At Back-Roads Touring, they’ve spent over 25 years crafting small group tours that delve a little bit deeper. Tours that don’t simply drop by top sights and major cities but invite you to see a destination through the eyes of the people who know it best: the locals who call it home. Where journeys are made for absorbing never-to-be-forgetten views, not darting from A to B. And each day ends in a cherry-picked boutique retreat loaded with local charm.
They know that the best kind of adventure is one that introduces you to immersive experiences and sights that last a lifetime – then gives you the time and space to explore.
The Back-Roads Difference
Small groups of up to 18
Luxury mini-coach transportation
Scenic back roads, avoiding motorways
Leisurely paced itenaries
Authentic local experiences
Handpicked boutique Accommodation
The Tour Leaders
The Back-Roads award winning tour leaders are committed to delivering the ‘Back-Roads Difference’: whether that be dining with the group,offering the flexibility to change the itinerary, giving personal recommendations for lunch or bringing each destination vividly to life with their insight and knowledge. Their tour leaders are dedicated to delivering a truly authentic, personalised experience
On the vast majority of tours Back-Roads Touring travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches. Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities
Small Group Sizes up to 18 passengers
With a group size no larger than 18 (or 20 on our French barge tours), our escorted tours ensure that each guest has a personalised holiday experience. 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
Authentic Local Experiences
Back-Roads Touring escorted holidays give the opportunity for guests 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. Some examples include a sightseeing flight in a full restored Dragon Rapide Aircraft in England, a Mafia tour in Corleone, a performance by the Welsh Choir or learning the art of Alphorn making in Switzerland
Are you looking for an experience that excites your sense of adventure as well as your taste buds? A number of our tours are peppered with culinary encounters that allow you to see, feel and savour the true atmosphere of your surroundings. Some examples include a Cooking Class in Tuscany, Truffle hunting & tasting with a local family, a Provencal lunch and accompanying wines in a private vineyard and a meal at Rick Steins Signature Seafood restaurant.
Handpicked Boutique Accommodation
The accommodation, whether an old country estate, traditional villa or castle hotel, is carefully selected to always reflect the character and charm of the destination you are staying in. Some properties are situated in a stunning setting or have interesting historical and architectural heritage; whilst others may be chosen for their owner-hosted welcome or excellent food
Those seeking the midnight sun will enjoy traversing the frozen terrains of Norway. Those looking to take a holiday closer to home could find themselves exploring in the Channel Islands or beauty spots of the UK.
How to book a Back-roads Touring holiday
Booking a Back-Roads Touring trip has never been easier. Aspen Travel has recently teamed up with the Back-roads Touring brand to offer you an easy reservation system and a team member who is personally dedicated to answering your questions and making the reservations on your behalf.
Aspen Travel has been booking holidays for a large number of luxury travel brands for many years and is thrilled to announce their collaboration with Back-Roads Touring. The packages offered are for 4 to 7 days and over 8 days. Don’t worry if you’re planning to travel alone. Solo travellers account for 20% of Back-roads Touring bookings, so you’re more than likely to meet new, likeminded friends on your holiday. Please get in touch.
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