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Relaxed Adventure Touring | Backroads

Dolce Tempo – Active But Relaxed
Backroads offers immersive, active experiences from North America and around the world. Discover a new way to spend your vacation: biking, hiking or by a multitude of travel methods allowing you to enjoy your days taking in the local sights and cultures, and to relax at night in the comfort of luxury or casual accommodations – your lifestyle choice. Travel with friends, your significant other, or solo.

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Sample Types of Dolce Tempo Trips

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Loire Valley, France:  E-Bike

Sept  12-17, 2021 · 6 Days · Premier Hotels† · from US$4,799 per person, double occupancy*

Dive in to the fascinating history of this fertile valley, the home of the French court during the Renaissance in Europe. Explore historic châteaux and enjoy the lively culture of the riverbank towns. Easygoing daily routes are typically 2-4 hours of biking per day, approximately 10-30 miles. Backroads’ custom electronic-assist bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly or opt for a traditional bike. Timid of traffic? Much of the riding is on bike paths and bike-friendly roads that are very lightly trafficked. 

Highlights

  • Lunch in the garden of the Chateau Villandry, and a night at the Chateau de Rochecotte, a grand 18th century estate.

  • Explore the Vovray region, cycling through famous vineyards first grown here in the 8th century.

  • Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the Chateau de Chenonceau.

  • Opt for an afternoon at the pool at the Domaine des Hauts de Loire (your premier hotel), and dinner at their Michelin-starred restaurant.

  • Visit the Chateau Chambord, the largest chateau in the valley. 

  • Relax at the Les Souces de Cheverny, the last of your premier hotel stays.  It still retains its original 15th century tower and moat.

Inclusions

Your choice of bike: E-Bike (electric-assisted), road bike or touring bike · bike helmets & accessories · all breakfasts, 5 dinners & 5 lunches · snacks & beverages between meals · private guided tours of the tour’s attractions mentioned in your Travel Planner · special events such as wine tastings as may be mentioned in the Travel Planner · all gratuities at hotels and restaurants · baggage transfers & porterage · park or other entry fees · van shuttles and coach transfers, if required · accommodations at premier hotels · expertise & guidance of Backroad’s experienced Trip Leaders, and local guides and experts as required.

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Chateau de Chenonceau

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Ireland:  Easy-Going Walking Tour

Sept  7-12, 2021 · 6 Days · Premiere Hotels† · from US$4,499 per person, double occupancy*

Be amazed by the beauty of Ireland and its varied landscapes: from dramatic coastal cliffs to placid meadows and silent forests, this is the right place to explore on foot.. Easygoing daily routes typically 2-3 hours of walking per day, approximately 2-7 miles. Fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and meticulously selected routes and a Backroads navigation app to offer guidance on the route. The terrain on this trip includes a mix of level to rolling garden pathways, paved country lanes and peat-covered mountain trails, with some moderate climbs and descents.

Highlights

  • Visit the Gap of Dunloe, and take in the scenery of the cliffs at Dingle Bay and the beautiful Caragh Lake.

  • Enjoy the tales as told by a local seanachie (story teller) and join in the singing at a local pub.

  • Be enthralled by the local history as recounted by Backroads’ local guide, Mike Murphy.

  • Tour Ross Castle, Killarney National Park, and local historical spots such as an ancient Druid stone circle.

  • Shop for souveniers in charming Killarney or colorful Kenmare.

  • Taste local Irish whiskey with a whiskey aficianado.

Inclusions

Premiere Accomodations: Carrig Country House, Caragh Lake; Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, Killarney; Park Hotel Kenmare, Kenmare.

All breakfasts, 4 dinners & 5 lunches · snacks & beverages between meals · private guided tours of  attractions mentioned in your Travel Planner · special events such as wine tastings as may be mentioned in the Travel Planner · all gratuities at hotels and restaurants · baggage transfers & porterage · park or other entry fees · van shuttles and coach transfers, if required ·  expertise & guidance of Backroad’s experienced Trip Leaders, and local guides and experts as required.

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Killarney, Ireland

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San Juan Islands:  Easy-Going Multi-Adventure Tour

Aug  8-13, 2021 · 6 Days · Premiere Hotels† · from US$3,899 per person, double occupancy*

E-bike along secluded coastal roads, paddle to hidden bays and walk through cool dense forests with scenic views. Meet local naturalists to learn the fascinating stories of the San Juan Islands’ famous underwater residents. Savor a classic locally sourced Backroads picnic on a rugged and scenic driftwood beach. An unbeatable blend of walking and biking routes (2-4 hours of activity, 10-30 miles of biking, 2-7 miles of walking) with other fun-filled activities such as kayaking, rafting, & snorkeling. The San Juan Islands’ landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys. To bring you to Backroads’ favorite parts of Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula,  liberal use is made of ferry transfers on this trip. You’ll be on board a ferry for many of the days on this trip.

Highlights

  • Visit the summit of Mount Constitution on Orcas Island from where you can observe the surrounding islands plus Mount Baker and the Olympic Range.

  • Enjoy a wildlife-watching cruise and keep a look-out for minke whales and orcas..

  • E-bike (or bike) San Juan Island.

  • Spot harbor seals and sea otters whilst kayaking the calm waters of San Juan’s inlets and harbors.

  • Cross over the border to Canada and explore charming Victoria..

  • Tour the beautiful and colorful 50-acre Butchard Gardens..

Inclusions

Premiere Accommodations: Outlook Inn, Orcas Island; Roche Harbor Resort, San Juan Island; Brentwood Bay Resort, Vancouver Island.

Your choice of E-bike, road, or touring bike · Bike helmet & bike accessories · all breakfasts, 4 dinners & 5 lunches · snacks & beverages between meals · comprehensive Travel Planner · private guided tours of  attractions mentioned in your Travel Planner · special events such as wine tastings as may be mentioned in the Travel Planner · all gratuities at hotels and restaurants · any required equipment and experienced guides for rafting, kayaking, canoeing, etc.· baggage transfers & porterage · park or other entry fees · van shuttles and select coach transfers, if required ·  fares for trains, ferries or other travel modes as listed in the Travel Planner · expertise & guidance of Backroad’s experienced Trip Leaders, and local guides and experts as required.

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San Juan Island Light

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Note: †Accommodations may vary from those mentioned depending on departure date. If you are a solo traveler, a single supplement is required. Custom or private tour trips are also available. If you are a more active person, Backroads has more strenuous offerings. Please inquire.

Terms & Conditions: . *All pricing quoted are in USD, per person based on double occupancy and subject to availability at time of booking.  Solo guests pay a supplement. Private and custom trips are available. For a complete list of inclusions and exclusions, itinerary and accommodation details, plus other terms and conditions, please contact your travel professional at this agency. Other restrictions do apply.
For full details on this or any other Backroads offering, please contact your travel professional at this agency.
This agency reserves the right to correct any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in this publication at any time without notice.

OFFER ID: BKR0221