Meander is a noun that refers to a bend in a sinuous or winding river. Wikipedia notes,
...in Classical Greece the name of the river had become a common noun meaning anything convoluted and winding, such as decorative patterns or speech and ideas [...] Strabo said: "... its course is so exceedingly winding that everything winding is called meandering."
Thus, one might refer to a route as a meander, although the adjectival form meandering is more frequently heard.
Some related adjectives include circuitous, roundabout, tortuous, winding, serpentine, crooked, sinuous, snaky. Some of these are also used as nouns; for example, serpentine meanings include "coiled distillation tube". One might plausibly call a winding route a serpent.
One could also say, "It's rather an excursion" to indicate that a route is unnecessarily roundabout.