Last minute vacations. Tours & vacations in 2015 & 2016

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Northern Pakistan holiday
Dramatic landscapes and unique traditional cultures, from £2099 (16 days) ex flights
Devon self catering cottage in England
Cosy self catering cottage with woodburner in rural Devon, from £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Sri Lanka family vacation
A fabulous family vacation including the best of Sri Lanka, from US $1865 - US $2985 (14 days) ex flights
Overland tour to China, Tibet and Nepal
Discover the awe-inspiring 'Roof of the World', from US $1670 (32 days) ex flights
Family sea kayaking vacation in Croatia
Relaxing & fun family kayaking vacation on Croatian islands, from €615 (8 days) ex flights
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
Two traditional Spanish cave houses, from £400 - £600 per week
Self guided walking vacation in France
Idyllic walking in France with great food, wine and ambiance, from €873 - €967 (7 days) ex flights
Mekong Adventure in Laos & Cambodia
The Mekong, one of the world’s greatest rivers, from US $3000 (21 days) ex flights
Guided walking vacations in the French Alps
Guided walking from a historic chalet base, from £615 (8 days) ex flights
Peru small group tour, Southern Peru
A luxury tour of south Peru and the Inca Empire, from £2338 - £2578 (14 days ) ex flights
Lima to Rio overland tour
Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil, from US $2000 - US $2895 (61 days) ex flights
Small group vacations to Madagascar
Experience the best of this enigmatic island continent, from £2195 (17 days) ex flights
Arctic icebreaker cruises, Spitsbergen & Greenland
Remove urban cobwebs in the Arctic, from £2190 - £5846 (8 days) ex flights
Catalonia family self guided biking holiday, Spain
Customised road cycling tour in Girona, Catalonia, from €280 (8 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish & yoga in the Picos de Europa, Spain
Spanish & Pilates+Yoga in stunning Green Spain, from €415 (5 days) ex flights
South East China photography vacation
Discover ethnic minorities and natural wonders of China, from €2400 - €2600 (10 days) ex flights
Catalonia family mountain biking & activity vacation, Spain
Family MTB & activities in the Catalan countryside, from €690 (8 days) ex flights
Albania vacation, in the land of the Eagles
Fascinating historic sites and the best of rural Albania, from £899 (10 days) ex flights
French Alps self guided walking holiday
Chalet based, self guided walking vacation in the French Alps, from £515 (8 days) ex flights
Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
Spanish classes + stunning hikes in Picos de Europa, from €400 (7 days) ex flights
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
Extraordinary wildlife above and below the waves, from £690 - £984 (6 days) ex flights
Holiday cottage in Snowdonia, Wales
Cottage on Lake Padarn with wonderful views of Snowdonia, from £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Yoga vacation in Portugal
Yoga, massage and acupuncture in the Portuguese mountains, from €700 - €850 (7 days) ex flights
Kenya and Tanzania safari adventure
Witness the best in wildlife and scenery, from US $3800 - US $3990 (16 days) ex flights
Burma vacations, small group tour
The highlights of Burma visiting Rangoon, Bagan, Mandalay & Inle Lake, from US $2850 - US $3095 (16 days) ex flights
Laos small group vacation
Experience the very best of Laos on this small group vacation, from US $1740 - US $2325 (8 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Camino de Santiago in the North of Spain +practical Spanish, from €400 (7 days) ex flights
Umbria cooking vacation, Italy
Learn traditional italian cooking in a beautiful farmhouse, from €1000 - €1200 (7 days) ex flights
Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Family fun with scenic bike rides & adventure activities, from €690 (8 days) ex flights
South Africa Safari holiday, 14 days
Wildlife safari, 2015 Late availability, from £2195 - £2495 (14 days) ex flights

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Catalonia family mountain biking & activity vacation, Spain
Memorable parts? The atmosphere. The amazing biking. The friendliness of the Spaniards and our hosts. The excellent food. Tips? Make sure you research all there is to do so that you can take advantage of exactly what you like best. The region, in close proximity to Mas Pelegri, is absolutely full of incredible things to do, especially sporting activities. We were full to the brim AND we'd have liked to do more research even before going. Local benefits? Yes. By... (more)Jeneva Patterson
From €690 excluding flights
Umbria cooking vacation, Italy
This is foodie heaven. The cooking classes were fabulous came back with a lot of good ideas. This is vacation is run by a local couple on their own organic smallholding. As far as possible food is sourced from their own vegetable garden or local farmers and the vine from local vineyards. (more)Annette Chapman
The cookery course was fun and we made tasty but not too fiddly food, so what you learn you can put to use when you return home. (more)nicola cosgrove
They were the perfect hosts! They always catered for our every need and went out of their way to make sure that our stay was an enjoyable one. We would not hesitate to book this vacation again! (more)Joanne Anagnostu
From €1000 - €1200 excluding flights
Yoga vacation in Portugal
The trip was definitely one of most memorable and exiting vacations I have ever had. Nothing was short of wonder! (more)Anna Manaeva
When a week feels like a month ( in the best possible way), you know you have struck vacation gold! I'm a bit reluctant to tell anyone about them, as I loved it so much I kind of want to keep it for myself! ;) (more)Deirdre O
This vacation was very special and nourished body, mind and spirit. This is what vacations should be like and I would recommend this vacation to anyone looking for something nourishing, peaceful and uplifting. (more)Domini Stone
From €700 - €850 excluding flights
Provence cooking & walking vacation
Book it. The local tours are great with good food. (more)Alison Mott
It was simply the best vacation I have been on in years very special (more)Joanne Hackett
We enjoyed the idea of doing everything locally with local people and contributing to the local economy. Above all, we felt really well taken care of with much attention to detail. (more)Tammy Railton
From €405 - €730 excluding flights
Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey
10 out of 10....The beauty of the mountains around islamlar, the wonderful accommodation, the animals , the food, everything really (more)Laura Sexton
fab vacation----quirky accommodation----loved it! (more)heather bailey
Deborah is a fine host with a wonderful cottage set in a beautiful location abounding with lovely, friendly animals. A perfect getaway and base to explore this stunning part of Lycia. (more)JOHN COLGAN
From £300 - £450 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Small group vacations to Madagascar
The most fantastic vacation we have experienced and totally different from any location we have been to. The tour company was first class in every respect...Be prepared for poverty, humble experiences, lack of electricity but don't let this put anyone off going to this wonderful country. (more)George Bannister
As I expected not 'comfortable' but an amazing experience (more)Jean Maclean
Seeing five out of six possible types of lemur in the first National Park we visited...Excellent. (more)Gill Berry
From £2195 excluding flights
South Africa Safari holiday, 14 days
Five stars! It was, as stated, the adventure of a lifetime, which we were expecting, but we did not plan to gain so much more, in the way of making friends and feeling a part of missions that transcended mere tourism. (more)Tania Modleski
10/10 it was amazing. We were so well looked after and treated as part of the family at our main resort. it was very hectic as we stayed at 6 locations so it involved a lot of traveling. but now we are back, we realise how much we packed in and how much we saw. it was a trip of a lifetime for us, so we really appreciate all the things we gained from our trip and are now saving hard to go again!! (more)SUE NEWMAN
For a first safari for my daughter and I, this was a terrific experience. Good weather, delicious and varied cooking, confortable accommodations and experienced, diplomatic and knowledgeable guides made our safari something to remember and talk about (more)Lucille Daze
From £2195 - £2495 excluding flights
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
Brilliant vacation...both Michael and Colette were passionate about conservation matters and the threat to the marine environment which couldn't help but rub off on everyone on board. (more)Roy Owen
10/10, relaxing and rewarding....Great hosts and fellow travelers, stunning scenery and wonderful food, on and off the boat (more)Michele Stewart
My family and I enjoyed it very much. The wonderful scenery and the good food on and off the boat, (more)Alistair Macmillan
From £690 - £984 excluding flights
Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
It was great. The Altiplano is a beautiful region perfect for both a relaxing and quiet vacation but also if you want to fill your vacation with sports and activities. Our hosts couldn't have been more helpful and friendly and really made our vacation. (more)Alicia Shepherd
We enjoyed the treks and had some good time to relax. (more)Hanh Nguyen
It couldn't have been better. A wonderful, wonderful family vacation (children 8 & 9). (more)Lyndsay Turley
From €207 - €270 excluding flights
French Alps self guided walking holiday
The overall experience was top-notch. The staff were warm, welcoming and helpful. Great accommodation and excellent food and beverages. Great hiking guide as well. (more)David Rabinowitz
Fantastic walks and great company. The chalet and staff and the food were really good. (more)Ingrid Beveridge
The most memorable part of the vacation was hiking to the frozen lake just outside Samoens...Excellent. Great food, comfortable chalet, beautiful walks... (more)D. Smith
From £515 excluding flights
Laos small group vacation
Memorable parts? The boat trip down the Mekong. So relaxing. Tips? Keep luggage to a minimum. Laundry facilities are widely available and you'll have more room in your case for purchases. Local benefits? Yes. Local village people, prosthetics provision and literacy help having a direct effect on Laos citizens. Overall rating? Very interesting and well paced. (more)Chris Williams
From US $1740 - US $2325 including domestic flights only
Short break cruise in Scotland, Western Isles
Memorable parts? The stunning scenery and peaceful moorings. The wildlife especially the seals and beautiful shoals of jellyfish floating like alien creatures in a calm sea. The first ever fish caught by one of our party - a splendid mackerel! The delicious food and good company of Michael and Colette. The successful descent into the dinghy of a nervous member of our party - if she can do it with Michael's patient help anyone can. Raising and lowering the anchor - tying knots and rope throwing... (more)Fiona Morrison
From £375 - £984 excluding flights
Family sea kayaking vacation in Croatia
Wonderful...Swimming in the sea caves, the farmhouse dinner...So many happy meals. The silence of kayaking even in a group. Discovering footpaths leading to beautiful rocky places to swim...Too many good memories to have only one favourite! (more)Alison Acton
It was brilliant. The 3 other families in our group were great fun. The guides were really good and worked very hard to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. The island of Lopud is idyllic. We will certainly be back! (more)Hannah Whibley
Most memorable? The peaceful islands, the warm, clear waters and the relaxed approach... Absolutely fantastic, I only wish it could have lasted longer. I really could not fault the operator. (more)Kate Holloway
From €615 excluding flights
Self guided walking vacation in France
Really ,really good, relaxing and refreshing. You will be very well looked after and feel genuinely welcome. (more)Jane Haywood
This was an excellent vacation. Our hosts were wonderful, the other guests (all British) were delightful, and the hikes, food, and wine were exceptional. (more)Katherine Layton
We particularly enjoyed the convivial company at meal times and our hosts taking the time to share meals and local insight with us. Carol's cooking combined the best of local produce and traditional French cookery. (more)Elizabeth Anderson
From €873 - €967 excluding flights
Guided walking vacations in the French Alps
Exceptional - Sam and Steve did a great job in every aspect of the trip - from initial contact to our departure. (more)Karen Schonfelder
Excellent - it ticked all the boxes I knew I had and more. Can't wait to go again. (more)Catherine Fish
The highlights were probably spending 20 minutes or so watching 4 young marmots playing in the late afternoon sunshine on the Pas de Sales and the crystal clear views of Mont Blanc...Fabulous - physically challenging but mentally rejuvenating. (more)Lesley Munro
From £615 excluding flights
Vienna to Budapest tour
The most memorable for me was waking through the sandstone canyons in the Teplice National Park. (more)David Simpson
I loved the Czech Republic in particular and also walking in the Tatra mountians. I will be telling everyone that if they want to ski they should try Slovakia as a skiing destination. Cesky Krumlov and Prague are the most fascinating cities and I will definitely be returning to visit them again. (more)Helen Spooner
Well thought out - good mix of free time and planned activities. V.good trip notes and information - really useful for planning what to see and how to get there. (more)fenella williams
From US $2241 - US $2715 excluding flights
Vietnam vacations, tailor made
Halong Bay and Siem Reap were amazing, but there were lots of other lovely places and people. (more)Yvonne Chapman
It was excellent- thank you for providing us with the introduction....The whole vacation was really good and I don't think one particular part was more memorable than all of them. (more)Carol Norman
I would recommed this trip very highly. The best part was the vietnamese people. (more)Bernard Butt
From US $1687 excluding flights
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
WONDERFUL. Out first three generation family vacation in several years and it couldn't have been better. (more)Melissa Elliott
It was good, for a week we lived like Hobbits in our home under the hill. For fans of Bilbo Baggins this is the place to be. (more)Susan Clack
A wonderful peaceful relaxing experience but also great fun for our children as they found much to enjoy (more)Brian Boyle
From £400 - £600 per week
Holiday cottage in Snowdonia, Wales
...had a truly transformational effect on our twin boys. A stunningly beautiful location and very comfortable cottage...our best ever family vacation. (more)Philip Burston
The most memorable part of the vacation was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
Memorable: view from cottage. Exciting: Visit to Zipworld...We had very good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our vacation (more)Alex Nash
From £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Devon self catering cottage in England
Very good. Great for families and for getting away from it all. It was all lovely and relaxing. Borrowing the bikes and cycling around the countryside was great fun! (more)bronwen burgess
The most memorable part of the vacation was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. (more)Bob Simmonds
Excellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first vacation with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
From £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
Our mornings at the school with Ana and Inigo seemed to fly by. It is very well organised and the facilities are first class. My Spanish has improved noticeably. The choice of afternoon walks was interesting and varied and our professional guide tailored them to suit our ability. We had relaxed and enjoyable conversation along the way. (more)Martin Graham
Excellent vacation! Picos scenery is really stunning. Panes village is very traditional. The tutors and walking guide all friendly, very competent and helpful. (more)Sue Tilney
The walks were good and varied. Some amazing scenery...This is a good choice if you want to combine some learning and some activity in a lovely part of Spain. (more)Rebecca T
From €400 excluding flights
Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Just to say how much I enjoyed this trip. Amazing how much you can learn in 15hours beginners course. Caring, responsible and responsive team of teachers and walking guides. Great mountain views, coastal paths... unforgetable visit to the caves to see prehistoric painting - sophisticated. (more)Ethel Kojman
Good...The walks and the Spanish learning were the best parts. (more)Elizabeth Weightman
Excellent opportunity to learn Spanish while having very enjoyable vacation. Would thoroughly recommend it. (more)Barbara Ainger
From €400 excluding flights
Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Memorable parts? Staying in a welcoming and comfortable hotel in a beautiful part of Spain, with delightful hosts, and masses of available activities. Tips? Stay at here, it's great. Local benefits? Yes, all of the above. We booked several activities with local companies and ate in local restaurants. We were able to travel extensively by bike rather than car. Overall rating? Excellent. We have all returned fit, healthy and happy. (more)Mary Anne Roffs
From €690 excluding flights
Sri Lanka family vacation
Memorable parts? The wonderful food and gentle people! Tips? Sri Lanka is amazing, but our tour operator provided a very discounting service. Local benefits? Not sure Overall rating? A great place, a wonderful experience for the children but no effort made to get the itinerary right for a family with young children and many opportunities to fit in some amazing places in a fascinating country (more)Colette Carbonell
From US $1865 - US $2985 excluding flights
Spain hiking vacation, Sarria to Santiago de Compostela
Memorable parts? Getting to Santiago to the Cathedral after a long and sometimes demanding walk. Tips? For those in their sixties I would suggest a walk duration of 11-12 days from Porto to Santiago. Local benefits? Local people benefitted certainly from the additional business they got from us. We were extremely careful to respect the environment we were in and were generally impressed with the level of cleanliness and respect shown to it. Overall rating? This was... (more)Chandra Kant Sharma
From €675 excluding flights
South East China vacation, culture & nature
Memorable parts? This trip offers so many great memories which get even better as I reflect on them following my return. Being the only "big noses" around for over a week... staying in and wandering around Dong villages where seeing even a wheel was unusual.... sitting in the working man's club while the locals smoked pipes and played Majong cards....coming across a Kindergarten of over 100 children singing Twinkle twinkle little star in local dong language.... traveling up the River Li... (more)Jenny Abbott
From €1950 excluding flights
Biking vacation in Kenya & Tanzania
I would go again without hesitation. A perfectly organized tour with enough space for individual changes. Well done! (more)Roman Holderbach
The most memorable part of our vacation was the time spent in a very remote area of Tanzania with the Masai. We were privileged to visit their homes and witness their day to day living. An amazing experience! (more)Susan Ducollet-Holliday
Brilliant! I have done supported tours in USA, Cuba, Brazil and Europe and this is the gold standard in terms of support, food, attention to detail, professionalism, friendliness etc. etc. I cannot recommend this company too highly. Go have fun! (more)Jane Thurnell-Read
From NZ $4690 excluding flights
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro tour
Memorable parts? There were a number of great parts to the vacation and it is impossible to single out one simply due to the diversity of the experiences we had. The whole vacation was amazing, but if I had to name the top three things I would say (in no particular order!) going to Iguazu Falls (especially the boat ride under the falls!), the boat trip we went on in Paraty and just being in Rio. Tips? If you want to see Buenos Aries or Rio (and I suggest they're worth seeing!!) then... (more)Carol Clutton
From US $2268 - US $2387 excluding flights
Wildlife conservation holiday in South Africa
Memorable parts? Working with people who are dedicated, informed and enthusiastic about conservation in a practical and realistic way. And of course, seeing the wildlife as they are meant to be. Tips? Be prepared for it to change your views on life. Local benefits? Many local people were employed in the reserve and the studies that were being carried out influenced how the reserve was managed and that benefited the locals. As the research carried out was the same as the normal... (more)Louise Sexton
From £1395 excluding flights
Kayaking in the Keralan Backwaters
Don't hesitate as it was wonderful for activities, food and accommodation! (more)Helen Bell
The most memorable part was visiting a local village Theyyam festival in Northern Kerala. Not a tourist experience but a real festival with wonderful people and amazing costumes and customs. (more)Jayne Mills
We walked, cycled, bird-watched, searched for elephants, travelled the country stopping to buy bananas and lemonade, lazed about on a beach, visited local families, stayed at all kinds of places from fancy resorts through eco-lodges to family homestays. (more)Angela Charles
From £385 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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