Small group touring specialist Back-Roads Touring has nine new tours in its UK & Europe 2020 brochure, including Christmas and winter trips for the first time.

New Christmas markets tours include The Best of Saxony and Bohemia which features the Striezelmarkt in Dresden – one of Germany’s oldest markets – and the opportunity to sleep in a castle at Schloss Purschenstein. It costs from £1,599 for six days.

Sweden and Finland also make their debut in the itineraries offered by Back-Roads Touring.

A Scandinavian Journey features Denmark, Sweden and Norway’s capital, Oslo. It costs from £2,479 for seven days.

Northern Lights: A Lapland Winter explores Finnish Lapland and costs from £4,369 for eight days.

Other new tours are Hampton Court Flower Show, English Christmas markets, Treasures of Scotland, The Headlands of Ireland, A Traditional Alsace Christmas and An Austro-Hungarian Christmas.

David Gendle, global sales general manager, said: “Our new and upgraded tours are a direct reflection on what customers and past Back-Roads guests have asked for, including more hands-on historical experiences and authentic epicurean discoveries.

“From visiting a reindeer farm in Lapland to browsing the stalls at Gallipoli’s famous fish market, and exploring the candy-coloured villages of Cinque Terre, we pride ourselves on our offering of truly unforgettable holiday experiences that feed the curiosity of mature travellers.”

Prices include boutique accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis, some lunches and dinners, excursions and transportation in premium mini-coaches, but not flights or transfers.

Early bookings on selected departures qualify for a 10% saving until September 30.

Pictured is Karlovy Vary in the west Bohemia region of the Czech Republic, featured on the Best of Saxony and Bohemia Christmas markets tour.

MoreUS trips make their debut with Back-Roads Touring