Take the Road Less Travelled with Back-Roads Touring


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.

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 full of local charm and character.

Oh, and the food! Your taste buds will be taken on a tour of their own as you experience traditional and authentic cuisines. The small group sizes will allow you to dine at restaurants that are generally off limits to traditional large tour group companies. Whether it be lunch at Rick Stein’s iconic Seafood Restaurant, or enjoying a captain’s dinner on a private Croatian yacht, you can be sure that your Back-Roads tour will be a delight for your palate too!

So go on! Explore the UK and Europe the Back-Roads way and discover that there is no better way to travel.



The benefits of traveling with Back-Roads Touring are endless. But here’s a few more to have you dreaming of your next UK or Europe holiday.

  • Small Tour Groups
    With no more than 18 passengers on any one tour (some tours excluded), you’ll experience a more intimate understanding of your destination, as well as build life-long friendships with your tour guide and other travellers within your group. Plus, you’ll be able to reach incredible destinations that larger groups are restricted from accessing, including traditional places to eat and rest your head.
  • Scenic Back-Roads, Avoiding Freeways
    You’ll be escorted in the luxury of their purpose-built Mercedes Benz Sprinters along the scenic back-roads to reach your destination. Sit back, relax and appreciate the spectacular landscapes and architecture from the expansive windows – whether rugged mountain panoramas, stunning sea vistas or gentle, rolling fields as far as the eye can see.
  • Leisurely Paced Itineraries
    Back-Roads Touring know that their travellers want a hands-on experience, so all tours are conducted at a pace that encourages immersion and true understanding of the places you visit. Each tour covers the historical and cultural gems of each destination, with plenty of free time allocated for you to explore on your own. You’ll have just as much time to discover each destination as you will for self-discovery.
  • Authentic Local Experiences
    You will have the chance to get to know the heart and soul of each destination you visit. This includes historical sites, cultural experiences, language lessons, tea ceremonies, dancing shows and artisan demonstrations. When you’re on a Back-Roads tour, you’ll feel like a local.
  • Culinary Experiences
    Your taste buds will certainly be taken on a trip of their own with any one of their tours, with a number having culinary encounters that allow you to see, feel and savour the true atmosphere of your surroundings. These tours are designed to enable you to connect with the entire food process, from soil to serving and from grape to glass.
  • Boutique Accommodation
    All of the accommodation is hand-picked to reflect the character and charm of the destination. Whether rustic rural, old country estate, traditional villa or a castle hotel with its own interesting historical and architectural heritage, you’ll be treated with unique and charming places to rest your head.



  • Guaranteed to Run
    Back-Roads guarantee that they will operate a tour when a minimum of four passengers are confirmed. Of course, there are a few tours that require more passengers, but it’s great peace of mind knowing that your tour won’t be cancelled.
  • Single Travellers
    Back-Roads Touring pride themselves on being a single traveller friendly company, with almost 20% of their group solo travellers. On each tour, you’re likely to be travelling with a mix of couples and singles travelling with a friend or relative. Either way, you will be travelling around Europe with a group of like-minded people who share a passion for cultural travel.
  • 25 Years’ Experience
    Since 1986 Back-Roads Touring have been running unique small group coach tours which take you off-the-beaten-track. They still have the same touring philosophy that they did back then but now include even more unique experiences and exciting destinations as well as a higher quality accommodation.
  • Sustainable Travel
    Back-Roads has been accredited with a Silver Award by the Green Tourism Business Scheme reflecting Back-Roads’ commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, both on the road and in the office and working with local hoteliers, attractions and restaurants to promote green tourism and support of local businesses.
  • Award Winning
    Back-Roads Touring have been crowned Best Coach Holiday Company – Small at the British Travel Awards. This is a consumer award, voted for by their passengers.



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Explore the scenic back roads of some of Britain’s most spectacular regions, including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District on their Highlights of Britain Tour.

In their Ireland the Emerald Isle tour you’ll go from north to south stepping 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.

One for the car enthusiasts, the Goodwood Revival tour will take you behind-the-scenes at Jaguar’s prestigious factory. Experience the halcyon days of British racing at Goodwood Revival and be treated to some of England’s finest museums packed with motoring icons.

The Majestic Morocco tour will take you on a magic carpet ride, where adventurous days will give way to Arabian nights. Kasbahs rising out of the desert, legendary mountain passes and ancient cities spilling over with a thousand and one sights. Learn a colourful couscous recipe on a traditional Moroccan homestay, sleep in a luxury Sahara Desert camp and enjoy dinner and drinks in Casablanca’s real Rick’s Café.

The Chelsea Flower Show tour is also a highlight each year – check out the tour video here.

There are so many other incredible tours to choose from – check them out here.



With a relaxed approach to travelling, intimate groups, boutique accommodation and exclusive access to off-the-beaten path destinations, you’ll soon discover that there is no better way to travel than with the Back-Roads Touring.

For a limited time only, you can save up to $670 per couple when you book and pay for a 2018 tour before January 15, 2018. Check out the incredible tours that are available here, and contact us today to start planning your holiday.

Need some help? Our travel experts will be able to find a tour that will ensure you the best experience of your chosen destination.

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Safe travels from Travel Partners Australia ✈️