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Butterfield & Robinson

4.9 | Excellent
  • 97% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1966
Headquarters
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Trips
  • 248

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Butterfield & Robinson Reviews & Ratings 97% Recommend

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What a special way to explore and experience Tuscany. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wow! My fiancée and I just got back from a tuscany self guided trip and we can’t stop talking about how amazing it was. What a special way to explore and experience Tuscany. The bike routes were perfectly planned out and easy to follow with the help of the tablet. The e-bike I had was top of the line. The hotels (especially La Bandita) we’re exceptional. And Carlos was simply the best! We have both traveled together a lot and had some amazing experiences, but this was easily our best trip together ever! Can’t wait for our next Self-Guided adventure!
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Our smiling Kiwi guide, Rossco, took care of everything for us and then some! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just returned from a fantastic New Zealand Family Biking trip! The South Island of New Zealand is spectacularly beautiful and what better way to see it than by bicycle (and foot, boat, plane, heli). Our smiling Kiwi guide, Rossco, took care of everything for us and then some!
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If you want to see Bhutan, there is no better way then B&R. November 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
If you want to see Bhutan, there is no better way then B&R. It was top notch, from the guides, hotels, sights, food, hikes. I took my wife for her 50th Bday, she could not have been more pleased. Thanks B&R for a once in a lifetime experience.
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I really liked that the trip was as much about exploring the country as it was about the biking. November 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our trip to Portugal with Butterfield and Robinson was truly magical. The guides could not have done more to make sure we enjoyed the trip. The accommodations were lovely, the biking spectacular and the events were well planned and truly gave a glimpse of Portuguese life. I really liked that the trip was as much about exploring the country as it was about the biking. I will definitely return for another B&R trip. Thank you!
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Our expectations were far surpassed. October 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from our first B&R trip, a walking tour to Machu Picchu. Our guides, Stephanie and Peter were outstanding. Each day we were surprised with amazing experiences, 5 star accommodations and exceptional food. Our expectations were far surpassed. It is hard to put into words the moment we entered the Sun Gate and first looked down on Machu Picchu. I will only say you will never forget that moment. Thank you, thank you B&R!!!
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The trip was planned and orchestrated seamlessly October 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from a private family hiking trip to explore Machu Picchu and the surrounding areas. The trip was planned and orchestrated seamlessly - everything was first class+++ Hats off to Veronica for planning, and our guide Peter for his exceptional knowledge, care and enthusiasm!!
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Tour Butterfield & Robinson Company Reviews

Stride Review

Born in 1966, Butterfield and Robinson specializes in higher end guided and self-guided biking and walking tours to many of the world’s top destinations.

What Makes Butterfield & Robinson Stand Out?

Butterfield & Robinson bike tours

The seamless combination of luxury minded travel and the active travel style of cycling are what have consistently made Butterfield a household name among affluent 50+ travelers.

You can choose your own activity level, whether it’s a ramble through the Burgundy countryside in France or a more strenuous hike along the Inca Trail in Peru. On cycling trips, bikes are customized to fit the riders, and they have a high staff and support vehicle ratio per guest -- making them a top choice for travelers seeking a high-service biking adventure.

They offer several tours around the world, small group is their primary offering, though private guided and customizable itineraries are also available.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Butterfield & Robinson?

They offer trips for all ages, but are definitely most popular among older active travelers with a taste for the finer things.

If a leisurely 25 mile bike ride through European vineyards, stopping for picnics, going at your own pace, and meeting up with your small group for a nice rustic dinner with a well deserved beer or glass of wine at the end of the day sounds like your perfect vacation, then Butterfield & Robinson is for you.

Activity levels vary with the terrain and there are several different activity categories that B&R offers for you to choose from. They’re open to people of all ages -- kids under 18 are eligible to go on special family trips -- and athletic abilities.

Ebikes make it easier for even the most basic physical fitness level to travel farther and in more comfort. Of course it’s not a complete ride with no effort - you must pedal, but it is possible to travel on a cycling trip with Butterfield & Robinson without feeling like you’ve entered the Tour de France.

Trips with Butterfield & Robinson are not budget by any means, though a range of price options are available in the mid to upper budget category.

Top Destinations

Over the years, they’ve expanded to more than 100 biking and walking trips around the world, including Bhutan, the Baltics, Jordan and Colombia as well as favorites like Spain, France, and Italy. Wherever you are, you can expect to be showered with refreshments, route maps, and suggestions for interesting places to stop and explore.

Butterfield & Robinson Travel Style

Most tours with Butterfield & Robinson are easy to moderately paced. Cycling is the primary means of transportation from point a to point b on most trips, with a generous helping of stops to enjoy unique cultural experiences or explore a historical site.

Guided bike trips average about 25-30 miles a day (longer for expert level), while walkers average six to ten miles a day. Group sizes are kept small, to allow for travel along all kind of roads, and create the opportunity for a lot of space between riders, allowing you to find your own pace. On most trips you’ll be joined by more than one guide, allowing for very personalized and dedicated attention throughout your cycling experience.

Small group sizes also help Butterfield be able to arrange unique accommodations. On a B&R trip, it’s not unusual to find yourself in a renovated castle, chateau or other signature lodging.

They are known for cycling, however Butterfield also offers Walking Tours, Family Trips, Boat Trips & Cruises, Safaris, Food & Wine centric tours, and Corporate Holidays.

Why Choose a Tour With Butterfield & Robinson?

Even for avid hikers and cyclists who choose the more expert options, B&R sees to it that all you’ll have to cope with is that next hill. You never have to carry your own luggage or purchases that you might make along the way -- the support van, which you’re likely to encounter several times a day on your route -- takes care of that.

You also have plenty of flexibility in pacing your walk or ride; group members don’t have to stay together -- you can stop at cafes or museums along the way as you see fit. You can even take the afternoon off if you wish.

In short, Butterfield is the pinnacle when it comes to well planned, fun, expertly guided, cycling tours with a luxury travel touch.

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From Butterfield & Robinson

It's been almost 50 years since we made a conscious decision, on the back of a cocktail napkin, to encourage people to "slow down to see the world." Ever since, Butterfield & Robinson has been leading trips that amble where others stride, linger where others inhale, bike where others motor and sip where others quaff. In the words of Gypsy Rose Lee, a woman who, if nothing else, knew the value of doing things very, very slowly: "Anything worth doing well is worth doing slowly."

There’s so much more to B&R than the high thread count of your sheets. Our kind of luxury takes you to a place you never knew existed. It’s a feeling of freedom. A feeling of exuberance. A feeling like you don’t need a watch or a wallet and you haven’t a care in the world. Wherever we travel, we delve deep into the heart of the local culture, your meals are some of the best in your life, and your sleeps every bit as delicious. But this merely sets the stage for the magical, ineffable part of B&R—the moments of discovery—and self-discovery—that you’ll never, ever forget.

The B&R difference is the best biking and walking routes in the world’s most incredible places. It’s the most capable and genuinely friendly guides you’ll find anywhere. It’s the most interesting hotels the region has to offer. It’s amazing culinary experiences. It’s state-of-the-art equipment, great wines at dinner, a water bottle that’s always filled, route suggestions you won’t find in any guidebook, et cetera! Are you starting to get the picture?

Our Expertise

Incomparable Service

From the first phone call to the final nostalgic photo swap, we pride ourselves on anticipating and answering each and every question you might have before, during and after your trip – plus a hundred more we thought you might like to know. That way, the only surprises on your trip are good ones.

50 Years of Experience

BB&R’s been slowing down to see the world since 1966, and while a steady diet of good food, great wine and miles of biking and walking has kept us feeling sprightly, we can’t deny the truth: we’re about to turn 50. Fortunately, “mid-life crisis” isn’t in our vocabulary—in fact, we’re actually pretty excited about it. 

Amazing Routes

We meticulously map out easy-to-follow route notes for our trips. By no means do you have to follow them, but if you do, we promise nothing short of spectacular (think quiet country lanes, glorious vistas and, often, being the only ones in sight). Our guides always have additional scenic routes up their sleeves, too. Up for more of a challenge? Ask and you shall receive.

Impeccable Guides

B&R guides are an exceptional group: consummate hosts, mind readers and raconteurs, among many other things. Think teachers, painters, travel writers, architects, botanists and biologists. The only documents thicker than their CVs are their passports. They’ve lived all over the world. They speak a gazillion languages. And they’re ridiculously fun.

Expert Trip Designers

Our talented team of Trip Designers are the best in the world at what they do—and what they do is turn fantasies into reality. (We thought about changing their title to “Dream Weavers,” but we didn’t want to re-print all those business cards.)

Exceptional Hotels

Winning hotels are a hallmark of B&R; we go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region. Often that means they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. Best of all? We’re friends with our hoteliers, which means preferential treatment for you.

Awards:

natgeo  Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2014  T + L Smitty Awards Pure Awards | Winner 2014  Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist

Trips & Specials

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8 days
Group Tour
Luxury - 5 star
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From: $ 6,285

Highlights

  • Explore the Hanoi city by cycling
  • Cruise up the Perfume River to the tomb of Minh Mang
  • Visit the Citadel and the Forbidden City
  • Fly to Nha Trang and cross the Cai River, past temples, on our way back to the stunning coast
  • Take a private speedboat along the Saigon River and explore the Cu Chi Tunnels
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8 days
Small Group Tour
Luxury - 5 star
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From: $ 7,995

Highlights

  • Explore Germany’s Black Forest
  • Explore the lush valley of the Neckar River
  • Ride around the Kaiserstuhl
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8 days
River Cruise
Luxury - 5 star
Physical :
From: $ 7,995

Highlights

  • Experience ride through farmland crossing the vast Plaine de la Crau.
  • Bike the agricultural valley roads that lay below the Alpilles, Provence's iconic mini-Alps, until you descend into St-Rémy
  • Discover Lyon, the third-largest city in France
  • Ride through many authentic villages and famous wine appellations
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8 days
Small Group Tour
Luxury - 5 star
Physical :
From: $ 9,495

Highlights

  • Visit the Asaichi
  • Drive through the awakening streets of Nanao to the island of Noto
  • Ride back in time through sleepy fishing villages and past lush forests
  • Explore the beautiful gardens of Kanazawa
  • Experience fabulous Bike ride through the winding mountains before exploring an amazing Buddhist temple.
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