Back-Roads Touring Co. | Europe 2021-23

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UK & EUROPE S M A L L G RO U P T O U R S UP TO

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GUESTS


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Extraordinary adventures await.


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Picture a touring holiday that delves a bit deeper. One that doesn’t simply drop by

top sights and major cities, but invites you to see a destination through the eyes of the people who know it best: the locals who call it home. Where journeys are made for absorbing never-to-beforgotten views, not darting from A to B. And each day ends in a hand-picked retreat brimming with local charm. At Back-Roads Touring, we’ve spent over 30 years creating these kinds of small group tours. We know that the best kind of adventure is one that introduces you to local experiences and sights while providing you with the time and space to explore independently. The key ingredient? Experienced Tour Leaders who can turn an exciting getaway into something truly extraordinary. They’ll tell you the stories and secrets behind stately homes as you wander the corridors; show you the perfect position to see the sunset over a city skyline; and point you towards the exact patch of coastline where you can try oysters straight off the boat. All the while, you can be confident that your BackRoads tour is being run responsibly and with sustainable tourism in mind. In fact, our commitment to green practices has earnt us a Silver Green Tourism rating. Turn the page to explore our inspiring tours of the UK and Europe – and discover the Back-Roads Difference.

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Contents

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About Us

Ireland

The Back-Roads Difference

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13 day The Emerald Isle

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Where We Go

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8 day Corners of Southern Ireland

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Travelling in a Small Group

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Hand-picked Accommodation

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Italy

Discover a Local Way of Life

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13 day Italian Indulgence

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Feed Your Curiosity

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8 day Tuscan Treats

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Guided by the Best

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Book with Confidence

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Save with Us

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Travel Safely

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This brochure features just some of your most loved itineraries plus a few that are new to our collection. For all tours please head to www.backroadstouring.com or view our full list on page 44.

12 day London to Paris via the Channel Islands

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11 day Highlights of Britain

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10 day A Scottish Journey

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8 day Corners of Cornwall

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8 day The Wonders of Wales

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6 day Heart of England

12 day Iberian Inspiration

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10 day Majestic Morocco

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10 day Discover Portugal

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7 day A Taste of the Camino: Porto to Bilbao NEW

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France and Battlefields

United Kingdom

8 day English Country Gardens

Spain, Portugal and Morocco

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8 day Provence & The French Riviera

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6 day ANZAC on the Western Front

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All Tours List of all Back-Roads Tours

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Terms and Conditions

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The Back-Roads Difference

Enjoy the company of a small group

Feed your curiosity

Embrace the view

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.

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.

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


THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

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Portree, Isle of Skye

Discover a local way of life

Savour each moment

Guided by the best

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

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.

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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NORWAY

Where We Go

BERGEN

SCOTLAND

DENMARK

EDINBURGH

COPENH

NORTHERN IRELAND

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

DUBLIN

OSLO

Cotswolds, England

ENGLAND WALES CARDIFF

LONDON

BELGIUM

GERMANY

LILLE

CZE

PARIS MUNICH

FRANCE

ZURICH

SWITZERLAND ITALY

BORDEAUX

Sintra National Palace, Portugal

NICE BILBAO

SPAIN PORTO

PORTUGAL

VENIC

FLORENCE

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BARCELONA

MADRID

LISBON

PALE

MOROCCO

CASABLANCA

Blue Grotto, Malta

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FINLAND

HELSINKI

ESTONIA

SWEDEN

LATVIA

The cities shown on the map are the start and/or end locations of our tours.

LITHUANIA

HAGEN

VILNIUS

POLAND Rundale Palace, Latvia

PRAGUE

ECH REPUBLIC

SLOVAKIA

VIENNA

AUSTRIA

SLOVENIA

BUDAPEST

HUNGARY

CROATIA

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SPLIT

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DUBROVNIK

MONTENEGRO

OME NAPLES

ERMO

CATANIA

ALTA

ST JULIAN'S

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Travelling in a Small Group Meet curious, like-minded travellers

On a tour with Back-Roads you can expect a maximum of 18, but average of 14, guests – ranging from solo travellers, to couples and smaller groups. You’ll meet like-minded travellers who are ready to explore, without the worry of logistics. There’s plenty of flexibility and free time for you to spend as you please, whether that’s with the group or exploring solo.

Take the scenic route

Cast thoughts of long journeys spent zipping up and down motorways from your mind. A Back-Roads tour promises a more leisurely style. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we’re able to take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages, stopping at places of interest as we go.

Enjoy a more personal style of touring

Our experienced Tour Leaders will have ample time to answer all your questions. History enthusiast? Tour Leaders love sharing stories about local sites and legends. Seafood aficionado? They know the best place to try oysters straight off the boat. Our small group size also allows Tour Leaders to tailor elements of the tour based on the preferences of our guests, meaning a much more personal experience.


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What our guests say “I prefer small tour groups. Our group had 15, we all got on exceptionally well and have kept in touch. The Back-Roads tour brought people together from different countries, to meet and make friendships too. It’s truly special, significant and LIFE CHANGING.” - Allyson (New Zealand), Italian Indulgence tour

“Tour Leader and Coach Driver were both excellent as was our accommodation. I really enjoyed being out on the back roads of England and Scotland instead of busy motorways. Every day there were unexpected stops in really interesting places as well as the stated places on the itinerary. I particularly enjoyed the gentle pace of the tour and my 12 companions couldn’t have been friendlier. Since my return I have been recommending Back-Roads Tours to lots of folk. It would be wonderful, if the opportunity ever arose, to take part in another Tour with the company.” - Mary, Highlights of Britain tour

“An excellent tour for those who prefer small group travel. A tour that was made perfect by the knowledge, humour and care of an excellent guide. Delightful accommodation, true back roads travelling with a compatible group of fellow travellers.” - James (Australia), Corners of Southern Ireland tour

Estremoz, Portugal

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“...We particularly enjoyed the small tour party size and believe this policy sets Back-Roads apart from other tours.” - Peter, Corners of Cornwall tour


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Hand-Picked Accommodation

A glimpse at some of our characterful accommodation; hand-picked for those that value a little ‘me time’.


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The Mulberry Inn

A rural bolthole set amidst the natural beauty of Wales’ Ceiriog Valley, The Mulberry Inn isn’t only wonderfully comfortable and well-equipped – it’s also the perfect base from which to explore the soul-stirring sights of Snowdonia National Park (with a delicious menu to await your return).

Hotel Eguren Ugarte

A hub for enotourism (or ‘wine tourism’, as it’s more widely known), the idyllic Hotel Eguren Ugarte is an oasis of calm at the foot of Northern Spain’s sun-soaked Sierra de Cantabria mountains. While you’re here, be sure to try some of Rioja’s traditional cuisine at the Martín Cendoya Restaurant.

Hotel Fattoria degli Usignoli

Set in the heart of Reggello and overlooking the impressive Valdarno and Chianti landscapes, this hotel is perfect for travellers in search of local history and Italian charm. Built by the monks of Vallombrosa back in the 15th century, the hotel now blends hospitality with a touch of luxury.

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Discover a Local Way of Life

Browse the stalls at Catania’s famous Fish Market

Go punting on the River Cam in Cambridge

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The biggest in the region, Catania’s “Pescheria” is world-renowned for stocking some of the freshest seafood money can buy. Situated a stone’s throw from Catania’s central Piazza del Duomo, and filled with everything from local swordfish to sea urchins and mussels, there’s no better place to feel like a local. europe/the-splendours-of-sicily

Take in spectacular views of the world-famous Cambridge College ‘Backs’ from a different perspective as you float lazily along the Cam in a traditional punt. From King’s College Chapel to the Wren Library, your local chauffeur will fill you in on the fascinating stories behind the colleges and their alumni. europe/enchanting-eastern-england


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Peak District, England

Embark on an olive oil experience in Portugal

Discover rural Portugal’s scenic delights on a visit to a family-owned farm near Tomar – where you’ll be treated to a tour of the beautiful olive grove. After receiving an unforgettable insight into the olive cultivation process, we’ll have the chance to taste some of the local oil. Delicioso! TOUR: www.backroadstouring.com/tours/ europe/discover-portugal

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Venture off the tourist trail and get to the heart of each destination with genuine local experiences.


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Feed Your Curiosity

Awaken your sense of adventure and delve into new places, new cultures and new flavours.

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Discover local cheeses in the heart of the French Alps

At a historic fromagerie set amidst the spectacular scenery of the French Alps, we’ll meet a local cheese ripening expert – who’ll be happy to share the traditional processes behind his art with us. After touring the cheese cellars, we’ll get to the main attraction: a tasting session. TOUR: www.backroadstouring.com/tours/ europe/paris-to-nice-through-vineyardsand-mountains

Taste delicious wines in the celebrated region of La Rioja

As we travel through the vineyarddotted landscapes of La Rioja you’ll have the chance to sample wines at not one, but two distinguished wineries. And with plenty of tapas side dishes to complement each glass, the experience will be a treat for both the oenophiles and gastronomes among us! TOUR: www.backroadstouring.com/tours/ europe/highlights-of-northern-spain

Learn how to make authentic Moroccan Tagine Roll up your sleeves and prepare to learn the secrets behind a recipe that’s been handed down for generations. Under the watchful eye of a local expert, you’ll learn how to steam this Moroccan delicacy to perfection in a traditional tagine – giving it a delicious aromatic flavour. TOUR: www.backroadstouring.com/tours/ europe/majestic-morocco

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Guided by the Best Passionate and knowledgeable, our Tour Leaders make your trip truly special.

Kriszti Imre What’s the most rewarding part of your job? One of the things I enjoy the most about Back-Roads is the guests we have from all over the world – and taking those guests on the back roads to tour different countries and showing them the hidden gems of a country that only locals would know about. Another thing I love is that there is no divide between myself as Tour Leader and the guests at the dinner table. This is not the case on tours run by many bigger tour operators. At Back-Roads, I always sit with guests and we have a chat, a laugh and continue getting to know each other over a delicious meal.


GUIDED BY THE BEST

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Micaela Hobbs

Agnes Bukowiecka

What inspired you to become a Tour Leader? A desire to share my passion for the culture, history and spectacular scenery of the places we visit. What better way to earn a living than by visiting amazing places while giving others the opportunities to fulfill their dreams?

What’s the most rewarding part of your job? Expanding my knowledge and curiosity of the world, as well as being able to see and explore places I probably would never have had the chance to visit and share them with fellow travellers. Experiencing beauty is most intense when it is shared with others.

How do you create memorable experiences for your guests? I endeavour to go above and beyond by paying attention to even the little things and keeping the tours flexible and fun. It is so rewarding to create experiences that connect us emotionally, whether it’s from sharing laughter, stories, music, scenery, or meals. www.backroadstouring.com


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Book with Confidence We understand that in today’s constantly changing world, you’re cautious of restrictive booking conditions. That’s why we’ve introduced some additional flexibility to our booking policies – providing you with peace of mind when booking your European adventure. FOR DETAILS ON OUR FLEXIBLE POLICIES, VISIT:

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Save With Us If you’ve previously travelled with Back-Roads OR are booking more than one tour, we have some excellent savings for you to take advantage of. Simply contact our friendly Customer Service Team and they will apply the relevant discount for you. CONTACT DETAILS CAN BE FOUND HERE: www.backroadstouring.com/

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Travel Safely For over 30 years, Back-Roads Touring has run award-winning small group tours with an unwavering commitment to our guests’ safety. Throughout your experience with us you can rest assured knowing your health and wellbeing remain our number one priority; this is always at the forefront of any changes we make to our tours. TO READ MORE ABOUT THE CHANGES WE’RE MAKING, VISIT: www.backroadstouring.com/resources/travel-safely

Book with confidence knowing Back-Roads has been awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp. This globally recognised award provides the assurance that all our on-road operations are in coherence with public health instructions and World Health Organisation guidelines.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

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United Kingdom

Tenby, Wales


UNITED KINGDOM / FRANCE

London to Paris via the Channel Islands

1 2 D AY S • 1 1 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

Venture from Great British culture to Gallic charm on this trip from London to Paris, immersing yourself in the Channel Islands’ natural beauty and fascinating history along the way. Hear about Guernsey’s wartime occupation, uncover Western Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic sites in Jersey, enter a bygone world on Sark and admire Saint-Malo’s exquisite coastal landscapes. T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Spend a day on beautiful Sark, the iconic ‘Dark Sky Island’

St Aubin Jersey

Mont Saint-Michel

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WINCHESTER

ENGLAND

DORSET

Explore the only part of the British Isles to be occupied during WWII

Wander the enchanting island village of Mont SaintMichel

INCLUDED MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

LONDON

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DEPART URES DAT ES April - October

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JERSEY

SAINT-MALO DINAN

La Belle France

SARK ISLAND

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FRANCE

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MONT SAINT-MICHEL

PARIS

Paris to Nice through the Vineyards & Mountains

CHARTRES

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FOUGÈRES LAVAL

TourTour Start/End Point Starts/Ends

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Overnight Stop Overnight Stop

Day Stop

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Tour code: BEHLPLP

For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/london-to-paris-via-channel-islands

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UNITED KINGDOM

Highlights of Britain

1 1 D AY S • 1 0 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

Join us for a classic Back-Roads 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. Experience it all on this unforgettable 11-day journey. T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Discover Britain’s literary greats at the Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm and Rydal Mount – William Wordsworth’s family home

York

EDINBURGH

ROSSLYN CHAPEL

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SCOTLAND LAKE DISTRICT

SCOTTISH BORDERS

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SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK

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CASTLE HOWARD

YORK

DENBIGHSHIRE ENGLAND

WORCESTER WALES COTSWOLDS

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

2 OXFORD

Tour Start/End Point Tour Starts/Ends

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Overnight Stop Overnight Stop

Explore some of Britain’s most spectacular regions including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District

Explore the medieval Shambles and Snickelways of York

INCLUDED MEALS 10 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

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LIVERPOOL

Day Stop Day Stop

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LONDON

DEPART URES DAT ES April - October

Other tours you may like... Enchanting Eastern England A Scottish Journey Corners of Cornwall Tour code: BEHHBLE

For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/highlights-of-britain


UNITED KINGDOM

A Scottish Journey

1 0 D AY S • 9 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

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.

T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Savour a day exploring the magnificent Cairngorms National Park Spend days touring the breathtaking Isle of Skye and Isle of Mull

Portree

Duart Castle

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PLOCKTON

CULLODEN

AVIEMORE

ISLE OF MULL

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CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK

SCOTLAND ST ANDREWS

ISLE OF IONA

STIRLING

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OvernightStop Stop 1 Overnight

Day Stop Stop Day

Uncover the intricacies behind Scottish whisky culture with a tasting experience

Immerse yourself in the captivating history of Culloden Battlefield

INCLUDED MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners

INVERNESS

ISLE OF SKYE

EDINBURGH

DEPART URES DAT ES March - October

Other tours you may like... Highlights of Britain Enchanting Eastern England Treasures of Scotland Tour code: BEHSJEE

For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/a-scottish-journey

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UNITED KINGDOM

Corners of Cornwall

8 D AY S • 7 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

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 on a scenic eight-day tour.

T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Discover the enchanting medieval church and castle of St Michael’s Mount

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Falmouth

PORT ISAAC PADSTOW ST IVES

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WELLS

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ST DEVON AUSTELL

LONDON

SALISBURY

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DORSET

ST MICHAEL'S FALMOUTH MOUNT

Soak up the wild, jawdropping vistas of the Jurassic Coast

Visit the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral

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DEPART URES DAT E S March - October

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Tour Start/End Point Tour Starts/Ends

Enjoy the charm of historic port towns Falmouth and Port Isaac

INC LUDED MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners

ENGLAND

DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK

Overnight Stop

1

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

Tour code: BEHCCLL

Day Stop

For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/corners-of-cornwall


UNITED KINGDOM

The Wonders of Wales

8 D AY S • 7 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

On this captivating journey through deep green valleys, past snow-dusted mountains and along an unforgettable coastline, we’ll go high and low in search of Wales’ most iconic sights. Join us as we walk the ancient lands of Celts and Romans, immersing ourselves in age-old local traditions as we go.

T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea served in glorious surroundings

Tenby

Snowdonia National Park

2 NANT GWRTHEYRN

NORTH WALES

PORTMEIRION ENGLAND

ABERYSTWYTH

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TENBY

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BRECON BEACONS

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Stay in the enchanting Italianate style village of Portmeirion – an architectural marvel

INC LUDED MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

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WALES PEMBROKESHIRE

Embark on a steam train ride through the spectacular scenery of Snowdonia National Park

DEPART URES DAT E S April - October

LLANGOLLEN

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Heart of England

CARDIFF

Day Stop

Tour code: BEHWWCC

Day Stop

For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/the-wonders-of-wales

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UNITED KINGDOM

English Country Gardens

NEW

8 D AY S • 7 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

Aromatic gardens, esteemed stately homes and charming countryside vistas – this leisurely tour of South East England’s greatest gardens is certainly one for the photo books. From the romance of Sissinghurst Castle to the opulence of Hampton Court Palace, the historic city of Windsor and the iconic engineering of London’s Kew Gardens – we’ll take the back roads to uncover the best of this green and pleasant corner of England. T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Tour the incredible manor houses, castles and beautiful gardens of South East England

Hampton Court Palace

Windsor Castle

Gardens

Garden ENGLAND

WINDSOR

LONDON

KEW THE GARDENS SAVILL GARDEN

RHS GARDEN WISLEY

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IGHTHAM MOTE

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Stroll the spectacular grounds of Hampton Court Palace

INCLUDED MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

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Overnight Stop

Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew

DEPART URES DAT ES July - September

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SCOTNEY CASTLE GREAT DIXTER

Day Stop

Day Stop

Highlights of Britain London to Paris via the Channel Islands Chelsea Flower Show

Tour code: BEHEGLL

For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/english-country-gardens


UNITED KINGDOM

Heart of England

6 D AY S • 5 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

Neolithic man, Roman forces, celebrated writers and contemporary filmmakers have all made a mark on England’s heartland. On this quintessentially English tour, we’ll follow their tracks – covering Wiltshire’s ancient stone circles and movie-set good looks, the delightful hamlets of the Cotswolds, Oxford’s ‘dreaming spires’ and Bath’s incredible architecture.

T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Visit the childhood home and final resting place of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon

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Bath

Castle Combe

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ENGLAND

COTSWOLDS

BATH

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AVEBURY

Tour Starts/Ends

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Overnight Stop

Discover the rich culture and extraordinary architecture of Bath

INCLUDED MEALS 5 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

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OXFORD

English Christmas Markets

1 Overnight Stop

Kent: The Garden of England

LONGLEAT

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Enjoy high tea at a charming village nestled amongst the Cotswolds

DEPART URES DAT ES March - October

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

LACOCK

Day Stop

LONDON

London to Paris via the Channel Islands Tour code: BEHHOLL

Day Stop

For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/heart-of-england

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Ireland

Lakes of Killarney, Ireland


UNITED KINGDOM / IRELAND

The Emerald Isle

1 3 D AY S • 1 2 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

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. T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Discover Northern Ireland’s history on a Black Cab Tour of Belfast’s street art and political murals

Giant’s Causeway

Blarney Castle

NORTH IRISH COAST

NORTHERN IRELAND 22 LONDONDERRY

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BELFAST

ROSCOMMON

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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

GALWAY

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CLIFFS OF MOHER DINGLE PENINSULA

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KENMARE

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KILKENNY

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CORK

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Overnight Stop

Set foot on the basalt columns of the legendary Giant’s Causeway

Be blessed with the ‘gift of the gab’ while visiting the iconic Blarney Castle

INC LUDED MEALS 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners DEPART URES DAT E S March - October

Other tours you may like... Highlights of Britain Corners of Cornwall Corners of Southern Ireland Castles & Causeways: Journey to Northern Ireland

KINSALE

Overnight Stop

DUBLIN

Day Stop

Tour code: BEHEIDD

Day Stop

For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/the-emerald-isle

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IRELAND

Corners of Southern Ireland

8 D AY S • 7 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

Views of spellbinding scenery. Stories of maritime towns and picture-book villages. Ancient castles steeped in history, and country inns full of character. The further we go into Southern Ireland’s enchanting landscapes, the deeper you’ll fall under its spell!

T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Visit Molly Gallivan’s Cottage and learn the story of a widow who supported her children by brewing illicit whiskey

Cliffs of Moher

Discover a traditional Irish craft as you tour the famous House of Waterford Crystal

Uncover the magnificent Cliffs of Moher – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

INCLUDED MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners REPUBLIC OF IRELAND KILDARE

CLIFFS OF MOHER

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DUBLIN

DEPART URES DAT ES March - October

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ENNIS

The Emerald Isle 2

1

KILLARNEY

RING OF KERRY KENMARE

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WATERFORD

COBH

Kent: The Garden of England Treasures of Scotland

KINSALE

Tour Start/End Point Tour Starts/Ends

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Overnight Stop

Overnight Stop

Castles & Causeways: Journey to Northern Ireland

Day Stop Day Stop

Tour code: BEHCIDD

For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/corners-of-southern-ireland


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Italy

Chianti, Italy


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ITALY

Italian Indulgence

1 3 D AY S • 1 2 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

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 Back-Roads 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. T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Learn to cook a delicious Tuscan meal in a traditional countryside villa

Lake Maggiore

CHERASCO

2

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SANTA MARGHERITA

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LAKE COMO

LUCCA

TRENTO VENICE

VERONA ITALY

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PORTOFINO

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FLORENCE

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RURAL TUSCANY

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Tour Start/End Point Tour Starts/Ends

Overnight Stop

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Overnight Stop

PERUGIA ASSISI

ROME

Day Stop

Join a truffle hunt with a local farmer and his dog amongst the scenic hills of Alba

Bask in the wonders of Lake Maggiore on a scenic boat tour of the Borromean Islands

Take in the exquisite scenery and opulent atmosphere of Lake Como

INCLUDED MEALS 12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners

SONDRIO LAKE MAGGIORE

DEPART URES DAT ES April - October

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Day Stop

For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/italian-indulgence


ITALY

Tuscan Treats

8 D AY S • 7 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

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. T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Explore the mysterious medieval town of Volterra •

Unlock the secrets of Tuscan cuisine with a cooking class set amongst the romantic Chianti region

Indulge in a delectable cheese and wine tasting at a local farm in Pienza

INC LUDED MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners Pienza

Siena

DEPART URES DAT E S April - October

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ITALY CINQUE TERRE

Enchanting Southern Italy LUCCA

2

1

PISA VOLTERRA

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SAN GIMIGNANO

Overnight Stop Overnight Stop

FLORENCE

Day Stop Day Stop

CHIANTI

PIENZA

Secrets of Puglia Highlights of Northern Spain La Belle France Jewels of Southwest France

Tour code: BEHTTFF

For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/tuscan-treats

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Spain, Portugal and Morocco

Plaza de España, Seville, Spain


SPAIN / PORTUGAL

Iberian Inspiration

1 2 D AY S • 1 1 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

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.

T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Experience the historic charm of Córdoba, Granada, Úbeda, Estremoz and Ronda with stays in charming old town hotels

Seville

PORTUGAL LISBON EVORA

1

SIERRA DE ARACENA

SPAIN

ESTREMOZ MONSARAZ

1

SEVILLE JEREZ

CÓRDOBA

2

2

ARCOS

1 1

MADRID

TOLEDO VALDEPEÑAS ÚBEDA

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GRANADA

GRAZALEMA RONDA

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Taste authentic jamón ibérico at a traditional farm in Sierra de Aracena

Enjoy a traditional Flamenco show in Seville

Visit the spectacular Córdoba Mezquita – a UNESCO-protected mosque

INCLUDED MEALS 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners DEPART URES DAT ES March - October

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For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/iberian-inspiration

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MOROCCO

Majestic Morocco

1 0 D AY S • 9 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

Kasbahs rising out of the desert, legendary mountain passes and ancient cities brimming with a thousand-and-one sights. This tour will take you on a magic carpet ride through magnificent Morocco, where adventurous days give way to Arabian nights.

T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Learn how to cook a traditional tagine in Aït Benhaddou

Aït Benhaddou

3

1

MIDELT

MOROCCO

MARRAKECH

1

FES

IFRANE

DADÈS GORGE

2

1

ERRACHIDIA

1

MERZOUGA

AÏT BENHADDOU

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Spend the night amidst the dunes of the Sahara Desert at an authentic Berber camp - complete with a traditional feast and local entertainment

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the World Heritagelisted city: Meknes

INCLUDED MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

RABAT

CASABLANCA

Day Stop

DEPART URES DAT ES April - October

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PORTUGAL

Discover Portugal

1 0 D AY S • 9 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

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.

T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Enjoy a scenic ride along the Douro River in a traditional rabelo boat

Douro River

Bom Jesus Sanctuary

BRAGA

2

GUIMARAES

PORTO

AMARANTE

DOURO VALLEY

1

NAZARÉ ÓBIDOS SINTRA

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LAMEGO

VISEU

Indulge in a tasting of delicious locally produced cheeses near Viseu

Explore the wonderfully atmospheric and historyladen streets of Coimbra

INCLUDED MEALS 9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners DEPART URES DAT ES April - October

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Enchanting Southern Italy

PORTUGAL TOMAR

Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast

ALVADOS LISBON

1

Overnight Stop

Overnight Stop

Day Stop

Day Stop

Tour code: BEHDPLP

For full details, up-to-date availability and pricing please see our website: www.backroadstouring.com/discover-portugal

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PORTUGAL / SPAIN

A Taste of the Camino: Porto to Bilbao NEW

7 D AY S • 6 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

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 tantilising flavours, uncovering centuries-old stories and venturing into breathtaking natural landscapes. T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Immerse yourself in enchanting UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of Santiago de Compostela

Picos de Europa National Park

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

2 PONFERRADA

PONTE DE LIMA VIANA DO CASTELO PORTO

Savour a local wine tasting and locally prepared lunch in the heart of Spain’s Castile & León region

Admire the stunning natural landscape of Picos de Europe National Park

INCLUDED MEALS 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners SANTILLANA PICOS DEL MAR DE EUROPA SANTANDER

1

2

BILBAO

LEÓN

1

DEPART URES DAT ES May - September

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1

Overnight Stop

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Tour code: BEHPBPB

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France and Battlefields

Gorges du Verdon, France


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FRANCE

Provence & The French Riviera

8 D AY S • 7 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

Glamour, picturesque villages and stunning mountain scenery: this tour through the French Riviera and Provence is sure to impress with its diversity and dramatic beauty! Join us as we experience the luxury of the French Riviera, marvel at the architecture of Avignon and venture into the mighty Gorges du Verdon – soaking up some fascinating history along the way.

T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Enjoy a picnic lunch and taste delicious produce at an olive farm in Les-Bauxde-Provence

Aix-en-Provence

Marvel at the extraordinary Gorges du Verdon: the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’

Experience the mesmerising Carrières de Lumières multimedia art show in Les Baux-de-Provence

INCLUDED MEALS 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners FRANCE

AVIGNON SAINT-RÉMYPONT DE-PROVENCE DU GARD

4

GORGES DU VERDON

LUBERON

ARLES

DEPART URES DAT ES May - September

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GRÉOUX-LES-BAINS

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AIX-EN-PROVENCE

ANTIBES

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FRENCH RIVIERA

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Overnight Stop

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NICE

Adriatic Discovery: Northern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia Secrets of Puglia Paris to Nice through Vineyards & Mountains Tour code: BEHPFNN

Day Stop

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BELGIUM / FRANCE

ANZAC on the Western Front

6 D AY S • 5 N I G H T S • U P T O 1 8 G U E S T S

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.

For our Special Anzac Ceremony tour featuring a poignant ANZAC Day Service in Villers-Bretonneu please visit: www.backroadstouring. com/anzacs-on-thewestern-front-dawnceremony Tyne Cot Cemetery

T O UR HIGHLIGHT S • Have the opportunity to pay your respects at your relative’s graves •

Delve into the Australian story on the Western Front at the Franco-Australian Museum

Visit the Wellington Quarries – a network of underground tunnels dug by the New Zealand Tunnelling Company

INCLUDED MEALS 5 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners YPRES FRANCE

2

SOMME

AMIENS

1

BELGIUM LILLE

La Belle France VILLERS-BRETONNEUX

Tour Starts/Ends

Overnight Stop

1

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DEPART URES DAT ES April - October

Overnight Stop

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Paris to Nice through Vineyards and Mountains Tour code: BEWNZLL

Day Stop

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UK & EUROPE

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10 Adriatic Discovery: Northern Ita 10 Croatia and the Dalmatian Coas

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9 Norway: Fjords and Glaciers 8 A Scandinavian Journey 8 Highlights of the Baltics

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