SOURCE: Backroads


August 12, 2015 09:01 ET

Backroads Gets Rolling With New 2016 Active Travel Tours: More River Cruises, Family Breakaway Trips and Undiscovered Hotspots

Featured New Trips Include Mekong Delta River Cruise, Caribbean Family Breakaway, Colombia Walking & Hiking, Tuscan Coast Biking and Canadian Rockies Snow Adventure

BERKELEY, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 12, 2015) - For explorers tired of the same old vacation, Backroads, the leading active travel company, is ready to help travelers -- including families and solos -- expand their horizons with an active travel experience for the coming year. Backroads has just unveiled 27 new biking trips, 41 new multisport adventures and 21 new walking & hiking trips for the 2015-2016 season, as well as new options for active travel including river cruise biking trips, river cruise walking trips, solo trips, snow adventures and trips to undiscovered hotspots.

Rolling Down the River
Active river cruising continues to be extremely popular and this year Backroads is rolling out cruises to more locations in Europe, as well as the Mekong Delta in Cambodia and Vietnam. Families can join the fun on new active river cruises designed just for them; Breakaway trips are designed especially for families with older teens and 20-somethings.

In 2016 Backroads will launch new river cruise trips along the Danube, Mekong Delta, Rhine, Seine and Portugal's Douro. Additionally, an entire ship just for Backroads guests sets sail on a Danube Full Ship Celebration River Cruise Bike Tour in September 2016.

Family Fun and Freedom for Older Teens & 20-Somethings
Family Breakaway trips have proven to be a huge hit for families with older teens and college-age kids seeking the perfect blend of time together and independent activities. To meet increasing demand, Backroads is tripling the options for families in the coming year, launching new Family Breakaway Trips to England, the Basque Region of France & Spain, Croatia & Montenegro, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, Argentina's Lake District, Peru, Patagonia, and New Zealand, as well as a Rhine River Cruise. These trips join an already-popular roster of Family Breakaway trips in Tuscany, the Dalmatian Coast, Hawaii and Costa Rica.

Off the Beaten Path Active Adventures
Backroads is offering several trips to top travel destinations that explore their undiscovered treasures and off-the-beaten-path features. These trips venture beyond Tuscany's well-trod paths for a Tuscan Coast bike tour and explore Camino de Santiago rather than mainstream Spain. A Parma to Verona tour explores an often-missed side of Northern Italy, and a Croatia trip has been expanded to include Montenegro.

Souped-Up Selection for Solos
Backroads Solos trips remain a top choice for active travelers, and in 2016 the offerings expand to include the Amalfi Coast, Canadian Rockies, Croatia & Montenegro, Morocco, California's Redwood Empire, Yosemite, the Camino de Santiago in Spain & Portugal, Maui & Lanai, Palm Springs & Joshua Tree, and Peru.

Revamping Camping
Camping is another fast-growing area for Backroads, and guest feedback continues to reinforce the notion that people love to camp but many don't want to do all of the work associated with it. In addition to new itineraries and more dates offered, new in 2016 on all camping trips are cozy cots with Thermarests on top for better slumbering off of the ground. The company has seen a growing interest in camping trips among both families and solo travelers. Backroads has developed camping trips where previously only hotel-based itineraries were offered, including Alaska, Banff to Jasper, Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon, Glacier & Waterton Lakes, the San Juan Islands and Yellowstone & Tetons.

Europe and Beyond
Backroads has been recognized for its award-winning European tours ( and continues to expand its offerings there and abroad. "We know that many of our guests like to explore new and different locations around the globe, and we want to be their go-to option for active travel," said Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale. "Our trip experts are always on the lookout for intriguing new destinations, immersive new experiences and fun new activities. We are pleased to offer such a huge selection of trips that are always evolving to meet our guests' interests."

A sampling of new 2016 Backroads Trips is listed below; visit for complete new trip offerings, pricing and information.

Biking Tours

  • Canadian Rockies
  • Danube Full Ship River Cruise
  • England
  • French Pyrenees & Spain's Rioja Region
  • Mekong River Cruise
  • Palm Springs & Joshua Tree
  • Parma to Verona
  • Portugal's Douro River Cruise
  • Provence to the French Riviera
  • Rhine River Cruise
  • Seine River Cruise
  • Tuscan Coast
  • Virginia & Maryland

Multisport Tours

  • Argentina's Lake District
  • California's Wine Country
  • Canadian Rockies Snow Adventure
  • Caribbean's Nevis & St. Kitts
  • Croatia to Montenegro
  • Cuba
  • Death Valley
  • India
  • Prince William Sound to Denali
  • Provence
  • Tuscany
  • Yellowstone & Tetons Wildlife Safari

New Walking & Hiking Tours

  • Brittany & Normandy
  • Camino de Santiago
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Danube River Cruise
  • England
  • Iceland
  • Maui & Lanai
  • Palm Springs & Joshua Tree
  • Piedmont to Portofino

About Backroads
Backroads ( was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale. The company has been in business for more than 36 years and hosts thousands of guests in hundreds of locations across the globe, 80% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests.

Named one of the top 100 places to work by Outside magazine in 2014, Backroads is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pacific Time.

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