Butterfield & Robinson vs Lindblad Expeditions - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 4.9
Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 4.8
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
Recent Reviews

Enjoy the adventure as well as the learning

0.0 June 2018
J
Recommends
I'd love to join a group going to Antarctica and enjoy the adventure as well as the learning that goes on during these trips. Lindblad Tours are one of the premier travel companies in the world. Live, laugh, learn, love and thrive!
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Tour Lindblad Expeditions Company Reviews

Absolute trip

0.0 May 2018
P
Recommends
Just returned from a National Geographic/Linblad trip to the Galápagos. Absolute trip of a lifetime that is in no small part thanks to the amazing crew and staff of the National Geographic Endeavor II. I will definitely be recommending this first-rate organization to everyone.
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Tour Lindblad Expeditions Company Reviews

That was the best vacation of my life.

0.0 December 2017
P
Recommends
That was the best vacation of my life. Aboard the Orion to Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, with the extension to Easter Island.
Also, thank you for using straws made out of corn. Helping to save our oceans.
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Tour Lindblad Expeditions Company Reviews

Tours 26 Trips 86 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 0 $ 827
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Styles
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
Service Level Luxury Luxury
Regions
  • North America
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Cycling
  • Adventure
  • Luxury
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Adventure
  • Luxury
  • Sailing
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada New York, NY, United States
Year Established 1966 1979
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages English N/A
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    About Butterfield & Robinson

    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.

    About Lindblad Expeditions

    Lindblad Expeditions is an expedition cruise specialist with almost 50 years experience. The company was founded by Antarctic explorer, Lars-Eric Lindblad in 1969, who pioneered leisure travel expedition cruises to places like Antarctica and the Galapagos.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Lindblad is one of the most well-known adventure travel brands in the world, with a rich history of exploring the far corners of the earth. All of their trips have an element of education, such as lectures from naturalists and photographers. In fact, Lindblad has long partnered with National Geographic to provide this enriching, educational aspect to their tours. Although you are on board with a large group, sometimes 100+ people, this is not your typical group tour. Travelers have flexibility and can choose their daily activities based on personal interest. In places like Antarctica, smaller groups form to make landings via a zodiac boat.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Lindblad attracts a curious, well-educated traveler - someone who wants to truly immerse themselves in nature and their surroundings, versus a more passive traveler. Lindblad travelers have diverse backgrounds such as professional photographers, artists, teachers, and scientists. You can expect your expedition group to be of all ages, although many passengers are 40+.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Lindblad offers a wide range of tours to classic expedition cruise destinations like the Galapagos, Alaska, and Antarctica as well as non-traditional places like Costa Rica, Panama, and the British Isles. Their fleet of ships numbers 10 in total.

    Why Travel With Them?

    If you’ve always wanted to explore distant places like Antarctica or tough-to-reach lands like the Galapagos, then Lindblad could be your best bet. They have many years experience fine tuning their hands-on, but comfortable, expeditions to provide a fun, educational experience. This certainly isn’t your classic cruise experience.

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