Sit back and let someone else do the driving on a small group tour of Europe’s back-roads. You’ll travel in a premium mini-coach that has all the bells and whistles of a larger coach but can squeeze down those narrow streets and country lanes. Here are some of the highlights you can expect from some of our favourite European destinations.
Journey through a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. From the windswept shoreline of the Normandy beaches to the château-sprinkled countryside of the Loire Valley, from the mediaeval streets of Dinan to the enchantment of Mont St Michel, a small group tour offers plenty of opportunities to experience the real France.
Take a rural road trip through Spain and Portugal and you’ll see plenty of examples where East meets West and the past meets the present. Soak up the vibrant gardens, intricately carved archways and breath-taking position of Granada’s Moorish Alhambra palace one day, and enjoy a tapas tour of local bars in Seville another. Iberia is heaven for foodies, so be sure to try all the locally-grown specialities, including Jamón, olive oil and wine.
Tuscany’s rich tapestry of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food make it an exquisite and much-loved destination, and a small group tour is an ideal way to experience it all. Base yourself in a character-filled Tuscan country house and spend your days sampling mouth-watering gelato in San Gimignano, exploring the cobbled streets of mediaeval hilltop towns like Volterra and enjoying leisurely meals at local osterias.
Small group tours offer a maximum group size of less than twenty, which means you’ll get to stay at smaller, intimate properties that are full of local character, from traditional hostelries to medieval castles. If you wish to spend your European holiday enjoying smaller, off the beaten track delights ranging from a family-run Calvados cellar in Normandy to a tour of local tapas bars in Andalusia, ask your personal travel manager for tour recommendations.