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July 30, 2013 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

The birth of the royal baby coupled with several great British sporting wins has sent demand for holidays to the UK soaring, according to small group touring expert Back-Roads Touring.

Back-Roads Touring general manager Steve Reynolds said sales of UK itineraries from Australia had risen over 80 per cent to date this year compared to last year.

“The royal wedding, the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee kicked off the tourism boom in the UK,” Mr Reynolds said.Banner 250x250px

“But with the recent birth of Prince George, coupled with Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory and rugby success for the Lions over the Wallabies, interest has seriously skyrocketed.

“There’s an incredible amount of buzz surrounding the UK at the moment and Aussie travellers want to be a part of it.”

Back-Roads’ UK itineraries are the top choice for travellers, with the Heart of England and Corners of Cornwall the most popular small group tours booked by Australians.

Mr Reynolds said many Aussies booking UK tours had visited in their younger years but wanted to return and explore areas of interest in more detail and at a higher quality.

“We expect interest in royal attractions like Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace, where the Duke and Duchess will live with Prince George, will enjoy heightened interest as the frenzy around the royal birth continues,” he said.

“However, travellers increasingly want new experiences too. There has been a strong trend towards discovering wonderful local food which is why Back-Roads Touring will offer a new Old Pubs & Great Grub tour in England next summer.”

Travellers wanting to experience a slice of the UK for less this summer can take advantage of a range of great savings on selected departures.

For example, save 15 per cent on the 9-day Highlights of Britain now from $2316* per person twin share based on the 24 October departure.

The comprehensive journey is tailored to those who want to fully experience British history and culture, travelling through Oxford, the Cotswolds, Chester, Snowdonia National Park, York, the Lake District, the Scottish borders and Edinburgh.

A 15 per cent discount also applies to the 29 September departure of the 6-day Flavours of Southern England which explores the cuisine of Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, New Forest and Dorset from $2163* per person twin share.

The tour includes meals at the restaurants of three celebrity chefs – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen and Deli, Mark Hix’s Hix Oyster & Fish House and Marco Pierre White’s Wheelers Inn – as well as tastings of local cheeses, breads and homemade clotted ice cream.

Back-Roads Touring has over 25 years’ experience in small group and tailor-made tours across the UK and Europe.

Back-Roads Touring caters for mature travellers with small group journeys of no more than 18 people. The tours travel along the scenic back roads of destinations instead of freeways, taking travellers to places larger coach tours simply can’t reach.

* Full terms and conditions apply. Offer is strictly valid for new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer can be withdrawn at any time.  Full payment is required at the time of booking for the saving to be applicable. Promo code must be quoted at the time of booking. Flights are additional. Prices and taxes are correct as of May 2013 and are subject to change without notice. Prices are per person and subject to availability. Accommodation is based on twin/double share. Seasonal surcharges may apply depending on date of travel. Additional levies, government charges and other applicable fees may apply.

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