Tailor made vacations and tours, 2014 and 2015

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.
Scotland by railway vacation
Experience authentic Scotland independently and car-free, from 1000 - 1065 (8 days) ex flights
Galapagos and Machu Picchu vacation in Ecuador and Peru
Discover Peru's Machu Picchu and the Wildlife-rich Galapagos, from US $5755 (16 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
Tailor made vacation in Bali, Off the beaten track
Cultural heritage, rainforest & beach relaxation in Bali, from US $1795 (14 days) ex flights
Tailor made Rajasthan tour, India
Discover the cultural wonders of Rajasthan, from 1650 (14 days) ex flights
Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England
Discover Kent's history, its landscape and its people, from 559 (6 days) ex flights
Catalonia self guided cycling vacation, Spain
Self guided cycling vacation, from 426 - 840 (8 days) ex flights
Madagascar tailor made vacation, Reef and Rainforest
An easy two-week lemur-rich rainforest & beach vacation, from 2980 - 3650 (12 days) inc UK flights
Ethiopia holiday, tailormade
Discover the people, places and wildlife of Ethiopia, from 1720 (17 days) ex flights
Burma tailor made vacation
A tailor made trip to undiscovered Burma, from 1625 (10 days) ex flights
Big game safari in Tanzania
Big game safari including luxury private camping, from 2815 (8 days) ex flights
Northern Lights tailor made vacation in Finland
Adventure in Finnish Lapland, huskies, northern lights & more, from 734 - 820 (4 days) inc UK flights
Wildlife vacations in Brazil, tailormade
From Iguazu Falls to giant otters in the Pantanal, from 2875 (14 days) ex flights
Croatia self drive vacation
A self drive discovery tour of beautiful Croatia, from 850 - 1250 (15 days) ex flights
South Africa vacation
Explore Cape Town, the Winelands and the Garden Route, from 1900 - 3100 (15 days) inc UK flights
Chile tailor made vacation, Atacama Desert
Discover Santiago, Valparaiso and the Atacama desert, from 1395 - 1695 (15 days) ex flights
Cuba tours
Tailormade vacations in the pearl of the Carribean, from 640 (15 days) ex flights
Galapagos activity & wildlife vacation, land based
Privately guided land-based activity vacation in Galapagos, from 3495 - 3825 (7 days) ex flights
Japan golden route vacation
9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto, from US $2057 (10 days) ex flights
Garden Route vacation, tailor made, South Africa
Wildlife, mountains & white sandy beaches, from 1630 (12 days) ex flights
Costa Rica beach & wildlife vacation
Cloud forest and a volcano, plus a whole lot of relaxation, from 1595 (13 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
Tailor made vacations to Sri Lanka, from 1755 (15 days) inc UK flights
Self drive vacation in Costa Rica
Tailor made self-drive vacation in stunning Costa Rica, from 1950 - 2060 (17 days) ex flights
Yangshuo adventure vacation, China
Be active & adventurous, see Yangshuo's best, from US $425 - US $695 (5 days) ex flights
Self guided biking tour in Croatia
Explore the amazing island's coasts and medieval town, from 360 - 690 (8 days) ex flights
Indochina tailor made vacation
Explore the great diversity of the Southeast Asia region, from 3290 - 4690 (21 days) ex flights
Grazalema self guided hiking vacation, Spain
Self guided hiking vacation in Grazalema, Andalucia, Spain, from 295 - 565 (8 days) ex flights
Family luxury safari & beach vacation, South Africa & Mozambique
Combine a wildlife safari in South Africa with beach time, from 2870 - 5000 (14 days) inc UK flights
Reunion holidays, tailor made
A luxury self-drive trip through spectacular scenery + beach, from US $3500 (14 days) inc UK flights
Provence biking tour, France
Cycling tour of Provence for avid riders, from 975 - 1295 (8 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
Japan self guided trekking vacation, Nakasendo Trail
It was all a very fine experience. Terrific organisation, didn't miss a beat anywhere; great choices of accommodation/food. The combination of physical, topographical and cultural stimulation provided by this sort of travel is very very hard to beat. There were several occasions where I was simply floaty with delight. A knockout. (more)David McRae
Excellent...in every way. The most memorable parts were... Seeing the old villages and towns along our walk - meeting so many friendly and helpful people in surroundings completely different from our own. And the food - different, flavorful, every meal exquisitely presented and excellent. (more)Gill Berry
From US $975 - US $2690 excluding flights
Borneo wildlife holiday with Mt. Kinabalu climb
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
Kerala culture and backwaters vacation, India
Memorable parts? We (a married couple of mature years) spent two nights at a homestay situated within a bird sanctuary. The family, four generations, gave us a touchingly friendly welcome ('this is your home'), and at dawn our host took us to a rocky promontory where we sat as the sun rose over the jungle and the birds began their day - hornbills, bulbuls, sunbirds, woodpeckers, mynahs, parakeets, etc, etc. We counted at least 35 species including, on the way back, a pair of frogmouths,... (more)Robin Fox
From 750 - 890 excluding flights
Spain self drive vacation, Rioja & Pyrenees
Memorable parts? This vacation was so packed full of fantastic memories.........From the moment we arrived in Bilbao with the awesome Guggenheim Museum and delicious tapas, through to the final day when we walked down to the beach in Barcelona to paddle in the Mediterranean Sea like a couple of teenagers! Tips? Go with an open mind, and enjoy the real Spain. Local benefits? All the hotels we stayed in, apart from the first night, were family run hotels. The spanish people... (more)Janet Herbert
From 1811 - 2117 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 734 - 820 including UK flights
Sweden self guided cycling vacation, Stockholm countryside
Memorable parts? There were too many to count. But many great bike rides. We did a 5 day ride near Stockholm. A second trip was done in the islands around Stockholm. Tips? I would extend the Gotland part of the trip by 1 day. Local benefits? We had a lot of contact with many local people and they were great. Overall rating? It was a great trip. We did 2 back to back self guided bike trips near Stockholm. It was planned and supported beautifully by Carmen. I love recommending... (more)Ed Weiner
From SKr6270 - SKr6565 excluding flights
Chile tailor made vacation, Atacama Desert
The great awareness of protecting the environment in the Atacama area was very striking. (more)Jenny Maddick
The best thing was to to learn about the Mapuche, an indigenous tribe, who live in Chile. The food was unbelievably good.. (more)Victoria Edwards
The visit to the Atacama Desert area including the high Andes was special for me, and spending time with the indigenous farmer was really interesting. (more)Dave Thalrose
From 1395 - 1695 including domestic flights only
Madagascar tailor made vacation, Reef and Rainforest
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
Excellent...Seeing lemurs in the wild was the most memorable part. (more)Hilary Wilson
From 2980 - 3650 including UK flights
Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring
10/10...Hiroshima, sumo , Magome and Koyasan were the highlights (more)peter deen
Excellent. We had a nice mix of major cities, the Hakone National Park Region, and Miyajima Island. (more)Sally Vogl
We absolutely had a blast on the whole trip. It was a busy, we tried to see a much as we could but enjoyed the vacation...I would do this again in a heartbeat! (more)Rebekah Schultz
From US $1105 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
Croatian coast walking tours, self guided
An inspiring vacation from the places visited to the better understanding of Croatian history...The most memorable part was learning from our hostess and guides the impact of the Homeland War. The most exciting was the trip to Mljet. (more)William Laubenstein
We loved it. The walking was relaxed and you could really walk as much or as little as you wanted. By the end of our week, when it was getting quite hot in the afternoon we just sat under an olive tree in the garden, ate a picnic, read a book and watched the yachts go by. Lovely (more)Liz Pritchard
A well balanced interesting trip with fantastic scenery, history, wonderful people, excellent food and a good mix of countryside and city options. (more)sandra pullen
From 485 - 630 excluding flights
Borneo vacation, Highlights of Borneo
Brilliant! Knowledgeable guides and small groups of like-minded people, who were interested in and cared about the natural environment of the place they were visiting. (more)Katy Wing
Fabulous. There's really nothing more to say. (more)Amjad Parkar
Fantastic! Eye opening!The best part was seeing Orangutans in the wild at Borneo Rainforest Lodge (more)Amy Rubin
From US $2295 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
Vancouver Island wildlife tours, Canada
Watching bears, whales and dolphins. Great weather and scenery. (more)Ian Blezard
Simply breathtaking. The scenic beauty, the wonderful accommodations, the fantastic tours all added up to create a lifetime of memories. (more)Robert Roberto
From CA $1795 including domestic flights only
Croatia self drive vacation
Your company was fantastic. Everything falling into place . Pick up, hotels, car arrangements , the whole works. Will recommend you to all my friends . Well done. (more)Kenneth Vaithilingam
9 out of 10 ( rain for a few days cost one point!) (more)Roger GoodlIff
Overall rating? very highly and everything was expertly organised (more)Alan Paton
From 850 - 1250 excluding flights
Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
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
We had a brilliant vacation. The food and hospitality were excellent and our hosts were intimately familiar with the language, locality, food, history and culture. The hotel is as off the beaten track as one could imagine and is in a tranquil and scenic setting. (more)David Graham
From 249 - 339 excluding flights
Ethiopia holidays, tailor made
Go for it! The whole trip was brilliantly organised - ran like clockwork - and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. (more)Michelle Le Blanc
Although my tent living conditions were not 5 star, the experience was. (more)Helen Spence
Loved every minute of it! Camping and hiking in the Simiens. Traveling through breathtaking landscapes. The friendliness and hospitality of the people we met along the way but most of all our driver and guide who looked after us throughout the whole trip. (more)Sharon Woodworth
From 1456 excluding 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 950 - 1170 excluding flights
Activity vacations in Turkey
Booked a one week package of hiking, mountain biking, canyoning and sea and lake kayaking for two adults and two children (10 and 12 year old boys). We all loved it. (more)Martin Short
Excellent!!!! One of the best!! Hotels staff fab and the tour guides were fantastic too. (more)Karren Probyn
Totally wonderful. Would definitely do another vacation again with this op in Turkey....Organisation behind the scenes exemplary - Julie was always at hand on the end of emails answering our questions promptly. (more)Sue Hodnett
From 475 - 510 excluding flights
Sabah & Sarawak vacation in Borneo
It was an amazing wildlife adventure - I feel very fortunate to have seen freshly hatched baby green turtles and wild orangutans. (more)Claire Onody
There were many memorable moments. Too few to fully list out! One destination was the Gomantong Birdnest Caves. The main cave tests all your senses. Certainly a location for the next Indiana Jones film, not for flip-flop wearing tourists! (more)Jonathan Reed-Lethbridge
From US $2495 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
Self drive Cuba family vacation
There were many memorable moments on this vacation that I can not pick just one. Everything was far beyond our expectations. The people, culture, snorkelling and food were all fantastic! (more)Tania Kitchell
Overall, it was an experience not to be missed. We wanted to see Cuba before it changes beyond recognition and we got to see so much of the real Cuba, it was amazing. (more)Jenny Jones
We loved our Cuban vacation and would love to go back. We have spoken with several friends that travel and they too would love to go there. We would give our vacation a 10/10 - it was fantastic! (more)Ant Rigter
From 1598 - 3379 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
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
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
Excellent...the guides could not have been more helpful or accommodating. We had a wonderful time. (more)David Scanlon
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
Luxury culture vacation in Sri Lanka
I booked with Jith, who helped in every way he could, to make it a great trip, in particular when we had to change flights and plan. His driver, Upali, was wonderful and made sure that my time in Sri Lanka was as good as possible. He gave me lots of information about Sri Lanka, the people, history and country. (more)Karen Pedersen
We'll worth doing (more)philip perry
the most memorable part of the vacation was seeing Leopard first time in wild... it was very emotional and our guide(s) seemed like they shared and respected our emotions. (more)Eli Hart
From 1400 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

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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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