From Parma to Verona, passion is everywhere. In the air. In the water. In the art. Food is prepared with it. Wine is produced with it. The culture is steeped in it. Even the people themselves are famously passionate—look at Romeo and Juliet. And when you experience this place for yourself, you’ll be passionate too.
Backroads has been in New Zealand for nearly three decades, crafting innovative routes, forging local connections and setting new standards for exceptional service – all with the goal of creating an active travel experience that lives up to the amazing diversity of this beautiful country. Thanks to a resident Trip Expert who’s been discovering hidden roads and trails for more than 25 years, our unique biking itinerary explores far beyond the usual tourist haunts.
Backroads Family Adventures are fun, stimulating trips designed to captivate the whole gang. Whether you’re biking to castles or spotting wildlife from a kayak, you’ll connect with your kids and do things they enjoy in an environment that positively transforms family interaction. Each itinerary balances quality time together and apart, with opportunities for everyone to take a break and recharge–something that’s virtually impossible to achieve when you vacation on your own.
After more than 30 years of running trips in Hawaii, backed by a team of highly experienced Trip Leaders and an amazing network of local experts, we’re just going to say it: you won’t find a more thoroughly researched, carefully designed and seamlessly executed trip on the Big Island – or any of the islands.
We’re Leading a new revolution in Cuba! Backroads is the first active travel company with an official license to operate tours legally in Cuba – and we’re the only US company to offer biking as part of our in-depth exploration of this fascinating and often misunderstood island nation. Our Trip Expert, an avid hiker and biker, has spent most of the past three decades living and working in Cuba. The inside knowledge she’s gained while crisscrossing the island has allowed us to create a truly one-of-a-kind trip.
What is the Backroads Experience? It’s the feeling of your body in motion, with the wind in your face and the excitement as your experience unfolds. By bike or on foot, you explore hidden corners, meet locals and immerse yourself in the life of a region while traveling in the company of our expert leaders, the best in adventure travel. Since 1979 we’ve been exploring new places, dreaming up new adventures, and we never stop searching for the best, most inspiring ways to experience the world. We invite you to come and feel alive and engaged on your next adventure.
Let Backroads be your guide on the Amalfi Coast, where the views are stunning, the seafood is fresh, and the fragrant aromas of lemon trees and wildflowers may send your senses into full alert. We’ll wind our way through the pastel-colored villages, along coastal trails, and on to the golden pebble beaches. The friendly faces, fresh seafood and legendary Italian cuisine, and enchanting activities make this hiking tour one for the memory books.
Cinque Terre is one of those rare places that leap from the pages of picture books simply because it seems too picturesque to be real. Do places like this really exist? A string of colorful centuries-old seaside villages perched on the rugged cliffs of the Italian Riviera, clinging to the rocks as if defying gravity. Small fishing boats ply the waters between the towns and happy locals enjoy lively conversations in the narrow winding streets that thread and climb steeply through these enchanting outposts overlooking the blue Mediterranean.
This unique Rhine River Cruise bike tour combines the comforts of luxury cruising with the total immersion of active travel. And thanks to Backroads Regional Coordinator Michael Bernhard, who grew up exploring his native Germany on two wheels, it’s a journey shaped by an insider’s perspective: our flexible routes take you well beyond the typical tourist paths, deep into the rich culture and natural beauty of the Rhine Valley.
We know how to say eyjafjallajökull! This action-packed Iceland Multisport Adventure – which begins with a private charter flight to get you quickly to the trailhead – is backed by our deep local knowledge and the strong relationships we’ve built with the country’s best hotels and restaurants. In the land of fire and ice, experience the full diversity of Iceland’s wild landscape while Backroads takes care of the rest.
Ride, relax and savor every drop of this vintage Backroads experience, one of our most popular trips for decades. Our perfectly planned routes and legendary on-trip support free you to focus on enjoying your rides through stunning Tuscan landscapes, following cypress-lined roads as they wind among sunbaked hilltop villas. No other biking company covers as much of Tuscany as we do. But just as importantly, we’ve figured out how to ensure the experience is captivating, not grueling – with three leaders and two vans always there to back you up.
Normally bikes aren’t allowed on the Biltmore Estate, the 7,000-acre park with a château-like mansion that’s the largest private home in the US. But we’ve managed to gain access for Backroads guests on our Asheville to Greenville bike tour. Riding up to this monument of the Gilded Age is just one of many highlights on a biking journey that uniquely combines rides through undulating countryside around the cultural center of Asheville, North Carolina with the scenic, bike-friendly roads outside historic Greenville, South Carolina.
We’ve biked in the San Juan Islands since the earliest days of Backroads and know every inch of the great routes we’ve linked together with help from island-hopping ferries and an amazing network of local friends. We’re constantly fine-tuning our itineraries, keeping what’s great, revisiting what’s changed and making sure you enjoy the best of the San Juans – whether it’s an ideal picnic spot, an interesting regional artist or a feast of perfectly prepared fresh salmon.
This is the most popular family trip in the Backroads global portfolio. After exploring these two great national parks for 37 years, we know a lot about how the mountains were created, where wildlife wanders and when the geysers will likely erupt. Regional Manager Linda Cassell, who’s spent nearly three decades designing trips here, uses her deep expertise and vast local network to create an ideal mix of activities – so you and your family enjoy the best possible experience.