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March, 2013
A Better Way to See the World
Family Adventures Near the Sea
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Dear Traveler,

There's nothing quite like a day at the beach. The scent of salty sea air. The crash of waves on sandy shores. Collecting seashells and wading in tide pools. It's one of Mother Nature's perfect playgrounds!

From Mediterranean coves to the rocky shores of Maine, we've uncovered the best coastal locales to bike, hike, enjoy awe-inspiring vistas, soak up local culture and even spend a fun-filled afternoon at the beach. So if you can already feel the ocean breeze and hear the cry of the gulls, I invite you and your family to dive into one of our incredible seaside escapes this summer.

Give us a call at 800-462-2848. Our Trip Consultants are here 7 days a week from 7 am to 5 pm, Pacific time. Or visit us at www.backroads.com.

We hope to see you and your gang out there soon!
Tom Hale
Tom Hale
Founder and President

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

Pedal through St-Suliac, one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (France's Most Beautiful Villages), before riding along an estuary and on to charming Dinan, known for its 13th-century houses and handmade lace. This afternoon kids visit an artist's studio to learn about the craft of glassblowing—and to give it a try themselves. Read more
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Dalmatian Coast Multisport: 101 Ways to Play in Croatia's Dalmatian Islands

Boat to chic Hvar Island for a breathtaking bike ride past ancient stone terraces lining tiny plots of lavender, veggies, grape vines, fig trees and olive groves. Ragged inlets lapped by translucent waters and a steep limestone ridge add to the landscape's beauty. Ready to cool off? Take the plunge at a nearby beach. Read more
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Greece Biking: The Mythical Magic of Crete

Pedaling a ridgeline above the Aegean, you'll likely find yourself stopping to photograph waves crashing against the shore or goats grazing beneath ancient olive trees. Kids join the grown-ups down the road in Simadriana for an easygoing ride and final downhill into a seaside town, where a picnic featuring local delicacies awaits. Eat up! Read more
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Ireland Biking: A Pot O'Gold for Families in Counties Cork & Kerry

Two-wheel it through unspoiled scenery and along a quiet coastal road to a harbor where mussels are farmed. Then ride on to the remote Glanmore Lake, situated at the base of Healy Pass. Later in the day, continue to a farm set in a beautiful valley for a sheep-shearing demo and an opportunity to feed some adorable lambs. Read more
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Maine Biking: From Woods to Seashore in Acadia National Park & Penobscot Bay

Bike under towering firs and past pristine crashing surf at Acadia National Park. The arched bridges and quiet roads of Acadia's carriage road system, make for superb biking. In the afternoon, youngsters clip into harnesses and go rock climbing at Otter Cliffs—an experience they're sure to rave about for weeks! Read more
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Pyrenees to Costa Brava Biking: Miles of Smiles from Catalonia's Peaks to Mediterranean Beaches

It's an action-packed day for the youngsters! With a trip leader, they explore a towering 1850s lighthouse, which has the farthest-reaching light of any in Spain. Later they check out the ruins of an ancient Iberian settlement before following seaside paths through a region once known for pirates and smugglers. After lunch at a secluded beach, they'll finish off the day with fun and games in the sand. Read more
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San Juan Islands Multisport: Orcas, Eagles, Ferries and Fun in Washington's Tranquil Emerald Islands

A view-tiful spin along San Juan Island's shore provides sweeping vistas of the Olympic Mountains. Be sure to stop at False Bay—kids will have fun searching for sea creatures in the tide pools! Continue to American Camp for a chance to spot bald eagles hunting on the beach. From bocce ball to spa treatment, great choices abound in the afternoon. Read more
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Turkey Biking: A Cultural Odyssey Along the Mediterranean Coast

Ride along the many inlets marking the rocky shoreline of the Bozburun Peninsula before enjoying the forested route to Turgutkoy, a center for carpet weaving. Later...ship ahoy! Set sail in the Mediterranean for three days in traditional wooden gulets. A secluded bay sets the stage for our first evening under the stars. Read more
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