Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group



Milan, Italy To Milan, Italy

Valid for Departures Now Through: 16 Nov 2018



Day 1
Milan, Italy
Villa Crespi Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Admire enchanting Lake Orta, creative inspiration of Flaubert and Tchaikovsky | Explore quiet lanes in the charming medieval hamlet of Orta San Giulio | Savor modern Mediterranean cuisine

Day 2
Stresa, Italy
Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Marvel at breathtaking scenery, including dramatic views from Monte Mottarone, 4,000 feet above Lakes Orta and Maggiore | Visit the town of Stresa and boat to Isola Bella, home to Palazzo Borromeo

Day 3
Stresa, Italy
Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Walk along Lake Maggiore from Cannobio to Cannero Riviera, passing tiny chapels and crossing small bridges | A beloved enoteca invites us in for a tasting of local vintages

Day 4
Bellagio, Italy
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Hike past magnificent villas, colorful gardens and castle ruins to Varenna | Walk to Italy's shortest river, the 800-foot-long “River of Milk”—not even Leonardo da Vinci could discover its source! | Ferry to beautiful Bellagio, the “pearl of the lake” | Stroll Bellagio's scenic waterfront promenade and shopping district

Day 5
Bellagio, Italy
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Walk lakeside trails and mountain paths amid frescoed hamlets | Marvel at Villa Melzi, one of Lake Como's grand estates | Visit a farm that produces cheese, cream, milk and yogurt en route to Baita Belvedere, where a mountain lunch awaits | A private boat takes you to the western shore of Lake Como

Day 6
Milan, Italy
None Breakfast

Explore 18th-century Villa Balbianello, owned by famed mountaineer Guido Monzino, and relish the vistas of the lake and surrounding hills

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature


Maggiore, Como and Orta could easily steal the title of Great Lakes. Shimmering blue waters set against a stunning alpine backdrop. Majestic palazzos, timeless villas and lovely lakeside towns. And quiet hikes above it all. The views, the flavors, the wines. And every beautiful detail that makes these lakes—great

About Us

Backroads offers deluxe biking, walking & hiking, multi-adventure and family vacations around the globe PLUS active river & ocean cruising, culinary tours, and snow adventures. All Backroads trips are fully escorted by 3 - 4 trip leaders and 2 support vans while guests travel at their own pace, enjoying exhilarating activities, cultural encounters, scenery, camaraderie and fun.

Insider Tip

At any pace, in any style, traveling with Backroads is not just about the bike or the boots. It’s a rich experience as we peel back the layers that make each destination unique.

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Tuscany Backroads family adventure


Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2014

Best family vacation ever!  Backroads is our now "go to" vacation guide for family fun.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Rubenstein

A great Piedmonte trip

By: Dick

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2013

I recently returned from a 6 day bicycle trip to the Piedmont region of Italy arranged and led through Backroads. This is my 10th Backroads trip,and one of my best. It has been my experience, with over 20 active vacations in the last 10 years, that the leaders and the fellow travelers make 70% of the trip. I have become confident that Backroads offers a consistently well thought out trip (with only 1-2 exceptions). This one, however, was a major winner. Go on it!!
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre

Great trip

By: Missy

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

This was out second Backroads trip and it was great. We spent time in the Andes of Ecuador and then on the Galapagos. There were 8 guests and one guide. Loved the contract between the mountains and the tropical climate of the islands. The Andes were a pleasant surprise for us--beautiful, great food and great accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Judi Chaitman

An Incredible Trip with Backroads - Again

By: Rich8

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2014

This is our 5th trip with Backroads and 2nd family trip. They provided the usual very reliable and outstanding experience. Our biking guide Nick was attentive, knowledgeable, fun and kept us all safe and happy. Our local guide Wayan made the trip special by immersing us in his culture. If you are looking for white sandy tropical beach island, there are lots of other places you can go besides Bali. What made the trip special was the people and the culture. Probably the friendliest people anywhere, always ready with a 'hello' in every village. Mindful and happy, the people and our local guides were a joy to be around. There was always a van nearby looking out for us. Meals and hotels were all good, especially the last stay and the first. Super family time that is priceless.
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure

LOVE Backroads!

By: Happy Camper

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2014

Just returned from a solo/singles multi-sport (deluxe camping) trip in the Tetons and Yellowstone. The trip was amazing. I had been to this part of the country before but biking, hiking and kayaking through it and camping in the national parks gave me a completely different perspective. And Backroads is awesome. Every detail covered, every meal delicious. This is the way to camp.
Travel Advisor:  Lou deLisser

Great Biking Trip

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2014

We loved our biking trips with Backroads. The leaders were as friendly and helpful as possible. The biking was as expected and the route provided a good mix of small towns and the cultural sites so abundant in the area
Travel Advisor:  Linda Young

Well organized, fun and challenging


Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2014

Loved this hiking trip to the Canadian Rockies. Backroads does an outstanding job of organizing the week---great hotels, staff. All you have to do is show up with the gear they suggest, be in shape for hiking and they take care of the rest. Our group of 15 was delightful.
Travel Advisor:  Michele Benigno

Backroads Vietnam/Cambodia Trip

By: KevinPh

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2015

Backroads is my favorite bike touring company. I have tried several over the years. Superb guides who work with local experts to bring you an in depth visit to an area that can only be done with the immersive element of biking or walking. Most impressed by the Vietnam crew.
Travel Advisor:  Gary Johnson

Just right

By: Philippe

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2015

Perfect trip. It was like a Swiss Version of Asia. Great work.
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson

The best active travel company

By: Travel4evr

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Our family has traveled many times with Backroads. All the trips have been fantastic. They are very accommodating to varying levels of activity as well as interests. Details are handled, very relaxing and fun trips.
Travel Advisor:  Michele Grace

family fun

By: joan&family

Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2015

We loved our Backroads Family cycling tour in Tuscany. We will travel with Backroads again and look forward to our next trip.
Travel Advisor:  Vicki Aubert

Wonderful experience!

By: neg

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2015

Our guides were excellent and all the sites and experiences were wonderful. Great people of the trip too!

Ride #10

By: Teacher

Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2015

Backroads first time pairing with a river cruise ship was a huge success. We loved it. Learned so much about the Danube valley and all the countries along the way. Top notch job by the company and our leaders Cat and Martina.

Never disappoints

By: Lois

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2015

We have been on several Backroads trips and have never been disappointed. Cannot wait to do another!
Travel Advisor:  Sandy Bove

well planned trip

By: mw1234

Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2016

good family fun
Travel Advisor:  Taryn Daley

Great value/ terrific bundling of travel optios and requirements

By: Turk

Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2016

Avanti provides first class travel at reasonable prices.
Travel Advisor:  Alyse Cori

Backroads Tour

By: Sue

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2016

What an amazing company. The trip leaders and support person were so warm, knowledgeable, and upbeat. The bike routes, hotels, and meals were superior. I am planning to use them again for a future trip.
Travel Advisor:  Rose Field

Awesome Guided Hiking Tour

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2016

Backroads did an awesome job on organizing and leading a six day hiking tour in and around Yosemite National Park. All aspects of the trip were taken care of by the Backroads guides and their organization. The hikes they arranged were outstanding. Incredible scenery on every hike, plenty of options, and plenty of variety. The selection of three locations in/around Yosemite for the hikes was excellent. Each area is unique and each provides a different experience and scenery. All of the hotels on the trip were great (Tenaya Lodge, the Majestic, and Rush Creek). The food was excellent and plentiful. And the people in the tour group were very nice and friendly. I highly recommend Backroads. Many in the hiking group had previously traveled on Backroads, tours, so clearly they do a good job. I will definitely be using Backroads guided hiking services again.
Travel Advisor:  Hannah Roth

awesome bike trip

By: JB100

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2016

Backroads was amazing! Michelin starred dinners, great guides, a private dinner at Moet and Chandon! Perfect!
Travel Advisor:  Marcie Kotler

Travel made easy

By: Jenn78

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2016

My Backroads trip was so well organized and the tour guides were friendly and helpful along the way. It was a great way to have a fun filled trip with none of the logistical hassle!


By: RolandExcellent trip

Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2016

The tour guide/driver was very knowledgeable and helpful. The trip agenda was excellent. We visited towns and villages that would not have been possible with a larger group or bus. Best tour we have been on
Travel Advisor:  Carolyn O'Meara

Backroads Hiking

By: Happy Campers

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Great trip in every way!
Travel Advisor:  Natalie Rael

our families most favorite vacations

By: sue65

Reviewed on: 29 Dec 2016

We just wrapped our 3rd Backroads trip, certainly not our last!! I just can't say enough about the logistical experts these folks are, how knowledgable, kind, and capable all the trip leaders have been. Oh, and the places you go don't stink either!!
Travel Advisor:  Frances Boyce

Great service!

By: Dhoef

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2017

Terri took care of all the details in booking our Backroads trip. She also kept records of all the information and had it available for us when we needed it.
Travel Advisor:  Terri Netzel

Great Experience

By: Geoff

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2017

the tour guides were so knowlegable, personable and user friendly. the company has advance teams and lots of resources so you are well taken care of from the time you arrive to the very end. the bikes they provided, hotels we stayed in, road trips, meals were all top notch and very comfortable and even better than I had expected. Would definitely be a repeat user.
Travel Advisor:  Shari Minsky

Backroads Patagonia

By: Dick

Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2017

Excellent hiking. Good options.
Travel Advisor:  Alyse Cori

New Zealand

By: Val

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2017

fantastic. they did a great job - they were very organized. the guides were awesome and I would go on a backroads trip again!
Travel Advisor:  Gail Rosenberg

Napa Valley Bike Tour

By: Amy

Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2017

I have done other Backroads tour and was disappointed in this tour. The guides are fantastic and of no issue. The tour was in Sonoma and we were biking on very busy roads. It was not what I expected and very stressful.
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas

Iceland Backroads Multisport


Reviewed on: 28 Jun 2017

Aaaaaamazing trip! Thank you Sam and Backroads! Couldn't have asked for a better trip! Leaders were wonderful!
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure

Outstanding trip

By: Edwin

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Yet another outstanding trip with Backroads. There is a reason this was trip #26 for us.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Nidetz


By: Barbara

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

The Backroads trip to South Africa and Botswana was magical. Cycling to view the game was incredible; we've never experienced anything like it and recommend the trip to anyone
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson

Bike trip Berlin yo Dresden

By: lynn

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

We had a fantastic experience! It was our first Backroads trip and it couldnt have been better! Our guides (Ingo, Abdul and Anja) were amazing. All extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled and personable. They really added to making the trip perfect! All accommodations- from the bikes to the meals, hotels, speakers, routes and transportation were first rate!
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Moran


By: Anonymous

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

This was my 11th trip with Backroads. They get better with every trip.
Travel Advisor:  Alyse Cori

I highly recommend Backroads

By: Rachel

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2017

We had a great experience biking and hiking in Glacier and Waterton National Parks with Backroads. The guides were outstanding, and they delivered top notch service. This was our second Backroads trip, and we are looking forward to a third.
Travel Advisor:  Marisa L. Cole

Top notch company

By: Pete

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2017

This was our first Backroads experience and I couldn't have been happier. The guides we had were wonderful, every detail was planned and I didn't have to worry about a single thing.
Travel Advisor:  Frances Boyce

Backroads Croatia

By: hj

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2017

Backroads was an incredible operator to work with. The guides made the entire trip seamless. Every detail was thought out, from transporting our luggage to making sure the kids had plenty of fun & adults had their time as well. There were different levels of activity and they made sure we were aware of the differences each day, made suggestions based on our abilities or our mood and were so thoughtful to our every need. My son was sick one day on the trip and they even called to hotel to check in on us to see how he was doing. I would highly recommend Backroads to other travelers and we can't wait to do another trip with them.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Brant

Active travel at its finest

By: Nburd

Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2017

This was our first Backroads trip, and we loved it! Our tour guides, Paul and Francis, encouraged us, provided wonderful gourmet roadside picnics and rest stops. This type of trip is not for the faint of heart! We had to get up to an alarm every morning, and we fell into bed exhausted every night. However, the hotels were upscale and comfortable, the meals were fantastic, and the people we met and traveled with were some of the nicest we have ever met. We will certainly do this type of trip again!
Travel Advisor:  Michael Kempinski


By: Jon

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2017

A phenomenal family adventure!
Travel Advisor:  Helen Papa

Backroads is excellent

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2017

Top notch active vacation.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Hartman

Croatia Backroads Hiking trip

By: Rebecca

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2017

Amazing, as usual! This was my sixth hiking trip with Backroads and I already have my seventh and eighth trips with them planned. Too many adventures to choose from and too little time!
Travel Advisor:  Alyse Cori


By: Slim

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2017

Second Backroads Trip and looking forward to going on another trip.
Travel Advisor:  Bowden Sarrett

Backroads Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard bike tour

By: Maisie

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2017

Backroads is a company my husband and I have been on many trips with. We had not been on a trip with them for quite a few years due to a lot of things going on in our lives. When we finally could do a trip, we found the level of their guides to be the same outstanding level. They work tirelessly from very early in the morning to late at night to insure that everyone's needs are met with a very happy attitude. I was also impressed with the hotel and restaurant selections. The bikes had improved by leaps and bounds since our last trip. No one ever lost a chain or had a flat. That's the first time that ever happened. They now have a GPS on the bikes as well. I would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting a bike, walking, hiking or multi sports tour. I understand they now do cruises as well.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

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By: Nicki

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

I didn't take the tour


By: Ferg

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2017

Awesome experience!!!!!!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Highlights of Britain

By: Banjo

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2017

Excellent tour with comfortable accommodation and good meals. The exposure to the British countryside was great and what we were looking for. Would have liked more provided meals to obviate the need to hunt out somewhere to eat in a town that we were not familiar with. One highlight among many, was the Scottish piper and dinner at the castle on our last night. Our tour leader and driver provided good service.

Incredible Guides, Great trip!

By: Mary Bell

Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2017

This was my first Backroads experience and I could not have been more impressed with our guides. We had so much fun! Our guides planned everything carefully, anticipating our every need and making sure we were enjoying ourselves. There were different hiking goals and abilities within our group and they accommodated each of us with alternative hikes and itineraries each day. They were knowledgeable about the history and the geology of the area we hiked in Utah and they answered every one of our questions. They were interesting and clever, but what was the most amazing was their patience and thoughtfulness.
Travel Advisor:  Sally May


By: nrb

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2017

Backroads provides a wonderful combination of activity and culture in gorgeous settings and ( mostly) luxurious accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Ewa Duranovic

Duoro River

By: Andi

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

Backroads did an incredible job!! Every detail was attended to by our guides. We loved the Duoro River and all its beauty. The biking, the accommodations, the food and all the support was perfect!! It was an 11 out of 10!!
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Weiss

Sedona hiking trip

By: Rachelle

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2017

Outstanding! Every detail from our hiking route, snacks, meals, resorts, ...was taken care of. All I had to do was show up in my hiking gear and have a fabulous day. Our leaders were amazing....fantastic personalities! Went out of their way to ensure everyone was happy and well taken care of. Met so many wonderful people. Was an experience of a lifetime. Can’t wait until my next backroads trip:)
Travel Advisor:  Sheila Gallant-Halloran

Bicycle trip to Israel

By: Grandmabike

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2017

Fabulous! They were very attentive! Great input and guiding!!
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman


By: Rebecca Hernreich

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2017

I havd done many trips with Backroads and love them.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Backroads is the best!

By: Sharon

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Backroads makes your trip unforgettable, They provide an unparalleled level of service; are meticulous with the details, and manage everything seamlessly. Highly recommend Backroads.
Travel Advisor:  Sandie Harman

California Wine Country

By: Zac

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2017

Once again a consistently high quality, well planned and executed tour from Backroads.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

Yet another magical BR trip

By: Nancy

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2017

I think this was my right trip with Backroads. I can’t rave enough about traveling with them. The hotels in the premier trips are Magical. The guides are all bright, energetic and enthusiastic individuals. The local guides are wonderful extensions to the regular guides. What I love most is all of The cultural stops and historical sites that they expose us to. I am learning and riding all day every day. I am an avid rider and they accommodate my riding as well as novice Riders
Travel Advisor:  Susan Sparks


By: Toni

Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2017

Backroads is the best. Great planning, great execution. Hiking was terrific, and allowed as to acclimate to the high altitude before the most strenuous hikes. In depth information re history and culture of Peru and Macchu Picchu area. Great Backroads guides and fabulous local guide. Lovely group of traveling partners as well.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd


By: HQ

Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2018

They were incredible! They thought of everything and made sure we were taken care of at every turn. My daughter a health concern & they were amazing.
Travel Advisor:  Shonah Rabman

Fantastic trip...again!

By: Kristy

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2018

We loved this trip and would recommend it to anyone looking to explore Thailand!
Travel Advisor:  Shari Minsky

Unbelievably Fantastic!!

By: JeannieM

Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2018

The Backroads team are AMAZING. From the moment we met the guides every whim addressed, every detail anticipated, every accommodation excellent, the activities were so fun, and the guides were the most congenial, funny, caring, knowledgable and fun group of people. Every day was different and fun. Every choice was met with support and encouragement. Every adventure was unique. Every guest was happy and received personal attention with a smile regardless of how big or small the need or request. I've completed 3 Backroads trips - each has been unique and exceptional... each has been extraordinary.
Travel Advisor:  Candy Overland Davis