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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.
- Difficulty Level
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over relatively flat terrain with a few small hills—all very manageable for people trying their first biking trip.
Walking – 6-10 km (4-6 mi.) a day on country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day over terrain that’s relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.
Walking – 8-12 km a day over relatively flat terrain, with occasional steeper climbs.
Biking – 40-50 km (25-30 mi.) a day in gently rolling countryside, with occasional longer climbs to points that are well worth the effort. Layover days accommodate varying preferences.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over rolling terrain on a variety of surfaces. Most days, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints or places of interest.
Biking – Roughly 50 km (30 mi.) a day in consistently rolling countryside, with repeated climbs and longer options available.
Walking – 11-15 km over terrain that varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
Biking – 50-60 km (30-45 mi.) a day over both level and tougher, hillier terrain with multiple 100 km (62 mi.) options. The routes are designed for avid cyclists and include plenty of chances to push yourself.
Walking – 11-15 km (7-10 mi.) a day over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Routes are along high meadow paths and/or well-maintained cliffside or alpine trails, with a few steep ascents to make you feel invigorated.
Glory on either side of the Apennines
With towns like Barolo and Barbaresco—not to mention its famous truffles—it’s easy to understand why Piemonte is a gourmand’s paradise. And, as with most places whose livelihood is so closely tied to the land, the people here are down-to-earth (pardon the pun), and the countryside as beautiful as it is bountiful. Across the mountains to the south lies the majestic Ligurian coast, whose crown jewel is Portofino, seaside home to glitterati and the yachting crowd. Together they provide an ideal combination of earthly goodness and unearthly glamour that in many ways encapsulate Italy.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Marya Valli
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Day by Day
Head into the heart of the Langhe and the village of Montelupo Albese to start on our amazingly quiet ridge walk. Enjoy a cellar tour and taste the fabulous wines over lunch at their trattoria with homemade antipasti and pastas.
Start your walk in the lovely Alta Langa, Piemonte's "wild fringe" of hazelnut groves, forests and fields. En route, meet up with our friend and trifulao (truffle hunter) Beppe and his trusty dog Tina to search for the famous local truffle. After, enjoy a delightful picnic buffet in the hamlet of San Bovo.
Plunge deeper into the heart of the Barolo Langhe today. Stroll the quiet, gentle ridge roads and trails through world-renowned vineyards into Monforte d'Alba, Novello and Barolo. Tonight we savour a gastronomic dinner amid the vines right in our intimate hotel, an evening to write home about. Salute!
Today we head to the sea! Walk among villas to the historic fishing village of Camogli to try their delicious focaccia, then cross the beautiful Monte di Portofino park to our amazing digs. Later, stroll down to Portofino’s picturesque harbour for a bit of history and who’s-who over cocktails before exploring the town’s many dinner options on your own.
Enjoy a boat cruise out of the azure Bay of Dolphins to the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. After a quick visit, traverse back home on pine-shaded trails through Portofino Regional Park. Tonight, celebrate our walking exploration with a farewell aperitivo on the hotel terrace, followed by a candlelit dinner of local specialties.
After breakfast together, we will drop you off either at the train station in Genoa (from which trains leave frequently both north and southbound) or at the Genoa airport. Arrivederci!
Get lost in a gourmand’s paradise.
Arborina Relais, La Morra
Set among sloping vineyards in the heart of the Langhe, this 10 room boutique retreat offers an ideal resting point following a day in the saddle. The intimate spa and contemporary designed green spaces provide a tranquil environment in fitting with its overall atmosphere. Its Osteria and deeply stocked Enoteca is sure to please gastronomes in search of classic Piemontese specialties.
Villa d'Amelia, Benevello
A superb renovation of an 18th century estate situated in the heart of the Langhe region, Villa d’Amelia offers the perfect balance between Piemontese hospitality and modern elegance. The elegant and warm interior décor and the delicate flowered gardens of the villa, design the charming atmosphere of a private home, in which each guest receives personalized assistance.
Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare, Portofino
Formerly a Benedictine monastery, the Hotel Splendido was converted into aluxurious hotel in 1922 and quickly became one of Europe’s hotspots. To this day, it is rated an one of the world’s best hideouts. As splendid as its name suggests, perched above Portofino’s yacht-filled harbour, its saltwater pool, exclusive spa, lovely rooms and terraces overlooking the Mediterranean will make you wish you could stay forever.
Our guides were so helpful and fun to be with! Everything just happened–as if by magic–exactly when it should have, giving one the sense of being extremely well taken care of.— Linda Dipaolo Love
We never wanted to be the biggest travel company in the world, just the best.
— George Butterfield
Our walking is somewhat hilly with a few steep sections, and a few flat ones. For the most part, we stay on the dirt paths that run through the vineyards and forests, but we occasionally take quiet asphalt roads. There are also several sections with steps in Liguria. The daily distances and long options range from 5 to 15 km (3 to 9 mi.) with good van support for when you’re ready to relax back at the hotel.
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
- All breakfasts, three lunches and four dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
- B&R water bottle
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
Walking Sticks & Hip Holsters
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
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