Why Taking The Back Road Is Better

29 September 2015
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The best experiences are those that cannot be replicated. From forming life-long friendships with friendly locals to sampling incredible dishes at surprise hole-in-the-wall eateries, once-in-a-lifetime adventures are multi-faceted. There’s always the tourist highlights but to experience the true heart of a destination, one must delve a little deeper and that’s what Back-Roads Touring is all about.

 Explore the hedge-lined streets of England

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. By limiting their group sizes to a maximum of 18 passengers, they are experts at providing a friendly, relaxed, and flexible form of touring. In fact, their belief in the advantages of small group travel underpins everything they do – from the type of vehicles they use, to the places they visit, and the accommodation they hand-select. In many ways, it couldn’t be further from a typical coach touring experience.

Unlike conventional large coaches, their luxury mini-coaches can go almost anywhere a car can go. This means that a Back-Roads group can reach places that conventional coach touring groups can only dream of, whether it’s going deep into the heart of medieval towns and villages, or enjoying the scenery along narrow, hedge-lined Cornish lanes. You can be assured that Back-Roads Touring will take you beyond the tourist facade of popular European destinations and guarantee you an unparalleled balance of renowned and lesser-known sites.

 Tour the vineyards of France

You can venture right across Europe, from the wonders of Wales and the fairytale castles of Scotland to the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland and Austria. Complete your gastronomic goals with a food tour of Puglia, where your days will be filled with amazing produce and local delicacies. If you are a wine connoisseur, consider tasting the famed nectar found in France’s finest wine regions with a tour of Champagne, Burgundy and The Rhone Valley.

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Experience the sweet life as you move beyond Italy’s signature cities and stay in rustic countryside regions. Spend your days learning how to cook the perfect pasta with a Tuscan chef and enjoy cheese tastings in Piedmont. If it’s the Mediterranean that is calling your name, you could join a Turkey sailing tour. Travel on a traditional Turkish motor yacht and meander past forest-clad mountains to discover hidden inlets dotted throughout the region.

 Discover the natural beauty of Ireland

The popular Emerald Isle tour of Ireland will explore the best of this charismatic country, brimming with fascinating history and spectacular natural scenery. From the modern Titanic Quarter in Belfast to the dramatic cliffs surrounding Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland is bound to captivate. Then it’s onwards to experience the natural splendour of the south, from the picturesque Inishowen Peninsula to the serene Wicklow Mountains.

For a European holiday filled to the brim with authentic local experiences and culinary encounters, look no further than Back-Roads Touring. Along the way, you will stay in charming hand-picked accommodation designed to reflect the character of each destination with plenty of free time incorporated into your itinerary. Enjoy a leisurely pace as your small group takes the road less travelled to find the extraordinary.

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Jessica Holmes

A foodie at heart, I love to travel to the USA and explore their expansive culinary culture. You’ll typically find me satisfying my sweet tooth in an American candy store, sampling macarons in a quaint New York patisserie or stocking up on American baking supplies.