GO ACTIVE 8 Ways to Travel with Us
Active travel is, at its heart, a way of connecting more authentically with the world. These are experiences you cannot have behind the wheel of a car, or on a train or a bus, or in a few excursions from a ship or a resort. Immerse yourself in the life of a region, explore hidden corners and appreciate nuances while enjoying the benefits and enormous satisfaction of traveling under your own power.
Traveling actively is all about embracing what life has to offer, living the experience as it unfolds and at the same time creating memories that will last forever.
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 freedom to choose how your day unfolds. Pedal at your own pace, as much—or as little—as you want, always with the option to change your mind. Ride together or savor a spin on your own.
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. The world from the seat of a bicycle is hard to beat.
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 with self-navigable directions and the maximum support and flexibility that comes from three leaders and multiple vehicles. Everywhere we travel, 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 adventures let you experience a region from different angles. These trips offer daily biking and hiking options plus locally inspired activities—like white-water rafting, snorkeling with sea lions, kayaking a tranquil bay or a cultural exchange with Buddhist monks. 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.
Most Multisport Trips offer similar levels of biking and hiking to what you'll find on our Biking Trips and Walking & Hiking Trips.
Age-appropriate routes are always designed into every family itinerary.
These cultural and scenic explorations offer all the ingredients of our more active itineraries while easing up on the amount of walking. Travel deeper into the history, culture and nature of a region, exploring its local markets, traditions and diversity in the company of our local friends. Insider Trips are designed for inquisitive travelers and offer in-depth, authentic encounters.
Active Gourmet Trips
Slow down and let your palate be your guide as you bike or walk in the land- scape that nourishes your table. Sample wines where the grapes are grown. Visit with farmers, vintners, bakers and olive oil producers who are happy to share their expertise. And savor the ultimate epicurean experience alongside knowledgeable local chefs. Choose Active Gourmet Biking in Tuscany or Active Gourmet Walking in Provence, Tuscany or Wine Country.
River Cruise Biking Trips
Our one-of-a-kind trip from Prague to Budapest treats you to a premiere passage on the famed Danube. Disembark from the ship and bike inland, visiting some of the world's most glorious cities including Vienna, Linz, Melk and Budapest on this trip through five countries. Departures will sell out quickly—reserve your trip before January 1.
Spring Training Trips
Pedal to your heart's content with like-minded cyclists on our Spring Training Trips. We've selected a few dates in special places perfectly suited for those who are passionate about riding and relish the uphills as much as the downhills. Most riding is in the morning so you have more free time later on to enjoy our wonderful hotels. Unrivaled support and camaraderie amid spectacular landscapes will motivate, challenge and inspire you. Gear up for the ride of your life—and leave the rest to us.
We've found a way to bring some new excitement to one of our favorite destinations: just add snow! It's a grand adventure in Yellowstone with snowshoeing and wildlife sighting in an incredible winter wonderland.