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June 2018

New Trips with Yoga
Backroads, the World’s #1 Active Travel Company, today announced it is introducing yoga to a number of Backroads Walking & Hiking, Biking and Multi-Adventure Trips. Starting in 2019, guided yoga will be offered as a supplemental activity on 14 of the company’s itineraries —including Bali, India, Tuscany, Mallorca, Costa Rica, Maui and Santa Barbara.

May 2018

New Biking Trips
Backroads, the World’s Leading Active Travel company, today announced new 2018 bike tours to the popular destinations of Chile, Cuba, Portugal and Croatia & Slovenia in celebration of National Bike Month. Additionally, Backroads is rolling out entirely new high-performance custom-built titanium road bikes to go with their best-in-class bike fleet offerings.

March 2018

New Trekking Trips
Backroads, the World’s Leading Active Travel company, today announced growth in its walking and hiking trip segment with new tours ranging from easy to challenging – including new Hut-to-Hut, family and unique trips – across the globe.

January 2018

For the Love of Travel—Backroads Announces Top Ten Romantic Trips
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Backroads, the World’s Leading Active Travel company, today announced the Top 10 Trips for Romance. Since the company’s inception, guests have celebrated romantic milestones with Backroads.

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December 2017

Croatia, Iceland, Portugal and the United Kingdom – Along with Private and Custom Trips – Trending as 2018 Hot-Selling Backroads' Active Travel Destinations
Backroads, the World's Leading Active Travel company, today announced that as 2017 winds down and 2018 vacation-planning amps up, early booking trends show a significant uptick in interest in European offerings, including the ever-popular Croatia and Iceland departures.

November 2017

Backroads and World Bicycle Relief Join Forces This Holiday Season to Give Students the Gift of a Bicycle
Backroads, the world's leading active travel company, and World Bicycle Relief are joining together this holiday season to help deliver the power of bikes to students in need. World Bicycle Relief is a global nonprofit distributing high-quality bicycles in developing countries where distance is a barrier. It's not uncommon for students in rural developing regions to spend four hours walking to and from school. This holiday season Backroads is supporting World Bicycle Relief's year-end campaign with a donation of more than $26,000 on #GivingTuesday, in which all donations are being matched dollar-for-dollar.

October 2017

Backroads Reinvents Ocean Cruising for Active Adventure Travelers
Backroads today announced that it is launching a brand-new small ship ocean cruise segment and reinventing water travel for active travelers. The company is pioneering a new kind of adventure water travel with brand-new small ship ocean journeys in far-flung locations for travelers looking to combine flexible top-rated active vacations with the luxury of living aboard state-of-the-art expedition vessels. Backroads' intimate ocean cruises offer thoroughly planned active trips with unparalleled ship- and land-based support—in Alaska, Antarctica, Japan, New Zealand, the Baltic Sea, Galápagos, Iceland and more—totaling 51 departures on 14 itineraries.

Backroads Forwards Global Conservation Efforts by Joining Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF)
Backroads is proud to announce the company's membership as an "Adventure Leader" in the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF), an international nonprofit focused on funding on-the-ground conservation projects around the world. The ATCF provides members in the travel and outdoor industry an avenue to directly support projects that are critical to protecting the future of adventure travel.

August 2017

Backroads Rolls Out Brand New Adventure Tours and New Destinations for 2018
Backroads announced today 38 brand-new itineraries for the 2018 season, expanding its offerings to include more exciting destinations, new routes and luxury accommodations, more family adventures and even more trips in best-selling regions.

July 2017

World Bicycle Relief and Backroads Join Forces to Provide Life-Changing Bicycles for Students in Need
Backroads, the world's leading active travel company, and World Bicycle Relief are joining forces again during the month of July to help deliver the power of bicycles to students in need.

Backroads' Walking & Hiking Tours Are Fastest-Growing Segment for Adventure Travel Company
Backroads is gearing up for its biggest summer travel season ever, announcing today that Walking & Hiking Tours are the fastest-growing segment for the company, with double-digit growth over recent years.

May 2017

Year of the Bicycle: Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Bicycle with a Backroads Bike Trip
This summer marks 200 years since the bicycle was first invented and nearly 40 years since Backroads started using bikes as a way to see the world. Born out of necessity, the bicycle has evolved from a way for people to move faster under their own power to a primary mode of transportation and physical activity for people across the globe today.

April 2017

Backroads Leads Industry In Family Trip Options with Nearly 450 Departures This Summer
Backroads, the world's leading active travel company, announced today the most popular summer travel destinations for families—Alaska, Yellowstone & the Tetons, Croatia's Dalmatian Coast and Italy's Dolomites top the list.

February 2017

Backroads Launches Brand-New Portugal Bike Trip, From Captivating Lisbon to Alentejo's Countryside
With its warm Mediterranean climate and a fascinating blend of Old World charm and contemporary design, Portugal's allure has made it one of the hottest destinations for 2017 travel. Starting this September, Backroads guests can explore Lisbon's rising restaurant scene and cosmopolitan culture before leaving the crowds behind to pedal through the rural beauty of undiscovered Alentejo.

December 2016

Backroads Announces Top Trending Destinations for 2017
With a new year approaching, many people are looking for new adventures and Backroads, the world's leading active travel company, is ready to help as today it announced its top trending trips for 2017 active travel.

November 2016

Backroads and World Bicycle Relief Join Forces This Holiday Season to Give the Gift of a Bicycle
Backroads, the world's leading active travel company, and World Bicycle Relief are partnering up this holiday season to help deliver the power of bicycles to students, rural workers, healthcare providers, women, entrepreneurs and others in need.

October 2016

Home Sweet Home: North American Travel Trending Up for 2017 According to Backroads
Backroads is finding many travelers are opting to vacation closer to home next year. The company today announced its 2017 trip lineup including 7 brand-new trips in North America—in addition to the more than 40 destinations the company launched last month.

September 2016

Backroads Keeps on Adventuring with More Than 40 New Active Travel Trips Launching in 2017
As summer vacations are winding down, Backroads, the world’s leading active travel company, is enticing travelers to start thinking about their next adventure with the announcement of more than 40 new trips across the globe in 2017. The new lineup represents all activities of Backroads’ signature adventures, from Biking to Walking & Hiking, Multisport, active River Cruising, Family Trips and Family Breakaway Trips.

June 2016

AmaWaterways and Backroads Expand Relationship, Doubling Active River Cruise Offerings for 2017
AmaWaterways and Backroads today announced an expanded 2017 line-up of active river cruise departures. Providing best-in-class service and authentic upscale travel experiences, the companies will offer more than 100 sailings in 2017, further developing their growing alliance to bring active adventure biking, walking and hiking tours to the world’s most renowned river cruise destinations.

May 2016

Five-Star Biking Meets Five-Star Dining with Backroads Active Travel: Guaranteed Access to Some of the World’s Top Restaurants
If you thought active travel meant eating trail mix and energy bars, Backroads—the leading active travel company—is setting the record straight with the announcement that its guests can now enjoy access to 27 Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe and the United States, with secured reservations at some of the world’s top restaurants.

March 2016

Top US National Park Destinations for Centennial Celebration
Backroads, the leading active travel company, named the five most popular trips featuring US National Parks for celebrating the park centennial anniversary this summer—Yellowstone & Tetons, Bryce & Zion, Glacier & Waterton Lakes, Maine and Alaska—based on Backroads summer bookings. With many national park celebrations planned, and hotel rooms in very high demand this summer, the timing is perfect for an active getaway organized by Backroads.

February 2016

Backroads Offers Spring Break Fun with the Family This Season
Backroads, the world's leading active travel company, today announced a slew of spring break trips for the entire family ranging from Florida's Key West and the Everglades to Hawaii's Big Island, Costa Rica, Palm Springs and beyond. The all-inclusive family adventures offer the perfect blend of activity choices for all ages including biking, hiking, kayaking, cultural exploration, great food and unlimited opportunities for adventure.

January 2016

Backroads Names Top Five Romantic Destinations in Honor of Valentine's Day
Does the couple who travel together, stay together? Backroads, the leading active travel company, sure thinks so. And a recent survey by the U.S. Travel Association backs up that theory: the study revealed that couples who travel together have better sex lives and more romance in their relationships than couples who stay home.

December 2015

2016 Backroads Trends Include Significant Growth in Electric Bikes, Active River Cruises and Multigenerational Family Travel
Backroads, the leading active travel company offering biking, hiking, multisport and family trips across the globe, announced its forecasted trends for 2016, based on bookings and research. The company, who reported record sales in 2015, is seeing significant growth in a number of key areas, including multigenerational families traveling together, electric-assist bikes (eBikes) and its active River Cruise program, which launched last year.

October 2015

The Family Coppola Resorts and Backroads to Offer Exclusive Central American Itineraries
The Family Coppola Resorts announced today that Backroads guests will stay at two of Coppola's Central American properties, Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize and La Lancha in Guatemala, as part of Backroads Belize & Guatemala Multisport Trips. From the spellbinding Maya temples at the World Heritage Site of Tikal, to rain forest trails and the Caribbean, adventure seekers of all ages will enjoy immersing themselves in the diverse cultures and scenery that Central America has to offer.

August 2015

Backroads Gets Rolling with New 2016 Active Travel Tours: More River Cruises, Family Breakaway Trips and Uncovered Hotspots
For explorers tired of the same old vacation, Backroads, the leading active travel company, is ready to help travelers—including families and solos—expand their horizons with an active travel experience for the coming year. Backroads has just unveiled 27 new biking trips, 41 new multisport adventures and 21 new walking & hiking trips for the 2015-2016 season, as well as new options for active travel including river cruise biking trips, river cruise walking trips, solo trips, snow adventures and trips to undiscovered hotspots.

May 2015

No Reservation, No Problem: Visit National Parks with Backroads for Summer 2015
Backroads, the world's leading active travel company, announced that procrastinators and opportunists still have an option to book an active travel vacation to one of the popular U. S. National Parks this summer. While many destinations have been sold out for months, guests traveling with Backroads can enjoy a fully planned trip with all the details taken care of including park lodges, camping, hiking, and biking in the stunning beauty of the national parks.

March 2015

AmaWaterways and Backroads Bring Active Adventure Tours to River Cruising
AmaWaterways and Backroads today announced a strategic brand alliance bringing active adventure biking, walking and hiking journeys to the world's most renowned river cruise destinations. Rooted in the companies' shared philosophy of providing best-in-class service and authentic upscale travel experiences, the alliance will kick off with 20 Danube River sailings in 2015 and expand throughout Europe and Asia in 2016.

December 2014

Backroads Announces Top Trending Tour Destinations for 2015
Backroads, the world's number one active travel company, today unveiled its top active travel locations and trends for 2015 based on early demand and booking information. With everything from tulips and sparkling champagne to scenic rivers and rich history, European tours are on the rise for the coming year.

October 2014

Backroads Rolls Out New Specialized Bikes in 2015
Backroads, the world's leading active travel company and Specialized announced today that they are extending their partnership in 2015 and rolling out a new fleet of Specialized bicycles as upgrades available on all Backroads cycling tours in Europe, North America and Hawaii.

August 2014

Backroads Active Travel Rolls Out 2015 Trips and New Ways to Travel and Explore
Backroads, the world's leading active travel company, is gearing up for an exciting 2015 with the launch of more than 25 new trips. Today, Backroads unveiled nine new biking trips, and six new multisport and five new walking & hiking trips for the 2015 season, as well as introduced new options for active travel including river cruise biking trips, active gourmet trips, snow adventures and spring training biking.

June 2014

Three New Winter Escape Trips
While summer is just around the corner, it's not too early to start planning a hot winter vacation in snowcapped solitude or warm winter sunshine. Backroads, the world's leading active travel company, today unveiled three new vacation trips for the upcoming winter season...

April 2014

Top Five Summer Trips for Family Adventure
For families interested in summer fun in the national parks rather than amusement parks, Backroads—the leading active travel company—offers exciting travel experiences for families of all sizes and ages.

January 2014

Top Five Romantic Destinations in Honor of Valentine's Day
While popular television shows Survivor and The Amazing Race have shown romance blooming in exotic locales, Backroads, the leading active travel company, offers exciting travel experiences all over the world for everyday romantics of all ages.

December 2013

Backroads Forecasts Top Active Travel Destinations for 2014
France's Loire Valley tops international locations. Asheville to Greenville, and Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks lead in U.S. travel.

October 2013

Backroads Kicks Off 2014 with New and Expanded Trip Options and an All-New Bike Fleet
After 35 years as the world's premiere active travel company, Backroads is celebrating its milestone year by unveiling an array of new travel offerings and an all-new bike fleet!

September 2013

Backroads Celebrates Record-Breaking Year
Backroads hits exciting milestones in 2013, with 1,800 scheduled departures, 500 office staff and trip leaders, 22,500 projected guests and record-breaking sales.

July 2013

Introducing Family Breakaway Trips: Big adventures for families with older teens and 20-somethings
We realize families with older teens and 20-somethings have different interests, needs, and schedules than younger families. Accordingly, Family Breakaway is different than anything we've ever done before.

Backroads is buzzing—140 new Trip Leaders released into the field by July 2013
If you've ever travelled with Backroads, you know that our trips are exquisite symphonies, obsessively researched and perfectly executed. We recruit, train, and deploy top talent to make this happen.

Backroads introduces ebikes—for more get up and GO!
Backroads now offers electronic assist bikes—ebikes—on most of its North American, European, and Hawaiian cycling trips, making it even easier to take a Backroads trip than ever before. When you ride an ebike, it's like having an extra pair of legs or a fairy godmother.

March 2013

Backroads Opens Doors to Cuba on New Educational Exchange Trip
Guests on a new tour from Backroads, known for offering active trips to unexplored locations around the world, will gain rare access to Cuba through the company's recently approved People-to-People license by the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control.