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.”
In partnership with Uniworld
Why unpack luggage each day when you could be unpacking the best of Provence and Burgundy? Cruise the Rhône aboard a Uniworld river ship and go overboard (in a good way): savour exceptional cuisine, the vineyards of Beaujolais, a tour of Arles, and a cooking class at Paul Bocuse. Cruising with bikes in tow? Vive la différence!
Trip designed by Travel Expert Lewis EvansView Lewis’s Profile
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Day by Day
Rendezvous in Avignon and explore the town's papal palace with a local guide. This evening, enjoy a beautiful welcome dinner on board the S.S. Catherine.
Ride through farmland crossing the vast Plaine de la Crau. This evening we regroup aboard for a B&R exclusive tasting of Rhône wines with a former sommelier for Alain Ducasse.
Bike the valley roads that lay below the Alpilles, Provence's mini-Alps, into St-Rémy. Enjoy an early evening walk through the historic centre of Avignon before returning to the ship for dinner.
Ride on the river flats towards the Ardèche region and the medieval enclave of Bourg Saint Andéol. After a coffee break, choose between a flat route along the Via Rhona or tackle a longer option to Saint Montan.
Wake up to the terraced vineyards about Tain-L'Hermitage, the capital of Côtes du Rhône wine production. Ride through world-renowned vineyards of the appellations such as Chantemerle and Crozes-Hermitage.
Discover Lyon, the third-largest city in France, often overshadowed by its neighbours. We begin our discovery with a pleasant urban ride that defines the layout of the city before delving into its storied past.
Awake to find yourself approaching the southern Burgundian city of Mâcon. Ride through villages and famous wine appellations before enjoying lunch at Bistrot L'Ancienne Auberge.
After a final breakfast on the water, we say our farewells!
Uniworld's S.S. Catherine
The 80-stateroom S.S. Catherine features everything from an indoor splash pool to a self-service laundry, as well as an impressive collection of original works of art. Suites are individually decorated; all B&R cabins boast French balconies affording wide views of the riverscapes. The vessel is fully air-conditioned and features high-quality beds and linens, marble bathrooms with Hermes and L’Occitane accessories, and a knowledgeable, professional crew of 50-plus. The restaurant (often resupplied with fresh regional ingredients en route) offers an array of beautifully prepared starters and entrees, as well as a sumptuous buffet breakfast. View ship website »
Travelling with B&R is an over-the-top experience. It seems that every moment from biking in the breathtaking countryside to the luxury hotels, the food, the wine, the other travellers, and the excellent guides—all are the most memorable. The hardest part of the trip is the return to reality!— Betsy Sampliner
"We never wanted to be the biggest travel company in the world, just the best.
— George Butterfield
Most of the riding on this trip is flat to gentle on quiet roads and dedicated bicycle paths. There are a few hills to be biked, especially on days 4 and 5. There are numerous long options for eager riders. Road surfaces are either paved or consist of hard-packed dirt and gravel. B&R therefore strongly recommends the use of hybrid bicycles for this trip. Daily elevation gains range between 25 m (82 feet) and 300m (1000 feet).
“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.
- Shipboard accommodation for 7 nights
- All meals except 2 lunches, including wine and cocktails
- Services of B&R guides and support van(s)
- Services of the ship's 50+ member crew for on-board needs
- Gratuities for ship staff
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- A handlebar-mounted 7” Samsung Galaxy tablet with preloaded GPS bike routes
- B&R biodegradable water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you’ll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
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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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