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Escorted Tours

The small group touring experts

Picture a touring holiday that delves a bit deeper. One that doesn’t simply drop by top sights and major cities but takes you off-the-beaten-track to see each destination through the eyes of the people who know it best: the locals who call it home. And with small group sizes of up to 18 people, you can expect a more personalised touring experience – avoiding large crowds and overpopulated tourist destinations.

At Back-Roads, we’ve spent over 30 years creating small group tours that introduce you to authentic experiences and never-to-be-forgotten views, while providing the comfort, safety and expertise that comes with travelling on a luxury mini-coach tour.

This year, uncover stirring landscapes and timeless legends as we take the scenic route through Europe – revealing homely pubs, rustic restaurants and hidden beauty spots along the way. It’s time to discover a new local!

Spain & Portugal Tours

Find inspiration in the highlights of Spain from Madrid to La Mancha, Toledo to Barcelona. Don’t settle for overcrowded beaches, stroll along peaceful coastlines. Participate in true Spanish culture, traditional Flamenco dancing, wine and tapas – and an atmosphere not to be missed.

​Portugal’s magnificent valleys, world-famous Roman ruins and memorable architectonics - sample this must-visit location along your travels. Lisbon is never shy of art and tranquility, submerge yourself into the view of the locals at your leisure. Embark on the hidden beauty-spots that remain untouched throughout the charming countryside.

Featured Tours:

Iberian Inspiration - 12 days from Madrid to Lisbon:  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 and Jewish synagogues. Join us as we take to the scenic back roads on this journey into the heart of ancient Iberia. From $5,939 per person.

Highlights of Northern Spain - ​11 days from Bilbao to Barcelona:  With cosmopolitan cities and ancient villages, rolling vineyards and rugged mountains, Northern Spain is as unforgettable as it is eclectic. Discover awe-inspiring sights, tantalising flavours and fascinating culture as we leave the traditional tourist trail behind on our journey through the mesmerising Basque, Navarre and Catalonia regions.  From $5,899 per person.

Discover Portugal - 10 days from Lisbon to Porto:  From charming medieval villages to the cobbled streets of Porto, the empires of the past have left their mark on this captivating Iberian nation. Uncover the real Portugal as we journey from Gothic cities to cinematic rural scenery – taking in world-famous pilgrimage sites, sumptuous local cuisine and ancient customs as we go.  From $5,069 per person.

A Taste of the Camino - 7 days from Porto to Bilbao:  Beginning in Porto, this evocative journey from Portugal through northern Spain’s enchanting ancient towns and character-filled cities is one to be remembered. Join us as we follow our own pilgrimage of discovery along the Camino de Santiago and beyond – savouring tantalising flavours, uncovering centuries-old stories and venturing into breath taking natural landscapes. From $3,879 per person​.

* Price NZD, based on per person, twin share and availability at 26 June 2023.

United Kingdom Tours

13 day The Emerald Isle, Republic of Ireland:  From north to south, this is one Irish journey that delves into the Emerald Isle’s fascinating history, rich traditions and cultural heritage like no other. Starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway, our road will lead us to Ireland’s rugged peninsulas, quaint villages and ancient landmarks – all while drawing on local knowledge to transport you to the heart of this captivating country.  From $6,539 per person.

8 day Corners of Cornwall, England:  From windswept moors and wild coastlines to historic cities and picture-perfect fishing villages, the county of Cornwall is filled with evocative sights and fascinating stories. Join us as we seek out the maritime heritage, rural beauty and culinary pride of this unique corner of South West England.  From $4,819 per person.

11 day Highlights of Britain:  Join us for a classic journey that delves deep into Britain’s fascinating history and culture. In England we’ll trace the footsteps of famous writers and poets, uncovering the scenic countryside that inspired their greatest works. While in North Wales and Scotland, our journey will take in evocative scenery and dramatic castles – immersing ourselves in age-old traditions as we go.  From $5,339 per person.


10 day A Scottish Journey:  Towering mountains and enchanting lochs. Dramatic 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.  From $5,819 per person.

7 day Kent: the Garden of England:  Open a treasure box of storybook castles, secret tunnels and enchanting gardens as we dedicate seven days to England’s exquisite South East. On our travels we’ll see why Whitstable has been dubbed the ‘Pearl of Kent’, wander the exquisite gardens of Kent’s most famous castles and discover the tales that make Canterbury the jewel in the county’s crown.  From $3,909 per person.

8 day Chelsea Flower Show:  From unique English manor houses, an elegant French château and grand gardens steeped in history and tradition – we’ll stop and smell the roses on this leisurely tour of South East England’s regal towns and show-stealing stately homes. And the jewel in the crown? A trip to the green-fingered event of the year, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show.  From $5,289 per person.

* Price based on availability 7 June 2023.

Europe Tours

12 day Iberian Inspiration, Spain:  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 and Jewish synagogues. Join us as we take to the scenic back roads on this journey into the heart of ancient Iberia.  From $5,939 per person.

10 day Discover Portugal:  From charming medieval villages to the cobbled streets of Porto, the empires of the past have left their mark on this captivating Iberian nation. Uncover the real Portugal as we journey from Gothic cities to cinematic rural scenery – taking in world-famous pilgrimage sites, sumptuous local cuisine and ancient customs as we go.  From $5,069 per person.

10 day 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.  From $5,529 per person.

10 day Paris to Nice through Vineyards & Mountains:  Glasses glinting with bubbles and rich red wines; windows opening out on soaring mountain ranges and charming villages brimming with fragrant fields of flowers. Join us on a voyage through quintessential France – and discover the history, cuisine and landscapes that make this beautiful country unique.  From $5,499 per person.

* Price based on availability 7 June 2023.

Italy Tours

13 day Italian Indulgence:  An intoxicating mix of ancient cities and imagination-firing landscapes, Italy is a land where unforgettable experiences lie around every corner. Savour every moment of this adventure as you journey from enchanting Tuscan villages to tranquil lake-side retreats – sampling an abundance of tantalising flavours and local wines along the way.  From $6,639 per person.

8 day Tuscan Treats:  A wonderful blend of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food, Tuscany makes for an unforgettable holiday destination. On this leisurely tour we’ll seek out world-renowned treasures, explore hidden gems and become culinary connoisseurs as we fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.  From $3,639 per person.

10 day Splendours of Sicily:  Prepare to be unwrapped by Sicily’s superb landscapes, intoxicating diversity and ancient wonders. Centuries-old monasteries and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling local markets. Sheer gorges and golden beaches. This dazzling Mediterranean island will tantalise your every desire and capture your heart with its fascinating culture.  From $5,959 per person.

8 day Enchanting Southern Italy:  Southern Italy beguiles every sense. On this enchanting journey we’ll step back in time to the days of the Roman Empire in the historic Bay of Naples, explore the pastel-hued cliffside villages of the Amalfi Coast, tour cascading Victorian-inspired gardens and revel in the opulence of the Italian Baroque period. All the while savouring exquisite regional delicacies and gaining a unique insight into local cultures and centuries-old traditions of the Mezzogiorno. From $4,479 per person.

8 day Secrets of Puglia:  The enchanting Italian region of Puglia is famous for its historic cities, quaint fishing villages and exquisite cuisine. From Naples to Bari, Lecce, Martina Franca, Matera and back again, we’ll delve into the area’s many splendours – touring historic towns, discovering local traditions and indulging in a tasting or two along the way.  From $4,769 per person.

10 day Adriatic Discovery - Northern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia:  Join us as we travel the back roads through plunging gorges and soaring mountains; discovering clifftop fortresses and Riviera-style villages; tasting delicious local wines and savouring countless regional specialities along the way. This journey through Northern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia captures the beautiful diversity of these three mesmerising countries and is sure to be one to remember.  From $6,129 per person.

* Price based on availability 7 June 2023.

Battlefield Tours

We have offered our signature Back-Roads Battlefields tours for over twenty years. Each of these moving and memorable tours is led by one of our expert Battlefields Tour Leaders, some of whom are former servicemen and women – and all of whom have a keen interest in (and passion for) history.

6 day WWI Battlefields, France:  This fascinating and moving tour focuses on the major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front – from The Somme to Flanders. Providing guests with a level of flexibility to visit memorials to his (or her) country’s fallen, and the expert knowledge of our Tour Leaders – this tour promises to be as unforgettable as it is enlightening.  From $2,219 per person.

6 day ANZAC on the Western Front, France:  From the trenches of Ypres to monuments marking The Somme, our ANZAC tour maps Australian and New Zealand troops’ movements in WWI – delving into the stories of the soldiers’ involvement in the battles of the Western Front. With poignant visits to cemeteries and national memorials on the agenda, this history-themed journey is perfect for those wishing to learn more about their countrymen who fought and died in the Great War.  From $2,599 per person.

7 day ANZAC on the Western Front with Dawn Service, France: From $3,159 per person.

* Price based on availability 7 June 2023.


Explore the World with Back-Roads

Touring the road less travelled offers a more intimate connection to your destination. With leisurely paced itineraries and plenty of opportunities to form genuine connections with locals, your travels through Europe, Asia or the United Kingdom will be filled with unforgettable encounters.

Back-Roads delivers cultural experiences like no other. When you stay on the grounds of stately English manors you will hear the local lore and personal stories etched into the buildings' foundations. A tour through Asia will have you tasting some of the world’s best street food as well as partaking in traditional meals, cooked in family homes. Visiting the vineyards of Bordeaux is not just a stop-off at a cellar door; it is drinking in the flavour of the countryside and savouring the vistas of rural France.

Whether you’re breaking new ground or returning to a region for a deeper understanding, Back-Roads provides a journey full of authentic experiences.

Explore Europe with Back-Roads
From azure coastlines to alpine landscapes and world-famous cities, your travel dreams are sure to come true in Europe. Be inspired by the rich history of Ireland, the cuisine of Italy and the sun-soaked architecture of Spain and Morocco. Follow back roads through the highlands of Scotland and the English countryside to experience the diverse landscapes of the UK. Each unique country offers experiences that will make Europe an unforgettable holiday destination. Your adventure in Europe awaits…

Explore Central & Eastern Europe with Back-Roads
Following the road less travelled in Central and Eastern Europe will take you on a journey through medieval cities and villages rich in cultural experiences. From alpine landscapes in Switzerland to time-honoured traditions in Germany and Poland’s delicious cuisine, this unique region of Europe is not to be missed.

Explore Western Europe with Back-Roads
Home to some of the world’s most distinctive architectural styles (from medieval to Renaissance and beyond), the impressive sights of Western Europe are sure to inspire. When you experience this part of Europe on the road less travelled, you’ll discover the stunning coastlines of Ireland, alpine landscapes of Italy and culinary classics that offer a taste of local culture and traditions.

Explore the Nordics & the Baltics with Back-Roads
Your imagination will run wild as you take the road less travelled on a journey through the majestic Nordics and Baltics. Tales of revolutionaries and old world alliances will bring history to life as you wander through historic cities rich in architectural gems. From the scenic fjords of Norway to Russia’s culinary legacy, there is much to explore in the magical north of Europe.

Explore the United Kingdom with Back-Roads
Eye-catching architecture, natural beauty and fascinating threads of history weave together the story of four unique nations that make up the UK. Travellers to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will discover impressive sights and culinary traditions in this beautifully varied region.

The Back-Roads Difference

Enjoy the company of a small group

With small group sizes of no more than 18 people, you can expect a more personalised touring experience. And with like-minded travellers at your side, you’ll find that a journey shared is a journey best enjoyed.

Feed your curiosity

Stories waiting to be unravelled. Secrets waiting to be revealed. Fascinating cultures, delicious flavours and unexplored terrain. Feed your curiosity and embark on a voyage of discovery with Back-Roads – and let the new and exciting take centre stage.

Embrace the view

Immerse yourself in nature on uplifting journeys through evocative landscapes. From rolling hills and swathes of forest to shimmering coasts and soaring mountains, breathtaking views lie around every corner when you take the scenic route.

Discover a local way of life

There’s no better way to understand the essence of a destination than by meeting the people who call it home.
Learn traditional crafts, stories and recipes as you venture off the tourist trail and behind the scenes with exclusive local experiences.

Savour each moment

Slow the pace and take it all in; there’s plenty of time to enjoy each step of the journey. Whether you’re touring a
historic home, enjoying a meal or indulging in a wine tasting session, you can do so safe in the knowledge that you won’t be rushed.

Guided by the best

Insightful, attentive and passionate, our Tour Leaders will unlock the experiences that make your Back-Roads tour truly special – from adding personal touches to your itinerary to bringing destinations to life with their local knowledge.

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