It's amazing the fun your family could have with a week spent in the Dolomites: biking on old railway paths, getting a mountain goat's perspective on chairlifts and gondola rides, exploring World War I sites, eating at a traditional hiker's hut, rock-climbing lessons, plus pizza for the kids and wine for the adults!
Day 1: Follow a mostly car-free route perfect for kids, mountain biking through larch and fir forests, along the curves of an old railway path, to Cortina d'Ampezzo, a posh town surrounded by stunning peaks and filled with shops and cafés.
Day 2 : Ride a chairlift to Rifugio Scoiattoli for dramatic views of the Cinque Torri, a group of iconic stone pinnacles. Want to dig into the past? The guided walk reveals World War I bunkers and trenches, and an open-air museum near Passo di Falzarego. Then, kids get the hang of rock climbing with an expert mountaineer!
Day 3 : Pedal through Val Badia's scenic Ladin villages, conifer forests and flower-carpeted fields, glaciers and lofty rock towers—talk about scenery! Adults enjoy an exclusive gourmet meal in the hotel's magnificent wine cellar while kids explore an exhilarating ropes course in Colfosco before a fun-filled pizza dinner.
Day 4 : Explore verdant valleys and majestic mountains, arriving on the pristine Alpe di Siusi plateau by gondola. Alpine gentians and poppies color your bike route before you stop to sample grilled Taleggio cheese, sausage with mushrooms and polenta, and other local specialties.
Days 5-6 : The choice is yours! Hike through fields of delphinium and foxglove to a rifugio where ancient folk traditions thrive. Discover beautiful Fiè allo Sciliar with its onion-shaped church steeple. Take a refreshing swim in Völser Weiher, a beautiful man-made lake surrounded by alpine peaks or relax poolside at the charming mountain lodge.
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Who is Backroads?
Celebrating 40 years, Backroads is devoted to creating and hosting the finest biking, walking, & hiking, multi-adventure, and family vacations year-round and worldwide. They also offer active ocean & river cruises, active safaris, trips with yoga, culinary trips and snow adventures. Backroads' guests are treated to the region's most distinguished lodgings, unique cultural experiences, unforgettable fun and exceptional service provided by 3-4 professional Backroads Trip Leaders and local experts. Every aspect of a Backroads vacation, from the custom-designed equipment to gourmet cuisine created by acclaimed chefs, reflects their years of care and expertise in active travel.
Backroads guests are diverse travelers with well-rounded interests and a desire to be active and indulged. The average age range is 45-70 years old catering to the affluent market. With over 400 unique itineraries and over 4,000 departures around the globe, Backroads has trips to suit guests of all fitness levels. Each trip can be tailored to meet individual needs through van support and daily route options. Guests ride and walk or hike at their own pace and can do as little or as much activity as they like. Family Adventures are categorized by three age ranges:
Older Teens & 20s (17+)
Teens & Kids (9-17)
Young Kids (4-12)
Each trip is comprised of small groups (average size is 16 pax, max ranges from 16-26) with set departure dates. Private Trips can also be created based on any of their departures. This is well-suited for out-of-the-box family reunions, girlfriend getaways, guys trips, corporate meetings or incentives, any group from 2 - 200!
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