Backroads biker in front of the Biltmore Estate, North Carolina
Hiker resting at a lookout in the Great Smoky Mountains
Sign for Blue Ridge Parkway, the Carolinas
Hikers resting in front of a waterfall
Downtown Asheville, NC
Backroads bikers in the Carolinas
Bikers crossing a stone bridge in the Carolinas
Smoky mountains at sunset
Bikers in the Carolinas riding through a historic building arch
Bikers riding along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville, North Carolina
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The Carolinas Multi-Adventure Tour

Asheville, Greenville & the Blue Ridge Mountains

Couples, Friends & Solos

5 days 4 nights

Activity Levels 1-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $3,299 - $3,349 pp dbl occ

($1,200 for sgl occ)

The Appalachians are a different kind of mountains. Old and wise, with a secret world of green hollers hiding just below the treetops. A world where a heart-pumping climb might pair with a gander through a quirky country store. Where a posh villa sits at the end of a dusty dirt road. These are the Blue Ridge Mountains. A slice of life from when the East was wild.

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Walk/Hike
North Carolina and South Carolina Multi-Adventure Tour
North Carolina and South Carolina Multi-Adventure Tour

North Carolina & South Carolina

Start Asheville / End Greenville

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Bike winding country roads where Tour de France champions get their workouts, then hike greenery-rich mountaintops along the beloved Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Dive into the frontier culture of the Appalachians with cultural activities from a foot-stomping bluegrass concert to a tour of the opulent Biltmore Estate
  • Luxuriate at two unique and fabulous hotels: one an eccentric bike-friendly villa, the other a gracious Old World-style resort
  • Taste local organic products and the farm-to-table fare of Asheville’s trendy dining scene—an ideal way to cap off a day on your bike or the trail
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

Kick off your trip in the Art Deco wonderland of Asheville, home to a sizzling food and arts scene | Ride your bike through the sprawling parkland of the Biltmore estate | Explore George Vanderbilt’s magnificent Loire Valley-inspired château and gardens, set within the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, and rest your head at the on-property hotel | The Blue Ridge Parkway, "America's Favorite Drive," welcomes you with 360-degree views as we travel between trailheads | Soak up the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with stretch-forever vistas of valleys, mountains, woodland, waterfalls and historic sites | Hike along a rugged ridge crowned by balsam fir trees, rhododendron and blueberry bushes | Keep an eye out for migratory birds as you scan alpine views | Dine in style in the heart of vibrant Asheville.

Accommodations
Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
Inn on Biltmore Estate
Asheville
| Premiere Hotel

Savor turn-of-the-century elegance and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at this gracious inn, nestled on Biltmore's majestic estate. (pool, spa)

Days 3-5
Description

Our walk through pine and hemlock woodland in DuPont State Forest is all about waterfalls—four postcard-perfect cascades that range from 8 to 120 feet | Once a stopping point for travelers setting out in their wagons over the mountains, this protected forest of 10,000 acres is a prime destination for mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking | Admire the filming locations of The Last of the Mohicans and The Hunger Games | Trek to Bridal Veil Falls to witness its waters rushing down exposed granite | Take to your pedals and tackle ribbon-like country roads that wind from woods to farmland and back again | Navigate along the peaceful Lake Summit and visit the historic Victorian village of Saluda, nestled between the Green River Gamelands and the Greenville Watershed | Extend your ride on a leisurely spin past the North Saluda Reservoir | One last ride follows rolling hills through an enchanting landscape | Celebrate your Carolina adventure with a delicious farewell brunch before we go our separate ways.

Accommodations
Hotel Domestique, South Carolina
Hotel Domestique
Travelers Rest
| Premiere Hotel

Set amid the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, this stylish boutique hotel is the brainchild of 17-time Tour de France competitor George Hincapie and his brother Rich. (pool)

Activity Level: 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 9 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 21 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 8 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 1 | 20 miles* | 1800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 33 miles | 2400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 38 miles | 3200 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 1 | 13 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 2 | 25 miles | 1800 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip. (click the arrow to see all available options) *E-bikes and Carbon bikes are subject to availability. Requests will be prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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