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Hike Renowned Trails, Scenic Mountains with Backroads

Hike Renowned Trails, Scenic Mountains with Backroads ( BERKELEY, CA (1 July 2008)—Walk the same Provençal environs that inspired Vincent van Gogh to paint “The Starry Night.” Or, if Italy is more your cup of tea, or cappuccino, consider a hike along the Amalfi Coast or high above the Italian Lakes.

Backroads Walking & Hiking trips venture off the beaten path, allowing sophisticated travelers to move at their own pace so they easily savor the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of some of the most evocative places on earth. With the guidance of the best leaders in the active travel industry, Backroads guests learn about a region from local experts and truly connect with the people who call it home.

“Since our first walking trip over two decades ago, I believe more strongly than ever in the joy of traveling under one’s own power—not only for the exhilaration of physical activity, but as a way to connect more authentically to the world,” says Tom Hale, Backroads’ Founder and President. “And no active travel company caters to your personal travel choices like Backroads.”

Backroads offered its first Walking & Hiking trip in Northern California in 1989 and experienced an almost 20-percent increase in travelers for this travel segment in 2007. There is still plenty of room on 2008 Walking & Hiking trips, including Dalmatian Coast, Hungary, Poland & Slovakia, Alaska, Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park.

Here are 2008 Backroads Walking & Hiking trips that still have spaces left:

European Walking & Hiking
Amalfi Coast

Italian Lakes

Cinque Terre & Tuscany (Singles+Solo trips available)


Dalmatian Coast

Hungary, Poland & Slovakia

North America Hiking
Alaska (Singles+Solo trips available)

Canadian Rockies (Camping and Singles+Solo trips available)

Glacier National Park (Singles+Solo trips available)

Zion & Bryce National Parks

Backroads was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale and has grown to be the world’s #1 active travel company, with the most destinations, itineraries and annual departures in the active vacation industry. There are more than 1,700 scheduled departures in 2008. For ten consecutive years, Backroads has been ranked among the Top Ten travel operators globally in the prestigious Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards as voted on by travelers worldwide. Backroads is also a founding member of the elite Adventure Collection. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time. Call 800-462-2848 or visit the Web site at


Holly Woolard
Public Relations Specialist/Travel Planner Writer
BACKROADS-The World's #1 Active Travel Company
801 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
800-462-2848 ext. 156

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