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.”
The pearl in the Indian ocean
Sri Lanka–or Lanka the Blessed in the local Sinhalese–has been seducing travellers for centuries. It’s easy to get lost in the beauty of the region’s cultural, physical and historical diversity. In this sensuous, once-troubled tropical paradise, we explore vanished empires, tea plantations, Hindu temples, and mist-shrouded highlands. A host of fascinating local experts join us along the way, including a tea expert, a botanist and an ex-pat journalist. We’re the only people of our kind blazing a trail through Sri Lanka, and lucky us: we’re invited for a rare stay at Ceylon Tea Trails.
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Day by Day
Embark on a ride along palm-fringed shores and through the morning markets of coastal Sri Lanka. After lunch, we'll head to the ancient Kingdom Kandy and settle in at the 200-year-old ancestral manor. Enjoy a private performance of traditional Kandyan dance with dinner in the hotel`s tropical gardens.
Follow local footpaths and village roads, passing rice paddies, spice gardens, and ancient temples on today's scenic walk. This afternoon, we'll visit a friend’s ancestral home for lunch and explore the city's Royal Botanical Gardens with a resident botanist.
Rise for an early-morning pilgrimage into town for rituals at the aptly named 'Temple of the Tooth'. This afternoon, experience one of the greatest railway journeys in the world!
Today, we’ll explore the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country! Wind up through the tea estates past colourful Hindu temples. We’ll stop for lunch at a former tree planter's bungalow, followed by a behind-the-scenes look (and taste!) at a local tea processing factory.
Explore Castlereagh Reservoir on foot with mist-shrouded mountains, colonial tea estates and colourful Hindu villages as our backdrop. Stop for a picnic lunch in the plantations before an afternoon at your leisure.
Cycle past lush plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls in Bogawantala, where you'll see some tea pluckers already hard at work. Then, explore the secrets of South Asia’s largest living fort with author and former war journalist, Juliet.
Cruise along the canal to Wakwella where our trusty two-wheeled steeds await. Pedal past tea plantations, sleepy villages and along the shore of Koggala Lake where we'll stop for a beachside lunch. Tonight, your guides will host you for a bit of magic to complete your South Asian adventure in style.
After breakfast today, you can depart back to Colombo at your leisure. Or, even better, see a bit more of paradise by letting us connect you with one of our Private Trip Planners.
The Kandy House, Kandy
Built in 1804, this ancestral manor combines a rich history with 21stC minimalist lines, atypical antiques and quirky strokes of colour around a central courtyard. If you can bear to leave your chaise lounge on the veranda, enticing hammocks beckon around the infinity pool. View hotel website »
Ceylon Tea Trails, Colombo
Perched at an altitude of 1,250 metres in Sri Lanka’s panoramic Ceylon tea region, these restored planters' bungalows feature gorgeous timbered ceilings, paneled libraries and claw-foot bathtubs. Feast on tea-inspired cuisine and rustic views before exploring the surrounding tea estates, ravines and waterfalls. View hotel website »
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. 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
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The daily distances for bike rides range from 35 to 45 km (21 to 28 mi.); some days offer longer /shorter option rides. The terrain is mostly easygoing save a couple of moderate days in the first few days then easygoing for the rest of the trip.
“I am an active person and don’t mind a little sweat. I like to walk or bike once a week at home.”
Rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.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 accommodation
- All breakfasts, all lunches and dinners as indicated
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support vehicle
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Use of a hybrid bicycle, with helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off, including van support, bus and train transfers
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
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. We can create an independent travel experience to fit your needs—and if you desire, arrange for a local guide.
And your mind? Totally and utterly blown.
We craft extraordinary experiences, tailor made to meet
your every need, with every stitch of every day crafted
just the way you want it. Learn more about Bespoke