Butterfield & Robinson is adding three new walking trips for 2018 and revealing data that supports B&R’s growth in walking departures since 2010. Introducing Basque Country Walking, Holland Walking and Cotswolds Self-Guided Walking, B&R’s newest itineraries on foot allow travellers to slow down while immersing themselves in celebrated regions with culinary experiences and majestic surroundings.
“Appealing to our travellers’ senses, the sights of Holland, delicious delights of Basque Country, and character of the Cotswolds are major highlights of these itineraries,” says Caitlin Ryan, sales manager, Butterfield & Robinson. “Our newest trips expand an already robust walking portfolio and speak to the growth we’ve seen in the category as a whole.”
B&R reports a 20% average increase in yearly walking departures, while the total number of walking trips in 2016 marked a 188% increase from 2010. Earlier this year, B&R also announced the addition of India Walking for next year, a seven-day return to the rural lands of the Rajasthan region.
B&R’s newly announced walking trips include:
Basque Country Walking
A rewarding week of hiking takes travellers from mountains to ocean with indulgent stops along the way. Beginning deep in the heart of French Basque Country, hikers reach altitudes over 215m in the Pyrenean summits and surrounding mountain villages, enjoy exquisite dining before reaching Spain and settling in San Sebastian, home to the most Michelin star-rated restaurants per capita.
The six-day/five-night Basque Country Walking trip runs in May, June, August and October 2018 from US$5995 with single supplements starting at $900.
A colourful cultural experience begins with a tulip farm tour and traditional lunch in a private tower before wandering among windmills. Travellers will retreat to outside of The Hague to explore the Wassenaar woodland before a trip to Leiden (the birthplace of Rembrandt) and take part in cheese and seafood tutorials.
The six-day/five-night Holland Walking trip runs in April and September 2018 from US$4995 with single supplements starting at $700.
Cotswolds Self-Guided Walking
This walker’s paradise is the perfect trip to experience meadows, woodland and stately gardens along five Cotswolds counties. Ripe with local produce, cheese, meats and ales, this trip is for explorers who seek superb accommodations, top restaurants and are happy to go at their own pace on a self-guided adventure.
The six-day/five-night Cotswolds Self-Guided Walking trip runs in July, August, October and December 2018 from US$3295.