Get Inspired / Italy / France / England / Canada Small Group Tours of Europe, UK and Ireland Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Italy / France / England / Canada Small Group Tours of Europe, UK and Ireland story by: Mike Williams If you love the idea of travelling at a leisurely pace, going off the beaten track, staying in character places and becoming totally immersed in the destination, then Small Group Touring is a great option to choose. With Back-Roads you’ll be travelling with no more than 18 people in a luxury purpose built mini-coach, you’ll be able to stop along the way and explore right into the heart of medieval towns and villages, along narrow hedge lined Cornish lanes and cobblestones alleys. Why choose small group touring? Because of their far smaller size compared to large coaches, the mini-coaches can usually get to areas generally only accessible by car. A whole new world of possibilities is opened up, that would not be available with large group tours. Not only that, but because of the smaller group sizes the tours can be far more flexible. All tours include charming local accommodation, authentic local experiences, culinary encounters and no early morning starts! Many Back Roads itineraries include a meal at one of region’s local restaurants. Another benefit of being part of a smaller group is that these local encounters are less invasive and you can mingle better with the locals than in a larger group. What is available? There are a number of itineraries available, including 9 new tours for 2015. One that is sure to become a favourite is the Edinburgh to London 8-day tour which explores the Peak District National Park, visits the Sandringham Estate, the private retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and includes lunch in the 16th century country inn where Jamie Oliver grew up and worked in the kitchen for pocket money. Other new destinations outside of the UK include A Slow Food Tour of Puglia in Italy, Mountains, Lakes and Valleys of Switzerland, Germany’s Romantic Back-Road to Vienna, The Greek Ionian Islands and Istanbul to Cappadocia. > Click here for HOT Europe Holidays of here for Cheap Flights to Europe Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 17 hotel hacks for 2017 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Top 8 Italian eats - Made just like mama's! Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.