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Backroads Dolomites Family Trips


May 2014
A Better Way to See the World
Active Travel Brings Learning to Life


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  Backroads 35 anniversary"Both of our kids asked to do another Backroads trip within a day of the trip ending—I don't think there is a better endorsement."
–Chris Bock, Denver, CO

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  Dear Traveler,

Wondering how to keep the kids happily entertained (as well as active and engaged) once school's out for summer? Look no further than Backroads! Sure, summer's all about having fun, but just because classes aren't in session, it doesn't mean the learning has to stop. There's a huge world to explore beyond the textbook, and Backroads-style travel can be one of the greatest teachers of all.

Whether delving into fascinating French culture, viewing extraordinary wildlife in the Canadian Rockies or witnessing geology in action at a Hawaiian volcano, your kids will have such an amazing time on our awe-inspiring, action-packed adventures, they'll have no idea how much they're learning along the way. What's more, when you explore actively as a family, you not only connect with the world, you connect more deeply with each other. How's that for a lesson plan!

We'll make your entire vacation a cinch by handling all the tedious logistics and the time-consuming details. Your only assignment is to relax, have fun and focus on enjoying the time of your life.

Give us a call at 800-462-2848 to set the wheels in motion; we're here daily 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. PT.

Can't wait to see you in "class" this summer,
Alison Iles Signature
Alison Iles
Family Trips Manager & mother of two
with Backroads for 24 years

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  With Backroads this summer, kids can...
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travel back in time

...in the Czech Republic & Austria! If your kids are intrigued by castles, knights and damsels, this biking trip promises to be a super cool experience. They'll visit an open-air history museum, explore the fortress city of Cesky Krumlov and view a fascinating falconry demonstration. And don't forget the theatrical sword-fighting demo performed exclusively for us!

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go rock climbing

...in the Dolomites! Near the Cinque Torre, a famous rock climbing area, our expert local guide teaches kids the basics of safety and fun on the rocks. But wait—there's more: mountain bike excursions amid awesome alpine scenery, hikes made easy with gondola and chairlift rides, wine tasting for grownups and a fun-filled strudel making session for youngsters.

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try a new sport

...in Ireland! While grownups enjoy a bike ride or round of golf, kids make a go of Gaelic football, a mixture of rugby, soccer and basketball. The leaders will verse everyone on the rules, but in the end, it's all about just having fun! There's lots more to enjoy on this trip, like a lively sheep shearing demo, tasty fish 'n chips and a fun-filled evening of traditional storytelling.
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learn the art of fencing

...in the Loire Valley! Kids step back in history as they wield épées under the watchful eye of world-class fencing master Rudi van Oeveren. After learning proper technique, strategy and form, they'll fancy themselves young knights! They'll also have fun exploring incredible castles and checking out the amazing inventions at the former home of Leonard da Vinci.
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travel like early explorers

...in the Canadian Rockies! Junior rangers will love the sense of accomplishment they'll feel as they bike and hike kid-approved routes through epic scenery—mighty peaks, vast icefields, rushing rivers and turquoise-colored lakes. And they'll have fun looking for marmots, deer, beavers and coyotes with our Trip Leaders, who are certified Mountain Parks Heritage Interpreters and know this region intimately.

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hike on a volcano

...in Hawaii! Young geologists are sure to be thrilled by our up-close encounter with Kilauea, Earth's most active volcano, which once hurled lava 2,000 feet in the sky—the highest ever recorded. Other trip highlights include biking on the crater, horseback riding on an authentic Hawaiian ranch, snorkeling and kayaking with colorful fish, and yes—beach fun, too!
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see sea otters

...in California! On foot and two wheels, adventurers of all ages will have fun exploring a beautifully undeveloped stretch of the coast, from awe-inspiring redwood forests to wind-scoured beaches, to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. These six brilliant days amid nature’s grandeur are sure to leave an impression.


Meet Tom Hale
Founder & President of Backroads.

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