What's New at Backroads in 2011: A Sneak Peek
Berkeley, CA (September 2010) Backroads has spent the last three decades scouring the globe for biking, walking and multisport destinations that yield the richest experience for travelers. For 2011, the company is rolling out a collection of distinctive new trips to celebrate its 32nd anniversary.
"Backroads' 2011 lineup blends exciting new destinations and all-time favorites with our signature style of low-impact responsible travel," says Backroads Founder & President Tom Hale. "With our unwavering attention to quality and our commitment to continuously improve the Backroads experience, we've gone further than ever to connect our guests with the world. 2011 promises to be one of our most exciting years yet."
Whether travelers' interests take them to the rarefied heights of the French Alps, the incredible World Heritage sites of Sicily, or the rugged coastline and rustic fishing villages of Nova Scotia, Backroads' expertise guarantees an experience rich in culture, natural history and regional flavor.
Here's a peek at the trips debuting in 2011:
New Classic Biking Trips
Greece: The Mythical Magic of Crete
What's your pedaling pleasure? Eating hills for breakfast—and asking for a second helping? Or getting a lift to the top followed by a breezy downhill spin? Whatever a traveler's inclination, it's time to make dreams of Greece come true by joining Backroads on this one-of-a-kind biking adventure. View trip
Sicily: Ancient Civilizations and Mediterranean Sensations
Bustling and boisterous. Warm and welcoming. Where orange and olive groves overlook the Mediterranean Sea, a volcano simmers and architectural treasures beckon. Backroads guests will pedal back in time, into an authentic old-world pace of life. View trip
Find culinary heaven in northern Italy while pedaling amid world-class vineyards, undiscovered villages and alpine splendor. Savor robust wines and French-inspired delicacies—from truffles to chocolates—that delight epicureans around the globe.
Burgundy: From the Morvan to the Cote D'Or
From the forests and farmland of the Morvan to the renowned vineyards and vibrant architecture of the Côte d'Or, Backroads guests will find lots to rave about in Burgundy. They'll pedal on the Route des Grands Crus, visit famed towns including Aloxe-Corton, and savor phenomenal wine and cuisine. View trip
Nova Scotia: Lighthouse Route & the Bay of Fundy
Bicyclists will discover the natural beauty and multicultural heritage of Nova Scotia, "Canada's ocean playground," on this perfectly paced pedaling journey. They'll spin along rugged coastline, past weathered lighthouses and fishing villages, relax at historic inns and savor delicious seafood. View trip
New Walking Trips
Spain: From Barcelona to the Costa Brava & the Pyrenees
Walking in Catalonia is one of travel's perfect pleasures. Guests will amble with Backroads beneath majestic Pyrenees peaks, wander in whitewashed fishing villages and charming medieval towns. And they'll bask on Costa Brava beaches just steps from the Mediterranean Sea. View trip
French Alps: Alpine Sophistication from Annecy to Chamonix
Travelers can experience one of Europe's most breathtaking landscapes with Backroads. From lakeside Annecy and glamorous Megève to the mountaineering center of Chamonix, there's world-class hiking amid meadows, glaciers and saw-edged peaks, and three luxurious alpine hotels to enjoy.
The San Juan Islands, Victoria & Olympic National Park: A Classic Taste of the Pacific Northwest
Discover the Pacific Northwest at its finest on Backroads' walking trip in the San Juan Islands, Victoria & Olympic National Park. Highlights include a hike to the summit of Mount Constitution, a stroll in breathtaking Butchart Gardens and a vista-filled walk on mile-high Hurricane Ridge. View trip
Maine: In Acadia National Park & Along Penobscot Bay
Travelers can join Backroads Down East and discover a wealth of natural splendor and authentic New England charm. From the Forests of Acadia National Park, to the islands of Penobscot Bay, to postcard-perfect Camden, Backroads guests will find much to love about Maine.
Vermont Walking & Hiking: Among Fall Colors in New England's Autumn Jewel
It's Vermont as you've imagined - only better! Travelers will enjoy leisurely walks amid a picture-perfect New England landscape of red barns, historic towns and peaceful lakes. They'll sample maple syrup, visit charming Woodstock and savor the brilliant tableau of countryside aglow in fall foliage. View trip
New Family Trips
Sicily: Ancient Civilizations & Mediterranean Sensations
Where can families bike near an active volcano? In Sicily! They'll pedal in the shadow of famous Mount Etna and visit the World Heritage sites of Scicli, Módica, Donnalucata and Ragusa, brimming with Sicilian Baroque architecture. Just for kids, there's ceramic painting and even spelunking. View trip
Dordogne River Valley: Off the Beaten Path & Back in Time
Families will love biking in the beautiful Dordogne, a land where history begins with prehistory. Along the way, kids can go canoeing, try a ropes course, tour a fortified castle, learn to work with stone and fire (just like Cro-Magnons!) and marvel at millennia-old cave paintings. View trip
Ireland: Through Cork & Kerry in the Southwest
The whole gang will adore what's in store while pedaling with Backroads through Ireland's west Cork and Kerry: Peaceful routes past green hills, quaint cottages and woolly sheep, a rich look at regional history and village culture, and a stay at the venerable Park Hotel Kenmare. View trip
For More Information on These and Other Backroads Itineraries
To request a catalog, please contact a Trip Consultant by calling 800-462-2848 or visit www.backroads.com/catalog. Backroads is open 7 days a week 6 am to 6 pm, Pacific time.