Q: What is a CountryBred Encounter?
A: Every CountryBred Encounter is a rich cultural travel experience, whether you’re a couple or a small organization. We don’t believe in racing you around on a non-stop dash without stopping to enjoy the view and some extraordinary experiences along the way. When you select one of our customized Encounter trips, you select your own travel dates, trip length and travel style while we tailor your itinerary around your personal travel passions. Our customized Encounter trips include private transportation with a driver, either by car, van or minibus depending on the number of travelers in your party. Guided days, cultural activities and exceptional dining experiences will be designed exclusively for you and your chosen few.
Q: How do I book a trip with CountryBred?
A: You can submit an online inquiry form, give us a call or send us an email.
Q: Who are the typical CountryBred travelers?
A: CountryBred travelers are global citizens typically over 15 years of age who value unique cultural experiences. Typically, our travelers are a little more seasoned than the average tourist but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our share of first time travelers to Europe. What is most important to keep in mind is that the CountryBred traveler is someone who feels at home getting “ingrained” into the local culture, food and traditions of the places they visit. As long as you share that same philosophy, we’re here to give you the trip of a lifetime. We only provide personalized, handcrafted experiences for our travelers. Our travelers are those who enjoy a private experience that has been crafted uniquely around their desired dates, interests, amount of guided time versus free time and their particular travel style.
Q: Who are the CountryBred regional ambassadors?
A: Our local guides are passionate, licensed professionals with an average of 10 years experience. Each of them are born and raised in the regions they guide and most are experts in a range of disciplines including Art History, Archaeology, Gastronomy, Wine, Linguistics and Music. Our guides will never treat you like a tourist because you are part of the CountryBred family. They work hard to share authentic and culturally rich experiences with you, that not only represent their individual region, but follow the CountryBred philosophy that authentic is premium.
Q: What does a custom CountryBred Encounter “beginning at” price mean?
A: The custom CountryBred Encounter “beginning” price is a starting point for the Enriched Booking process. We have put together a series of inspired itineraries featuring recommended trip lengths and signature activities to help get you started. During the Enriched Booking process, we will work with you to understand your personal interests and travel motivations. As part of the process, we will then craft an itinerary that is uniquely yours while recommending signature CountryBred activities and excursions that we believe further capture the spirit of the region(s) you’ve selected. The price of your finalized custom CountryBred Encounter will depend upon your departure dates, trip length, party size, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time selected, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. Your finalized CountryBred Encounter will not be confirmed until you approve the final itinerary and your closing payment has been received.
Q: Can the price of a CountryBred Encounter change?
A: The price of a CountryBred Encounter trip is based on current foreign exchange rates and tariffs. CountryBred strives to maintain the published price of a given trip but in the unlikely circumstance that the final trip price would be subject to change, travelers will be advised of potentially increased costs in advance of departure.
Q: Can I experience a CountryBred Encounter as a solo traveler?
A: There is no problem should you decide to experience a CountryBred Encounter on your own. In fact, we applaud our travelers that have the chutzpa to traverse the globe solo! All starting prices for CountryBred Encounters are based on double occupancy. Itineraries specially designed for solo travelers may vary in price depending on hotel room preference, trip duration, travel dates, cities, activities and excursions selected. Please call or email us if you have any questions regarding our solo traveler custom trips.
Q: What services are included in the price of a CountryBred Encounter?
A: Every Encounter is crafted to be a holistic travel experience including:
Q: What services are not included in the price of a CountryBred Encounter?
A: CountryBred Encounters do not include:
Q: What kind of hotels are included in a CountryBred Encounter?
A: Every accommodation that you will experience on a CountryBred Encounter has been personally experienced by us and meets our rigorous criteria of premium comfort, attentive staff, boutique size and regional identity. We strongly believe that where you stay is as important as what you do during your CountryBred Encounter. If one of the hotels in our CountryBred portfolio is unexpectedly made unavailable, we will recommend an alternative accommodation that meets our rigorous criteria. We will never reserve an alternate accommodation without first showing you what we have in mind and receiving your approval.
Q: What is “Enriched Booking” for custom trips?
A: Enriched Booking is the process by which we craft your very own custom CountryBred Encounter. It begins with you sharing your travel inspirations with us either via our online “Inquiry” form or by phone or email. Once we hear from you, we will explore your interests, potential destinations, and travel preferences while running a few trip ideas by you. If you are ready to proceed in having us craft your custom trip itinerary we will ask you to submit a completed Traveler Agreement Form, the required deposit per traveler, and a completed Enriched Booking Form. When your itinerary is ready (typically 4-6 weeks after booking) we will send it to you for approval. If there is something you would like to add or change, just let us know and we will continue to work on it until we get it just right!
Q: What travel information will I receive from CountryBred when I complete my booking?
A: After the closing payment for your CountryBred Encounter is received, we will send you a Traveler Welcome Package. Your welcome package will include a custom CountryBred Culture Guide, which includes your final, detailed itinerary, important trip and contact information, weather information, our regional insights, recommendations for eating locally and ideas for exploring authentically. Your welcome package will also contain supplemental information, such as maps and other pertinent documents, as related to your custom Encounter.