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!
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
De Vrienden van Jacob - Holland & Belgium Bike Tour
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
Marqués de Riscal - Basque Country Bike Tour