5 new multi-generational journeys from backroads

A long-time leader in adventure travel, Backroads has built its reputation on meeting the changing needs of travelers and changing demographics. In 2024, this means focusing on the increasing number of multi-generational families who want to travel together.

No less than 38 percent of their adventure trips are aimed at this market. So it’s worth paying attention when they announce a selection of new multigen family trips, like they just did today.

New for 2025 are multi-adventure trips for families in the Netherlands and Belgium, Scotland and England, Croatia and Slovenia, and along the Camino de Santiago. They are also unveiling the company’s first North American snow adventure for families with young adults in their 20s and older, who they say is a growing demographic in family adventure travel.

“We are seeing tremendous demand for our family getaways with friends who want to travel with their children, as well as with multi-generational families,” said Tom Hale, founder, president and CEO of Backroads, in an email interview. “The flexibility of our tours means that everyone, including grandparents and grandchildren, can have an experience tailored to their interests. Backroads is the only active travel company offering family trips designed for different age groups, so guests travel with other families at the same stage of life and foster great camaraderie and connections on every trip.”

Backroads refined adventure travel for families in 2018 when they began offering trips for three different age groups: Families with Teens and Children is for ages 9 to 17, with children ages 4 and up welcome; Families with older teenagers and people in their twenties from 17 years old, with younger brothers and sisters from 14 years old are welcome; and families with young adults aged 20 and over, with younger siblings aged 17 and over welcome. They have also added a special Kids Adventure Leader for the youngest children. For a single trip you can choose from two or three family variants.

Here are five of the new family travel plans for 2025, all of which include accommodations at Premiere Hotels:

The Multi-adventure tour through Croatia and Slovenia is for families with older teens and twenties. This journey from the Julian Alps and Lake Bled to the Adriatic Sea includes hiking through the Alps, cycling along the Adriatic coast, sea kayaking and rafting on the Sava River. Accommodations on this six-day trip include the Kempinski Palace Portorož. All trips mentioned here start from €4,799 per person, based on double occupancy.

The Multi-adventure tour through the Netherlands and Belgium is for families with teenagers and children and promises canals, windmills and waffles from Amsterdam to Brussels. The six-day trip includes cycling, kayaking, hiking and walking. Accommodations include the Grand Hotel Karel V. From $5,399 per person.

The Snow adventure in the Canadian Rockies is for families with young adults aged 20 and over. On this six-day trip, you can snowshoe in Kootenay National Park and along the flanks of Mount Norquay for panoramic views of Banff. The group dons ice clips and treks through Johnston Canyon. Accommodations include the Post Hotel & Spa. From $4,899 per person.

a Taste of Camino de Santiago Multi-adventure tour is designed for families with young adults aged 20 and over. This trip starts in the World Heritage city of Porto, Portugal, and includes a walk along the Camino Francés to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. It includes a scenic bike ride, kayaking on the Minho River and a private boat trip to explore Spain’s Cíes Island Nature Reserve. Accommodations include Hotel A Quinta da Auga. From $5,099 per person.

Multi-adventure tour of Scotland and England is aimed at families with teenagers and children. This trip starts in Edinbugh and includes a cruise to the Farne Islands, a seal and seabird colony. There will be cycling through the Yorkshire Dales, children will play Highland Games with their Adventure Leader and there will be a session on birds of prey and the ancient art of falconry. The trip includes walking along Hadrian’s Wall and a family dinner on a working farm. Accommodations include SCHLOSS Roxburghe Hotel. From $5,499 per person.

Visit Backroads for more details.

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