27 NEW Ways to See the World
As we gear up for our 34th year, I'm delighted to introduce more than two dozen incredible itineraries we've added to our 2013 lineup. New biking trips span the globe from the ancient temples of Myanmar to the pueblos blancos of Andalucía and the red-rock splendor of Zion & Snow Canyon. New multisport trips include our version of spring training: hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and yoga from the Sierras to Sonoma & San Francisco. Walkers and hikers will soak up natural beauty and get to know our local friends in the French & Italian Alps, the countryside—and kitchens—of Tuscany on our new cooking trip, and the Coastal Range of California. And families will make memories in extraordinary places, from the wildlife-rich jungles of Panama to Turkey's glorious Mediterranean coast. We can't wait to introduce you to these amazing new trips!
Since our founding in 1979, we've strived to redefine what an active vacation can be, establishing standards unmatched by other travel companies. By having three leaders (five on family trips) and two support vans, we've gone further than ever to improve your Backroads experience.
I hope you'll be part of the adventure soon! Call us at 800-462-2828 to trailblaze with us this year.
Founder and President
|PREMIERING IN 2013
||New Biking Trips||
ANDALUCÍA: From Flamboyant Sevilla to Glorious Granada Singles-Solos Available
In the ancient Moorish stronghold of Andalucía, we've uncovered the very best biking routes, the richest cultural encounters and the most distinctive places to stay and dine. We're excited to debut this grand addition to our expanding trip menu in Spain!
DOLOMITES: Epic Alpine Passes in Northern Italy Singles-Solos Available
Thrilled by the possibility of conquering 14 alpine passes in six days? This may be your perfect trip. Challenge yourself on some of Italy's most demanding cycling routes, reward yourself with hearty cuisine and premier Italian wines, and enjoy an insider's glimpse at a captivating mix of cultures.
ISRAEL: Along the Mediterranean and the Sea of Galilee to Jerusalem
Connect authentically and intimately to this multilayered land and its people. Meet the most fascinating artists, vintners and historians. Pedal on secret routes known only to the savviest locals. And witness awe-inspiring historic sites from a uniquely personal perspective.
PIEDMONT: A Trove of Gastronomic & Viticultural Delights Singles-Solos Available
In the celebrated birthplace of the Slow Food movement, discover alpine beauty and culinary paradise while pedaling from one world-class vineyard to the next, exploring undiscovered villages, and indulging in some of northern Italy's most glorious wines and cuisine.
PROVENCE: Vibrant Colors & Living History in the Lubéron & Alpilles
Spin through a sun-soaked landscape that inspired the great Impressionist painters, and visit charming villages called home by modern-day artists. Enjoy Relais & Châteaux elegance and Michelin-starred dining at hotels such as La Cabro d'Or, one of our longtime favorites.
SICILY: Ancient Civilizations & Mediterranean Sensations
Where can you bike near an active volcano? On beautiful Sicily! Pedal in the shadow of famous Mount Etna, soak up Baroque splendor at the World Heritage sites of Scicli, Módica and Ragusa, and enjoy exhilarating rides, fascinating history, stellar cuisine and superb wine.
TUSCANY & UMBRIA: Undiscovered Umbria to Cortona, Land of the Tuscan Sun
What makes Southern Tuscany and Umbria so ideal for discovery by bicycle? Pienza's Renaissance splendor, the Orcia Valley's tranquil beauty and the medieval treasures of Assisi. And superb Tuscan wines—Brunello, anyone?—add the perfect finish to each leisurely day's ride.
NORTHERN ARGENTINA: Andean Culture & the World's Highest Vineyards
Amid such natural splendor and rich culture, "fantástico" doesn't even begin to describe the experience that awaits you! Come bike with us off the beaten path—through high-altitude valleys, canyons and subtropical forests—in a country that never seems to run out of surprises.
Asia & the Pacific
MYANMAR: Into the Heart of Burma's Golden Land
Our extraordinary new biking adventure connects you with the diverse culture, complex history and singular beauty of Myanmar. Spin amid ancient temples and pagodas, visit secluded areas rarely seen by outsiders, and witness firsthand the exciting changes unfolding here.
BRYCE, ZION & GRAND CANYON: Singles-Solos BikeFest Singles-Solos Only
Get set for six fun-filled days amid some of the most beautiful scenery on earth—in the company of some of the friendliest, most active and adventurous singles on the planet! We've handpicked our favorite spots in the region for this trip, which features a fabulous mix of biking, hiking, camping and socializing.
CANYONLANDS: Southern Utah's Geologic Wonderland Singles-Solos Available
Why should mountain bikers have all the fun in red-rock country? We designed this trip specifically with road riders in mind. So come pedal to your heart's content in an astounding landscape, where geologic wonders invite exploration at every turn.
SANTA BARBARA WINE COUNTRY: Wineries & Rolling Countryside
Welcome to your weekend! Resonating with chic city sophistication and rural charm, it's Mediterranean in feel—and Californian at heart. This special three-day trip lets you savor both worlds while biking (and tasting) in bucolic wine country.
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY: A Cyclist's Playground Deep in the Heart of Texas
We can't wait to introduce you to Hill Country, our favorite region of the Lone Star State. Cooled by gentle breezes and colored by springtime wildflowers, it's a bicyclist's dream come true. But it's not all about the bike! Indulge in Texas BBQ and tap your toes to live music. Hope to see y'all here real soon!
||New Multisport Trips||
PANAMA: From the Canal to the Tropical Highlands & Islands
Join our new multisport trip in Panama, a land beloved by dreamers, explorers and adventurers. From wildlife-rich jungles to alluring islands, sunny beaches to mighty volcanoes, it's beautiful, authentic and astonishing. Dive in and experience it all!
CALIFORNIA WINTER FIT: From the Sierras to Wine Country & San Francisco
Play, eat, relax, repeat. It's a sweet vacation formula, and we've inserted a little extra "play" into the mix: just add snow! In gorgeous northern California, you'll explore on snowshoes, skis, by bike and on foot. Add some yoga and engaging fireside chats. It's the ultimate week of "spring training"—Backroads style!
QUÉBEC: Rich History, Idyllic Landscapes & Superb Cuisine in New France
Québec oozes old-world charm. You'll feel it riding through picturesque farmland on tranquil islands. You'll taste it in every exquisite farm-to-table meal. And the more you discover the region's distinct culture, the more you'll appreciate why Québec has stayed true to its Gallic heart.
YOSEMITE: Nature's Glorious Spectacle in the Sierra Nevada
Our trip in Yosemite is a journey into the iconic—a legendary national park with legendary landscapes that never fail to stagger the senses. You'll experience the park from all perspectives, from thundering waterfalls to towering sequoias. Join us!
ZION & SNOW CANYON: Southwest Utah's Red Rock Splendor Singles-Solos Available
We've transformed the natural grandeur of Snow Canyon and Zion National Park into an amazing adventure showcasing our favorite spots to hike and bike. And we embellish nature's handiwork with creature comforts, from luxurious lodging and memorable cuisine, to plenty of opportunities for spa time and yoga.
||New Walking Trips||
FRENCH & ITALIAN ALPS: From Megève to Chamonix & Courmayeur
Lofty peaks soaring above emerald meadows. Storybook villages and pure blue lakes. And majestic Mont Blanc towering above it all. Join us in one of Earth's epic landscapes. And experience mountain life from two perspectives: français and italiano. Doubly sublime!
TUSCANY: A Culinary & Walking Adventure in Bella Toscana
Discover the joys of the Italian table with our charming local friends. Learn about traditional ingredients—while exploring the land that nourishes them. Slow down. Let food be the focal point of the day. And savor a journey that nurtures both body and spirit.
MYANMAR: A Cultural Odyssey From Yangon to Inle Lake
Unspoiled, utterly authentic and home to some of the most welcoming people on earth—Myanmar is no ordinary place! On this remarkable new walking trip, you'll delve into the country's rich culture, intricate history and idyllic beauty. Find yourself in magical Myanmar—before it finds its way onto the traveler's map.
CALIFORNIA COAST RANGE: From Point Reyes and Marin County to San Francisco
From the rugged beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore to the sparkling waters of San Francisco Bay, the splendor of California's northern coast is all around you. Explore it. Breathe it. Taste it. The very best of the region in six days: we make it happen.
||New Family Trips||
PUGLIA: Making Memories on Italy's Adriatic Coast
What makes Puglia perfect for families? There's mellow biking terrain and lovely coastal scenery to enjoy, intriguing trulli structures to visit (like little stone Hobbit houses), welcoming whitewashed towns and of course, some of the tastiest seafood and pasta you'll find anywhere in Italy. Hope to see you there!
TURKEY: A Cultural Voyage Along the Mediterranean Coast
Talk about pure family fun! By day you'll pedal through dramatic countryside, investigate the remains of ancient civilizations, barter with shopkeepers in the local bazaars and swim in secluded bays. And at night, indulge in delicious feasts before being lulled to sleep by sultry Mediterranean breezes. What could be better?
PANAMA: Tropical Fun from the Canal to the Highlands & Islands
It's a jungle out there. And you're gonna love it! What's not to adore about this carefree, fun-filled, action-packed multisport adventure? It's loaded with opportunities for bird-watching, wildlife-spotting, boat rides, beach time, cultural immersion and more.
ALASKA: Good Times on the Kenai Peninsula
By bike, foot, boat and even dog sled, Alaska with Backroads is an unforgettable family destination. Add the fun of camping—campfires and stargazing—and it gets even better. Hike beneath snow-clad mountains to an awe-inspiring glacier, pedal the Kenai Peninsula's wooded roads and marvel at marine life on Kachemak Bay.
QUÉBEC: Awesome Adventures in New France
Calling explorers of all ages: Unleash your intrepid selves in the company of beluga whales, sled dogs and a zip-line flight. Discover glacier-carved fjords, wooded capes and arctic tundra. Fuel yourself with gourmet cuisine, apple cider and superb wine. And soak up the vibrant blend of cultures that makes this region so unique.
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