Special interest vacations. Tours & vacations in 2016 & 2017

Special interest vacations from specialist companies with a real passion & expertise. From yoga to photograhy our special interest vacations are run by the experts
Scotland by railway vacation
Experience authentic Scotland independently and car-free, from £1000 - £1080 (8 days) ex flights
Cairngorms B & B accommodation, Scotland
Accommodation in the Cairngorms, from £90 - £99 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Cambodia photography vacation & Angkor temples
Improve your travel photography on tour in Cambodia, from US $2900 (10 days) ex flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from €990 (8 days) ex flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, Iceland
Incredible photographic trip in stunning West Iceland, from £1700 - £1800 (7 days) ex flights
India rail tour, Delhi to Goa
Explore the west coast of India over 12 days on this classic train trip, from US $1199 - US $1399 (12 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
Painting vacation in Andalucia, Spain
Explore your creativity in a delightful Andalucian village, from £799 (8 days) ex flights
South East China vacation, culture & nature
Discover ethnic minorities and natural wonders of China, from €1950 (10 days) ex flights
Portugal yoga & massage vacation
Yoga, massage and mud baths in the Portuguese mountains, from €740 - €890 (7 days) ex flights
Yoga vacation in Portugal
Yoga, massage and acupuncture in the Portuguese mountains, from €740 - €890 (7 days) ex flights
Luxury fitness vacations in Spain
Luxury weight loss, detox, fitness & wellness retreat Spain, from £1198 - £1348 (7 days) ex flights
Orangutan photography in Borneo
Develop your photography skills in Borneo, from £1820 (10 days) ex flights
Northern Lights photography vacation in Iceland, coast & ice
Incredible Photogrpahic trip in stunning West & East Iceland, from £2500 - £2600 (10 days) ex flights
Portugal yoga vacation, Iyengar retreat
Wonderful healing Iyengar yoga retreat in Portugal's Algarve, from £635 (7 days) ex flights
Wolverine photography tour in Finland
Photograph & watch wild wolverines, a very elusive species, from £1495 (5 days) ex flights
Photography vacation in Andalucia, Spain
Photography vacations in beautiful Andalucia, from £775 (8 days) ex flights
Photography vacation in southern India
An incredible photographic Journey into Tamil Nadu & Kerala, from £2700 (16 days) ex flights
Photography vacation in the Spanish Pyrenees
Nature photography vacation in the breathtaking Spanish Pyrenees, from €1595 (8 days) ex flights
India small group vacation, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India, from US $2110 - US $2440 (15 days) ex flights
Northern lights short break, Finland
Leisurely stay in Finnish Lapland & an Aurora Alert system, from £1345 (5 days) inc UK flights
2016 annular eclipse in Tanzania
Awesome African wildlife with a twist - an annular eclipse, from £2395 (9 days) ex flights
Vietnam small group vacation, a food adventure
Exotic 2 week culinary and cultural tour of Vietnam, from US $1598 - US $2235 (12 days) ex flights
Finland Northern Lights vacation, Wilderness Auroras
Winter activities & Aurora hunting in Finnish wilderness, from £1375 - £1495 (5 days) inc UK flights
Photography vacation in Southwest Sri Lanka
Photograph South West Sri Lanka with us, from US $2850 (10 days) ex flights
Photography holiday in Picos de Europa, Spain
Photography in N. Spain's stunning mountains & wild coast, from £2100 (9 days) ex flights
Tuscany tours, walking and wine tasting in Italy
Walking and wine tasting in Tuscany, from US $1325 - US $1355 (8 days) ex flights
Ladakh photography tour, India
Inspirational photographic expedition to stunning Ladakh, from £2500 (17 days) ex flights
Accommodation in the Mercantour, France
Beautifully located gite in the Mercantour, France, from £420 (7 days) per accommodation per week
Learn Spanish in Granada, Spain
A variety of Spanish courses in Granada, from €160 (5 days) ex flights

442 reviews for special interest vacations4 star overall rating

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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 £2500 - £2600 excluding flights
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 €740 - €890 excluding flights
Iceland Northern Lights short break
Brilliant and Awesome!! Climbing the ice wall during our trip to the Sσlheimajφkull glacier and seeing the geological wonders of Iceland - geysers, waterfalls, Thingvellir and of course, The Northern Lights!! (more)sue deedigan
Book as much as you can!!!! This is a fantastic company with excellent service and great advice...The amazing day trips which we booked through the company for a great price and included breakfasts made the day easy (more)Elizabeth King
From IKr85990 excluding flights
Finland Northern Lights vacation, Wilderness Auroras
One of the best vacations we have ever had, we loved it all. (more)Samantha May
The most memorable part of the vacation was catching the northern lights twice! This was just before Christmas night when the moon was shining bright and to be able to capture it all on digital camera despite the freezing -20c temperature on that night. (more)James Tan
The most memorable part of the vacation was the sheer scale of Lapland and being able to get a feel of how the Sami live (reindeer farming, sledging with huskies, ice fishing). Wonderful. (more)Tom Lupton
From £1375 - £1495 including UK 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 €1190 - €1240 excluding flights
Yoga Gulet cruise in Turkey
I've done yoga vacations in the past but this one exceeded all my expectations. (more)Olga Baranova
The whole trip was memorable, on a beautiful boat, in a stunning coastal location with delicious food. The yoga was an excellent. (more)deborah Hancock
From £625 excluding flights
Scotland, luxury rail vacation
Excellent! The train rides through the highlands - such scenery, and having the train stop at so many lovely, tiny places. (more)Marianna Mather
The whole experience was memorable. The Jacobite steam train, the Culodin battlefield, and the warm and friendly people. (more)Lisa Shaffer
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
From £1840 - £1915 excluding flights
Portugal yoga & massage vacation
Don't hesitate! I had never done any yoga before but if you are a beginner, don't be put off as everyone is so welcoming and encouraging. (more)Rosy Scott
It was a very magical place where you could relax and have complete rest with a wonderful team of people looking after you. I would highly recommend and would make a return visit again. (more)Kwok Chan
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
From €740 - €890 excluding flights
Yoga vacation in Portugal
I miss walking home to my pad, under the starry August sky with a belly full of ridiculously tasteful deliciousness, and a body stretched to the core. (more)Medea Van Schijndel
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
From €740 - €890 excluding flights
Orangutan photography in Borneo
Overall just absolutely amazing. As a nature lover, traveler and with an interest in knowing new cultures and interacting with local people I really appreciated the program of the trip. As a beginner in photography I really appreciated the patient and willing attitude that Ian had on this tour. (more)Henriette Hradocka
Staff excellent and very friendly and helpful. (more)Greg Morrison
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
From £1820 excluding flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
Most memorable for me, I would probably just go for the trip to Mycenae, as it had been a long-held wish to go there, and it didn't disappoint! (more)Neil Holt
This was about the best vacation I have ever been on; with excellent licensed guides informing us of the archaeology in the historical Peloponnese and in Athens. (more)Alan Wallis
Really good. Easily lived up to expectations. (more)Malcolm Torry
From €990 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
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 £75 - £85 per double room per night
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
it was best vacation I've had. I will definitely use responsible vacations again. I was very pleased (more)Katie hartwig
Fabulous - wonderful hosts and tutors in a spectacular environment. (more)Margaret Renaud
The locations for the photo shoots were excellent - especially Comares and the lake. Good company enjoyed over the varied evening meals. (more)ROB INNIS
From £775 excluding flights
Northern lights short break, Finland
Most memorable was the snow! (more)Joanna Kelly
It was in my top three vacations and I have travelled a lot. An absolute must! (more)Thomas White
The most memorable part of the vacation was husky sledging...Daughter said, "best vacation ever". (more)Alison Ferguson
From £1345 including UK flights
Northern Lights, Glaciers and Ice Photography Holiday Iceland
It was fantastic. The tour guides were very responsive to local conditions and flexible to the interests of the group. They were very well organized and knew which sites would be good at different times of day for photography. The group had people at different levels of photography experience, but the common interest brought people together. (more)Christopher Gawronski
Excellent. Inspiring. Exhausting. I would do it all again tomorrow. (more)Tania Skye
Totally memorable, for all the best reasons!...We would unhesitatingly recommend this Vacation. (more)Suzanne de Pelsenaire
From £2200 - £2300 excluding flights
Northern lights family vacation, tailor made
The most exciting part of the trip was snowmobiling! What a fantastic day. The tour was informal, fun and adventurous. What more can you ask for. The setting couldn't have been better. (more)Sarah Chandler
Excellent....We loved all of it - the food, accommodation, tour guides and the northern lights were spectacular. The trip was very well organised and everything came together nicely. We travel a lot and this trip did not disappoint. (more)Penny Salmon
From £1045 - £1195 including UK flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, 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 £1700 - £1800 excluding flights
Northern Lights and whale watching vacation in Norway
Brilliant, amazing, would do it again at the drop of a hat. So very different from sun and beach, and very educational along the way. (more)Catherine Kingham
Spending whole days watching whales and orcas was absolutely amazing. No other whale watching trip can compare. (more)Iain Murray
Finding ourselves in the middle of a feeding frenzy - herrings, seagulls, orcas and humpbacks, on all sides of and under our boat. True nature in the raw. The sight of humpbacks breaching is breath-taking, the orcas stunningly beautiful and the cacophony of the birds and breathing of the whales exhilarating. (more)Annette Musker
From NKr8900 excluding flights
Burgundy self guided cycling tours, France
Memorable parts? Cycling at our own pace through stunning, varied countryside and finding places that we would have missed in a car. Tips? Be prepared for more than just undulating vineyards - there are some hills and you should have a decent level of fitness. (However, we managed and are in our more senior years!) The hire bikes were excellent, sturdy machines and there was technical back-up if required. (Luckily not needed! ) Local benefits? Staying at comfortable,... (more)Neil Crawley
From €880 - €955 excluding flights
Burma photography tour
Excellent small group led by an experienced photographer who showed us many different ways of using light and lenses and who was also relaxed and fun to be with. Our experiences felt real. (more)elizabeth McCormick
Having Nathan Horton on the trip gave a very interesting slant to an already enjoyable vacation. Nathan had a flair for taking the group to places which were not on the tourist trail and this was very much appreciated. (more)John Martin
From £3450 including UK flights
Scotland by railway vacation
Excellent. We loved everything about it except that it was over too soon! (more)Carol Evans
Excellent. Accommodations, hosts, meals, and travel arrangements all exceeded our expectations. (more)Kathy McLeod
Excellent ... so easy, comfortable and enjoyable. (more)Dimity Lawrence
From £1000 - £1080 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 €740 - €890 excluding flights
Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
The whole vacation was memorable. (more)Kate Sharrock
A first class combination of fun and informative Spanish lessons, with exploring a beautiful part of Spain. Well organised by the operator. (more)Stephen Orwin
Very relaxing for solo travelers - once you are there all you have to do is study, eat and walk! (more)Sabrina Sweeney
From €400 excluding flights
Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain
I had a great time in ways I didn't expect. The area is stunning and I loved the local food. (more)Christine Riley
This was fantastic, and I would do it again tomorrow if I could! (more)Cynthia Krom
Glorious mountain scenery and wonderful walks, combined with well-constructed and fun language course run by patient and interesting tutors. Enjoyed the company of great co-students/travelers. (more)Maudie Vanden Berghe
From €400 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 £635 excluding flights
Wellbeing vacation in North Iceland
Memorable parts? We had a fantastic whale watching trip from Husavik. Saw several grey whales close to our boat. One was very active and actually breached for us! Visit to steaming geothermal area bubbling pools of water and mud and smelling strongly of rotten eggs! Tips? Needed information about transport between international and domestic airports in Reyjavik. Had to use taxi between bus terminal and domestic airport which we were not told about. More information about our... (more)Jeanne Weston
From €1100 - €2500 including domestic flights only
Yoga vacation in Tuscany, Italy
Memorable parts? My week at Lavacchio was absolutely heavenly. Jamie and Ailsa are wonderful hosts, and carefully consider every detail about their beautiful property for their guests, and at every turn you can see the way they lovingly tend to the place, from the lush lavender bushes fringing the poolside setting, through to the perfect positioning of the hilltop yoga shala. I loved their friendly hospitality, and the welcome made by their very personable cats and dog too! Everywhere was... (more)Annette Vieusseux
From £750 - £1075 excluding flights
Yoga retreat in Portugal with dance
Fantastic would recommend to everyone...The most memorable part of the vacation was the family that run the retreat. They are so warm, loving and welcoming that it felt like spending a week with family. (more)Rebecca Hones
super great, a big bravo to the Moses team, teachers, benevoles and family, they are the one making it magic ! (more)Sophie Durlot
From €740 - €890 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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