Tailor made vacations. Tours & vacations in 2015 & 2016

A wide choice of tailor made vacations from all over the world for those looking to create a more personalised vacation experience. Choose the departure date, duration and activities to suit you. All our tailor made vacations are from specialist operators committed to the local communities & environment.
Vietnam vacation, South to North
From bright lights, to beaches and junk boats, from 1088 - 1298 (16 days) ex flights
Japan golden route vacation
9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto, from US $2048 (10 days) ex flights
Provence biking tour, France
Cycling tour of Provence for avid riders, from 995 - 1335 (8 days) ex flights
Galapagos activity & wildlife vacation, land based
Tailor-made land-based activity vacation in Galapagos, from 3135 (10 days) ex flights
South Africa vacation
Explore Cape Town, the Winelands and the Garden Route, from 1900 - 3100 (15 days) inc UK flights
Big game safari in Tanzania
Big game safari including luxury private camping, from 3160 (8 days) ex flights
Ethiopia holiday, tailormade
Discover the people, places and wildlife of Ethiopia, from 1720 (17 days) ex flights
Galapagos and Machu Picchu vacation in Ecuador and Peru
Discover Peru's Machu Picchu and the Wildlife-rich Galapagos, from US $4500 - US $8400 (16 days) ex flights
Catalonia self guided cycling vacation, Spain
Self guided cycling vacation, from 426 - 840 (8 days) ex flights
Croatia self drive vacation
A self drive discovery tour of beautiful Croatia, from 750 - 1150 (15 days) ex flights
Northern Lights tailor made vacation in Finland
Adventure in Finnish Lapland, huskies, northern lights & more, from 875 - 945 (4 days) inc UK flights
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
Tailor made vacations to Sri Lanka, from 1755 (15 days) inc UK flights
Madagascar tailor made vacation, Reef and Rainforest
An easy two-week lemur-rich rainforest & beach vacation, from 3095 - 3650 (14 days) inc UK flights
Scotland, luxury rail vacation
Experience Scotland in luxury and independently by train, from 1840 - 1915 (8 days) ex flights
Tailor made Rajasthan tour, India
Discover the cultural wonders of Rajasthan, from 1650 (14 days) ex flights
Self drive vacation in Costa Rica
Tailor made self-drive vacation in stunning Costa Rica, from 1950 - 2060 (17 days) ex flights
Kerala luxury vacation, India
See inside Kerala with a touch of luxury, from 2039 (16 days) ex flights
Cuba tours
Tailormade vacations in the pearl of the Carribean, from 920 (15 days) ex flights
Tailor made vacation in Bali, Off the beaten track
Cultural heritage, rainforest & beach relaxation in Bali, from US $1795 (14 days) ex flights
India vacations, The Golden Triangle, tailormade
An ideal trip for the first-time visitor to India, from 1465 (8 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife tour
Experience Costa Rica's incredible wildlife and wilderness, from 1995 (14 days) ex flights
Costa Rica beach & wildlife vacation
Cloud forest and a volcano, plus a whole lot of relaxation, from 1650 (13 days) ex flights
Garden Route vacation, tailor made, South Africa
Wildlife, mountains & white sandy beaches, from 1630 (12 days) ex flights
Scotland by railway vacation
Experience authentic Scotland independently and car-free, from 1000 - 1080 (8 days) ex flights
Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England
Discover Kent's history, its landscape and its people, from 587 (6 days) ex flights
Burma tailor made vacation
A tailor made trip to undiscovered Burma, from 1499 - 1850 (10 days) ex flights
Tour of Patagonia, El Calafate & Torres del Paine
Patagonia's best - Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno Glacier, from US $660 - US $2300 (5 days) ex flights
Safari in Amboseli & Tsavo National Parks, Kenya
Explore Amboseli and Tsavo - close to nature experience, from US $1250 - US $1750 (5 days) ex flights
Namibia self drive vacation, big cat conservation
Self drive trip taking in Namibia's highlights, from 2585 (15 days) inc UK flights
Walking vacation in Amorgos, Greece
Independent & guided walking vacations in Greece, from 605 - 655 (9 days) ex flights

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Kenya wildlife camping safari
We were of course expecting to enjoy seeing the wildlife, but our week's vacation provided much more than that. The Porini camps we stayed at were wonderful - eco-friendly, lovely setting on private conservancies, employing people from the local Massai communities. (more)Anna Economides
This was the best vacation I have ever taken! I tell everyone to just go. (more)Amanda Popik
From 1450 excluding flights
Catalonia self guided hiking vacation
Memorable parts? Most memorable - the variety of experiences: interesting coastal & mountain hiking, various culinary experiences (olive oil & wine tastings at vineyards, rural kitchen tasting & 33 course tasting at 2 star Michelin restaurant, daily picnics with local produce). Tips? The operator does a great job of helping you individualize your trip - through Tracy in the office & Callum who does the much of the guiding and "legwork" for the various routes. They are innovative... (more)Ruth Huneke
From 890 excluding flights
Camino de Santiago self guided hiking in Spain
We had a wonderful time and would all recommend the Camino Santiago as a major lifetime experience. The operator meticulously organised everything which gave us confidence. I will certainly return to walk another section of the Camino and am thinking about a section of the Via Franegena next year. (more)Maire Lowe
Walking into the square in front of Santiago cathedral after walking 111kilometres to get there. The emotion of achieving it and the realisation there was no more walking overwhelmed me. The square was filled with other pilgrims each one full of the same joys. (more)Tony Finn
From 445 - 850 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
Madagascar tailor made vacation, Reef and Rainforest
A lovely time. second visit. (more)John Dreyfuss
Brilliant, eye opening, once in a lifetime experience...Seeing and hearing the Indri in Andasibe was breathtaking and our guide was brilliant. (more)Anita Chapman
This was an absolutely superb adventure, great people, amazing wildlife, stunning scenery. (more)Claudia Biedert
From 3095 - 3650 including UK flights
Borneo wildlife holiday with Mt. Kinabalu climb
We all thoroughly enjoyed our experience in Borneo and felt that it exceeded our expectations. (more)Heather Martyn-Fisher
Amazing. We were very fortunate with the wildlife we saw. The itinerary captured everything that we enjoy doing and so for us it was the perfect vacation! (more)Jo Gillett
Fantastic ! Although it did take me 4 days of R&R to recover from the 1st 10 days. Everybody agreed it was unique and a wonderful experience (more)val stapleton
From US $2850 excluding flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
I absolutely adored Hakone...That entire leg of the journey was my favourite. I wish we'd had more time there. It was so relaxing, but at the same time there was mountain to explore! ...Our tour operators were fantastic, they couldn't do enough for us. (more)Jennifer Whiteside
This was an excellent and memorable vacation and both my daughter and I judged it a great success. (more)Caitriona Tomlinson
This was an excellent and memorable vacation and both my daughter and I judged it a great success. (more)Caitriona Tomlinson
From US $1120 excluding flights
Ecuador adventure vacation, tailor made
Fantastic!!!! The best parts were tubing down the Napo River Valley! Also, enjoyed tremendously all the laughter on the ropes course, the river rafting and the hospitality and GREAT FOOD. (more)lynn mahan
Absolutely superb from start to finish. The operator was outstanding in making us an itinerary which was perfect for the amount of time we had to spend there, and we loved working with them before, during and after our vacation. We felt that the range of experiences, activities and accommodations enabled us to really experience a bug chunk of Ecuador and its culture in only two weeks. (more)Cara Roberts
From 1295 excluding flights
Ethiopia holidays, tailor made
It was most excellent. So many highlights to choose from however the Simian highlands and the Golada baboons were amazing. Go for it, sit back and enjoy! (more)Noel O
This was an incredible vacation. It was beautifully planned, by our agent, who planned every detail with precision and wisdom. The places we stayed were excellent, and the entire itinerary, designed specifically to our needs, was wonderful. (more)Barbara Kaplan
Go for it! The whole trip was brilliantly organised - ran like clockwork - and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. (more)Michelle Le Blanc
From 1456 excluding flights
Vietnam culture and beach holiday
It was excellent. I would definitely recommend this sort of tour for a first visit. We had never had a guide or arranged tour before so it really made the difference knowing that tours had been prepaid and pick ups and cars had been pre arranged. (more)Val Bodington
Both the visit to the Cu Chi tunnels and the day on the Mekong Delta was the most memorable. (more)Emma Miller
From US $1038 excluding flights
Japan self guided trekking vacation, Nakasendo Trail
A great experience. We felt we had a very good introduction and understanding of Japan. We liked the combination of historic city, modern capital contrasting with rural Japan. Very well organized. (more)Elaine Blatchford
Great, the organisation was very good, the cultural immersion was inspiring and the landscape was surprising. (more)Rafael Boren
Best bit: Walking through remote woods and forests on the Nakasendo trail and coming across ancient shrines and stonework commemorating centuries old samurai battles. (more)Liz Bashford
From US $890 - US $2460 excluding flights
Croatia self drive vacation
Absolutely perfect. Well organized and with no hitches. Car hire was easy and the hotels were very well chosen. We would certainly recommend this to anyone. (more)Mairead Lennox
We have travelled to a lot of the world over the last 30 years and I would put this vacation at the top of them all! (more)Tony Jones
There were so many highlights - Croatia is such a beautiful country, I genuinely loved every stop on our itinerary. (more)Ewan Hunter
From 750 - 1150 excluding flights
Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
Book it ! You won't be disappointed. There is something for everyone to do. (more)Nikki Rogers
It was fantastic, our most memorable vacation ever and we were all sad to leave. (more)Clare Duncan
Lovely. Peaceful hotel, good food, beautiful countryside, interesting and varied activities which work for children and adults. (more)Anna McConnell
From 207 - 270 excluding flights
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
We really got to see the local view of life traveling on our own, very modern vehicle and used local cafes, services and attractions when possible. Safaris fund conservation.The whole tour was superb. From meeting our guide at the airport to our day of departure we enjoyed every new experience. We were helped every step of the way by Upul, our excellent Guide. (more)Derek Putnam
First and foremost, it has to be said that Sri Lanka did not disappoint us in any way! We were always greeted with warmth waves and smiles! It has to be one of the friendliest countries I've visited and it was for the most part very clean. (more)Lori Keating
The vacation overall was amazing, there were so many memorable experiences it is difficult to name only one thing. If we had to choose it would have to be turtle watching on Rekawa beach. (more)Jude Lambert
From 1755 including UK flights
Cycling tour in Catalonia for food lovers, Spain
It was great. We could do as much as we wanted. We could have made it as hard or easy as we liked. We loved being active. (more)Liz Wood
Biking in the beautiful country of Spain with my husband and good friends was the most memorable part. It was a wonderful experience, great trails, food and memories to last a lifetime. I am planning my next trip now! (more)Mark Edwards
Everything about this vacation was excellent, and exceeded expectations. We have already recommended this vacation to our friends, and would do it again ourselves! (more)Ashling Swirtz
From 995 - 1190 excluding flights
Garden Route vacation, tailor made, South Africa
Most memorable was being so close to wild animals on the game drives at Elephant Plains...Fantastic! (more)Yvonne Chapman
The Drakensberg mountains and Didima camp at Cathedral Peak provided a magical start to the vacation, with stunning scenery, fantastic hiking and lovely accommodation; we could easily have stayed much longer there. (more)Barbara Sykes
Some of the best highlights were - the penguins on Boulder Beach, Cape Point on a glorious day, staying with Hazel of Hazel's Homestays, the Real City tour in PE, Amakhala Lodge. (more)David Catherall
From 1630 excluding flights
Malawi tailor made vacation
The most memorable part was locating and visiting Rita's brother's grave in Blantyre. Huntingdon House and meeting Chip. Safaris at Mvuu Camp...Excellent - the trip of a lifetime for all of us. (more)John Christie
Very good, we went to four very different locations and saw a great deal. (more)ian macbeth
From 2195 - 2245 excluding flights
Mercantour family hiking vacation, France
Awesome, it has raised the bar for next year! (more)Tony Johnson
The whole thing was memorable! Our 6 year old and 4 year old leading "Leonidas" our donkey through the French Alps, sleeping in a beautiful yurt in an Alpine meadow, and feeling like we'd done something completely different to the typical "bucket and spade" type of vacation. (more)Alison Godfrey
The mountains, flora and fauna in an exceptionally beautiful and unspoilt part of the world, within and on the periphery of the Mercantour National Park in the French maritime Alps were most memorable. (more)Nick Lampert
From 440 - 570 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 1250 excluding flights
Annapurna Sanctuary trek in Nepal
It really was the vacation of a lifetime. The 9 day trek round Annapurna Sanctuary has to be the highlight. This was made even more memorable by having the most amazing Sherpa guide and porter. (more)Gina Crowcroft
Fantastic and unforgettable experience! Thank you to the guide, our porter and the company who organised the tour! (more)Larissa Malycheva
Really enjoyed the whole trip, the operator was excellent and looked after me the whole time. Thank you. (more)Laura Hayes
From 840 excluding flights
Family activity holiday in Turkey
9.5/10 - an absolutely wonderful vacation. We cannot recommend it highly enough. (more)Doug Grimwade
Fantastic. A wonderful life-affirming experience, thoroughly enjoyed by our whole family (rare, given wide-ranging abilities). I would highly recommend this company and vacation. (more)Lisa Williams
Excellent! Probably the best family vacation we have had. Try it for your self! (more)Angelique Crooks
From 475 - 510 excluding flights
History, culture & wildlife of India vacation
The most exciting part was not on the original programme. We asked Rajat to give us somewhat more nature and less culture. He arranged for us to spend a day and two nights in a resort on the Kabini Lake, across from the Nagarhole National Park. On a boat safari at dusk, amidst myriad birds and beasts, we saw a male tiger emerging muddily from the river, slinking into the jungle. (more)Robin Fox
Excellent, we enjoyed it all. The two home stays were an amazing part of our trip. Take the plunge and travel on an overnight train with shared accommodation. It's a great experience. (more)Caroline Powell
The most memorable parts were staying at the home of the Kumars, visiting Golden Temple at Amritsar and WildFlower Hall...Outstanding. (more)Andrew Hollas
From 1336 excluding flights
Borneo family tour
Don't be put off by having a guide, we thought we would feel less intrepid but we learnt and laughed so much. Be prepared for the unexpected! Amazing fun. (more)Nikki Shack
Fantastic! We constantly remember different things and look at the photos. Staying with a local family - our daughters got so much out of it. (more)Sarah Madeley
From US $2345 - US $2830 excluding flights
Malawi self drive holiday
Memorable parts? Mvuu camp and the night safaris Tips? Before leaving, i suggest to buy maps and guides because you will not find any tourist indication. They prefer to provide you a guide instead of selling maps and written indication. Local benefits? Yes, I think so for the majority of lodges in which we stayed. Overall rating? 10/10 (more)Giulia Rap
From 1200 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
Tour of Patagonia, El Calafate & Torres del Paine
Memorable parts? I loved traveling around Patagonia, visiting blue and greenish blue lakes, the steppes, the glaciers, the snow capped mountains, the unusual wildlife. An extra bonus was the view out of my hotel window directly in front of Lago Argentino, over which the skies constantly changed. For me, Patagonia was pure magic. Tips? The vacation company provides you with many options so take advantage of their services. They are also on standby should you need help, want to make... (more)Joanna Drzewieniecki
From US $660 - US $2300 excluding flights
Vietnam family vacation
Memorable parts? Walking in the hills in North Vetnam, really connected with the people off the tourist trails. Stunning. Tips? Be prepared for simple accommodation and reasonably hard walking. Although not very long walks, about 15km in a day it can get quite hot and hilly. Wish I was fitter. Local benefits? Yes, staying with families and local businesses is very important to the development of the tourist industry. Always ate in small restaurants. Overall rating? Very... (more)Angela Reid
From 1075 - 1095 excluding flights
Exciting family vacation in China
Memorable parts? The itinerary planned by our operator worked out beautifully for my family of 8. A couple of the guides, especially Johnnie in Beijing and Susan in chengdu engaged with the children and helped make our time in those cities very enjoyable. we loved that logistics were taken care of by our guides n drivers. The children loved the ice skating, the time at the Great Wall, learning to cook their own dishes, spending Christmas day at the panda research center, biking in town... (more)Kristin Baker
From US $2135 - US $2255 excluding flights
Cycling vacation in Portugal, self guided
10 out of 10. We could not fault any part of the vacation. The rides were routed through beautiful landscapes, visiting interesting villages and all felt very safe. The accommodation was clean, friendly and in wonderful locations. The personal service provided was great which meant that the vacation met our needs perfectly without any worry at all. (more)Sally Forster
Do it! it's great fun and a wonderful sense of achievement reaching the destination. The organiser was always available although thankfully we didn't need him as his instructions were spot on. (more)karen austin
Fantastic! Recommend it to everyone from 8 to 80 years old who love to bike (more)Kristin Rygg
From 539 - 623 excluding flights
Sri Lanka tour & beach vacation
There were many memorable moments - we loved the incredible bird life especially seeing them close-up in the bird sanctuary. (more)Gabi Tubbs
Leopards in Yala were the most memorable part of the vacation (more)Ann Griffiths
We had a great time, we mixed cultural interest with wildlife experience and finished up with a beach flop...The jeep safari to see the elephants in the wild was the most exciting part of the vacation. (more)Elayne Farmer
From 1995 including UK 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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