A fully packaged popular coach tour can really tick all the boxes when deciding on a well deserved break. Sometimes though, a more laid back and intimate experience is what people need, something a bustling coach tour just can't provide.
Well, there are touring companies out there that can fill that need, companies like Back-Roads Touring who are experts in small group and tailor made touring holidays. With their small group size tours, they offer a unique range of fascinating and leisurely regional tours throughout the UK and Europe.
With Back-Roads Touring, the journey is just as important as the destination, so you get to travel along the beautiful back roads, enjoying spectacular scenery and exploring hidden gems all along the way.
What's more, you will also experience specially selected accommodation loaded with charm and home comforts, dine at the local restaurants sitting amongst the locals, meet traditional local producers and mingle with local characters.
Maximum Group Size of 18
For most Back-Roads tours there is a maximum of 18 passengers, which allows the professional tour leaders to offer a more personalised experience.
This in turn enables more attention given to the interests of individuals, flexible touring days and a less obtrusive style of touring.
Less people means more intimate hotels and restaurants with local charm and character can be selected.
Scenic Back-Roads not Freeways
Back-Roads Touring mini-coaches may be smaller but they are also are extremely comfortable.
Unlike larger motor coaches, their smaller size allows them to travel along smaller local roads and across breath-taking mountain passes to find charming villages and picturesque vistas.
They also usually drive into the centre of tiny villages and towns to park beside charming accommodation and intimate local restaurants.
Authentic Local Experiences
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With Back-Roads Touring you will be shown the heart and soul of a nation with their Authentic Local Experiences.
You’ll really get to know the people, customs and history of a region in depth by enjoying intimate concerts and seeing demonstrations by local producers and tradesmen.
You'll also get exclusive access to private tours of country houses and gardens, as well as being able to explore towns and villages that aren’t on the tourist trail.
Leisurely Paced Itineraries
A lot of other tours can start their days early and finish late, but not Back-Roads Touring.
Most days begin around 9 am and itineraries are carefully planned to avoid cramming too much into a day, as well as keeping long drives to a minimum.
Discoveries can be made at a more leisurely pace with time to socialise or delve deeper into attractions on your own.
Accommodation is carefully selected to always reflect the character and charm of the destination you are staying in.
Whether an old country estate, traditional villa or castle hotel, the accommodation will be situated in a stunning setting or have interesting historical and architectural heritage.
Others may be chosen for their owner-hosted welcome or excellent food, with guaranteed quality and comfort a given.
Back-Roads Touring makes sure tasting the local cuisine is an important part of any holiday, and ensures that particular emphasis is placed on food and drink whilst on tour.
Their included Culinary Experiences enable you to enjoy truly authentic cuisine at iconic restaurants run by award-winning chefs.
You'll also be able to enjoy cooking classes using regional ingredients and visit local farms and wine tastings.