Special interest vacations and tours, 2014 and 2015

Special interest vacations from specialist companies with a real passion & expertise. From yoga to photograhy our special interest vacations are run by the experts
Accommodation in the Mercantour, France
Beautifully located gite in the Mercantour, France, from £406 (7 days) per accommodation per week
Luxury fitness vacations in Spain
Luxury weight loss, detox, fitness & wellness retreat Spain, from £1148 - £1298 (7 days) ex flights
Portugal yoga & massage vacation
Yoga, massage and mud baths in the Portuguese mountains., from €650 (6 days) ex flights
Photography vacation in southern India
Small group travel photo tour south India. Tamil Nadu/Kerala, from £2500 (15 days) ex flights
Photography holiday in Picos de Europa, Spain
Photography in N. Spain's stunning mountains & Costa Verde, from £1185 - £1485 (8 days) ex flights
Iceland photography vacation, glaciers, volcanoes & waterfalls
Photo tour glacier lagoon, waterfalls, ice, puffins, coast, from £2500 (9 days) ex flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from €1150 (8 days) ex flights
China vacation and rail journey across Tibet
Travel along the newly opened Qinghai to Lhasa railway, from £1725 (17 days) ex flights
Finland Northern Lights vacation, Wilderness Auroras
Winter activities & aurora spotting in Finnish wilderness, from £1595 (5 days) inc UK flights
Provence cooking & walking vacation
Admire the South of France with local insight, from €405 - €730 (3 days) ex flights
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
Accommodation in the Cairngorms, from £42.50 - £47.50 per person per night incl breakfast
Angkor Temples short break photography tours, Cambodia
Four days photography tours of iconic Angkor temples, from US $1000 (5 days) ex flights
Orangutan photography in Borneo
Develop your photography skills in Borneo, from £1820 (10 days) ex flights
Vietnam small group vacation, a food adventure
Exotic 2 week culinary and cultural tour of Vietnam., from US $1675 - US $2270 (12 days) ex flights
Painting vacation in Andalucia, Spain
Explore your creativity in a delightful Andalucian village., from £799 (8 days) ex flights
Fitness holidays & fitness courses in Zanzibar
Fitness vacations in Zanzibar, from £2250 (9 days) ex flights
Ladakh photography tour, India
Learn the art of travel photography in Buddhist Ladakh, from £2300 (16 days) ex flights
Northern lights short break, Finland
Leisurely stay in Finnish Lapland & an Aurora Alert system., from £1225 (5 days) inc UK flights
Catalonia tours, hiking and wine tasting in Spain
Walk one of the most thrilling wine regions in Spain., from £835 (8 days) ex flights
Northern Lights, Glaciers and Ice Photography Holiday Iceland
Capture Iceland's Glacier, Northern Lights, Ice & Waterfalls, from £1950 (8 days) ex flights
Burma photography tours
Photography tour of fascinating Burma: DSLR & advanced compact cameras users welcome, from US $3500 (12 days) ex flights
Gulet cruise in Turkey, gastronomy cruise
Rated One of ‘The World’s Tastiest Cruises’ The Sunday Times, from £2125 (8 days) ex flights
Photography vacation in Andalucia, Spain
Photography vacations in beautiful Andalucia, from £699 (8 days) ex flights
Northern Lights photography vacation in Iceland, coast & ice
Photographic trip coastal landscapes, ice & northern lights., from £2350 (10 days) ex flights
India small group vacation, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India., from US $1855 - US $2320 (14 days) ex flights
Wolverine photography tour in Finland
Photograph & watch wild wolverines, a very elusive species, from £1495 (5 days) ex flights
Yoga vacation in Portugal
Yoga, massage and acupuncture in the Portuguese mountains., from €650 - €800 (7 days) ex flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, West Iceland
Northern Lights, Killer Whales, volcanoes and coastal hotel, from £1550 (7 days) ex flights
Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
Spanish classes + stunning hikes in Picos de Europa, from €720 (7 days) ex flights
Swedish Lapland vacation accommodation
Beautiful wilderness retreat in Lapland, from SKr 1600 - SKr 2500 (1 day) per person per night

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Orangutan photography in Borneo
This is a great vacation. Whether you are a first time photographer or experienced photographer you will love this vacation and will come back with great photos and memories, as well as having learned a lot. (more)Mark Edwards
The first sighting of the great male orang-utan swinging through the trees and then the look in his eyes as he eyeballed anyone who looked at him, his hands and the strength in his arms -- completely awesome (more)Celia Allen
Totally brilliant, great food, great organisation and most of all a great wildlife experience that felt unique and very privileged...Great tuition from Ian really helped me to learn to use my camera to maximise the results. (more)suzanne lamb
From £1820 excluding flights
Northern Lights photography vacation in Iceland, coast & ice
What was the most memorable part of the vacation? - Everything!...Excellent! (more)Chada Ruangtoowagoon
Fabulous, never to be forgotten...the excitement of 'getting' the Northern Lights was really great. (more)Doreen Kelly
I think everyone who went on this trip would return in the future given the chance. I will certainly be back next year. Overall a great vacation and learning experience. (more)Malcolm Park
From £2350 including domestic flights only
Yoga & relaxation vacation in Portugal
It was amazing and fabulous and life changing. One of the best vacations I have ever been on, I just wish it could have been longer!! (more)Rosy Everitt
This would be a perfect and highly recommendable vacation if you're: interested in nurturing your mind and body by yoga and healthy tasty food...The love and warmth of the Winter family made you directly feel at ease and at home. The yoga classes were of good quality and inspiring. Loved the silent walks in the morning. (more)Jasmijn Visser
So many memories and amazing times. Probably the most exciting was swimming in fast flowing rivers and waterfalls around the house! ...A brilliant vacation and I'd definitely go back. (more)Laura Chan
From €650 - €800 excluding flights
Umbria cooking vacation, Italy
The location is stunning, Marina and Gianluca make you feel welcome, and they work exceedingly hard to ensure that you have an enjoyable stay. We came to learn cookery, but Marina ensures you know about so much more. I can't wait to try some of the recipes we have been taught. (more)Joanne Wilkins
It was amazing. One of the best vacations I have ever had (& I am old...so have had a few!) I can honestly not praise this trip enough. It was FABULOUS. (more)Hilary Brett
A very special week filled with many memorable moments, that will always be cherished (more)Yvonne Stark
From €1000 - €1100 excluding flights
Northern Lights tailor made vacation in Finland
Fabulous trip. Enjoyed the whole thing. Good home cooked food, comfortable accommodation, friendly & knowledgeable guide and good company during the evenings. We had several sightings of the aurora, which was an added bonus. (more)Sue Hodges
Overall the best experience ever and would look at having more winter vacations now than summer :-) (more)Elizabeth Watson
It was a fantastic experience and one of the best vacations we have ever had. We thought it would be a once in a lifetime vacation, but are already talking of going back to do the 2 day husky trail (more)Rowena Schofield
From £845 including UK flights
Scotland by railway vacation
A wonderful experience.... (more)Anthony Watts
Excellent...particularly the West Highland Line (more)Michael Rose
Excellent vacation with wonderful hotels and superb organization, the sun followed us around Scotland ! (more)Joy Wessels
From £985 - £1050 excluding flights
Scotland, luxury rail vacation
Excellent....Time on Skye, and the rail journeys on the West Highland line and from Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall (more)Andrew and Hilary Walker
Wow, a number of exciting parts, firstly the train journey from Queen Street station to Fort William, absolutely superb. Staying at Inverlochy Castle, truly breathtaking location. Steam train. (more)Anne Feeley
From £1750 - £1820 excluding flights
Thai Massage Course with Yoga in Portugal
The most amazing week away...It has opened my eyes to Yoga and the benefits of massage and Acupuncture. (more)sarah dunnill
A great break from a mad city life. A great combination of people and therapies to recharge...great space for yoga, great teaching. Wonderful massage and acupuncture - totally restorative. (more)Joanna Benn
Excellent...perfect in so many ways. . There is an energy that runs through the place and you feel connected every waking moment; as you find a quiet moment by one of the water pools, or take a walk with one of the dogs, attending a yoga class, enjoying a good night’s sleep. It’s a healing place like no other. (more)sophia Hannay
From €650 excluding flights
Portugal yoga & massage vacation
Excellent! This is a vacation for people who want or need to offer time to themselves, stepping out of their daily life for a week and literally cleansing their body on every level, whether physically, mentally or spiritually. (more)georgina porro
The holistic integrated nature of it and the range of activities included. Great yoga, treatments, food and classes. I had a wonderful bedroom with a picture window looking out on the valley which raised my mood every time I looked out. It was a little like childhood vacations going to visit family for the warmth of the welcome. (more)Margaret Grogan
From €650 excluding flights
Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
Fantastic - just what I needed! If you want to learn Spanish, go on some great hikes and be truly immersed in Spanish all week (both in school and in the local community) - then book it without hesitation! (more)Hazel Tyror
A challenging and rewarding week spent learning new skills and meeting warm, friendly people. (more)Cathryn Priestley
Memorable says it all. It's 5 star as a learning experience . A chance to learn more Spanish in a thoroughly enjoyable, varied and relaxed fashion - on subjects which have real relevance and usage in everyday Spanish life (more)Veronica Thompson
From €720 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 €720 excluding flights
France luxury yoga vacation
Highly recommend it (more)Michelle Lawlor
I highly recommend the vacation. The yoga, meditation and life coaching provided me with space to reconnect with my energy, feel more grounded and learn new approaches to viewing certain aspects of my life. All experienced within a beautiful natural setting and a lovely chalet environment. A great gift to yourself! (more)Kirstin Jones
From £900 - £1450 excluding flights
Portugal yoga vacation, Iyengar retreat
The yoga classes, the extraordinary vegetarian food and the peaceful location...9 out of 10! (more)Alex Bartolozzi
The combination of the very warm welcome, excellent teaching and the wonderful food...All the elements were carefully put together with experience and a real commitment to the well being of the quests. The location was beautiful too. (more)Ros Morpeth
Excellent..Great food. A relaxing vacation in good company (more)Roger Elston-Green
From €785 excluding flights
Endangered wildlife tour in India
Memorable parts? The sightings of the Desert Cat and the Leopard were fantastic. Roopangarh Fort was spectacular. Tips? At this time of year (March/April), the middle of the day is too hot to be outside for long. January/February would probably be better for both heat and early morning/late evening safaris. As cat sightings are not guaranteed, it is good if you have another interest, eg birding / photography. Lots of traveling. Be prepared for several hours in the car - not a... (more)kate Wilson
From £1100 - £1300 excluding flights
Yoga vacation in Portugal
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
Very happy...made new international friends. (more)Catherine Haynes
From €650 - €800 excluding flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
We will have lasting memories of the wonderful ancient sites, beautiful villages and towns, fantastic food and the friendly people of this diverse and attractive region (more)Andrew Douglas
Walking on tracks that were not tourist tracks was the most memorable part of the vacation. (more)Louis Mcmanus
Great! It enabled us to feel we were really gaining some insights into the country and the people. (more)Joanne Deller
From €1150 excluding flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, West Iceland
We had a 24hr period where everything just went right. Killer Whales, dolphins and a surprise display of a fantastic Aurora...It was a fantastic vacation. (more)Jenny Lacey
The most memorable parts were seeing the Orca swim under the bridge we were standing on and the grade 5 Aurora Borealis - painting the sky in technicolour! (more)Keith Muir
Good vacation. The emphasis is on photography (all levels) and there is enough time at each stop. Experienced photographers to help you and you also get to see some lovely places in Iceland. (more)Rebecca
From £1550 excluding flights
India bird watching vacation in the Himalayas
For us the nature based activities and birdwatching were tremendous. We had some really good guides and got to see tigers and a leopard which is very rare. The people, the culture and the environment were very exotic to us. (more)Dianne Reidy
Seeing the Taj Mahal at Sunrise is an unforgettable event in our lives. Many special rare species of birds seen on our Birding Himalyan tour...Superbly organised. (more)Michael Clark
The bird watching was excellent...Bird guides were very good too, and all knew their local birds. However outstanding was Sunil (Kumar?) in Nainital. His excellent English made our outings a great pleasure (more)Jacky Davis
From £900 - £1150 excluding flights
Provence cooking & walking vacation
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
Difficult to pinpoint just one element of the vacation. As a lover of the outdoors, I enjoyed the guided walk and picnic into the local Baou hills but then I also enjoyed the relaxed, fun and informative guided walk of the old town of Nice. (more)Louise Harris
From €405 - €730 excluding flights
West Devon accommodation, B&B on organic farm, England
Staying in this farm you may feel you are staying at home. The farm owners are simple and friendly. (more)chanuan ratanawaraha
The most memorable part of the vacation was visiting the Eden Project, Rosemoor Gdns, other NT/RHS properties in the area. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
The wonderful breakfasts that Rose cooked were made up of local produce and tasted delicious. Rose is a very good jam maker too! (more)Amanda Porter
From £30 - £45 per person per night
Ecuador ecolodge, Napo Wildlife Center
Most memorable was walking through the Amazon with one of the Sani guides (whose father happened to have established the Sani Lodge), in the rain, through the mud, finding the most incredible birds, reptiles, insects and plants. (more)Julia Saurazas
The tapir emerged from the forest and remained at the clay lick drinking water for an extended period of time. Simply remarkable. (more)Robert Roberto
We loved the Eco-lodge that we stayed at, the Napo Wildlife Center. It was beautiful, well appointed and our guides were absolutely top notch. We learned an incredible amount and got to experience a wonderful place with wonderful people. (more)Elizabeth Essner
From US $1345 including domestic flights only
Painting vacation in Andalucia, Spain
The painting experience and teaching was the most memorable part of the vacation. (more)Luisa Brenta
I found it very enjoyable and relaxing; the organisers were efficient and friendly and created a welcoming environment. The mix of people on the course contributed to an interesting week as there were some serious painters and others who just wanted to dabble (more)Patricia Diango
Meeting a wonderful group of people and being tutored by a fantastic artist was the most memorable part of the vacation.... Also loved staying in local houses and becoming part of a traditional village for a week. (more)Lorraine Rutter
From £799 excluding flights
Genghis Khan warrior training in Mongolia
Memorable parts? The whole trip was very memorable, horse riding, local, landscape, culture everything was amazing Tips? just be ready to let yourself go and enjoy being in a very different authentic existence for a while Local benefits? The locals were key to the whole trip and were very happy to be sharing their culture Overall rating? absolutely amazing experience (more)Dave Redfern
From US $3500 excluding flights
Photography vacation in Andalucia, Spain
The locations for the photo shoots were excellent - especially Comares and the lake. Good company enjoyed over the varied evening meals. (more)ROB INNIS
Great value for money - informative and friendly tuition, excellent accomodation and hospitality. (more)Louise Goddard
The week was very enjoyable - good photography tips, great locations in Spanish villages and coasts, and with 'staff' that seemed more like old friends than small business operators. And it was excellent value for money. (more)Murray Rudd
From £699 excluding flights
Northern lights short break, Finland
The most memorable part of the vacation was husky sledging...Daughter said, "best vacation ever". (more)Alison Ferguson
When the skies opened up on our final night, it was like a big bow on top of a really special present. Amazing!...This was an amazing adventure. I would really recommend participating in all the activities as they provided me with an enthusiastic adventure each and every day. (more)Rene Ostapuk
I didn't see the Northern Lights, like for most people was my dream BUT I did have a fab time and will always remember the wonderful views/experiences. Don't expect to see them just think that you will still have that experience to look forward to. (more)Tricia Callaghan
From £1225 including UK flights
Northern Lights, Glaciers and Ice Photography Holiday Iceland
Totally memorable, for all the best reasons!...We would unhesitatingly recommend this Vacation. (more)Suzanne de Pelsenaire
Great trip, well organised and run. Iceland is wonderful. Highly recommend it and the operator. (more)Eileen Young
Martin and Geraldine, the leaders, were excellent, but so were all the other workshop participants. The sea and ice/glacier photo opportunities were excellent. (more)John Stork
From £1950 excluding flights
Sri Lanka birding & cultural tour
This was the most fantastic vacation. I was not that keen on going, but my husband is a very keen birder and he really wanted to go. I am now so glad he persuaded me, and will definitely visit Sri Lanka again... (more)John Diley
This was a really excellent vacation. We had fun, we were stimulated, we were educated and we made good friends with our locals who showed us their country. We also feel that we had excellent value for money with two locals, a new vehicle, most meals, all entrance fees and other extras included for a very inexpensive daily rate. (more)Keith Pigdon
It was great and our guide, Jith, was an incredible birder, funny, and generous. The most memorable was the smiles of all the people in Sri Lanka whom we passed in our bird walks and the children who got all excited and waved and called to us (more)Gisela Meyn
From £1400 excluding flights
Swedish Lapland vacation accommodation
Fantastic! Loved every minute of it. Excellent accommodation and food. Owners were extremely accommodating, helpful and knowledgeable. Great activities in an amazing setting. Would highly recommend it and would love to go back! (more)Amanda Ford
It was fantastic. Scenery and people made it all worth while...Staying in the wilderness cabin for 2 nights was an amazing experience. (more)Bolette Bruun
The most exciting part was finally seeing the Northern Lights the night before I left. (more)Natasha Cafane
From SKr1600 - SKr2500 per person per night
Fitness holidays & fitness courses in Zanzibar
Crawling like a crocodile on the sand, and my failed attempt to climb a tree, stick out in my mind. It's provided a lot of comic fodder to my friends when I tell the stories. I LOVED boxing, the food was absolutely delicious and just seeing the "before and after" videos of myself was very motivational. (more)Tania Zwicky
Go for it, you will discover a different (and fun) way to do fitness in a beautiful environment and spirit. (more)Sandrine de La Pommeraye
Just book it! You will not regret it for one moment! I have never got so much out of a two week trip in my life. Beautiful scenery, great exercise, super food, luxury accommodation and a refreshing new take on local culture and environment. (more)Karen O'Mahony
From £2250 excluding flights
Wine tasting vacation in the Loire Valley
The most memorable parts were buying cheese, charcuterie and a baguette from the local markets, then having a picnic in a picturesque spot. (more)Narelle Grant
The good memories started from our very first contact with responsible travel. They put us in touch with Mark and his wife and the wonderful chateau they live in which became our B@B for 3 nights. I felt we were visiting friends at the wineries because of Mark's relationship with the small vintners. (more)Lois Lessler
From €450 - €650 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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