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Small Group Escorted Tours
Europe & UK

Back-Roads Touring, have spent over 25 years crafting small group holidays 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-forgotten views, not darting from A to B and each day ends in a cherry-picked boutique retreat loaded with local charm.

Back-Roads Touring created these small group tours so that 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
- Premium mini-coach transportation
- Scenic back roads, avoiding motorways
- Leisurely paced itineraries
- Culinary discoveries
- Authentic local experiences
- Handpicked boutique accommodation

Tour Leaders
The 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. The tour leaders are dedicated to delivering a truly authentic, personalised experience.

Private Tailor Made Tours
The private tailor made service offers bespoke tours around Europe and the UK. Perfect for groups of friends or families, Tailor-Made Tours can design and deliver a tour to your individual requirements, from start to finish.
Whether you have a specific itinerary in mind or just a few ideas about where you want to go to, Travel Club Elite alongside Back Roads Tours will work to plan your customer's holiday of a lifetime.
Whilst some customers want to base their tailor made experience on a standard tour, with a few additions or alterations, others wish to do something completely different.

Award Winning
In 2015 & 2016, Back-Roads Touring won ‘Best Small Coach Holiday Company’ at the British Travel Awards.

 

featured holidays

Back Roads Wonders of Thailand
Delve into the wondrous world of exotic and tropical Thailand on this memorable journey. Explore the glittering temples, heavenly beaches and vibrant street food culture of this fascinating land. With a maximum tour size of just 14 people, you'll get a personalised experienced from the tour leader from start to finish, with long drives kept to a minimum and comfortable transport throughout.
Back Roads Temples of Thailand and Cambodia
Explore Thailand and Cambodia’s diverse wonders on this tour of vibrant rainforests, historic temple ruins and hidden art.
Back Roads Flavours of Vietnam
Embark on a journey of discovery and dive into the mysteries of Vietnam on this fascinating twelve-day tour. Remarkably exotic and utterly intriguing, this land of gorgeous nature, rich culture and tantalising flavours is well worth exploring.
from £1949 (per person)
Back Roads Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery
Make your way through the natural beauty and unique cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia on this incredible journey. Enjoy being swept away by enchanting cities, intriguing heritage and stunning tropical scenery.
Back Roads Touring Croatia & The Dalmatian Coast
Golden-roofed towns and pristine national parks. Tranquil islands lapped by turquoise waters. Ancient sites and time-honoured traditions. Our South Croatia tour takes in all this and more, inviting you to discover one of Europe’s most enticing destinations.
Back Roads: Corners of Cornwall
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 western England.
Back Roads Highlights of Britain
This adventure delves deep into Britain’s history and culture. In England, we celebrate ‘Great British Puddings’ and trace the footsteps of writers and poets. While in North Wales and Scotland, our journey takes in spectacular scenery and dramatic castles.
Back Roads Touring Highlights of the Baltics
A decadent display of history, lavish palaces and tranquil towns, this tour of the Baltics allows us to embark on an impressive journey together, taking in one highlight at a time.
Back Roads Touring La Belle France
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.
Back Road Touring Corners of Southern Ireland
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.
Back Roads Ireland, The Emerald Isle
Rugged coastline, beautiful rolling hills and dramatic castles are all within reach on this tour of the Emerald Isle. Our highlights include the Ring of Kerry, Cork and Killarney, the legendary Blarney Stone, the Cliffs of Moher and Ireland's wonderful capital, Dublin.
Back Roads Italian Indulgence
Discover cities that have shaped the world’s culture. Regional flavours and renowned wines, celebrated around the globe. And picture-perfect landscapes that will capture your imagination and stay in your heart. Exploring Italy is truly an experience to be savoured.
from £2564 (per person)
Back Roads Touring Slow Food Tour of Puglia
Savour creamy farm-produced burrata. Sip wine beneath grape-heavy vines. Sample fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. Inspired by the slow food movement, this tour introduces the culinary traditions, tucked away villages and breath-taking architecture in this sublime corner of Italy.
from £1799 (per person)
Back Roads Touring Tuscan Treats
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.
from £1424 (per person)
Back Roads Touring Malta Highlights
Explore the wonders of Malta on this incredible tour, taking you from the capital through historically rich towns. Imagine a picturesque harbour, cheese and wine tastings and plenty of time to visit the hidden coves and beaches of this charming archipelago.
Back Roads Touring Discover Portugal
From cosmopolitan Lisbon to Porto’s medieval cobblestone streets, and from the remote Douro Valley to Roman ruins and world-famous pilgrimage sites, this tour will give us a taste of the real Portugal, which still basks in the glow of ancient customs.
Back Roads Touring: A Scottish Journey
Towering mountains and enchanting lochs. Dramatic cliff-top castles and quaint villages. Infamous battles and gripping legends. This Scottish Journey takes us from coastal cities to Hebridean islands, seeking out one-of-a-kind landscapes, mesmerising history and undeniable charm.
Back Roads Touring The Splendours of Sicily
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.
Back Roads Touring Iberian Inspiration
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.
Back Roads Touring Mountains, Valleys & Lakes of Switzerland
Explore remote Alpine valleys by mini-coach and scale mountain slopes by railway on this unforgettable tour of Switzerland. Along the way you’ll gain an insight into local life and time-honoured traditions, while enjoying some of Europe’s most sublime scenery.