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Backroads

5.0 | Excellent
  • 97% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1979
Headquarters
  • Berkeley, California, US
Trips
  • 25

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Backroads Reviews & Ratings 97% Recommend

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Tour Reviews

J

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amazing experience May 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Once again Backroads came through with another amazing experience for my family... Thank you Backroads for delivering on the value-added proposition of a private trip!

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T

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Outstanding March 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Outstanding. Our group has taken annual trips with different tour companies. While we insist on quality, we also look for value. This tour gets an A+ on both counts, thus we'll be looking to Backroads first for our next tour. The performance of Backroads, its leaders and support staff were far better than anything we've ever seen before.
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R

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Our guides were fabulous March 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our guides were fabulous. Everything was taken care of and every request was met instantly. There was someone at every corner to show the way and always a bottle of cold water ready for us. The food was great and the accommodations were wonderful... Backroads could not have done a better job. Thanks.
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M

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extremely well organized February 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was my second experience with Backroads; both were excellent trips but this trip far surpassed excellence. Our trip had been highly researched, extremely well organized, and included a great variety of activities in different places. With the help of all of our guides, we met fascinating people in their respective areas of expertise and/or in their locale. A most memorable trip and done so, with the assistance of our guides.
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S

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Incredible service January 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Incredible service and a great way to see the country up close and personal! Well worth the money.

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K

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Absolutely the best January 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Absolutely THE BEST active travel company there is...hands down! I think we’ve become part of each other’s family!! Heading for the Galapagos/Andes/Amazon trip in 2 weeks and cannot wait!!!

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Founded in 1979, Backroads has mushroomed from a small regional bike touring company in the western U.S. and Canada to an international powerhouse in the world of organized active travel. Now offering a mix of biking, walking and hiking, multisport and “insider” tours – including many suitable for families – Backroads leads active tours in more than 60 destinations on five continents, 45 countries and territories, four Canadian provinces, and 18 U.S. states.

 In 2015 alone, Backroads will offer more than 2,500 scheduled departures with more than 180 different itineraries. Destinations range from the California Wine Country to the Pampas of Patagonia and the hill country of Thailand. Nearly 400 different trip leaders are employed worldwide – with three leaders for each tour --  and trips are never subcontracted to other operators. Backroads also provides two support vans for their tours, so you don’t have to wait for just one van to show up.

 Another big plus from Backroads is that tours offer multiple daily options, allowing you to choose among several designed routes and to travel at your own pace. You can also help choose your own traveling companions – perhaps with adult travelers, or families with young kids or teenagers, or other solo travelers, or with your own private group. Lodging is high quality.

Backroads is best known for its biking tours, appropriate since founder Tom Hale – who still runs the business – helped plan the company while on a 5,000-mile solo bike trip of his own throughout the West. Backroads now has 5,500 high-quality bikes available for its tours, including electric-assist bikes that give you a boost when you have to climb certain hills. 


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From Backroads

Discover the world of active vacations with Backroads. Backroads travel offers engaging trips from bike tours, walking tours and the best family vacations along the back roads. Find the perfect cycling holiday or hiking vacation at Backroads.com. Our Backroads tours range from Grand Canyon hiking to bike trips like Italy cycling trips to multisport vacations like our Costa Rica tours. Enjoy cultural exploration tours, adventures tours and family travel. Singles travel, solo trips and custom trips also available.

With an average tenure of 15 years, our trip designers have the ideal balance of passion, intuition and high-level expertise to create truly remarkable experiences that provide an overall sense of journey while leaving you free to add your own unique imprint. During the hundreds of behind-the-scenes hours that go into crafting each itinerary, we find the right blend of activities to showcase the best of a region, creating a rich tapestry that you can explore as fully as you wish.

Having all been Trip Leaders, they've seen firsthand what guests find most meaningful. Tom Hale works closely with each trip designer, scrutinizing the details to ensure each Backroads experience meets our gold standard for trip design.

A travel experience is not like purchasing a new bike—you can't give it a test ride. You have to be able to trust what the people providing that experience tell you. Unfortunately, we've seen too many examples of companies quietly subcontracting all aspects of their trips to others and seriously limiting the amount of control they have over trip quality.

Discover the world of active vacations with Backroads. Backroads travel offers engaging trips from bike tours, walking tours and the best family vacations along the back roads. Find the perfect cycling holiday or hiking vacation at Backroads.com. Our Backroads tours range from Grand Canyon hiking to bike trips like Italy cycling trips to multisport vacations like our Costa Rica tours. Enjoy cultural exploration tours, adventures tours and family travel. Singles travel, solo trips and custom trips also available.

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