Back-Roads Touring

Back-Roads Touring

Headquarters in London, England
4.2/5 - 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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  • CA
    WWI Battlefield Weekend Summer
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on October 22, 2017
    We went on the Western Front Battlefields weekend tour just a week ago. It was a very interesting and highly moving experience. David our excellent guide carefu…
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  • JS
    Highlights of Northern Spain (from Barcelona to San Sebastian)
    4.0 - Good
    Written on October 11, 2017
    This was my first tour with Back-Roads and it was positive overall.. It is beautiful countryside and the…
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  • DB
    Highlights of Britain (from London to Edinburgh)
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on October 10, 2017
    It was a wonderful experience, going on the back roads you see so much more especially Hill Top Farm
  • S
    Italian Indulgence
    4.0 - Good
    Written on October 5, 2017
    Travel on the Italian Indulgence tour in July 2017.Our guide was Stefano Lai who was excellent in all aspects of his job.He was considerate, friendly and knowle…
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  • AO
    Ireland - The Emerald Isle
    2.5 - Average
    Written on September 14, 2017
    Was bitterly disappointed after paying extra money because I believed the brochure that it would be leisurely was so wrong, yes didn't leave on average till 9.0…
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  • LW
    London to Paris via the Channel Islands (from London to Paris)
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on August 18, 2017
    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 excellen…
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  • P
    La Belle France
    3.0 - Average
    Written on June 21, 2017
    LA Belle France was a huge disappointment. Our guide had never done the tour and all we ever got was the google summary and then we were left on our own at each…
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  • NH
    Explore Eastern Europe (from Prague to Budapest)
    2.5 - Average
    Written 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…
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  • MF
    Italian Indulgence
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on June 16, 2017
    My husband and I did our first Back Roads tour this spring. (Italians Indulgence). We cannot stop talking about our trip--it was fantastic!. Stephano Lai was o…
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  • B
    Tuscan Treats & the Cinque Terre
    4.0 - Good
    Written on June 11, 2017
    I did the Tuscan Treats tour last month and it was fantastic. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The driver was excellent. Most of the accommodation was gr…
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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.