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Back Roads Tours
Take the road less travelled in these small group tours. Stay in local accommodation, taste authentic cuisine and experience a more immersive, personalised tour.

Fred.\ Holidays has teamed up with the touring experts, Back-Roads Touring, to offer you a selection of small group escorted holidays to help you delve deeper into your destination.

With a maximum group size of 18, your tour leader can ensure a more personalised experience. And with smaller groups, culinary discoveries and boutique accommodation are just two of the fantastic reasons to travel.

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience different cultures is to sample local cuisines, and with visits to local producers of food, with wine tastings and even cooking lessons, there will be plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. The choice of accommodation reflects the personality of the local area and fits right in with its surroundings.

Scenic Back Roads

Winding country lanes, coastal beauty spots, breath-taking mountain passes; with your luxury mini-coach you will enjoy scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles. The journey is as much of the adventure as the destination.

Leisurely Paced Itineraries with Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out the genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each region as well as its culture.

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus, we rarely leave before 08:30 and each stop is given the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum and giving plenty of time to explore at your pace.

European City Breaks

Find your perfect city break from the countries below. Don't forget we can tailor-make your perfect break for you including multi-centre breaks, rail travel and car-hire for self-drive options.

Austria has a natural beauty from crystal clear lakes to ice capped, rugged peaks to picturesque mountain villages, dense woods and lush pasture land.
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Belgium is often overlooked but it is a mistake to miss out this tiny but culturally significant territory in the North of the continent.
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Croatia is a land of jaw-dropping landscapes. Plitvice Lakes National Parks holds lush, dense, forests, while Dubrovnik is surrounded by golden beaches.
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Czech Republic
Situated between Germany and Poland, the landlocked nation of the Czech Republic offers visitors stunning cities and cultural delights.
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Comprising of the Jutland peninsula, north of Germany, and over 400 islands of various sizes, Denmark is Scandinavia's smallest country.
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Estonia's capital, Tallinn, dates back to the Middle Ages and is still in pristine condition.
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Finland is a land of islands and has more than any other country in the world. Nearly 70% of its area is populated by forests and roughly 10% is water.
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It may come as a surprise to some people, but France receives more tourists each year than any other country.
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From the vibrant cities of Cologne and Munich to the medieval villages and majestic mountains of the country, Germany always proves a hit with tourists.
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Located at the southernmost tip of the Balkan Peninsula, Greece offers visitors an extensive history, fascinating mythology and beautiful golden beaches.
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Situated in the heart of Europe, Hungary is a nation of just over 10 million people. The country has an extraordinary wealth of thermal spas.
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Iceland is a destination that has been on the rise for several years now, as more and more people become aware of its natural beauty and untamed wild landscapes.
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Italy’s fantastic food, glorious weather and fascinating history make it tremendously popular for tourists from all over the world.
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The Netherlands is known for its lively tradition, windmills and tulips, and fast-paced modern European life.
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Norway is one of the world's richest countries. It has a rugged but captivating landscape and a coastline that runs for more the twelve thousand miles.
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In recent years, Poland has become an increasingly popular tourist destination with tourists discovering the gems that once were hidden behind the iron curtain.
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Not only can you visit the Pena National Palace just outside of the country’s capital, you can also taste an authentic Piri-Piri meal, a speciality in Faro.
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Romania is located in the centre of Europe. Famously known for Count Dracula, the country is extremely diverse and has plenty to offer. Book now.
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At roughly 6,592,800 square miles in size, Russia is the largest land mass on the planet.
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Spain has always been a beloved holiday destination for us Brits, even as the trend slowly moves away from relaxing beach resorts & towards shorter city breaks.
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Sweden is situated in Northern Europe. It has a wild landscape, made up of large streams and rivers and nearly 10% of its landmass is covered by glacial lakes.
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As the home of fantastic natural scenery, Switzerland is becoming more and more popular every year.
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As the UK’s northernmost cruise terminal, Aberdeen provides a wealth of holiday opportunities for northern Scotland.
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Located two miles from the city centre, cruises from Belfast depart from a port located on the River Lagan - the largest in Northern Ireland.
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Bristol Avonmouth
Bristol Cruise Terminal offers an ideal link to the Atlantic Ocean via the mouth of the River Severn.
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Cruises depart from Queen Alexandria Dock and getting to Cardiff is very easy by car.
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Dover Cruise Terminals proximity to France makes it a great option for itineraries to Belgium, the Netherlands, the Norwegian fjords, and the Baltic nations.
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The Irish capital of Dublin, situated on the east coast, is a bustling hub of culture and history.
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Dundee is home to one of the UK’s northernmost cruise terminals, providing cruising opportunities for the Highlands and Northeast Scotland.
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Greenock is easily accessible from Glasgow and serves as the primary cruise terminal for the city.
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It is an ideal embarkation port for East Anglia, with easy access via a good network of roads from Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk.
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Hull will receive a new cruise terminal and riverside berth which will boost Hull’s status as a cruise port providing itineraries out of Hull into Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, and Norway.
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Ships berth directly in Liverpool City Centre, making it one of the most easily accessible cruise ports in the UK.
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London Greenwich
A stop in London Greenwich gives fabulous links straight into the heart of London whether you are looking for shopping, sightseeing or shows in the glittering West End.
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London Tower Bridge
What better way is there to arrive into or depart from London in style than by sailing under the gates of Tower Bridge? As the iconic landmark opens up in front of you, it welcomes you to England's capital in one of the most exceptional ways.
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Newcastle Upon Tyne
Situated on the banks of the River Tyne, the Port of Tyne is located just ten miles outside of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne city centre.
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Situated on the Dorset coastline, the charming town of Poole is situated just two and half hours away from London and offers a gateway to some of the finest destinations in Europe.
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Portsmouth’s award-winning passenger terminal building opened in 2011 and is the perfect place from which to embark on a cruise.
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Cruises from Rosyth take passengers into Northern Europe, the Norwegian fjords, and the Arctic Circle.
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With a total of four passenger cruise terminals, Southampton is widely regarded as the UK’s number one cruise port.
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Situated just 25 miles outside of London, Tilbury’s deepwater cruise port provides the opportunity for larger vessels to dock in the area.
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