Backroads has long embraced the philosophy that, after a day spent biking or hiking in beautiful off-the-beaten-path corners of the world, an outstanding meal from the local cuisine is the perfect way to immerse oneself even deeper in the culture of the region. For this reason, our guests on trips throughout Europe and the United States enjoy exquisite meals at over 30 Michelin-starred restaurants, including Italy's Ristorante Villa Crespi, Spain's Marqués de Riscal and France's Auberge de l'Ill.
Each year, the French-published Le Guide Michelin honors a few select fine dining establishments with one to three stars for quality, value, excellence and creativity. Being awarded a Michelin star can dramatically affect a restaurant's popularity, making dinner reservations difficult or, in some cases, nearly impossible to secure in a timely manner. Fortunately for guests on Backroads trips, our decades of operating active travel adventures throughout Europe has allowed us to develop close relationships with the many Michelin-starred restaurants featured on our trips, helping us to secure reservations far in advance--so you don't have to.
In addition to dining at some of the world's best restaurants, all Backroads trips are crafted to showcase the best culinary specialties that each region has to offer by including meals at unique local hotspots, fresh gourmet picnics and tastings of regional delicacies. Curious to see which Michelin-starred restaurants we visit and on which Backroads trips? Take a look at this list and come join us for a truly incredible gastronomic adventure! Denmark Marchal at d'Angleterre - Sweden to Denmark Bike Tour France Auberge de l'Ill - Champagne & Alsace Bike Tour Château de Pray - Loire Valley Bike Tour Chez Bruno - Provence to the French Riviera Bike Tour Domaine des Hauts de Loire - Loire Valley Bike Tour La Bastide de Capelongue - Secret Provence Bike Tour La Table de Plaisance at Hostellerie de Plaisance - Dordogne & Bordeaux Bike Tour Le Belrose at Villa Belrose - Provence & the French Riviera Walking & Hiking Tour Le Cloître at Le Couvent des Minimes - Secret Provence Bike Tour Le Coquillage at Chateau Richeux - Brittany & Normandy Walking & Hiking Tour Le Jardin de Benjamin at Château de Berne - Provence to the French Riviera Bike Tour Le Relais Bernard Loiseau - Burgundy & Chablis Bike Tour Le Saint-Estève at Les Lodges - Provence to the French Riviera Bike Tour Le Vieux Logis - Dordogne & Bordeaux Bike Tour Les Bories - Provence Active Culinary Walking & Hiking Tour Les Fresques at Château des Vigiers - Dordogne & Bordeaux Bike Tour Holland De Vrienden van Jacob - Holland & Belgium Bike Tour Italy Alpenroyal Gourmet Restaurant - Dolomites Multi-Adventure Tour Castel Fragsburg - Dolomites Bike Tour Guido da Costigliole at Relais San Maurizio - Piedmont Italy Bike Tour Il Pellicano - Tuscany by the Sea Bike Tour La Torre at Castello del Nero - Tuscany's Chianti Bike Tour Mistral Ristorante at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni - Italian Lakes Walking & Hiking Tour St. Hubertus at Rosa Alpina - Dolomites Walking & Hiking Tour Villa Crespi - Italian Lakes Walking & Hiking Tour Portugal L'AND Restaurant at L'AND Vineyards Resort - Portugal Bike Tour Largo do Paço Restaurant at Casa da Calcada - Portugal Walking & Hiking Tour Spain Marqués de Riscal - Basque Country Bike Tour Bon appétit!