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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.”
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 tea country. Our ride ends at the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, where we enjoy an al fresco picnic lunch followed by time at leisure in Kandy.
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!
We head back to Colombo, stopping at Lunuganga, Geoffrey Bawa’s second home and weekend retreat. From Lunuganga, we make our way to Colombo airport for your departure flight.
Ulagalla Resort, Tirappane
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. Twenty-five detached chalets with private plunge pools are scattered on 58 acres of Sri Lanka's finest land. With its own solar farm generating half of its own energy requirements Ulagalla is truly a unique boutique hotel. View hotel website »
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, secret gardens and exclusive private plunge pools. View hotel website »
Kings Pavillion, 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. View hotel website »
Fort Bazaar, Galle Fort
This former merchant’s home turned boutique hotel sees fresh, contemporary interiors that invoke a Middle Eastern vibe. Set within a UNESCO-listed 17thC fort, Fort Bazaar promises serenity, high-end service and modern gourmet dining, and offers a welcome retreat from the bustling cobblestoned streets of Galle Fort. Enjoy the indulgent Z Spa where peace reigns supreme and luxurious and revitalizing treatments await. View hotel website »
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) and walks are 8 to 10 km (4.9 to 6.2 mi) with some longer afternoon options along the way.
“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.
- All hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated with beer and wine
- Services of B&R national 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 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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