Experience the Road Less Travelled
TRAVEL THE BACK-ROADS TOURING WAY
With over 25 years’ experience in small group and tailor-made tours across the UK and Europe, Back-Roads Touring is truly the original small group touring company.
With small groups, they will take you to unique and bespoke destinations where you will experience the true charm, character and hospitality of the local folk.
You’ll be taken beyond the tourist façade to experience an unparalleled balance of renowned and lesser known sites. From exploring the heart of medieval towns, to enjoying the scenery along narrow, hedge-lined Cornish lanes, to resting your head in boutique accommodation on intimate properties.
So, explore the UK and Europe the Back-Roads way and discover that there is no better way to travel.
EUROPE 2018 SNEAK PEEK SPECIAL
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Take advantage of the Earlybird Sale and save up to $1340 per couple when you book and pay for a tour by August 31, 2017.
- Corners of Cornwall
- Ireland – The Emerald Isle
- Italian Indulgence
- Iberian Inspiration
- Discover Portugal
- A Scottish Journey
- ANZAC’s on the Western Front
- Highlights of Britain
- Corners of Southern Ireland
- Tuscan Treats
GET TO KNOW BACK-ROADS TOURING
Back-Roads Touring has a long history of providing small, bespoke and off the beaten path tours to their customers. Find out more about their approach to small group travel here in our blog.
|2018 ENGLAND TOURS|
|Highlights of Britain||12 days • Was $3,799pp • SAVE 10% OFF – now from $3,419pp|
|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.||…..||Inclusions: • 9 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader • Premium mini-coach transportation • Full English breakfast daily, 5 evening meals • Welsh cookery demonstration and lunch • Walking tour of Oxford • Cruise on Lake Windermere • Entrance included to: Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Worcester Cathedral, Brontë Parsonage, Castle Howard, Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Farm, Dove Cottage & Hawkshead Grammar School, Abbotsford House, Rosslyn Chapel.|
|Corners of Cornwall||7 days • Was $3,299pp • SAVE 10% OFF – now from $2,969pp|
|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.||Inclusions: • 6 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Back Roads Driver & Tour Leader • Premium mini-coach transportation • Daily full English breakfast, 4 evening meals • 1 lunch at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant • Entrance included to: St Michael’s Mount, Salisbury Cathedral entrance donation, private guided tour of Tregothnan Estate, Harbour Heritage Museum, Wells Cathedral, Polperro Heritage Centre|
|London to Paris via the Channel Islands||11 days • From $5,129pp|
|Dorset, Guernsey, Sark, Jersey, St Malo|
|Go from Great British to Gallic culture on this island-hopping trip, which immerses you in the Channel Islands’ natural beauty and it’s fascinating history. Hear about Guernsey’s wartime occupation first-hand from locals, enter a bygone world on Sark and admire Jersey’s exquisite landscapes.||Inclusions: • 10 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader/Driver • Premium mini-coach transportation • Daily European-style breakfasts, 5 evening meals • Ferries to Guernsey, Sark, Jersey, Isle of Purbeck and St Malo • Entrance included to: Winchester Cathedral, Sausmarez Manor, German Occupation Museum, Elizabeth Castle, La Hougue Bie, Mont Orgueil Castle, Mont St Michel, Château de St Malo, Château de Fougères, Corfe Castle and Chartres Cathedral|
|2018 IRELAND & NORTHERN IRELAND TOURS|
|Ireland – The Emerald Isle||12 days • Was $4,519pp • SAVE 10% OFF – now from $4,067pp|
|From north to south – step into Ireland’s colourful past, starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway and Belfast’s Titanic history. Rugged peninsulas, village gems and sweeping views of the Wicklow Mountains create a dramatic setting for your Emerald Isle adventure.||Inclusions: • 11 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader • Premium mini-coach transportation • Full Irish breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 evening meals • Black Cab tour of Belfast • Entrance included to: Newgrange, Battle of the Boyne site, Titanic Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Doagh Famine Village, Ulster American Folk Park, Parke’s Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Blasket Islands Centre, Charles Fort, Connemara Heritage Centre, Swiss Cottage, Huntington Castle|
|Corners of Southern Ireland||6 days • Was $2,429pp • SAVE 10% – now from $2,186pp|
|One-of-a-kind 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 its enchanting landscapes, the deeper you’ll fall under Southern Ireland’s spell.||Inclusion: • 5 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
• Premium mini-coach transportation • Local guide in Kinsale • Daily Full Irish breakfast, 3 evening meals • Irish whiskey tour and tasting • Entrance included to: Irish National Stud, Portumna Castle, The Skellig Experience, Molly Gallivan’s Cottage, Midleton Distillery and Kilkenny Castle
|2018 BATTLEFIELD TOURS|
|ANZAC’s on the Western Front||5 days • Was $1,599pp • SAVE 10% – now from $1,439pp|
|From the trenches at Ypres to monuments marking The Somme, our ANZAC tours map Australian and New Zealand troops’ movements in WWI. Please note, the tour runs on selected dates throughout the season.||Inclusions: • 4 nights in boutique accommodation • A knowledgeable Back-Roads Driver/Tour Leader • Premium mini-coach transportation • European breakfast daily, 3 evening meals
• Entrance included to: Hooge Crater Trenches, Hooge Crater Trenches & Museum, Wellington Tunnels, Victoria School Museum
|WW1 Battlefields||5 days • From $1,169pp|
|This introductory tour allows visitors to see the major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front. Most importantly, the tour offers flexibility to ensure that visitors from all countries will see the memorials to their country’s fallen, as well as gaining a greater understanding of the overall conduct and strategy of the war.||Inclusions: • 4 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader/Driver • Premium mini-coach transportation • Daily European-style breakfasts, 2 evening meals • Entrance included to: Ulster Tower Memorial & Visitor Centre, Canadian Memorial Park, Newfoundland Park, Memorial to the Missing, Victoria School & Adelaide Cemetery, John McCrae’s Dressing Station at Essex Farm, German Cemetery at Langemarck, Vancouver Corner, Commonwealth Cemetery, Last Post Ceremony, Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial|
|Tuscan Treats||7 days • Was $2,850pp • SAVE 10% – now from $2,565pp|
|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.||Inclusions: • 6 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader • Local guide in Florence • Premium mini-coach transportation • European breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 3 evening meals • Wine tastings • Tuscan cooking class • Olive oil tasting • Pecorino cheese & wine tasting • Entrance included to: Cinque Terre Card, Baptistery of St John in Pisa, Cathedral of Siena|
|Iberian Inspiration||11 days • Was $4,899pp • SAVE 10% – now from $4,409pp|
|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 take it all in on a rural road trip, in search of hidden Iberia.||Inclusions: • 10 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader • Local guide in Granada • Premium mini-coach transportation • European breakfast daily, 4 evening meals • Tapas lunch with wine tasting • Olive oil and Ibérico ham tasting • Flamenco show • Entrance included to: Santa Maria la Blanca, San Juan de los Reyes, Mezquita, Jaén Cathedral, Alhambra, Gruta de la Maravillas|
|Burgundy Cruise||7 days • From $3,914pp|
|Rich and refined, Burgundy is as elegant and enticing as the wines it’s world-famous for. Drift past vineyards, stop at picture-book towns and stroll grand palaces – all from on board a luxury barge.||Inclusions: • 6 nights on board MS Jeanine, a boutique hotel barge • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader • Premium mini-coach transportation • Local guide in Dijon • Daily European-style breakfast • 5 lunches, 6 evening meals including farewell gala dinner • Selected drinks during the cruise (water, wine, beer, coffee) • Selected local taxes • Bicycles available to hire • Return transfer from Paris to Dijon • Tour of Royal Saltworks • Trail of the Chat Perché tour • Entrance included to: Citadel of Besancon and Palace of Fontainebleau|
|A Scottish Journey||8 days • Was $3,899pp • SAVE 10% – now from $3,509pp|
|The Highlands, Isle of Skye, Mull, Iona|
|Towering mountains and enchanting lochs. Dramatic cliff-top castles and hideaway villages. Infamous battles and inexplicable legends. We journey up and down Scotland, from coastal cities to Hebridean Islands, seeking out its one-of-a-kind landscapes, mesmerising history and undeniable charm.||Inclusions: • 7 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels • Experienced Back-Roads tour leader • Luxury mini-coach transportation • Ferry crossings • Full Scottish breakfast daily • Four evening meals • One seafood lunch • Entrance fee included to: Glamis Castle, Culloden Museum, Iona Abbey, Duart Castle, Whisky Distillery and Stirling Castle.
|Paris to Nice through Vineyards & Mountains||9 days • From $4,245pp|
|Champagne, Burgundy, The Alps, Provence|
|Glasses glinting with bubbles and rich red wines. Windows that open out on soaring mountains, charming villages and fragrant fields of flowers. Join us on a bon voyage through quintessential France as we go on an adventure infused with Gallic charm.||Inclusions: • 8 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels • Driver/tour leader • Mini-coach transportation • European breakfast daily • One lunch • 4 x evening meals • 4 x wine tastings • One liquor tasting • Entrance fee included to: Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Reims Cathedral, Hospices of Beaune, Musée de la Grande Chartreuse and Citadel of Sisteron.|
|Discover Portugal||9 days • Was $3,699pp • SAVE 10% – now from $3,329pp|
|Lisbon, Coimbra, Douro Valley & Porto|
|From cosmopolitan Lisbon to Porto’s medieval cobblestone streets. The remote, natural gem of the Douro Valley to Roman ruins and world-famous pilgrimage sites. This tour gives us a taste of the real Portugal, still basking in the glow of ancient customs||Inclusions: • 8 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels • Experienced Back-Roads tour leader • Luxury mini-coach transportation • Local guides in Sintra, Cascais, Lisbon & Porto • European breakfast daily • 5 x evening meals • Fado performance • Pasteis de Belem wine and port tasting • Douro River cruise • Included Entrances: Jeronimo’s Monastery, Belem Tower, Pena Palace, Batalha Monastery, Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Conimbriga ruins, Vista Alegre Museum, Porto Cathedral, Guimaraes Castle and Bom Jesus do Monte.|
|Majestic Morocco||11 days • From $3,995|
|Rabat, Fes, Marrakech, Essaouira, Casablanca|
|Kasbahs rising out of the desert, legendary mountain passes and ancient cities spilling over with a thousand and one sights. This tour will take you on a magic carpet ride through it all, where adventurous days give way to Arabian nights.||Inclusions: • 10 nights’ accommodation • Back-Roads tour leader • Luxury mini-coach transportation • Local guides in Fes and Marrakech • Breakfast daily (B) • 6 x evening meals (D) • 5 x lunches (L) • Couscous cooking class • Immam traditional tea ceremony • Oyster tasting • Berber dance show • Included Entrances: King Mohammed V mausoleum, Kairaouine Mosque and University, Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, Bahia Palace and Hassan II Mosque.|
|Italian Indulgence||12 days • Was $5,399pp • SAVE 10% – now from $4,859pp|
|Tuscany, Cinque Terre, The Lakes, Venice|
|Discover cities that have shaped the world’s culture. Regional flavours and renowned wines, celebrated around the globe. And pictureperfect landscapes that will capture your imagination and stay in your heart. Exploring Italy is truly an experience to be savoured.||Inclusions: • 11 nights’ accommodation • Back-Roads tour leader • Luxury mini-coach transportation • Local guide in Florence • European breakfast daily • 6 x evening meals • Tuscan cooking class and lunch • Truffle hunt in Piedmont • Venice water taxi • 2 wine tastings • 1 liquor tasting • Boat transfer to Borromean Islands • Included Entrances: Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, Baptistery of St John in Pisa, Cinque Terre Card, Grinzane Cavour Castle, Isola Bella, Madre on Lake Maggiore and Sigurta Garden Park.|
|Dubai Stopover 2018||3 days / 2 nights • Please enquire|
|Explore the incredible city of Dubai and its alluring blend of glittering, modern architecture and traditional cultural influences. Marvel at the Burj Al Arab, the Jumeirah Mosque and more on this short but sweet stopover.||Inclusions: • 2 nights in boutique accommodation • An experienced Back-Roads Driver/Tour Leader • Premium mini-coach transportation • Private safari 4×4 vehicle • 1 Arabic-style three-course buffet dinner • Driving tour of Dubai • Crossing the Dubai Creek in an abra, a traditional water taxi • Tour of spice and gold souks • Sundowner Dune Dinner Safari • A camel ride in the Dubai Desert|
|Highlights of Northern Spain||8 days • From $3,866|
|Catalonia, Navarre, The Basque Country|
|With cosmopolitan cities and ancient villages, rolling vineyards and rugged mountains, Northern Spain is as unforgettable as it is eclectic. Experience the finest sights and tastes often missed by other travellers on a journey to the heart of this diverse region.||Inclusions: • 7 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader • Premium mini-coach transportation • European breakfast daily, 3 evening meals • Entrance included to: Salvador Dali House, Salt Mountain Cultural Park, Parador de Cardona, Olite Castle.|
|ICELAND AND RUSSIA|
|Iceland Highlights||5 days • $4,706pp|
|Skogar, Gullfoss, Langjokull, Reykjavik|
|A small yet incredibly diverse country, Iceland boasts dramatic landscapes and a plethora of options to explore. Gorgeous unique cities, stunning breath-taking hot springs, and the once-in-a-lifetime experience of bathing in the Secret Lagoon are certain to leave a lasting impression||Inclusions: • 4 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader • Premium mini-coach transportation • European breakfast daily, 4 evening meals • Swim in the Secret Lagoon • Visit to Seljalandsfoss and Skógar Waterfalls and Eyjafjallajökull Erupts Museum • Viking sushi boat tour from Stykkisholmur Harbour • Tour of the Thingvellir National Park • Visit to the ice caves and ice tunnel at Langjökull glacier
|Impressions of Russia||10 days • $4,679pp|
|St Petersburg, Pushkin, Peterhof, Moscow|
|Lavish palaces, colourful cathedrals and tranquil monasteries. A rich history that takes in Tsarist grandeur and revolutionary zeal. Traditional crafts and centuries-old festivities. Embark on an epic voyage north to uncover a handpicked selection of Russia’s sparkling gems.||Inclusions: • 9 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader • Premium mini-coach transportation • European breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 evening meals • Vodka and Pastilla tastings • Russian toy ‘Matreshka’ workshop • Local cooking class & folk show experience • Entrance included to: Peter and Paul’s Fortress, Aurora Battleship, State Hermitage, Catherine’ s Palace, Peterhof Palace and Park, Novgorod Kremlin, Vodka museum, Izmailovo Kremlin territory, Armory Chamber, St. Basil’s Cathedral, St. Savior’s Cathedral, Kolomna Kremlin, Museum of Pastila, Trinity Sergiev Monastery, Suzdal Kremlin, Vladimir Assumption Cathedral.|
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Terms and conditions: *Prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy. Valid for travel on various dates. Save up to $1000 per couple amount is based on the Italian Indulgence tour departing in 2018. 10% savings is valid for tours listed in the new 2018 brochure when booked and paid for in full before August 31, 2017. 10% offer is not combinable with any other discount. Offer cannot be extended. Prices correct from publication but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Limited availability in peak periods. All offers and prices are subject to availability and can change without notice. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Cancellation and change fees will apply. Booking may be subject to compulsory credit card fees and service charges. Other conditions apply. Travel Partners Australia and Back-Roads Touring Company reserve the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. Qantas fares are economy class return for select dates between 15 January and 3 April, 2018.