Back-Roads Touring

Back-Roads Touring

Headquarters in London, England
4.8/5 - Excellent
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  • Small Groups of up to 18
  • Leisurely Paced Itineraries
  • Authentic Local Experiences
  • Scenic Back-Roads, Avoiding Freeways

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  • RM
    Ireland - The Emerald Isle
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on April 24, 2017
    Just loved my 12 day tour of Ireland. Great balance of history, culture and good times. The tour guide was fabulous.
  • S
    Highlights Of Britain
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on October 3, 2016
    We had a terrific trip. Pip, our driver and guide, was fabulous. He did a great job showing us his country and gave us lots of information and history so we …
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  • F
    Heart Of England
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on September 28, 2016
    My husband and i took the 5 day "Heart of England" tour with Helen Pointer as our guide. I can't say enough good things about Helen. Her love for what she doe…
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  • J
    Tuscan Treats & The Cinque Terre
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on September 26, 2016
    Tuscan Treats & the Cinque Terre - awesome tour - great Company. Tour guide and Bus driver 100%, Back Road Tours know how to do it right, small groups, little t…
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  • DP
    Wwi Battlefield Weekend Summer
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on August 20, 2016
    The tour was perfect for our needs. Informative, concise and well organised. Gide was knowledgable and able to adapt the tour to suit the needs of the group.
  • JC
    From Berlin To Bohemia
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on July 9, 2016
    A lot of places were visited in a short amount of time. I think the tours could be more customer friendly by beginning the tours in the afternoon or evening and…
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  • A
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on June 13, 2011
    Their experience shows Backroads is simply the best out there. Their years of experience shows. Other companies may attempt to offer the same thing, but Ba…
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  • A
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 5, 2010
    A+++++ My first choice. Backroads delivers - always. I've taken them to vietnam, cambodia, alaska, ireland, patagonia, bali, thailand, etc. They deliver am…
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  • A
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on November 2, 2010
    An Amazing Way to Travel! This summer I enjoyed my fourth Backroads trip with my wife and daughter. Each trip has been the highlight of the year for my fam…
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  • A
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on October 29, 2010
    Exceptional Holday Experience The experience was fabulous. I have been on nine other BackRoads trips and they never disappoint me. A well thought out combi…
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About Back-Roads Touring

Back-Roads Touring are the experts when it comes to tailor-made and small group tours. They offer regional tours throughout the UK and Europe, with their own itineraries to show you through these spectacular places. Almost tours have a maximum of 18 people per tour, with only one tour which has a maximum of 22 - so you know you will have a far more intimate and relaxed travel experience as you explore these regions. As the name suggests, Back Roads Touring really aims to get you off the highways, and lets you immerse yourself in the region or destination, while steering clear of the well trodden tourist trails and tracks. Back Roads Touring will make sure that you get to see all the majro sights and attractions, while also ensuring that you can experience the lesser known towns, cities and villages. Traveling throughout these places along the back roads, letting you see the stunning scenery and experiencing the cultures as you travel.

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Why Back Roads Touring

Small Groups, Authentic Experiences

Back Roads Touring only offers small group tours, authentic experiences, and travel along the back roads and through small villages. This means that you will not be just a number amongst a large group, so you can experience the local cultures first hand, and with a smaller sized vehicle, the ability to go almost anywhere that a car can. This opens up a world of opportunities that would not be available with a large group of people or a big coach.

Unique Accommodation

As well as the transport benefits, there is also the chance to stay in smaller. charming local accommodation. These generally reflect the charm and character of the local surroundings, as opposed to large, commercial style hotels. The accommodation while on tour can include rustic rural retreats, old country estates, traditional inns and even castle hotels. Back Roads Touring tries hard to use accommodation that is representative of the local surrounds, to give an authentic experience.

Over 25 Years Experince

Because Back Roads Touring have got over 25 years experience, they understand the importance of slowing things down to a leisurely pace, enjoying the surroundings, and indulging in some local cuisine. Knowing this, they have ensured that departures from accommodation are rarely before 8.30am, with many after 9am. As well as this, they have included in most itineraries “Culinary Experiences” - a lunch or dinner at one of the local restaurants, chosen for either their local popularity or regional significance. These combined means that you can really relax on your holiday, with a slower tour pace to allow you more time to explore on your own and socialise with your group leader and other group members.

Back Roads Touring Benefits

Appreciate Your Surroundings

Back Roads Touring offers tours and travel to those who are not wanting to rush from place to place, and focus more on relaxing, and enjoying their surroundings. By having smaller groups, it means that you have more time to appreciate what s taking place around you, without worrying about being part of a large group or having to worry about where a large coach or cannot fit.

Relaxing Holidays

Back Roads Touring have structured the group sizes, the experiences on tour, the itineraries and the timings to suit those who are wanting a relaxing holiday, where they don’t need to feel rushed, can experience local cultures, and can take in the scenery that you only get from traveling away from the tourist routes and freeways. This adds up to an experience without stress or hassle, a more intimate group experience, and an opportunity to stay in accommodation not available to much larger groups.

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Back Roads Touring Story & History

Back Roads Touring have been running their small group, intimate, and unique trips across the UK and Europe since 1986. In this time, they have grown both in size and experience, but they still possess the same touring philosophy that they did back then, and now include more destinations, higher quality accommodation, and a wider range of interesting experiences.

Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.

  • What is not included in the tour price?

    Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
    Driver/tour leader gratuity is optional.
    Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
    Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
    Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
    Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
    Pre and post tour accommodation.
    Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.

  • What type of clothing is recommended on the tour?

    Back Roads suggest packing for variable weather conditions, or if you are travelling through Italy, Spain or Southern France in summer, make sure you pack a hat and sunscreen.

  • How much luggage is allowed on the tour?

    Back Roads travel in mini-coaches and so boot space is limited. Travellers are only entitled to one piece of main luggage of a standard size of no more than 158cm (when the length, width and height is added together) and not weighing more than 20kg. In addition travellers may bring one small carry-on bag per person.

  • What kinds of tour leader and driver does Back Roads have on the tour?

    Their driver/tour leaders have all passed a stringent government test which allows them to drive vehicles and conduct tours. On some tours in mainland Europe (e.g. Italy, Spain, Croatia etc.) they will often use a driver in addition to a tour leader as this makes for better operation of the tour in these particular areas.

  • How much spending money is recommended on the tour?

    Apart from meals and entrance fees within the price of the tour, travellers will need to bring spending money for any other meals, drinks and activities. Back Roads recommends a budget of £70 or 90 Euros per person per day.

  • Is it possible to do other things like getting my hair done, do laundry, go to church or synagogue while on the tour?

    Yes. There is generally sufficient free time to incorporate all such functions, though it is not guaranteed in every country.

  • Are entrance fees included in the price of the tour?

    Back Roads include a selection of entrances fees depending on the tour and these are outlined in the "what's included" section of the tour page.

  • Can Back Roads cater to travellers with dietary restrictions?

    Back Roads will do their best to cater to the dietary needs of the travellers. This should be made clear upon booking, so we can pass on the requests.

  • What meals are included on the tour?

    Breakfast is included daily. Lunches and dinners are also included, either in the hotel or in a local restaurant. Travellers will also have some free evenings to try the local cuisine independently. One thing to remember, dinner times in Europe are likely to be later than the usual: 7.30pm at the earliest and often later in France and Italy.

  • What are the benefits of travelling in a small group?

    Back Roads offer a personal experience as travellers explore the local region in greater depth. Travellers will meet like-minded people and enjoy the convenience of their own personal driver/guide.