Questions About the Tour Itineraries

QCan you describe a typical day out on tour?
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Generally our touring days are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place. Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach. On a typical day, we might leave at 9am and arrive at our hotel at 5pm. We do endeavour to build in time for rest and relaxation and most inclusions are not mandatory, so if you would rather do your own thing you are very welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point.

QHow flexible are Back-Roads touring’s itineraries?
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There are certain visits included in our itineraries which are fixed and included in the price. However outside of these there is some flexibility to adapt the itinerary according to such things as the weather, special events and group wishes. One of the beauties of small-group touring is that we can be much more relaxed and flexible in our approach. If you have a specific request which is not on the itinerary, we will do our best to accommodate it, but this will depend on the agreement of your fellow-travellers and the judgement of the Tour Leader.

QHow much walking on a tour?
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In cities, walking tours are offered by your guide. On European mainland tours there is considerable walking as many historic cities prohibit motorised transport and we have to park some distance out of the centre. On most tours there are opportunities for some extended walking, often from the accommodations we use.
 
Please note: if you have a mobility problem or concern, you may not find our tours suitable. Please contact us if you have any doubts.

QIs there time to shop?
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Of course! But we will NOT be taking you to 'commission' stops. Our guides are not permitted to profit from your shopping.

QAm I expected to leave gratuities?
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It is common to leave a small gratuity in restaurants and cafes if you have received good service (typically 12% on top of the bill). Tipping your driver and / or tour leader is entirely at your discretion, and is not mandatory.

QHow much driving do we do?
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We design tours so that there is as little wasted time as possible on the bus and plenty to see while aboard. Inevitably, there are days when travelling between locations may involve freeway driving and more mileage. Generally, a typical day's driving would be anywhere between 110 and 170 miles. There are at least three major attraction stops, 'comfort' and meal stops. We do travel along the scenic route wherever possible and you will see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.

QWhat are the benefits of travelling in a small group?
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Unlike a large coach company we can offer a truly personal experience as we can explore the local region in greater depth. You will meet like-minded friends and enjoy the convenience of your own personal driver/guide, who will impart their local knowledge and ensure you visit sites that the mainstream tourist typically misses out on.

QWhat meals are included?
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Breakfast (B) is included daily. We also include some lunches and dinners, either in the hotel or in a local restaurant. These are noted by L (lunch), or D (dinner) in the itineraries. You will have some free evenings to try the local cuisine independently. One thing to remember, dinner times in Europe are likely to be later than you might be used to: 7.30pm at the earliest and often later in France and Italy.

QAre you able to cater for my dietary restrictions?
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We will do our best to satisfy your dietary needs, please ensure that any restrictions are made clear to us at the time of booking so we can pass the information on to our hotels.

QDo you include entrance fees to attractions?
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Unlike many tour companies who charge everything as extras, we include a selection of entrances in the price. Those inclusions are clearly stated in the brochure and on our website. Any other entrance fees will be at your own expense.

QCan I get my hair done / laundry done on tour / go to church or synagogue / post items home?
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Yes. There is generally sufficient free time to incorporate all such functions, though we can't guarantee such in every country. Your guide-companion will be able to advise the most convenient point and assist in making relevant arrangements.

QHow much spending money should I bring?
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Although Back-Roads includes many meals and entrance fees within the price of the tour, you will need to bring spending money for any other meals, drinks and activities. As a guide we would recommend £70/90 Euros per person per day.