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 that define every Backroads trip: uncompromisingly high standards, legendary service and a level of activity that makes for an enriching experience. They feature easy walks and more time to 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 California Wine Country.
River Cruise Trips
We've teamed up with AmaWaterways, the leader in river cruising to bring you a revolutionary Backroads experience: incredible River Cruise Biking and River Cruise Walking Trips with an elegant ship as our home base! Enjoy the best of river cruising through some of the world's most captivating cityscapes and countryside—along with the outstanding Trip Leaders, routes and support that travelers expect from Backroads. After a successful launch of our first River Cruise trip on the Danube in 2015, we're excited to introduce the Rhine, Rhône, Seine, Garonne, Douro and Mekong Rivers. Departures will sell out quickly—reserve your trip today.
Don't miss our special Danube Full Ship Celebration exclusively for Backroads guests! Starting in Prague, you'll sail and bike from Passau to Vienna, Bratislava and on to Budapest. All enhanced by the camaraderie of 150 or so fellow Backroads travelers! Ride along the Danube, past castles, onion-domed churches and legendary vineyards with the friendliest group of adventurers around—let the grand journey begin.
Spring Training Trips
Pedal to your heart's content on our Spring Training Trips featuring longer routes for like-minded cyclists looking for more of a challenge with spectacular rides. We invite you to join us on one of five challenging Biking Trips while keeping each day social and fun! These trips are the best way to get your cycling legs back for the upcoming riding season while hanging out with friends.
Our Spring Training Trips are NOT ride camps—there is no need to pretend you're a pro, get tested in a wind tunnel or "weigh in." (You can keep your VO2 Max and power measurements a secret!)
What you will experience are carefully crafted routes to maximize base miles. Our routes will make sure you're challenged but not overwhelmed. Throughout the day, our support vans and expert Trip Leaders will supply everything you need.
Off the bike, enjoy healthy meals and adventures with new friends! You'll face challenges together, swap stories of the day's triumphs and build the kind of camaraderie that only a day in the saddle can offer.
The first five to book 50% off the rental of our 2014 Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby upgrades.
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.
*Over 95% of Backroads guests on scheduled departures travel with two or more support vehicles and three Backroads leaders or support staff. Fewer than 5% are on scheduled trips where the small number of guests requires just one van and two leaders to maintain our high service standards, or on select Walking & Hiking Trips where our routes are a combination of loop hikes and out-&-back trails that allow two leaders and fewer vans to provide excellent trail support.