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Backroads puts as much care into devising routes and hiring guides as it does into selecting its bikes (custom-designed only). Choose from three levels of comfort (premier, casual, or camping) and enjoy special access wherever you go—be it the day's first tour of Mexico's Chichen Itza ruins or an exclusive pedal through Botswana's Mashatu Game Reserve.

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801 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA
94710 USA

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Prominent affiliations & awards

  • Adventure Travel Trade Association
  • : Travel + Leisure Award
  • : National Geographic's TRAVELER Award
  • : National Geographic's ADVENTURE Award
  • Adventure Collection

Our commitment to sustainable travel

Backroads  has been taking responsible travel seriously since our first biking trips 30 years ago. After all, traveling on two feet or two wheels is the ultimate minimal-impact approach to traveling. But we also recognize that any travel has an impact, so we do everything we can to make that impact positive.

Carbon-Neutral Trip Support Backroads has purchased carbon offsets to offset 100% of the fuel we use on trips with our support vans.

Sustainable Products All of our water bottles are recyclable and we use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper in the majority of our printed marketing materials. We’ve created a web portal for our guests so that we can replace more printed materials with electronic versions.

Leader Training All Backroads leaders are trained to minimize impact on the environment while supporting your experience as guests. Leaders practice Leave No Trace principles on the trail, recycle whenever possible in all the regions we travel, and donate leftover foods to various community programs.

Community Partnerships We support non-profits in the communities where our guests live by donating trips as fundraisers. We've donated a total of over one million dollars to the worthwhile causes of more than 150 organizations.  For a full list, please see www.backroads.com/why/responsible/

3 most popular Trips (out of 116 total)

Dolomites Family Multisport: Northern Italy's Awesome Alpine Playground

Family Fun and Alpine Bliss
Family Fun and Alpine Bliss

Dolomites Family Multisport: Northern Italy's Awesome Alpine Playground

Venice Airport, Italy for 6 Days • from $3,998* per person

Provider: Backroads

Ready, set, go! It's amazing, the activities you'll pack in during these six sensational days. You'll be biking old railway paths. Taking chairlifts and gondola rides among Italy's most dramatic peaks and spires. Getting a mountain goat's view of limestone massifs, deep valleys and alpine lakes. Exploring World War I trenches carved into the hillsides. Enjoying a hearty lunch at a traditional hiker's hut. Rock climbing lessons for kids and wine tastings for grown-ups. It's pure family fun in an… more

Offered June, July
Exertion level: 4
Luxury accommodations
Max group size: 24 people
Must form your own group? No

Cinque Terre & Tuscany Walking & Hiking

Cinque Terre & Tuscany Walking & Hiking

Airport near La Spezia, Italy for 6 Days • from $2,998* per person

Provider: Backroads

How do you prepare for this adventure? First you walk, and practice stopping suddenly. So that you'll be ready for the spontaneous views - colorful villages clinging to cliffs with waves crashing below. The scenery will arrest you mid-step, so be ready. Then pick the most delectable Chianti you can find. It won't match the Classico you'll sip in Panzano but it's good practice. Finally get your fill of just-off-the-boat fresh seafood, hearty pork and beef, friendly people, rows of… more

Offered April-October
Exertion level: 5
Boutique accommodations
Max group size: 24 people
Must form your own group? No

Dolomites Walking & Hiking: Mountain Majesty in Northern Italy

Dolomites Walking & Hiking: Mountain Majesty in Northern Italy

Bolzano Airport, Italy for 6 Days • from $3,898* per person

Provider: Backroads

Imagine a rustic mountain hut that serves piping hot spaghetti al ragu and vino rosso. More than a warming hut, the traditional Dolomite rifugio is an oasis of simple comfort and hearty cuisine. No celebrity chefs. No pretense. But they’re like everything in this region - like the sweeping pastures of wildflowers, the raw jagged snowcapped cliffs, the never-ending views from gondola rides, and the charm of Cortina, a bustling Italian Alpine village. They’re vibrant, filled with flavor and satisfying.… more

Offered June-September
Exertion level: 5
Luxury accommodations
Max group size: 24 people
Must form your own group? No

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