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.
Towering palm trees & lush hilltops
A whirlwind of vibrant colours, herds of elephants and exotic spices; the sights, sounds and scents of Sri Lanka will linger with you long after you’ve returned home. From the West Coast, we cycle past endless beaches and mangrove swamps to the Cultural Triangle—a playground of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After meandering palace ruins and magnificent stupas, we travel an old king’s route to the ancient citadel of Sigiriya. We’ll stop by Tea Country before spending two nights in magical Galle, the most perfectly preserved colonial town, for an atmospheric end to a culturally rich experience.
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Day by Day
We ride a coastal road from Kochikade; the coconut plantations, fishing boats and lively fish markets looking just like a scene from a postcard! Dinner will be among the paddy fields on the magical Kamata Island.
With our private guide, we visit Sri Lanka’s first capital city, Anuradhapura—also our trip’s first UNESCO destination. We get back on our bikes for a ride to the Brazen Palace ruins.
Begin the day with a ride along an old king’s route past market towns full of exotic vegetables. Lunch is in a Sri Lankan home, where we learn more about the regional cuisine and help prepare some of the dishes.
After breakfast, we set off for Sigiriya Rock, trekking through water gardens and sculpted boulder buildings to the ruins of King Kasyapa’s summer palace.
Today we explore the heart of Sri Lanka’s stunning tea country. Enjoy an al fresco picnic lunch with the mountains as your scenic backdrop. Later, stroll through Kandy at leisure and take in the atmosphere.
Following in the footsteps of millions of devout Buddhists, we make an early morning pilgrimage into town for rituals at the Sri Dalada Maligawa. Late morning, we hop on a quick flight to Galle.
This morning, we greet our boatmen before cruising through lush forests and rice paddies. Have your binoculars ready—we’re likely to spot unique birds, monitor water lizards and monkeys on our journey!
After breakfast, we'll head to Colombo airport for your departure flight stopping along the way for lunch. Your guide will help you continue your trip if you wish to stay in the region longer.
Water Garden Sigiriya Hotel, Sigiriya
Water Garden Sigiriya offers a unique getaway, blending nature blended with lavish design and serene surroundings. The villas at Water Garden Sigiriya, are set among an expansive property and its perfectly articulated landscape. Flanked by winding tributaries and veiled by the abundant flora, the villas combine chic, spacious interiors and, secret gardens.
Kings Pavilion, Kandy
Surrounded by misty mountains and vibrant greenery, the Kings Pavillion offers a haven of tranquillity overlooking the breathtaking Hunnasgiriya Mountain. Unpack in airy bedrooms styled after bygone eras and take in the remote setting, accentuated by the trademark rustic luxury of the Kandyan kings.
Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura
Once the ancestral estate of local Anuradhapura nobility, this hotel in Anuradhapura features a 150-year-old mansion at its centre. Immerse yourself in culture, history and nature at this enchanting sanctuary. With its own solar farm generating half of its own energy requirements Ulagalla is truly a unique boutique hotel.
Amangalla, Fort Galle
In the historic port of Galle, Amangalla sits within the ramparts of the 17thC Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Offering views of the resort’s 200-year-old gardens and of the Fort and harbour beyond, Amangalla provides a great base for the leisurely exploration of this historic trading port and the surrounding countryside.
B&R provides "perfect" trips - great guides, delightful locale, hotels, meals, program, equipment -- and they are flexible and meet every need. They don't expect us to think, worry or do any work. Life doesn't get better than this. No other company is so consistent in providing "perfect" holidays!— BJ Hess
The sunrises and sunsets, and dinner by candlelight were truly unforgettable. Have not stopped talking about it.—Abbey Konowitch
Daily biking distances usually vary from 20 to 30 km (12.4 to 18.6 mi) with some longer afternoon options along the way.
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 beer and wine
- Services of B&R guide(s)
- Support vehicles during bike rides
- Use of a customized bicycle and helmet
- Detailed maps and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
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 the perfect fit for 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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