Last updated: 08:00 PM ET, Fri August 14 2015

Backroads Boosts Selection of River Cruise and Family Tours for 2016

Tour Operator | David Cogswell | August 14, 2015

Backroads Boosts Selection of River Cruise and Family Tours for 2016

PHOTO: Backroads is offering a Family Breakaway trip to Costa Rica. (Photo by David Cogswell)

Backroads, a tour operator specializing in active travel, introduced its new selection of trips for 2016, responding to a growing demand for river cruise and family programs.

For 2016 the company is offering 89 trips in all, including 27 biking trips, 41 multisport programs and 21 walking trips.

Backroads is seeing the most growth in its Active River Cruises, Solo trips and Family Breakaway tours. The company is expanding its selection of river cruises in Europe, rolling out new river cruises on the Danube, the Rhine, the Seine and the Douro rivers. It is also offering new river cruising options on the Mekong River through Cambodia and Vietnam.

Some of the river cruise departures are designated as Breakaway trips, which are Backroads’ offerings for families with older teens or kids in their 20s. The trips are designed to balance time spent together as a family with independent activities.

Backroads says it is tripling its selections for families in 2016. It is offering new Family Breakaway trips in The Basque region of Spain and France, Croatia and Montenegro, Alaska, England, the Canadian Rockies, Patagonia, Peru, New Zealand and the lake district of Argentina. A Rhine River cruise is also designated as a Family Breakaway itinerary.

The company will continue to offer popular Family Breakaway trips in Costa Rica, Hawaii, Tuscany and the Dalmatian Coast.

Backroads is responding to demand for more trips in its Solo series with new offerings in Peru, Palm Springs and Joshua, Maui and Lanai; Camino de Santiago in Spain and Portugal; California’s Redwood Empire; and Yosemite National Park.

The company is expanding its offerings for camping as well, responding to the favorable reception to its camping offerings in the past. Both families and solo travelers have responded positively to Backroads’ camping offerings.

In response to the growing demand for camping trips, Backroads is offering new camping programs in places where the company previously offered only hotel-based program, including Yellowstone; the Tetons; the San Juan Islands; Glacier and Waterton Lakes; Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon national parks and Alaska. 

In addition to increased interest in family travel and river cruises, Backroads has noted several other trends in its business that it is watching closely.

• Baby Boomers are staying active longer and the demographic of Backroads' guests is moving up.

• People want to be immersed in the region where they are traveling and clients' focus is usually on smaller regions than in the past.

• People are spending money for travel and specifically for organized trips. Good service is important to them.

• Multigenerational travel is on the rise. Families are traveling together, including parents, grandparents and kids all traveling together.

• People want customized travel, options for individual experience within a group trip.


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