Backroads introduces 2001 tours

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Backroads, a major hiking and biking tour operator, is introducing 16 trips in 2001, including several multisport itineraries that combine walking and biking.

One trip, a six-day Ireland program, includes golfing, a new activity for Backroads. The trip combines walking, biking and golfing.

It departs June through September and is priced starting at $3,298 per person, double.

Among other new multisport trips are a biking and walking trip in the Drome area of France's Provence region; a walking trip of Provence, and a biking and walking trip in Italy's Tuscany region.

All are six days in length.

Another new walking trips is a nine-day Chile and Argentina trip to Patagonia in January and February, starting at $5,298 per person, double.

For more information, contact Backroads at (800) 462-2848 or www.backroads.com.

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