“We completed a Back Roads tour of London to Paris via The Channel Islands in July 2017 (this year). This was our second tour with Back Roads and it was excellent. The hotels were all very good, included meals also excellent and the things we did and saw we...“
Back-Roads Touring Guides
- Small Groups of up to 18
- Leisurely Paced Itineraries
- Authentic Local Experiences
- Scenic Back-Roads, Avoiding Freeways
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,...
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.Read more
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- JSJanineHighlights of Northern Spain (from Barcelona to San Sebastian)4.0 - GoodWritten on October 11, 2017This was my first tour with Back-Roads and it was positive overall.. It is beautiful countryside and the…Read more
- DBDeborahHighlights of Britain5.0 - ExcellentWritten on October 10, 2017It was a wonderful experience, going on the back roads you see so much more especially Hill Top Farm
- NHNormaExplore Eastern Europe (from Prague to Budapest)2.5 - AverageWritten on June 20, 2017"Explore Eastern Europe" Prague to Budapest!! taking this trip was a suggestion of my travel agent and when I looked at the information I was excited and full o…Read more
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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.