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.”
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 discovering the valley and a few tiny villages tucked away in the hillside.
Wander up Mount Olympus—home of the twelve Olympian Gods—travelling along a mountain stream beneath a canopy of pines and firs. Relax by the pool of your hotel before enjoying dinner in a traditional tavern.
Take a scenic trail into Meteora, marveling at the landscape as cliffs and monoliths appear in the distance. Lunch will be a spiritual affair as you discover age-old traditions and simple homemade cuisine.
Today's walk passes through pine forests and open valleys with views of the mountains surrounding Metsovo. Travel to lower Zagorochoria for your second hike before settling into the Aristi Mountain Resort.
In Upper Zagorochoria, traverse the canyon floor to the Voidomatis River, where you'll board rafts for a float through the gorge past a deserted 16thC monastery and an ancient stone bridge.
Depart Zagorochoria after one last hike to Mpelloi for a spectacular view of the Vikos Gorge. This afternoon is yours to explore Ioannina's pedestrian centre, brimming with museums and hip bars and restaurants.
You’ll have a bit of 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
Ktima Bellou, Litochoro
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. View hotel website »
Grand Forest, 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. View hotel website »
Aristi Mountain Resort, Aristi
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. View hotel website »
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. View hotel website »
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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.
“I enjoy going for a good walk and can even handle an incline or two.”
Relatively flat, with occasional steeper climbs.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.
- 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 Sticks & Hip Holsters
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.
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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