Butterfield & Robinson's New 2008 Active Journeys

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Active travel experts, Butterfield & Robinson, launch brand new trips for 2008 including Indochina Grand Journey, Argentina, Namibia and more.

The active travel experts at Butterfield & Robinson raise the bar for exotic destinations and innovative travel experiences. In 2008, newly launched destinations take on such fresh frontiers as northern Argentina and Namibia. Creative pairings of destinations are evident on the magnificent Indochina Grand Journey, the Black Sea By Sea, and the Bordeaux to Dordogne journey.

Beginning in Myanmar, Indochina Grand Journey is a 16-day active extravaganza that takes in a staggering five countries: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Travel by a Challenger 601 private jet makes movements between destinations seamless, with carefully chosen biking and walking stops to include Inle Lake and Bagan in Myanmar; Chiang Mai in Thailand; Laos' former capital, Luang Prabang; Hue and Hoi An in Vietnam; and Siem Reap, Cambodia, to view the great temples of Angkor. The all-star hotel line-up includes Four Seasons Chiang Mai and the Amansara (Siem Reap).

La Ruta Maya Walking journeys from Chiapas to Palenque, Antigua, illuminating Mayan history and regional culture. The area's lush natural beauty provides exquisite settings for a hike up the side of a volcano and a jungle walk to hidden waterfalls. Other trip highlights include a sunset visit to the temples of Tikal and a helicopter journey into the Guatemalan highlands.

On Namibia Biking, travellers take small planes to link up the country's best. Beginning at Plain's Camp in Etosha National Park, travellers explore salt pans and take game drives on the private nature reserve. Heading southwest to Damaraland, cyclists pedal past vibrant coloured hills, 6,000-year-old rock-art, and the odd giraffe or desert elephant. Next up is Kaokoland, in the northwest of the country, home of the local Himba tribes. After riding along the deserted Skeleton Coast, travellers can enjoy a seaside lunch at Cape Cross and visit 80,000+ seals at a nearby reserve. A flight delivers riders to the German colonial town of Swakopmund and the Hansa Hotel; here, a private boat ride from Walvis Bay allows for dolphin spotting and a beach side picnic lunch. A final two nights in the Namib-Naukluft Park reveal the 325-metre-high sand dunes of Sossusvlei. Namibia Biking can also be combined with B&R's bike trip around South Africa's Cape vineyards.

And on Argentina Walking, travellers enjoy estancia living and the dramatic topography of the country's wild northwest. With stops in Cafayate, Colomé, Cachi and Salta, travellers get to experience both indigenous culture and colonial architecture, and enjoy hikes through red rock canyons and isolated desert landscapes - with the unique opportunity to soak in vats of the local elixir at Patios de Cafayate's vinotherapy spa. Finally, a drop-off in Buenos Aires positions travellers to explore the chic capital and tango until the torrentes runs out.

Our new-for-2008 By Sea experiences include trips along the Turquoise Coast, the Black Sea, and Crete & the Peloponnese. Turquoise Coast By Sea starts in Bodrum and finishes in Gocek, with seven nights aboard a traditional (and extremely luxurious) gulet. Black Sea By Sea begins in Istanbul and finishes with two days on the Crimean Peninsula. Crete & the Peloponnese By Sea is our new Greece itinerary for 2008, with two departures planned for the early fall 2008.

In Europe, the isle of Corsica has long been a European playground - albeit a fiercely independent and culturally unique one. On this new seven-day Corsica Walking itinerary, B&R walkers discover its rustic side on ancient cobblestone streets and seaside paths. Beginning with two days in Calvi, travellers wander from village to village along medieval trails, visit the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, and dine on freshly caught seafood. Finally, it's on to Porto Vecchio for three nights by the sea at the Casadelmar. Highlights include a visit to the impenetrable Citadel with a local guide, a tasting of Corsican wines, and an unforgettable coastal cruise past the white cliffs of Bonifacio.

On Bordeaux to Dordogne Valley Biking, travellers pedal through vineyards and medieval towns in the storied Médoc region. Crossing the Gironde River, bikers ride to St-Emilion - with plenty of regional wine tasting en route - and arrive at their hotel set amongst the vineyards just outside town. Finally, it's on to the pastoral Dordogne Valley for rides past the châteaux of the Hundred Years' War and visits to Domme, Sarlat and St-Cyprien. Accommodations include Château Cordeillan-Bages in Pauillac, a 17thC Carthusian monastery-cum-Relais & Châteaux hotel boasting its own vines and two-star Michelin restaurant.

All Butterfield & Robinson trips are available on published dates and as private Bespoke trips. The 2008 Trip Collection catalogue featuring the entire line-up of 2008 B&R journeys will be available September 2007. Dates and prices will be available at http://www.butterfield.com.

Butterfield & Robinson offers more than 90 innovative itineraries in 60 destinations worldwide. Our motto since 1966 remains, Slow down to see the world. Imaginative trip design, exquisite service and a tireless pursuit of the world's most fascinating places continue to make B&R a leader in active travel.


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