Special interest vacations. Tours & vacations in 2016 & 2017

Learning, enjoying and partaking in something unique lets us expand our capabilities as well as increasing our level of understanding of a particular subject or location. That’s why special interest vacations are ideal for those of us who prefer to spend our hard earned time off doing something worthwhile and meaningful in order to replenish our mind, body and soul. Photography, history, languages, yoga or cookery; it’s your vacation, so make it special.
Painting vacation in Andalucia, Spain
Explore your creativity in a delightful Andalucian village, from £799 (8 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish in Granada, Spain
A variety of Spanish courses in Granada, from €160 (5 days) ex flights
Finland Northern Lights vacation, Wilderness Auroras
Winter activities & Aurora hunting in Finnish wilderness, from £1325 - £1445 (5 days) inc UK flights
Accommodation in the Mercantour, France
Beautifully located gite in the Mercantour, France, from £420 (7 days) per accommodation per week
West Highland Line railway vacation in Scotland
Take the "The World's Best Rail Journey" to the Isle of Skye, from £520 - £530 (4 days) ex flights
Northern Lights, Glaciers and Ice Photography Holiday Iceland
Incredible photographic trip in stunning south/east Iceland, from £2200 - £2300 (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
India small group vacation, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India, from US $2030 - US $2555 (15 days) ex flights
Orangutan photography in Borneo
Develop your photography skills in Borneo, from £1820 (10 days) ex flights
Ladakh photography tour, India
Inspirational photographic expedition to stunning Ladakh, from £2500 - £2650 (17 days) ex flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, Iceland
Incredible photographic trip in stunning West Iceland, from £1800 (7 days) ex flights
South East China vacation, culture & nature
Discover ethnic minorities and natural wonders of China, from €1950 (10 days) ex flights
Photography vacation in Andalucia, Spain
Photography vacations in beautiful Andalucia, from £775 (8 days) ex flights
Angkor Temples short break photography tours, Cambodia
Four days photography tours of iconic Angkor temples, from US $1150 (5 days) ex flights
Lofoten Islands summer photography vacation, Norway
Amazing Photogrpahic trip in the beautiful Lofoten Islands, from £2650 (9 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
Mexico small group vacation, a food adventure
Get an authentic taste of Mexico on this 8 day tour, from US $1452 - US $2015 (9 days) ex flights
Lofoten Islands winter photography vacation, Norway
Amazing Photogrpahic trip in the beautiful Lofoten Islands, from £1900 (8 days) ex flights
Photography vacation in Southwest Sri Lanka
Photograph South West Sri Lanka with us, from US $2850 (10 days) ex flights
Photography vacation in southern India
An incredible photographic Journey into Tamil Nadu & Kerala, from £2700 (16 days) ex flights
Wolverine photography tour in Finland
Photograph & watch wild wolverines, a very elusive species, from £1495 (5 days) ex flights
Morocco photography vacation
A true Moroccan adventure of Kasbahs, mountains and desert, from £1195 (7 days) ex flights
Provence vacation, walking, culture & cooking option
Experience real French culture and get off the beaten track, from €510 - €780 (5 days) ex flights
Cambodia photography vacation & Angkor temples
Improve your travel photography on tour in Cambodia, from US $2600 - US $2900 (10 days) ex flights
Scotland by railway vacation
Experience authentic Scotland independently and car-free, from £1000 - £1080 (8 days) ex flights
Archaeology vacation in Greece
A small-group archaeology tour of Greece, from €990 (8 days) ex flights
Yoga retreats in Andalucia, Spain
Yoga and meditation in the magical mountains of Andalucia, from €649 - €1149 (6 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
Northern lights short break, Finland
Leisurely stay in Finnish Lapland & an Aurora Alert system, from £1345 (5 days) inc UK flights
Swedish Lapland vacation accommodation
Beautiful wilderness retreat camp in Lapland, from SKr 1500 - SKr 2000 (1 day) per person per night

495 reviews for special interest vacations4 star overall rating

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Northern Lights photography vacation in Iceland, coast & ice
Fantastic - the tutors were excellent, patient, helpful and very professional. I learnt a lot but realise that I still have a lot to learn (more)Jan Beaty
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
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
Northern Lights tailor made vacation in Finland
Memorable parts? Everything. All activities of the trip were such memorable and exciting. Tips? Just enjoy all the activities even if you don't feel like it. You won't regret it. Local benefits? Absolutely. Overall rating? 9/10. Less a point for 'missing out of one activity' but managed to schedule it back in. (more)Fred Wong
From £885 - £950 including UK flights
Autumn Yoga Cruise in Croatia
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 £1935 - £2050 excluding flights
Umbria cooking vacation, Italy
The cooking was great and we helped out with different parts such as frying courgette flowers in rice flour a delicacy and making ravioli (more)Richard Soper
The cooking was fun and well balanced with other activities and visits to interesting places in the wider area. (more)Penny Kent
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
From €1190 - €1240 excluding flights
Finland Northern Lights vacation, Wilderness Auroras
10 OUT OF 10 (more)Jill Bridden
Every minute I spent in Finland was truly memory making! To walk in snowy woods along paths through the trees, to hear nothing but the sound of my breath was so soul restoring. (more)Marilyn Molyneux
One of the best vacations we have ever had, we loved it all. (more)Samantha May
From £1325 - £1445 including UK 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
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
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
I would give this tour the highest rating. My husband and I felt totally taken care of, with never a worry. (more)Jan Fisher
Loved traveling with the guides--they treated us like family. (more)Brynnen Ford
Delphi is extraordinary, as expected. Olympia is a real surprise - much richer than just athletics. Mycenae is beautiful and moving. Lousios Gorge fascinating. (more)Nick Heath
From €990 excluding flights
Provence vacation, walking, culture & cooking option
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 €510 - €780 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 $3450 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 and whale watching vacation in Norway
A wonderful time. One of our best, most memorable vacations. Not a single negative comment. (more)Daniel Roussel
It was an amazing experience. I enjoyed it. Thanks. (more)Carol Ryan
A special experience - would love to do it again. (more)Lucy Chard
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
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 £1125 - £1225 including UK flights
Northern Lights & killer whales photography holiday, Iceland
Got to see a pod of eight orca whales including a baby on a whale watching cruise from grundurfordur. (more)Craig Hamilton
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
From £1800 excluding flights
Scotland by railway vacation
This was a first-class tour which is very well thought out and planned. The trains were comfortable and a great way to travel about. (more)Doris Burke
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
From £1000 - £1080 excluding flights
Burma photography tour
The most memorable moment of the trip was the balloon flight over Bagan! (more)David Tiley
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
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 £500 - £750 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 - €450 excluding flights
Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain
The entire week was good fun and well organised. I was a complete beginner in Spanish and was surprised at how much ground we managed to cover. The teachers and walking guide were all very friendly and accommodating. (more)Paula Rutherford
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
From €400 excluding flights
Mexico small group vacation, a food adventure
Memorable parts? This was a food trip, and the food was fantastic. Our great guide, Fernando, took us to street food, markets, and restaurants--more than I expected. The cities of Puebla and Oaxaca are beautiful. For me high points were the markets and Monte Alban. Tips? 1) Check the exact date you are going. We happened to be on the one trip that started at a different hotel, and there was confusion. 2) Now there is an overnight bus from Oaxaca to Zipolite (apparently soon... (more)Nancy McCormick
From US $1452 - US $2015 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

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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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