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Small group

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small group touring


uk & europe

2009 edition
www.backroadstouring.co.uk
CONTENTS

BRITAIN & IRELAND


Welcome to Britain & Ireland .................... 6
Departing London.................................... 8
Departing Manchester ........................... 18
Departing Glasgow, Inverness
& Edinburgh .......................................... 19
Departing Dublin & Galway .................... 22

BATTLEFIELD TOURS
Welcome to Battlefield Tours ................. 25
1–3 day tours ........................................ 25
Extended tours ...................................... 26

FRANCE
Welcome to France ............................... 28
Departing Lille & London........................ 30
Departing Paris ...................................... 31

ITALY

Small group touring


Welcome to Italy .................................... 34
Departing Rome .................................... 36
Departing Florence ................................ 38

UK Europe
TERMS & CONDITIONS................... 39
Sussex coastline, England
COVER: Chipping Campden, The Cotswolds
ABOUT US

Getting you behind the tourist facade


GUARANTEED DEPARTURES AND OUR SCHEDULE Our vehicles are not covered in bright colours or branding, as we want
to experience the real back roads, and this sometimes means anonymity
We have scores of departure dates so there’s certain to be one that
or not imposing ourselves on our environment.
suits your time frame. There is no doubt summer is the best time to
visit the UK and Europe, and we have filled the warmest months with a OUR HOTELS
fantastic array of tours. However, we realise not everyone can get away Accommodation is an integral part of your holiday and we believe it
at that time, so if you have a jacket and a warm outlook we can get should complement the style and season of your tour. At Back-Roads
you where you want to go at any time of year. Just be aware that in the we have hand-picked your accommodation for each and every tour.
cooler months not all attractions are open and we will need to be truly Our properties are of a three-star standard and we have selected these
ABOUT BACK-ROADS TOURING CO. country cooking is far superior to a glossy hotel filled flexible – that is after all, the Back-Roads way! hotels, guest houses and working farms based on a combination of
with tourists. We believe tourers should be led by
We believe travel is not about seeing new destinations, Unlike most other tour operators, once we’ve accepted your booking location, architectural interest, standard, facilities, cooking and warmth
an educated local guide who loves the area, that
it is about experiencing them. We believe famous and you’ve paid your deposit, we promise that we won’t cancel your of welcome. All rooms have ensuite facilities.
landmarks are just the beginning of the itinerary, they should move around free of big tour branding
tour unless forced to do so by circumstances beyond our control. If Over 20 years of running these tours, we have found that hotels in city
that meeting locals, exploring quintessential villages to better absorb the culture, and that they should you’ve invested your dreams in us, we’ll make them a reality. On rare centres listed as three-star are invariably of a lower standard than those
and simply relaxing in street-side cafes are equally share experiences with a small group of common- occasions when there are only one or two people booked on a tour, outside of the city. It is for this reason that we try to find city hotels that
important. We believe a traveller should be able to interest companions rather than reams of strangers. we’ll give you the opportunity of cancelling without cost or transferring are in outlying (but convenient) neighbourhoods where a better standard
indulge their own sense of adventure with a flexible We believe you can learn more about a country in to another Back-Roads tour with more participants – it’s a lot more fun for the cost can be guaranteed.
tour list that leaves time for personal interest stops, 15 minutes on the Back-Roads than you can in two that way!
and that a traditional inn filled with the aroma of hours on the freeway. Because we don’t travel in large 50-seat coaches we are not restricted
DESIGN YOUR OWN SPECIAL TOUR to staying at tourist-class hotels in the middle of the cities or on the
sides of freeways. You will know your hosts well and, in many cases, we
Nearly half our trips last year were charters! We can tailor the perfect
base in one small hotel and day-trip from there, so there is no need to
European tour for any group. You’re not restricted to our current
have your luggage at the front door by 6.30am everyday.

Our Brochure
itineraries, we run charter tours from Austria to Scotland, from Spain to
the Netherlands, and each one is truly unique because you design them We cannot list every accommodation we use as they change according
yourself. If you have a group of four or more and a dream of the ideal to availability and season, however with your pre-departure package you
touring experience, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our tour consultants will be provided with an accommodation outline.
The Back-Roads Touring Co. philosophy is to pricing appears, it is based on one child sharing supplements exist as you will have your own
will be happy to bring your vision to life. YOUR GUIDES: LOCALS ON THE BACK ROADS
take you behind the tourist facade, away from with two adults. Don’t forget if you have a group room – we don’t ‘match’ people up.
the massed coach groups, and introduce you or family travelling together, we can tailor-make OUR COACHES At Back-Roads Touring we realise that the difference between a tour and
PRE- & POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION
to the ‘real’ country and its people, to treat you a tour for your group. Many tourists do not really see the county they visit. Herded onto 50- an experience is your guide and the knowledge you pick up on the way.
as an individual and not just one of the group. At the time of going to print, we are in final
seat coaches, hidden in city-centre hotels, marched around expensive Our companion guides, both male and female, contracted by Back-
COMBINATION TOURS negotiations with hotels in our key cities for deals
tourist sights, they only visit locals who have something to sell and see Roads Touring Co., boast a wide range of backgrounds – from authors
FLEXIBILITY Most of our tours are designed so that if you and pre- and post-departure. When booking,
the country from the freeway. This is not the Back-Roads way. In fact, and college professors to adventurers, photographers, ex-service
Our tours are small enough in size to mean you would like to combine two shorter tours they will please check where our tours leave from and
this was the motivation for us to do it differently and better. officers, sailors and even a member of the Royal Household! They are
can have real input on the day-to-day itinerary, marry together seamlessly to create a longer tour return to. This is particularly important in London,
One of our principal points of difference is that we only operate philosophers, diplomats, historians and entertainers but, above all else,
and if the group is in consensus we can visit with a ‘link’ night. Ask your consultant to supply as tours leave about 8am and catching the tube
small, unbranded, reliable Back-Roads mini coaches. We operate they are dedicated to ensuring your comfort, safety and enjoyment.
attractions and sites that may not be on the a price on any tour combination and you will to our departure point at that time may not be
your ideal start. two vehicle types only – Mercedes Sprinters (max 16 seats) and All of our driver-guides/companions have passed a government test to
itinerary! If the weather isn’t great, it’s a public usually find they are discounted as a package
Renault Masters (max 13 seats). All our vehicles are fitted with seatbelts, allow them to drive our specially registered vehicles.
holiday, or there is a special event on we would and include that link night.
PA systems and high-backed coach seats with air-conditioning or Back-Roads Touring Co. has a policy of seeking continual improvement
like to see, we all pull the day’s itinerary together
SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS forced-air ventilation. Coaches used on the Continent will always have in all areas of our operation and this applies equally to guide staff. During
over dinner the night before.
All our tours are available for the single traveller. air-conditioning. the winter months all guides take a series of educational courses to
CHILD POLICY In fact about 20% of our travellers are single Our Mercedes sprinters are specially converted with extended rear enable them to better their diverse skills.
Most of our tours are designed for like-minded travellers, so you’re bound to meet friends on to allow greater leg room between seats and a large trunk to easily In terms of their knowledge, specialist experience and suitability for
adults travelling together. Some tours are not a Back-Road tour. You will, however, need to accommodate all your luggage. The Renaults are built on raised floors, handling the small group tours that are our forte, we believe our staff will
suitable for children under 13, and as a result we pay the single supplement price, which is listed allowing maximum luggage storage. These vehicles can go anywhere a not be bettered by any other tour operator and, given the smaller group
don’t offer child prices on every tour. Where child in all tours throughout the brochure. Single car can go, but you sit high enough to see everything you would want. sizes, you will be sure to have plenty of time to get to know your guide.

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ith beauty both sophisticated and rugged, Britain and Ireland


THE BACK-ROADS WAY
will win your heart. Spectacular seascapes and majestic
mountains attempt to better each other in the awe-inspiring
stakes, while castles, cathedrals, palaces, picturesque villages WHY BACK-ROADS?
and prehistoric temples rise from the rolling hills with a sense of high drama. Move beyond the typical tourist traps and experience the very
It is an essential, unsurpassable and simply unforgettable travel experience. best of Britain and Ireland, from shimmering lakes to towering
mountains, from thatched-cottage villages to quaint working
harbours, from tranquil emerald hills to medieval cities alive with

At a Glance modern-day action. Go where the big buses can’t with a local
guide who is keen to show off the hidden sanctuaries of this
enigmatic land.
VISA & PASSPORT TIPPING
This is the realm of Shakespeare, Churchill and Tolkien. It is the
Australian, NZ, Canadian and Leaving a tip in a restaurant is at
domain of dukes and duchesses, saints and Celtic legends,
American citizens may stay up to your discretion. Most restaurants
and the beauty of Backroads Touring is that you can see it all
180 days without a visa. Other add 10–15% to the bill, however it is
just as they would have, in timeless towns untouched by the
nationalities need to consult their customary to leave a few coins if the
tourist masses. Watch literature come alive, walk streets steeped
licensed travel agent. service is satisfactory.
in history and share the secrets of one of the greatest civilisations
LOCAL CUSTOMS LANGUAGES on earth.
Shaking hands is a common greeting. English (some Welsh spoken in WHAT OUR TRAVELLERS SAY ABOUT US ...
Smoking is banned in all public places, Wales and some Gaelic in Scotland).
We had a marvellous time on our tour of Ireland. I know
including pubs and restaurants,
CURRENCY we could never have done this on our own and certainly
throughout the UK & Ireland.
Pound (GBP) in UK and Euro (EUR) not on a large group tour and we are confirmed
ELECTRICITY in The Republic of Ireland. backroaders from here on. Pat Iguchi
220V 50Hz We had a great trip to England, Wales and Scotland. There’s
nothing like a Back-Roads tour to see the countryside away from
TEMP (°C) J F M A M J J A S O N D the major motorways. Bill & Mary Hopcraft
London 7 8 10 13 17 20 22 22 19 15 10 8 We loved everything we saw and did. It is just what we
Belfast 7 7 8 11 14 17 18 19 16 13 9 7 wanted – to see and do as much as we could in our short time.
Edinburgh 6 7 9 11 14 17 19 19 16 13 9 7 Jennifer Pickering

RAINFALL (mm) J F M A M J J A S O N D Back-Roads Tours was everything that was promised. We would
London 53 36 48 47 51 50 48 54 53 57 57 57 not hesitate to recommend it to our friends. Bill Greenaway &
Belfast 87 60 70 57 62 64 57 83 85 94 82 84 Anne Bawden
Edinburgh 57 42 51 41 51 51 57 65 67 65 63 58

DAYLIGHT (hours) J F M A M J J A S O N D
UK & Ireland 8 10 12 14 16 16 16 15 13 11 9 8

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Departing London Departing London

Heart of England – Shakespeare’s Land Kent – The Garden of England Kingdom of Wessex & Isle of Wight Harry Potter in the Cotswolds
– 3 Days/2 Nights – 3 Days/2 Nights – 3 Days/2 Nights – 3 Days/2 Nights
Historic heroes and crumbling castles meet with modern-day celebrity mansions on History buffs will be in heaven exploring England’s most time-honoured attractions, The birthplace of English history and tales of some of its brightest stars are all Begin a Muggle and emerge a Magician on an unforgettable journey from film sets to
this insightful introduction to central England’s most engaging people and places. traipsing behind the tourist facade on one of Back-Roads’ most popular adventures. explored against a backdrop of medieval cities and beautiful gardens. steam trains, medieval towns to magic stone circles and forests worthy of Centaurs.
Day 1 London – Cotswsolds Day 1 London – Kent Day 1 London – Salisbury Day 1 London – Cotswolds
Britain's richest neighbourhood, Beaconsfield, complements the picturesque Chiltern Follow the majestic Thames towards the English Channel and the ‘Garden of England’ Watch Jane Austen’s words come to life in Chawton where she wrote her greatest Start the literary adventure at the Roald Dahl Museum, then follow Harry’s footsteps
Hills. See the legacies of Tolkien and CS Lewis in medieval Oxford, then visit Winston – Kent. Suddenly 800-year-old castles and medieval streets become commonplace as works. Walk along the legendary lanes of Winchester in the afternoon, visiting the around the set of Hogwarts at Oxford University. Scenes from CS Lewis, Tolkien and
Churchill's tomb at Bladon and his birthplace at Blenheim Palace. we journey through Rochester and over the Greenwich Meridian Line. famous cathedral, King Arthur’s round table and a revered pilgrim monastery. Lewis Caroll come to life in medieval Oxford.
Day 2 Stratford-upon-Avon – Warwick Day 2 Kent Day 2 Salisbury & Isle of Wight Day 2 Cotswolds – Glouchester
Wonder at the source of the world’s most famous words in Shakespeare’s Stratford. It’s a case of sensory overload today as we visit a string of county icons – mighty A short ferry ride alights on the Isle of Wight to tour Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s Meet some of Harry's feathered friends and jump aboard the Hogwarts Express-style
Turn the clock back to the 1500s and explore incredible Warwick and Kenilworth Canterbury Cathedral, colossal Leeds Castle and the renowned white cliffs of Dover. summer home, for a firsthand look at how she and her staff lived. Spend the afternoon steam train to Cheltenham. Beatrix Potter’s work joins the fray in Gloucester, but it’s
castles, plus the prehistoric Rollright Stones. There may also be time to add a few extra stops as whims and weather take us. in style at stately Mottistone Manor and explore this coveted corner of British coastline. the other Potter’s film set that really steals the show.
Day 3 Cotswolds – London Day 3 Kent – London Day 3 Salisbury – London Day 3 Gloucester – London
Comb the Cotswolds away from the crowds, from Chipping Campden markets to What do Henry James, Rudyard Kipling and Napoleon have in common? Today’s Sight the Magna Carta and Salisbury Cathedral, wander around breathtaking Wilton JK Rowling’s inspiration is clear in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, site of majestic
perfectly preserved Lacock. Find out why the World Heritage listed prehistoric temple itinerary. Really break away from the tourist routes today to explore Kent and follow the House, relish the ancient atmosphere of Stonehenge and Old Sarum. Pass through Chepstow Castle. Seek out unicorns in the forest, then go on location with Harry in
site at Avebury rivals Stonehenge and be intrigued by the mystery of Silbury Hill. footsteps of the celebrated identities who’ve put the area squarely on the map. picturesque Hampshire and drop into the Duke of Wellington’s country home. ancient Lacock.
INCLUDES: INCLUDES: INCLUDES: INCLUDES:
• 2 nights accommodation • Qualified guide/leaders • 2 nights accommodation • Qualified guide/leaders • 2 nights accommodation • Qualified guide/leaders • 2 nights accommodation • Qualified guide/leaders
• Breakfast and dinner daily • All taxes, surcharges and entrance fees • Breakfast and dinner daily • All taxes, surcharges and entrance fees • Breakfast and dinner daily • All taxes, surcharges and entrance fees • Breakfast and dinner daily • All taxes, surcharges and entrance fees
DEPARTS: Weekly – Wed 8am (11 Mar–18 Nov 09) DEPARTS: Weekly – Sun (19 Apr–11 Oct 09) DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Wed (6 May–21 Oct 09) DEPARTS: Selected Wed – (8 Apr/22 Apr/20 May/3 June/8 July/22 July/5 Aug/19 Aug 09)
COMBINE WITH: In Search of King Arthur or Red Dragon COMBINE WITH: Heart of England, Red Dragon or Eastern England COMBINE WITH: Kent – The Garden of England COMBINE WITH: In Search of King Arthur

Twin from $1075 Single from $1130 Child from $725 Twin from $1035 Single from $1075 Child from $ 640 Twin from $1075 Single from $1130 Child from $ 630 Twin from $1075 Single from $1160 Child from $710

Eastern England – Suffolk and Cambridge Jane Austen’s Hampshire – 3 Days/2 Nights In Search of King Arthur – 4 Days/3 Nights Tudor England – 4 Days/3 Nights
– 3 Days/2 Nights Peek behind the pages of Austen’s famous works with the literature-lover’s ultimate Relive Arthur’s reign with a tour so magical even Merlin would be proud. Step inside Trace the exploits of Henry VIII, Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I. Experience Tudor life
The middle ages meet modern day in Cambridge, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, which 3-day tour, set amid scenery that inspired some of the greatest novels of all time. centuries-old settings of romance, intrigue and honour and see legends come alive. firsthand, from the monarchs’ magnificent palaces to the commoners’ humble homes.
are certain to enchant with their sophisticated display of delicate English beauty. Day 1 London – Hampshire Day 1 London – Devon or Somerset Day 1 London – Warwickshire
Day 1 London – Woodbridge First stop is Steventon, home to Jane for her first 25 years. Next is Chawton, where Start with Stonehenge via the Celtic relics of Salisbury Plain and be captivated by Compare sumptuous Burghley House in South Lincolnshire with elegant Kirby Hall.
Explore famous Cambridge college, step out in Suffolk and get a unique glimpse into Jane spent the last 8 years of her life and penned Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Cadbury Castle’s grandeur and Camelot’s mysticism. Go into battle beside Henry Tudor and see the magnificent ruined castle of Kenilworth.
Victorian life amid the Museum of East Anglia’s excellent exhibits. Prejudice and more. Her final home is now a museum, which won’t disappoint. Day 2 Devon & Cornwall Day 2 Warwickshire
Day 2 Woodbridge Day 2 Hampshire See sites straight from the pages of Austen and Hardy in Dorsetshire, shop in Honiton Delve into everyday Tudor life at Stratford-upon-Avon and nearby Warwick. Find the
Take a fascinating look at the UK’s most important archaeological site, the royal Time seems to have stood still since Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy lived and wrote or visit Chesil Beach. Peek into Lawrence of Arabia’s home or enjoy an afternoon pint. source of Shakespeare’s creativity and survey ancient buildings and glorious gardens.
cemetery of Sutton Hoo. It sets the scene for Framlingham Castle, which is almost in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. Easily recognise scenes from Persuasion in lovely Day 3 Devon & Cornwall Day 3 Warwickshire – Cotswolds
identical to the days when it imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots. Relax in the afternoon Lyme Regis and search for fossils along the shoreline in Britain’s ‘Jurassic Park’. Take a rare full tour of Arthur’s birthplace, Tintagel Castle, en route to the north Cornwall Off to Oxford’s endowed colleges and through to the Cotswolds, a Tudor wealth-
amid charming coastal villages and the beautiful Norfolk Broads. Day 3 Hampshire – London coast via Dartmoor National Park. Enjoy a Cornish pastie lunch in a quaint pub. creator, where Sudeley Castle reveals a dynasty all of its own.
Day 3 Woodbridge – London Start at Stonehenge, then continue on to Bath, with the Jane Austen Centre set Day 4 Devon & Cornwall – London Day 4 Cotswolds – London
Discover why Lavenham is labelled the prettiest village in England and follow the full among the streets she describes in her novels. Head back to London via Lacock, Complete Arthur’s adventure with a stop at his burial site in Glastonbury. Enjoy Ragged ruins of the first abbey dissolved by Henry VIII offer a telling contrast to
spring blossoms back to London via the picturesque centres of East Anglia, Sudbury where much of the Colin Firth version of Pride & Prejudice was filmed. Cheddar Gorge and Wells Cathedral. Stop at Merlin’s burial town, Marlborough, Hampton Court Palace. Enjoy lunch by the Thames then head to Hever Castle in Kent.
and Essex. It is an enthralling journey through some of England’s most stunning scenery. INCLUDES: mysterious Celtic-built Silbury Hill and prehistoric Avebury. INCLUDES:
INCLUDES: • 2 nights accommodation • Qualified guide/leaders INCLUDES: • 3 nights in Tudor accommodation • Qualified guide/leaders
• 2 nights accommodation • Qualified guide/leaders • Breakfast and dinner daily • All taxes, surcharges and entrance fees • 3 nights accommodation • Qualified guide/leaders once used by John Dudley himself • All taxes, surcharges and entrance fees
• Breakfast and dinner daily • All taxes, surcharges and entrance fees DEPARTS: Selected dates – Sun (28 June/5 July/19 July/2 Aug/16 Aug/30 Aug 09) • Breakfast and dinner daily • All taxes, surcharges and entrance fees • Breakfast and dinner daily
DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Wed 8am (29 Apr, 6 May–7 Oct 09) COMBINE WITH: Heart of England or Harry Potter on selected dates DEPARTS: Weekly – Sat (11 Apr–7 Nov 09) DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sat 8am (25 Apr–10 Oct 09)
COMBINE WITH: In Search of King Arthur COMBINE WITH: Red Dragon or Heart of England COMBINE WITH: Possible extension days

Twin from $1075 Single from $1130 Child from $ 640 Twin from $1075 Single from $1130 Child from $ 655 Twin from $1350 Single from $1485 Child from $ 950 Twin from $1350 Single from $1485 Child from $1060
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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Departing London Departing London

Literary South England – 4 Days/3 Nights Red Dragon – South Wales – 4 Days/3 Nights
Watch the work of some of the world’s greatest Day 3 Hampshire Evocative scenery, extraordinary architecture and old- of Rhigos Mountain. See Wales’ last deep coal mine
wordsmiths leap off the page. Follow the footsteps Bid goodbye to the madding crowd and say hello fashioned country hospitality combine to make this tour against a breathtaking Brecon Beacons panorama.
of your favourite characters and find the springs of to Thomas Hardy. Life and literature overlap at the the most comprehensive and captivating welcome to Options abound today – Brecon markets, the country’s
inspiration that pushed the pens of their creators. prehistoric temple of Stonehenge and the charming south Wales available. Turn off the highways and head oldest inn, Llantony Priory ruins, Abergavenny cattle
No matter how much you love literature, you’ll find towns of Winchester, Shaftesbury and Dorchester. Seek along the back roads of west England and the Welsh market, a hidden rural church and historic Monmouth
this tour more enthralling than any award-winning inspiration in the smaller villages that time seems not to countryside to get a real taste of the local lifestyle. are just a few of the intriguing sights on offer. So take
novel. Back-Roads guides help you read between the have touched, despite the fact that they often serve as Gifted guides share an intimate knowledge of regional advantage of Back-Roads’ flexibility to customise a tour
lines with an invitation into the workshops of Charles film sets, including Agatha Cristie’s Miss Marple series. history and reveal some of the lesser-known locations of your own.
Dickens, Thomas Hardy, AA Milne and Rudyard Kipling Day 4 Hampshire – London to those lucky enough to join the journey. Day 4 Wales – London
to name but a few. Venture through Royal Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Day 1 London – Wales Trace the 2000-year-old history of Roman relics
Day 1 London – Kent the Chiltern Hills to Oxford in the company of myriad Pass through the Cotswolds and picture fairy-folk in Caerleon and explore some of England’s most
Follow the river through Deptford, the hometown of masters – Thomas Grey, John Milton, Robert Frost, flitting through the Forest of Dean, before lunch by the interesting sights on the return trip to London. Ancient
Samuel Pepys and the site of Elizabethan playwright Frankenstein’s mother Mary Shelley and Jerome K beautiful river Wye. Be inspired by the 12th-century standing stones at Avebury and peculiar Silbury Hill add
Christopher Marlowe’s murder, before boarding the Jerome, to name a few. Dine in the ancient pub where Norman Castle of Chepstow and romantic Tintern an element of mystery as we follow the road out of the
stagecoach to Rochester, an opportunity to experience Tolkein and CS Lewis once met friends for a drink and Abbey, and revive the legacy of the fallen walls of Land of the Red Dragon, via the scenic route, which
explore the ‘city of the dreaming spires’ on foot, fending Caerwent, reputed home of King Arthur and the Knights includes a crossing of the River Severn and fills the
Old London just as Mr Pickwick might have in Charles
off novelistic characters at every turn. of the Round Table. Finally, come home to some very windows with west country vistas that are nothing short
Dickens’ days. Even Dickens himself might struggle
to describe the excitement of tracing exact scenes INCLUDES: special traditional accommodation – a 17th-century of spectacular.
from his pages, yet there is a wealth of them among • 3 nights accommodation Welsh working farmhouse, a country manor or even INCLUDES:
the medieval streets, which give rise to the grand • Cooked breakfast daily a vineyard, depending on the time of the year. • 3 nights accommodation
Rochester cathedral, famed Norman castle and even • Hearty dinner daily • Cooked breakfast daily
Day 2 Wales
Miss Haversham’s house. Knole is equally inspiring, • Qualified guide/leaders • Hearty dinner daily
Cardiff comes alive with Back-Roads’ street smarts,
as the birthplace of Vita Sackville-West and the setting • All entrance and attraction fees • Qualified guide/leaders
and rugby fans will relish the opportunity to tour
of Virginia Woolf's Orlando. • All taxes and surcharges • All entrance and attraction fees
Millennium Stadium. Learn the magic of Merlin’s school
DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sat (16 May–17 Oct 09) in the Valley of the Kings, stroll through stunning • All taxes and surcharges
Day 2 Kent – Hampshire
Make your way through the rich literary heritage of Kent COMBINE WITH: Heart of England Llandaff Cathedral and experience Welsh life exactly the DEPARTS: Weekly – Wed (15 Apr–4 Nov 09)
and East Sussex. Ashdown Forest reveals the home of way it was hundreds of years ago at St Fagans where COMBINE WITH: In Search of King Arthur
Winnie the Pooh and creator AA Milne, and the original chapels, mills and homes have been painstakingly
bridge begs for a game of ‘pooh sticks’. Sleuth out refurbished for maximum authenticity. Visit the verdant
several of Sherlock Holmes’ favourite haunts, knock Vale of Glamorgan, spot smugglers’ coves along
on the door of Rudyard Kipling’s home in Burwash the rugged coast and cross a river on 700-year-old
and indulge in a little romantic drama in Chawton, stepping stones.
where Jane Austen’s home is so perfectly preserved Day 3 Wales
you can almost see ink splashed from the pages of Witness the glistening green transformation of old
Pride & Prejudice. Twin from $1350 Single from $1455 coal country with a bird’s eye view by climbing the rim Twin from $1350 Single from $1430 Child from $ 925

Stately Homes & Beautiful Gardens – 4 Days/3 Nights

The Chelsea
Majestic mansions, coveted castles and an enviable hedge barriers. Rethink the relevance of size with a tour
list of England’s most magnificent gardens make this of Ingtham Mote, one of the region’s most magnificent
decadent Kent tour an unforgettable experience for gardens, despite of its small scale, then get swept up in
anyone with a fondness for fine design. This tour is
the ultimate opportunity to indulge your passion for
architecture or landscaping compiling some of the
the grandeur of Hever Castle. From the gateway gables
to the sparkling moat and 30-acre garden blooming
with roses, it makes fairytales pale in comparison.
Flower Show
world’s most elegant abodes into a single showcase. Day 4 Kent – London The Chelsea Flower Show is an exquisite
Take time to stop and smell the roses. Striking Sissinghurst Castle provides an epic start to exhibition of Britain’s finest formal gardens,
Day 1 London – Kent the final day, but its Vita Sackville-West's world-famous and Back-Roads has pulled together these
Bow to garden royalty at the Royal Society Gardens garden that will turn passionate plant lovers green unique touring options to offer you the best
in Wisley before raiding the bookshop for your own with envy. Unlock the intricate secrets of this living this annual event has to offer. We have
remodelling ideas. Relive the Regency period by masterpiece, get lost in the intimate floral designs and
combined the show with touring options
exploring King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II’s peek into the public areas of the home of its creator.
Continue the fine form with a trip to 15th-century
that take in some of the greatest gardens
honeymoon destination, opulent Polesden Lacey,
Bodiam Castle or the abbey famed for the 1066 Battle England has to offer.
complete with a wander through the walled rose
garden. We’ll continue the fragrant daydreams in of Hastings. If words fail, borrow a line from Batemans, ALL 3 TOURS BELOW INCLUDE:
Nymans if time permits. the home of Rudyard Kipling, where he penned many of • Twin share accommodation
his most memorable poems and stories. • Breakfast and dinner most days
Day 2 Kent
INCLUDES: • Entry fees to the Chelsea Flower Show
Winston Churchill seems so close in his old home of
• 3 nights accommodation and other attractions
Chartwell you can almost smell the cigars! Step into
living areas just as he left them and soak up the view • Cooked breakfast daily
that inspired his painting. Give into a little whirlwind • Hearty dinner daily
romance at Scotney Castle, with its Victorian terraces • Qualified guide/leaders
• All entrance and attraction fees CHELSEA GARDEN SHOW + HOMES AND CHELSEA GARDEN SHOW + THE CHILTERNS, CHELSEA GARDEN SHOW + HOMES AND
a riot of rainbow shrubs running right into the view of a
• All taxes and surcharges GARDENS OF KENT – 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS: HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT – GARDENS OF KENT – 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS:
14th-century castle moat. A true treasure-house in Knole
will turn the clock back to the 1600s, showcasing Royal DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sat (18 Apr–17 Oct 09) • Saturday to Friday 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS: • Saturday to Tuesday
Stuart furnishings, an English masters’ art collection and • Includes homes and gardens of Kent, the Chelsea • Wednesday to Tuesday • Includes homes and gardens of Kent, Hampshire
COMBINE WITH: Heart of England
scenes straight from Virginia Woolfe’s Orlando. Flower Show and London's gardens • Includes the Chelsea Flower Show, the Chilterns, & Isle of Wight, the Chelsea Flower Show and
Hampshire and Isle of Wight London's gardens
Day 3 Kent DEPARTS: Sat 16 May 09, returns Fri 22 May 09
Take the time machine back even further at Penshurst DEPARTS: Wed 20 May 09, returns Tues 26 May 09 DEPARTS: Sat 16 May 09, returns Tues 26 May 09
Place, one of England’s finest family-owned manors
for more than 600 years. Picture a traditional medieval Twin from $2520 Single from $2710 Twin from $2520 Single from $2710 Twin from $3740 Single from $3930
feast filling the 60-foot-high chestnut hall, marvel at
the wealth of magnificent furniture and art, and prowl
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openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. & attraction openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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Departing London Departing London

Combination Tour – In Search of King Arthur & Heart of England – 7 Days/6 Nights Cream Teas and Pasties – Dorset, Devon & Cornwall – 7 Days/6 Nights
The magic of King Arthur’s days melds seamlessly charm with their picture-perfect scenery and Oxford
with the modern day on this journey through England’s embraces English elegance in all its medieval glory.
historic heartland. Take in sacred sites, soaring castles Visit Winston Churchill's tomb at Bladon and his
and national treasures and delve well beyond the remarkable birthplace, Blenheim Palace.
typical tourist map. This tour offers ample opportunity Day 6 Cotswolds
for flexibility within the itinerary. Be among the first for the day to see Shakespeare’s
Day 1 London – Devon or Somerset old stomping grounds at Stratford-upon-Avon and take
Stonehenge makes a dramatic start to the day, as in some of England’s most popular sights before the
does the Celtic symbolism of Salisbury Plain. Walk the crowds arrive. Seeing the Rollright Stones is certain to
hallowed halls of Camelot, peer up the proud peaks of make a lasting impression, and Warwick and Kenilworth
Cadbury Castle and stand tall on one of Arthur’s most castles will not be forgotten.
famous battle sites. Day 7 Cotswolds – London
Day 2 Devon & Cornwall Tour the towns that time has forgotten in Chipping
Imagine Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy strolling down Campden and Lacock. Finally, the sacrosanct
prehistoric site at Avebury and intriguing Silbury Hill
the streets of Dorsetshire and find traces of Lawrence
make for stunning stops before returning once again
of Arabia on his home tour. Splash along the shore of
to London’s cityscape.
Chesil Beach, scour the shops in Honiton and meet the
locals in England’s tiniest pub. INCLUDES:
• 6 nights accommodation
Day 3 Devon & Cornwall
• 6 cooked breakfasts
Trek up the cliffs to Tintagel Castle, Arthur’s often-
• Hearty dinner daily (except day 4)
forgotten birthplace, before following the Cornwall
• Qualified guide/leaders
coast through stunning scenery in Dartmoor National
• All entrance and attraction fees
Park. See the many quaint villages that flourish in this • All taxes and surcharges
fastidiously preserved part of the country.
DEPARTS: Weekly – Sat (11 Apr–7 Nov 09)
Day 4 Devon & Cornwall – London
Soak up the glorious view at Cheddar Gorge and
examine the architectural grace of a 900-year-old
Norman cathedral before bidding Arthur goodbye at
his Glastonbury burial site. We'll discover a few hidden
Somerset gems and rural Wiltshire secrets on our
journey towards our link-night accommodation.
Day 5 London – Cotswolds
Beyond London, Beaconsfield reveals its riches as
home to many British celebrities. The Chiltern Hills Twin from $2615 Single from $2815

Combination Tour – In Search of King Arthur & Red Dragon – 8 Days/7 Nights Gourmets will love the fine food, history buffs will relish
the architecture, literature lovers will delight in scenes
Day 4 Falmouth/St Ives
Move beyond the traditional tourist trappings today
visit the cathedral, or spoil yourself in the shops and
cafes. Follow the old coaching road back to London
straight from the printed page and breathtaking views and mingle with the locals in full Back-Roads fashion. and find the unspoilt medieval town of Lacock, easily
Quintessential English elegance meets a warm Welsh Day 6 Wales will impress absolutely everyone. This is the tour that Cornish creativity puts on a fine display at a local artists’ recognisable as the set of the Harry Potter films. Save
welcome in a tour of timeless attractions set in classical A panoramic tour of Wales’ capital, Cardiff, makes way has it all, but even its busy schedule allows ample haven and a string of regional galleries, including an some time for the prehistoric World Heritage standing
countryside. Taking the roads less travelled all the way, for Millennium Stadium, lavish Llandaff Cathedral and scope to embrace the back roads and add a few extension of the prestigious Tate Gallery. Get your feet stones at Avebury or perhaps take a tour of the antique
this tour provides the perfect opportunity to venture behind the fascinating open-air museum of St Fagans. See adventures of your own. wet and set sail across the spectacular harbour, try centre in 17th-century Hungerford.
the scenes of some of the UK’s most picturesque settings. Merlin’s school in the Valley of the Kings, explore the your luck on a deep-sea fishing trip, work off those
Day 1 London – Devon INCLUDES:
Vale of Glamorgan and wind along Wales’ stunning cream teas with a brisk walk across the headland or
Day 1 London – Devon or Somerset Journey through the ages and catch a glimpse of • 6 nights accommodation
windswept coastline. simply relax and soak up the salt-infused ambience of
Stonehenge and the Salisbury Plain start the tour off history’s greatest moments. Begin with England’s • Cooked breakfast daily
on a high note, but their mystical magic is more than Day 7 Wales oldest counties, Wiltshire and Hampshire, and take a famous St Ives. Evening activities are up to you. Dine • Hearty dinner daily (except day 4)
matched by the striking grandeur of Cadbury Castle, Broach the rim of the coal-bearing Rhigos Mountain place at King Arthur's Round Table in the Great Hall independently at whichever local restaurant takes your • Qualified guide/leaders
the possible site of Camelot. and take in the glorious outlook over Brecon Beacons. in Winchester. Travel across the timeless landscape fancy and hail a return taxi home at your leisure. • All entrance and attraction fees
A bevy of attractions beg for exploration today. From that inspired Thomas Hardy, from charming Dorset to Day 5 Dartmoor or Exmoor • All taxes and surcharges
Day 2 Devon & Cornwall
ancient towns to atmospheric ruins, traditional inns to elegant Honiton in Devon, and wonder at the iron-age Chase the breathtaking ocean outlook north along the
Delve into Dorset, a realm where time seems to have DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sun (12 Apr–11 Oct 09)
bustling markets, they all embrace the lines from the fortress of Cadbury Castle and the stately homes of Cornwall and Devon coasts. Explore Padstow, escape
stood still. Visit Jane Austen’s Lyme Regis, tour Thomas famous Welsh song ‘there’ll be a welcome in these COMBINE WITH: Red Dragon (take first)
Hardy’s cottage, meet some famous English martyrs Montacute House or Stourhead on the way. the standard tour-bus trail at King Arthur's birthplace,
hillsides’. Tintagel Castle, and marvel at the impossibly pretty
and see renowned Chesil Beach. Day 2 Falmouth/St Ives
Day 3 Devon & Cornwall
Day 8 Wales – London
Revive the intrigue of the ancient standing stones at
Choose from a cornucopia of historic attractions – village of Clovelly where donkeys are still used to haul
goods and people up and down the narrow cobbled
Twin from $2665 Single from $2895
the maritime city of Exeter, the English Riviera and
Follow the curve of the awesome Cornwall coast, Avebury and amazing Silbury Hill. Tour an outstanding street to the sea. As the Devon countryside gives way
Plymouth harbour among them. Follow the dramatic
climb up to Tintagel Castle and lose yourself in the array of Roman relics and take leave of the Land of the to Dartmoor, the scenery is simply enchanting.
Cornish coast through delightful fishing villages and
breathtaking landscape of Dartmoor National Park. Red Dragon by crossing of the River Severn in a most
harbours, and opt to stop at the pirate museum at Day 6 Bath
Day 4 Devon & Cornwall – Beaconsfield unusual way.
Looe, the shipwreck centre at St Austell or the real Sample England’s most famous apple cider straight
Memorable sights abound with spectacular Cheddar
Gorge, mystical Glastonbury and the 12th-century
INCLUDES:
• 7 nights accommodation
Jamaica Inn at Fowey.
Day 3 Falmouth/St Ives
from the farm in Somerset. Attempt to unravel the
mystery of Arthur’s burial in the gorgeous town of
What makes
cathedral of Wells on the local map. Enjoy an evening
on your own and dine out in style in the UK’s richest
• 6 cooked breakfasts
• Hearty dinner daily (except day 4)
Check the weather and chat to your companions as Glastonbury and experience the magic of magnificent
Wells Cathedral. Natural wonders will also astound
us different?
soon as you wake up because this region is full of
neighbourhood, Beaconsfield. • Qualified guide/leaders at the massive gorge and caves at Cheddar, which Small groups
• All entrance and attraction fees
fantastic touring, and Back-Roads flexibility allows you with
Day 5 Beaconsfield – Wales to choose what we see first. The heavenly harbours could explain why previous tour participants have unmarked, un
• All taxes and surcharges labelled today’s adventures as the most memorable branded
Creep through the Cotswolds, escape into the Royal of St Ives and Penzance are a true pirate’s treasure- coaches and
Forest of Dean, lunch by the beautiful River Wye DEPARTS: Weekly – Sat (11 Apr–24 Oct 09) of the week. stress-free trav
trove and the coastal walks along cliff tops are simply el
and explore some stunning man-made wonders. stunning. Be tempted by the prehistoric village at Day 7 Bath – London Leisurely paced
flexible itinera
Tintern Abbey proves itself worthy of inspiring William Chysauster, the famous open-air Minack theatre or a Soak up the splendour of Georgian Bath, with a ries
Wordsworth, and Caerwent ruins reveal why it is a medley of Britain’s most beautiful gardens, including comprehensive tour courtesy of a well-versed local Intimate smalle
r accommodat
reputed home of King Arthur. Accommodation in a The New Eden. Tour museums and climb castle turrets guide who has spent years mastering all the secrets of ion
Well-educated
17th-century Welsh working farmhouse or country
Twin from $2860 Single from $3060
to Land's End itself and dine on decadent cream teas this famous city. Armed with all that knowledge, enjoy travel guides
manor ensures you really adopt the Back-Roads way. and delicious Cornish pasties. an independent exploration – relax in the Pump Room,
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction
age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense.
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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Departing London Departing London

This Sceptered Isle – England, Wales & Scotland – 13 Days/12 Nights


A unique sightseeing showcase, this comprehensive an island in the middle of Loch Leven. Prowl around
journey is tailored for those who want to fully experience the Royal Palace of Falkland and find adventure in
'this demi-paradise, this other Eden’ described by seaside St Andrews. Later, glimpse the quieter side of
Shakespeare. True to the Back-Roads philosophy, life and seek a fresh fish dinner in one of the tiny villages
this tour shares some of the best-kept secrets of this hugging the North Sea coastline.
idyllic land. Day 9 Yorkshire Moors
Day 1 London – South Wales Journey south to Jedburgh, where you will take a
Search for tombs along Salisbury Plain and marvel at tour of the local woollen mill and stop to see abbey
the mystery of Stonehenge. Step inside the postcard- ruins, the castle jail and Mary, Queen of Scots’ house.
quality charm of Hampshire and Wiltshire and enjoy a Walk the great wall, the English border, and source
proper English tea amid quaint village centres. Contrast a sensational regional lunch in the market town of
this with the thriving city of Bath, littered with Georgian Hexham. Picturesque Northumberland provides a
legacies like the unique Roman Baths. scenic route to our farmhouse accommodation.
Day 2 South Wales Day 10 Yorkshire Moors
Discover the glory of the Vale of Glamorgan, get to know Revive the Viking era in the fabulous city of York.
the capital of Cardiff, and be captivated by the market Put the magnificent Minster and the medieval Shambles
town of Cowbridge. Magic arts gain meaning at Merlin’s on the must-see list, which you’ll be able to explore at
School in the Valley of Kings and the dramatic contours leisure after getting your bearings on a guided walking
of the coast wait to show keen walkers their secrets. tour of the city.
Take the River Ewenny’s stepping-stone crossing from a Day 11 Chatsworth Estate
grand 12th-century castle to the thatched-cottage village Travel via Ripon, Harrogate and Yorkshire mill towns
of Merthyr Mawr, survey Europe’s second-largest sand to the Brontë sisters’ home at Haworth. Peek into the
dunes, investigate the Roman ruins at Caerleon and dine Peak District and the spa town of Buxton before calling
in style with a Welsh cultural banquet. into stately Chatsworth Estate.
Day 3 Ruthin Day 12 Chatsworth Estate
Peek into the rural way of life on a country-road tour Walk the halls of the Duke of Devonshire’s grand
of the Welsh Marches and English border. It is an residence at Chatsworth and the equally stunning
ideal preview to Chepstow Castle, which boasts a Haddon Hall*, owned by the Duke of Rutland.
breathtaking position on the bank of the River Wye. Delve into true English society in rural Derbyshire
Follow the whimsical Wye Valley to the ruins of Tintern villages and experience mining life in Castleton.
Abbey and visit the birthplace of Henry V in ancient (*Not open in October.)
Monmouth. Continue north for lunch in Ludlow, where
a diverse architectural display creates a tangible tour Day 13 Chatsworth Estate – London
of Tudor to Georgian periods. Wander through the Stratford-upon-Avon makes a spectacular finale.
stunning Shropshire countryside and linger in Llangollen, Discover that Shakespeare left behind more than words
home of the International Musical Eisteddfod. with a visit to his home town. Trace the life of Winston
Churchill at his tomb near Blenheim Palace, touch
Day 4 Ruthin the eastern Cotswolds in the quintessential town of
Snowdonia National Park and the fabulous North Chipping Norton and enjoy the contrast with the big city
Wales coastline showcase nature in all its splendour. as you arrive back in London.
It’s an awe-inspiring backdrop to idyllic towns, such as
the enchanting Italianate village of Portmeirion, which INCLUDES:
stands proudly amid a beautiful wooded peninsula lined • 12 nights accommodation
by the tidal sands of Traeth Bach. View the seemingly • Cooked breakfast daily
perfect setting from the windows of a steam train before • 11 hearty dinners
venturing back to the coast, and stopping for a swim in • Qualified guide/leaders
the Victorian resort of Llandudno. • All entrance and attraction fees
• All taxes and surcharges
Day 5 Cumbria
Look behind the walls of the forted town of Roman DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sun (19 Apr–4 Oct 09)
Chester and wind through the beautiful Lancashire COMBINE WITH: In Search of King Arthur
dales to the spectacular Lake District. Windermere is
the largest and most famous of the lakes, but its smaller
companions, such as Ullswater, are formidable scenic
rivals. Visit one of Wordsworth's homes and immerse
yourself in a magical landscape of prehistoric stone
circles and unbelievable views.
Day 6 Edinburgh
Experience the romance of Gretna Green, a favourite
among eloping young lovers. Explore the forests of the
border country and say hello to history in the stunning
lunch spot of Selkirk. Get lost in the glorious grounds
and fragrant gardens of Sir Walter Scott’s grand abode
of Abbotsford and make a stop at Melrose Abbey
before settling into Edinburgh.
Day 7 Edinburgh
Relish the rich and varied appeal of Edinburgh, capital
of Scotland. Enjoy sensational sights and tours including
Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the Royal Mile,
Prince's Street, the New Town and, of course, the
unforgettable Arthur's Seat. Enjoy individual leisure time,
armed with advice from your guide.
Day 8 Edinburgh
Put the Royal Kingdom of Fife in the spotlight, including
the prison castle of Mary, Queen of Scots, located on
Continued ➤ Twin from $4965 Single from $5695
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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Departing London Departing London

The Best of Britain & Ireland – 13 Days/12 Nights


Discover some of the most coveted countryside of and the lochs of Galloway. Traverse the great River Clyde
all time on this epic journey through England, Ireland, over the Erskine Bridge, edge past Loch Lomond and
Scotland and Wales. Experience it all in idyllic Back- venture into Trossachs to see the heather-covered bens,
Roads fashion, with the perfect blend of informed babbling braes and glistening lochs that characterise the
sightseeing and independent exploration promising Scottish Highlands. Skirt majestic Stirling Castle and step
an unforgettable introduction to these great lands. into the energy of Edinburgh by evening.
Day 1 Malvern Hills Day 9 Edinburgh
Reveal the riches of one of Britain’s best known jewels, Scotland’s capital city comes alive in a tour of all must-
the Cotswolds. Honey-coloured villages amid emerald see attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood
hills meet the iconic half-timbered homes of the Tudor Palace, the Royal Mile, Prince’s Street, the New Town
era, and everywhere gardens overflow with flowers. and last, but by no means least, Arthur’s Seat. After all
The picturesque towns of the Slaughters, Stowe, the major sights are ticked off, it is time to relax and
Burford, Bibury, Chipping Campden and Minster Lovell enjoy the vibrant, friendly city in complete freedom.
line up for an opportunity to charm with their relaxed Day 10 York or Dales
old-world ambience. Journey to Jedburgh, where a bounty of attractions
Day 2 North Wales beg to be explored, before hitting the history trail with
Follow the shimmering River Severn along the Wales– a tour of Roman ruins on the English border. Head to
England border and linger in the lovely Severn-side market in Hexham and enjoy sweeping scenic vistas
villages, which seem to have withstood the test of time. of Northumberland en route to your next base.
Take a technological leap with a visit to the birthplace of Day 11 York or Dales
the industrial revolution at Ironbridge and the amazing The bustling market town of Helmsley reveals a wealth
canal aqueduct at Llangollen. Jump back in time again of attractions including the 12th-century castle ruins of
and explore the walled Roman city of Chester, with its Helmsley. Compare it to the most spectacular stately
remarkable shopping rows. home in Yorkshire, Castle Howard. Stop for lunch in the
Day 3 North Wales gorgeous gardens before crossing the heather-covered
Take a deep breath early today because the scenery is moors to board a traditional steam train.
sure to steal it later. Mountain peaks put on a dramatic Day 12 Lincolnshire
parade in Snowdonia National Park and windswept Turn the clock back a few hundred years and
headlands plunge into surging seas along the coast. wander along the medieval ‘Shambles’, the narrow,
Enjoy a full circuit, from the mighty Conway Castle cobbled streets of the atmospheric Viking city of
to the elegant Victorian resort of Llandudno. Journey Jorvik (York). Lovely Lincoln also beckons, boasting
through the Vale of Clwyd and skirt Lake Bala. Follow another amazing castle, a spectacular cathedral and
awe-inspiring views to Blaenau Ffestiniog and get your character-filled shambolic streets, it is a little-known
hands dirty like a true traveller should by dropping down Back-Roads favourite.
a slate mine or jumping on board a steam train.
Day 13 London
Day 4 Dublin Finish on the highest of notes with the flat, windmill-
Curve along the North Wales coast road through covered East Anglican fenlands, Oliver Cromwell’s
Bangor and Caernarvon, cross the Menai Bridge and Ely and picturesque Cambridge. Punt along the River
venture onto the mystic Celtic Isle of Anglesey for Cam, through the medieval college buildings, and visit
a picnic lunch. Be mesmerised by the idyllic harbour England’s finest museum before arriving back in London.
town of Beaumaris before boarding the afternoon ferry
to Dublin. Get your bearings in the city and don your INCLUDES:
dancing shoes for a night at a traditional music bar, • 12 nights accommodation
a prime place to sample the ‘craic’. • Cooked breakfast daily
• 10 hearty dinners
Ferry: HSS Stena – depart 1.45pm, arrive 3.25pm • Qualified guide/leaders
Day 5 Dublin • All entrance and attraction fees
Spread your wings and explore Dublin at your own • All taxes and surcharges
pace today. Trek across to Trinity College to look at
DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sun (10 May–11 Oct 09)
the Book of Kells, tag along on a taste-test tour of
the Guinness Brewery or light a candle in St Patrick’s COMBINE WITH: In Search of King Arthur (take first) or
Cathedral ... get a briefing from your guide or simply Red Dragon
follow your nose.
Day 6 Dublin
One of Ireland's Lake Districts lies at Dublin’s doorstep Twin from $5075 Single from $5670
and the whimsical Wicklow Mountains make for a
beautiful backyard. Pass through the Wicklow Gap
to the secluded Valley of Glendalough. Pay a visit to
Powerscourt mansion, with its splendid landscaped
gardens, and see the dramatic Powerscourt Falls,
the highest waterfalls in Ireland. Dance the night away
to feisty folk tunes at a fantastic local cultural centre.
Day 7 Newton Stewart or Castle Douglas
What makes
Share the secrets of Europe’s most remarkable
prehistoric tomb at Newgrange (entry conditional on
us different?
availability) and head into the Celtic stronghold, the Hills Small groups
with
of Tara. Continue north to Belfast and ferry back across unmarked, un
the Irish Sea to south-western Scotland. branded
coaches and
Please note: Ferry departure times depend on stress-free trav
el
schedules and sea conditions. Leisurely paced
flexible itinera
Day 8 Edinburgh ries
Intimate smalle
Follow the ‘Burns trail’ though the beautiful Lowlands r accommodat
and take in the iconic sights of Troon, the Brig O Doon ion
Well-educated
travel guides
Continued ➤
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction
age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense.
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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Departing Manchester Tours

The Lakes District Viking North North Wales – Mountains The Border Country – 3 Days/2 Nights Highlands & Orkneys – 4 Days/3 Nights
– 4 Days/3 Nights – 4 Days/3 Nights & Lakes – 4 Days/3 Nights Extending the average tourist itinerary all the way to the edge, this tour is a rare One of the world’s most evocative journeys, this tour takes you right back to the stone age.
opportunity to really experience the rich Scottish culture. Day 1 Inverness – Orkney
Exquisitely beautiful, this coveted corner of England has The Norse legacy could not be scattered over a more Meet the locals and make friends with the fauna on a
inspired generations of poets and painters. Don’t be spectacular landscape. Heather-dusted moors meet remarkable tour of untouched Welsh wilderness. Some Day 1 Glasgow – Borders Relish Europe's last great wilderness at Loch Fleet. Decadent Dunrobin Castle dwarfs the
surprised to discover a creative well of your own on this northern lakes, and the rugged coastline runs into of the UK’s most impressive sights, often disregarded Discover why New Lanark is a World Heritage site, pass through pretty Peebles and remote fishing towns, yet it’s all small compared to the stunning Orkney Island sunset.
unforgettable 4-day journey. rolling dales, all host to castles and cathedrals of by the traditional tourist maps, are revealed in this cruise through the stunning Tweed Valley to Abbotsford. Navigate south via spellbinding Day 2 Orkney
unrivalled splendour – exactly the sort of scenery brilliant Back-Roads adventure. wilderness to your accommodation, a lovely working farmhouse in Catlowdy. The archaeological sites of mainland Orkney astound, with houses in Skara Brae dating
Day 1 Manchester – Windermere
Settle into the southern Lake District with an early stop at best explored via the back roads. Day 1 Manchester – Near Conwy Day 2 Borders back to the stone age and a host of other amazing remnants of humanity’s beginnings.
the stately home of Holker Hall, then escape the comfort Day 1 Helmsley & Harrogate Stroll down the flower-filled promenade and seafront Welcome to the great wall of Britain! Explore the forts and settlements studded along Day 3 Orkney
zone completely with an awe-inspiring journey alongside The cobblestoned Lancashire villages of Todmordon, pier of the sophisticated Victorian resort Llandudno, this 70-mile, 2nd-century masterpiece. Rummage through the Hexham markets and Study the shipwrecks at Scapa Flow, hold the head of a 5000-year-old man and
Coniston Water, mirroring the majestic mountain Yorkshire and Haworth will delight, particularly the before boarding the train to Great Orme for spellbinding make your way through the sprawling moors and prehistoric stone circle of the North embrace the island’s beauty, from fossilised cliffs to rare moorland primroses.
peaks behind it. Make sense of the words of Victorian parsonage of the Brontë sisters. The walled Viking city views of Snowdonia National Park. Explore a medley of Pennines to England’s highest town, Alston.
Day 4 Orkney – Inverness
philosopher John Ruskin in his phenomenal home, of York is the real drawcard, however, with England’s medieval buildings amid the walled cities of Chester and Day 3 Borders – Glasgow Take a wildlife cruise, examine the warrior clans’ castle ruins and witness an
perched on a precipice above Coniston Water, then sleep greatest cathedral, a city-centre castle and a Roman Conwy, and climb the turrets of one of Edward I’s most Begin with a breathtaking drive up Liddlesdale to the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh, unparalleled panorama from Britain’s northernmost point before returning to Inverness.
on your newfound wisdom in charismatic Windermere. museum lining its traditional cobblestone streets. imposing fortresses. with its wealth of historical jewels. Get to know the capital, Edinburgh, including
Rosslyn Chapel with its Knights Templar links. INCLUDES:
Day 2 Windermere Day 2 Helmsley & Harrogate Day 2 Near Conwy • 2 nights accommodation in hotel, plus • Qualified guide/leaders
Knock on inspiration’s door once more in Wordsworth's Head west across the heather-covered moors to Experience the scenic wonder of the highest peaks in INCLUDES: 1 nights accommodation on board ferry • Ferry to Orkneys
Cottage at Grasmere before tackling the tremendous Whitby, via true Captain Cook country, and recall the England and Wales set off by cascading waterfalls and • 2 nights accommodation • Qualified guide/leaders • Breakfast and dinner daily • All taxes, surcharges and entrance fees
natural scenery. Scale some of the region’s steepest glory of the steam age on a train bound from the station verdant valleys in Snowdonia. Breech the backroads to • Breakfast and dinner daily • All taxes, surcharges and entrance fees
gradients, traverse babbling Borrowdale, witness made famous in the Harry Potter films. Experience the find ancient Welsh culture still thriving and venture down DEPARTS: Selected dates – Sat departing Inverness
DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Fri departing Glasgow (1 May–2 Oct 09) (9 May/23 May/6 June/20 June/4 July/29 Aug/13 Sept/27 Sept 09)
thundering waterfalls and totally immerse yourself in the extravagance of 18th-century aristocracy at Castle working mines at Blaenau Ffestiniog and Sygun. Catch
sublime views of Crummock Water, Whinlatter Forest Howard, where the stately grounds immediately ignite a steam train through mountain passes to Harlech and COMBINE WITH: Highlands & Royal Castles COMBINE WITH: Western Isles of Scotland
and the prehistoric Castlerigg Stone Circle. palatial daydreams. the stunning Llewyn Peninsular.
Twin from $1075 Single from $1160 Twin from $1430 Single from $1485
Day 3 Windermere Day 3 Helmsley & Harrogate Day 3 Near Conwy
Sample the laid-back Windermere lifestyle as you let The magnificent West Yorkshire moors make way After a stop at popular Caernarfon, take the suspension
your feet lead you wherever they may. Drop into Beatrix
Potter’s home, paddle across the pristine lake or simply
for skeletons of the many majestic monasteries that
once dominated the region, including ancient Rievaulx
bridge across the Menai Straits to the pristine Isle of
Anglesey and enter a whole new world of sightseeing,
Western Isles of Scotland – 6 Days/5 Nights
shop, stroll and chat to the locals. Abbey. Richmond’s cobbled streets and sky-high from prehistoric burial chambers to Celtic and Viking
castle border the banks of the River Swale, the Dales settlements and the breathtaking Beaumaris harbour Head for the highlands, ferry to forgotten isles set in of Glen Coe is an ideal contrast to the busy highland
Day 4 Windermere – Manchester sparkling waters and search for mythical monsters in this lunch-stop of Fort William. Chase the Caledonian Canal
Wilderness comes alive in the West Yorkshire Dales. reveal the famed Highforce waterfall and Ripon rewards bordered by castles and pubs dating back 900 years.
visitors with a captivating 7th-century cathedral and extraordinary tour of the timeless Scottish high country. and sweeping views of Britain’s highest mountain via
Parade past the Three Peaks to world-famous Day 4 Near Conwy – Manchester Ben Nevis to Fort Augustus and hunt for the monster in
limestone landmarks, and continue on to the Viking meandering medieval tearooms and craft shops. Be inspired by Bodnant Hall, with its magnificent Day 1 Glasgow – Oban
Prowl around Paisley and its Abbey, which hides the Loch Ness en route to Inverness.
grave in Kirkby Lonsdale. Be amazed by the Norber Day 4 Helmsley & Harrogate manicured gardens, on the banks of the River
Erratics boulders, stroll through Ingleton’s glorious glens Georgian buildings and beautiful gardens mark out Hiraethlyn. Soak up the spectacular view at Lake Bala secret pedigree of Britain’s present Queen. Wander Day 5 Inverness
and venture far below village shops to the subterranean Harrogate. Several-times winner of ‘Britain in Bloom’, to Llangollen and embark on a horse-drawn boat trip up the west side of Loch Lomond, ponder a Viking Circle the fascinating west highlands and surrounding
world of an immense ice-age cavern adorned with it is home to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Harlow or a motorised aqueduct cruise. It’s an idyllic way to gravestone and enjoy lunch in the picturesque village villages with stops at the fabled Isle of Skye and casual
thousands of stalactites. Haworth, home of the Brontë Carr Gardens, and has hosted many noted films and complete an intimate introduction to the intense natural – perhaps in the 18th-century George Hotel or the inn coastal harbours nearby. Cross the famed Skye Bridge,
sisters, offers a final opportunity to bid the region’s television shows. No cameras are needed to make splendour of north Wales. where Bothwell, Burns, Keats once dined – before and return to Inverness on a visually stunning route via
mesmerising beauty goodbye. the scenery of the High Peaks memorable as we head embarking on a classic highland scenic course to road or railway where scenery is likened to a symphony
INCLUDES: in three parts: pasture, mountain and sea.
toward Glossop while the sun sinks. Kilmartin, where stone circles older than Stonehenge
INCLUDES: • 3 nights accommodation
and burial cairns more ancient than the pyramids await. Day 6 Inverness – Glasgow
• 3 nights accommodation INCLUDES: • Cooked breakfast daily
• Cooked breakfast daily • 3 nights accommodation • Hearty dinner daily Day 2 Oban Put the local lore learnt so far to good use today and
• Hearty dinner daily • Cooked breakfast daily • Qualified guide/leaders Cross the Atlantic Bridge and scale beautiful Seil Island, explore Inverness under your own steam or take an
• Qualified guide/leaders • Hearty dinner daily • All entrance and attraction fees where Princess Diana’s mother lived, to the little ferry, optional day tour to the Orkneys. Free time to revisit the
• All entrance and attraction fees • Qualified guide/leaders • All taxes and surcharges before scooting over to Easdale, the Slate Island. With region’s riches on your own marks a perfect end to a
• All taxes and surcharges • All entrance and attraction fees its fabulous views and rare wildlife, it is a typical, little- magical trip.
DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sat departing Manchester
• All taxes and surcharges known, Back-Roads destination. An Argyll Garden tour INCLUDES:
DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Wed departing Manchester (18 Apr–3 Oct 09)
followed by an evening of Scottish song and dance • 5 nights accommodation
(22 Apr–7 Oct 09) DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sun departing Manchester
COMBINE WITH: Red Dragon or The Lakes District over dinner round off the day. • 5 cooked breakfasts
(26 Apr–11 Oct 09)
COMBINE WITH: Viking North or North Wales • 5 hearty Scottish dinners
Day 3 Oban
COMBINE WITH: The Lakes District • Rail Ticket Inverness – Glasgow/Edinburgh
Take to the water, ferrying across the Firth of Lorne
to the Inner Hebridean Isle of Mull. A grand view of • Qualified guide/leaders
Duart Castle, ancestral home of the McClean clan, will • Entrance fees
delight en route to Craignure, and the open, untouched • All taxes and surcharges
landscape to Fionnphort presents a warm welcome DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sun departing Glasgow
to dry land. Wander around the revered Island of Iona, (19 Apr–4 Oct 09)
home to St Columba and a kings’ burial ground since
COMBINE WITH: Highlands & Orkneys or Highlands
Macbeth’s time, and follow the craggy coastline west
& Royal Castles on selected dates
for breathtaking views of the Outer Hebridean Islands.
Day 4 Oban – Inverness
Spectacular mountain scenes stretch out in every
direction on the way to Grampian via the north-west
Twin from $1350 Single from $1470 Twin from $1350 Single from $1470 Twin from $1350 Single from $1470 Highland ranges, and the splendid isolation of the pass Twin from $2380 Single from $2640
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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Departing Manchester Tours

Highlands & Royal Castles – 6 Days/5 Nights Combination Tour – Scottish Highlands, Islands & Royal Castles – 12 Days/11 Nights
See the real Scotland – a land of rugged mountains, Caledonian Canal, framed by majestic views of Britain's fish of Arbroath, take the opportunity to inspect the
breathtaking lochs and heather-covered highlands highest mountain, Ben Nevis, en route to Fort Augustus town’s outstanding 12th-century abbey ruin or ponder
marked by fortressed castles, quaint villages and and search for the famous Loch Ness monster on the local Pictish stones. Be tempted by a tour of the Queen
glorious gardens. This fascinating tour makes the most way to Inverness. Mother’s childhood home, Glamis Castle, skirted by
of the warm Scottish welcome, with accommodation Day 5 Inverness beautiful gardens.
and experiences that reflect the rich Celtic culture. Relish the land of fables on the Isle of Skye and be Day 10 Fife
Day 1 Oban captivated by the quaint coastal harbours of Kyle of Be charmed by the picturesque coastline of the
Glasgow gives way to the peaceful town of Paisley and Lochalsh and Plockton. Stunning west-highland scenery Kingdom of Fife. Prowl around the fishing port of
its intriguing Abbey, which is filled with secrets regarding will embrace us all the way. Voyage, via road or rail, Anstruther and delight in the timeless beauty of Crail
Britain's present Queen. Hear the real tale of the famous through the spellbindingly beautiful landscape leading while enjoying a feast of fresh crab. The Royal Stewart
Loch Lomond song as we wander its western banks to Dingwall. Castle, Falkland Palace, reveals a stunning 19th-century
and visit a Viking gravestone in the picturesque village Day 6 Inverness restoration, and elegant St Andrews showcases more
of Luss, then breach the breathtaking scenery into Set out on an independent adventure around Inverness than the birthplace of golf.
Inveraray for lunch. Carry on to the mysterious stone and enjoy some individual recreation time today. Seek Day 11 Trossachs or Stirling
circles and burial cairns in the ancient glen of Kilmartin. out Scottish treasures in the shops, strike up a local Tour the amazing peel tower of Abernethy, then carry
Day 2 Oban friendship in the pub or simply take a stroll and spoil on to the crowning place of Scottish kings, Scone
It may be too early for a pint in the 18th-century inn, yourself with a leisurely lunch. Alternatively, if you’d Palace in Perth. Call into the pretty town of Callander
Tigh an Truish (the House of the Trousers), but there prefer to continue the guided exploration, you can join in the Trossachs Highlands. True Rob Roy country, it
is plenty of time to get swept away by the scenery on an optional day-tour to the Orkneys. reveals his loch-side family grave. Loch Tay Crannog
a stroll around beautiful Seil Island, where Princess Day 7 ‘Monarch of the Glen’ may also be on the cards.
Diana's mother lived, before boarding the ferry to Revisit the Shakespearean soap opera of Macbeth with Day 12 Edinburgh or Glasgow
Easdale Island where a wealth of rare wildlife awaits. a tour of his castle at Cawdor and soak up the equally Admire the surrounding countryside from Stirling Castle
Soak up the earthy aroma and graceful design of a real dramatic seascapes of the northern coastline. Learn the and be captivated by Culross, the most complete
Argyll Garde, then relax and while away the evening brutal history of the battle site of Culloden and capture example of a 16th-century Scottish burgh. Pass through
with traditional Scottish song and dance. the mysticism of the prehistoric Clava stone circle, Dunfermline and over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh,
before following the famous Scottish whisky trail to one where we can watch the sun go down on the perfect
Day 3 Oban – Inverness
of the region’s many distilleries for a taste test. Scottish experience.
Ferry across the Firth of Lorne to the Inner Hebridean
Isle of Mull. Call into the quaint town of Craignure Day 8 ‘Monarch of the Glen’ INCLUDES:
and traverse the pristine landscape to Fionnphort in Make the most of the memorable Monarch of the Glen • 11 nights accommodation
the south. Be among the few lucky souls to discover country with visits to the pretty, timeless villages of • 11 cooked breakfasts
the special atmosphere of the revered island of Iona, Badenoch, Strathspey, Kingussie and Nethy Bridge. • 10 hearty Scottish dinners
steeped in royal history and blissfully serene all year The postcard-perfect railways, rivers, lochs and forests • Qualified guide/leaders
round, before crossing the windswept water once are truly a sight to behold, an unforgettable snapshot • Entrance fees
again and edging back along the breathtaking coastline of a land abundant in natural beauty. • All taxes and surcharges
in a whirlwind of spectacular views. Day 9 Fife DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sun departing Glasgow
Day 4 Inverness Options abound today. Mix with the Royals at Balmoral (19 Apr–4 Oct 09)
A fascinating, fairytale journey into the heart of history, Day 4 Fife where it is time to descend from our throne and mix Experience the magic of the Scottish mountains in true in certain months of the year, venture into the granite
this carefully-crafted tour follows the footsteps of Slow the pace down to the leisurely lifestyle of those with the commoners once again. city of Aberdeen, or revive the romance of the
generations of kings and queens and combines them settled on the charming coastline of the Kingdom of Fife.
highland country. Enter the spectacular solitude of the
Dunnottar Castle ruins. Sample the famous smoked Twin from $4695 Single from $5155
INCLUDES: Glen Coe pass, discover the truth behind the tragic
with a sample of common-folk culture to create a 6-day Witness the action of a working fishing port at Anstruther • 5 nights accommodation massacre of the MacDonalds and become immersed
escape unlike any other. and its quaint neighbouring villages, then wind up the • 5 cooked breakfasts in the bustling activity of Fort William. Follow the
Day 1 Inverness coast to examine the timeless beauty of Crail and be • 5 hearty Scottish dinners
See the set of Macbeth at the atmospheric castle of tempted by a lunch of fresh local crab. Put on a few • Road or Rail Ticket Glasgow/Edinburgh – Inverness
Cawdor before cruising along the craggy northern aristocratic airs for a tour of the Royal Stewart Castle, • Qualified guide/leaders
coastline with its stunning seaside scenery. Brave Falkland Palace, touted as the site of the world’s very first • Entrance fees
the famous battle site of Culloden and tune into the tennis match. Prowl around the elegant palace, which • All taxes and surcharges
mysterious magic of the prehistoric Clava stone circle. was beautifully restored in the late 19th century, before
DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sat departing Glasgow or
Capture the scent of the celebrated whisky trail and switching sports to find the golfing home of St Andrews.
Edinburgh (25 Apr–3 Oct 09)
follow it to one of the many distilleries found in an area, Day 5 Fife
where creating the perfect drop is considered an art. COMBINE WITH: The Border Country
Relive the glory of generations of royalty with a rich and
Day 2 ‘Monarch of the Glen’ varied itinerary of captivating iconic sights. Abernethy
Set off on a solid exploration of Monarch of the Glen is first with its amazing peel tower, where Malcolm
country where timeless villages such as Badenoch, pledged allegiance to William the Conqueror. Perth also
Strathspey, Kingussie and Nethy Bridge are fringed by boasts its royal connections, once being the crowning
forests so deep and intense it is easy to imagine a fairy or place of Scottish Kings, and powerful Scone Palace
two flitting through. In fact, from rivers to railways, lochs shows off its revered national treasure status as the
to fields, everything appears magical in a region of such historic jewel in Scotland’s crown. It is a tough act to
mesmerising beauty. Take the back roads all the way to follow for the Trossachs Highland region and the pretty
experience this country in its true, untouched form. town of Callander, but this is Braveheart country, rich
with regional significance. Take time to soak up the
Day 3 ‘Monarch of the Glen’
stunning scenery long enough to understand Rob Roy’s
Get lost in the grandeur of ‘the granite city’, Aberdeen,
sincere love of country as we explore his homeland and
be admitted to Balmoral, the splendid Scottish home of
visit his family grave on the banks of a sparkling loch.
the royal family or give in to the romance of the dramatic
Dunnottar Castle ruins. Options today depend on the time Day 6 Stirling/Trossachs
of year, local weather conditions and personal interests, Stirling Castle and its adjoining esplanade provide
so be prepared to make it up as you go along. Sojourn the perfect perspective from which to admire the
in the southern fishing town of Arbroath, stroll around the surrounding countryside. The centuries-old gateway
arches of an outstandingly beautiful 12th-century abbey to the Highlands, it resonates with a history of great
ruin and see some picturesque Pictish stones. Call into battles and celebrated victories, such as the triumph
glorious Glamis Castle, the Queen Mother’s childhood at Bannockburn, where the Scots trounced the
home, and get caught up in the myths and mysteries English. See a complete Scottish burgh of the
of the family or just relax amid the extravagant gardens. 16th and 17th centuries in Culross and drive through
Alternatively, carry on to Kirriemuir via Dunsinane for more Dunfermline, where Robert the Bruce lies, before
authentic Macbeth country. heading south over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh, Twin from $2380 Single from $2640
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. according to weather, seasonality & attraction openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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Departing Dublin Departing Galway

Northern Ireland – Ulster & Donegal – 6 Days/5 Nights Classic South Ireland – 6 Days/5 Nights

Make your way beyond the typical tourist traps for the stunning Sperrin Mountains as the sun sets on Ireland's gems. Almost 2000 years of habitation reward Iconic sites and phenomenal scenery abound on this free time to indulge in some independent sightseeing church of St Kevin, the 9th-century cathedral ruin and
a firsthand look at the real Ireland, steeped in history another richly rewarding day. it with an authentic Georgian street layout, the Steffin remarkable journey through some of Ireland’s most – an ideal time to jump on a jaunty car or tour majestic amazing 33-metre tall Round Tower. Dublin calls and
and surrounded by pristine scenic wilderness. This Day 4 Omagh/Derry Stone marker of Ireland’s centre and breathtaking Birr treasured towns. Beat the crowds and experience this Muckross House. entertainment is now left to your own devices, however,
idyllic tour blends sightseeing and private exploration Investigate your own Irish roots at the Ulster–American Castle. It is a fantastic finale to a fabulous 6-day sojourn. charismatic country via the beautiful back roads, an Day 4 Cork/Blarney the Jameson Distillery ‘shindig’ is highly recommended
to perfection. Folk Park. Thought to be the best of its kind in the INCLUDES: ideal introduction to a diverse land dominated by wild, Ascend the hair-raising mountain road from Killarney for a fantastic evening out.
Day 1 Dublin – Omagh/Derry world, it examines why 2 million people left Ulster for • 5 nights accommodation breathtaking vistas and a vivacious people prone to to Kenmare, where heaven appears close enough to INCLUDES:
Relive a defining moment in Ireland’s history at the site America and Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. • Cooked breakfast daily easy smiles. touch as we become immersed in some of the most • 5 nights accommodation
of the Battle of the Boyne. Sense the power in the It features more than 30 historic buildings, including • Hearty dinner daily Day 1 Galway magnificent views on earth. Wind down to the charming • Cooked breakfast daily
ambient Hills of Tara, Ireland’s spiritual and political a reconstructed emigrant ship, and a Pennsylvanian • Qualified guide/leaders Jump on board a boat bound for the untouched beauty harbour of Bantry Bay to linger over a delicious seafood • 5 hearty dinners
centre for 1000 years. Step back in time at Newgrange farmstead comes alive with costumed guides. Bid • Entrance fees of the Arran Islands. With customs as exquisitely exotic lunch or troll the local shops for treasures. Healy Pass • Entrance fees
to study the new stone age Passage Graves, regarded goodbye to this unique part of the country and set • All taxes and surcharges as its scenery, a tour of the islands is an experience you is the next dramatic driving route, rising up from the • All taxes and surcharges
among the most impressive prehistoric monuments in sights on the stunning Sligo region, which boasts will simply never forget. The city of Galway is similarly landscape in full scenic splendour, it rivals even the Ring
DEPARTS: Weekly – Sun departing Dublin, tour ends in DEPARTS: Weekly – Sat departing Galway, tour ends in
Europe, and brave entry to the astounding prehistoric beautiful coastal harbours such as renowned exciting and bound to be just as memorable. Let your of Kerry. Outmanoeuvre the crowds and call in to the
Galway (19 Apr–4 Oct 09) Dublin (25 Apr–10 Oct 09)
tomb itself, depending on the time of year. Mullaghmore, all backdropped by classic WB Yeates hair down and explore it at leisure tonight, perhaps with key Irish drawcard of Blarney Castle after the main tour
country, where the words of the great 20th-century COMBINE WITH: Classic South Ireland a jig or two in one of many pubs still jiving to the upbeat parties have left to explore the place in relative peace. COMBINE WITH: Northern Ireland
Day 2 Omagh/Derry
poet can’t help but leap off the page. tempo of traditional music. Day 5 Cork/Blarney
Chase spectacular scenic views across Lough Neagh
all the way to the Victorian city of Belfast, which is Day 5 Sligo – Galway Day 2 Killarny/Tralee Comb the streets of Cork with their wealth of true Irish
currently enjoying a cultural and economic resurgence. Embrace the wild, western side of Ireland in County Mix the must-see iconic sights with a medley of
additional attractions unique to Back-Roads. Begin
culture and take a history lesson in nearby Cobh, which
was used a naval base during the Napoleonic wars and
Twin from $2380 Single from $2585
See both sides of this divided, sectarian city, following Mayo, a relatively unspoilt region ideally designed for
the Falls Road and descending the Shankill for a Back-Roads touring, with its glorious green pastures, with the world-famous Cliffs of Moher before pulling abounds in traditional architecture. If you claim Irish
firsthand glimpse of the famous political murals that windswept Atlantic coast and quaint settlements full of off the captivating coast road into some breathtaking heritage, you can follow the footsteps of your ancestors
are fast disappearing as the communities learn to friendly faces. Westport provides the perfect snapshot Galway Bay harbours, such as Kinvarra, where the Irish to one of the major departure points for Irish people
live side-by-side. Relax and soak up the breathtaking of a harbour town, and the coastal scenes of the spirit is still very much alive and well. See turf-cutters at who emigrated to North America between 1848 and
scenery once again on the way to Armagh, the seat Island of Achill are achingly attractive. Meanwhile the work along the way and stop to cast a blessing at the 1950, and also for the men, women and children who
commemorative Great Famine site. Traverse the lunar were deported to penal colonies such as Australia.
of the high kings of Ulster and site of Saint Patrick’s
first stone church.
16th-century Irish tower house used by legendary
pirate queen Grace O'Malley and the deserted village landscape of the Burren and discover some incredible It was also the final port of call for the RMS Titanic on What makes
Day 3 Omagh/Derry at Slievemore add an intriguing architectural element
to the day’s discoveries.
prehistoric burial sites as we add personal interest stops
to the itinerary at every turn.
11 April 1912, as she set out across the Atlantic on her
ill-fated maiden voyage. Shake off the macabre mood
us different?
Embark on the fascinating walk of the ‘walls’ in
Day 3 Killarny/Tralee with a sparkling water vista across the fine harbour of Small groups
Londonderry and listen to the spellbinding story of how Day 6 Galway
Kinsale, considered by many to be Ireland's prettiest. with
shutting the town’s forted gates in the face of a king Breach Ireland's midlands via the back roads and Crowds are unavoidable today, but the captivating unmarked, un
scenery of the Dingle Peninsular and the famous Ring Day 6 Dublin branded
of England led to more than 300 years of ‘troubles’. step out in Strokestown with its wide streets and coaches and
of Kerry are so spectacular they are simply essential Icons line up in full finery for our final day in Cork. stress-free trav
Cruise the Northern Ireland coastline in the afternoon fascinating famine museum. Board a pint-sized train el
and visit a varied list of iconic sites such as Bushmills, at Shannonbridge for firsthand insight into the iconic on any trip to Ireland’s southern stretches. The back Call into Waterford and the famed crystal outlet, then Leisurely paced
roads add an extra element to the adventure, however, carry onto the remarkably preserved Cathedral of flexible itinera
the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and, last but not least, bog- and peat-gathering industry. Take an ancient ries
the famous Giant's Causeway. Stagger at the sheer chariot route to Clonmacnoise to explore the 6th-century as we explore the lesser-travelled northern parts of the St Candice in Cashel, the classic medieval town of Intimate smalle
Ring and add an awe-inspiring stop to see the sky-high Kilkenny or to the glorious Vale of Glendalough (glen r accommodat
peculiarity of this place, where the bizarre regularity of monastic burial grounds of ancient Irish kings and trek ion
peaks of MacGillycuddy's Reeks. Save time to become of the two lakes) to traipse through the atmospheric Well-educated
its 37,000 basalt columns has given rise to a host of the roads less travelled to Birr, set in Ely O'Carrol country.
Twin from $2380 Single from $2585 familiar with the streets of Killarney as well, and enjoy remains of an ancient Celtic village, the 6th-century
travel guides
remarkable legends. Tour back to home base through Not normally found on tour itineraries, Birr is one of
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction
age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense.
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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Departing Dublin BATTLEFIELD TOURS
Departing Dublin

Combination Tour – Grand Ireland – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes – 12 Days/11 Nights


Explore the iconic Irish coastlines in a titillating tour that to the USA and Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries Day 9 Killarney – Tralee
combines the best-known icons of the south and the at the Ulster–American Folk Park. Put poetry in motion Discover the pride of Ireland, the Dingle Peninsular and
west coast with a taste of Ulster. Enjoy a Guinness or with an exploration of the verdant lands of WB Yeates, the Ring of Kerry. Avoid the crowds without missing
two off the beaten track to get a taste of the true Irish where inspiration is abundant. any of the popular highlights, soak up the spellbinding
way of life. Back-Roads has designed this tour with full scenery and still leave time to thoroughly explore Killarney.
Day 5 Sligo
flexibility, which you’ll find you need in a country where Day 10 Cork – Blarney
The rugged west coast of Ireland comes alive in County
every local wants a chat and a jig. From Killarney to Kenmare and onwards to Bantry Bay,
Mayo, the very best place to experience the vivid
Day 1 Omagh – Derry energy of the trademark cliff faces crashing with waves drive through the lush west Cork countryside before
Before beginning a journey into the Irish heartland, and the famous fertile fields that flank it. Unspoilt and arriving at breathtaking Blarney Castle, another of the
a thorough understanding of the country’s colourful full of friendly faces, it is a prime example of how Ireland great Irish icons.
history is critical, so the Battle of the Boyne site is first comes alive on the back roads. Day 11 Cork – Blarney
stop, followed by a trek up the Hills of Tara and on to A brief tour of renowned Cork gives way to Napoleonic
Newgrange to see why the new stone age Passage Day 6 Galway
Cobh, which reveals the site of the mass emigration to
Graves are regarded among Europe’s most impressive The famine museum makes more sense of Irish history,
North America and Australia and the fateful port from
prehistoric monuments. and if you have Irish heritage it may make sense of your
which the Titanic departed, never to see land again.
forefathers as well. Yet it will struggle to compete with
Day 2 Omagh – Derry Day 12 Dublin
dramatic wetland landscape that we’ll have a chance
Chase sparkling Lough Neagh all the way to Belfast In a grand finale, cross awe-inspiring Cashel en route to
to wander through on the way to Birr, the true heart of WHAT OUR TRAVELLERS SAY
to find a thriving city in the process of shaking off
Ireland, with its magnificent castle. Kilkenny. Visit the Vale of Glendalough, one of the oldest THE BACK-ROADS WAY
its challenging history. Discover the secrets on both and most interesting towns in Ireland, before heading ABOUT US ...
sides of this sectarian city, soak up some stunning Day 7 Galway back to Dublin. Explore the vibrant capital at leisure and Bruges
Irish scenery in the Mountains of Mourne and, if time Relax today as we take a rest from touring and give you The tour was everything I had hoped
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Day 3 Omagh – Derry your guide, then head out into the city streets to make your own tour. We can personalise a day tour changing. With the help of Back-Roads’ office in

En
• 11 nights accommodation
Walk the ‘walls’ of Londonderry, which, when closed, friends with this fabulous walking city. Visit the theatre Lille BELGIUM
• Cooked breakfast daily for groups to have a special focus on family Loos the UK, Barrie, our guide and driver, located the
led to over 300 years of conflict and unrest. Contrast or perhaps drop into the local pub for a pint and a fish
• 10 hearty dinners connections, a particular regiment or battle. cemetery where my uncle, a casualty of World
this with the breathtaking beauty of the Northern Ireland supper in the evening. • Entrance fees Vimy Ridge War I, was buried. The whole bus load helped
coastline and see the sensational Giant’s Causeway Arras
Day 8 Killarney – Tralee • All taxes and surcharges GUIDED BY EXPERIENCE
before slowly working your way through the spectacular Beautiful Galway Bay could be considered the star of me commemorate his death. I was the first in
DEPARTS: Weekly – Sat departing Dublin
Sperrin Mountains. the stunning coast road, but it finds stiff competition Take your level of knowledge further with our The Somme our family to visit his grave. It was a memorable
(19 Apr–4 Oct 09)
Day 4 Sligo in the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. Tour the dramatic experienced guides. All of our Battlefield tours are Amiens experience. Ken Reeves, Canada 2007
25 km FRANCE
Step back into the history books again and find out why surrounding landscape in the afternoon or go accompanied by ex-army personnel or battlefield
2 million Irish folk left their emerald country to emigrate underground at the Burren and Aillwee caves. Twin from $4695 Single from $5155 © wordtravels.com
guides with postgraduate qualifications.

The Somme, France Triumph & Disaster –


Day tour departing London
Loos, Arras & Vimy Ridge
For most people the Somme signifies one day – 1 July Day tour departing London
1916 – the day the British Army suffered nearly 60,000 Join an expert guide on this intensely emotional,
casualties, its greatest ever loss in a single day. But the evocative journey through some of Europe’s most
actual battle raged until November and saw massive renowned World War I relics. Walk the Western Front
fighting again in 1918. What remains is truly awesome. line between Armentieres and Arras. Envisage the 1915
Relive the tragedy and heroism with the help of a battles of Aubers Ridge, Festubert, and Neuve Chapelle
specialist battlefields guide in an unforgettable tour. on the actual sites. See where Adolf Hitler served and
Trek across the Somme battle sites, from Delville Wood the bunker he reputedly used as a billet. Examine
Battlefield Weekends to the Welsh memorial at Mametz Wood, and witness
the huge Lochnagar mine crater and the sunken road
the current archaeological investigation uncovering
the mass grave of over 400 diggers killed near the
where the Accrington Pals were virtually wiped out. Fromelles memorial, tour the infamous Loos battlefield
Make your Battlefields tour a weekend
See Sausage Valley, the Pozieres battlefield, Windmill of 1915 and, availability permitting, take a tunnel to the
experience. Make the most of your time on
Hill and Courcellette. Embrace the unforgettable trenches of Vimy Ridge. After considering the imposing
the Western Front by seeing all of the most
atmosphere of Albert, the Thiepval Memorial to the Vimy memorial, move on to Arras to contrast the tragic
important Anzac and Canadian sites, attending
Missing and the Ulster Tower, take a guided walk legacy of the huge battle of 1917 with the city’s pretty
the ‘Last Post’ ceremony and enjoying pleasant
around the incredibly preserved Beaumont Hamel streets. See the recently discovered underground
evenings sampling the famed Belgium beer!
battlefield site and feel free to suggest visits to key tunnels near the French National memorial at Lorrette
sites of interest for an individually tailored itinerary. de Notre Dame. As always with Back-Roads, special
2-Day Tour INCLUDES: requests may also be included on the agenda for a full
INCLUDES: • Eurostar London – Lille return day of historical discovery.
• 1 nights accommodation (dinner not included) • Mini coach tour INCLUDES:
• Eurostar London – Lille return • All entrance fees • Eurostar London – Lille return
DEPARTS: Sat, returns Sun DEPARTS: Weekly – Sat (21 Mar–14 Nov 09) • Mini coach tour
• All entrance fees
Twin from $ 650 Single from $ 695 COMBINE WITH: Anzacs on Somme or
DEPARTS: Weekly – Mon (23 Mar–16 Nov 09)
Triumph & Disaster
COMBINE WITH: The Somme or Anzacs on Somme
3-Day Tour
INCLUDES:
• 2 nights accommodation
• Eurostar London – Lille return
DEPARTS: Sat, returns Mon

Twin from $ 840 Single from $ 925 Adult from $340 Adult from $340
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openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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BATTLEFIELD TOURS BATTLEFIELD TOURS
Departing London Departing London

Anzacs on Somme – 6 Days/5 Nights Forging of a Nation – Canadian Theatres of War – 7 Days/6 Nights

Australian and New Zealand combatants in the Great Poziers, similar to the one thrown onto the grave of the by the inspirational Australian National Memorial, Young Canadians entered the Great War as Grenadiers encircled the Royal Winnipeg Rifles at Day 7 London
War were undoubtedly the bravest of all. This heart- Unknown Soldier at Canberra in 1993. honouring all those who died during the war. Take in representatives of a dominion. They fought and fell as Putot-en-Bassin, and the terrible Abbaye d’Ardenne, Take a look at the lighter side of a soldier’s life, catching
rending tour pays tribute to their extraordinary valour, Day 3 Albert or Amiens the breathtaking view from the bell-tower, covering the representatives of a new nation. More a pilgrimage where Canadian prisoners, most of whom were the train to London from Lille or recrossing the Channel
reviving their experience from the bunker to the battlefield It is time to take the tour to the front. Walk the main entire battlefield, and be equally impressed by Franco– than a tour, this trip takes you to the exact sites wounded, were shot or bayoneted to death. by ferry, to be met by a guide familiar with Churchill’s
with the help of a specialist guide. It is a poignant, utterly Somme frontline today, just as it was on 1 July 1916, Australian Museum. Prowl around Le Hamel park, of their heroism and follows soldiers’ experiences Day 4 Dieppe Cabinet War rooms, as well as the favourite haunts of
unrivalled journey that will grip you from the first moment when nearly 60,000 British and Imperial forces were established by the Australian government, and don’t firsthand, from the trenches to the impact zone. It’s a The true tragedy of Operation Spring will be discovered Canadians on leave from both wars.
and forever change your perspective on life, loyalty and killed on the disastrous ‘first day of the Somme’. Soak be surprised to find old shell casings in the fields. mesmerising journey, which will leave an indelible mark. today, the Canadian Army’s costliest operation of the INCLUDES:
national spirit. up the telling ambience of the La Boiselle mine crater, INCLUDES: Day 1 Albert Second World War aside from the Dieppe raid. Emotion • Return train fare London/Lille
Day 1 Ypres/Kemel see the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and tour the • Return train fare London/Lille Follow the Western Front trench line across the evocative runs high at May-sur-Orne and Tilly-la-Campagne and • 6 nights accommodation
Depart London early via ferry across the windswept perfectly preserved battlefield of Beaumont Hamel. The • 5 nights accommodation Loos battlefield with informative commentary from your the atmosphere is rife with regret at Verrieres Ridge, the • Continental breakfast daily
Channel. Follow the Anzac’s footsteps from Fromelles New Zealand memorial at Flers is particularly poignant • Continental breakfast daily specialist guide. Travel the short distance to Vimy Ridge, burial ground of the Black Watch, where only 15 of 320 • Dinner daily
to the Ypres Salient before travelling up the line via for the Kiwis and the Underground Albert museum is a • Hearty dinner daily where the Canadian Nation was forged over Easter came back to be counted. But the French port of Dieppe • Entrance fees
‘Plug Street’ to Messines Ridge in Belgium. Pay your must-see. • Entrance fees 1917. Tour the underground tunnels, reliving tragedy is undoubtedly the darkest site. Visit the local museum, • Qualified guide/leaders
respects at the main Kiwi memorial and envisage a Day 4 Albert or Amiens • Qualified guide/leaders at every turn and learning the tactics that made this Canadian cemetery and the actual beach battle site for • Bilingual driver
soldier’s life amid the original bunkers. Compare this to Explore one of the most remarkable sights on the • Bilingual driver tremendous victory possible. Celebrate successes and a comprehensive understanding of the consequences. • All taxes and surcharges
Adolf Hitler’s quarters as a corporal before continuing Western Front at the site of the 1917 battle of Arras. • All taxes and surcharges recall losses by the side of the magnificent memorial, Day 5 Lille/Ypres DEPARTS: Selected dates – Mon departing London
the Anzac experience with a walk around the pock- Traverse the tunnels of Vimy Ridge and visit the DEPARTS: Selected dates – Mon departing London then carry on to Albert’s museum via Courcellete, the Go into battle beside the Canadians, where they fought (11 May/22 June/27 July/28 Sept 09)
marked moonscape of Hill 60. Pride is unavoidable at fascinating underground city that emerged in Arras (20 Apr/11 May/13 July/21 Sept 09) scene of savage fighting in September 1916. tooth and nail along the Atlantic Wall through France to
Polygon Wood and Poelcappelle, where the Anzacs during the war. Follow the Aussies through the 1917 Day 2 Bayeux Belgium. Follow the fortifications that were successfully
played a pivotal role, and tears are possible at the Tyne battle at Bullecourt (known as ‘the blood tub’), and Capture the heroic yet heartbreaking atmosphere of captured as Canadian forces moved up the coastline – Twin from $2925 Single from $3250
Cot bunker where a VC was won and the first Australian relive the action with a short battlefield walk over the Somme. Venture on a walking tour of the amazingly the Citadel, Fort Neuilly, the Cathedral Bunker, Fort Lapi,
casualty was sustained. Finish an amazing first day with virtually unchanged terrain. Visit the many moving well-preserved battlefield at Beaumont Hamel, site of the Griz Nez and arrive finally at the museum at Todt Battery,
the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. memorials in the area, including the emotive ‘digger’ Newfoundland Regiment’s bloody loss of innocence. with its immense Railway Gun. Step across the V3
Day 2 Albert or Amiens memorial, and perhaps stop at the French National It is an experience likely to be forever imprinted on your London Cannon site at Mimoyecques and the incredible
Start the day at Fromelles with one of the most inspiring
of the Australian memorials – the digger carrying his
Monument and the Loos battlefield.
Day 5 Albert or Amiens
memory, providing a lot of food for thought as we pursue
the battle lines to Amiens before continuing on through
underground rocket launching zones, evidence of Hitler’s
last-ditch attempt to blast the UK into submission.
What makes
mate to safety. Marking Australia’s first disastrous Travel south to Peronne and Mont St Quentin, where
the Australian troops distinguished themselves in
the Normandy bocage to our stop at Bayeux. Day 6 Ypres us different?
experience on the Western Front, witness firsthand Day 3 Bayeux Return to the Great War and trace the Canadian
the progress of a huge archaeological excavation September 1918 by overcoming one of the last Small groups
Commence the Normandy Beaches experience at the involvement in perhaps the bloodiest of all Imperial-held with
unearthing mass graves of unidentified Anzac troops. strong points of the Hindenburg defences. So intense Juno Beach memorial and museum, then track the lines, the Ypres Salient. So many sites make this such unmarked, un
was the action here that 3 Victoria Crosses were branded
See the nearby bunker and billet used by the young battle from the initial beach landing all the way to Caen a special area for Canadians. Visit them all, including coaches and
Hitler before moving on to the evocative battlefield of awarded. Brush up on battle facts at Chateau Historial stress-free trav
along a line of significant sites including Bene cemetery, Hoogt, John McRea’s Essex Farm, Passchendaele, el
Poziers, the site of the first major engagement for the de Peronne Museum and experience the startling Carpique and Courseulles-sur-Mer, where troops Hill 60, Princess Pat’s memorial, St Julien, Vancouver Leisurely paced
campaign of Cambrai. flexible itinera
Aussie troops, with more fatalities than Gallipoli. Trace engaged in house-to-house combat and liberated the Corner and Maple Copse. Finally, in a fitting celebration ries
the amazing recreated trenches, see Moquet Farm Day 6 London town. Just north of the Caen–Bayeux road, where the to mark the end of an amazing journey and the start Intimate smalle
r accommodat
and Courcelette, explore the ‘silent city’ of Australian Villers Bretonneux Le Hamel reveals a victory, where the first tank battles took place against the 12th SS Panzer of a brand new understanding of national spirit, attend ion
Well-educated
graves and hear the story of the battle standing on great German push of 1918 was finally countered and
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Division, the town of Authie provides a real sense of the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menen Gate in travel guides
the ‘Gibraltar’ redoubt. Finger a handful of soil from broken. The crucial role of the Anzacs is represented the stakes. See where Kurt Meyer’s 25th SS Panzer medieval Ypres.
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction
age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense.
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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THE BACK-ROADS WAY
than world-famous art and captivating cathedrals, more even
than a centuries-old dedication to lavish architecture and
lush landscapes, France is about a fervent desire to live life WHY BACK-ROADS?
to the fullest. It is an invitation to indulge yourself, fulfil your dreams and find Back-Roads’ French tours are a celebration of the France with
inspiration. You’ll fall in love with it instantly. a reputation for romance. It’s the France of the great Loire valley
chateaux and vineyards, the France of the calvados and the
rolling Normandy countryside and it’s the France of Monet and
his contemporary impressionists. It is about fortified hilltop towns

At a Glance and medieval castles, spectacular cathedrals and world-famous


artworks, serene rural villages and thriving modern towns. Swoon
at the sight of the traditional accommodation, be enchanted by
VISA & PASSPORT TIPPING the rarely-seen sights revealed by your native guide and relish
the freedom to follow your whims and adapt the itinerary at every
Australian, NZ, Canadian and Leaving a tip at a restaurant is at
breathtaking turn.
American citizens may stay up your discretion. Most restaurants
to 90 days without a visa. Other add 10–15% to the bill, however it is WHAT OUR TRAVELLERS SAY ABOUT US ...
nationalities need to consult their customary to leave a few coins if the Our group got along perfectly. The small size truly
licensed travel agent. service is satisfactory. proved to be fantastic. Thanks again for offering a trip
LANGUAGES that turned out as described. John Hawck
LOCAL CUSTOMS
Shaking hands is a common French, with some English spoken in I can’t speak highly enough of your tours, guides etc ... the
greeting and close friends often tourist areas. flexibility of the itineraries was a good feature and we found the
exchange kisses on both cheeks. guides to be very accommodating in all aspects, and good drivers
CURRENCY
as well. Alison Charmley, New Zealand 2006
Topless sunbathing is tolerated on Euro (EUR)
most beaches. Smoking is banned in I hope to be able to take another tour with you. Your tour was the
all enclosed public places, including ELECTRICITY best I have ever taken. August ‘Gus’ Greyhosky
restaurants and bars. 220V 50Hz
The tours met or exceeded our expectations and the two guides
were exceptional – their knowledge, their conscientiousness, their
TEMP (°C) J F M A M J J A S O N D attentiveness, and their pleasant and stimulating company made
Paris 7 8 12 15 19 22 24 25 21 16 10 8 the whole experience delightful. Bill & Mary Phillips
Nice 13 13 15 17 20 24 27 27 24 21 16 14

RAINFALL (mm) J F M A M J J A S O N D
Paris 54 44 49 53 65 55 63 43 55 60 52 59
Nice 85 60 61 70 49 38 15 24 76 144 94 88

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Depating Lille & London Departing Paris

Champagne & the Ardennes – 4 Days/3 Nights Palaces and Chateaux of the Loire – 6 Days/5 Nights
A feast for the eyes and titillation for the taste-buds, village. Verdun itself lightens the mood, a charming
this 4-day tour is a cunning combination of popular town on the banks of the Meuse and an idyllic spot to
sights and regional secrets, creating a fascinating stop for a cup of rich French coffee.
adventure amid the charming villages, flourishing wine Day 4 Epernay/Reims
fields and dense forest of the Ardennes. Venture beyond the walls of a unique fortified town
Day 1 Epernay/Reims at Rocroi, the setting of a famous battle in the Thirty
Overflowing with unrivalled architectural attractions, Reims Years’ War between France and Spain. Cross the
is a showpiece city with no less than 4 UNESCO World Belgium border to Chimay with its magnificent château,
Heritage sites. Cross the hallowed halls of Cathédrale explore the Bavay Roman ruins in an intriguing
Notre-Dame, a Gothic masterpiece hailing back to the interactive museum, investigate operations at a micro
6th century that has seen 33 royal coronations and still brewery in Gussignies and complete a vibrant and
hosts more than 2300 statues, including the famous varied day with a tour of Henry VIII’s only Belgian
Smiling Angel. Palais du Tau, the basilique Saint-Remi possession, the medieval Tournai.
and the brilliant musée-Abbaye Saint-Remi also beg for INCLUDES:
exploration, spectacular highlights of an animated art- • 3 nights accommodation
deco city famed for being the setting of Nazi Germany’s • Continental breakfast daily
1945 surrender. Better yet, we’ll access it via the back • Dinner daily
roads for a thorough cultural introduction to one of • Entrance fees
Europe’s most underrated regions. • Bilingual driver
Day 2 Epernay/Reims • All taxes and surcharges
Champagne anyone? Evocative, indulgent and DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Tues departing Lille
devastatingly delicious, an exploration of this classic (28 Apr–06 Oct 09)
French countryside is simply unsurpassable. Wander
through the vineyards, sample the most select wines
in some of the world’s most famous vineyards and
descend into the underground cellars of internationally
renowned Moët & Chandon, a magnificent maze
measuring more than 18 miles.
Day 3 Epernay/Reims
Sober up quickly today as the rich, undulating
landscape on the way to Verdun sets a serious tone.
Follow one of France’s most sacred sites, from parts
of the awful battlefield still riddled with shell craters to
one of the famed ‘indestructible’ forts, the amazing,
atmospheric Ossuary and the site of a decimated hilltop Twin from $1770 Single from $1865

Medieval Belgium – 4 Days/3 Nights Compare the luxurious abodes with the lush landscapes
of the world-famous Loire region. Architecture of
Expect a few hidden treasures as well, courtesy of
Back-Roads’ flexibility and a flourishing tourist region
Return to a central Paris location and bid farewell to a
fascinating journey.
unsurpassed elegance and gardens of unrivalled glory full of attractions. INCLUDES:
Decadently delightful, this tour of the fascinating priceless art. Seek modern inspiration in the SWAK are unveiled on an epic exploration of France’s most Day 4 Beaugency • 5 nights accommodation
Flanders province of Belgium showcases some of Museum of Contemporary Art, scour the intriguing fascinating homes in a unique 6-day tour. Find out why Loire Valley is justly famed for its incredibly • Continental breakfast daily
Europe’s most magnificent art and architecture. It’s ideal streets and compare it to the spectacular natural
Day 1 Chartres opulent châteaux by experiencing the region’s finest • Dinner daily
for those who like to travel in leisure, surrounded by the scenery we pass through on our way back to our
Leave Paris at 8.30am for the picture-perfect Palace jewels firsthand. The only issue will be deciding which • Entrance fees
finer things in life. Flanders coast accommodation.
of Fontainebleau. One of the largest French royal of the decadent displays to view over the next few • Bilingual driver
Day 1 Leuven Day 4 Leuven châteaux, it features the fancies of many French days, according to weather and group interests. Inspect • All taxes and surcharges
Depart London on the Eurostar and meet your Back- Saving the most famous Flanders city for last, Bruges monarchs, arranged around a series of courtyards in Château d’Usee to see why it is reputed to have inspired DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sun departing Paris
Roads guide in Lille, then hit the streets in Belgium, comes alive in Back-Roads; knowledgeable hands. the stunning the city of Fontainebleau, with its thick the Sleeping Beauty story. Vote for Château de Villandry (10 May–11 Oct 09)
capital of Brussels, to view the most important of the Fall in love with its criss-crossing canals and cobbled fringe of breathtakingly beautiful forest. Chartres and be beguiled by the imaginative 20th-century
many splendid sites that make the city unique – the streets, shop for truly original artefacts and sample the is equally exquisite. Wander through the stunning recreation of a renaissance castle garden in the moated
gregarious Grote Markt and Grand-Place, amazing wares of a local brewery. Jump on board a horse-drawn
La Monnaie, the stunning cathedrals of Saint Michael carriage or play the culture vulture at the Flanders Folk
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres and discover why
it’s widely considered to be the finest Gothic cathedral
grounds. Taking time out to touch the magic of the
medieval city of Tours is an absolute must. Wander
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and Saint Gudula and the newer EU administrative Museum. If it is too hard to return to Lille just yet, ask in France as you marvel at some of the world’s most through the town’s historic streets, take in the sights or
buildings, as well as the historic Waterloo Battlefield. about possible Back-Roads extensions. spectacular stained-glass windows. sample the gourmet fare from a streetside cafe.
Day 2 Leuven INCLUDES: Day 2 Montsoreau nr Saumur Day 5 Beaugency
Discover why Leuven is often called the open-air • Return rail London/Lille Drive through a parade of pleasant traditional villages Trace the entire development of secular French
museum of the past and meet the most magnificent • 3 nights accommodation set in picturesque countryside to Le Mans. Be architecture, from feudalism to classicism, at Blois
medieval building in the world. Striking architecture • Continental breakfast daily captivated by its Cathédrale St-Julien and explore Château. Medieval towers, Gothic roofs and walls,
abounds, from the flamboyantly Gothic Saint Peter’s • Dinner daily remnants from Roman times, including the riverside and sumptuous renaissance interiors abound in this
Church, with the famous 15th-century painting of • Entrance fees
baths. Survey the imposing castle that dominates the captivating display of decadent design. Venture just a
Dirk Bouts ‘The Last Supper’, to the impressive • Bilingual driver
medieval town of Angers and examine the amazing few kilometers down the road to yet another château
• All taxes and surcharges
Romanesque Gate, and don’t forget the unrivalled
baroque beauty, Park Abbey. Move on to the exquisite DEPARTS: Selected dates – Tues departing London
‘Apocalypse Tapestry’, hand-woven in the late 1300s.
Linger over a late lunch amid the shops and museums
at remarkable Amboise, a few kilometers further to
Chambord, the first great, classical French palace, once
What makes
history of Mechelen. Walk the medieval square lined
with guild houses, tour the 14th-century town hall and
(28 Apr/19 May/16 June/30 June/
28 July/25 Aug/22 Sept 09)
in the narrow streets of the old quarter, then move
onto Saumur for a sumptuous feast in true French
used as a retreat for Louis XIV, or take a peek at the
jewel of renaissance architecture, Chenonceau château.
us different?
see works by Van Dyck and other Flemish masters in style – usually a minimum of 3 courses, starting late Beaugency itself also boasts a small palace and, like Small groups
COMBINE WITH: The Somme with
the cathedral. Experience it all, with ample time left over and spanning the full evening. the others, it is set in a garden so magical it could easily unmarked, un
to wander through the shops or simply sit back and have slipped from the pages of a fairytale. branded
Day 3 Montsoreau nr Saumur coaches and
soak up the atmosphere from a street cafe or bar. stress-free trav
Relish the first day on the Loire in the pretty and Day 6 Beaugency – Paris el
Day 3 Leuven peaceful town of Montsoreau. Visit the local wine caves, Visit the relatively modern city of Orléans, made Leisurely paced
flexible itinera
Genteel Ghent really lives up to its reputation as an ‘art view the troglodyte hill dwellings and find mesmerising famous by Jean, Maid of Orléans, before moving on ries
city’. The capital of East Flanders, it boasts 2 medieval finery in the local château at Saumur. Spend time amid to Chartres. Stroll through the picturesque streets and Intimate smalle
r accommodat
castles, 19 museums, 5 abbeys and 3 beguinages, the natural splendour of charming Chinon, a fantastic be sure to catch any sights missed on the previous ion
Well-educated
plus beautiful waterways lined with gorgeous, gabled
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16th-century relic, and stop in to see Fontevreau, the trip, including the intriguing St-André quarter, with its travel guides
buildings and a decadent cathedral adorned with famed abbey where Richard the Lion Heart is buried. fine houses, restored mill-races and laundry-houses.
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction
age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense.
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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Departing Paris Departing Paris

La Belle France – 12 Days/11 Nights


A French love affair of the most enticing kind, this tour the Château d’Usee, said to be the setting of ‘Sleeping
is about passion, ardour and infatuation. Passion for Beauty’. Relive the extravagance of the Renaissance at
fine wine and long, lingering lunches. Ardour for ornate Azay-le-Rideau, or focus on the wow factor at the local
architecture and rich history. Infatuation for breathtaking chateau with the largest collection of Cadillacs outside
scenery and a laidback lifestyle. It is La Belle France, the US. Alternatively, feel free to wander around the
a delightful discovery for both the first time visitor and charismatic medieval town of Tours.
those who’ve already fallen in love with France and wish Day 9 Argenton-sur-Creuse
to unveil more of its secrets. Please note however, it is Visit one of the world’s first deliberately planned towns
only suitable for those who are mobile and reasonably fit. and contrast it to medieval hilltop city of Poitiers.
Day 1 Honfleur Examine one of the most idiosyncratic churches
Leave Paris along the shimmering course of the in France, the Notre-Dame-la-Grande, and slip into
Seine and discover the magic of France through a the serenity of the back roads on the scenic route
master painter’s eyes, with the first major stop of the to the small town of Argenton-sur-Creuse, via a host
day at Monet’s home in Giverny. Meander through of delightful towns such as Chauvigny and St Savin,
the magnificent countryside to the city of Rouen and which are simply crawling with culture.
wander around the famous Place du Vieux-Marche. Day 10 Argenton-sur-Creuse
Follow the footsteps of generations of artists to our Hide well away from the tourist hordes today in
accommodation in the picturesque harbour of Honfleur, delightful Argenton, a picturesque petri-dish of
one of the best-preserved old ports of Normandy. traditional French customs, or spend the day exploring
Day 2 Honfleur the captivating Creuse valley, then follow the artist’s
A splendid scenic drive along the ‘Normandy Corniche’ route to Gargilesse.
showcases views over the stunning surrounding Day 11 Beaugency
countryside and Seine estuary. Find out why this part Be amazed by the ostentatious wealth on display
of the northern French coastline is famed for its luxury on the drive back north to the Loire. Stroll through a
resorts in postcard-perfect Deauville and its sister town montage of classical, Gothic, renaissance and medieval
of Trouville. Stroll along the elegant boardwalk, ripe with architecture in Blois and try not to get lost in Chambord,
a high society history, spy on the magnificent boats in the largest of the Loire châteaux. Compare it to the
the marina and maybe try your luck in the casino before unpretentious riverside town of Beaugency, where we’ll
returning home to become more familiar with our own enjoy a gourmet farewell dinner, the last in a long line of
Honfleur harbour. memorable dining experiences on the tour so far.
Day 3 Bayeux Day 12 Paris
Watch the history books come alive today at the The most divine cathedral of all in Chartres makes for
site of one of the greatest military achievements of a fitting climax. Relish the vibrant atmosphere of the
modern times – the liberation of France following the charming streets, which reflect the bustling activity of a
Normandy beach landings on D-Day. Follow a line of medieval meeting of merchants and craftsmen, before
towns with recognisable names and find a war museum returning to your Paris hotel.
in every one: Utah, Omaha, Sword, Juno and Gold,
Arromanches, Pegasus Bridge and Caen. Travelling INCLUDES:
through this time-honoured region is an unforgettable • 11 nights accommodation
experience, tinged with inevitable sadness. • Continental breakfast daily
• Dinner daily (except day 4)
Day 4 Bayeux • Entrance fees
Lighten the mood today and set out independently to • Bilingual driver
discover the magic of the medieval town of Bayeux. • All taxes and surcharges
A remarkably well-preserved ancient city, it is an
obvious highlight of the Normandy region. Inspect the DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Mon departing Paris
world-famous tapestry depicting the battle of 1066 and (13 Apr–05 Oct 09)
the captivating Cathédral Notre-Dame. Wander through
the atmospheric streets or simply sit back and soak up
the culture in a sidewalk cafe.
Day 5 Fougeres/Rennes
Bid goodbye to Bayeux and cross the Normandy
countryside to Brittany and the amazing fortified towns
of St Malo and Dinan. Marvel at Mont St-Michel, the
10,000-year-old religious complex that appears to rise
from the surrounding waters, and explore the intriguing
streets of Fougeres.
Day 6 Chinon/Saumur
Suspend the animation and let yourself be caught up
by the Arthurian tales that radiate around Foret de
Paimpont. Be charmed by the lively medieval cathedral
and chaotic streets of Vannes and be intrigued by the
2000 mystical menhirs at Carnac.
Day 7 Chinon/Saumur
Take advantage of our position at Saumur, in the
eastern Loire Valley, to spend time enjoying the pretty
and peaceful town of Chinon. Home of famed writer
Rablais, it is overflowing with intriguing sights. Explore
its evocative stone streetscapes to reveal an ancient
fort, wonderful wine caves and a medley of museums.
Day 8 Chinon/Saumur
Choose which of the incredibly rich châteaux you want
to tour today. Villandry is almost unsurpassable for its
heavenly gardens alone. For fairytale perfection, opt for
Continued ➤ Twin from $4965 Single from $5510
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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THE BACK-ROADS WAY
and as emotive as an evening at the opera – Italy will steal your
heart in seconds. From rustic country villages to forted medieval
towns, from glossy green olive groves to laden vineyards, and from WHY BACK-ROADS?
the vibrant cities filled with luxury fashions to the world-class art galleries framing View the Vatican, take a gondola ride on the Venetian canals
the masters, it is absolutely overflowing with adventure. and ponder the leaning tower of Pisa, but don’t forget that the
real magic of Italy is not in its international icons, it lies in the
relaxed evening revelry of quaint Tuscan villages, in the handiwork
of remote island artisans and the contagious laughter of its

At a Glance charismatic people.

These are the features that Back-Roads Touring Co. showcases


on its unique tours. Stay in the villages and dine with the locals,
VISA & PASSPORT TIPPING devise your own list of attractions in the major cities and go
Australian, NZ, Canadian and Leaving a tip at a restaurant is at straight to your favourites and, best of all, simply relax and soak
American citizens may stay up your discretion. Most restaurants up the atmosphere from a street-side espresso bar when the
to 90 days without a visa. Other add 10–15% to the bill, however it is whim takes you.
nationalities need to consult their customary to leave a few coins if the
WHAT OUR TRAVELLERS SAY ABOUT US ...
licensed travel agent. service is satisfactory.
Perfect in every way. This holiday was certainly the best
LOCAL CUSTOMS LANGUAGES I have taken in 20 years or more of travelling. What
Conservative clothes are required Italian, with some English spoken in made it so was not only the varied and interesting
when visiting religious buildings. most tourist areas. itinerary, and the choice of accommodations, but the absolute
Beachwear should be confined to enthusiasm of our driver-guide. You can really see that everyone
CURRENCY in this company just loves what they do. And it makes such a
the beach. When buying a coffee,
Euro (EUR) difference! Mona Slitz
check what the price difference is
between sitting and standing. ELECTRICITY 220V 50Hz Because we were a small group, we went places and saw things
we would have missed with a large group. Susie Brown
TEMP (°C) J F M A M J J A S O N D We had the most wonderful experiences of our lives thanks to the
Rome 13 14 15 18 22 26 26 29 26 22 17 14 two trips we took with Back-Roads. Arlys J Krech
Florence 10 12 16 20 24 29 32 31 27 21 15 10
Arrangements for this trip were well planned on your part from
RAINFALL (mm) J F M A M J J A S O N D beginning to end ... Our accommodations were a delight, from the
Rome 81 75 65 55 32 16 15 33 68 93 110 90 beautiful settings to the friendly hosts and hostess ... Best of all
Florence 50 60 95 95 80 75 60 65 75 110 90 80 were the places we went and the people we met! Sue Porsch

DAYLIGHT (hours) J F M A M J J A S O N D
Rome 9 10 12 13 15 16 15 14 12 11 10 9
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction Florence 9 10 12 13 15 16 15 14 12 11 10 9
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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ITALY ITALY
Departing Rome Departing Rome

Renaissance Italy – 14 Days/13 Nights


Carefully crafted to create an intimate, indulgent travel experience and follow your feet wherever they
introduction to one of the world’s most popular take you. Alternatively, join your guide on a tour to
peninsulas, this 2-week tour takes in all the major, Padua or Vicenza.
must-see attractions in classic Back-Roads fashion. Day 10 Pesaro
Breach the typical tourist barriers to become totally Cross the flatlands of the Po delta, homeland of
immersed in the romance of Venice, the creativity of Guareschi’s Don Camillo, and revel in the rich regional
Florence and the history of Rome, then move beyond vistas. Be charmed by Chioggia, where there is ample
the signature cities to scale the hills of Umbria, take in time to survey the shops and collect some fresh local
the Tuscan countryside and stroll through the coastal produce, fine wine and a few gourmet specialties for
towns around Sirolo. an indulgent picnic. Continue a full day of discovery
Day 1 Fregene through the picturesque pine forests to Ravenna, with
Make a grand entrance at Rome’s Fiumincino (Leonardo its Byzantine mosaics and irresistible historic mystique.
da Vinci) airport, where you’ll be met by your specialist Day 11 Pesaro
Italian guide. Rest and recover from your flight, or Answer the call of the market in Rimini and mix with
immediately adopt a ‘when in Rome’ attitude and enjoy the locals in the relaxed seaside atmosphere. Scale
a seaside ‘passeggiata’ (leisurely evening stroll). Meet the hilltops and cross the border to the independent,
the group over a glorious Italian meal as the sun sinks. tax-free state of San Marino. Be captivated by San Leo,
Day 2 Todi Region with its fairytale castle showcasing glorious views over
Watch regional Italy come alive as we avoid the capital Romagna and the Marches.
city traffic and head for Lago di Bracciano and the little- Day 12 Sirolo
known town of Sutri, with its ancient Etruscan burial Explore the splendid gallery and active streets of
grounds and amphitheatre. Angle in to the fertile fields of the vivacious university town of Urbino and tour the
Umbria and the intriguing flat-top volcano town of Orvieto. largest caves in Europe before moving on to serene
Day 3 Todi Region accommodation under the enchanting Conero mountain.
Travel through the enchanting hilltop towns of central Day 13 Fregene
Umbria, where the definition of lifestyle is dramatically Head towards Rome again today. Cross the Apennines,
redefined and the scenery is heavenly, as we make via a tunnel through the 9000-foot-high stone of Italy,
our way St Francis’ Assisi. Stroll, shop and stop for an and visit Tivoli’s world-class gardens or Hadrian’s
espresso in Spello. Take a seat in the smallest theatre in majestic villa, followed by a leisurely lunch in town.
the world in quaint Monte Castello di Vibio.
Day 14 Rome
Day 4 Greve in Chianti Bid the beauty of Italy goodbye on the arranged transfer
Rich with pre-Roman Etruscan history, alive with lavish to the airport. If you are staying on in Rome hail a local
architecture and full of easy embraces, Tuscany is a true taxi or take public transport to your next port of call.
feast for the senses. Stop for a cappuccino before arriving
in Siena, with its spectacular town square, then wind INCLUDES:
down in the attractive village of Greve in Chianti. Take a • 13 nights accommodation
seat in one of the small cafe bars overlooking the piazza • Continental breakfast daily
and fall instantly in love with the evening atmosphere. • 11 dinners
• Entrance fees
Day 5 Greve in Chianti • Bilingual driver
Unveil the magic of medieval Florence at your own • All taxes and surcharges
pace today. Parking issues make it hard to travel as a
group, so get guided directions and set off on your own DEPARTS: Selected dates – Sun departing Rome
adventure. Lines at the major galleries can be long, so (26 Apr/10 May/24 May/07 June/
book tickets for entry after 10.30am before leaving home. 21 June/6 Sept/20 Sept/4 Oct 09)

Day 6 Greve in Chianti


Meet the master of the last millennium, Leonardo da
Vinci, with a visit to his birthplace in Lucca (or Vinci).
Delve into the art world again in Deruta, a town famous
for its ceramics, and call into the captivating city of Pisa
to see its famous ‘torre pendente’ (leaning tower).
Day 7 Mogliano Veneto
Opt for the road less travelled and traverse the striking
Apennines, stopping to explore the quaint, little-known
villages and test the hospitality of the country hostelries.
Pay your respects at the poignant American World War
II cemetery astride the sparkling River Greve, before
carrying on to Ferrara for lunch. Relish the experience of
modern Italian life in Mogliano Veneto and dine in a typical
local restaurant, blissfully free from any other tourists.
Day 8 Mogliano Veneto
Mingle with the locals on a brief train trip over the
lagoon to the Pearl of the Adriatic. Share the insights
your Back-Roads guide has garnered from years of
scouring Venice streets and enjoy the hidden beauty to
be found in the favourite haunts of the Venetians, rather
than the visitors. Enjoy a private dinner, or perhaps
climb aboard a gondola to coast the canals.
Day 9 Mogliano Veneto
Choose to spend another day exploring Venice or take
a trip by vaporetto (waterbus) to enchanting Murano
and Burano Islands. Majestic scenery, interesting
artefacts and friendly faces seem to appear at every
turn, so take advantage of Back-Roads’ less structured
Continued ➤ Twin from $5130 Single from $6040
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge.

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ITALY
Departing Florence
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Savour the culture of this renowned region in true base for the next 2 nights. Try climbing the 207 steps Day 8 Volterra – Florence
brochure are based on existing bedding. Additional bedding any reason, any travel service provider is unable to provide
Italian tradition – slowly, like a glass of fine wine or of the Torre dell Ore, a 13th-century clock tower, and Watch the rolling hills adorned with vineyards and olive CREDIT CARDS: Any deposits, full payment or final balances
made via a credit card will incur a credit card service fee of may be a bed, a fold-up ‘rollaway’ or a convertible settee, the services for which you have contracted, your remedy
an indulgent 6-course feast. This remarkable tour the 230 challenging steps to the Tower of the Palazzo groves glide past on the way to Chianti, a region that and depends upon the hotel. Please note: Triple share lies against the provider and not with Explore Holidays.
1% of the amount being charged to the credit card and this
is flexible enough to allow a cappuccino stop or Guinigi, or enjoy a more leisurely stroll around the produces some of the country’s best-known wines, fee will be added to your invoice. Explore Holidays reserves generally refers to three people sharing a room but NOT the Acceptance of such contracts constitutes acceptance of
theatre visit when the whim takes you, but it is also town’s renaissance walls. including the famous Chianti Classico. Explore the the right to vary this charge. An additional 2.5% credit card provision of three separate beds. Hotel rooms are ‘Run of the foregoing.
cleverly crafted to reveal Tuscan treasures often culinary delights of the area at your leisure before service fee will be applied to all Diners Club and American House’ unless otherwise stated. Particular room requests Liability: To the maximum extent permitted by law, we
Day 4 Lucca – Cinque Terre – Lucca (eg interconnecting, twin vs double bedding, non-smoking exclude all liability of whatever nature, whether in contract,
overlooked by the typical tourist trail. Every meal is returning to Florence by mid-afternoon. Express payments received for bookings with Explore
Ease into things with a relaxing day wandering the rooms etc) can be requested, BUT ARE NOT GUARANTEED tort or otherwise, for the acts, omissions or default, whether
an adventure of fresh produce and divine wine and Holidays.
medieval streets of Lucca, or jump on the sightseeing INCLUDES: AND ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY ON ARRIVAL. negligent or otherwise, of third party providers over whom
every accommodation stop is a showpiece of the CANCELLATION CHARGES
bandwagon and explore the steep coastline and the 5 • 7 nights accommodation BROCHURE CONTENT: Route maps and photographic we have no direct control, and for any loss or damage
region’s rich culture and creativity. Bello! 1) Land Arrangements whatsoever (including, but not limited to, physical and
captivating villages that make up the Cinque Terre, back- • Continental breakfast daily (a) Bookings cancelled at any time after reservation illustrations are for general purposes only and are not intended
dropped by breathtaking sea views. View the villages • 6 dinners to indicate the exact route, facility, service or hotel, which may psychological injury and loss or damage to property of
Day 1 Florence confirmation are subject to the forfeiture of any deposit paid
vary. Hotel locations on maps are a guide only, as maps are whatever nature) that may arise in any way in connection to
Embrace the charisma and colour of Florence from the from the famous walking track through the National Park, • Entrance fees to Explore Holidays, including any additional deposits required
not to scale. Hotel ratings are those suggested by relevant the offer or supply of products or services through Explore
moment you arrive at the airport. Alive with culture, art, or visit them via boat or train and unveil the secrets of • Bilingual driver by suppliers.
local authorities or our representative, and may vary from Holidays or any third parties, or in connection with the supply
this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. • All taxes and surcharges (b) In addition, cancelled bookings may incur charges from the
theatre, fantastic food and first class shopping, it is the Tourist Office ratings. of such products or services. Under circumstances where
hotel, tour operator, cruise line or other principal, and these
capital of the Tuscan region and an ideal base for the Day 5 Lucca – Pisa – Volterra liability cannot be excluded, such liability is limited to the value
DEPARTS: Fortnightly – Sat departing Florence charges can be up to 100% of total land arrangement costs, BAGGAGE: Carriers publish baggage allowances applicable
next 2 nights. Head to the hotel at your leisure to relax for carriage on their own services. Allowances include cabin of the purchased travel arrangements. We do not accept any
Meet an international icon today and marvel at the (2 May–7 Nov 09) particularly when cancelling tours and other arrangements
baggage and checked baggage. These allowances tend liability in contract, tort or otherwise for any injury, damage,
and recover from your flight, before meeting the group extraordinary structure of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. within 60 days of departure. Cancellation charges may incur
GST. You should check what additional cancellation fees apply to be based on a weight allowance or a piece system. We loss (including consequential loss), delay, additional expense
over the first of many delicious dinners. Take in the rural romance and timeless beauty of the or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by force majeure
(if any) BEFORE paying your deposit. recommend you check your baggage allowance carefully, as
Day 2 Florence Tuscan countryside on the way to Volterra, a magnificent 2) Airfares you may incur a charge for the carriage of baggage in excess or any other event that is beyond our control, which is not
Savour a true Italian cappuccino over breakfast before medieval town perched high on a rocky plateau. A cancellation charge of up to 100% may be applied, of their free baggage allowance. Carriers also publish baggage preventable by reasonable diligence on our part. The terms
depending on the travel conditions of the airfare. safety notices, which detail items that cannot be carried, or can and conditions contained in this brochure constitute the entire
embarking on a fascinating walking tour of Florence, Day 6 Volterra – San Gimignano – Volterra
only be carried in checked baggage. Again, we recommend agreement between you and Explore Holidays.
Italy’s outdoor museum. Marvel at the Ponte Vecchio, Relax and soak up the traditional ambience of Volterra AMENDMENTS: An amendment is a change to an existing Privacy Policy: Explore Holidays is committed to protecting the
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REFUNDS: To the extent permitted by law, no refund a problem; you should immediately contact the company
greatest artists who have ever lived, including Botticelli, skyline of 800-year-old towers, evokes images of is available for cancellations after travel has commenced
your departure from Australia.
responsible for the provision of that service (transfer/hotel/tour
Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rembrandt. medieval Tuscany better than anywhere else in the or in respect of any tours, accommodation, meals or any GENERAL INFORMATION etc) whose number will be printed on your voucher. If you are
Choose from one of Florence’s many fabulous province. Spend time wandering its cobbled streets other services not utilised. Requests for refunds received Goods and Services Tax: All goods and services offered for not satisfied with that response and should you wish to make
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Day 3 Florence – Lucca restaurants for dinner. outside Australia. However, for goods and services and
taken as cash. after your return to Australia. Explore Holidays cannot be held
Yesterday’s introduction will have whet the appetite for Day 7 Volterra – Siena – Volterra other items connected with Australia, Goods and Services responsible for delays or rejection of claims by principals if
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visiting your favourite personal attractions – tour the buildings today. Tour the famous cathedral and accommodation plans, rail, transport, museum, exhibit and Queensland Law: The terms and conditions contained
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landmark 3rd-century cathedral, scour the elegant discover the hidden secrets of its traffic-free streets. sightseeing tickets. within this brochure are governed by the laws of Queensland,
services provided.
shops or simply sit back and soak up the atmosphere Immerse yourself in the full flavour of Italian cuisine, Australia.
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over coffee in the Piazza del Duomo. Enjoy the courtesy of Siena’s abundance of pavement cafes and associated representatives overseas will not accept health requirements for your travel destinations and to ensure Australian OpCo Pty Ltd (ABN 20 003 279 534) trading as
picturesque drive to Lucca after lunch, an enchanting and great eateries. Twin from $3240 Single from $3920 responsibility, nor approve requests to pay for, additional that you carry all necessary vaccination documentation. Explore Holidays. Licence # ACT 18800566, NSW 2TA002547,
charges for extra services requested by you and not included Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is strongly recommended NT LTA 149, QLD 312 4259, SA TTA 192799, TAS TAS 160,
Prices are based on twin share when specified as twin & adult. Child price is based on 1 child sharing with 2 adults. Some tours not suitable for children under the age of 13. All tours subject to change according to weather, seasonality & attraction in the basic prices stated in this brochure. The cost of to cover you against loss of deposit or final monies paid, VIC 32360, WA 9TA 1362. Explore Holidays is a member
openings. Tour price includes most breakfasts & dinners, lunch at own expense. Airport transfers not included, but can be arranged at an additional charge. anything not specifically noted as being included in the holiday because of unavoidable cancellation due to illness or other of the Travel Compensation Fund and is a member of the
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as Explore Holidays. Licence # ACT 18800566, NSW
2TA002547, NT LTA 149, QLD 312 4259, SA TTA
192799, TAS TAS 160, VIC 32360, WA 9TA 1362.

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ABOUT THE EXPLORE HOLIDAYS
BROCHURE RANGE
What makes Back-Roads
Touring Co. different?
AUSTRIA &
& IRELAND

GERMANY

BRITAIN & IRELAND AUSTRIA & GERMANY RAIL


BRITAIN

RAIL

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Small group size Knowledgeable


• Max. group size 16 trained guides
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• Like minded travellers • Companion/guides both male


ARABIA & AFRICA FRANCE & ITALY MEDITERREANEAN
& AFRCIA
ARABIA

FRANCE
& ITALY

• Average age – young professionals to and female


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baby boomers • Authors, college professors,


photographers and historians
Quality vehicles • Intensive driving and safety training
• 16 seat Mercedes Sprinters and
13 seat Renault Masters
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• Small enough to get onto the


Tailor made touring
back roads and into the city centre – small group
(anywhere a car can go) • Hundreds of possible tailor-made tours
Book at your licenced travel agent: • Extra leg room for friends, family and groups
• Non-branded discreet touring coaches • Groups from 2–16 people
• Air-con or air-forced • Average GBP130 per day, fully inclusive
• Forward-facing seats
Unique products
Flexible itineraries and itineraries
• Tours designed to be flexible according
• Battlefields
to group wants
• Gardens
• Flexible enough to work with
the weather • Food and wine
• Plenty of free time and not too many • Political and historical
early mornings • Literature
• Multiple tours can be added • Art and music
together seamlessly

Unique accommodation
and meals
• Inns, farmhouses, castles and B&Bs
• Local restaurants, pubs, or on a sunny
day we will pack a picnic!
• Most meals included

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