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February 2014
A Better Way to See the World
Families Footloose in Europe


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  Dear Traveler,

Could your family do with a little less "screen time" and a little more "amazing-activities-in-incredible-new-places" time? We suggest sharing some real-world, real-fun, real adventures in Europe with Backroads!

Come along with us, where you'll meet lots of warm and welcoming locals who'll enrich and add genuine excitement to your family's active vacation. In Ireland, enjoy an evening of fascinating storytelling with a beloved local seanachie. Kids get a lesson from a world-class fencing master in the Loire Valley. En garde! The past comes to life on an exclusive tour with a historian on Normandy's Omaha Beach. In Austria, kids are awed by flying falcons at an authentic Renaissance castle. In Tuscany, the youngsters learn to make delicious pizza while grown-ups partake in Chianti tasting.

No matter where you travel with us in Europe, you can look forward to the special lifetime memories that come from exploring actively, having fun and seeing the world from a fresh perspective as a family—while we handle all the details.

We hope you'll join us this year!
Alison Iles Signature
Alison Iles
Family Trips Manager & mother of two
with Backroads for 23 years

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Brittany & Normandy Biking
From the Emerald Coast to D-Day Landmarks

Visit colorful villages, bike to legendary beaches and explore the magical island monastery of Mont-St-Michel. Along the way, kids can go horseback riding, get a hands-on lesson in the art of glassblowing and chat with a local historian.

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Czech Republic & Austria Biking
Bohemian Knights & Danube Castles

Fairy-tale castles on the horizon. Ancient cobblestones beneath your feet. The Danube River, a fascinating falconry show and a theatrical sword-fighting demo performed exclusively for us! Lifetime family memories... Don't just dream of it—join us!

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Iceland Multisport
Nature, Culture & Adventure at the Edge of the Arctic Circle

Glaciers, volcanoes, fjords, geysers and waterfalls... Experience Earth's most stunning natural wonders in incredible Iceland! Traveling by bike, foot, Zodiac, plane, horse and "super jeep," get set to let off some steam in the Land of Fire and Ice.

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Ireland Biking
A Pot O'Gold for Families in Counties Cork & Kerry

The whole gang will adore what's in store while pedaling 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.

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Loire Valley Biking
Fun in France's Regal Touraine

Easygoing routes for younger riders, and lots of options for the older crowd. Treats at patisseries, gourmet cuisine and exquisite wines. A visit to Leonardo da Vinci's house and a fencing lesson just for kids. History comes to life. Ready for the ultimate family getaway?

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Pyrenees to Costa Brava Biking
Catalonia's Peaks to Mediterranean Beaches

Kids will be thrilled with the bike rides, rock climbing, pottery making and beach time. Grown-ups will love pedaling scenic routes in the Pyrenees foothills, seeing landscapes that inspired Salvador Dalí, and savoring sun-kissed Catalan wines.

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Tuscany Biking
Pedaling & Pizza from Cortona to Chianti

Enjoy gorgeous scenery galore on family-friendly biking routes. Discover ancient hill towns and climb (fueled by gelato, of course) a medieval tower. There's wine tasting for the grown-ups. Hands-on pizza making for the kids. The perfect family adventure in Tuscany.

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