Guided walking and biking tours in Italy, France, Greece, Croatia, Turkey and Spain
Owner - Director: Brett Naisby is originally from Ottawa, Canada. He studied in both Canada and France, and in 1990 graduated from McGill University with a Master's Degree in International Studies. That summer he started guiding luxury biking and walking tours in France for “Butterfield & Robinson” but returned to Canada in 1991 to pursue a career with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs.
In 1994 he made a momentous decision to leave his nascent career in diplomacy to return to Europe for B&R on a full-time basis. Instead of France, he landed in Tuscany and immediately fell in love with its charms. He has made the Chianti wine-growing region of Tuscany his summertime base ever since.
He established Customwalks in 1996 and slowly but surely grew the business. In 1997 her ran his first tour in Tuscany for REI Adventures, which lead to a 23 year collaboration in which Customwalks provided hiking and biking tours to REI in France and Italy until REI Adventures stopped doing tours outside of the USA in 2021. Speranza Travel Ltd., has run hundreds of tours for thousands of people in dozens of locations throughout Italy, France, Spain, Croatia, Turkey, Algeria, Greece, Slovenia, the Republic of Georgia and New Zealand. In total, there are four jewels in the company crown, Customwalks, Mondo Bike Tours, Scooterbella Vespa Tours, and now, Hike NZ. A subsidiary, Customwalks Italia Srl., was established in 2018 to facilitate operations in Europe. Custowmalks Italia is a bonded licensed tour operator in the European Union.
Brett oversees all aspects of Customwalks in a very hands-on way. He continues to research and develop new tours as well as guide several tours a year. In 2022 he oversaw Customwalks return to form after two difficult years during the pandemic.
He is the first to admit that he's not a businessman at heart (we're hardly a marketing juggernaut!) but rather a bon vivant and traveller who has been lucky to apply his interests and passions to create a thriving little company. He is ably helped by the wonderful people you see on the "Our Guides" page. Brett divides his time between the Customwalks offices in New Zealand and Tuscany where he oversees the European summer season.
Brett Naisby Owner-Director, Speranza Travel Ltd.
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