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Backroads Wine Country Biking trip


April 2014
A Better Way to See the World
Travels on the Wine Trail


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From the revered domaines of Burgundy to the vineyard-laced farmland of Sonoma and Napa, it's no accident that many of our most beloved biking trips take place in renowned wine regions. Consider a grapevine's preferred environment—terrain that's hilly but not mountainous, temps that are warm and sunny but not too hot, plenty of fresh air... And typically, along with a region's thriving wine heritage comes a tradition of superb cuisine and refined hospitality. Sounds like an ideal place for a biking vacation, non?

This summer, we invite you to enjoy a world of unique, enriching and just plain fun experiences as you explore by bike—and toast with us—in France, Italy or Northern California.

Give us a call at 800-462-2848—our Trip Consultants are available daily 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., PT.

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Annie Rosenberg
France Regional Manager, with Backroads since 2002

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Chablis & Burgundy Biking
• Spin through the bucolic hills, sleepy villages and verdant vineyards of Chablis, the northernmost wine region of Burgundy, famous for its dry whites
• Gather for an exclusive cellar tour and tasting at the well-known Maison Alex Gambal winery
• Ride past one vineyard after another to the village of Chassagne-Montrachet, where we are welcomed for a tasting of some of the Côte d'Or's finest vintages
• Luxuriate at a trio of elegantly restored historic hotels, including a grand moated castle with a 13th-century dungeon
• On a private guided tour, admire the 15th-century Hospices de Beaune, a tile-studded showcase of Flemish-Burgundian architecture

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Dordogne & Bordeaux Biking
• Celebrate a perfect pairing: the Dordogne's fascinating history and Bordeaux's renowned viticulture
• Spin along the Dordogne River Valley and through quiet farmland to the Rouffignac cave, embellished with prehistoric drawings
• Indulge in elaborate meals created by Michelin-starred chefs Vincent Arnould and Didier Casaguana, lauded as two of France's finest culinary artists
• In the Bordeaux wine region, pedal through seemingly undiscovered towns replete with blooming gardens and friendly farmers
• In St-Émilion, the epicenter for French wines, an oenologist at the esteemed Vignobles & Châteaux wine school offers an initiation into tasting

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Piedmont Biking
• Spin through the famed viticulture towns of Barolo, Barbaresco and Neive, where welcoming enoteche tempt you to pull over for a sip
• Savor sophisticated French-accented specialties—artisanal cheeses, exquisite pastries and chocolates, to name a few
• Got a nose for truffles? Find out when an expert and his canine assistant join us to sniff out the delicacy
• Ride to San Martino Alfieri's privately owned 17th-century castle for a wine tasting and cantina tour
• Soak up the historic charm and five-star luxury of Relais San Maurizio, where your Michelin-starred dinner is sure to be a trip highlight

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Provence Biking
• Lose yourself amid vineyards, lavender fields and orchards while pedaling in the dramatic landscapes of the Drôme and Lubéron
• Cycle past towns awarded Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages AOC status for producing superior wines, and visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a tasting of famous reds
• A tour and tasting at Château Pesquié (a Côtes du Ventoux gem!) is a highlight before the ride Venasque, listed among The Most Beautiful Villages of France
• Enjoy the royal treatment at exquisite hotels including one of our favorites, Crillon le Brave, a gorgeous Relais & Châteaux member backdropped by Mont Ventoux
• Quintessential Provence is yours to soak up in Gordes, a glorious village perché clinging to the Vaucluse Plateau

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Tuscany Biking
• Pedal our favorite routes in Tuscany—with ample shuttle support—from the Renaissance splendor of Florence to magical Montalcino
• Sample fresh cheeses at a tranquil agriturismo before biking serene roads past olive orchards, farmhouses and wheat fields
• Explore the narrow streets of Radda in Chianti, a center for Chianti Classico wine production since the Middle Ages
• Spin through the dramatic chalk hills of the Crete Senesi, often depicted in 14th- and 15th-century Florentine paintings
• Ride past impeccably manicured vineyards, perhaps stopping at an enoteca along the way for a taste of esteemed Brunello di Montalcino

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Wine Country Biking
• Ride, relax and savor every drop of this vintage Backroads experience
• Discover some of northern California's most beautiful scenery—rolling vineyards, soaring redwoods, and the dramatic Pacific Coast
• Bliss out during the Roman bathing ritual at the Sonoma Mission Inn before an exquisite dinner at the Michelin-starred Santé Restaurant
• Tasting opportunities abound in Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys: dozens of first-rate wineries line our route
• Ready to pedal it into high gear? Challenge yourself on the famous Oakville Grade, one of the Tour of California's iconic climbs

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Weekend Bike Trips
• Short on time? Our three-day biking trips are ideal quick getaways, filled with exhilarating activity, stellar scenery and world-class wine and cuisine
• Slip away to the vineyards of Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys on our Wine Country Weekend Biking trip in northern California
• Visit celebrated wineries tucked among the bucolic farms, ranches and vineyards of Santa Ynez Valley on our Santa Barbara Wine Country Weekend Biking trip



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