Why Choose Backroads Reviews

On the Backroads Guest Experience:

"When you only have a week and it's really got to count, Backroads makes it worthwhile."

Paul Brody - Woodside, CA

"This was our third Backroads trip with the first two being over 20 years ago. We experienced the same enthusiasm from Backroads and the leaders today as back then. Backroads does it right! Every aspect seems well thought out—the hotels, meals, bicycle routes, events put on by the locals specifically for us (wine tasting, lunches, dinners, the 'lavender lady', the 'olive oil lady'), snacks, wines...the list goes on and on! This trip will go down in our memory books as first rate in all aspects!!"

Linda Biaggi - Minden, NV

"That might be the best trip ever. I loved it so much I would even do the same trip again. :) Your process, people and planning were top notch. Thank you!"

Wendy Penfield - Raleigh, NC

"The genius of Backroads is the combination of personal challenge and adventure with unsurpassed service and luxury that is ideal for those of us who want to be both active and spoiled on vacation."

Edith Schonberg - New York, NY

"Backroads, you've got it right."

Diane Phillips - Chatham, NJ

"It was the trip of a lifetime and was the perfect recipe of all that we find essential to the ideal trip: beautiful scenery, interesting culture with opportunity to use a foreign language, historical sites, gourmet food, and active outdoors time—yet without any of the associated stressors that usually come with planning such adventures. It didn't hurt that the weather was beyond unbelievable as well! Thanks for such an unreal experience that provided memories for a lifetime!"

Craig Alpert - Philadelphia, PA

"You have brought us such joy over the years and 12 Backroads trips. Thank you for all the research and hard work in making our trips joyful memories that we will always treasure."

Candice Nadler - Excelsior, MN

"The absolute best vacation of my life. We wanted to take a Backroads trip since we got married. We finally got around to it 30 years later for our 30th anniversary. It was absolutely the best vacation I have ever taken. I wish we hadn't waited 30 years. The leaders, food (loved the picnic lunches) and biking were awesome."

Mary Navroth - Yardley, PA

"From the 5 Backroads trips I took during my 3 1/2 months, I think this one and Patagonia were the most impressive ones. It was an amazing experience and I wanted to thank you all for making it a very special time. I think the biggest asset of Backroads are the 'people' and everyone that I met was fully engaged on the company's philosophy."

Anika Christophe Torres - Hamburg, Germany

"Each day I'd go to bed feeling like that was just an incredible day and not sure how it could get better. But Backroads did it! They continued to make each day better and better. At the end of the trip I said 'If I died tomorrow, I would have fully lived life.' What a great job by everyone involved to make this trip the best!"

Jody Koubsky - Lowry, MN

"Best vacation ever! Great guides; beautiful places; interesting culture and fun, fun, fun! Thank you!"

Kaitlyn Riddle - Berkeley, CA

"My whole life is changed because of this experience. I've just been home for an hour or so, and have already emailed everyone I know to tell them to get on the Backroads website to book a trip."

Jennifer Cox - Chicago, IL

"This trip was fantastic in every area! We couldn't have asked for better! I thoroughly enjoyed the hiking on this trip as well as the cultural, historical, and educational opportunities. Every day was filled with surprises...our leaders were terrific! They pulled it all together so well. I would enjoy being on another trip with them both! This was a trip of a lifetime!"

Ginny Green - Elyria, OH

"The trip was fantastic and exceeded my expectations. The Backroads touch (organization, local contacts, trip leaders) made all the difference. It was a fantastic trip in all respects."

Pam Gellen - Chicago, IL

"The trip was educational, scenic and it challenged me physically. For the first time in my life, I am home from vacation feeling stronger and better about myself. Wow."

Bard Rockenbach - North Palm Beach, FL

"A vacation is a gift you give yourself; after four trips with you, I feel Backroads instinctively seems to know, and the excellent leaders come to know even more so, what this gift means to you personally; all of you at Backroads have made it feel to me, as if these trips offer a grand unwrapping of this gift and even a more meaningful surprise package every day to be opened and shared. I want to savor the recent trip but cannot wait to think about a new adventure with you."

Deborah McDonald - Herndon, VA

"This evaluation is going to seem boring in the sense that even before I glance at the form I expect to be filling in 10s from top to bottom! Absolutely the finest trip that I can recall."

Joel Jayson - Brooklyn, NY

"This was a trip of a lifetime! Backroads made everything so easy and we loved every minute."

Gunnar Knapp - Anchorage, AK

"Over the last 30+ years, I've taken 96 biking trips all over the world. Anyone can print a brochure or put up a website promising a great active travel experience. Only Backroads delivers exceptional performance—not just promises—every time."

Richard Seltzer - Wynnewood, PA

"It's fair to say that a Backroads trip can change your life! Everyone who is thinking about a Backroads trip should definitely go! You can't go wrong with Backroads!"

Michael Cartier - Portage, MI

"Taking a Backroads trip is like enjoying the sweetest part of the watermelon, the planners and trip leaders trim away everything but the sweetest core of the trip. They worry about the logistics, the problem solving, so that as a guest, the most you worry about is what to order at dinner and how far to go on each daily option."

Jeff Tanji - Davis, CA

"Fantastic. This was our second trip and we have already begun planning another one for next year. One often hears the phrase, 'to exceed expectations.' It is almost always hype; however with Backroads it is reality. The trip was beautiful, challenging in parts, and based in service, consideration and support. Our trips have been unique life-enriching experiences. Backroads trips are truly an adventure and a needed break in the daily demands of life. From the first contact with your staff to the final good-bye on the last trip day, quality and planning are so apparent. My wife and I have had two of the best trips of our lives. We have already chosen the trip for next year. Backroads is quality."

Terry Robinson - White Bear Lake, MN

"Well done! Your trips add value to one's life. You provide opportunities that bring people together, place them in remarkable locations and, in many cases, ask the individuals to challenge themselves physically, resulting in true feelings of accomplishment. It doesn't get much better than that! Thank you!"

Lynda Farmer - North Saanich, BC

"We had a spectacular trip. I made the comment to my wife after the very first day of biking that I could go home today and feel like all my expectations had been fulfilled—and that was just the first day! We had been dreaming of and planning this trip for so long, that I was afraid I would be expecting too much. But it was so much better than we had even hoped for. Thanks, Backroads, for the trip of a lifetime! Now my only thought is how could the next Backroads trip possibly compare with this one—but I bet it will and it will be exciting to find out!"

Michael Kellum - Allen, TX

"This was the best vacation we've ever taken. I had a blast and learned so much. I came home feeling healthy and ready to get in better shape so I can enjoy my next trip even more. Although we were in a beautiful country, it was the trip leaders who made this so special. We had a great group and have come home with so many memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you."

Jane Heffner - Bloomfield Village, MI

"Everything about this trip was so far above my expectations that I was stunned. It was the best trip that I've had in 22 years."

Joss Flanzbaum - Pleasanton, CA

"I am so impressed with Backroads—your company is the most customer friendly and supportive travel company I have ever had the opportunity to interact with. You deserve off the chart marks on all levels of your service from calling to sign up to the actual trip quality and quality of leaders..."

Patsy Gleason - Green Valley, AZ

"Once again, we must rave about the folks at Backroads. From start to finish, you guys are insanely good. I couldn't believe what amazing food our leaders were able to prepare using just a grill and a Dutch oven! The meatless lasagna was the best I have ever had! The steaks, the cakes...heaven. And they work sooo hard. How can they manage to still be so perky, to carry our kids on shoulders, then sleep for only three or four hours on the ground? They are a special breed. I keep telling my 12-year-old daughter that she must seek this kind of work someday. What a celebration of life!"

Joanne Meagher - Coral Gables, FL

"I have never had a better vacation experience. Not only did we have great biking, but we enjoyed the surroundings, learned about wine and chocolate and made great friends. I have come home with a renewed spirit. Something I did not expect. From biking to wines, to food, to surroundings, to friends. I feel that Backroads was more than a biking trip...it was a reconnection to nature and challenging yourself!!"

Andi Weiss - Potomac, MD

"The whole experience was even better than I had anticipated! I didn't expect to be treated so well—I gave up all control and let myself be led by someone else. Such a treat for someone who is always 'in charge.' We never wanted for anything. The routes were challenging and beautiful. The lodging was lovely. The food was amazing. Our leaders were incredible and the guests were fun. We became a quick family and we were sad when it was over."

Joyce Tschudy - Crownsville, MD

"The more I think about this trip, the more awesome it becomes. You guys are the absolute best—the whole operation and trip appeared flawlessly done. Thank you so much for giving me one of the high times of my life!!"

Julie Prinsen - Newburgh, IN

"I had heard so many good things about Backroads from friends and was extremely happy to see it all live up to the hype, and then some! I will be back for more."

Christine Kenny - Charlestown, MA

"Our overall experience was excellent. Although we live in the area, it felt as if we were a world away! We loved the routes chosen... Backroads never disappoints, and we truly appreciate showing up and having everything taken care of for us. We love Backroads and will be looking forward to our next trip!"

Carol Newkirk - Glen Ellen, CA

"Having taken more than 25 trips with Backroads, we continue to marvel at the quality of your leaders, itineraries, cultural experiences, and accommodations. We plan to take many more trips with you!"

Jeanne Knox - Minneapolis, MN

"I've taken over 65 active vacation trips over the last 25+ years with many companies. So far as I'm concerned, Backroads has been and remains, now more than ever, best in class."

Richard Seltzer - Wynnewood, PA

"It exceeded my expectations... The leaders, hotels, restaurants/food, yacht elements (and captain) vistas and daily schedules were all extraordinary. I have been raving about it to everyone who will listen."

Barbara Abseck - New York, NY

"Once again, your company and superb staff have made our active travel everything we have dreamed of. The trip itinerary and set-up was perfect. The biking, van support and scenery beyond compare. The people we met are already planning our next Backroads trip together. We can't wait for out next vacation!"

Lorraine Shoaf-Kadish - Salt Lake City, UT

"The trip was by far the best vacation Jon and I have ever been on. Every aspect of the trip exceeded our expectation from the accommodations, to the quality of the leaders to the bike routes! It was the best biking we have ever done in our lives! It is not a matter of 'if' we do a Backroads trip in the future, but 'when' we can work it into our schedule!"

Jon Penny - Durango, CO

"I must say this was one of the best trips we've ever taken. Although I've loved touring the major European cities, getting out into the country and experiencing what life is really like for those who live there, was refreshing and fascinating. The stresses and worries of everyday life melted away with each mile biked, bringing us home feeling relaxed and like we had truly taken a vacation!"

Ellen Goldman - Livingston, NJ

"It was really a fantastic trip for so many reasons. Backroads is definitely a quality organization and it is very impressive how many repeat vacationers there are—with good reason."

Alice Wilder - New York, NY

"Backroads was an amazing experience. Our trip far exceeded our expectations—and was literally, the trip of a lifetime."

Danielle Seymour - Lafayette, CO

"I have now finished ten trips with Backroads and continue to be overwhelmed by your formula and its superb execution by your well trained, thoughtful, kind, friendly, knowledgeable, and most professional group of leaders. Tom, my hat is off to you and your team for all you do to make our lives a bit more enjoyable trip after trip. Here's to my first ten trips. I am very much looking forward to the next ten. Thanks for all the good times and life-long memories created along the way."

Richard Westin - Orinda, CA

"Another homerun from Backroads. What a GREAT way to travel! I'm in love with France and in love with the company that helps me discover it in such a relaxed yet invigorating manner... you guys are just awesome!"

James Robertson - Santa Rosa CA

"This trip was fantastic and executed flawlessly by the Backroads leaders and in-country support team. They made it easy to let go and relax and just enjoy the activities and the amazing beauty of this country."

Nancy Boughton - Santa Clara, CA

"Backroads is an awesome company and your leaders are top notch. It really appeared they received support from the company so in turn they could provide great support for the guests. The inns were gorgeous, the food fabulous, and the hiking routes terrific."

Stephanie Swann - Decatur, GA

"Absolutely the best trip that I have ever been on and quite possibly the best week of my life. It was really a great experience."

David Dines - Wayzata, MN

"This trip far exceeded my expectations. Up front, I knew I was going to be able to relax and not worry about details, but it's an entirely different thing to experience this level of care. I immediately fell into the routine, experiencing things moment by moment, and loved that all I had to worry about was deciding whether I was going to take the long or short option hike that day. I feel rejuvenated and can't wait to go on my next trip. It is difficult to adjust back to the real world after getting immersed in a Backroads trip."

Michelle LaRoche - Campbell, CA

"This was my first Backroads trip and it exceeded all my expectations. I met some great people, challenged myself to some adventures I didn't think I could accomplish, saw amazing things, overall had a fantastic time. The leaders were absolutely critical to that. They really cared and were very accommodating and flexible and could adapt to any situation. I am extremely pleased and look forward to the next trip!"

Erica Eisner - Chicago, IL

"This was one of the best vacations I have ever had. Thanks to the Backroads staff for making this experience fun and easy. The accommodations were first class all the way and the meals were unbelievable. I will make sure that I tell all my friends about Backroads. If you have not booked a trip with Backroads, I would recommend that you book it as soon as possible so that you do not miss out on one of the best experiences you will ever have. Thanks Backroads, see you very soon."

Jon Foster - Chicago Heights, IL

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On Backroads Trip Design:

"I chose this trip because I wanted challenging biking in addition to beautiful scenery. I got it! It was the hardest and farthest biking I have ever done. I feel that I really accomplished something. The first part of the trip—through the Chianti region—was spectacular. I honestly feel sorry for anyone that doesn't get to experience the region on a bike. Every view was a postcard."

Peter Heller - San Mateo, CA

"Again Backroads has impressed me with a well-planned, well-executed trip filled with challenges and a variety of activities to enjoy."

Deanne Roggekamp - Wilmette, IL

"Hands down the best vacation we have ever had! It's already a logistical nightmare trying to please a whole family; planning, packing, etc. Backroads took so much of these worries out so I could sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I knew that this was going to be a great trip. I had some minor trepidation because of the price and my husband was not all that happy about it, but since I paid he couldn't complain too much. He was convinced we would not spend this again for a vacation. At the end of the trip, he's 100% turned around and is ready to go on another trip because it was truly a priceless adventure."

Helga Stadick - Tampa, FL

"Excellent! We would highly recommend Backroads. We appreciate the flexibility offered. The accommodations are always wonderful and the choice of activities interesting and fun."

Barbara Rhinehart - Elverson, PA

"Absolutely fantastic. Nothing overlooked. This trip was run so smoothly that we never had a moment that didn't work out. I can't wait for my next trip with Backroads!"

Lisa Hatcher - Newton, MA

"This was a fabulous trip from beginning to end. I was so impressed with the ease and smoothness of the running of this trip, knowing we were the 3rd (or 2nd) trip for Backroads in Iceland. I was so impressed with the research that was conducted before offering this trip to your guests. Our leaders seemed so experienced in their knowledge of the country, in their ability to navigate, and their choices of the local areas we visited and the guides we had. This was truly an awesome experience, having three fabulous leaders and seeing and doing all that we did in six days."

Clare Segall - Longboat Key, FL

"Anantara Resort & Spa Golden Triangle is one of the most beautiful resorts I've ever seen, the attention to detail in the design and landscaping is incredible, and of course the elephants and their wonderful families are so special. Waking up to the early mist and hearing elephants in the fields and the birds was just magical. I'm really not a group person but this was so laid back, no pressure to participate in everything. The balance of downtime and activities was just right. I'm only sorry that jet lag prevented me from hearing the choir at the Mekong river resort and visiting the Buddhist temple the second day!"

Harriet Dann - Needham Heights, MA

"This trip and our amazing guides met every expectation me and my husband had. I cannot say enough positive things about our outstanding leaders and their incredible knowledge of the area we were in and their efforts to help make this trip a trip of a lifetime. Both my husband and myself do a fair amount of biking but did not want to bike all day, every day. This trip was designed perfectly for our needs in that respect. Would recommend it for bikers and newbie bikers as well."

Stacey Starr - Suffern, NY

"Backroads has the greatest guides and the best variety of hiking choices within each trip so that every trip is wonderful."

Brenda Pate - Wake Forest, NC

"Very well organized, the food was great!! They really did their research well, the Icelandic guides that they hired were top notch, the hotels were very nice."

Lori Welsh � Brooklyn, NY

"We had very high expectations after our first trip with Backroads to South Africa, but this was another outstanding experience. The combination of the Andes and the Galápagos was great, it was a good contrast and felt like two trips in one. Also, the combination of exercising, cultural opportunities, and geography was fantastic. So much was packed into each day, but I never had the feeling that it was too much. It was a really another trip of a lifetime."

Micah Rimer - Amsterdam, Netherlands

"Backroads just doesn't know how to put together anything but the perfect trip! Thank you for another memorable travel experience."

Jan Dotson - Loveland, CO

"This was our second Backroads trip and will not be our last!!! Our leaders were the best we could have hoped for. Backroads is a well-run, organized company. It is obvious that the feedback you get from your guests is put into your programs. To all the people behind the scenes and the leaders.....Keep up the good work!!!"

Rita Whissell - Calgary, AB

"Fantastic trip—I loved it! Extremely well planned, something I could never do on my own. I really like getting away from cities and truly seeing and exploring the country. This trip was very special. Once again I keep saying that you can't go wrong with Backroads—every trip so far has exceeded my expectations!"

Calvin Low - Weston, VT

"FAR exceeded my highest hopes and expectations! The planning behind it was perfection itself - unspeakably beautiful hikes (the most rewarding of my life), with extremely competent support both on the trail and in the camp. Superb. Superb."

Mary Beckwith - Lincoln, MA

"There is no way I could have planned something like this myself. I appreciated the van support and caution given to our well-being at all times. I loved all the surprises our leaders had for us...it made every moment special. Thanks to all who made this trip unforgettable!!!"

Frances Abbate - Fox River Grove, IL

"Once again I want to congratulate your tour leaders and Backroads for making my vacation such a memorable event. I can't even think of any constructive criticism to offer. Everything went like clockwork. Your company and your employees exude nothing but class. Thank you very much for all the endless planning to details to make my trip something to brag about to all my friends and relatives. "

Karen Gooch - Edina, MN

"FAR exceeded my highest hopes and expectations! The planning behind it was perfection itself—unspeakably beautiful hikes (the most rewarding of my life), with extremely competent support both on the trail and in the camp. Superb. Superb. The addition of a 'dedicated' chef on this trip was invaluable!!! We got to enjoy the gift of a GREAT camp cook and Master of the Dutch oven, and the two guides were thus free to spend LOTS of time with us guests."

Mary Beckwith - Lincoln, MA

"By far, the Best trip we have ever taken. The logistics, organization, quality of guides, presentation, activity selection were all done beyond perfection. You clearly have some intelligent folks masterminding this organization."

Brad Hinrichs - Menlo Park, CA

"The trip was fantastic—yet another fabulous Backroads experience. I really feel rested and relaxed—not an easy thing for a New Yorker! I love the feeling of being taken care of for a week—not having to worry about anything, knowing that Backroads has thought of everything I could ever want, in addition to a whole bunch of stuff I never would have thought of! I'm already planning my next trips."

Amy Ayres - New York, NY

"This was the most well organized, truly seamless vacation experience I have ever had."

Lori Robinson - Alexandria, VA

"This trip exceeded my expectations in every respect—you have gained a regular customer. The planning was meticulous, and the execution was flawless. From planning a 'slower' day after a very vigorous day, to making a suggested sightseeing detour after the longest uphill climb of the day, it is clear someone really thought about how and when to schedule events. I was also impressed with the variety of easy/moderate/challenging options that were offered on most of the rides. Written directions were well done. I also like how you varied the scenic experiences: one day a ride in the woods, the next day rolling hills, farmland and bay areas and the next day sweeping, windswept ocean vistas. I was impressed."

Wendy Schick-Dougall - Brooklyn, NY

"I love the way Backroads offers such opportunities, which you can't really create on your own."

Wendy Gibney - Berkeley, CA

"What can I say but fantastic! Since my first travels with Backroads 11½ years ago, I constantly talk about the company with other people. I have never had such great vacations as I have had with Backroads."

Amanda Riggs - Fort McMurray, AB

"You have this down to a science without it feeling antiseptic. Efficiency with a smile."

Bill Mula - Chicago, IL

"One of the principal reasons we vacation with Backroads is that we could never come up with the quality of the accommodations, dining, or general experience if we tried to book the trip on our own."

Mark Smucker - Granger, IN

"Another outstanding Backroads experience—flawlessly executed by your amazing leaders. You guys pack more into five or six days without ever making guests feel rushed—including cultural contacts with the locals that would be impossible to arrange on one's own. Thanks again from all of us!"

Victor Lerch - Raleigh, NC

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Backroads Trip Leaders:

"What distinguishes Backroads from other companies, most of which offer similar trips at lower or slightly lower prices, is the quality of your trip leaders. You are extremely selective in hiring them, give them extensive and rigorous training, and the result is exceptional service. This is why I am loyal to Backroads. Over the years, I have tried a couple other companies to save a few hundred bucks and always regretted it. Backroads trip leaders are the best (including the excellent ones on this trip)."

Ron Cronovich - Kenosha, WI

"Your training staff should teach executives in Fortune 500 Companies. Your leaders would make outstanding corporate officers with their personnel skills, attitude, and joy to serve. Congratulations on recruiting and then training such good people."

Steve Stepanek - Manhattan Beach, CA

"I was very impressed with your guides. They immediately picked up on participants' individual personalities, idiosyncrasies and preferences. Their ability and talent of keeping everything fun and moving was not to be taken for granted."

Ted Huang - Menlo Park, CA

"This trip and our amazing guides met every expectation me and my husband had. I cannot say enough positive things about our outstanding leaders and their incredible knowledge of the area we were in and their efforts to help make this trip a trip of a lifetime. Both my husband and myself do a fair amount of biking but did not want to bike all day, every day. This trip was designed perfectly for our needs in that respect. Would recommend it for bikers and newbie bikers as well."

Stacey Starr - Suffern, NY

"Hiring, training and company policies shine through in the caliber of the leaders and the overall experience. At the same time, the leaders' autonomy and ability to put their stamp on the experience makes it not feel cookie-cutter. A great balance."

Polly Hoppin - Jamaica Plain, MA

"This was my 5th Backroads trip and it was fabulous. Backroads always does a great job choosing leaders, chefs and camp assistants. The itinerary was well thought out and the leaders executed the plan perfectly. I just want to compliment Backroads on your interviewing process and the training of your staff. All your staff were friendly, flexible, energetic, hard-working, well-liked by the kids and the adults. The leaders and camp staff really lived the mission that Backroads puts customers first. They were able to handle some challenging personalities of the guests as well! Backroads is a dream come true!"

Maureen Cavanaugh - New York, NY

"The trip really did exceed our expectations on every level, especially the level of expertise and professionalism of the guides. We especially loved being introduced to local people like the berry farmer and going to the cooking lesson and making pasta and eating at their restaurants because both afforded us such an intimate inside glimpse of the country that we would never have gotten on our own."

Paula Gorlitz

"With each trip, we are certain that we just experienced the very best leaders ever. Then we arrive for the next trip and we experience this same excellence all over again with a different leader. The many wonderful and knowledgeable people that work in the organization are the backbone of Backroads!"

Ann Posey - Richmond, VA

"Our leaders were absolutely the greatest! My daughter cried herself to sleep the first night after our Backroads trip as she missed them so much and had such a great time. The attention to detail was phenomenal. We lived like kings and queens."

William Gramig - Greensboro, NC

"We have been on trips with other organizations, but the leaders on those trips paled by comparison."

Bill and Marlene Gordon - Los Gatos, CA

"Backroads has the greatest guides and the best variety of hiking choices within each trip so that every trip is wonderful."

Brenda Pate - Wake Forest, NC

"Outstanding, superb do not come close to describing our leader! Can we request him for ALL our future Backroads adventures regardless of continent? He was knowledgeable, passionate, organized and thoroughly engaged. He provided very skilled navigation from transportation to town logistics."

Melissa Macias - Corpus Christi, TX

"As my kids would say, 'They (the leaders) are like magic...they just seem to appear out of nowhere as soon as you think you might need them!! It's amazing!!'"

Jennifer O'Scannlain - Chicago, IL

"This trip was fantastic in every area! We couldn't have asked for better! I thoroughly enjoyed the hiking on this trip as well as the cultural, historical, and educational opportunities. Every day was filled with surprises...our leaders were terrific! They pulled it all together so well. I would enjoy being on another trip with them both! This was a trip of a lifetime!"

Ginny Green - Elyria, OH

"Based on the prior Backroads trip I took 11 years ago, I knew that this trip would be well-run, have the right amount of active & down time, and would be shared with a nice group of people. I was not disappointed. This was my first time to visit this area—what a beautiful part of the country! Pictures don't do it justice. The hikes were more strenuous than I expected, but they make for good bragging (ha ha)! The pace of the trip was just right—the hikes in Bryce were long enough to feel I got a good workout but seemed to be a nice down-shifting from the Zion hikes. Our leaders were delightful—very upbeat & fun, amazingly organized, so patient with us all. I'm already thinking about where to go next!"

Melinda Willson - Northbrook, IL

"This was a fabulous trip from beginning to end. I was so impressed with the ease and smoothness of the running of this trip, knowing we were the 3rd (or 2nd) trip for Backroads in Iceland. I was so impressed with the research that was conducted before offering this trip to your guests. Our leaders seemed so experienced in their knowledge of the country, in their ability to navigate, and their choices of the local areas we visited and the guides we had. This was truly an awesome experience, having three fabulous leaders and seeing and doing all that we did in six days."

Clare Segall - Longboat Key, FL

"As much as I have loved Backroads throughout the years, it wasn't until I took another company's tour that I realized just how spectacular your trip leaders truly are. In my opinion, the leaders make the trip, and I will never take a chance on another touring company again...I can't wait to spend a week with yet another set of the best leaders in the industry."

Cheryl Shechter - Miami, FL

"A wonderful experience, engaging and thoroughly restful at the same time. This is a trip I would seriously consider taking again. The quality of your leaders is fundamental to the quality of the Backroads experience. Please continue to retain, recruit and develop your leaders at the highest possible level. They are your distinguishing competitive advantage...and they ensure a very positive experience."

Peter DuBois - San Francisco, CA

"Our Trip Leaders were perfect. No request was too small. One of my friends mentioned that she loved peanut butter and the next day there is was. I always felt confident in their abilities and resourcefulness. I'm a great fan of Backroads, and although the whole plan has to work, your Trip Leaders are what differentiates you from other active travel companies."

Barbara Sidor - Palo Alto, CA

"As always Backroads has hit it on the button. Your leaders may be the best we have ever traveled with anywhere (no small feat). Their charm, intelligence, competence in emergencies, beauty and athleticism amazed us. Where do you find people like this?"

David Fields - Pound Ridge, NY

"I have only been on two Backroads trips so far, but you distinguish yourself with the quality of your trip leaders. They far exceed your competition."

Gretchen Yager - Encinitas, CA

"Our leaders were amazing. I consult in customer service management, and I have never had a better experience. They took care of us seamlessly and gracefully. I don't know how you find these people but your selection process must be awesome. Both of them refused my offer to adopt them, but in spite of that, I can't find words adequate to sing their praises. My husband and I actually relaxed on this trip...I guess that's high praise in and of itself. Thank you, thank you."

Jean Kerwin - Slingerlands, NY

"Your guides are great. I own Colorado's largest river outfitter and I employ 70 guides, having done this for over 20 years. All three of your guides really made the experience. You are fortunate to have them and it is obvious that your hiring practices are spot on."

Karen Neinas - Canon City, CO

"The quality of your guides never ceases to amaze me. They are friendly, have a great sense of humor, roll with the punches, and are resourceful and delightful. Thanks for hiring such fantastic people."

Suellen White - Stockholm, Sweden

"Easy to see that the value of your brand and business is anchored by the quality of your people. Credit to Backroads for being able to recruit and retain talented staff and trip leaders."

Jack Bartell - Marana, AZ

"The reason I continue to come back to Backroads are your leaders. They are engaging, bright and competent. While ensuring a memorable adventure for the group, their attention to detail and anticipation of individual needs are what elevate them beyond what is expected. They are your greatest asset."

Carmel Mitchell - South Boston, MA

"Cannot say enough good things about the leaders both individually and as a REAL team. This was our 4th trip with Backroads and we have never been in the least way disappointed in the leaders. Quite the contrary. They are just fabulous, and these three were no exception. Whoever is responsible for choosing and training leaders should feel really proud. I ran a company—consistent excellence does not happen by chance."

Rick Dowden - Steamboat Springs, CO

"The crowning Backroads contribution—the one that made a summer trip into perhaps the best summer trip my family has ever taken—comes from the leaders. They are simply fantastic; they're smart, informed, helpful, cheerful, earnest, committed, lovely, capable, energetic, impressive human beings. They worked together like synchronized swimmers, seamlessly executing a daily dance that made every element of the camping experience an effortless joy for everyone. They were terrific with the kids. They were engaging, warm, and just plain fun with the parents. I cannot say enough about how much their truly excellent work (and it WAS work indeed—daily and nightly diligence that always seemed like their pure pleasure to do) made the whole trip into pure enjoyment."

Amy Silverstein - Chappaqua, NY

"I've only been on five Backroads trips, but this one has hit the top of my list as my most favorite!!! You have once again exceeded my expectations for a vacation!! The whole package is terrific. But the key, in my view, are the leaders. How do you SO consistently have the best people on the planet there to ensure the best vacations on the planet? I will enthusiastically recommend this Costa Brava trip to anyone who will listen. From mountains to sea, with gorgeous landscapes and villages between, not to mention starting in the beautiful and fascinating city of Barcelona. WOW!! Backroads, you've done it again."

Carol Dowden - Steamboat Springs, CO

"It was outstanding! We are all so sad it is over. Our guides were almost clairvoyant in their ability to know when rest/refreshment was needed, pick up the mood by entertaining a tired group, cheer participants on to optimum achievement, challenge kids just enough, and keep everyone engaged and excited about what was next. Their passion for the region was contagious and their athletic ability inspirational. They were incredibly flexible and managed to accommodate those who wanted more challenge, as well as those who needed downtime."

Stu Guenther - Atlanta, GA

"Our leaders really enjoyed their job, and it showed when they worked! They made our trip what it was. They are all funny, unique, energetic, informative, passionate, welcoming, happy, positive, caring, attentive to detail, and we cannot praise them more highly."

Michael Cartier - Portage, MI

"Our leaders were incredible. They cared for our every need/desire while ensuring our safety. That translated to our group and by the time we were on the bus in Florence (on day 1!) we were like family. That cohesiveness grew during our hikes and experiences. It was truly a magical week! Thank you and special, heartfelt thanks, to our amazing leaders."

Theresa Bachhuber - New Hartford, CT

"I think the fun temperament and enthusiastic, agreeable disposition of our leaders was what pulled everything together so well. These are very special people, well suited to supervising families with different ages and athletic abilities through an organized event in a different culture."

Kristi Rowsell - Glen Ellyn, IL

"I can't say enough about the Backroads leaders and support people we've met on our trips. The thing that comes across so clearly is that they absolutely love what they're doing and appreciate that no matter how many times they've done this or seen that, for us it's usually a first time experience and your great folks embrace the opportunity to share that wonder with us."

Joel Kelly - Studio City, CA

"Your trip leaders are really special people. They have more to their personalities than simply being bike riders. I have been impressed with their 'prior lives' before they joined Backroads...they all have wonderful personal stories to share."

Barbara Zand - Pocantico Hills, NY

"The trip was amazing. Very well organized and executed. But the thing that made it such a spectacular success were our amazing leaders. Each one of them contributed something special and memorable. Even when they were working so hard to make us a great meal, or unloading/loading equipment, they were always willing to stop what they were doing to answer a question, or assist with any request. We took pictures of them so that we can always remember them and I can point to each of them when guiding my kids toward their adulthoods. They were inspiring, fun and attentive."

Erin Ades - Ridgewood, NJ

"One of the best vacations I have ever had. The trip was great and leaders/support team were superb (and then some). They added a great deal to the experience. I can't imagine better leaders. Everything was well coordinated and there was clearly a lot of concern in making sure that the vacation was as stress free and enjoyable as it could be."

Barry Greenberg - San Diego, CA

"We cannot say enough great things about our trip leaders and their caring and warm gift of making us feel important, secure and safe on this trip. They really were able to foster community with 25 people! They were a superb team! Thank you!"

Paul Manganiello - Norwich, VT

"I think our guides really made the trip. I was super impressed by their professionalism. The trip was flawless, and we didn't see an instant of the behind-the-scenes work. You could easily tell how passionate they were about their role, and they made the trip a fantastic active vacation."

David Grossman - Chicago, IL

"Our guides were great! They answered ALL of our crazy questions, seemed pleased to spend time with us, were unbelievably assuring and reassuring that we could all ride at our OWN pace, and were there for us whenever we were in need. It was worth the price of the trip to just spend a week with such great guys! Everything about the experience surpassed any expectations that I might have had."

Kip Johnson - Wenatchee, WA

"Awe inspiring, fun and informative. This was our first Backroads trip...it far exceeded our expectations, in every way. The food was over the top. The scenery and hiking were diverse and extraordinary. The inns were intimate and excellent. But it was the guides who made the trip so very special. They appeared to handle all the logistics effortlessly and we so appreciated having everything handled. They both provided leadership, but it never quite appeared so. They were tons of fun, inspiring, well informed and good teachers, and just so generally interesting as human beings I would have loved to have been almost anywhere with them. I effuse enough. It was a perfect trip."

Laura Gamble - Carmel, CA

"Unparalleled, outstanding, exceptional! I did not think after my first Backroads trip that another would surpass that but this second one did without a doubt. I can strongly say that it could not have been so without the top-notch leaders of the trip."

Alice Yeh - Daly City, CA

"Our guides were flawless—organized, fun, informed, spirited, and simply outstanding. They made the trip flow with ease. I can't imagine how much behind the scenes work and coordination they put in but it was phenomenal."

Melissa Macias - Milwaukee, WI

"This trip was far MORE than we ever expected. Our guides were fantastic. The kids loved them and so did we. They NEVER missed an opportunity to make our experience more fun, memorable, comfortable, educational, relaxing, easier, flexible...they read us perfectly and knew exactly what we wanted. I cannot say enough about those three."

Jane Tauber - Short Hills, NJ

"Our leaders were absolutely incredible. They were knowledgeable, helpful, enthusiastic and went FAR beyond the call of duty on their jobs. Above all, their attitudes and the fact that they were truly having FUN meant everything in terms of maintaining the group dynamics to ensure that everyone had a pleasurable experience."

Lori Robinson - Alexandria, VA

"The best trip we have ever taken as a family, and the leaders were the primary reason. We laughed for 10 days straight. The leaders spoiled us so much that when we came home we were incapable of doing our own grocery shopping or planning our own activities of daily living. When we left, we felt like the leaders had become members of our family. We will always remember the trip and our leaders very fondly."

Vivian Kwong - Pasadena, CA

"What a fabulous time! Our leaders were so fun and so caring! This is my second Backroads trip and I would do a third in a heartbeat! The leaders we had allowed us to have such a fun time—every day! They took good care of us in so many different ways and it was really a privilege to see them work. They are very talented and inspiring—what a wonderful group of people!"

Kimberly Borin - Lebanon NJ

"All of the leaders were friendly, courteous, professional, fun, engaging and very accommodating! They all contributed in their own unique ways to making this vacation one that my son and I will both remember for the rest of our lives."

Diana Parent - Georgetown, MA

"I think Backroads' biggest asset is in the quality of your leaders. They are bright, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, confident and inspiring. I would take another trip just to meet two more fantastic individuals."

Rue Richey - New York, NY

"These young women were extraordinary. There wasn't anything they couldn't do... from bike maintenance, to historian, to cyclists extraordinaire, navigator, chauffeur, cheerleader, translator, organizer, caretaker, joke teller, femme fatale...they had it all."

Robin Watson - San Anselmo, CA

"It was wonderful. The guides were ALL—every one of them—EXCEPTIONAL. They made us feel fantastic. They were fun, informative, funny, sincere, helpful, well...i just can't say enough great things about them. Your leaders, itinerary, and local guides have given me the opportunity to travel alone, meet new and great people, and to experience things I otherwise would have missed. Heartfelt thanks to all the leaders I've met on my trips: You make a positive difference in all the lives you touch."

Patricia Kowalczyk - Chicago, IL

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Insider Knowledge:

"Our climbing guide gave the children a wonderful experience. All our children said that was their most favorite part of the trip. Having a world class mountaineer as a guide was a real surprise. Keep him!"

Sandra Wilson � Green Valley, AZ

"Very well organized, the food was great!! They really did their research well, the Icelandic guides that they hired were top notch, the hotels were very nice."

Lori Welsh � Brooklyn, NY

"This trip was in celebration of my 50th birthday. It was everything I hoped for and more—and I had very high expectations, so that is saying something! Backroads made traveling to an exotic country user-friendly and exciting. We felt that we were able to see and do things that we could never have organized on our own. It is clear that Backroads has done an exceptional job of cultivating local relationships so that they can offer unique and meaningful experiences to their guests."

Dhuane Stephens � New York, NY

"Everything was perfect from start to finish and the trip extremely exceeded my expectations. I would not have been able to do 75% of these things if on my own. The combination of outdoors/exercise with cultural experience was perfect. The added bonuses—for example of music at lunch when hiking in Cuzco, visiting Huilloc to see local weavers, having a lama-herding woman hiking with us—were not expected and really made the trip. Giving food to the children in Huilloc is something that I will never forget. I appreciate that Backroads gives to the local people."

Linda Douglas - Cambridge, MA

"This trip is a cultural smorgasbord, full of different interesting ecologic environments, people, and activities. It was a wonderful introduction to Costa Rica."

Patrick Osgood - Reno, NV

"A delight! What a coup having a certified volcanologist and small coffee grower share their experiences with us!!"

Bruce Beaumont - Troy, MI

"We love Backroads and recommend it highly to all of our friends. Truly it has enhanced our understanding of cultures, our love of nature, and opened the world to us. We are grateful for every trip you have provided and hope to do more in the years ahead. Backroads remains our favorite—although we have taken 2 trips with other companies. I think you do a better job on helping the participants learn about the culture and your guides are incredible."

Candice Nadler - Excelsior, MN

"My perceptions about China and its people were turned inside out. The leaders are so prepared, that it gives us the freedom to emerge ourselves in the experience and not worry about all the details. I can't say enough good things."

Susan Bednarick - Mooresville, NC

"The blend of challenging physical activity, natural beauty, varied cultural experiences and learning from an outstanding local guide made for a perfect trip."

Lawrence Arem - Merion Station, PA

"What a wonderful trip!!! Oh what a wonderful crew we had—from Rosy the naturalist on Skye, to our storyteller, archeologist, whisky savant, castle curator, bagpiper, Irish folk duo—the leaders provided us with absolutely wonderful experiences with truly interesting and informative local folk."

Robert Friend - San Francisco, CA

"The trip was great. Our local guide was a fabulous addition to the trip, and I truly enjoyed his talks on the Incan culture and history. The visit to Huilloc will forever be etched in my mind—the people, the culture, the community and the weavings. Everything we could have possibly wanted all brought together for us to experience."

Kimberly Wright - Wilmington DE

"Another outstanding Backroads experience—flawlessly executed by your amazing leaders. You guys pack more into five or six days without ever making guests feel rushed—including cultural contacts with the locals that would be impossible to arrange on one's own."

Victor Lerch - Raleigh, NC

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On the Backroads Trip Pace:

"We had very high expectations after our first trip with Backroads to South Africa, but this was another outstanding experience. The combination of the Andes and the Galápagos was great, it was a good contrast and felt like two trips in one. Also, the combination of exercising, cultural opportunities, and geography was fantastic. So much was packed into each day, but I never had the feeling that it was too much. It was a really another trip of a lifetime."

Micah Rimer - Amsterdam, Netherlands

"Based on the prior Backroads trip I took 11 years ago, I knew that this trip would be well-run, have the right amount of active & down time, and would be shared with a nice group of people. I was not disappointed. This was my first time to visit this area—what a beautiful part of the country! Pictures don't do it justice. The hikes were more strenuous than I expected, but they make for good bragging (ha ha)! The pace of the trip was just right—the hikes in Bryce were long enough to feel I got a good workout but seemed to be a nice down-shifting from the Zion hikes. Our leaders were delightful—very upbeat & fun, amazingly organized, so patient with us all. I'm already thinking about where to go next!"

Melinda Willson - Northbrook, IL

"This trip far exceeded my expectations. We had a blast. Even though I am a novice biker, I never felt like a novice. Our leaders were encouraging, and made sure that I was comfortable in whatever I chose to do."

Martha Custer - Lansdale, PA

"Glacier was beautiful. I enjoyed the trip very much. I was glad that there were 2 hikes per day & that there were enough people who chose both hikes so it was balanced. I chose the shorter hikes so I was happy that I had others to hike with. It was not too challenging, which was perfect for me."

Madeline Murray - Old Tappan, NJ

"This was a fabulous trip! I was so impressed with the organization of the trip, the leaders, the places we stayed, the great wines. I loved the cycling routes and numerous daily options. My trip partner and I had different cycling agendas—I wanted to ride a lot, he wanted to ride less—the way our days were organized, we could both do our thing, yet feel that we had really shared the experience as well."

Susan Michaelis - Baltimore, MD

"Fantastic experience! Beautiful, challenging, satisfying. The trip was well structured to allow the participants of various fitness and experience levels to be successful and proud of their efforts."

David Stevenson - Portland, OR

"I was really nervous about my ability to actually be able to handle the physical activity associated with the Backroads trip but the experience of the guides (e.g. knowing when a break was needed) and adjustments on the fly made it one of the most enjoyable vacations I ever took."

Ruth Schleifer - Oakland, CA

"We fall into quite different categories of bikers: our son is hardcore, my husband and daughter strong, and I am a slowpoke. But everyone felt that the trip was tailored for them. And the mixture of hiking, kayaking and snorkeling just increased the enjoyment."

Molly Bailey - Seattle, WA

"This trip was such a delight. The trip was more than I expected, and we were all given great attention. Everyone worked at their own level and the pressure was not there to keep up with the faster group. I would recommend this trip to anyone because of all we experienced."

Bobbi Tonsfeldt - Independence, MO

"Every aspect of the trip was well planned and very well executed. Among the 12 participants, there was a variety of riding abilities and riding plans. Our leaders were exceptional in their efforts to accommodate everyone's needs and plans in order to make everyone's experience personally satisfying and to make the group dynamics positive at all times. While I was a part of a group, I also had the sense at all times that my own needs and wishes were being attended to by the leaders. Individually and collectively, they were always at the 'top of their game.'"

Warren Self - Christiansburg, VA

"This trip fulfilled all my hopes, and confirmed NONE of my fears for the trip. My hope was to experience new activities, to discover new abilities in myself, and to push myself physically. I got chances to do all of that. My fear was that the trip leaders would be too demanding in terms of requiring everyone to do tons of activities and to "enjoy" tough things like biking in the rain. I was also afraid everyone on the trip would be more active than me, and more gung ho about hiking or biking in the cold or rain. None of this happened. I absolutely loved the trip."

Mark Kressel - Las Vegas, NV

"What a fantastic trip! Great biking! I kept thinking how lucky I was to be in New Zealand as I rode down the coast, through peaceful countryside, past lakes and rivers of unbelievable shades of blue, through the rainforest, and up and over the Southern Alps. There was quite a bit of flexibility in the itinerary to do as much or as little biking as one wanted, as well as time to do a lot of interesting optional activities, such as glacier walking, kayaking, hiking, a scenic flight and cruise, and of course bungee jumping!! "

Jennifer Wu - Bellbrook, OH

"The level and variety of activity was great and you accommodated our family's diverseness."

Jill Greenberg - Malibu, CA

"There is always a mix of athletic abilities and personalities on trips such as these, and this one was no different. I was very impressed by how the leaders provided an environment that let each person do what they wanted, so that everyone was able to enjoy the trip at their own pace and desire."

Steve Bachmann - San Francisco, CA

"It was a wonderful mix of activities that catered to all ability levels. It was thoroughly, meticulously planned to show us the best of Yosemite."

Deborah Schneider - Philadelphia, PA

"Our leaders were excellent, attentive and fun. I liked the flexibility of the scheduling, primarily because I am a slow biker and did not want to feel pressured that the rest of the group would have to wait for me. The way you set it up, I did not feel pressured. On the final day, I decided to ride part of the way in the van and was glad I had this option. Other days, I rode on my own but still felt that someone was looking out for me. Thanks for a very enjoyable trip! My husband and I have already talked about Backroads trips we will be looking at next year."

Cherie Maharam - Pittsburgh, PA

"The trip was well organized and I loved the flexibility to do all or part of the activities based on how you felt each day."

Ellen Trotochaud - Glenview, IL

"This was the best vacation I think I've ever had--it was absolutely wonderful. Our leaders were great. And the setting...Wow. There were times when I wished I had more downtime to relax, but then I remembered that, of course, I had all the time I wanted. I had merely to say the word and I could be whisked off my bike and be back at the hotel pool. The fact is, the scenery was so spectacular and the riding so much fun that I never WANTED to get whisked off my bike. It was a trip of a lifetime. Thank you for everything. I'll never forget it."

Jim Gerlacki - Bethlehem, PA

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On Backroads Value:

"We just loved the trip. It was our first Backroads experience and we were wary, since we are normally very independent travelers. I actually enjoy the process of finding the perfect hotel, plotting the trip, etc., but I have been too busy lately to spend time on this trip, and thought the Backroads plan would make life easier. It did! What a pleasure to put everything in someone else's hands. The leaders were super, the activities were good, the hotels were comfortable, and I loved not constantly thinking about pulling out my credit card. I also loved not handling my luggage, or worrying about directions. I thought it was a great value. Once I added up what we would have spent on hotels, food, transportation, rentals, etc., it seemed very reasonable."

Craig Colvin - Columbus, OH

"Hands down the best vacation we have ever had! It's already a logistical nightmare trying to please a whole family; planning, packing, etc. Backroads took so much of these worries out so I could sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I knew that this was going to be a great trip. I had some minor trepidation because of the price and my husband was not all that happy about it, but since I paid he couldn't complain too much. He was convinced we would not spend this again for a vacation. At the end of the trip, he's 100% turned around and is ready to go on another trip because it was truly a priceless adventure."

Helga Stadick - Tampa, FL

"I honestly cannot think of anything that would have improved this trip. The itinerary was well designed, incorporating a good variety of activities and environments. I felt that I experienced some of the most beautiful scenery in Alaska. I choose to travel with Backroads for some locations rather than designing my trips myself because I can trust that the itinerary, accommodations, and in particular, the trip leaders, will be excellent. Backroads has a knack for finding great trip leaders with appealing personalities who make sure the trip runs smoothly and that guests do not see/feel all of the hustling that must be going on behind the scenes to ensure a seamless experience. I think the price for this trip provides tremendous value considering that we get guides, meals, equipment, etc."

Julie Kwon - Menlo Park, CA

"This was our fifth Backroads trip. Before Backroads we tried one trip with a more expensive bike trip company and one with a cheaper one. Neither were worth the extra money or the savings. Backroads is the perfect blend of excellent routes, activities, hotels and fine meals. And the best distinction is the superb leadership. We have had ten leaders, all of them 10s. They are genuinely friendly, efficient, helpful and most capable of smoothing out the occasional travel blip."

Tom Lewand - Birmingham, MI

"I came into this trip thinking it was a bit pricey, but came to realize quickly that it was worth every cent. Can't say enough about the entire experience, capped off by spectacular leaders! I'm usually pretty reluctant to rate anything 10/10, but kudos to Backroads for leaving me no other choice!"

Kerry Baerg - Campbell River, B.C.

"I wasn't sure I was going to get the value relative to the price, but I did. The real value added difference here came from your two trip leaders. I could have done a comparable trip for much less without Backroads, but the leaders really added to the overall experience. They were such a pleasure to be around and to get to know."

Michael Aviles - Austin, TX

"This was my best vacation ever and it exceeded every expectation. Every minute was filled with adventures and experiences I could never have duplicated on my own. It's hard to convey to someone the value of a Backroads trip without firsthand experience. Honestly, we could never have duplicated the many elements of the trip without paying far more than we did. It was worth very penny."

Jan Williams - Adamsville, RI

"In regards to the value of my trip relative to the price...everything was far beyond what I expected. The quality, care, and preparation that Backroads put into planning this trip really shows and made me feel special...like being part of a family that cares about you and not just like a paying guest on a week-long tour. The friendships I made have a value that far exceeds any amount of money I spent on this trip! Thank you so much for a truly amazing vacation!"

Kari Morse - Rensselaer, NY

"We could not be more pleased to give you our money for what we get in return. The humanity of your folks and world-class planning and execution...what could be better!"

Edna Morris - Belleair, FL

"This was far and away the best trip we have taken... it exceeded all of our expectations. The trip was easy... all we had to do was wake up in the morning and the only real decision we had to make was what wine to drink with dinner. The various options were great for different days. When the meals and hotels are factored in, Backroads is a great value."

Eric Adelman - Ann Arbor, MI

"Best trip so far! When we were dropped off in Vienna and left to our own resources for the weekend, we kept thinking, 'Ok, what would Backroads do?' We LOVE Backroads! You're the best and you have got it all figured out. We don't want to travel any other way, ever again! We want to see the world with Backroads! Can't wait for our next trip! Thank you!!"

Christine Cullen - Marshfield, MA

"The whole trip was amazing. I am so impressed with the directions, accommodations, etc. It was fabulous! When we first signed up for this trip it seemed like a lot of money for a bike ride but afterwards we both agreed it was worth every penny. There isn't a single detail that was overlooked. Thanks for a great experience."

Georganne Nuger - Livermore, CA

"When thinking about the value of the trip, I could not have put together the number and range of activities for a single week on my own. Not even close. So really, it is like having 3 weeks of vacation seamlessly organized into a single week. All I had to do was show up. My favorite aspect of the trip is how the activities fit together like a story across the week as opposed to a random collection of activities. Wow."

Carol Waldo - Ventura, CA

"This was a great trip. The biking was outstanding, the group was congenial and the leaders couldn't have been better. I appreciate that Backroads is maintaining its high quality even in tight times."

Nancy Streim - Merion Station, PA

"The quality of the Backroads experience, despite the poor economic times is unsurpassed. I will be back. Thank you very much."

John Storment - Lafayette, LA

"I have traveled for years and think that your trips are the best trips and have great value."

Susan Hais - Saint Louis, MO

"I'd spend every spare dollar I have to be able to take 25 more trips with Backroads—and I'd advise anyone who loves active travel to do the same. Do it while you can and you'll have no regrets when you can't."

Richard Seltzer - Wynnewood, PA

"The value of the trip was outstanding because of the service given from your guides, the wonderful vans and bikes, the gas, all the running around, the extras like biscuit making and a wonderful cookbook as a gift from the owner/author of the class we attended, and the extra guides you used to give tours of the area etc. It is evident that you know how to manage a great business."

Nancy Young - Silver Spring, MD

"This was a great trip—very well organized with lots of options each day. This was my third Backroads trip and won't be the last! The quality of the trips, people, accommodations, meals, and activities as well as the value are superb."

Jeff Casbeer - Houston, TX

"Two guides for two people—what a way to go!!! I hit the jackpot at your expense but I appreciate your integrity in not cancelling my trip. This trip was tied to another adventure in Paris and cancellation would have ruined everything."

Wes Goble - Long Beach, CA

"A great trip! Great cultural experience and awesome hike up to Machu Picchu!! I continue to appreciate and value the consistency of the Backroads product. I have been on 13 trips over past 20-ish years. I continue to look forward to and enjoy my Backroads experiences. They have all been great!"

Ann Fetzer - Cincinnati, OH

"Fantastic, awesome, can't wait to do it again!!! More than met my expectations!! You guys are off the charts. Won't go any other way. Worth every penny!!!"

Hilda Baeza - Holtsville, NY

"I would find it difficult to believe that any other organization 'does' a European biking trip any better than Backroads at any price."

Carl & Chris Blunck

"The quality of the leaders, the itinerary, equipment, and everything else shows that your company has learned how to achieve operational excellence. Although the leaders were outstanding, it was immediately clear that there is an infrastructure within Backroads that enables them to deliver such a seamless experience."

Bill DiNardo - Nashua, NH

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On Connecting to a Place:

"This is our second trip with Backroads and once again we had a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience! The leaders were phenomenal with all aspects of the trip. It is a gift and talent to keep children from ages 16-10 interested, excited and enthusiastic. The Spanish countryside couldn't have been a more perfect backdrop for great biking, enjoying delicious local cuisine, and unforgettable times with family and friends. Thank you, again, Backroads!"

Shannon Weinberger - Hinsdale, IL

"Trip of a lifetime! Experiencing Croatia on a bicycle along with a diverse and interesting group of people far exceeded what I was anticipating. This was our third Backroads trip with the first two being over 20 years ago. We experienced the same enthusiasm from Backroads and the leaders today as back then. Backroads does it right! Every aspect seems well thought out—the hotels, meals, bicycle routes, events put on by the locals specifically for us (wine tasting, lunches, dinners, the 'lavender lady', the 'olive oil lady'), snacks, wines...the list goes on and on! This trip will go down in our memory books as first rate in all aspects!!"

Linda Biaggi - Minden, NV

"I chose this trip because I wanted challenging biking in addition to beautiful scenery. I got it! It was the hardest and farthest biking I have ever done. I feel that I really accomplished something. The first part of the trip—through the Chianti region—was spectacular. I honestly feel sorry for anyone that doesn't get to experience the region on a bike. Every view was a postcard."

Peter Heller - San Mateo, CA

"Anantara Resort & Spa Golden Triangle is one of the most beautiful resorts I've ever seen, the attention to detail in the design and landscaping is incredible, and of course the elephants and their wonderful families are so special. Waking up to the early mist and hearing elephants in the fields and the birds was just magical. I'm really not a group person but this was so laid back, no pressure to participate in everything. The balance of downtime and activities was just right. I'm only sorry that jet lag prevented me from hearing the choir at the Mekong river resort and visiting the Buddhist temple the second day!"

Harriet Dann - Needham Heights, MA

"This is one of the most authentic trips I have ever taken for observing anther culture that I 'thought' I knew something about...this just makes me want to see more of Eastern Europe before it changes."

Annie Farrar - Douglas, GA

"This trip far exceeded our expectations and Northern Argentina was more beautiful than we expected. I also thought our leaders did a fantastic job of not only supporting the bike aspect of the trip but exposing us to the culture. We loved all of it. The native singer and her daughter were particularly insightful and the dancers and musicians were just plain fun. Our leaders did a fantastic job of making the group comfortable as well as interested in what Northern Argentina had to offer."

Liz Lynner - Denver, CO

"We had a great trip. It was our first time in South America and Peru. There is no way we could have duplicated the trip on our own. Before the trip I was lukewarm about the cooking lesson, visit to the school and ceramic workshop, but these personal visits turned out to be the highlights. To be invited into people's homes and businesses was very special and I'm glad we got to see the whole spectrum from the most elegant homes to the most basic houses."

Susan Vincent - Alexandria, VA

"We experienced Morocco in a way that I am sure few people do. I am still amazed by the fact that we climbed a mountain and at the top had tea with a local family in their home. I could write for pages on the things that have left an impression on me—from seeing the local women carrying home loads of firewood or water on their backs to sipping mint tea and bargaining in carpet stores. This was not my first Backroads trip and it certainly won't be my last."

Nancy Delp - Falls Church, VA

"I feel I had an opportunity to explore and experience a part of Italy that is not overrun with tourists. The routes were truly on back roads with little traffic and beautiful scenery. Our trip seemed to be filled with extra experiences from exploring a sea grotto to olive oil tasting to dancing with a local band."

Barb Tokunaga - Milliken, CO

"Fabulous trip. This was more than a vacation; our Bhutan trip was an adventure, a cultural experience and a window on another world. It was made even more special by the other like-minded travelers, our superb Backroads leaders and our marvelous Bhutanese guide. Thank you so much!"

Mark Madras - Toronto ON

"This was an outstanding trip in every respect. We learned so much about China in eleven days. The days were varied; some challenging with lots of biking, some more focused on culture. The extra events, such as visiting a calligrapher in Xian, visiting a kindergarten class, having lunch in the hutangs of Beijing and attending an acrobatic show, were all wonderful extras."

Sally McMillen - Davidson, NC

"This was the best trip, hands down, we have ever taken. It was exotic, exciting, busy, informative, fun and very meaningful to us, given our daughter's history (being born in Vietnam.) Our guides helped us to reunite our daughter with the wonderful woman who had helped take care of her when we adopted her in 2001. They seemed truly touched by the experience and seem to be very sincere, caring people. We saw parts of the country and had insights into the lives of local people that we would never had have on our own. It is a trip we will never forget and we are deeply grateful for our guides' expertise and caring."

Kathy Swanwick - Walden NY

"I had a fantastic time on this trip. I loved cycling through the different towns, observing different slices of Balinese life. I liked the diversity of activities. The trip left me wanting to buy a bicycle and go on more Backroads cycling trips."

Mimi Landau - Chicago, IL

"I've been on other Backroads trips in the past—Provence, Sicily and Umbria—but on this Dalmatian Coast trip Backroads, and especially the two leaders, really outdid themselves. The experiences on this trip—from fresh oysters and mussels the first day to fresh fish thrown out of the water and onto the grill the last day—lunches on the boat—fantastic times traveling on the boat—were absolutely fantastic and absolutely could not have been duplicated traveling alone. Trip was a 10++ in every way!!"

Marcia Bates - New York, NY

"This truly was a remarkable, memorable trip. I feel that biking allowed us to truly experience Italy in an intimate way. We met people on the roadside picking mushrooms...we could see Tuscany, feel Tuscany, and smell Tuscany!"

Marianne Kaluza - Sammamish, WA

"This was my first Backroads trip and it was absolutely fantastic! Really exceeded my expectations. I have been to Europe on numerous occasions and this was by-far my favorite experience. Such a perfect way to see Europe, you get to bike and mix in sight-seeing and cultural events. This felt like such a personal experience, I really got to see the Czech Republic and Austria in a unique way, it felt like behind the scenes."

Sarah Kilbride - Ballwin, MO

"This trip was completely fabulous from beginning to end! I felt completely submerged in the culture the second I stepped off the plane."

Katie Briscoe - San Francisco, CA

"This was the best trip I have ever taken in my life. It was exceedingly well organized. Dare I say perfect? This is the first time that I continually miss a place where I just took a vacation. I miss the multisensory experience of biking through the back roads of Provence—the lavender fields, sunflower fields, bread and cheese, winding through perched medieval villages, the satisfaction of completing a long ride and getting to eat whatever I want. I really appreciated the well-written directions that enabled me to safely bicycle alone when I wanted to. I appreciated the thoughtful inclusion of features of Provence that in 6 days made me feel like I got a taste of everything that it had to offer. I tend to live in my head a lot in real life. The biking experience kept me in the here and now, which leaves me with a flood of what feels like several weeks worth of memories. Our trip leaders were quite literally omniscient and omnipresent. I put a photo of the experience on my laptop desktop as well as on my desk to bring back the feelings of amazement, expansiveness, connectedness with the earth that I experienced while biking with Backroads in Provence."

Ping Ho - Santa Monica, CA

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How We Stack Up to Other Outfitters:

"Trips are pretty expensive...but I feel they are worth it. This is especially true in a country where you don't speak the language."

Evelyn Heikenen - Junction City, WI

"Simply OUTSTANDING from start to finish. I have traveled with other tour companies BUT NEVER WILL AGAIN!...can't wait to book my next trip! THANK YOU!!!"

Nancy Berger - Burlington, VT

"It is obvious we LOVE Backroads by the number of trips we've already taken! I can't get enough. And, there's certainly no reason to check out any other travel/active company."

Kathy Williams - Grand Rapids, MI

"We travel with other companies to compare trips but always return to Backroads. Yosemite will be our 20th trip and we look forward to the wonderful guides, friendly guests and wonderful accommodations."

Roe Sanford - Charlottesville, VA

"What distinguishes Backroads from other companies, most of which offer similar trips at lower or slightly lower prices, is the quality of your trip leaders. You are extremely selective in hiring them, give them extensive and rigorous training, and the result is exceptional service. This is why I am loyal to Backroads. Over the years, I have tried a couple other companies to save a few hundred bucks and always regretted it. Backroads trip leaders are the best (including the excellent ones on this trip)."

Ron Cronovich - Kenosha, WI

"We have been on trips with other organizations, but the leaders on those trips paled by comparison."

Bill and Marlene Gordon - Los Gatos, CA

"As a veteran of numerous cycling trips with other companies, I am convinced that the Backroads experience is better in every detail. My loyalty now lies with Backroads."

Jim Tappan - San Mateo, CA

"We've taken many active trips with various companies, starting with Backroads many years ago, then tried others. We're now 'back home' with Backroads and will be loyal riders and walkers with your company for years to come. From the first communiqué with your company to the goodbyes with the trip leaders, we couldn't have asked for a more comprehensive, well-planned vacation in a beautiful part of the world!"

Jane McBunch - Annandale, NJ

"It has always been tough to cover the initial charge but to add a single supplement charge put me over the top. So I began looking for less expensive companies. Of course they are out there. From the moment I made a reservation with one, I had second thoughts. And yes I was hugely disappointed. I'll begin saving now for a trip with Backroads next year or before if I can swing it. Can't wait to be with the pros on my 6th adventure."

Richard Truog - Chagrin Falls, OH

"I have been on several walking trips before, but this was my first Backroads experience. I would rate your company on top of my list. It was truly a wonderful vacation. I am grateful that I found you and hope to walk with you again."

Nancy Dowd

"You've done it again, Backroads. My husband and I agree that Backroads provides the best service of any business/company that we have ever dealt with. We tell our friends that Backroads is the company to use for their active vacations. You do all the work, the research, the preparation, the arrangements�and we have all the fun. We should be your poster children. This was our 8th Backroads hiking trip and I hope for strong legs for many more years to come so that we can continue to hike mountains with you."

Carol Feder - Potomac, MD

"We did one trip with another outfitter last summer...The value of your trips and the professionalism and personalities of your guides is more apparent to us now after that experience."

Liz Lynner - Denver, CO

"This trip again reinforced why my entire family feels that there is NO comparable company to Backroads when it comes to cycling/hiking trips."

Jack Berman - Los Angeles, CA

"Best travel company ever—I can't see myself dealing with anyone else anymore."

Mary Carzoli - Acworth, GA

"We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and we were very happy to be back on another Backroads trip. Our last trip was with a competitor and we noticed the difference right from the start. We felt the [Backroads] leaders were professional, knowledgeable and supportive of all of the guests and made appropriate accommodations for all levels on the trip. We especially appreciate the level of information given to us each day both in written form and also in the morning meetings. Not having had this on our last trip made us realize how important this is to the overall experience. We also felt the quality of the leaders was noticeably different with Backroads which does impact your overall experience."

Laura Johnson - Inverness, IL

"This was my 6th trip with Backroads and you continue to impress. I have traveled with at least three other active organizations and think that Backroads offers the best experience for the money. The guides have always been very knowledgeable about the region, overly accommodating, and just incredibly personable and energetic. The only reason we would not select Backroads for our next active vacation is if you don't go where we want to go. But no worries... with all the wonderful trips you have to offer, we have at least a dozen more locations selected that we want to experience with you!"

Donna Parsons - Atlanta, GA

"As usual, the guides were wonderful! Their level of professionalism and caring is what separates Backroads from other tour companies and keeps bringing us back! We have now done 29 trips and look forward to more. Thank you!"

Margo Requarth - Sebastopol, CA

"I have gone on over a dozen cycling trips with [another competitor]. I found the Backroads trip to be superior in the quality of riding and terrain and the value in the cost of the trip."

Nena Talcott - Saint Helena, CA

"We have taken 9 trips with another company in the last 6-7 years. They were all enjoyable. But, we found our Backroads trip to be far, far superior."

Russell Yale - Fox Point, WI

"Excellent trip with a full program that ensured the kids (and adults) never got bored. Lots of interesting things to see, do and taste. We are big Backroads fans and recommend it to all our friends. We think that the real difference between Backroads and some other travel companies is in the value relative to the price. Although the trips are expensive, we feel like going with Backroads allows you to have experiences you wouldn't have on your own. The attention to detail in the program that is lined up, with lots of opportunities for cultural interaction and leaders on the ground who have researched everything so well beforehand, makes a huge difference in the experience. Also, we think that family trips are well balanced between time with your family and time for the kids to do things as a group and have a little independence from their parents."

Linda Edwards - Ketchum, ID

"I took this exact trip with another company and there is no comparison. Your guides are so well trained and I left wanting to spend more time with them and can't imagine a vacation without them."

Debra Stevens - Dallas, TX

"Your Trip Consultant maintained my view of Backroads as one of the best-managed, inspiring, and service-friendly companies that I interact with (and I am not limiting that to only travel companies). Congratulations, Tom, in building such a stellar company. I can't wait to be on a Backroads trip again this summer, and this time with my daughter!"

Chris Lewis - Sudbury, MA

"I loved the variety of activity on this trip. Backroads is the best travel company. I have a hard time traveling with any other company because of the quality of your trips."

Peggy Schroder - Green Valley, AZ

"This was our 8th Backroads trip but first in a number of years. The attention to detail was terrific. The logistics of the Dalmatian Coast trip are challenging and everything went smoothly. We had been on a privately arranged Tuscany trip from our hometown of Ft. Collins, CO with another company just prior to the Dalmatian Coast trip with Backroads. They assigned us two 10-year trip leaders. I thought the Backroads leaders, with 2 years experience each, out-performed the other company's perceived best."

David Edwards - Fort Collins, CO

"Once again Backroads exceeded my expectations. I don't think we'll ever take another trip that's NOT Backroads."

Deborah Crisfield - Summit, NJ

"This was our 10th bike trip, first with Backroads, and we will be looking to Backroads from now on! The leaders for the trip were excellent, very attentive, competent and accommodating. Having leaders of this quality makes all the difference. We had a great time."

Hal Stanton - Encino, CA

"I had a terrific time. This is my second Backroads trip. I have also traveled with another company. I am now a committed Backroader."

Marc Suvall - New Rochelle, NY

"Backroads always spoils us rotten. You have set the standard so high that other companies can't compare to your quality. I am hooked on Backroads!"

Patsy Gleason - Green Valley, AZ

"This trip exceeded our every expectation. Our first ever cycling trip was with another company and we will never go back!!"

Margie Allen - Jacksonville, FL

"We have taken 7 trips with Backroads and 8 with another company. We will never go with any other company again, your office and staff is so much better."

Jeffrey Kirshbaum - Larkspur, CA

"I have traveled with many tour groups, but our three leaders on our Backroads trip were by far the very best of any tour I have ever taken! They were the greatest! Thank you."

Diane Kanell - Fort Lauderdale, FL

"We have taken 5 cycling trips, three with Backroads including the family trip to Denmark last summer which was great. We have used other companies and I think Backroads is the best."

Ellen Luger - New York, NY

"We have been on 7 bike trips with another company previously yet this trip spoiled us in every way. It was so wonderful and we sure are Backroads converts."

Elizabeth Owen - Louisville, KY

"We had a wonderful wonderful trip. Our children have stated no more other companies, they want Backroads from this point forward."

Lynn Ristig - Seattle,WA

"We took other trips and quite a few other walking trips with different companies and have never had anything but a marvelous experience. The trip to Ireland, however, far out did any trip we've taken!"

Katie Gordon - Pittsburgh, PA

"This was one of the best trips I have been on and we have travelled with a number of different companies. The sum of this trip is absolutely a 10. We enjoyed everything about it—Turkey is really astonishing. I did not have any expectation really but I arrived home raving about the country, the people, the food, everything. Our trip leaders were a wealth of information and they were both very upbeat, if not exuberant, about every place and everything we did. I felt like a sponge just soaking up new information and meeting new people—it was fantastic! The leaders were exceptional and made everything seem easy. Being in Turkey was an incredible experience for me."

Ann Kowalsky - Chicago, IL

"You blow the competition away!"

Gary Singer - St. Louis, MO

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Your Fellow Travelers:

"This was my favorite trip yet. I went solo but still felt part of the group—there were nine of us so we got to know each other pretty well. Everyone included me. I felt like I fit right in with respect to others' demographics and experiences."

Mary McGlone - Mill Valley, CA

"I never thought I could have so much fun with 22 people I'd never met. An endless supply of food, fun, laughter, biking and hiking."

Margaret Archer - Germantown, MD

"Excellent! Loved it. I thought it would be fun, but it was even more fun than I thought it would. And I was most pleasantly surprised and pleased by my fellow guests—they were smart, interesting, outgoing and fun and easy to talk with. I felt comfortable immediately and really enjoyed getting to know them."

Bill Maris - Burlington, VT

"I was supremely impressed by Backroads—the itinerary, the leaders, the food, the organization, and the people who joined me in Alaska. I was thrilled to be a part of it and I look forward to more Backroads trips in the future. Now that I am home, I already miss the friends I made on the trip—both leaders and group members alike—and eagerly await next year's catalog to see where else I might like to go. "

Marc Sheinkin - Arlington VA

"We had such a great time and this was the first time we had ever done a vacation like this. It was the trip of a lifetime that we cannot stop thinking and talking about. The people we met on the train platform in Florence started out as strangers and ended up as friends that we are planning on seeing again!"

William Bachhuber - New Hartford, CT

"I am a very seasoned traveler. I have been to every continent and most places in the world, and would never have considered doing an organized trip like this one in the past. Most of my trips have been on my own or with friends. But Backroads has done such a spectacular job that you have changed my way of thinking when it comes to travel."

Beth Robbins - Steamboat Springs, CO

"Going with Backroads took all the stress out of travel, while still allowing us to feel like independent (vs. tour-group) travelers. On our own, we would likely not have seen all the towns we visited, stayed in the lovely inns we stayed in, or enjoyed the wonderful meals we had on this trip. On our own with such a short amount of time, we never would have met and learned from the locals who made this trip so unique. With our first-rate guides and the itinerary, we felt like visitors not tourists."

Kate Morris - Wilmington, DE

"Excellent! Loved it. I thought it would be fun, but it was even more fun than I thought it would be. And I was most pleasantly surprised and pleased by my fellow guests—they were smart, interesting, outgoing and fun and easy to talk with. I felt comfortable immediately and really enjoyed getting to know them."

Bill Maris - Burlington, VT

"My husband and I both feel the Backroads experience totally exceeded our expectations. We were a bit hesitant to commit to a week with people we had not previously met, but with our leaders and the others on the trip, who all ended up being a great group of people, we could not have enjoyed ourselves more."

Charlene Deverin - New York, NY

"Far exceeded our expectations. We really enjoyed not having to worry about anything, including spend time researching where we were going to stay or eat. The organization and planning was off the charts and the leaders were fantastic. I had some reservations about being together with an unknown group of people for a vacation, but that turned out to be one of the nicest things about the trip."

Maria Iacobucci - San Anselmo, CA

"This was a great trip with a cohesive group of people—which made it even better. I have recommended Backroads many times to friends! You provide great travel experiences and I don't have to worry about anything!"

Kristi Petersen - Denver, CO

"I was supremely impressed by Backroads—the itinerary, the leaders, the food, the organization, and the people who joined me in Alaska. I was thrilled to be a part of it and I look forward to more Backroads trips in the future. Now that I am home, I already miss the friends I made on the trip—both leaders and group members alike—and eagerly await next year's catalog to see where else I might like to go. "

Marc Sheinkin - Arlington VA

"While everything was ideal, the icing on the cake was the wonderful group. I very much enjoyed the other adults; and my daughter—while the youngest by 2 years—was in heaven with the other kids. They were remarkable, and made the trip totally perfect for us."

Nancy Tuck - Burlingame, CA

"My husband and I were in awe as to the enthusiasm of ALL the family—adults as well as children and how much fun they had—and the ease with how everyone got along together. The fun of observing them and being with all of them, yet not on top of each other, was wonderful. The activities and organization of the trip made it so easy and enjoyable. It is so nice to not be making decisions about where to go, when to eat, where to eat, arrange transportation, etc. and still have some choices."

Joan Strait - Lakewood, WA

"One of the best vacations I've ever been on. Our guides were knowledgable, excellent teachers, and also patient with us. I appreciated their humor as well as their knowledge and insight. Aside from the wonderful leaders, great accomodations, and beautifully interesting country, another thing that made the trip so special was the chemistry of the group. Although it is probably mostly random chance that determines the makeup of a travel group, it was so enjoyable to be traveling with such a friendly and interesting mix of people. It was also amazing how well the kids in the group gelled."

Michael Steinberg - West Hartford, CT

"Photo opps were a constant. Laughter was a constant. I think the types of people you attract are just my type of people; we all got along so well... I could go on forever, and I have been telling everyone I know about how fantastic this trip was. I can't wait for the next one!"

Barbara Raleigh - New York, NY

"I had an outstanding time. From the moment the guests met each other, we were all friends. The whole group just seemed to mesh, which made the trip that much more incredible. I originally knew nothing about the places we were going, but after being there, I know why they were chosen as top places to stop. The scenery was gorgeous and the leadership was perfect."

Jane Hudson - Lexington, KY

"One of my best vacations ever. I would recommend this trip to anyone. The people in our group were so delightful that we became fast friends and began planning future trips together. I am still in awe of the beauty of Croatia and how Backroads put together a trip that captures the essence of this amazing country."

Karen Taylor - Denver, CO

"This was my first time going on a trip with a tour company and it was so great to have everything arranged for ahead of time-by someone else! On our own, my sister and I, who had been talking about going on an adventure together for years, never could have picked such unique places to stay, had access to such informative and engaging locals as the family at El Trapiche, Martha Campbell and the various local guides we met, and navigated to all the areas we visited and hiking trails we hiked. The whole week was just such a nice balance of physical activity, seeing beautiful things -natural and man made, learning about the country and its history, people and natural resources, meeting people who shared the same interests, sharing wonderful meals, and having some relaxing times at a spa, by the pools, on the beach -and one especially memorable lazy afternoon in a hammock on the beach after a very beautiful but hot hike to Montezuema."

Kathy Reda - Sunnyvale, CA

"A fabulous trip—best vacation we've had in years! We really enjoyed the group of people we were travelling with, and enjoyed getting to know them over the course of the week. We were all different, yet had the important commonality of wanting a fun, active and adventuresome vacation, and that was a great bond."

Donna Hecker - Columbus, OH

"This was my first group travel experience, having always travelled independently in the past. I didn't quite know what to expect and whether I would like it or not...I loved every minute!! From our Backroads Trip Leaders to the local guides, I felt like I was in excellent hands doing incredible things in spectacular natural surroundings. I particularly liked traveling with my fellow Backroads travelers and getting to know them. Without exception, they were an interesting and extremely well-travelled group, and I loved our interaction. And I hope to see some of them again sometime, either on another Backroads trip or just a local visit. This Patagonian trip was a wonderful experience for me and thanks to you, Backroads, for making it so."

Richard Tigner - Atlanta, GA

"This trip was perfect! i have never done a Backroads trip before, but this far exceeded my thoughts about traveling with a group and travel company. As a mother and wife, it was a true gift to be able to have every aspect of my vacation taken care of and organized. The combination of accommodations, cultural experiences, hikes, food, camaraderie and of course leadership made my Backroads experience the most personally wonderful thing I have done for myself in 11 years of motherhood!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!" Carrie Nitka - Rumson, NJ

"This was the most incredible vacation I have ever taken and I have been promoting Backroads since returning home. Each day brought wonderful and unique experiences. Never having taken a trip like this, I did not know what to expect and now cannot believe I waited this long to try a group trip like this one. My husband and I plan to take many more trips with Backroads in the future."

Gail S. - Cherry Hill, NJ

"Backroads surpassed my vacation expectations by bringing together some truly remarkable people in a wonderful setting to enjoy the beauty of biking, culture and fellowship. Not only were the 9-5 activities (biking) off the charts, but also the 5-11 events were equally stimulating and impressive. We are already planning a trip reunion."

Judy Riendeau - Prospect, KY

"After almost 40 years of active and adventure travel on my own, this was very first time I ventured to go with a 'tour company'. The cost was obviously higher, but Backroads provided great service and logistics and the combination of travel, activities, sights, group dynamics, learning about the area, arrangements, accommodations, food, local culture, as well as the adventurous mishaps all seamlessly blended together into one of the most enjoyable and memorable trips I have ever taken. I am sure I will be back."

Martin Friedrichs - New Rochelle, NY

"Backroads has freed me up from the time-consuming research, planning and decision making I do to ensure an exciting adventure for our family vacations. The leaders are phenomenal and traveling with other like-minded families has put a new twist on our usually independent travels. This was our first trip with Backroads and it will not be our last. I am looking forward to many more."

Mariann Petersen - Anchorage, AK

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Quality:

"Incredible! Every detail was considered. My husband and I typically enjoy planning our own trips of this nature and yet it was clear that Backroads pays attention to detail, needs of their customers to insure a quality experience for us and professionalism by your guides. Thank you...everything was attended to by your quality and preparation of your guides and your service."

Judy Walden - Phoenix, AZ

"Once again, Backroads has delivered! This is our third trip and it was fantastic. From the scenery, the biking, the leaders, the food and wine, and the inns—it was a phenomenal experience in every way. We feel we've become Backroads ambassadors as we tell everyone we know how unbelievable these trips are. It is the ideal way to vacation for us—great places, great food, lots of exercise and all we need to do is make our way over to the start location!"

Lori Hess - Simsbury, CT

"I've come to expect a lot (this was trip #21), but you always deliver. Thank you."

Bruce Judd - Palo Alto, CA

"Backroads never fails to satisfy my curiosity and sense of adventure...This latest trip was no exception! I think this was my 6th or 7th Backroads trip over the past 25 years. I've never been disappointed...It is my preferred way to see new countries and new cultures, and there's truly something for everyone in each trip. The quality of your guides and trip leaders continues to improve to even greater excellence. I wish all businesses were run with this kind of customer-service attention, and basic knowledge (both programs and operations) at such a high caliber. Tom Hale and his team are geniuses!"

Suzette Rivera - Sierra Madre, CA

"You've done it again, Backroads. My husband and I agree that Backroads provides the best service of any business/company that we have ever dealt with. We tell our friends that Backroads is the company to use for their active vacations. You do all the work, the research, the preparation, the arrangements...and we have all the fun. We should be your poster children. This was our 8th Backroads hiking trip and I hope for strong legs for many more years to come so that we can continue to hike mountains with you."

Carol Feder - Potomac, MD

"Alan and I have been on many trips of all different types and places all over the world. Since our return, I have said to everyone, "This is the best trip, the most fun, varied, and beautiful on which I have ever been. The food was awesome (I love to eat!), the hotels terrific, and the group easy and a pleasure with which to be. Who would believe "dancing" through sheep poop and cow patties could be so much fun! The scenery was breathtaking, the pubs were a delightful break between our AM and PM hikes, and last, but not least, the leaders and your Backroads standards of excellence helped to make our trip wonderful."

Deborah Feldman - Cherry Hill NJ

"This was our ninth Backroads trip and they seem to get better every time."

Tom Backofen - Orland Park, IL

"This was my 13th trip with Backroads and it definitely exceeded my expectations which is harder and harder to do!"

Cindy Black - San Francisco, CA

""This was my 10th trip with Backroads. I have friends who can't believe I would just show up half way around the world on my own to meet up with people I don't know for a trip in exotic places like Vietnam and Cambodia. I always tell them that I don't have any concerns because I know Backroads will not disappoint. The leaders will be where they say they will be and provide an amazing experience. It's the little things—like meeting with a village leader in his home to discuss life in the village, meeting a knowledgeable historian and having dinner in his home, getting inside the private home of a woman to see what a local home is like—that set these trips apart from the usual bus ride and photo op. I also know the other guests will be interesting and good travel companions. And I will have another experience of a lifetime.""

Barbara Grewe - Bethesda, MD

"This trip was my 16th with Backroads, and it surpassed my expectations. The hiking and vistas were extraordinary, of course, and the sunny weather almost the entire week enhanced each day's hike. But our two leaders were particularly remarkable: professional, reliable, well prepared, warm, thoughtful and creative. Also, I had not expected such culinary delights. At least once a day, I was thrilled with some gourmet experience: fresh gravlax at breakfast; polenta with wild mushrooms at Rifugio Elisabetta or a 40-egg omelet with potatoes in the middle of a hike at Refuge de Miage. And that raclette? And the glorious presentations at L'O a la Bouche restaurant. Hats off to you Backroads. You keep getting better and better. I'm hooked forever! And I'm appreciative."

Mauree Jane Perr - San Francisco, CA

"Backroads has grown in the 20+ years I have been going on the trips, but it has only gotten better. From being a single person, to a married couple, to a family, I have taken trips at each stage of my life."

Linda Sterling - Montclair, NJ

"This is my fourth trip and they keep getting better! Congratulations."

Marta Amaral - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"We had a fantastic and memorable experience. As on our previous Backroads trips, everything went smoothly from beginning to end. Your company is truly first class. I'm already planning my next trip."

Nancy Cowley - Vancouver, BC

"I know it can sound insincere to rate a trip so highly, but I simply cannot find anything to complain about on this trip. It absolutely exceeded my expectations in every way. I think Backroads is such an awesome company. This is our second Backroads trip, and I would gladly go on many more. The combination of keeping to a schedule and being flexible is perfect, and the balance of physical and cultural activity just right."

Vicki W. - Seattle, WA

"This was my third trip with Backroads and I have come to expect outstanding service and am never disappointed!! The trip surpassed my expectations and I am already trying to decide what my next destination with Backroads will be!!"

Debra Greenstein - New York, NY

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