Our award-winning European Tour Leaders and local guides in Asia are committed to delivering the ‘Back-Roads Difference’: whether that be dining with the group, offering the flexibility to change the itinerary, giving personal recommendations for lunch or bringing each destination vividly to life with their insight and knowledge. Our Tour Leaders and local guides are dedicated to delivering a truly authentic, personable experience, and every single one of them is truly passionate about the tours they lead.


With a wide range of backgrounds and former occupations (including a botanist, policeman, soldier, philanthropist, photographer, business owner and sailor), our Back-Roads Tour Leaders and guides will enhance your tour with fascinating facts and interesting anecdotes. We’re proud to say our people really are the best in the business!


Agnes Bukowiecka

Agnes was born in Poland. Having spent her childhood in Canada, she quickly developed an interest in foreign languages and cultures. This is what led …More»

Agostino Viola

Agostino Viola was born and raised in Naples and currently lives in Florence with his Australian wife. He spent many years abroad, to learn and und …More»

Andy Steel

A Back-Roads Touring tour leader for six years, Andy has a colourful past; having worked as a detective in the British police force both in the UK …More»

Charlie Jaques

Charlie or CJ as he is known is a true wandering spirit with 12 fully stamped passports and counting. He spent 15 years driving quit …More»

Chris Reid

Chris was born of Scottish father and English mother in the Cotswolds in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, and has lived all over the UK includin …More»

Dave Lombardi

Dave Lombardi is a recently retired London Metropolitan Police Officer. He has spent the last ten years within the Royalty Protection Unit. He has …More»

David Coatsworth

David’s diverse career path has served as a great preparation for his current role as a Back-Roads Tour Leader!   His career to …More»

Derek Smith

Derek has been a tour leader with Back-Roads Touring since 2007 and looks forward to every opportunity to show off his favourite country, England. It …More»

Helen Pointer

As an Artist, Historian & Comedienne, Helen loves to share her experience of this isle through Light, laughter & literature as the journey tak …More»

Ian Williams

Ian left the Department of Trade & Industry in 2007 to spend more time with his pension. One year later he spotted a Back-Roads bus and decided …More»

Isabelle Pareja

Half Italian and half Spanish, but born in Belgium and living in Italy, Isabelle is without doubt, a ‘citizen of the world&rsq …More»

Jeremy Edwards

Jeremy joined Back-Roads as a tour leader in 2015. His early working life was as an engineering apprentice in the Welsh steel industry followed by a c …More»

Mario Filosofi

Mario's family has lived continuously in Rome since the 1700's. Before becoming a tour leader he was a road manager with renowned arts grou …More»

Mark Banning

Mark has been working as a Battlefield Guide for Backroads Touring for seven years and in that time has allowed many clients to gain a greater underst …More»

Michele Macali

Michele Macali was born in Rome 31 years ago but he has been travelling and living abroad for quite a while now. He loves spending time in Italy, F …More»

Mike Wilson

Mike is one of Back-Roads Touring's longest serving tour leaders despite being a ‘whippersnapper’ of 48. His job is his hobby and h …More»

Nic Piercy

Travelling has long held an allure for Nic and has drawn him to various parts of the world. He lived in the Middle East for three years, …More»

Peter Denning

Peter is a farmer in County Cavan producing beef, who has done his share of travelling, hitch-hiking around New Zealand and travelling to Australia …More»

Sarah Fanet

Sarah joined Back-Roads two years ago after twenty years teaching languages. She grew up in France and has strong links with Brittany, Burgundy and …More»

Simon Gregor

Simon has worked for several years as a tour leader: initially this was in his home city of London, and later on the battlefields of the First Worl …More»

Stefano Lai

Stefano was born in Venice from an Italian father and a Scottish mother. This has been his first season for Back-Roads Touring, but He’s been …More»

Tony Crompton

Travel has always been a major part of Tony's life, having spent the earliest years of his life in Kenya, which perhaps gave him the “wan …More»

Tony Wade

Tony has been tour leading with us since 2007. He is another of our ex-military guides having spent time with both the Canadian and American forces in …More»

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson was born in Manchester in the north west of England and raised in Bolton and Blackburn till the age of 11 when his family moved to Ll …More»

Warwick Barton

Coming from a background as a Chartered Surveyor in construction, Warwick was involved in projects as wide ranging as a golf course, to enabling wo …More»

Bethany Thompson

Beth has recently added ‘guide’ to her list of jobs which have included actor, cook, dog walker, nanny, voice over artist and flight attendant! Sh …More»

Louis Morris

Louis was born in London and now lives on a small holding in rural Wales. Louis ran his own overland expedition company running tours through both …More»

Carole Petipher

Carole Petipher was brought up in the Chiltern Hills situated between Oxford and London in an unspoilt village. Her Sunday treat when she was a child …More»

Elaine Jones

Elaine left Britain over twenty years ago to travel the world and is still going!   She has lived in a number of very different countries …More»

Maarit ritvanen

Born and bred in Finland, Maarit is a professional translator who moved to London over 15 years ago. After years of working with international educ …More»

Erik Jelinek

Erik was born and raised in Scotland, but also went to school in Germany and France where he picked up the languages as well as a penchant for good …More»

Flavio Lazzaretto

Flavio was born near Venice in Italy and grow up in Europe. He lived for a year in Barcelona where he finished his Engineering studies and learned …More»

Giada Angeli

Giada (Italian name for Jade!) was born in the heart of Italy: a small town called Civitavecchia, very close to the Capital and so called "the …More»

David Luque

David has 13 years’ experience with Back-Roads Touring and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English. He studied a Journalism Degree which …More»

Robert Carr

Alongside his knowledge of Scotland, we are lucky to benefit from Rob’s friendly nature, ready smile, keen sense of humour and endless patien …More»

Maxime Giron

Max was born in the French Alps and describes himself as a mountain goat. He had the chance to experience living abroad, mainly in London, Australi …More»

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