The high-end slow travel company, Butterfield & Robinson, has launched a new collection of trips for 2020, including a wellness portfolio for its luxury expeditions, active itineraries for families with older children and explorations in the less-explored Balkans.
New wellness trips: Wellness, Walking & Wine
Wellness has been a core part of B&R’s signature slow travel trips, but in 2020 the company is stepping up its wellness portfolio. Each trip has been paired with exceptional spa properties, meditation and yoga classes (outdoors, whenever possible), healthy eating, challenging physical activities including multi-day treks and daily hikes, as well as authentic encounters with the local culture.
Some of the options available include:
Ischia to Capri Walking & Wellness: This six-day voyage across the Phlegraean Islands in the Gulf of Naples includes mountain walks through thousand-year-old vineyards, morning yoga sessions overlooking the sea and boat trips to both the rustic Procida Island and the island paradise of Capri.
Himalayas Hiking & Wellness: A 12-day spiritual journey offering a glimpse into the Ladakhi people’s traditional way of life, including a visit to a 900-year old monastery and a three-day trek through the Himalayas, staying in domed tents under the stars.
Bhutan Hiking & Wellness: A 12-day journey including a stunning four-day, high-altitude trek through the remote corners of Bhutan, learning about the particulars of Bhutanese culture, Buddhist practices and their local philosophy on national happiness along the way.
Adventures for older families
Butterfield & Robinson has launched 10 new trips for parents to reconnect with their older children by offering a collection of itineraries designed for families with kids in their older teens and twenties.
Scheduled during holidays, the new trips are the perfect opportunity to celebrate family milestones, whether it’s a graduation, a first job or a big birthday. With activities ranging from hiking the lush meadows of the Dolomites, to bike riding through the hills of Tuscany, there is something fit for every member of the family.
Some of the planned itineraries include:
Costa Brava Biking: A six-day biking voyage through the medieval villages and stunning landscapes of the Pyrenees, finishing with a private boat trip up the Costa Brava coast.
Switzerland E-Biking: A six-day biking journey through Switzerland’s gorgeous alpine region, riding along rivers and through quaint villages, including a steamboat cruise and a gondola ride to the top of a glacier.
Tuscany Biking: A six-day biking journey through the hills of the wine mecca of Italy, with highlights such as dining under the stars, drinking prosecco in beautiful courtyards and staying at quintessential wineries.
Expeditions in the Balkans:
New itineraries in the Balkan countries take guests from the foothills of Mount Olympus in Northern Greece to the vineyard-clad peaks of Slovenia. The trips vary from travelling by boat, bike or by foot and bring guests into contact with resplendent landscapes and engaged locals who take great pride in their homeland.
Exciting new trips include:
Bulgaria Biking: An eight-day biking trip exploring the crossroad of cultures – a fusion of Eastern Orthodox tradition, Byzantine art, Ottoman architecture and ever-present Pagan practices.
Northern Greece Walking: A seven-day exploration of the relatively undiscovered northern Greece including exceptional gastronomic opportunities, mountain hikes and visits to ancient sites including the UNESCO World Heritage Vergina and its tombs.
Turkey Adventure: A nine-day journey exploring the wonders of Turkey including a hot air balloon excursion over Cappadocia, a visit to the enchanting Kaymakli Underground City, a regional cooking class and a snorkelling trip in the crystal waters of Bodrum.