AUTHENTIC LOCAL EXPERIENCES

AUTHENTIC LOCAL EXPERIENCES

At Back-Roads Touring we believe that you will find the heart and soul of a nation in its regional areas. Our included Authentic Local Experiences ensure you’ll really get to know the people, customs and history of a region. Enjoy intimate performances and concerts, see demonstrations by local producers and tradesmen and gain exclusive access with private tours of country houses and gardens. In fact, the very nature of our tours means that you’re often interacting with the locals, as you leisurely explore towns and villages that aren’t on the tourist trail.
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Punting on the Cam - England

Introduced to Cambridge in  Edwardian times for ferrying  cargo, punting on the Cam is  a popular summer pastime of  Cambridge University students  and has been for the last 100  years. Hop on board and enjoy  a leisurely punt through the  heart of this ancient city. 

Narrow Boat Experience - England

During the Industrial Revolution  the landscape of the UK was  transformed by canals – a  manmade network of waterways,  connecting rivers and seas, used  to transport goods from one end  of the country to the other. Enjoy  a private, traditional narrow boat  experience on the Kennet and  Avon canal at Newbury.

Tregothnan Estate Private Tour - England

The Tregothnan Estate is internationally recognised as the home of English tea and has been home to the Boscawen family since 1335. Your private tour takes place when it’s closed to the general public and you will be accompanied by the Head Gardener, or another member of the gardening team

Cropwell Bishop Creamery - England

Cropwell Bishop Creamery is a family owned business situated in the 13th century Nottinghamshire village of Cropwell Bishop. Their mission has always been to produce simply the best cheese possible, and they do this by adhering to traditional cheese making techniques that have been used in the production of Stilton for generations. 

The Old Rectory House - England

The Old Rectory House is a private family home where you can make yourselves truly at home and enjoy a traditional English cream tea, complete with scones, clotted cream and jam. During the cream tea you’ll be able to browse the vast selection of interesting and amusing books and relax in your charming surrounds. 

Memories of the Occupation - Guernsey

Meet lovely Molly Bihet on the  beautiful island of Guernsey and  listen to her enthralling tales as she  recounts her childhood memories  of the German occupation of the  Channel Islands. Molly, who still  lives near Les Canichers where  the events took place, was just  nine years old when the Nazis  arrived in Guernsey in 1940 and  has written a number of books  on her experiences.

Male Voice Choir - Wales

Wales is known across the  globe for its tradition of male  voice choirs. So much so that,  according to a popular myth  immortalised by the film Zulu,  it was even claimed that Zulu  warriors challenged the British  Army to a battlefield singing  contest, to which Welsh regiments  responded with a close harmony  rendition of the popular Welsh  song Men of Harlech! 

Welsh Language Lesson - Wales

Travel along the beautiful Lleyn Peninsula to the Heritage Centre at Nant Gwrtheyrn where we will enjoy a short talk on the ancient Welsh language. You will also have the chance to learn a few words in this notoriously difficult to pronounce language for yourself and enjoy a Welsh tea. Image: © Crown copyright (2011) Visit Wales.

Black Cab Tour - Ireland

Belfast, the capital city of Northern  Ireland, has a fascinating history.  Learn about the city’s turbulent  past with a Famous Black Cab  political tour. Depart the hotel  and board a black cab for a trip  around both sides of the Belfast  community, including the infamous  Falls and Shankill Roads, the  Peace Line, the International Wall,  the Sinn Fein Headquarters, and  Bombay Street, where tensions  originally broke out in 1969.    

Meet the Locals - Ireland

Meeting the locals is always a memorable part of a Back-Roads tour and our Irish trips are no exception! Enjoy informal evenings in traditional Irish pubs across the country where you will have a chance to experience the unique Irish way of letting your hair down.

Connemara Heritage Centre - Ireland

Visit the award winning Connemara Heritage Centre, which offers an insight into the history and heritage of the region. Enjoy an entertaining and educational guided tour which offers demonstrations of traditional farming activities such as turf cutting, sheep herding and soda bread making on the open fire.

The Irish National Stud - Ireland

The Irish National Stud in County Kildare is arguably the heart of the Irish thoroughbred industry and home to some of the world’s most credentialed racehorses including ‘Living Legends’ Vintage Crop, Moscow Flyer, Kicking King and Beef or Salmon. 

Gonet Wine Tasting - France

At this premium, independent champagne house they do everything in house, on site

Truffle Hunt - France

We’ll make our way through the sleepy countryside to the tiny village of Pechalifour where we will be greeted by Edouard and his wife Carole

Flamenco at El Patio Sevillano - Spain

Watch fl amenco in vibrant, traditional, lively Seville – the city where bull fi ghting is still a popular pastime and fl amenco dancing is enjoyed by locals in their homes and bars. 

Corleone Mafia Tour - Italy

Corleone, immortalised in The  Godfather as the home town from  which Vito fl ed after his family were  slain by the mafi a, is also known  for the real-life mafi a clan the  Corleonesi. Corleone local Gino  Felicetti, whose family previously  fled to England to escape a feud  but have since returned, takes  us on a guided tour through  Corleone, explaining the history and  transformations of the mafi a in Sicily.

Torroneria Barbero - Italy

The Barbero company is housed in a historic building in the heart of Asti. The company, which was founded in Mombercelli d'Asti, is mainly known for the production of the artisanal crumbly torrone and for its fine chocolate. 

Podre il Casale - Italy

Podre il Casale is an organic agricultural farm near Pienza in the southern reaches of the province of Siene. Situated on a hill, this 16 th century stone structure offers a stunning view over the Val d’Orcia. 

Stone-Masonry School - Croatia

The stone-masonry school in  Pucisca, on the Island of Brac,  has been educating people in the  art of stone-masonry for over 100  years. Brac stone is known for its  quality and bright white colour and  has been quarried from the island  since the Roman times. 

Hadeland Glassverk - Norway

Hadeland Glassverk is a leading force in the design of glass art and is highly renowned for its beautiful artwork. The designers and glassblowers produce groundbreaking art in the glassblowing studio, Glasshytta, located on beautiful Lake Randsfjorden.