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Backroads Adventure Travel Trips for Hiker, Bikers and Multisport Fans

Backroads offers 300 hike, bike, walk, multisport and Insider itineraries


Backroads Bike Trip

Backroads Bike Trip



Backroads is an active travel company offering hundreds of scheduled departures each year. Trips include biking, walking, hiking, multisport and the new Insider Trips, which shift the focus from physical activity to in-depth cultural explorations. Seventy-five percent of Backroads guests have traveled with Backroads before or were referred by a friend. The trips, designed for all tastes, ages and abilities, go to 41 countries and territories around the world. Backroads active tours are fully supported with a van that serves as a mobile refreshment and bike repair center. Guest who want to rest can get a lift. A trailer carries all luggage and gear, leaving travelers free to explore under their own power, light in load and spirit. Backroads offers luxury Premiere Inn Trips, Casual Inn Trips featuring comfortable accommodations, and Deluxe Camping Trips. Select biking, Insider and multisport tours are designated exclusively for families and single+solo travelers.

The Boss' Pitch: Why Travel With Backroads?

"After three decades of finding more rewarding alternatives to traditional vacations, my passion for active travel is stronger than ever," says Tom Hale, Backroads' president and founder. "I simply can't imagine a better way to immerse yourself in the life of a region, to explore hidden corners and appreciate nuances while enjoying the benefits and enormous satisfaction of traveling under your own power. These are experiences you cannot have behind the wheel of a car, or on a train or a tour bus, or in a few excursions from a cruise ship or a secluded resort. Active travel is, at its heart, a way of connecting more authentically with the world. Sure, Backroads provides amazing leaders, superb accommodations and meals, and opportunities you could never arrange on your own. But all of our comprehensive planning and support is aimed at something far simpler: bringing you the immediate, highly personal satisfaction of discovering a new world on your own terms.

"When I think about all the places I still have left to explore, and those I want to revisit and enjoy again, I'm constantly reminded what a gift it is to be able to explore the world actively. Backroads trips are about embracing what life has to offer, living the experience as it unfolds and at the same time creating memories that will last forever. As you browse through the amazing array of choices, I'm confident you'll find a trip that does all of that and more.

"We will never cancel a departure with confirmed guests owing to low enrollment, so you can feel confident when making your flight and pre- and post-trip hotel arrangements. (Please see the Web for the rare exceptions to this unique policy - which, as always, puts our guests first.)"

Popular Adventure Travel Trips With Backroads

California Wine Country Biking - Premiere Inn Trip; Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons Family Multisport - Camping Trip; Dalmatian Coast Biking - Casual Inn Trip; Loire Valley Family Biking - Premiere Inn Trip; Tuscany Biking - Premiere Inn Trip.

To Learn More About Backroads

For more information visit Backroads.com or call 800-GO-ACTIVE (462-2848( or 510-527-1555.

More Top Adventure Travel Companies

Here's a link to my picks for top adventure travel companies - tour operators that can make your dream trip come true. Take a look. If your favorite company isn't on this list please let me know in an email. Send it to adventuretravel@aboutguide.com.

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