Red or white, many of us agree there is little better than a great glass of wine. On these bike tours and hiking tours, wine takes center stage right next to the fantastic scenery. Whether you’re swirling a glass on an Italy bike tour or sipping a burgundy on a France walking tour, these 5 active tours give you the best of vino and adventure:
Tuscany isn’t the only fantastic region of Italy! We’ve added this 6-day, 5-night Piedmont Biking tour for 2013 to showcase the beauty of this area of Italy. While you’ll enjoy plenty of biking through the Italian countryside past villages, castles and hot sulphur springs, wine is definitely front and center. You’ll pedal past beautiful vineyards and farmland day after day, stopping in Nizza Monferrato, a town known for its wine production, and Monforte d’Alba, a storybook wine village with views of the Alps. You’ll pass over “the underground cathedrals” in Canelli, which are passages underneath town that store hundreds of bottles for area wineries. Finally, explore 1,000-year-old La Morra, one of the most important Barolo wine-producing towns in Piedmont. Tours run May, June (for singles only) and September.
The Alscace region of France is another area of the world known for its wine. On our 6-day, 5-night Alsace & Black Forest Biking trip, we’ll let you see why! Ready to sip perfectly chilled Riesling after climbing the steep hills to Ribeauvillé? This tour is for you. Other highlights include stops at a charming, family-run winery, pedaling across a sea of grape vines that rises and falls gracefully against the Vosges Mountains, crossing the Rhine and delighting in Black Forest cake IN the Black Forest! Tours run May, June and September.
On this 6-day, 5-night France biking tour, you’ll see everything from prehistoric caves to modern day vineyards and wineries. Enjoy an exclusive Périgordian feast prepared by a Backroads’ friend and served in the garden, bike through the Bordeaux region, get a lesson in wine tasting from an oenologist at the Vignobles & Châteaux wine school, and visit the World Heritage site of St-Émilion. Tours run May-October.
The rich flavors of Burgundy extend beyond its magnificent wine and blend into its friendly people, small villages and lovely architecture. On this 6-day, 5-night Burgundy bike tour, you’ll journey through lush forests, vast farmland, lovely lakes and quaint villages, and stop by the Vézelay World Heritage site. Enjoy delicious French gourmet cuisine paired with wines, and take a private cellar tour with a tasting of artisanal whites and reds at Maison Alex Gambal. Visit Château de La Rochepot and taste its wines and take a private, guided tour of 15th-century Hospices de Beaune. Tours run May, June, August and September.
You don’t have to travel overseas to enjoy world-famous wines. Right here in the USA, California produces its share. On our Wine Country Biking tour, you’ll visit several famous valleys and vineyards in Sonoma, Carneros and Napa. Enjoy plenty of wine tastings interspersed with biking among northern California’s beautiful rolling hills. You’ll also enjoy a stop at the famed redwoods. Tours to wine country run 6 days and 5 nights March-December.
Do you love to combine travel with wine? Let Backroads plan your bike trip for you, handling all the details from meals to hotels to tours so all you have to do is sip and bike! Call us 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Pacific daily at 800-462-2848 to get started.