Meet Austin Travel Advisor – Bruce Butler
After over thirty years as a management consultant and technology executive, Bruce has shifted gears to follow his passion for travel, especially cycling and hiking, along with river cruises in western Europe. He has traveled extensively, having visited France on over twenty occasions and spent more than a year in Europe in total. He has cycled and hiked at least once every year for more than 15 years in France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria & the U.K., many times with family as well as with new-found friends.
Bruce’s cycling travel has ranged from leisurely cruising on hybrids down quiet French country lanes to climbing passes on road bikes in cycling-crazy Colombia to VIP spectating at major European cycling events. Cycling in Europe is often more enjoyable than in North America, from the attitudes of its drivers to its extensive cycling infrastructure. Whether you wish to ride at a relaxed pace for a few hours or to challenge yourself to climbing and descending mountains, on an organized tour or by yourself, Bruce is your advisor.
As with cycling, European hiking options are more varied and with excellent transportation, such as rail and mountain lifts, you can travel easily to spectacular vistas and hike point to point. For those interested in spectating major cycling events, Bruce can arrange your travel needs, including obtaining top-quality bikes and VIP passes to mountain-top and other stage finishes.
Of course, there’s more to life than cycling or hiking. As someone who enjoys fine food and wine, and is an amateur of architecture and art, Bruce can advise on a variety of rewarding itineraries in western Europe plus Colombia & elsewhere in Latin America. In addition, he has vast knowledge of his native Canada, particularly the western provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Coupled with his knowledge and experience is an attention to detail which provides peace of mind for each client.
Western Europe esp. France, Switzerland, Spain & northern Italy; Colombia; and Western Canada esp. BC & Alberta.
AmaWaterways, Relais & Chateaux, Les Collectionneurs, Sofitel (Accor), Backroads, Bike Spain, Butterfield & Robinson, Duvine, Exodus, Trek Travel
I can’t give you just one! I would pick Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Canada, Hotel Bären in Wengen, Switzerland and Domaine de Manville near Les Baux, France. Also Design Hotel Tyrol in Rabla, near Merano (Alto Adige/Sudtirol, Italy). As for ships, I have enjoyed the river cruise ships of AmaWaterways.