UK & Europe with Back Roads Touring

24/07/2018/ HOLIDAYS/ COMMENTS

2019 TOURS ON SALE - Early bird sale on now!

Been dreaming about visiting spectacular Spain, iconic Italy or enchanting England? Thanks to our EXCLUSIVE sneak peek, you can book early and save on selected 2019 tours through the UK and Europe with Backroads Touring. 

  • Max group size is 18 people. An intimate group allows our expert Tour Leaders to dedicate time to each and every one of their guests. We encourage you to ask questions and share in their immense knowledge and passion for the destinations you visit. Whether you’re travelling as a couple, as friends or individually, our group tours bring together like-minded individuals to share dinner tables, experiences and memories in the making. You may start your Back-Roads tour as strangers, but we’re sure that you’ll end your holiday as good friends.
     
  • Scenic Back-Roads, Avoiding Motorways. You can't appreciate the landscape or architecture of a country from a dreary motorway. This is why our escorted holidays always take the scenic back-roads to reach your destination. Our mini-coaches’ large windows allow you to admire the spectacular landscapes that you pass through along your way – whether rugged mountain panoramas, stunning sea views or gentle, rolling fields as far as the eye can see. The compact form of the mini-coaches that we use on all of our escorted tours throughout Europe and Asia allows us to travel through winding streets and country byways that are inaccessible to larger groups in huge coaches.

  • Leisurely Paced Itineraries - We see our guests as travellers who want a hands-on experience of their destination, rather than touristswhose aim is simply to observe. This is why all of our tours throughout Europe and Asia are conducted at a leisurely pace that encourages immersion and a true understanding of the places you visit. The itineraries of our escorted holidays cover a wealth of historical and cultural gems that we know you’ll love, but also include plenty of free time for you to explore on your own. This free time is often cited as a highlight of our tours by our happy customers – and whether you choose to spend it visiting a museum, strolling along a riverbank or simply sitting in a café and soaking up the atmosphere, we hope you’ll agree!

  • Authentic Local Experiences - Our escorted holidays give our guests the opportunity to get to know the heart and soul of their chosen destination. This includes visiting the historical sites that shaped the course of its history, and taking part in cultural experiences that continue to bind the present with the past. Language lessons, tea ceremonies, dancing shows and artisan demonstrations all feature on our Europe and Asia tours, providing our customers with cultural insights that help them to really understand the heritage of the places they visit.

  • Boutique Accommodation - Our accommodation, whether old country estate, exotic hotel resort or traditional villa, is carefully selected to reflect the character and charm of each Back-Roads destination. Some properties are situated in a stunning setting or have interesting historical and architectural heritage, while others may have been chosen for their owner-hosted welcome or excellent food. Character is not a substitute for quality, however, which is why all of our accommodation throughout Europe and Asia comes complete with ensuite facilities, comfortable furnishings and delicious food. We offer a choice of twin, double or single rooms – and while room sizes in older buildings may vary, each room will have its own unique style and character.

Early bird saving - Book now and save up to 7.5% valid on select tours when booked by 10 August and paid in full by 31 August 2018.

 

Please note: prices are based on twin share, 2 adults travelling together.

Corners of Cornwall
7 days from $3524pp - was $3709

From windswept moors and wild coastlines to historic cities and picture-perfect fishing villages, the county of Cornwall is sure to impress. Discover the maritime heritage, rural beauty and culinary pride of South West England.

Departs: March - October 2019

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE  

  • Enjoy lunch at Rick Stein’s signature ‘The Seafood Restaurant’ in Padstow
  • Get the inside story at Tregothnan Estate, Cornwall’s largest estate, on a private guided tour
  • Enjoy a two-night stay in Falmouth, a historic port town set in one of the world’s largest natural harbours

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 6 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader 
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full English breakfast (B), 4 evening meals (D)
  • 1 lunch at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant (L)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: St Michael’s Mount, Salisbury Cathedral and Tregothnan Estate

Countries Visited

  • England

 

Corners of Southern Ireland
6 days from $2545pp - was $2679

Views of spellbinding scenery. The stories of maritime towns and picture-book villages. Ancient castles steeped in history and country inns full of character. The further we go into Southern Ireland’s enchanting landscapes, the deeper you’ll fall under its spell.

Departs: March - October 2019

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE 

  • Visit Molly Gallivan's Cottage and learn about the story of a widow who supported her children by brewing illicit whiskey
  • See the staggering Cliffs of Moher 
  • Explore rural Irish towns and authentic village culture away from tourist crowds 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 5 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader 
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Local guide in Kinsale
  • Daily full Irish breakfast (B), 3 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Irish National Stud, Portumna Castle, the Skellig Experience

Countries Visited

  • Ireland

Discover cities that have shaped the world's culture. Taste regional flavours and wines that are celebrated around the globe. Experience picture-perfect landscapes that will capture your imagination. Exploring Italy is truly an experience to be savoured.

Departs: March - October 2019

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE 

  • Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan villa
  • Hunt for truffles in Piedmont 
  • Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting near Tirano 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 11 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader 
  • Premium mini-coach transportation 
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 2 lunches (L), 6 evening meals (D) 
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Isola Madre and Isola Bella, The Pisa Baptistery of St John

Countries Visited

  • Italy

Discover cities that have shaped the world's culture. Taste regional flavours and wines that are celebrated around the globe. Experience picture-perfect landscapes that will capture your imagination. Exploring Italy is truly an experience to be savoured.

Departs: March - October 2019

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE 

  • Cook up an Italian feast in a Tuscan villa
  • Hunt for truffles in Piedmont 
  • Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting near Tirano 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 11 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader 
  • Premium mini-coach transportation 
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 2 lunches (L), 6 evening meals (D) 
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Isola Madre and Isola Bella, The Pisa Baptistery of St John

Countries Visited

  • Italy

Iberian Inspiration
11 days from $5151pp - was $5569

East meets west and past meets present. Spain and Portugal offer a heady mix of treasures, from Arabic palaces and Roman temples to Catholic cathedrals. We’ll take it all in on a rural road trip in search of hidden Iberia.

Departs: March - October 2019

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE 

  • Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Ubeda, Estremoz and Ronda from charming old town hotels
  • Taste the delicious and famous Jamón Ibérico in Sierra de Aracena
  • Enjoy a traditional Flamenco show

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 10 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader 
  • Premium mini-coach transportation 
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 3 evening meals (D) 
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Alhambra

Countries Visited

  • Spain, Portugal and Morocco

La Belle France
9 days from $4151pp - was $4369

Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. This tour takes us from France’s dramatic northern shores to château-sprinkled countryside, breaking off to see WWII sites, explore centuries-old villages and sample home-grown delicacies.

Departs: March - October 2019

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE 

  • Walk down the medieval Rue du Jerzual in Dinan 
  • Visit Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France
  • Visit the storybook surrounds of a grand French château 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 3 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Le Mont St-Michel, Château de Villandry, Château de Chenonceau

Countries Visited

  • France

A rich tapestry of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food. On our Tuscany tour, you’ll seek out world-renowned treasures and hidden gems, turn into a culinary connoisseur and fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.

Departs: March - October 2019

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE 

  • Take in UNESCO World Heritage sites from the Cinque Terre to Siena 
  • Unlock the secrets of Tuscan cuisine with wine tastings and an exclusive cookery class
  • Stay in a country house in the Tuscan Hills

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 6 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader 
  • Premium mini-coach transportation 
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Cinque Terre, Baptistery of St John in Pisa, Siena Cathedral

Countries Visited

  • Italy

A rich tapestry of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food. On our Tuscany tour, you’ll seek out world-renowned treasures and hidden gems, turn into a culinary connoisseur and fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.

Departs: March - October 2019

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE 

  • Take in UNESCO World Heritage sites from the Cinque Terre to Siena 
  • Unlock the secrets of Tuscan cuisine with wine tastings and an exclusive cookery class
  • Stay in a country house in the Tuscan Hills

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 6 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader 
  • Premium mini-coach transportation 
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Cinque Terre, Baptistery of St John in Pisa, Siena Cathedral

Countries Visited

  • Italy

Splendours of Sicily
9 days from $4654pp - was $4899

Centuries-old monasteries and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling Italian markets. Sicily is a living museum wrapped in superb scenery that ranges from sheer gorges and golden beaches to a remarkable volcano.

Departs: March - October 2019

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE 

  • Mafia themed walking tour of Palermo
  • Discover the iconic Mt Etna 
  • Visit an organic farm where award-winning olive oil is produced

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation 
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader 
  • Premium mini-coach transportation 
  • Daily European-style breakfast (B), 3 lunches (L), 3 evening meals (D) 
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Monreale Cathedral and Cloister, Valley of Temples in Agrigento, Villa Romana del Casale

Countries Visited

  • Italy