Holidays that Delve Deeper with Back-Roads

Europe is filled with well-known destinations, but what about venturing off the tourist trail? Travelling is more than just visiting popular tourist sites - it's about delving deeper. Real, meaningful travel involves taking time to explore, meeting the locals, tasting traditional cuisine and discovering the hidden stories that lie off the beaten track.

Back-Roads Touring has dedicated over 30 years to crafting small group holidays that genuinely take you deeper into each destination:

  • Dedicated luxury mini-coaches get you off the motorway and into the heart of the country, navigating narrow side streets and scenic back roads that larger tour groups simply can’t access.
  • Plenty of included meals, cooking classes and tasting sessions mean you'll appreciate an authentic taste of the places you visit. 
  • With most days on a Back-Roads tour starting around half past eight, there’s plenty of time for lie-ins (or second helpings of breakfast).

Plus, book during the Price Freeze Sale and lock in your 2025 European journey at 2024 prices!*

Slow the pace, embrace the local way of life and feed your curiosity. Book your Back-Roads tour today and save.

Corners of Southern Ireland

7 days from $3,259*pp
  • Dublin
  • Kildare
  • Ennis
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Killarney
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Releagh
  • Kinsale
  • Waterford
  • 6 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Experienced tour leader and driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Visit Molly Gallivan's Cottage 
  • Tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal
  • Uncover the magnificent Cliffs of Moher
Take a six-day journey through the enchanting landscapes of Southern Ireland, commencing in historic Dublin. The first stop is County Kildare, where you'll enjoy a private tour of the Irish National Stud. In Ennis, a captivating orientation tour will lead through character-filled avenues, unveiling myths, mysteries and tales of rebellions and riots. Prepare to be awestruck by the rugged natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, where you might even catch sight of a resident puffin or two. Explore the charming waterfront town of Cobh, known as the departure point for the last 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic. Dating back to Viking times, Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city, boasting over 1,000 years of history to explore. By the tour's end, be left spellbound by the captivating journey through Southern Ireland.

Valid for travel Select dates 12 April - 4 October 2025

La Belle France

10 days from $5,219*pp
  • Paris
  • Honfleur
  • Arromanches-les-Bains
  • Dinan
  • Angers
  • Chinon
  • Château de Villandry
  • Montlouis-sur-Loire
  • Chartres
  • 9 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Experienced tour leader and driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Visit the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy 
  • Enjoy a tasting session in the Loire Valley
  • Visit Claude Monet's estate in Giverny 
Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. Begin in the City of Lights, Paris, and venture to Giverny, the home of Claude Monet - one of the world’s most celebrated artists. The vivid colours in every room paint a picture of his life, and the surrounding gardens host flowers in every shade. In Normandy, savour the region’s orchard fruits and visit the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy. Reflect on history as you gaze over Omaha Beach. Enter fairytale territory in the Loire Valley, where the skyline is dotted with castle turrets. At a local winery, enjoy a glass or two of exquisite wine while soaking in the scenery.

Valid for travel Select dates 10 April - 09 October 2025

Highlights of Britain

11 days from $5,519*pp
  • London
  • Oxford
  • Cotswold
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Denbighshire
  • York
  • Liverpool
  • York
  • Lake District
  • Scottish Borders
  • 10 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Experienced tour leader and driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Discover the medieval Shambles and Snickelways of York
  • Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Castle Howard
  • Visit the Fab Four at The Beatles Story museum
In England, trace the footsteps of famous writers and poets, uncovering the scenic countryside that inspired their greatest works. In North Wales and Scotland, the journey will take in evocative scenery and dramatic castles, immersing yourselves in age-old traditions. Spend some time exploring charming villages in Cotswolds, full of honey-coloured cottages. In Stratford-upon-Avon, the picturesque Tudor market town where William Shakespeare was born with an orientation tour. Spend a day in Snowdonia National Park, boasting 823 square miles of captivatingly diverse landscapes and steeped in culture and local history. Traverse the Yorkshire Dales National Park, passing by rivers, tiny villages and centuries-old stone walls. A traditional haggis dinner and bagpipe demonstration will provide a grand ending to final night in the Scottish Borders.

Valid for travel Select dates 23 March - 19 October 2025

Iberian Inspiration

12 days from $5,889*pp
  • Madrid
  • Toledo
  • Córdoba
  • Granada
  • Ronda
  • Seville
  • Sierra De Aracena
  • Estremoz
  • Lisbon
  • 11 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Experienced tour leader and driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Sample authentic jamón ibérico at a traditional farm 
  • Enjoy a traditional flamenco show in Seville
  • Visit the spectacular Córdoba Mezquita – a UNESCO-protected mosque
Journey through ancient Iberia, where east meets west and the past intertwines with the present. Begin by exploring Toledo with a guided city tour, delving into its unique cultural heritage with visits to the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. Step back in time to Islamic Iberia with a locally guided tour of Córdoba’s Old Town, including a visit to the spectacular Mezquita, a UNESCO-protected mosque. Discover the Renaissance palaces of Úbeda, a World Heritage-listed town and savour authentic Spanish olive oil. Travel through the unspoiled Sierra de Aracena mountain range, dotted with castles, villages and pastures, where you'll visit a local pig farm to taste authentic jamón ibérico and cheeses. In Monsaraz, a picturesque Portuguese hilltop village offering sweeping views of the Alqueva Dam.

Valid for travel Select dates 18 March - 08 November 2025

  *Conditions apply

*Conditions apply: Prices are per person twin share land only in AUD unless otherwise specified, correct as at 17 May 24 for bookings made before 01 Jul 24, subject to change without notice & availability at time of booking. 2025 Price Freeze prices are for tours departing 01 Mar - 30 Nov 2025 & are frozen at 2024 prices, based on a like-for-like tour duration & departure date. Where there is no departure within the same week of travel, the 2025 price is frozen against the closest previous 2024 departure date. Excludes Alpine Escape: Germany, Austria and Italy, WWI Battlefields, ANZAC on the Western Front, ANZAC on the Western Front: Dawn Service, Paris to Nice, Highlights of Northern Spain, Secrets of Puglia, Majestic Morocco, Jewels of Southwest France & does not apply to pre or post-accommodation or transfers. Back-Roads Touring reserves the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time. Further conditions apply, see Further terms & conditions, payment conditions, booking & cancellation fees may apply. 

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