At Backroads, we believe in offering a great experience for your entire family. So, we’ve spent the last 32 years putting together amazing adventure vacations for families and groups with an emphasis on making sure everyone has an incredible time. We have the basics covered – and much more. Here are a few answers to our FAQs about our family adventure trips.
How old can my child be and go on a Backroads adventure?
Some adventure activities (ie: rafting, canyoneering) on our trips may have specific age restrictions and we also have listed recommended ages for the overall trip. When we set this recommendation, we consider the number of age-restricted activities and alternate activities; whether the terrain is well-suited for Burleys and Piccolos; and the sophistication level of the hotels, dinner venues, even the cultural content (e.g., World War II content on our France bike trip in Brittany/Normandy).
If your child is younger than the recommended minimum age for your trip, then your child and one adult parent/guardian will need to refrain from any age-restricted activity and we will do our best to suggest alternatives. Ask your Trip Consultant for minimum age recommendations by trip or see the Family Trips section.
We’re also happy to share the ages of the other kids booked on a trip. That way you’ll know if your kids will have a potential like-aged playmate!
What does it cost to bring my child?
Backroads offers youth rates. Please check our website for a specific tour or ask your Trip Consultant for more information, as the discounts range from 10% to 75% and are based on the age of the child and the number of children traveling with your group. The discounts also depend on the type of trip you are taking.
Is childcare provided?
Our trip leaders will provide appropriate supervision specific activities for kids during the trip; however, leaders cannot provide general childcare. Trip Leaders can provide parents with contact information for childcare providers at destinations, where available. However, Backroads cannot guarantee availability or make childcare arrangements outside of planned group activities.
How do you promote safety?
Safety is our top priority for all ages. Each day, one of the Trip Leaders will be the designated “Kid Coordinator”and lead the children in the day’s activities, including a daily safety talk! (Children must be 5 or older to participate without their parent.)
What if my child is not athletic?
We monitor every family to find out what their daily needs are. And just like our other trips, we provide a support van to keep traveling families – and those with a range of athletic abilities — happy.
Do children dine with parents?
We know you will want your family to spend quality time together, but also understand there may be times when children may feel more comfortable dining in a relaxed environment and leaving the seven-course meal to the adults. On many inn trips, Backroads arranges for adults and children to dine separately on two evenings. Trip Leaders will organize and supervise these children’s meals. Parents are welcome to join, if they prefer, or you are welcome to dine as a family at a separate establishment if you choose.
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For more information about our Family Adventure Vacations, please visit our website at http://www.backroads.com/family-trips or call one of our tour professionals at 800-462-2848 daily between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Pacific time.