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Picture a touring holiday that can take your clients a bit deeper into the destinations they visit. One that doesn’t just drop by the top tourist attractions and major cities, but invites them to see a destination through the eyes of the people that know it best: the locals who call it home. Imagine a carefully planned itinerary designed to focus less on Point A and B and more on the never-to-be-forgotten history, culture, cuisine and views that lie within and between those points.
Over 25 years ago, Back-Roads Touring started to create that exact kind of small group tour and have found a unique niche within the touring market. Today, the company operates over 44 scheduled itineraries through Europe and while many claim they operate small group tours, no one does it quite like Back-Roads Touring. Whether it’s the experienced and highly popular guides, or the true small group concept capping tours at just 18 passengers and guaranteeing departure with just four, you and your clients will certainly agree Back-Roads has developed something special.
“It’s amazing how much support we’ve received from the travel agent community. Our tours are truly unique to touring and very much about making sure every guest has an experience as authentic as the destination they’ve traveled through,” said Jim Tedesco, Vice President of Sales for North America at Back-Roads Touring.
Travel agents often find recommending a Back-Roads Touring itinerary easy thanks to six key selling features that can be found on every tour, and can also help spark conversation for the travel agent when qualifying the client.
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Small Group Touring capped at 18 passengers
With tour sizes of up to 18 people (22 for French barge tours), Back-Roads can ensure a more personalized experience with the tour leader. Smaller group sizes also mean they can guarantee a tour departure with just four people.
Leisurely Paced Itineraries
Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. Back-Roads rarely leave before 8:30 a.m. and gives each stop the attention it deserves — keeping drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.
Scenic Back-Roads, and not highways
Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini coaches that take you along scenic roads beyond the reach of larger vehicles, the journey becomes as much a part of the adventure as the destination.
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, Back-Roads guests will have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavors.
Authentic Local Experiences
Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden gem attractions to local favorites, Back-Roads takes time out to seek genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each region as well as its culture.
Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. Back-Roads Touring will always opt for accommodations that reflect the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings. It’s important to Back-Roads Touring that the accommodation is as authentic as the destination.