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Address: Manchester, VT 05255
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+1 802-362-4997

This tour is an Editors' pick for Yankee Travel Magazine. If you have only...

This tour is an Editors' pick for Yankee Travel Magazine. If you have only a couple of days in the area, this tour is a must. Our 4-seasons "Southern Vermont Sampler Tour" will help you discover the region's best-kept secrets while exploring the Vermont backroads. During each season, there are many fascinating stops along the way. Our local guide will entertain you with fun facts, history & local lore. Discover why Vermont is called, "The State of Mind!" $35pp. Advance reservations are necessary(limited to 8-11 passengers). Email or call for dates/times/details/reservations.

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A real learning experience for the Manchester/Dorset area

We have been to this area quite a few times, but we had never taken a tour of the area. This time around we thought we would try something different. That is how we decided to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Peter D
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to this area quite a few times, but we had never taken a tour of the area. This time around we thought we would try something different. That is how we decided to try Backroad Discovery Tours. We took the Winter Sampler Tour with Sharon, and she was extremely knowledgeable about the area and its history. Some... More 

Thank Peter D
Rogers, Arkansas
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We were in Manchester Village for a long weekend trip and decided to take a tour with Sharon to see the "real Vermont." We couldn't have been more pleased! Not only was Sharon a delight, she took us to some amazing, LOCAL points of interest and injected history and interesting conversation along the way. If you want to see the... More 

Thank Ashley B
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I was not able to do this tour to my regret but I must comment on the great customer service. I had prepaid for this trip and did not call to get my money back but to explain why we would not show up. The owner immediately said she would refund my fee and hoped to see me in the... More 

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Brookeville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Tour the back roads around Manchester and discover some wonderful hidden places. Merck Farm, old general store, granite quarry and many other cool places. A very enjoyable day.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were in Manchester for the weekend, hoping to catch some fall foliage but we were unfortunately a few weeks too late. Sharon took us on the Shires of Vermont Sampler Tour, which brought us to wonderful local places in the vicinity we would otherwise not have seen! She was knowledgable and shared many tips on what... More 

Thank yonderwander
Kent England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This is a great way to see beautiful Vermont surrounding the town of Manchester. We tried to book on the day but the tour vehicle was all booked up. Sharon, the proprietor and guide offered us the opportunity to follow along in our own vehicle at a reduced price. This worked well as all the informative commentary occurred outside the... More 

Thank boxnut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Sharon was a great tour guide who took us to some wonderful locations to view the Vermont fall foliage. Also very informative about the history of Manchester VT and surrounding towns. The bus was comfortable and it was a fun tour and great value. It was worth the journey from Australia!

Thank Wigwam551
Tamarac, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Sharon was a lovely tour guide and knowledgeable of the area. We enjoyed the tour as it was nice being driven around to see the fall foliage. So relaxing and interesting. We even met Mohawk the Alpaca and got to feed him. Too cute. If you have little ones they will enjoy that. We also saw sheep as well. One... More 

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bckrddisc, Owner at Backroad Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments! I'm glad you enjoyed the tour! Unfortunately, due to the steep and curvy nature of the Equinox Skyline Drive, tour vehicles are not allowed. A 6-passenger SUV is the largest they allow. FYI, the best time to view the glory of the foliage in southern Vermont (without going to the top of Equinox), is a... More 

Mineola, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We took the Revolutionary War tour because the Vermont Sampler wasn't available, but we weren't disappointed. We had a nice time and learned much that we would not have on our own.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We booked the day before and found that the afternoon tour was booked up but there was room with Revolutionary/Civil War morning tour. I'm glad it worked out that way! Very interesting and informative. The tour van was comfortable. Highly recommend.

Thank KellyfromKY

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