6 Ways to Go Active
The way you experience a place matters. On a bike, you feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your back and smell the lavender as you glide past. On foot, you take in details, and aromas reveal themselves in a whole new light when you immerse yourself. On a kayak or dogsled, you see the world from a totally new vantage point. The only question you need to ask yourself is, how do you want to discover the world?
The joy of exploring under your own power, the clip at which you can move through multiple landscapes while still feeling present in a place, the pure exhilaration of movement and the satisfaction of celebrating it all with a cold beer in the next piazza. Experience the total immersion of exploring on two wheels—heading out on your own or with riding companions. On Backroads Biking Trips you can set your own pace, covering as many (or as few) miles as you wish. The open road is yours. And if you ever feel like a lift, we'll be there.
Walking & Hiking Trips
Set your own pace on twisting paths, scenic trails and quaint back alleys, immersing yourself in the authenticity of a place. Peer through doorways to peek at secret courtyards or stop to admire an intriguing tropical flower. Moving by your own stride is deeper, richer and allows you to appreciate every last detail of your destination. And it's more fun. On our Walking & Hiking Trips we deliver superior trail support, including multiple leaders and vehicles at trailheads, plus self-navigable directions.
Experience the very best of a region with a fun mix of activities like walking, biking and other adventures—by land, sea or snow. A mixture of activities means exploring regions richly and thoroughly at a relaxed pace, with plenty of biking and hiking and other activities—like kayaking, snorkeling, rafting and whale watching—blended in for added excitement and inspiration. Discover all the diversity of a region by connecting with all of its riches. Go from one adventure to the next, or step away to relax, on a Multi-Adventure with Backroads.
Active Culinary Adventures
You can indulge your inner foodie on an Active Culinary Adventure in places like Tuscany, Provence and Northern California's Wine Country. Cooking classes, market visits, farm tours and tastings are blended with walks and hikes.
River & Ocean Cruise Trips
Set sail and discover Europe's great rivers—the Danube, Rhine, Seine and Douro—while enjoying our signature blend of luxurious river cruising and exhilarating biking or walking excursions on shore each day. Or experience the magic of the Amazon & Galápagos or the Mekong with several nights aboard a river ship. On our incredible new Iceland Ocean Cruise Walking & Hiking Trip, journey through Nordic waters among secluded islands, majestic fjords and an extraordinary volcanic landscape. Don't miss our special Danube Full Ship Celebration exclusively for 150 Backroads guests!
* Over 95% of Backroads guests on scheduled trips travel with three Backroads trip leaders or support staff, and two or more vehicles. We even add a fourth leader for meet and move days on some of our most logistically complex trips with the most guests to ensure everyone enjoys the best possible support. On less than 5% of scheduled trips, the number of guests is small enough that we can maintain our trademark high service standards with just two leaders and one van.