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    Kids 8 and Under

While the thought of traveling with your young kids may feel overwhelming, it is often one of the most memorable experiences you'll have as a family. Relax and let Backroads take care of all the details while you sit back, enjoy priceless time away together and see the world through new eyes.

While we don't see many families with very young children, we do have a minimum age requirement of 4 years for our scheduled dates (we occasionally accommodate younger kids on Private Trips). Other than that, we do not restrict Family Trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. For safety reasons, children need to be at least 7 years old (9 years old in some destinations) to ride their own bike. See below for details on each trip.

Trying to decide between a domestic trip vs an international trip?
A trip in North America is a great first Backroads experience for families with younger kids. There's often less travel time, less jet lag and the culture and cuisine tend to be more familiar. If you are choosing between a Hotel or Camping Trip, Hotel Trips have more structure to breakfasts and dinners and provide the space for more quiet time away from the group. Camping Trips are located in places that inspire a spectacular connection to nature and wildlife, and offer more freedom—you can kick back while your kids are out playing with new friends.

Wondering what activities are the best fit for your family?
Our Multi-Adventures offer a variety of activities and every day is a different adventure. If you're not sure your kids are going to like riding a bike every day, as we do on Biking Trips, a Multi-Adventure is a great choice. So that both you and your kids are comfortable, we recommend getting out prior to your trip to ride bikes or hike together, and ride a bike with a trailer or trailer bike if you are going to use these on your Backroads trip. Knowing what to expect will make a huge difference in the fun factor for all of you.

Do kids need technical clothes or gear for biking or hiking?
Kids this age don't need padded bike shorts; they'll be comfortable in regular active clothing. Be sure everyone has a good pair of walking shoes. We'll give you a packing list after signing up so you can pack like a pro.

Do Backroads Trips offer routes suitable for everyone in the family?
Our Family Trips are designed with families in mind and offer kid-appropriate routes and activities as well as longer options for adults and teens while kids are in the company of our Kids Activity Expert. Some trips have age-restricted activities that are often less than half a day and can be opted out of easily without impacting the enjoyment of the trip.

You'll find a list of all the kid-specific equipment availability and activity-specific age restrictions below. We want to help you choose the perfect Backroads trip for your family. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions. And for more details and to find trips with families that have kids and teens of similar age(s) as yours, call us at 800-462-2848.

Top Trips for Kids 8 and Under

California Redwoods Family Multi-Adventure | Deluxe Camping
Canadian Rockies Multi-Adventure | Premiere Hotels or Deluxe Camping
Costa Rica Multi-Adventure | Premiere Hotels or Casual Hotels
Glacier & Waterton Lakes Multi-Adventure | Casual Hotels or Deluxe Camping
Hawaii's Big Island Multi-Adventure | Premiere & Casual Hotels
Holland & Belgium Biking | Premiere Hotels
Loire Valley Biking | Premiere Hotels
Maine Family Multi-Adventure | Premiere Hotels
San Juan Islands Multi-Adventure | Premiere Hotels
Yellowstone & Tetons Multi-Adventure | Deluxe Camping

Backroads Top Family Trips for Kids 8 and under

Kids' Bike & Activity Age Restrictions & Equipment Options

Italy

Minimum Kids' Age Required to Ride Own Bike Minimum Kids' Age for Additional Activities Kids' Equipment Options
Dolomites Biking, Premiere 9+ rafting: 8+
ropes course: 6+ (with separate play area for 4-5 yo)
archaeology museum: no min age
Kids' Bike
Tandem
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Dolomites Multi-Adventure, Premiere 9+ rock climbing: 7+
zip-lining: height of 4.5 feet/140cm
strudel-making lesson: no min age
Kids' Bike
Cinque Terre & Tuscany Walking & Hiking, Casual n/a stand-up paddleboarding: no min age
pizza & biscotti making: no min age
painting class: no min age
n/a
Tuscany Biking, Casual 9+ high ropes course: 6+ (with separate play area for 4-6 yo)
activities at Lake Trasimeno: 6+
pizza/biscotti making: no min age
ceramic painting: no min age
Kids' Bike
Tandem
Trailer Bike

France

Minimum Kids' Age Required to Ride Own Bike Minimum Kids' Age for Additional Activities Kids' Equipment Options
Basque Country Multi-Adventure, Premiere 7+ sea kayaking: 7+
surf class: 7+
ropes course: 7+
Basque cake making: 7+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Brittany & Normandy Biking, Casual 7+ horseback riding: 7+
land sailing: +7
glassblowing: +7
Kids' Bike
Tandem
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Loire Valley Biking, Premiere 7+ fencing: 7+
chocolate making: 7+
Kids' Bike
Tandem
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier

Europe at Large

Minimum Kids' Age Required to Ride Own Bike Minimum Kids' Age for Additional Activities Kids' Equipment Options
Costa Brava to Spanish Pyrenees Multi-Adventure, Premiere & Casual 9+ forest adventure course: 4+
kayaking: 6+
pottery class: 6+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Croatia Multi-Adventure, Casual 9+ kayaking: 9+ Kids' Bike
Czech Republic to Austria Biking, Casual 9+ renaissance romp: no min age
living museum visit: no min age
evening bowling: no min age
castle visit & falconry show: no min age
Kids' Bike
Tandem
Trailer Bike
Danube River Cruise Biking, Premiere Ship 7+ scavenger hunt: 7+
park games: no min age
captain's wheelhouse visit: no min age
falconry demo: no min age
chocolate workshop: 6+
Budapest exploration: no min age
Kids' Bike Tandem Trailer Bike
Germany to Austria Multi-Adventure, Premiere 9+ kayaking: 9+
stand-up paddleboarding: 9+
rafting: 9+
Kids' Bike
Holland & Belgium Biking, Premiere 7+ powerkiting: 7+
trampoline: 7+
chocolate workshop: 6+
Kids' Bike
Tandem
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Iceland Multi-Adventure, Premiere & Casual 9+ horseback riding: 6+
glacier walk: 10+
Kids' Bike
Iceland Northern Fjords Multi-Adventure, Premiere 9+ horseback riding: 6+ Kids' Bike
Iceland Northern Lights Multi-Adventure, Premiere n/a ice climbing: 10+ n/a
Iceland Walking & Hiking, Premiere n/a horseback riding: 6+ n/a
Ireland Walking & Hiking, Premiere n/a n/a n/a
Ireland Biking, Premiere 9+ sheepshearing demo: no min age Kids' Bike
Tandem
Trailer Bike
Mallorca Walking & Hiking, Premiere n/a kayaking: no min age
stand-up paddleboarding: no min age
n/a
Norway Walking & Hiking, Casual n/a n/a n/a
Rhine River Cruise Biking, Premiere Ship 7+ chocolate making: 6+
scavenger hunt: no min age
falconry demo: no min age
ropes course: 7+
Kids' Bike Tandem Trailer Bike
Sweden to Denmark Biking, Premiere 9+ Baltic sea life exploration: no min age
fencing: 6+
Kids' Bike
Tandem
Trailer Bike
Switzerland Multi-Adventure, Premiere 7+ ropes course: no min age
summer luge: no min age
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier

United States

Minimum Kids' Age Required to Ride Own Bike Minimum Kids' Age for Additional Activities Kids' Equipment Options
Alaska Multi-Adventure, Casual 7+ rafting: 12+
glacier hiking: 12+
glacier hiking: no min age
Kids' Bike Trailer Bike Trailer Carrier
Alaska Multi-Adventure, Casual 9+ rafting: 5+
kayaking: 6+
SeaLife Center visit: no min age
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Bryce & Zion Multi-Adventure, Camping 7+ canyoneering: 6+
mule riding: 7+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Bryce & Zion Walking & Hiking, Casual n/a canyoneering: 6+
mule riding: 7+
n/a
Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Multi-Adventure, Casual 7+ canyoneering: 6+
mule riding: 7+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Florida Keys Multi-Adventure, Premiere 9+ Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Glacier & Waterton Lakes Multi-Adventure, Camping 9+ horseback riding: 8+ rafting: 5+
nature trail hike: no min age
scavenger hunt: no min age
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Glacier & Waterton Lakes Multi-Adventure, Casual n/a horseback riding: 5+ n/a
Glacier & Waterton Lakes Multi-Adventure, Casual 9+ horseback riding: 5+
rafting: 5+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Hawaii's Big Island Multi-Adventure, Premiere & Casual 9+ kayaking: 5+
snorkeling: 5+
cultural activities: 4+
beach activities: 6+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Kauai Multi-Adventure, Premiere n/a kayaking: 6+
snorkeling: 6+
mini-golf: 4+
botanical gardens visit: 4+
n/a
Maine Family Multi-Adventure, Premiere 7+ diver ed boat tour: no min age
boat-making activity: no min age
Kids' Bike Trailer Bike Trailer Carrier
Maui Multi-Adventure, Premiere n/a kayaking: 5+
snorkeling: 5+
horseback riding: 7+
cultural activities: 4+
n/a
Maui & Lanai Multi-Adventure, Premiere 9+ kayaking: 5+
snorkeling: 5+
horseback riding 7+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Prince William Sound to Denali Multi-Adventure, Casual n/a rafting: 3+
gold panning: no min age
n/a
Redwoods Multi-Adventure, Camping 9+ tie-dye activity: no min age
beach exploration: no age min
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
San Juan Islands Multi-Adventure, Premiere 9+ kayaking: 6+
cultural activities: no min age
Whale Museum visit: no min age
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Santa Barbara & Ojai Biking, Premiere 9+ surfing & horseback riding: 6+ Kids' Bike
Tandem
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Yellowstone & Tetons Multi-Adventure, Camping 7+ rock climbing: 7+
camp activities: no min age
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Yellowstone & Tetons Multi-Adventure, Casual 7+ rafting: 6+
horseback riding: 5+
Kids' Bike Trailer Bike Trailer Carrier
Yellowstone & Tetons Multi-Adventure, Casual 7+ rafting: 6+
kayaking: 7+
ropes course: 7+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Yellowstone & Tetons Walking & Hiking, Premiere & Casual n/a horseback riding: 7+ n/a
Yellowstone & Tetons Wildlife Multi-Adventure, Casual n/a rafting: 6+
horseback riding: 7+
ropes course: 7+
n/a
Yosemite Multi-Adventure, Premiere & Casual 9+ rock climbing: 6+ Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Yosemite Walking & Hiking, Premiere n/a rock climbing: 6+ n/a

Canada

Minimum Kids' Age Required to Ride Own Bike Minimum Kids' Age for Additional Activities Kids' Equipment Options
Canadian Rockies - Banff & Yoho Camping 9+ rafting (upper canyon): 12+/weight of 90 lbs
rafting (middle canyon): 12+
rock climbing: 6+
Kids' Bike Trailer Bike Trailer Carrier
Canadian Rockies - Banff & Yoho Multi-Adventure Camping 9+ rafting (upper canyon): 12+/weight of 90 lbs
rafing (middle canyon): 12+
rock climbing: 6+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Canadian Rockies - Banff & Yoho Multi-Adventure , Premiere 9+ rafting (upper canyon): 12+/weight of 90 lbs
rafing (middle canyon): 12+
rock climbing: 6+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Trailer Carrier
Canadian Rockies - Banff & Yoho Multi-Adventure, Premiere & Casual 9+ rafting (upper canyon): 12+/weight of 90 lbs
rafting (middle canyon): 12+
rock climbing: 6+
Kids' Bike Trailer Bike Trailer Carrier
Nova Scotia Family Multi-Adventure, Casual 9+ surfing: 8+
scavenger hunt: no min age
Kids' Bike Trailer Bike
Nova Scotia Multi-Adventure, Casual 9+ kayaking: 6+ Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Quebec Multi-Adventure, Premiere & Casual 9+ kayaking: 6+
whale watching: 6+
canyoneering: 7+
museum visit: no min age
circus class: no min age
Kids' Bike Trailer Bike
Quebec Multi-Adventure, Premiere & Casual 9+ kayaking & whalewatching: 6+
canyoneering: 7+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike

Latin America & the Caribbean

Minimum Kids' Age Required to Ride Own Bike Minimum Kids' Age for Additional Activities Kids' Equipment Options
Belize & Guatemala Multi-Adventure, Premiere 9+ kayaking: 6+
snorkeling: 6+
Maya chocolate-making demo: 5+
Kids' Bike
Caribbean Multi-Adventure, Premiere 9+ kayaking: 6+
snorkeling: 6+
scavenger hunt: 4+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Costa Rica Multi-Adventure, Casual 9+ kayaking: 5+
rafting: 6+
chocolate tour: 4+
serpentarium visit: 4+
Boruca mask painting: 4+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Costa Rica Multi-Adventure, Premiere 9+ zip-lining: 5+
horseback riding: 6+
rafting: 6+
Boruca mask painting: 4+
chocolate workshop: 4+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Galápagos & Andes Multi-Adventure, Premiere 9+ flute-making activity: no min age
cow milking: no min age
craft activity: no min age
kayaking: 6+
snorkeling: 6+
Kids' Bike
Galápagos Ocean Cruise, Premiere Ship 9+ special kid-zone activities on ship: no min age
stargazing activity: no min age
Spanish lessons: no min age
private tour of the bridge with the ship's captain: no min age
Kids' Bike
Mexico's Yucatán Multi-Adventure, Premiere 9+ cultural activities: 4+ Kids' Bike Trailer Bike
Patagonia Lake District Multi-Adventure, Premiere 9+ rock climbing: 6+
silversmith workshop: 6+
family empanada making with chef: no min age
Kids' Bike

Asia & the Pacific

Minimum Kids' Age Required to Ride Own Bike Minimum Kids' Age for Additional Activities Kids' Equipment Options
Thailand Biking, Premiere & Casual 9+ rice planting activity: 8+
archery: 8+
challenge course: 8+
rock climbing: 8+
Thai boxing: 8+
Kids' Bike
Trailer Bike
Vietnam & Cambodia Biking, Premiere 12+ calligraphy class: no min age Kids' Bike

Africa

Minimum Kids' Age Required to Ride Own Bike Minimum Kids' Age for Additional Activities Kids' Equipment Options
South Africa Botswana Multi-Adventure, Premiere 12+ n/a Kids' Bike

Our Trip Consultants will gladly answer any questions you may have. Call us at 800-462-2848 to discuss your trip of interest today.


Kids' Equipment Options

Kids Bike

Custom Kids' Bike

On all Backroads Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bicycles for the younger set. They say good things come in small packages; when it comes to bikes for kids of all ages, Backroads is the expert. View full bike specifications.

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of Kids' Bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids.

Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike

Trailer Bike

The Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.

In general, we find that four- through eight-year-olds are suited to riding the trailer bike.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem

Parents experienced in riding a tandem may choose to upgrade to the Co-Motion Torpedo tandem to ride with one of their kids. It's a great choice if your child is not quite ready for bike touring on his or her own. You'll be in the driver's seat and can help to provide some motivation. $400 rental price. See more details.

Burley Cub Trailer

Trailer Carrier

The Burley Cub trailer, for one or two children 60 pounds and under, is a sturdy carrier that attaches to our bikes. It provides a comfortable and safe ride in the spacious interior with inner pockets for snacks and drinks, a reclining seat with a secure five point padded harness system and an adjustable sunscreen.

In general, we find that four+-year-olds are well suited for riding in the trailer carrier.

See adult bike options and upgrades, including Specialized pro-level bikes and eBikes.

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