GO ACTIVE A Better Way to Travel
At Backroads we're truly passionate about seeing the world actively and seeking out the perfect blend of activities to showcase the most enriching and authentic features of a place. Whether you're biking tranquil country lanes, strolling through Renaissance hill towns or kayaking peaceful bays—you can always count on activities that are woven into the fabric of the region, creating a rich tapestry that allows you to explore and experience a destination most fully.
Nothing else compares to the unique sense of journey you enjoy on a Backroads Biking Trip. It's the exhilaration of exploring under your own power, riding from one incredible inn to the next. It's the most independent form of travel you'll find, giving you the ultimate freedom to choose how your day will unfold. Pedal at your own pace, as much—or as little—as you want, always with the option to change your mind. Cruise with a peloton of new riding buddies or savor a contemplative spin on your own—it's always your choice. Looking for a lift to the hotel? We're there when you need us: as the only company consistently providing three leaders and two vans, our capacity to support diverse abilities is unrivaled. There's something about exploring the world from the seat of a bicycle that makes life even sweeter.
Walking & Hiking Trips
On our Walking & Hiking Trips, you'll experience a region with an intimacy that's only possible when you travel on foot. Count on our talented Trip Leaders and local experts to connect you with the regional culture and natural history. Prefer to keep hiking rather than stop for an art or nature talk? No problem—as always, the choice is yours. Feel free to take off on your own, visit a museum or get a massage. Our support vehicles deliver you to the very best routes, and will intersect your course at regular intervals (based on accessibility). From rain forest paths to alpine meadows—with no barriers between you and the world, the most amazing discoveries await when you walk with Backroads.
Offering a great blend of easy-going activities, our Multisport Trips let you experience a region from different angles. These trips offer daily biking and/or hiking options to quickly immerse you in your destination, plus a variety of engaging activities—from active pursuits like thrilling white-water rafting and snorkeling with sea lions to a cultural exchange with Buddhist monks in Bhutan and an intimate visit with a master weaver in Ecuador. Of course, there's also plenty of time for just plain indulgent fun! And thanks to the logistical prowess of your leaders, you'll seamlessly transition between activities—a feat nearly impossible to orchestrate on your own. While we've toned down the level of activity, the sum total feels ideally active.
You Can Count On These Indispensable Features
- Multiple daily routes with different mileage and terrain options
- Detailed written directions and maps for independent biking/walking
- Clearly designated meeting spots and intersecting routes for different ability levels