Tailor made vacations. Tours & vacations in 2016 & 2017

Tailor made vacations are exactly what you’d hope they would be: bespoke, unique and personal to you. Choose the date you depart, how long you stay and activities that fit your level of enthusiasm or fuel your desire for a challenge. 24 hour support, detailed maps and suggested itinerary notes help you upgrade from a standard independent vacation to a deluxe version with over 1600 tailor made adventures to choose from.
Croatia self drive vacation
A self drive discovery tour of beautiful Croatia, from £795 - £1295 (15 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
Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England
Discover Kent's history, its landscape and its people, from £587 (6 days) ex flights
Galapagos activity & wildlife vacation, land based
Tailor-made land-based activity vacation in Galapagos, from £3135 (10 days) ex flights
Japan golden route vacation
9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto, from US $2340 (10 days) ex flights
Scotland by railway vacation
Experience authentic Scotland independently and car-free, from £1000 - £1080 (8 days) ex flights
Ethiopia holiday, tailormade
Discover the people, places and wildlife of Ethiopia, from £1720 (17 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
Provence biking tour, France
Cycling tour of Provence for avid riders, from €1070 - €1410 (8 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
Self drive vacation in Costa Rica
Tailor made self-drive vacation in stunning Costa Rica, from £1950 - £2060 (17 days) ex flights
Burma tailor made vacation
A tailor made trip to undiscovered Burma, from £1499 - £1850 (10 days) ex flights
Tailor made Rajasthan tour, India
Discover the cultural wonders of Rajasthan, from £1650 (14 days) ex flights
Cuba tours
Tailormade vacations in the pearl of the Carribean, from €970 (15 days) ex flights
Vietnam vacation, South to North
From bright lights, to beaches and junk boats, from £1075 (16 days) ex flights
Tour of Patagonia, El Calafate & Torres del Paine
Patagonia's best - Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno Glacier, from US $705 - US $2665 (5 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
South Africa vacation
Explore Cape Town, the Winelands and the Garden Route, from £1900 - £3100 (15 days) inc UK flights
Kerala luxury vacation, India
See inside Kerala with a touch of luxury, from £2039 (16 days) ex 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
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
Tailor made vacations to Sri Lanka, from £1755 (15 days) inc UK flights
Scotland, luxury rail vacation
Experience Scotland in luxury and independently by train, from £1935 - £2050 (8 days) ex flights
Catalonia self guided cycling vacation, Spain
Self guided cycling vacation, from €735 - €875 (8 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife tour
Experience Costa Rica's incredible wildlife and wilderness, from £2100 (14 days) ex flights
Vietnam tailor made tour, Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi
A comfortable private journey through Vietnam's highlights, from US $2295 - US $2995 (8 days) ex flights
Family activity holiday in Turkey
Exciting, active and varied family vacation in Turkey, from £475 - £510 (8 days) ex flights
Kumano Kodo trail self guided trekking vacation, Japan
Self guided trekking on the Kumano Kodo Trail, from US $850 - US $2205 (9 days) ex flights
Kwa-Zulu Natal tailor made tour, South Africa
Discover Kwa-Zulu Natal with a qualified botanist, from £3400 (13 days) inc UK flights
Northern Kerala tailor tour, tailor made
Uncover the rich culture of northern Kerala, from £1400 (13 days) ex flights
Alicante self guided walking vacation
Trekking through beautiful mountainous countryside, from £570 (8 days) ex flights

1777 reviews for tailor made vacations4 star overall rating

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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 £1575 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 - £955 including UK flights
Borneo family tour
Go for it. It was a great family adventure that we all loved. (more)Martha Rutherford
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
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
I'd go back tomorrow ! Loved it. (more)Stan Deboehmler
Great trip, great guide and solid tour company - the vacation provider was top notch and I would not hesitate to use them again. (more)Bill Dinner
Aside from the wonderful wildlife that we saw with the help of our driver/guide, we'll have good memories of the friendliness and warmth of the Sri Lankans we met. (more)Janet Halliday
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
Rajasthan luxury tours
Excellent. We had wonderful hosts, good guides and great value. We will no doubt use them again for other trips and endeavours. (more)Scott and San
Our trip had an incredibly personal and intimate feel throughout-an experience that could never be matched by a packaged tour. (more)Leigh Anne
Be prepared to be 'blown away'. The owners are fully involved in conservation - they have their own reserve which has been highly successful in increasing the numbers of an endangered cat species. If you want to see a fascinating part of India and stay in some fascinating places, this is the trip for you. My friend and I absolutely loved it. (more)(Edwina) Jayne Rudge
From £900 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
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 £1350 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
Ethiopia holidays, tailor made
Fantastic. Ethiopia is beautiful, ancient and dramatic. A sight to see around every corner. The vacation provider crafted our itinerary, provided some superb guides and ensured we experienced the country as more of a traveler than a tourist. (more)Alison Newman
Extremely good. Well thought out and very good value for money. (more)Sally-Ann Shouler
The three days we spent in Lalibela over Timket were extraordinary - but so was watching our guide in Harar negotiate for a can of camel milk in a local village. (more)katie gray
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
Best bits: Walking the remote sections of Trail. Tour of Nara (more)Michael Eagen
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
From US $850 - US $2840 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 £795 - £1295 excluding flights
Altiplano de Granada activity vacation, Spain
We loved the amazing views in all directions from, the great range of exciting activities organised by the owners, who were fantastic hosts and so friendly and helpful, and the total relaxation of really getting away from it all. (more)Lucy Schonberger
A gloriously friendly hotel with a perfect location for a peaceful retreat into a Spain we rarely get to experience (more)Amanda Povey
Book it ! You won't be disappointed. There is something for everyone to do. (more)Nikki Rogers
From €207 - €270 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
Best bit: The food! (more)Louise Larsen
Experiencing Japan- a fascinating, different and wonderful country to visit. We loved Tokyo and Kyoto and all the sights there. (more)Fay Berry
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
From US $1515 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 £1395 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
Isle of Mull wildlife vacation in Scotland
I have the strong feeling that the accommodation and the tours were made with local people seriously engaged in the preservation of nature. It was a great vacation! (more)Luc Deneys
Mull is a wonderful island where you will not find a disappointing view. The wildlife trips organized as part of the vacation package were excellent. Each trip was conducted by very professional and knowledgeable experts covering all aspects of the local flora and fauna. (more)David Hayers
Excellent...All accommodation was situated in the best possible place for fantastic views and access to wildlife tours (more)Janet Kelly
From £675 - £895 excluding 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
Montenegro mountain biking vacations, self guided
A great mix of physical activity, relaxation, sunshine and the reassurance that we were being looked after made this a vacation that we would recommend to anyone who also enjoys variety in their days. (more)Nadine Williams
A great trip to a stunning country. (more)Gillian Holley
We loved to be in the area of the Skaddar lake!....As I got commentaries from My friends ( 29 people) , That loved Their vacation in Monténegro and they are ready to come back as soon as possible. (more)STEPHANE DESOBRY
From €650 excluding flights
Japan golden route vacation
Excellent and good value for money (more)Allison Krill
Excellent. We enjoyed it all. The travel arrangements all worked perfectly. Hotels were fine. Amy at the tour operator was terrific. (more)Howard Rosenthal
From US $2340 excluding flights
Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Memorable parts? Staying in a welcoming and comfortable hotel in a beautiful part of Spain, with delightful hosts, and masses of available activities. Tips? Stay at here, it's great. Local benefits? Yes, all of the above. We booked several activities with local companies and ate in local restaurants. We were able to travel extensively by bike rather than car. Overall rating? Excellent. We have all returned fit, healthy and happy. (more)Mary Anne Roffs
From €720 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 £990 - £1030 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
Kumano Kodo trail self guided trekking vacation, Japan
Memorable parts? All of it was good. The highlight might have been the first sight of the Golden Temple in Kyoto, or the first proper Japanese meal. Tips? As it is primarily a walking vacation through woods, I would recommend one takes good walking boots and a stick. Local benefits? Mainly staying staying in small, traditional hotels (ryokan) must be good. Overall rating? Excellent. All the arrangements worked perfectly. (more)John Brennan
From US $850 - US $2205 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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