishings and soft colours and enjoy views over the Pindos Mountain.
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This trip is appropriate for travellers who enjoy going for a good walk and can handle hilly inclines and mountainous terrain. Several of these walks take place on ancient mountain trails and cannot be supported by vehicle. Hikes can be modified depending on you comfort level and needs.
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.
- All hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated with wine as chosen by your guide
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support vehicle
- All special events, private tours, and entrance fees
- Services of Greek national guide(s)
- Use of lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to dropoff
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
Walking Poles & Waist Pack
Included with all walking trips are telescoping walking poles and custom-made padded waist packs, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. The walking poles get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, but the waist pack is yours to keep at trip’s end. See Equipment Details
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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