Travel Insider Touring

Travel Insider Touring

Occasionally each year, we offer special touring opportunities to our readers, giving you a chance to travel somewhere together with other like-minded fellow Travel Insiders, and usually accompanied by Travel Insider David Rowell himself.  Indeed, one of the best features of our touring is the great group of people you get to share the touring with – usually interesting and successful people, often but not always retired, and with plenty of past travel experiences.

Our group travel is quite unlike traditional group travel experiences.  We keep the schedule’s flexibility as high as possible.  For example, if weather changes, or if the group as a whole wish to substitute something for something else, then – if at all possible – we’ll adapt, adopt and improve to ensure the best experience for the group, based on the varying situation and circumstances as they unfold.  If the schedule allows, of course we’ll add impromptu photo stops on request.  And so on.

We also never over-fill the coaches we use.  Typically our coaches are no more than two-thirds full, giving people who are traveling alone or who wish a double seat to themselves plenty of room to spread out, and meaning no-one has to suffer a bad seat (eg with a wheel well directly in front).

Where possible, we add some special extra features and experiences into our touring to further enhance your overall experience.

In the past we’ve had tours to many different parts of the world, ranging from Russia and China (and even North Korea) to Sri Lanka and Scotland’s Islands; from New Zealand to Turkey, and through much/most of western and eastern Europe.

In the future, who knows!  If you have requests or suggestions, by all means let us know.

Covid Touring

We were one of the very first to cancel our touring schedule, back in February 2020.

We’re as keen as you are to return back to touring, and now, after over a year seeing no light at the end of the tunnel, we believe it is now becoming appropriate to plan some tours for later in 2021. We explain our reasoning in this article.

These tours will be limited only to those people who can show a vaccination certificate and will be limited to no more than 25 people, while still using a full size coach.

Specific itineraries will be announced in late March.  You can see a calendar of how these tours sequence and can be combined on this page.

Here is the schedule of up-coming tours that we plan to operate.

Custom Touring Your Choice

Do you have a group of people you’d like to arrange a group tour for?  We can do all this for you – simply tell us where you want to go, when, what you would like to see and do while you’re there, your target price range and tour quality, and about how many people you expect in your group.

We’ll do the rest.  People can pay us or pay you, they can go through you or deal with us directly; whatever/however you wish it to be managed, we’re here to help and make it so.

More details here.

20 Aug (or sooner)  – 26 Aug (or later)

Wales – a small country of 641 castles (the most of any country in Europe), wonderful mountains and valleys, and beautiful seaside towns, is too-often overlooked by most international visitors.

To remedy this, we are offering our first ever tour of Wales, with a comprehensive experience throughout the country.

7 days/6 nights.  Optional pre and post tours.  Connects with the Scotland’s Four Corners tour immediately after.  (See the 2021 touring calendar for details.)

Available to join in late April

  • Main tour page and booking form
  • Day by Day Itinerary
Scotland’s Four Corners28 Aug (or sooner) – 6 Sep (or later)

We take you as close as we can get to mainland Scotland’s “four corners” – its southern, northern, western and eastern points.  We also include some islands and other experiences “in the middle”, giving you a chance to literally cover the length and breadth of Scotland.

10 days/9 nights.  Optional pre and post tours.  Connects with the Wonderful Wales tour immediately before and the Overlooked England tour immediately after.  (See the 2021 touring calendar for details.)

Available to join in late April

  • Main tour page and booking form
  • Day by Day Itinerary
Overlooked England8 Sep (or sooner) – 16 Sep (or later)

Cornwall is so different to the rest of England that there’s a nationalist movement to create a separate country in Cornwall.

Our Overlooked England tour starts in Salisbury and meanders down the south coast, through Devon and around Cornwall, before returning back to the Cotswolds and ending in Oxford.

9 days/8 nights.  Optional pre and post tours.  Connects with the Scotland’s Four Corners tour beforehand.  (See the 2021 touring calendar for details.)

Available to join in late April

  • Main tour page and booking form
  • Day by Day Itinerary
The Great British Expedition3 Sep (or sooner) – 13 Sep (or later)

Here’s a chance to do the famous “From John O’Groats to Land’s End” tour (JOG-LE) of Britain in its entirety from the northeastern tip of Scotland down to the southwestern tip of England.

You can join our Scotland Four Corners tour either when it starts or any time subsequently prior to the day we travel from Inverness up to John O’Groats, and then continue on for the rest of the Scotland tour and down to England and Land’s End, completing this tour either in Penzance after visiting Land’s End or staying on until the tour ends in Oxford three days later.

If you wanted to, you could join earlier for some or all of our Wonderful Wales tour, too.

At least 11 days/10 nights, and as much longer as you wish up to 27+ days.  (See the 2021 touring calendar for details.)

Available to join in late April

  • Main tour page and booking form
  • Day by Day Itinerary
European Christmas MarketsDec 2021

Another Christmas Markets themed European tour – not yet confirmed.  We hope to make a go/no-go decision in July.

Details to follow in mid 2021.


Inaccurately laughed at as “the land of Borat”, in reality Kazakhstan is the most prosperous, progressive and stable of all the ‘stan countries.

See for yourself this September, when we spend a week in Kazakhstan.  Optional touring beforehand in Ukraine, and after in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Details to follow in Feb 2020.

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