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.
Galapagos activity & wildlife vacation, land based
Privately guided land-based activity vacation in Galapagos, from £3495 - £3825 (7 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
Northern Lights tailor made vacation in Finland
Adventure in Finnish Lapland, huskies, northern lights & more, from £845 (3 night minimum) inc UK flights
Croatia self drive vacation
A self drive discovery tour of beautiful Croatia, from £845 - £1195 (15 days) ex flights
Burma tailor made vacation
A tailor made trip to undiscovered Burma, from £1625 (10 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
Chile tailor made vacation, Atacama Desert
Discover Santiago, Valparaiso and the Atacama desert, from £1395 - £1695 (15 days) ex flights
Tailor made Rajhastan 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 €640 (15 days) ex flights
Wildlife vacations in Brazil, tailormade
From Iguazu Falls to giant otters in the Pantanal, from £2875 (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
Big game safari in Tanzania
Big game safari including luxury private camping, from £2815 (8 days) ex flights
Tailor made vacation in Bali, Off the beaten track
Fabulous cultural heritage & beach relaxation, from US $1795 (14 days) ex flights
Scotland by railway vacation
Experience authentic Scotland independently and car-free, from £985 - £1050 (8 days) ex flights
Japan golden route vacation
9 night classic Japan trip: Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto, from US $2057 (10 days) ex flights
Ethiopia holiday, tailormade
Discover the people, places and wildlife of Ethiopia, from £1720 (17 days) ex flights
South Africa vacation
Explore Cape Town, the Winelands and the Garden Route, from £1900 - £3100 (15 days) inc UK flights
Sri Lanka vacations, tailor made
Tailor made vacations to Sri Lanka, from £1825 (15 days) inc UK flights
Garden Route vacation, tailor made, South Africa
Wildlife, mountains & white sandy beaches, from £1630 (12 days) ex flights
Catalonia self guided cycling vacation, Spain
Self guided cycling vacation, from £426 - £840 (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
Madagascar tailor made vacation, Reef and Rainforest
An easy two-week lemur-rich rainforest & beach vacation, from £2980 - £3650 (12 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
Gorilla tracking vacation in Rwanda
A unique safari taking in the wildlife highlights of Rwanda, from £3180 (6 days) ex flights
Colombia wildlife vacation, tailor made
Discover the Amazon Rainforest and Colombian Pacific coast, from £1995 - £2225 (14 days) ex flights
Okavango Delta tailor made safari in Botswana
Fantastic private safari in Okavango Delta, from £3200 - £5950 (11 days) ex flights
Alentejo & Algarve self guided hiking vacation, Portugal
Independent coastal hiking vacations in the Alentejo Coast, from €390 - €420 (8 days) ex flights
Amazon & Peru tailormade vacation
Explore Peru & the Amazon, from €1375 (18 days) ex flights
Spain self drive vacation, Rioja & Pyrenees
Premium self-drive through Rioja, the Pyrenees and Barcelona, from £1811 - £2117 (15 days) ex flights
Vietnam culture and beach holiday
A tour of two halves, culture and beach relaxation., from US $1038 (11 days) ex flights

1468 reviews for tailor made vacations4 star overall rating

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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
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 £465 - £499 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
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
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
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
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 $1035 - US $2920 excluding flights
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
Overall rating? very highly and everything was expertly organised (more)Alan Paton
Excellent. We highly recommend this type of vacation to anyone traveling to Croatia. Driving is easy. Don't hesitate to do it. It is breath taking to drive along the coast. (more)Nancy Browne
From £845 - £1195 excluding flights
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
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
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
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
Umbria cooking vacation, Italy
The location is stunning, Marina and Gianluca make you feel welcome, and they work exceedingly hard to ensure that you have an enjoyable stay. We came to learn cookery, but Marina ensures you know about so much more. I can't wait to try some of the recipes we have been taught. (more)Joanne Wilkins
It was amazing. One of the best vacations I have ever had (& I am old...so have had a few!) I can honestly not praise this trip enough. It was FABULOUS. (more)Hilary Brett
A very special week filled with many memorable moments, that will always be cherished (more)Yvonne Stark
From €1150 - €1800 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 £845 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
Montenegro mountain biking vacations, self guided
Memorable parts? We loved to be in the area of the Skaddar lake! Tips? Leave the Adriatic coast which is to busy and to artificial and enter in the country , discovering the real Monténégro Local benefits? Difficult to say , but in working with a small company we are convinced that the foreign big companies won't take their percentage to Our travel. Overall rating? As I got commentaries from My friends ( 29 people) , That loved Their vacation in Monténegro and they... (more)STEPHANE DESOBRY
From €550 - €670 excluding flights
Scotland, luxury rail vacation
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
Wow, a number of exciting parts, firstly the train journey from Queen Street station to Fort William, absolutely superb. Staying at Inverlochy Castle, truly breathtaking location. Steam train. (more)Anne Feeley
From £1750 - £1820 excluding flights
Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway
Memorable parts? The most memorable thing of the vacation was the location. The lodge was a perfect place to stay indoors, and also the perfect place to enjoy the nature. Tips? Choose your flight remembering that it takes 3 hours from Troms to the lodge. Local benefits? Yes, I felt that the vacation benefited to the local people. Overall rating? My vacation was perfect, I really enjoyed it. (more)Marta Bindi
From £1299 excluding flights
Gorilla tour in Rwanda
Excellent...Incredible Gorilla Trekking adventure with getting up close and personal with a whole family of gorillas. (more)John Owens
Fascinated to hear about the Genocide from our guide who had lived through it as a young boy. Thrilling to see the Gorillas and Chimps. (more)Jan Lachman
Being in contact with the mountain gorillas was truly memorable (more)Becky Redford
From £475 - £880 excluding flights
Isle of Mull wildlife vacation in Scotland
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 £695 - £715 excluding flights
Scotland by railway vacation
Excellent...particularly the West Highland Line (more)Michael Rose
Excellent vacation with wonderful hotels and superb organization, the sun followed us around Scotland ! (more)Joy Wessels
From £985 - £1050 excluding flights
Chile tailor made vacation, Atacama Desert
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
We had a fantastic time. Personally, the most memorable parts of the vacation were staying with the Pewenche family who were fantastic hosts, and stargazing in the Atacama with the Lickan Antay people. This was my first experience of community based tourism and I honestly believe it is the future of traveling. (more)Joe Davis
From £1395 - £1695 including domestic flights only
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 Mas Pelegri, 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 €690 excluding flights
Japan golden route vacation
Memorable parts? We enjoyed it all. The travel arrangements all worked perfectly. Hotels were fine. Amy at the tour operator was terrific. Tips? 6 hour day tour of Tokyo was a bit stressful for seniors, in the amount of stairs and walking particularly between subways. The guide could have given us more options for traveling. Two tour guides to Geisha district were poor and overly talkative The tour and experience was great. The two tour guides in Tokyo and daytime Kyoto were... (more)Howard Rosenthal
From US $2057 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 £1100 - £1300 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
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 $860 - US $2175 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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