Backroads Terms & Conditions
Reserving Your Scheduled Trip
How to Sign Up: To reserve your Backroads trip please call 800-GO-ACTIVE (800-462-2848) or your professional travel agent or at www.backroads.com.
Trip Deposits: The deposit per person is $600. Deposits may be made by check, money order or a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Diner's Club, American Express).
Paying Your Balance: The balance of your scheduled trip cost is due 95 days prior to departure. Balances may be paid by check or money order in U.S. dollars or by credit card. With your authorization, we automatically bill your credit card when the balance is due. If final payment is not received when due, Backroads reserves the right to cancel your reservation.
Trip Price: Prices are per person based on double occupancy, quoted in U.S. dollars, and are set well in advance of the trip departure date. Our prices vary depending on a variety of cost factors, with peak travel times being the most expensive. Prices may change in the course of the year, and in general the best prices are available earlier. If the trip price is reduced, you will receive the lower price. You can always find the most current prices on our website or by calling us. Once you book your Backroads trip, your price is guaranteed. Prices cover land costs only; they do not include airfare to and from the trip. State sales tax will be charged on Alaska, Texas and Utah trips. Pro, electric-assist and tandem bike rentals may incur an additional shipping charge.
Transfers: You may transfer from one trip to another up to 95 days before trip departure without penalty—except Private or Custom Trips.
Trip Cancellation Policies: If you must cancel your reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined according to the policy outlined below. Exceptions to our cancellation policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather, terrorism, civil unrest or personal emergencies. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early. Private room or tent, bike rental and internal air charges are considered part of the total trip cost and are subject to cancellation fees. Percentage charges are calculated on total trip cost.
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|Days Prior to Trip Start||Scheduled Trips||Special Departures*||Private Trips||Custom Trips|
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Bike Cancellation Policies: If you are renting a Specialized Roubaix, Ruby, eBike or Co-Motion Tandem, a full cancellation fee will apply in the event you cancel your trip reservation inside 30 days.
Release of Liability: Guests are required to provide a signed Release of Liability, Assumption of All Risks, and Arbitration Agreement and a completed Personal Information forms prior to trip departure; you will receive these materials shortly after reserving your trip. You may also complete your forms online. We are unable to allow guests to participate in any aspect of a Backroads trip without a signed release form.
Guarantee Policy: Backroads Inn trips are guaranteed to run once five or more guests book*, camping trips are guaranteed to run once six guests book, excepting only in cases of force majeure or the failure of third parties—such as hotels or campgrounds—to honor their reservations, in which case all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes full settlement. Backroads is not responsible for expenses that are incurred in preparation for any canceled trips, such as airline tickets, or for costs that are incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations or illness.
Group Size: The average group size for all Backroads trips is 16. The maximum number of guests ranges from 14-20 on our walking trips, and 18-26 on Biking and Multisport Trips.
* Guarantee Policy does not apply to Special Departures.
** Rather than paying the cancellation fee, you may choose to keep your trip deposit ($600) in a holding account to use on a future Backroads trip with no expiration date.