Cari Gray traveled the world initially as her parents’ excess baggage on overseas work assignments, and later as an insatiable explorer in her own right. After becoming a lawyer, her passion for travel trumped legalese.
For the next 15 years, Cari worked for the luxury biking and walking company, Butterfield & Robinson. In 2009, spotting a new niche in the industry, Cari founded Gray & Co. The company crafts the most upscale private active journeys for discerning travelers, most of whom travel by private jet. As the woman who always knows where to go next, Cari’s words and views have been captured in many high-end media outlets. She’s once again a 2021 Condé Nast Traveler Expert, a Robb Report Best of the Best Expert, and is a founding member of the AFAR Media Travel Advisory Council.
Gray & Co. supports sustainable and responsible travel practices and is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and the Family Travel Association.
Julia developed a deep understanding of hospitality while working at her family’s inn and spa in Canada’s 1000 Islands as she was growing up. After graduating from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Julia honed her myriad skills and talents in Los Angeles and Vancouver, working in film and television, event production and interior design. In 2010, Julia became employee number one at Gray & Co.’s headquarters in Toronto. In those earliest of days, she wore many hats, and she wore them all well — so much so that her purview continues to include planning, research and development, finance, operations, social media, human resources, partnerships and every other aspects of the business that keeps Team Gray & Co.’s wheels in motion. Her attention to detail, eye for design and love of both spreadsheets and fresh hotel sheets make her simply invaluable. Some of Julia’s favorite Gray & Co. destinations are Chile’s Atacama Desert, Uruguay, Ireland, the Spanish island of Mallorca and Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
Canadian-born Carolyn’s passion for travel was ignited by a year of travel and volunteer work in Southeast Asia and Africa. After completing her masters in Business and Italian at University of Edinburgh, she worked in London for a cutting-edge software company before joining Gray & Co. in 2013. Carolyn enjoys scuba diving, triathlon, golf, cycling and hiking. In addition to examining the pavement and absorbing the marvels of nearly 20 countries, Carolyn has guided trips in such active destinations as California, France, Utah, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Mallorca. This year Carolyn was proudly named a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist.
Annie spent her early years growing up with five siblings and traveling the world competing in ski events. She later attended the University of Dalhousie before launching a career in film and television production. Her innate passion for active travel, coupled with her multi-lingual prowess, has led her to explore more than 40 countries. This year Annie was proudly named a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist. A true wanderer at heart—and unofficial “kid whisperer”—Annie is right at home planning, producing, and guiding Gray & Co. trips for all ages.
Born in Buenos Aires, Paola began her career in Ushuaia, Patagonia. For over a decade, she expertly guided and planned trips for Butterfield & Robinson. Paola has executed Gray & Co. trips in South Africa, Australia, Chile, Uruguay, Italy, Spain, Argentina, the United States, and beyond. She has amazing passion for people, biking, yoga and design.
Silvia’s passions include travel and sports. As a mind coach and trainer, she helps elite athletes reach their performance goals. As an active travel guide, she leads trips all over the world, including her beloved home country, Italy. When not coaching or guiding, Silvia can be found kite surfing or training for a triathlon. She’s recently guided Gray & Co. trips in Sicily, Puglia, Provence, The Veneto, Mallorca, Texas, Northern Argentina, and the Atacama Desert, Chile.
Stephanie has guided and biked around such Gray & Co.’s hot spots as France, Morocco, South Africa, California, Mallorca, Northern Argentina, and the Atacama Desert, Chile. She is now based out of Montreal where her company Ma Bicyclette offers the best day trips around Montreal and along the St. Lawrence River.
A native of Cape Town, Jacqui achieved a doctorate in molecular biology and dipped her toes into big pharma before following her passion for tourism. Her sharp intellect and omnipresent curiosity mean that she’s as up to date on global politics as she is on local African creatures and environments. She’s also a superb athlete – on two-feet as well a two-wheels. Jacqui has been on the Gray & Co. team since the company’s debut trip – in South Africa of course!
Andrew’s work with Gray & Co. began when he was the senior travel editor at Departures magazine and covered Cari’s launch of the company. His travels with Gray & Co. include Southern Italy’s Puglia, Mallorca’s Palma and South Africa’s Cape Winelands. A true believer and consummate fan, today, he ensures that all company communications are fun to read, correct, informative, enticing and consistent with the brand. When not wielding his pen (or, more often, laptop keyboard) for Gray & Co., he’s got his finger on the luxe pulse, writing stories for such publications as AFAR, Architectural Digest, Conde Nast Traveler, Robb Report and Travel + Leisure. Longtime New Yorkers and inveterate travelers, he and his husband — dads to an active, adventurous toddler — now split their days between Boston and Provincetown, on Cape Cod.
Hannah recently completed her undergraduate degree in Concurrent Education at Queen’s University. Her early exposure to travel, the outdoors, and athletics, combined with an insatiable appetite for history and culture has ignited her love of globetrotting. Her passion to see the world has taken her to over eleven countries including Portugal, Greece, Brazil, and Italy, to name a few. Hannah has spent several summers working at Gray & Co.’s HQ and she continues to assist with special projects.
Argentina-born Patricio Daly has been passionate about mountain climbing since he was 9 years old. At the age of 20, he achieved Aconcagua peak (6969 mts) and has since dedicated himself to guiding clients in the South American Andes. He is a Mountain Bike Guide from Lanin National Park, WFR certified and an Archery National Instructor. He has guided trekking and climbing expeditions in Patagonia and Mendoza as well biking and kayaking trips in the Argentine and Chilean Andes. He has also climbed the Domuyo Volcano (4250mts), guided clients to the peak of Argentina’s Lanin volcano (3776 mts) led groups in San Martin de los Andes Patagonia, where he currently lives. Patricio’s recent Gray & Co. adventures involved guiding clients along the Camino de Santiago and parts of Austria’s SalzAlpenSteig Trail.
After years of traveling the world as an executive for Microsoft and Yahoo, John now balances his time between global technical consulting and media production, specializing in travel and cause-related projects. His most recent Gray & Co. forays have included biking in Texas, Aspen, Catalonia, Uruguay, Chile, Whistler, and Argentina.
James has been a part of Gray & Co. trips to New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Whistler, and Texas. As an engineer specializing in Water Resources, he’s the master of any map, GPS and elevation profile. He loves to hike, bike and surf around the world.
Dylan is a native South African who, at an early age, started competing in elite mountain biking events. He went on to win national and world titles in Trials, Cross-Country, Four-Cross, Marathon and Downhill races. These days, Dylan is a father of two, owner of a high-end bike shop in Cape Town and host of cycling events.
Born in Africa, Laura spent her formative years exploring family farms in Zimbabwe where, with the exposure at a young age to places like Lake Kariba and Mana Pools, she developed a passion for nature and wildlife. This lead to a career as a safari guide, where she has managed lodges and guided at some of the top establishments in South Africa, Zambia, and Tanzania. More comfortable on her feet or a bicycle, she’s naturally moved towards leading active trips, equally happy tracking elephants on foot or riding through the Cape Winelands.
Born and raised in Bogotá, Hernan was lucky enough to travel from an early age but never thought he could make a career out of his love for discovering new places. After studying electronic engineering at university, quite by accident Hernan ended up working as a tour leader for Colombians traveling to the Caribbean – which led him to see the opportunity for inbound tourism to his mother country. Initially juggling his tour leader role with a job in the telecom industry, in 2010 Hernan was able to take the leap to a full-time position developing new products for international travelers to Colombia. Nine years later, he has seen first-hand the power of tourism to transform the lives of both travelers and local communities. Hernan is passionate about cycling and he is an expert in Cycling Tourism. He has operated cycling trips in different areas of the country for the last 7 years.
Claudia & Martin Muchitsch
Claudia was born and raised in Vienna. After her language studies at the University of Vienna and working as an interpreter for some years, she began to work for the Freud Museum and then decided to become a city guide. She passed the exam and started as a licensed Austrian guide in 2007. Since then she has worked with the best travel agents and has guided the most wonderful guests from all over the world.
Born in a small village in the Carinthian Alps (the southernmost province of Austria),
Martin knows about the beauty of the Austrian countryside; after highschool he moved to Vienna for University and a career in finance and trading, then insurance and investment.
In his second career he helps his wife Claudia with her planning and administrative work
for her guiding passion and makes sure that all transportation needs are met perfectly; his strong interest in arts, geography and history make him a well educated driver-guide, who is happy to take you everywhere in beautiful Austria.
A native Texan, Tim moved to southern Brazil at the age of nine and began his life of international travel and outdoor adventure. After a successful career in construction project management, he moved into the outdoor industry managing Cycology Bicycles and Little River Trading Co. in Maryville, TN. He’s been a chief bicycle mechanic for the Tour De Smokies, CEO Challenge, Tour De Cure, Cherohala Challenge among many others. Living in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains offers him the opportunity to share the beauty of Appalachia with like-minded adventurers.
Claire Reyes’ casual elegance and deeply caring nature make her an extraordinary Gray & Co. guide who easily anticipates travelers’ needs. She has guided cycling trips in New Zealand, Czech Republic, Provence, Puglia, North Carolina, and more. When not on a bike, Claire keeps busy designing brands and websites and most recently completed a masters degree at Rutgers University.
When not doing social work in her native Québec, Cora brings her serious cycling prowess, charm and extensive global guiding experience to Gray & Co. trips. Places she loves to guide include France, Québec and Morocco. Most recently, Cora led Gray & Co. bike trips in South Africa, her home province of Québec and the vineyards of California.