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New Classic Biking Trips

Sicily: Ancient Civilizations and Mediterranean Sensations
Bustling and boisterous. Warm and welcoming. Where orange and olive groves overlook the Mediterranean Sea, a volcano simmers and architectural treasures beckon. Backroads guests will pedal back in time, into an authentic old-world pace of life.
Greece: The Mythical Magic of Crete
What’s your pedaling pleasure? Eating hills for breakfast—and asking for a second helping? Or getting a lift to the top followed by a breezy downhill spin to the seacoast? Whatever your inclination, it’s time to make dreams of Greece come true by joining Backroads on this one-of-a-kind biking adventure.
Burgundy: From the Morvan to the Côte d’Or
From the forests and farmland of the Morvan to the renowned vineyards and vibrant architecture of the Côte d’Or, Backroads guests will find lots to rave about in Burgundy, pedaling on the Route des Grand Crus, visiting famed towns including Aloxe-Corton, and savoring phenomenal wine and cuisine.
Nova Scotia: Lighthouse Route & the Bay of Fundy
Discover the natural beauty and multicultural heritage of Nova Scotia, “Canada’s ocean playground,” on this perfectly paced pedaling journey. Spin along rugged coastline, past weathered lighthouses and fishing villages, relax at historic inns and savor delicious seafood.

New Walking Trips

Spain: From Barcelona to the Costa Brava & the Pyrénées
Walking in Catalonia is one of travel’s perfect pleasures. Amble with us beneath majestic Pyrénées peaks. Wander in whitewashed fishing villages and charming medieval towns. And bask on Costa Brava beaches just steps from the Mediterranean sea.
French Alps: Alpine Sophistication from Annecy to Chamonix
Experience one of Europe’s most breathtaking landscapes with Backroads. From lakeside Annecy, enjoy world-class hiking amid meadows, glaciers and saw-edged peaks. Visit chic Chamonix and relax in luxurious alpine hotels.
The San Juan Islands, Victoria & Olympic National Park: A Classic Taste of the Pacific Northwest
Discover the Pacific Northwest at its finest on this walking trip in the San Juan Islands, Victoria & Olympic National Park. Highlights include a hike to the summit of Mount Constitution, a stroll in breathtaking Butchart Gardens and a vista-filled walk on mile-high Hurricane Ridge.
Vermont: Among Fall Colors in New England’s Autumn Jewel
It’s Vermont as you’ve imagined—only better! Travelers will enjoy leisurely walks amid a picture-perfect New England landscape of red barns, historic towns and peaceful lakes. They’ll sample maple syrup, visit charming Woodstock and savor the brilliant tableau of countryside aglow in fall foliage.
Maine: In Acadia National Park & Along Penobscot Bay
Join us Down East and discover a wealth of natural splendor and authentic New England charm. From the Forests of Acadia National Park, to the islands of Penobscot Bay, to postcard-perfect Camden, you’ll find much to love about Maine.

New Family Biking Trips

Greece: The Mythical Magic of Crete
The magical Greek isle of Crete sets the stage for this stellar family getaway. Discover seaside Rethymno, rich in Venetian and Ottoman history. Enjoy an epic coast-to-coast ride. Go swimming and kayaking in the Mediterranean, and dine on fresh seafood and other local delicacies.
Sicily: Ancient Civilizations & Mediterranean Sensations
Where can families bike near an active volcano? In Sicily! They’ll pedal in the shadow of famous Mount Etna and visit the World Heritage sites of Scicli, Módica, Donnalucata and Ragusa, brimming with Sicilian Baroque architecture. Just for kids, there’s ceramic painting and even spelunking.
Dordogne River Valley: Off the Beaten Path & Back in Time
Families will love biking in the beautiful Dordogne, a land where history begins with prehistory. Along the way, kids can go canoeing, try a ropes course, tour a fortified castle, learn to work with stone and fire (just like Cro-Magnons!) and marvel at millennia-old cave paintings.
Ireland: Through Cork & Kerry in the Southwest
The whole gang will adore what’s in store while pedaling with Backroads through Ireland’s west Cork and Kerry: Peaceful routes past green hills, quaint cottages and woolly sheep, a rich look at regional history and village culture, and a stay at the venerable Park Hotel Kenmare.