SMALL GROUP SIZES
A maximum of 18 passengers allows for more flexibility on tour.
We take you to places away from the standard tourist trails. Go beyond the tourist facade to learn more about local food, crafts, history and culture. Learn the art of French cooking in a magnificent Renaissance chateau, try to speak the ancient Welsh language, and visit local wine, ham, cheese and vinegar producers in Italy.
BACK ROADS NOT FREEWAYS
Unlike large coaches, our mini-coaches can go almost anywhere a car can. Travel to the smallest town squares, along hedge-rimmed country lanes and access tiny, medieval villages full of stories and character.
We use quality local accommodation that reflects the character of your destination (we never stay at large chain hotels). Stay in rustic rural retreats, old country estates, traditional inns and castle hotels – every style of accommodation is in keeping with its surrounds and gives every tour the authenticity we value at Back-Roads Touring.
The good news is that our tours rarely leave our accommodation prior to 8.30am. In fact, many departures are after 9am. After all – you are on holiday! Our relaxed tour pace will also ensure that you have plenty of time to explore on your own and socialise with your guide and other group members.
Many of our itineraries have at least one included lunch or dinner at one of the region’s local restaurants. We call these ‘culinary experiences’. You’ll find some of our destinations’ restaurants have been selected because they offer regional specialities. Others are chosen because they are popular with the locals or have a historical story.
‘I-SELECT’ MENU OPTIONS
With Back-Roads tours it’s all about flexibility. With any ‘included’ evening meal, we guarantee you a choice of dishes from the menu.
Our small group setup means you will benefit more closely from our knowledgeable and personable guides. Our tour leaders are carefully selected and trained to ensure that, not only will they enrich your experience in Europe, but also that they will become your travel companion for the duration of your holiday.