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Trek or cycle by day, dine at Michelin restaurants by night on Backroads culinary tours

California’s  wine country
California’s wine country is one of the destinations for Active Culinary Adventures offered by Backroads.
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Adventure travel means eating gorp and energy bars, right? Berkeley-based Backroads tour operator has a better idea: biking and hiking trips with Michelin-starred restaurants in mind.

Active Culinary Adventure tours come with reservations at top restaurants like Solbar in Calistoga, Calif.; Ristorante Villa Crespi in Italy’s Lake District; Hotel Marqués de Riscal in El Ciego, Spain; and  L’Auberge de l’Ill in Illhaeusern, France (near Colmar).

Culinary tours take participants to the countryside of Provence in France.
Culinary tours take participants to the countryside of Provence in France.
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Backroads, founded in 1979 by Tom Hale, has a close relationship with Michelin restaurants and reserves coveted spots for participants months in advance.  

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The active food tours are offered in Italy, France and the Napa and Sonoma area in California’s wine country. These trips cater to guests who want exclusive experiences such as cooking classes, exploring wine and food pairings, restaurant tours and introductions to celebrated winemakers, chefs and artisans.

Backroads takes travelers interested in food and cooking classes to Tuscany, Italy.
Backroads takes travelers interested in food and cooking classes to Tuscany, Italy.
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Participants also visit with farmers, vintners, bakers and olive oil producers who share their expertise and local culinary knowledge. 

Tours start at $3,198 per person based on double occupancy.

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Info: Backroads, (800) 462-2848.

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