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April 2014
A Better Way to See the World
Top 5 Trips for Summer Family Fun


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  Dear Traveler,

Have you been feeling trapped indoors by winter weather? Well, rest up while you can, because summer's just around the corner and we've got a slew of action-packed family adventures waiting just for you! Imagine biking, hiking, exploring, relaxing and having a blast in one of our most popular European family destinations, like Tuscany, the Loire Valley and Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. Or stay closer to home and discover why our trips in Yellowstone & Grand Teton and Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon National Parks are all-time favorites for families.

You've been taking care of your family all winter long, so let us take care of you this summer. We'll handle it all, from the expert planning to the superlative support, while you focus on the family vacation of your dreams—filled with exhilarating activities, off-the-charts FUN together and the wealth of wonderful surprises that our world has to offer. Ready to make some lifelong family memories? Hope to see you out there!

Happy trails,
Alison Iles Signature
Alison Iles
Family Trips Manager & mother of two
with Backroads for 23 years

P.S. Our Trip Consultants look forward to helping you find your Family Trip of a lifetime! Give us a call at 800-462-2848—we're available every day, 6 am to 6 pm PT.

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Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Multisport
• Discover a labyrinth of hoodoos and vivid rock formations sprouting from the floor of Bryce Canyon
• Pedal among crimson rocks and desert wildflowers to breathtaking Red Canyon
• Kids make like early pioneers, exploring the Grand Canyon's rim by mule while grown-ups enjoy a scenic hike
• In Zion, get set for a totally unique river hike through the Narrows, one of the most renowned slot canyons in the world
• Experienced canyoneering instructors show kids the ropes

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Dalmatian Coast Multisport
• Dive into the region's rich history and culture as you explore ancient island towns where sentries once kept watch for pirates
• Bike past olive groves and white woolly sheep on a hilly coastal route to a fishing village
• Enjoy a boat ride (and maybe even a cannonball off the upper deck!) before hiking on the lavender-scented island of Hvar
• Stroll 82 feet above dazzling Dubrovnik during a guided walk on the city's defensive stone walls
• Paddle a sea kayak through quiet coves, stopping to snorkel, swim and kick back on a tranquil beach

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Loire Valley Biking
• Check out Château de Cheverny, the model for fictional Château de Moulinsart from the Tintin comic books (Casual Inn Trip)
• En garde! Kids learn the fine art of fencing under the watchful eye of world-class fencing master Rudi van Oeveren
• Heart skip a beat? Not surprising—you're about to discover Ussé, the castle that inspired the author of Sleeping Beauty (Premiere Inn Trip)
• A peaceful biking route leads to Château de Villandry, home to some of France's most exquisite gardens
• Fascinating for all ages: a hands-on visit to Leonardo da Vinci's home at Clos Lucé

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Tuscany Biking
• Make memories galore as you pedal family-friendly routes past cypress trees, vineyards, grazing sheep and stone farmhouses
• Kids spend time swimming and paddling at a lake while grown-ups bike rolling terrain to captivating Cortona
• Tour a medieval abbey, now a private estate producing its own olive oil and honey
• Adults taste notable regional wines and youngsters put together a well-rounded meal—pizza and cookies!
• Explore ridgetop Castellina, an ancient village with a unique arcaded passageway, and maybe even hit the local gelato joint

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Yellowstone & Tetons Multisport
• Pedal through the heart of Yellowstone along the Firehole River, taking in the sights, sounds—and smells!—of this fascinating wonderland
• Kids will love seeing the bubbling mud pots and steaming vents of Biscuit Basin and legendary Old Faithful Geyser up close
• Watch for eagles overhead as local guides take us on a flat-water kayaking trip across Yellowstone Lake
• Hike and bike in Grand Teton National Park, a paradise of bluebell-strewn meadows, shimmering lakes and sawtooth mountains
• Ready to get wet on the Snake River? Paddle Class II and III rapids with expert guides

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